January 28, 2015 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after New Orleans passed a law to ban smoking in bars and casinos, some Baton Rouge medical professionals and local leaders are pushing the capital city to strike while the iron's still hot. On Tuesday, Mayor-President Kip Holden and leaders from area hospitals... more »
January 14, 2015 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Wednesday night not to bring East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposal for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to a public vote. The tax bump would have funded public safety and capital improvement projects.
council members in favor of the plan... more »
January 14, 2015 8:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - A proposed sales tax is on the agenda for the Metro Council meeting today in Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden is asking for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to fund public safety projects.
Holden's proposed $335 million tax plan would also fund capital improvements. It... more »
December 10, 2014 11:06 AM
BATON ROUGE - He's dressed as a cowboy, Santa, and a pirate to promote East Baton Rouge, and now Mayor-President Kip Holden wants to add "lieutenant governor" to his wardrobe.
Holden officially kicked off his campaign for the office Wednesday in Baton Rouge. He said he's dedicated to using... more »
December 8, 2014 4:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - A campaign spokesperson for Mayor-President Kip Holden said he will officially announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor later this week.
The spokesperson released a schedule for a campaign announcement this Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Drusilla Place ballroom.
Holden confirmed his plans to run in... more »
November 12, 2014 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mounting allegations against the police department has some urging the city to create a review board to watch over officers.
"I think it's time we start holding officers accountable," an area college professor, Paul Guidry, said.
He and Metro Council members C. Denise Marcelle and... more »
October 30, 2014 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Politicians are being warned and getting disqualified from running for office since they owe outstanding fines for ethics violations.
In the next few weeks, the Louisiana Attorney General will mail payment demand letters to 20 politicians in an effort to collect debts.
Four politicians are... more »
October 5, 2014 11:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - What a year it's been for Aeneas Williams.
In August, the former safety for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals was inducted into the NFL hall of fame. Then on Saturday, he was honored by his alma mater, Southern, at homecoming.
The school, celebrating... more »
September 24, 2014 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President "Kip" Holden and representatives from Baton Rouge area hospitals held a press conference Wednesday morning in an effort to encourage East Baton Rouge residents to "fight the flu".
Speakers from Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge General, Woman's Hospital and Ochsner Baton Rouge were... more »
September 9, 2014 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The NAACP met for the first time Tuesday since a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found a police officer had been accused of sending racially charged text messages.
At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns with the situation and Mayor-President Kip Holden broke his silence on the... more »
August 14, 2014 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - The challenge has been issued and it's time to register to be a bone marrow donor.
Earlier this week, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, Be the Match and the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer joined forces to announce the start of the... more »
August 5, 2014 4:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's healthy eating initiative released a locally-created music video Tuesday intended to help get kids to eat healthy.
The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council helped create the video along with John Gray, a musician and instructor at the Dunham School. It cost $15,000 to make... more »
July 15, 2014 1:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor "Kip" Holden welcomed nearly 200 student volunteers with the World Changers program to the Baton Rouge area on Tuesday with a press conference and a visit to the site where the volunteers will make their contribution.
The faith-based World Changers program gives teens a chance... more »
July 15, 2014 7:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - The World Changers are in Baton Rouge this week to fix up the homes of the needy and elderly. Mayor Kip Holden is holding a press conference this morning at 10:00 a.m. to introduce the student volunteers to the community.
World Changers is faith-based group that... more »
June 30, 2014 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge teens got a chance to voice their concerns about violence Monday to parish safety leaders in the BRAVE program.
Mayor-President "Kip" Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III and others spoke to the teens about key issues in... more »
June 30, 2014 7:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are hosting a Teen Town Hall Meeting Monday as part of the BRAVE (Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination) Initiative.
More than 100 students from across the area will submit questions to the panel about efforts... more »
June 8, 2014 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - Celebrities and contestants were out on the red carpet Sunday in the hours leading up to the Miss USA pageant.
Donald Trump, former NSYNC member Lance Bass, and some of the contestants stood for photo ops and interviews.
Mayor Kip Holden says tonight's event puts... more »
May 14, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden believes the problem with education in Baton Rouge isn't the schools or the teachers, but the parents.
Throughout the St. George effort, schools and education have been the driving force behind the move to form a new city. In a speech to the... more »
May 13, 2014 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Councilman Buddy Amoroso will ask for an additional 30 days to consider the possible annexation of the Mall of Louisiana into the city.
The move comes as the council prepares to vote on the annexation petition tomorrow at the Metro Council meeting.
"We shouldn't rush... more »
March 19, 2014 11:02 AM
BATON ROUGE - City-parish officials revealed plans Wednesday to redesign Government Street in Baton Rouge from a four-lane road to a two-lane highway with a dedicated turning lane and bicycle lanes.
Mayor Kip Holden said the multi-million dollar project, which stretches from I-110 to Lobdell Avenue, will be covered... more »
March 14, 2014 12:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden brought up his interest in the lieutenant governor's office again Friday while reading to fourth-grade students in Baton Rouge.
