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  • Holly Clegg's Holiday Countdown: December 24, 2015 Play Video

    December 24, 2015 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Christmas is less than 24 hours away and everyone is scrounging for the perfect dish idea for their family gatherings. Well have no fear, Holly Clegg was back on 2une In Thursday showing JP a few dishes that are easy to make and will guarantee that you don't... more »
  • Jindals donate nearly 300 pounds of food to local food bank

    December 23, 2015 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal and his wife have donated nearly 300 pounds of food to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for the holidays. The food was collected from guests who were asked to bring non-perishable goods when they visited the governor's mansion. In a statement Tuesday, first lady... more »
  • Holly Clegg's Holiday Countdown: December 17, 2015 Play Video

    December 17, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- This week on 2une In, John Pastorek introduced another segment of the holiday countdown with Holly Clegg . The two holiday helpers were back in the kitchen preparing a mouth-watering dessert that's guaranteed to have your Christmas guests begging for more. Check out the video to find out... more »
  • Inmates celebrate the holidays with their kids Play Video

    December 15, 2015 12:05 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People behind bars in West Feliciana Parish received some early Christmas cheer Tuesday. Montreal Floyd is a father of six, but on Tuesday he got to see two of his children. This will be the first Christmas without his kids. "When you're use to being around them,... more »
  • Holly Clegg's Holiday Countdown (December 3, 2015) Play Video

    December 3, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's cookbook queen Holly Clegg is joining 2une In for the entire month of December to share some great holiday recipes, cooking tips and gift ideas. Check out the video to find out more about this week's holiday recipes and be sure to watch 2une In next week... more »
  • Record Cyber Monday spending tops $3 billion

    December 2, 2015 1:31 PM

    NEW YORK- Shoppers spent more than $3 billion online this "Cyber Monday," making it the biggest online shopping day ever. Research firm comScore said shopping by phone, tablet, laptop or tablet jumped 21 percent to $3.11 billion Monday. The 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as retailers... more »
  • Bus overturns: 1 seriously hurt, dozens of minor injuries

    November 30, 2015 7:19 AM

    RICHMOND, VA.- A charter bus carrying college students to three Virginia campuses overturned, leaving one person seriously injured and 35 others aboard with minor injuries near the close of the holiday weekend. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press there were no reported fatalities after the bus... more »
  • BRPD patrolling for holiday traffic jams

    November 27, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they will post additional rapid-response officers on the Baton Rouge interstate system this Sunday to quickly clear any wrecks or other incidents which could cause traffic jams during the post-holiday rush. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said a similar effort last year worked more than 80... more »
  • Teenager's food drive helps feed about 175 families

    November 25, 2015 5:26 AM

    OPELOUSAS- A teenager's food drive will feed about 175 families this holiday season. Cortland Reed, 14, held his fifth-annual food drive and helped gather over 2,000 pounds of food for Opelousas Food Bank on Monday. Reed says last year he reached his goal of 1,000 pounds and wanted to double... more »
  • Local business owners optimistic about holiday spending

    November 24, 2015 4:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- South Louisiana retailers say they are optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season, which will start in earnest at many stores and shopping malls on Thanksgiving night. Baton Rouge's Mall of Louisiana General Manager Tony Stephens says that his mall has more tenants than ever before and expects... more »
  • Baton Rouge businesses now hiring for holiday season Play Video

    November 20, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses around town are now looking for seasonal workers. Signs advertising for open positions are popping up all around. "We just hired three individuals today," said Charles Rodrigue, store manager at Calvin's Market. Rodrigue told News 2 that business usually starts picking up for them around football... more »
  • Red Stick Moms Blog releases Shop Local Guide Play Video

    November 9, 2015 5:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of local moms is trying to keep your money around Baton Rouge. The Red Stick Mom Bloggers have released a new Shop Local Guide just in time for the holiday season. Red Stick Moms Blog is a group of mothers in the Baton Rouge area... more »
  • Thanksgiving travel tips

    November 3, 2015 7:42 AM

    Baton Rouge- Travel experts are disproving the myth that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day. According to the Department of Transportation, the actual busiest day for travelers is in the summer, and every year it's a different day. Here are some tips to help you find the... more »
  • Second Amendment tax holiday Sept. 4-6

    August 27, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue said the annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday will take place next week in Louisiana. The holiday waives state and local sales taxes for qualifying purchases of guns, ammo and other hunting supplies from Friday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 6.... more »
  • State sales tax holiday Friday, Saturday Play Video

    August 5, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday, just in time for families preparing to send their children back to school. The holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for... more »
  • Holiday traffic jam stretches for miles

    July 2, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A traffic jam caused by a flood of holiday drivers stretched for miles past the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge Thursday afternoon. The Department of Transportation and Development said the congestion on I-10 East was backed up for nine miles past the Lobdell exit... more »
  • A crackdown on drinking boaters heading into holiday

