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  • White finishes statement, Holden to render decision check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 18, 2013 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dwayne White has finished his testimony at a special hearing into his future. Mayor-President Kip Holden said he would have a decision in the matter in about ten minutes. White testified for more than an hour telling Holden he and the police department had... more »
  • Mayor Holden signs disaster declaration for EBR

    January 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding. The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities. Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers... more »
  • Holden: Still work to do in third term check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Choirs, former LSU Basketball coach Dale Brown and others helped kick off Mayor Kip Holden's third term today. Holden vowed to work with the new Metro Council members to keep things like economic growth strong, while preserving older parts of the city. Some agree with putting... more »
  • Holden: "Big plans" for third term as EBR Mayor-Pres. Play Video

    November 6, 2012 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will serve a third term in office. He sailed to an easy victory tonight, beating challenger Mike Walker after getting 60 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting. Holden said he has big plans for his third... more »
  • Holden: Walker's actions "childish" in BRAVE announcement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 5, 2012 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With just two months until East Baton Rouge Parish voters head to the polls to decide who will be mayor-president for the next four years, the race to be the parish's top leader is heating up. Tuesday afternoon at 3:25, Mayor-President Kip Holden's office sent out... more »
  • EBR Mayor-President announces re-election bid

    June 12, 2012 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announced his intention to seek re-election this November. Holden scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. to make the announcement. Metro Council member Mike Walker has already announced his plans to run for mayor-president. News 2's Mike Steele... more »
  • Holden and Walker at odds over state of the city-parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Mayor Kip Holden announced to the Rotary Club, "the state of the city and parish is strong," Mayor Pro Tem and mayoral candidate Mike Walker looked on as he waited to spell out the problems he said he'll fix as the next mayor. Walker officially... more »
  • Mayor Holden to hold "State of the City Address"

    February 15, 2012 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden will address the Rotary Club Wednesday afternoon in his annual "State of the City Address." We'll have updates throughout the day on WBRZ.com and tonight on News 2 at 5pm and 6pm. more »
  • Mayor Holden rings bell for Salvation Army

    December 22, 2011 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge's mayor picked up a Salvation Army bell Thursday to help raise money for the charity . Mayor Kip Holden appeared at the Walmart on College to collect contributions for the nearly 150-year-old charitable organization. "It's a great time in Baton Rouge to see people... more »
  • EBR council, mayor talk about continuing feud

    December 14, 2011 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lots of talk around Baton Rouge Wednesday followed Tuesday night's continued feud between Mayor Kip Holden and the Metro Council. The back-and-forth battles have persisted all year involving budgets, the fourth attempt at a bond proposal and projects to grow downtown Baton Rouge, among other topics. The... more »
  • Holden says new apartments will revitalize downtown Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2011 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor "Kip" Holden says a new apartment complex in downtown Baton Rouge well help breathe new life into the city. The development, called 438 Main Street, would include 22 one-and two-bedroom units at the site on Fifth and Main Street. Most of the money for the... more »
  • Mayor Holden: Tax plan moving forward

    July 28, 2011 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One day after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council killed his nearly $800 million bond proposal, Mayor-President Kip Holden said the plan is moving forward but wouldn't elaborate how. Nine of the 12 Council members voted to kill the proposal before it was to be discussed... more »
  • Holden planning for another bond proposal

    April 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he will support putting another bond proposal on the October or November ballot. The mayor says details are being ironed out. Voters rejected other recent tax increases that included everything from money for a downtown tourist attraction to roads and crime... more »
  • Mayor Holden paints with George Rodrigue

    February 24, 2011 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Dufrocq Elementary got a special treat Thursday morning as George Rodrigue donated a year's worth of art supplies to the school. Rodrigue also gave a demonstration of how to paint a blue dog. Students then went to the canvas to paint their own. ... more »
  • Future plans for EBR unveiled

    February 16, 2011 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As East Baton Rouge becomes the largest parish in the state, Mayor Kip Holden is optimistic that the new parish-wide "vision" of the future will become a reality if the public gets behind it. The plan identifies six key areas where growth and development will enhance... more »
  • EBR budget saves jobs, services next year

    November 5, 2010 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mayor-President delivered next year's budget to Metro Council this morning. With it, he delivered news that jobs and services will stay intact, despite operating costs coming in 2.5% less than last year. In his address to council, Kip Holden said public safety... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police Chief LeDuff to retire in December

    October 26, 2010 1:55 PM

    Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff has formally notified city officials of his intention to retire by the end of the year. The mayor's office provided News 2 with a letter today from Mayor-President Kip Holden to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. In it, Holden said... more »
  • Baton Rouge mayor announces city cleanup target

    September 9, 2010 12:34 PM

    Mayor Kip Holden announced today that a Mid City neighborhood would be the kick-off location for Baton Rouge's city-wide cleanup starting Monday. The mayor said at a press conference today that Operation Restore Pride would start Monday in the Valley Park neighborhood, which is bounded by Perkins Road, Delta... more »
  • Land issues for Alive project

    September 23, 2009 4:38 PM

    Mayor Kip Holden says he's not concerned about ownership issues for land where the proposed "Alive" project will be built. There have been years of legal battles to determine if the riverside property belongs to the state or a railroad company. "Alive" is a tourist attraction project involving educational... more »
  • Alive property questions

    September 23, 2009 10:19 AM

    Questions are being raised about who owns the land where Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden wants to build the "Alive" project. It's part of a small strip of land between the railroad tracks and the levee in downtown Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge Parish voters will decide on the... more »

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