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  • Livingston Parish employee arrested for DWI after crash resigns

    April 25, 2016 3:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A Livingston Parish employee who is accused of crashing a parish vehicle while driving drunk has resigned from his position. State Police said Shevis Ball blew a BAC of .168 after the man was administered a breath test following the crash that severely damaged the Livingston Parish... more »
  • Livingston Parish employee still employed despite DWI arrest in parish vehicle Play Video

    April 21, 2016 6:56 PM

    LIVINGSTON- A Livingston Parish employee remains on leave tonight, following a crash that left a parish vehicle severely damaged. State Police said Shevis Ball was drunk at the time of the crash. Ball blew a .168 after investigators administered a Breathalyzer. "He was officially off the clock when this... more »
  • Flooded areas of Livingston under curfew Tuesday night, Wednesday early morning

    March 15, 2016 5:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A curfew for Livingston Parish has been issued for parish residents for Tuesday night by Livingston parish officials. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard, and Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) Director Mark Harrell jointly decided to implement the curfew.... more »
  • Entirely new council ready to take over Livingston Parish Play Video

    November 23, 2015 6:01 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Newly elected Livingston Parish council members have pledged to work together as the entirely new council will take over in January. Voters replaced three incumbents who did not seek reelection and ousted six others. For the first time ever the parish will bring in nine new members. John... more »
  • Some Livingston Parish residents embrace burn ban Play Video

    October 14, 2015 6:23 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - On Tuesday afternoon, Parish President Layton Ricks issued a parish-wide burn ban order following a bone-dry stretch of weather that has made portions of the area a veritable tinderbox itching to ignite. While there surely are drawbacks for some, many parish residents see a silver-lining that... more »
  • Council approves splitting money between current, future road projects Play Video

    September 24, 2015 6:12 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a deal to split a pot of money between road construction and right-of-way acquisition. At a council meeting Thursday, the group approved putting $750,000 toward existing road work. Another $250,000 will be spent to buy land for a possible extension of Juban Road.... more »
  • Council discusses pay raise, parish president's absence Play Video

    November 24, 2014 10:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are upset they aren't moving forward in the direction they would like. The council is concerned about the Master Plan and proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter that are up to voters on Dec. 6. Councilman Ricky Goff chastised... more »
  • No action taken on legal fees in middle of feud Play Video

    August 14, 2014 4:37 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Thursday night, the Livingston Parish Council did not act on dealing with legal fees related to a lawsuit involving council members. The council wanted the parish to pay attorney fees for two council members, but Parish President Layton Ricks wants to wait until a judge makes a... more »
  • Livingston Parish fixes 7 bridges with grant money Play Video

    August 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish leaders found a way to replace seven worn wooden bridges without spending a dime of parish money. The parish got $4.6 million from a federal grant through the Louisiana Recovery Act. The bridges are scattered throughout the parish, but three are in the Haynes Settlement... more »
  • Ricks: FEMA arbitration 'detrimental' for the parish Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish President Layton Ricks said he disagreed with an arbitration panel's decision which left Livingston Parish on the hook for nearly $60 million in Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. Ricks told News 2 the decision "could be detrimental for the parish," and said he did not know how... more »
  • Livingston Parish gets nothing for hurricane cleanup

    June 30, 2014 12:07 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders said they will not receive any of the nearly $60 million spent on Hurricane Gustav cleanup after arbitration with FEMA ended this past weekend. Parish President Layton Ricks expressed disappointment over the result as he said it "came back zeroes across the board" on Livingston... more »
  • Ricks talks D.C. trip, recovery of debris funds Play Video

    May 12, 2014 9:06 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A Board of Appeals has denied a motion by FEMA to dismiss Livingston Parish's request for arbitration in recovering over $59 million it spent in clean up after Hurricane Gustav. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about the big victory... more »
  • Turns out, there never was a problem with Eden Church Road Play Video

    April 10, 2014 10:21 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council talked about the real problem on Eden Church Road: clogged drains and not bad design. For years, residents along Eden Church have complained about flooding, no matter how little or how much it rained. "That's all I can ask... more »
  • Support grows to stall levee construction Play Video

    April 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Neighboring parishes are teaming up to study the impact of a proposed levee system before construction can begin. "Let's really look at the whole region," Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. Ricks and the Livingston Parish Council are urging leaders of a proposed levee system around... more »
  • Livingston council considering veto override

    December 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are considering an override of a budget veto by Parish President Layton Ricks. Ricks vetoed the budget on December 19, saying it didn't contain tax money dedicated to road work and other projects. Ricks says he will operate under the... more »
  • Livingston Parish dealing with excess overtime Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:00 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish has around $150,000 of unpaid overtime on its books, and now parish leaders are dealing with the problem. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says making lump-sum payouts is unrealistic. "We simply cannot pay it out. The budget won't allow that. If we paid it... more »
  • Still not singing Kumbayah

    December 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears. The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues. The council and... more »
  • Special group will address why 'they' can't all get along Play Video

    December 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president. The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter. "What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
  • Battle lines drawn over Livingston Parish budget

    December 2, 2013 9:45 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. - The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would... more »
  • Shouting and name-calling erupts over road repairs Play Video

    November 25, 2013 10:27 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Finger pointing and name calling erupted at a meeting of the Livingston Parish Council Monday night over a road repair program and the financing for it. The parish has millions locked up because the council has not agreed on how to spend it. But, the council tabled... more »
  • Livingston animal control asks for change Play Video

    November 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A fight over animal control is getting ugly in Livingston Parish. Recently three members quit a five-person advisory committee created to find ways to fix the parish shelter's problems and increase services to cover the parish. "They really need an experienced shelter staff and an experienced... more »
  • Juban Crossing construction date pushed back again Play Video

    September 12, 2013 9:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The ongoing Juban Crossing saga continues as deadlines keep getting pushed back further and further. In an interview with News 2, the retail center's developer, Stephen Keller, said crews would start construction in 30 days. The interview was 35 days ago and the piece of lot... more »
  • People want their bumpy roads taken seriously Play Video

    August 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    WALKER - Livingston Parish council members are at odds about a parish wide overlay project to repaved neglected roads. "I feel like it was a stab in the back," councilman Chance Parent said at a recent meeting. He was caught off guard when parish president Layton Ricks contracted... more »
  • Firm files suit against council members after TV report

    March 12, 2013 12:00 AM

    LIVINGSTON- Two members of the parish council are being sued by engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates. In court documents, the attorneys for the firm said Cindy Wales and Marshall Harris made statements that were false and "specifically designed to negatively impact the business reputation" of the firm. ... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Altered documents cost you money Play Video

    March 6, 2013 11:08 PM

    LIVINGSTON- WBRZ News 2 has learned the State Inspector General's Office has files connected to public emails being deleted by a parish employee. A team of investigative journalists with WBRZ uncovered the emails and altered documents. The changes made to parish council minutes cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. ... more »
  • Bridges damaged, flooding continues in Livingston Parish Play Video

    January 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    HOLDEN - Water levels continue to rise and fall in Livingston Parish with more rain in the forecast, and it's getting harder to travel around some areas. Bridges in the Holden area are closed for repairs. Water lifted the bridge on Frank Ballard Road and floated it several feet... more »
  • Juban Crossing back on track Play Video

    January 11, 2013 5:44 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Construction at the Juban Crossing site restarted a few weeks ago, and Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says the shopping center will become a reality. The major retail developed planned along I-12 has suffered through delays since the economic dip starting in 2008. He says developers... more »

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