Holden was asked by students at The Dunham School about his career plans, and said once he was finished with his term as mayor... more »
February 6, 2014 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- Court documents allege police were on a witch hunt when they used a warrant to obtain the cell phone of a woman reportedly having an affair with former police chief Dewayne White.
Kim McCants filed a lawsuit against the department, the city-parish government, and police officers -... more »
January 20, 2014 9:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden had choice words for the African American community during his Martin Luther King Jr. speech Monday.
"They go out and they shoot each other," Holden said in front of a crowd at Mt. Zion Church in Baton Rouge. "We have mothers pimping children.... more »
January 8, 2014 1:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden used his State of the Parish speech Wednesday to take his first shot at an attempt to form a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish. Holden touted the city-parish's progress in 2013 and then called efforts to create the city of St. George... more »
November 5, 2013 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- Tuesday, the mayor unveiled a $804,000,000 spending plan for the city that the metro council will spend the next month discussing.
Public safety receives more than half of the monies allocated by Mayor Kip Holden in 2014.
"Always, public service will be a top priority," Holden... more »
November 5, 2013 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- The mayor's $804 million spending plan for 2014 includes additional firefighters and police officers, but does not adjust the pay scale of workers, despite him being asked to recently.
Instead, some workers will get a 3 percent merit and longevity raise. However, the mayor wrote in his... more »
November 5, 2013 8:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden will present Tuesday his proposed 2014 budget to council members.
City employees have called on leaders to raise their wages, claiming they are underpaid compared to others in the region.
Last year, the city spent about $800 million.
We'll have more... more »
September 18, 2013 9:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - People who want an all new town instead of just a break-away school district kicked their plan into motion.
Monday, St. George Incorporation Effort volunteers started collecting signatures for its petition campaign.
"The movement was called for by the people, and it's going to be... more »
July 31, 2013 5:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - People we spoke with today in Baton Rouge say Mayor-President Kip Holden's choice for top cop is the right one, but the NAACP says the jury is still out on Chief Carl Dabadie.
"A lot of tough decisions lie ahead. It's easy to choose somebody now... more »
July 30, 2013 12:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office said he will announce his selection for the next chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department at a press conference tomorrow morning.
Holden confirmed last week that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and... more »
July 16, 2013 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Feisty members of the CATS board vowed not to resign and urged people to stop harassing them about the controversial selection of an outside management firm that might be hired to run the bus system.
Tuesday, the board was set to decide on selecting one from a... more »
July 16, 2013 4:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb.
Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his... more »
April 9, 2013 5:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - The deadline to apply for the Baton Rouge Police chief ended Tuesday, and city leaders hope whoever gets the job was taking notes from former Chief Dewayne White.
"The main thing with any chief is to first of all fight crime," Baton Rouge Pastor Dale Flowers... more »
March 13, 2013 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided not to discuss electing the police chief Wednesday.
During the Metro Council meeting, an agenda item to talk about changing how the chief is selected was deleted.
The mayor appoints the chief, but after Mayor Kip Holden's controversial decision to fire former Chief... more »
February 26, 2013 7:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Carl Dabadie, Jr., will be sworn in this morning as interim police chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department, three weeks after city leaders fired former chief Dewayne White.
Dabadie will lead the department until Mayor Kip Holden names a new chief.
White claims... more »
February 21, 2013 12:28 AM
BATON ROUGE- Some members of the city's Metro Council have asked for a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss the police department.
The effort, led by C. Denise Marcelle, comes after Mayor Kip Holden fired Dewayne White as chief of police.
In a hearing about his... more »
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 »
February 14, 2013 11:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Magnolia State Peace Officers Association of Louisiana released a statement today supporting Dewayne White, who was recently removed from his position as Baton Rouge Police chief.
The MSPOA said White had made "obvious efforts" to address concerns with crime, and they support him on a... more »
February 13, 2013 6:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office sent former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White a letter today listing more than a dozen reasons they want him fired.
The letter's 14 points include accusations of nepotism, destroying potentially-sensitive documents, and leaking confidential information or making inflammatory statements to the... more »
February 10, 2013 10:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - For Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade-goers, it's a time to let loose, have fun and enjoy carnival season.
News Two's own Whitney Vann lead the way as queen of Spanish Town this year.
"Today I've met people from Atlanta, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia just for... more »
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 »
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 »
December 27, 2012 2:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A state appeals court will hear a dispute over allegations that Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden violated campaign spending laws in 2010. The Advocate reports that the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal scheduled a Jan. 11 hearing to review a district judge's ruling that Holden didn't violate the... more »
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 »
October 24, 2012 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor President held a news conference this afternoon refuting claims that began airing on television from his campaign opponent, Mike Walker.