    July 1, 2015 8:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Ahead of a long holiday weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning boaters about operating vessels while intoxicated. The department issued a news release noting the arrests of three boaters statewide from last Friday through Sunday - in Jefferson, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes. The department... more »
  • Two men burned in plant fire to go home for Easter

    April 4, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men injured in a Geismar plant fire were able to go home to their families Saturday morning. The two men Ben, 39 and Brandon, 57 were transported over to Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center in Mid City after a fire broke out at a... more »
  • Remembering MLK's dream in Ascension Parish Play Video

    January 19, 2015 7:19 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - There's a special museum in Ascension Parish where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream comes alive. This morning on 2une In, News 2's John Pastorek gave you an inside look at the River Road African American Museum with its founder and director, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson. Click on... more »
  • Obama sends prayers, best wishes on Kwanzaa

    December 26, 2014 1:11 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their prayers and best wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa. The Obamas say in a statement that the Kwanzaa celebration highlights the rich heritage of African Americans. They say families come together on Kwanzaa to reflect on the past... more »
  • Did you spend what everyone else did on gifts today?

    December 24, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shoppers took to area stores Wednesday to make last minute buys for Christmas. As last as 9 p.m., people were still on the streets. Many people had to visit drug or convenience stores because they waited until all other establishments were closed. Shoppers had procrastinated... more »
  • Christmas Eve travelers deal with flight delays, cancellations

    December 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    NEW YORK - American Airlines says it's trying to adapt its schedule to the windy and wet weather plaguing parts of the country today -- and trying to get passengers to their destinations for Christmas. By mid-morning today, more than 260 flights had been canceled in the United States, according... more »
  • St. Vincent de Paul assisting women, children Play Video

    December 22, 2014 7:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Woman and Children Center at St. Vincent de Paul is a full house this holiday season. The shelter often doesn't have the space necessary to help everyone in need. News 2's Rebecca Buchanan visited the the center this morning on 2une In to learn more... more »
  • Enjoy Carols and Candlelight in North Blvd. Town Square Play Video

    December 17, 2014 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Right before the holiday hustle and bustle begins, you have a chance to slow down to enjoy some music and fellowship. First United Methodist Church is inviting you to their Carols and Candlelight event this weekend. It begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard... more »
  • Holly's Holiday Countdown: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip Play Video

    December 11, 2014 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - John Pastorek joined Holly Clegg in the kitchen this morning on 2une In as we continued Holly's Holiday Countdown. On the menu this morning: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip and Italian Pull Apart Bread. Here's the recipes: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip: Splurge with this divine, creamy, and... more »
  • Police warn of 'Grinches' looking to steal gifts Play Video

    December 10, 2014 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say 15 mailboxes were broken into overnight at an apartment complex in Baton Rouge. Investigators said while they weren't sure if the thieves were after shipped gifts or just the personal information found in people's mail, it's a sad example of Christmas Grinches looking to cash... more »
  • Christmas angels disguised as deputies help kids' wishes come true

    December 2, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Twenty kids got a chance at having a happier holiday season Tuesday morning. Tuesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies took the kids shopping during its annual Shop with a Cop event at Target. The children, nominated by school guidance counselors based on need, got $100 to... more »
  • Cyber Monday deals get stretched, crimping sales

    December 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Cyber Monday deals are being stretched out this holiday season, crimping sales on the day itself. Retailers from Target to Amazon have been offering online deals since the beginning of November, and are promising "cyber" deals all week. That seems to have put a dent in Cyber... more »
  • Colorado retail pot industry offers 'Green Friday' specials

    November 28, 2014 2:42 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's new retail marijuana industry is joining the rush for holiday shopping dollars. The Grass Station in Denver offered traditional doorbuster deals on what some are calling "Green Friday". The most popular was an ounce of marijuana for $50, about $200 less than the normal price for those... more »
  • BTR airport says no local delays for holiday travel Play Video

    November 25, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With an estimated four million Americans taking to the skies to get to their destinations this holiday weekend, Baton Rouge travelers may be joining those who could be in for some travel turbulence along the way. Thankfully for Thanksgiving, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport spokesperson Jim Caldwell... more »
  • Crisis Intervention Center helps with the holiday blues Play Video

    November 25, 2014 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holidays and is a time for joy and celebration, but it can also be a time for loss, anxiety and depression. You can get help for the holiday blues at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. Haley Shows joined John... more »
  • Where does your holiday meal come from? Play Video

    November 24, 2014 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Everyone is getting prepared to serve Thanksgiving dinner, but not everyone knows where their food came from. In Louisiana, a lot of it comes from our own backyard. This time of year, a lot of attention is given to the human treatment of animals. Kleinpeter Farms... more »
  • Holiday sales predicted to rise this year

