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  • Democrats celebrate victory in Louisiana governor's race

    November 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Democrats in Louisiana rejoiced as they reclaimed the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years, while the state's GOP leader insisted "our Republican brand is strong" even amid the defeat of a one-time political powerhouse, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. John Bel Edwards' victory in... more »
  • Empty spaces on riverfront cause political squabble check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 31, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders responded to criticisms Monday they haven't been doing enough for development along the Baton Rouge Riverfront. Mayor-President Kip Holden and Davis Rhorer, the executive director of the Downtown Development District, held a hastily-called press conference Monday morning to answer criticisms they said were recently... more »
  • Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

    August 26, 2015 12:00 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church - the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units - is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the decision Wednesday in a news release. Church... more »
  • Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

    May 21, 2015 12:43 PM

    NEW YORK - The national president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, says the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech Thursday in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual... more »
  • Metromorphosis leadership applications

    April 23, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Urban Leadership Development Initiative gives a group of Baton Rouge citizens the chance to help youth in our community, and work to solve problems within urban neighborhoods. Metromorphosis is now accepting applications for the second ULDI cohort. Participants will get to participate in six months of... more »
  • Students discuss race, crime with local leaders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 23, 2015 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of students from Scotlandville Middle Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy got a chance to meet with local law enforcement and community leaders Friday. Teens got the chance to pose questions to the people they look up to. "It's going to encourage us to be better," said... more »
  • Baton Rouge locals bowl for a cause

    October 5, 2014 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Boys Hope, Girls Hope organization of Baton Rouge involved the community in reaching at risk youth, Sunday afternoon. The first day of the event was Saturday and hundreds showed up between the two days. The organization held the " Bowl for Hope" event at... more »
  • Baton Rouge unity group opposes school board reductions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 16, 2014 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Leaders are at odds over reducing the number school board members to increase productivity. Wednesday, The One Community One School District announced its opposition to the proposed measure. The group believes reducing members could cut black board members out of the equation and create discrimination. ... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss charter takeovers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 7, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal money and the closing of two schools in north Baton Rouge has drawn the attention of some state leaders, who expressed concerns at a community meeting Thursday. Several lawmakers met with parents living near Istrouma High Thursday, one of the schools slated to be closed... more »
  • Leaders: if you're on CATS board, know what you are doing

    August 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders now require leaders overseeing the Capital Area Transit System to know something about public transit. The metro council approved setting tougher standards for members of the CATS board, which has been under fire for its handling of recent scandals. Accountants found irregularities in bus... more »
  • Southern GOP leaders meeting in Alabama

    June 18, 2013 10:32 AM

    BIRMINGHAM - Republican leaders from 10 Southern states are meeting in Alabama to plan strategies for making new GOP inroads across the region. Alabama Republican Chairman Bill Armistead says the two-day meeting of state party chairs and executive directors concludes Tuesday in Birmingham. Party leaders hope to retain all their... more »
  • Louisiana levee plan concerns Mississippi leaders

    May 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's worried a proposed levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of south Mississippi in danger of flooding. Hosemann told The Sun Herald that he's concerned about a proposal being considered to build a 24-foot barrier levee near Lake Pontchartrain... more »
  • City leaders in BR to talk about vehicle take-home policy

    March 26, 2013 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders could begin discussing making changes to the take-home vehicle policy Wednesday. Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is proposing making changes to the policy, including removing the 24 mile exception and limiting personal usage of city-owned vehicles. "We pay for the fuel and I think... more »
  • Religious leaders say Jindal tax data is wrong

    March 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of Louisiana religious leaders say Gov. Bobby Jindal used flawed data to claim nearly all families won't see increased costs under the governor's tax code rewrite. Jindal wants to get rid of state income taxes, in exchange for higher and more state sales taxes. The clergy... more »
  • Jindal to meet with parish leaders about sinkhole