The ad paid for by the Mike Walker campaign, shows Louis Farrakahn speaking at Southern University. In the ad, Farrakahn thanks Mayor... more »
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 »
August 27, 2012 1:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden is scheduled to give an update on preparations in East Baton Rouge Parish for tropical storm Isaac this afternoon.
Holden scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference for the update.
The parish public school system announced earlier this afternoon they could cancel classes... more »
July 27, 2012 4:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- Leadership at the mayor-president's office is changing.
Chief Administrative Officer John Carpenter has resigned. Public Works Director William Daniel has been appointed to the position.
According to a news release from Mayor Kip Holden's office, Carpenter left to "pursue other interests."
Daniel is no stranger... more »
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 »
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 »
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.
February 14, 2012 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker tells News 2 he is running for Mayor-President in November.
Walker has been on the council for 12 years. Current Mayor-President Kip Holden is seeking his third term in office. At least two Baton Rouge businessmen also say... more »
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 »
November 3, 2011 6:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - There's more fallout over control of federal grant money for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Mayor-President Kip Holden and Metro Council members are at odds over a familiar topic: communication between their offices.
The council members claim they're not being given the information they need concerning... more »
November 2, 2011 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Your tax dollars may be used to help solve an ongoing dispute between the mayor and the sheriff.
East Baton Rouge Parish-President Kip Holden says the current system to handle federal, emergency grant money saves lives.
Homeland security money was under the control of the... more »
October 26, 2011 10:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Stacks of documents arrived on the door steps of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office Wednesday to close out a four-month long battle between EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden and EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
But GOHSEP says the grant applications for $4 million to... more »
August 9, 2011 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- People in East Baton Rouge Parish may never get the chance to vote on Mayor-President Kip Holden's $748 million tax plan. Tomorrow night Metro Council could vote to keep it off the ballot in November.
The Metro Council voted 9-3 to keep the proposal off the agenda... more »
August 3, 2011 3:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden's package of tax increases are back on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council's agenda, after it was flatly rejected at their last meeting.
Scott Dyer, the mayor's spokesperson, told News 2 the plan would be "basically the same", raising $748 million to pay... more »
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 »
July 27, 2011 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council refused Wednesday to put Mayor Kip Holden's tax plan in motion toward a ballot in the fall.
It was Holden's third attempt to fund projects across the parish. It would have increased sales and property taxes to raise $740 million.
... more »
July 27, 2011 5:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council has voted not to introduce Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposed tax increases, ending the measure before it reached the voters.
Council members voted 9 to 3 not to introduce the measure at tonight's meeting, which means it will not be on the Nov. 19... more »
July 25, 2011 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System will keep rolling in East Baton Rouge, thanks to a combination of grants and federal dollars.
EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden announced today that $500,000 in Disaster Recovery grants will be given to CATS from the state Office of Community Development.
... more »
June 22, 2011 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden and planning consultant John Fregonese presented the draft for the Future EBR plan today at the Old State Capitol.
Community members helped mold the plan for development in East Baton Rouge Parish over the next 20 to 30 years. For most people, the number... more »
May 27, 2011 10:07 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden announced today that he has chosen State Police Major Donald Dewayne White to be the city's next police chief.
White, 51, is the commander of the emergency services unit at Louisiana State Police. He's been with the agency almost 20 years, but is... more »
May 26, 2011 3:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden will announce the next Baton Rouge Police Chief tomorrow morning, according to his office.
Mayoral aide Scott Dyer said Holden would announce his choice at 10 a.m. from the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
That person would replace Charles Mondrick,... more »
May 25, 2011 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Kip Holden will not decide who the city's next police chief is today, according to the East Baton Rouge Mayor-President's office.
Holden had said last week he would make his pick for the city's next top cop no later than Wednesday, but today mayoral aide Scott... more »
May 20, 2011 6:20 AM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden says he will name the city's next police chief no later than Wednesday, and he will be making the choice from the five candidates recommended by an advisory committee he assembled last month. The Advocate reports Holden interviewed the three local candidates on... more »
May 11, 2011 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - The final five candidates for the position of Baton Rouge Police Chief were selected by Mayor-President Kip Holden's advisory committee today.
The committee chose the five after two days of talking to the ten candidates they'd voted to move on to the face-to-face interviews. The list... more »
April 27, 2011 11:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- There's still no agreement between Mayor Kip Holden and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux over money from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. Wednesday morning on WJBO, the sheriff said the process couldn't be easier. He believes the mayor should let him see the GOHSEP grant, check the law enforcement... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
December 15, 2010 4:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is at odds with some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council over ways to improve infrastructure.
Holden said at least 34 bridges in the parish received a dangerous rating from parish engineers. According to Holden, some of the... more »
December 10, 2010 5:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is accusing some metro council members of grandstanding. He says the council voted to shift $150,000 to the city parish juvenile detention center and juvenile services.
He calls that, "chump change." He says more than $20 million dollars is needed for a... more »