    October 7, 2014 2:56 AM

    NEW YORK - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year. But holiday shoppers will still want fat discounts, and experts cite a sharp divide between the haves and have nots in an uneven economic recovery.... more »
  • Israel on alert as Jewish, Muslim holiday coincide

    October 3, 2014 4:47 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police are on high alert to avert possible clashes as Jews and Muslims observe their faith's major holidays of Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, which overlap this year. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says reinforced police contingents are deployed across Israel. There are large Muslim minorities in... more »
  • 2014 state annual sales tax holiday on Aug. 1-2

    July 15, 2014 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most retail purchases in Louisiana will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys... more »
  • Busy weekend of holiday travel begins Play Video

    July 3, 2014 9:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A busy weekend of holiday travel is now underway. An estimated 41 million Americans will getaway for the Independence Day weekend, but many people won't be satisfied with a three day weekend. A lot of families are stretching out the holiday and hitting the road today.... more »
  • Getting ready for the hurricane sales tax holiday weekend Play Video

    May 22, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state sales tax holiday will save shoppers money on hurricane preparedness items. Hurricane season starts June 1. The state sales tax will not apply to certain supplies including batteries, phone chargers, carbon monoxide detectors and tarps May 24-25. Shoppers can go out early to pick... more »
  • La. tax holiday for storm supplies next week

    May 12, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials say purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1. The sales... more »
  • Holly's Holiday Countdown- what to do with leftovers Play Video

    December 26, 2013 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Holly Clegg is back with JP for another edition of Holly's Holiday Countdown. Holly makes a Harvest Turkey salad. It's a creative and delicious way to get rid of those holiday leftovers. more »
  • Towing home for the holidays Play Video

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local companies are getting behind the wheel this Christmas, so others won't drink and drive. Roadrunner Towing says they'll have eight people on hand for the holidays. They're towing drivers and the vehicles home for free. Roadrunner is available starting Christmas Eve, through New Year's... more »
  • Holly's Holiday Countdown- mexican breakfast and muffins Play Video

    December 20, 2013 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Holly Clegg is back one again for her holiday countdown. She joined JP in the kitchen to whip up two more dishes that are perfect for the holiday season. Mildly Mexican Breakfast Bake This overnight sensation with bright colors and bold flavors will wake up... more »
  • Have a heart healthy holiday Play Video

    December 18, 2013 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - J.T. Lane from the Department of Health and Hospitals tells you how to have a healthy holiday season. Here are some additional tips to be healthy during the holidays: 1) Choose fruit for dessert instead of traditional sweets. 2) Drink water instead of sugar... more »
  • Daughter's Christmas wish comes true Play Video

    December 17, 2013 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A little girl's wish to have her father home for Christmas came true today in Baton Rouge. Madison Davis and her classmates at St. Jean Vianney wrote letters to the troops in Kuwait. What the class didn't know was that Madison's father, Master Sergeant Dean Davis,... more »
  • Holiday trends with Jennifer Palpallotoc Play Video

    December 17, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallotoc talked about some different holiday looks today on WBRZ News 2 at 4. Palpallotoc talked about three different looks: the Christmas party, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. She also paired each outfit with a gift, like a bottle of champagne for... more »
  • Coming home for the holidays

    December 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of Louisiana families will be getting their Christmas present early this year. Their loved ones are coming home. After a flight delay, members of the Louisiana National Guard touched down Monday in Baton Rouge. They spent the last year in Kuwait. Family and friends were... more »
  • Holly's Holiday Countdown- dessert party Play Video

    December 12, 2013 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Holly Clegg is back with JP to tell you how to throw the perfect dessert party as part of Holly's Holiday Countdown. Holly has quick and easy dessert ideas for the holidays. She prepares berry triffle with chocolate sauce, a coffee bar and homemade snack mix.... more »
  • Answering holiday etiquette questions Play Video

    December 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Etiquette expert Marthanne Calvi stopped by News to at 4 to talk about holiday manners. Calvi expressed the importance of writing a thank you note after you recieve a present. She said it is never ok to thank someone for money. Always say, thank you for... more »
  • Holiday lifts Pelicans in 3OT win over Bulls

    December 3, 2013 6:34 AM

    CHICAGO- Jrue Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime Monday night, giving the New Orleans Pelicans a 131-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans. He made an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to... more »
  • Cyber Monday shopping

    December 2, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW YORK- It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called Cyber Monday seems to have... more »
  • Future of Messengers Christmas Wonderland Play Video

    November 28, 2013 9:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The family behind a popular holiday tradition in Livingston Parish is relocating leaving many wondering about the future of the Messangers Christmas Wonderland. Clyde and Karen Messenger's family have been constructing the display at their home on Plantantion Avenue since 1964. It features more than 60,000... more »
  • Bellue's serving up essentials for Thanksgiving feast Play Video

