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 »
November 18, 2010 9:55 AM
BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced today that a new galvanized steel plant was being built in Zachary, bringing new jobs to the area.
The plant, owned by Great Southern Galvanizing, Inc., will employ 60 workers when construction is finished and will increase to 100 workers when... more »
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 »
September 1, 2010 5:28 PM
Labor Day is meant for relaxation; instead, on Sept. 1, 2008, it was a day ravaged by nearly hundred mile an hour winds.
Light poles hit the ground, nearly every road in Baton Rouge was littered with trees and debris created unparalleled destruction in a city most recently used... more »
August 31, 2010 5:08 PM
Students at LSU and Southern University are working together to make East Baton Rouge a little greener. Thanks to Mayor Kip Holden and the Green Light Beautification Program, the universities have each received $50,000 to spruce up different areas around town.
Urban forestry students at Southern are working on... more »
July 23, 2010 11:31 AM
Mayor-President Kip Holden has declared a "state of emergency" for East Baton Rouge Parish, in preparation of Tropical Storm Bonnie.
The declaration allows the city and parish to take quicker action in response to the storm, like paying overtime, arranging for debris cleanup, and stocking supplies.
President Pro-Tem... more »
June 21, 2010 6:26 PM
A group of about 20 mayors from the United States Conference of Mayors toured the coast near Lafitte Monday morning and promised to come together to help their fellow mayors in the Gulf.
"This is an American crisis," said Santa Barbara, California Mayor Helene Schneider. "We want to make... more »
June 21, 2010 10:27 AM
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden boarded a boat to tour the oil spill this morning, along with mayors from the other Gulf states. They boarded in the Lafitte area this morning after a briefing with BP and Coast Guard officials.
Later, they will head to New Orleans... more »
June 10, 2010 10:26 AM
The sister of East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden has been released from custody while she waits for sentencing with seven other defendants on Aug. 19. Last year Evelyn Holden, 53, pleaded guilty to taking part in a conspiracy to fix criminal and traffic cases in Baton Rouge City... more »
June 3, 2010 1:32 PM
Baton Rouge leaders joined forces this morning at the CATS terminal on Florida Blvd. to urge any residents who have not been counted in the 2010 census to cooperate with census takers as the final count takes place.
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden said $400 billion dollars in federal... more »
May 26, 2010 6:38 AM
Mayors Kip Holden and Mitch Landrieu say they are committed to finding a way to get a high-speed passenger rail service established between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Holden and Landrieu signed an agreement to work together to promote economic development and cultural activities in their communities. Last fall, Gov.... more »
May 25, 2010 10:32 PM
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he doesn't believe the city is near the top of the country's "Most Violent" list, but the FBI's crime numbers say it is. "That's a matter of how you look at the numbers," said Holden. "We do not believe the numbers are accurate."
... more »
May 5, 2010 4:43 PM
We caught up with Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden to get his thoughts on the life of former WBRZ news anchor Ed Buggs.
To view the video, click the "play video" icon.
To view interviews with his brother, Clarence, and the man who hired him at WBRZ, former... more »
April 12, 2010 5:33 PM
State lawmakers tell News 2 that support is fading in the legislature for the proposed highway toll-road loop around Baton Rouge.
But Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden tells News 2's Luke Margolis that opponents are simply playing politics. more »
January 27, 2010 5:55 PM
The Baton Rouge Police Department has a new weapon to fight crime.
A new helicopter will help officers track suspects on the ground, and provide support during investigations.
Mayor Kip Holden says its part of a plan to cut down on crime in the capital city. He also... more »
January 13, 2010 10:39 AM
UPDATE: The sister of Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will remain in federal custody after investigators say she violated the terms of her release. U.S. Marshals arrested Evelyn Holden Tuesday. Last November, she pleaded guilty to a federal bribery probe surrounding Baton Rouge City Court. She was released on her... more »
January 13, 2010 10:29 AM
Two Chinese companies are eyeing Baton Rouge as a possible location for establishing their North American offices. Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is hosting Pepnice Corp. and Liantronics Co. Ltd. today. Pepnice Corp. is the largest LED lighting manufacturer in the world, and Liantronics Co. Ltd. is the largest LED... more »
December 30, 2009 6:05 PM
UPDATED WITH VIDEO: More trouble for Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden's sister.
As of Wednesday evening, Evelyn Holden was still in parish prison on a $19 thousand bond.
News 2's Luke Margolis gets answers from investigators about what she's accused of now. more »
December 30, 2009 8:40 AM
The sister of Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden was arrested Tuesday for attempting to bribe a Baton Rouge man and threatening him, according to authorities. Evelyn Holden, 52, allegedly had a six-year affair with Marshall Jackson, 56.
Holden is accused of trying to bribe the man for more cash... more »
December 18, 2009 10:31 AM
Sales tax revenue for East Baton Rouge Parish dropped more than 22 percent in October compared to last year, according to figures released Friday. Mayor-President Kip Holden says city leaders anticipated the deficit, and he blamed it on what he called the "Hurricane Gustav effect." Holden says in October 2008,... more »
November 15, 2009 7:00 PM
Supporters of the Mayor's $900 million tax proposal think Saturday's overwhelming 'No' vote for the bond doesn't put a damper on progress in Baton Rouge.
"The future of Baton Rouge will be affected positively because of the people who came together to work for this," said Todd Teepell of... more »
November 14, 2009 3:04 PM
Voters head to the polls today in East Baton Rouge Parish to determine the fate of Mayor-President Kip Holden's $900 million bond proposal.
News 2 was there as the Mayor cast his vote today, and will have complete coverage as election results start coming in on News 2 at... more »
November 12, 2009 8:55 AM
Mayor Kip Holden sat down with John Pastorek to explain why East Baton Rouge Parish needs the proposal passed this weekend. more »
November 9, 2009 5:22 PM
$60 million dollars in federal tax credits are available to anyone interested in opening a new business in any of five East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhoods.
Parish leaders say the Scotlandville, Zion City, Choctaw Drive, Northdale and Melrose East areas are the target for the "New Markets Tax Credits".... more »
November 9, 2009 10:20 AM
A Baton Rouge agency will get $60 million worth of tax credits.
The East Baton Rouge Community Development Entity, part of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, got the credits through the New Markets Tax Credit Program administered by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Mayor-President Kip Holden and Walter... more »
October 19, 2009 10:40 AM
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden will defend his tax proposal at today's Press Club of Baton Rouge meeting.
Scheduled to appear on the November 14th ballot, the tax would provide $900 million for infrastructure and commercial development.
News 2's Luke Margolis will be at the meeting, and have... more »
October 13, 2009 6:29 PM
The Baton Rouge tax plan is on the Nov. 14 ballot, but will you vote for it? Both sides will spend the next few weeks making their case. News 2's Luke Margolis checks in with the pundits to find out who's got the biggest job ahead. more »
October 13, 2009 10:15 AM
Now that Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden's $900 million tax proposal will remain on the Nov. 14 ballot, how will those for, and against, win over voters?
Tonight on News 2 at 6 p.m., Luke Margolis talks to the experts and has a preview of what people in East... more »