    March 11, 2013 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal scheduled a meeting this afternoon with Assumption Parish leaders to discuss the status of the Bayou Corne sinkhole, and what could done for displaced residents. The meeting will be at 1 p.m. today at the governor's mansion in Baton Rouge. The meeting... more »
  • Leaders want parish to join trash pickup business check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    NEW ROADS - For almost five years Progressive Waste Solutions has taken out the trash in Pointe Coupee Parish, but administrator Jim Bello is a part of a movement that wants the parish to handle the duties instead. "It's about $500,000 that we feel we can save if we... more »
  • NEXT HOUR: Leaders tackle chief issue, red light cameras

    February 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to have a potentially heated discussion about taking appointment power from the mayor and having voters elect a chief of police. That is one of two discussions planned for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. Last week, the Mayor's office fired Chief Dewayne White after... more »
  • Senate leaders in last-ditch fiscal cliff talks

    December 28, 2012 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat and Republican say they're entering last-minute talks with the White House aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff. Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP leader Mitch McConnell gave the relatively upbeat assessment after the duo and top House leaders had what McConnell called a "good"... more »
  • UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over discrimination

    November 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    ATLANTA - The UPS Foundation says it will no longer give grants to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group excludes gays and lesbians from being scouts or scout leaders. The philanthropic arm of the Atlanta-based shipping giant made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting... more »
  • Google's services unable to reach much of China

    November 9, 2012 3:43 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google says its search engine and other Internet services have been cut off from much of China just as the country's ruling party picks new leaders. Data posted on Google's website shows its services in China became largely inaccessible beginning around 1 a.m. PST Friday. That... more »
  • Leaders push for morgue in Livingston

    November 3, 2012 10:56 AM

    LIVINGSTON (AP) - Elected officials in Livingston Parish are calling for the parish to establish a morgue after a fetus important to a criminal case was cremated before an autopsy could be performed. In the meantime, Coroner Dr. Ron Coe said he has arranged to use Tangipahoa Parish's morgue, rather... more »
  • EBR curfew lifted for tonight

    August 30, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish leaders lifted a curfew for East Baton Rouge Parish today. The curfew had been in place from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. Mayor-Kip Holden made the announcement during this morning's press briefing, saying authorities saw no reason to keep it in place.... more »
  • State leaders disagree on next step after health care ruling check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 29, 2012 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal says Louisiana will not implement any of President Obama's health care plans, while others called for the state to start working on the reforms. Jindal says his focus will be on helping the GOP defeat President Obama in November and repeal the entire plan. He... more »
  • Scouts to review ban on gays; no change imminent

    June 6, 2012 3:54 PM

    NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America have agreed to review a proposal that would allow individual units to accept gays as adult leaders, but a spokesman says there's no expectation that the ban on gay leaders will in fact be lifted any time soon. The resolution was submitted... more »
  • Democrats, Jindal leaders clash on education

    March 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Democratic state lawmakers are pressing Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration and his legislative allies to slow down debate over the governor's education proposals. The bills would make sweeping changes to the way education is financed in Louisiana and to job protections and salaries for teachers. The measures would... more »
  • State, local school leaders spar over blame for school closures

    March 14, 2012 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Comments about East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, made by BESE Vice President Chas Roemer Wednesday morning, have sparked heated reaction from local school leaders. Watch News 2 at 10 to hear what Roemer said, and what school board members had to say in return. more »
  • City leaders, developer break ground on new hotel downtown check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 30, 2011 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new hotel means more than 50 new jobs and the potential for economic growth in Downtown Baton Rouge. Construction is underway at the corner of Lafayette and Main Street for the new Hampton Inn and Suites. The $17-million project is expected to be complete by... more »
  • High school sports leaders find compromise over pay raise issue

    February 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - High school athletics in Louisiana will return to courts and fields across the state after a compromise among sports leaders. Officiators across the state held a work stoppage Tuesday night, forcing dozens of basketball games to be postponed. The boycott was in response to a pay... more »
  • La. leaders ask Obama for meeting on Gulf drilling

    February 2, 2011 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Political leaders in south Louisiana are asking President Barack Obama to meet with them to discuss how local economies have been hurt by the slowdown in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Six parish presidents and two mayors sent a letter Tuesday to Obama asking him... more »
  • House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

    January 3, 2011 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders in the new House say they'll hold a vote next week to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The announcement of the Jan. 12 vote by the No. 2 House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, sets the stage for a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate.... more »

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