    November 27, 2013 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For folks who aren't kitchen savvy or maybe don't want to tackle the task of cooking this Thanksgiving, Bellue's Fine Cajun Cuisine has the solution. You can have turkey, ham and all the fixing's ready to serve in under 30 minutes. Bellue's offers multiple entrees and... more »
  • Oyster prices up during shortage Play Video

    November 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It will cost more to put oyster dressing on your plate this holiday season with oyster prices increasing during a shortage. Bill Pizzolato with Tony's Seafood says prices have increased by around 20 percent in the past few weeks due to a shortage in Louisiana waters.... more »
  • Chef KD's pecan praline cheesecake Play Video

    November 20, 2013 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef KD whipped up his pecan praline cheesecake today on News 2 at 4. He said it's a perfect way to please your guests over the holidays. If you'd like to contact Chef KD for full recipes or with other cooking questions, send him an... more »
  • Second amendment tax holiday this weekend

    September 5, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Retailers are gearing up for Louisiana's annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday, which starts this weekend. Consumers will not have to pay state sales tax on guns, ammunition, or hunting supplies purchased Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8. For a complete list of what... more »
  • More troopers on the highways over the 4th

    July 2, 2013 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State police will have an increased number of troopers on patrol this week and throughout the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say this extra allocation in manpower is made possible by funding provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Troopers will be targeting aggressive drivers, impaired drivers,... more »
  • Police plan summer-long DWI crackdown Play Video

    July 1, 2013 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local and State Police promise to be out in full force to catch people driving drunk this holiday weekend. "We know individuals are out there driving irresponsibly," said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely. Starting Tuesday night through the Fourth of July weekend, the department... more »
  • Tax holiday on hurricane supplies this weekend Play Video

    May 23, 2013 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This weekend is Louisiana's annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Starting Saturday and ending this Sunday, you won't have to pay the 4 percent state sales tax on certain items. Since hurricane season doesn't officially start until June, it gives you a chance to stock... more »
  • Hurricane preparation tax holiday this weekend Play Video

    May 23, 2013 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People getting ready for hurricane season will get a break if they buy supplies this weekend. The annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. On those days state sales tax will be waived on the first $1,500 of... more »
  • AAA: 31M drivers to take Memorial Day road trip

    May 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    NEW YORK - It's going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation's highways. During Thursday and Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to car lobbying group AAA. That's a small increase from last... more »
  • La. hurricane sales tax holiday this weekend

    May 20, 2013 7:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Shoppers can prepare for the hurricane season while saving some pennies during the state's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The 2013 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 26. Louisiana law spares those shopping for hurricane-related purchases from... more »
  • US tourist faces trial in Turkey

    April 17, 2013 9:00 AM

    ANKARA, Turkey- An American tourist who collected stones during a beach holiday with his wife was briefly detained in Turkey and faces trial for attempting to smuggle historical artifacts. Jason Dement told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was taken into custody by security officials at an airport near... more »
  • State offices close for Good Friday holiday

    March 29, 2013 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most Louisiana state offices are shut down for the Good Friday holiday. The Friday holiday is a legal day of rest in state law. Some legislative employees may be working, however, since Friday is the final day for bills to be pre-filed for the regular... more »
  • MLK events around the area

    January 17, 2013 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Here are a list of local MLK events going on around the area. If you'd like your event listed, submit it on our Community Calendar or email News@WBRZ.com. Jan. 21: The West Baton Rouge Museum will be open in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.... more »
  • US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.

    January 4, 2013 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that the economy would tumble over the fiscal cliff. The Labor Department reports employers added 155,000 jobs, roughly matching the solid but unspectacular monthly pace of the past two years. The gains were not enough to reduce unemployment... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    January 4, 2013 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 29 fell from the previous week's total, mainly because the Christmas holidays cut a day from the work week. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,505 from the... more »
  • Report: Online holiday sales up 14 percent

    January 3, 2013 4:25 PM

    RESTON, Va. - A report released Thursday says holiday shoppers spent $42.3 billion online in November and December, 14 percent more than in the same months a year ago. ComScore found that shoppers started the holiday season strong in November but a dip in consumer confidence hurt early December sales.... more »
  • Driver mows down decorations at holiday party

    January 3, 2013 12:18 PM

    KENNER, La. - There were no reports of serious injuries, but a vehicle was damaged and several holiday decorations were mowed down in the front yard of a Kenner home when a disturbance broke out at a New Year's Eve house party. Kenner police said it happened around 2 a.m.... more »
  • Holiday storms have limited impact on US drought

    January 3, 2013 10:13 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Holiday storms that pounded much of the nation with snow and rain did little to ease the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that about 61 percent of the continental U.S. remained in some form... more »

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