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  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Chicken Shack 80th anniversary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 25, 2015 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A local restaurant is celebrating a milestone anniversary this weekend. Chicken Shack has been a staple in the Baton Rouge community for 80 years. The restaurant has been a family-run business since its very first day in operation back in 1935. That's when New Orleans native, Tommy... more »
  • Toasted truck had proper license before fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bar-b-que pit is the reason one food truck in Baton Rouge is toast. Earl's Express caught fire Thursday on Plank Road and burned to a crisp. Firefighters said the converted bus had a charcoal grill inside, which is against the law. According to the... more »
  • Plant strikes affecting local businesses check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2015 6:03 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Business owners said their bottom lines are also being affected by a chemical plant workers strike that's in its fourth day in Norco and Convent. Hundreds of workers went on strike at the Shell and Motiva plants there, demanding more pay and attention to safety issues. It's... more »
  • Tourism numbers up for Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 12, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tourism is looking good for the city driven largely by the hospitality and film industries, and local businesses are more than happy to reap the benefits. "It would be very difficult for us to top 2014, but we think 2015 will be among the best years... more »
  • Baton Rouge cemetery gets some much needed attention check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 7, 2015 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A cemetery is getting a face lift with the help of local organizations. The Lutheran Cemetery, on Eddie Robinson, Sr. Avenue was flooded with people trying to make a difference. The Trinity Lutheran Church and Friends of City Park sponsored a community wide clean up,... more »
  • Local shoppers support small businesses

    November 29, 2014 5:59 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit the local businesses every year the day after Black Friday. The day was started in 2010 by American Express Credit Cards as an effort to promote shopping at independent businesses. Susan Longmire, a small business owner in Denham... more »
  • HUD says less homeless in La., but some disagree

    November 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development the number of homeless people in Louisiana has dramatically decreased. A recent study done by the government, said homelessness in the state has gone down more than 50 percent since 2010. The study also said that currently there are... more »
  • National guard hosts mock terrorist attack check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 25, 2014 4:22 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Louisiana National Guard conducted an anti-terrorism exercise Thursday morning. Several local, state, and federal agencies took part in the exercise along with the National Guard. Officials say the exercise happened so that they could see how well everyone worked together in the event an emergency... more »
  • Baton Rouge local lives with parkinson's disease

    August 16, 2014 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, a lot of attention has be brought to Parkinson's disease. The wife of the celebrity made a statement saying that the comedian/actor was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and didn't tell anyone before he took his own life.... more »
  • Union politics to go more local

    September 26, 2013 7:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- The AFL-CIO plans to shift more of its political resources into state and local campaigns, including targeting Republican governors considered anti-union. Political director Michael Podhorzer says spending is expected to be the same or greater as the 2010 campaign cycle when the labor federation spent $53-million on federal... more »
  • Memorial planned for slain Ariz. firefighters

    July 1, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials scheduled a public memorial for Tuesday in Baton Rouge to honor 19 firefighters killed while fighting a wildfire raging in Arizona. The State Fire Marshal's Office and Department of Agriculture and Forestry are working with several other firefighting agencies in Louisiana to put the... 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 »
  • Local teen stars in "The Campaign" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 10, 2012 6:00 PM

    CENTRAL- "It's way too prominent, way too big of a role," said Randall Cunningham, as he walked into his audition for the movie "The Campaign" thinking he'd never land a spot next to comedy icon Will Ferrell. Cunningham is happy he was wrong, because that audition put him on... more »
  • Local high schools compete in 7-on-7 league

    June 20, 2012 6:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Several area teams are gearing up for the 2012 football season by participating in a 7-on-7 passing league this summer. Schools like Denham Springs, Zachary, University High and St. Amant will host league play today. It allows high-flying offensive-minded programs to work on their rhythm... more »
  • Jindal education bills up for House debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 22, 2012 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Debate in the House on Gov. Bobby Jindal's education bills bogged down for a while in argument over how a voucher program would affect voter-approved taxes in local school districts. The bill makes taxpayer money available to students who want to transfer to private schools from poorly... 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 »
  • Three local men accused of hunting violations

    February 23, 2012 3:56 AM

    VIDALIA - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says three 23-year-olds from the Baton Rouge area are accused of spotlighting and other hunting violations, including driving an ATV with oversized tires on a wildlife management area. The department says Jordan Brister, of Prairieville and Richard Magee and Justin Durand,... more »
  • Money for local meth lab clean-up cut from DEA budget

    February 24, 2011 10:30 PM

    NAPOLEANVILLE- Federal money to clean up hazardous meth labs has been cut. The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, tells News 2, "DEA anticipates that funding for the clean-up of meth labs will be exhausted this week. Decisions about additional funding in the future rests with the United States Congress."... more »
  • "Twilight", "Battleship" spend big in Baton Rouge

    February 2, 2011 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Blockbuster movies based on vampires and a board game made up most of the money spent by film companies in Baton Rouge last year, according to Mayor-President Kip Holden’s office. An economic impact report released to the Baton Rouge Film Commission said film companies spent about $196... more »
  • Shoppers seek relaxing experience on Black Friday

    November 26, 2010 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- While hundreds of people lined up in the cold to grab deals at some of the bigger stores in the city, a select few waited to begin their shopping trips. The folks who wanted to skip the lines looked to local mom and pop shops to make their... more »
  • Local offices, issues decided in general election

    November 3, 2010 12:10 AM

    Several local issues and offices were decided in the general election tonight. All local issues passed, including a 1.25 millage increase for East Baton Rouge St. George Fire Department and a crime prevention fee for residents of Shenandoah Estates in East Baton Rouge. Here's a list of local... more »
  • BR mayor details search for police chief

    October 28, 2010 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden tells News 2 there will be a national search for Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff's replacement. He also says there will be local input during the process. Earlier this week Holden released a letter that said LeDuff had told him he... more »
  • Federal authorities helping with Baton Rouge search

    October 19, 2010 3:36 PM

    Local, state and federal law enforcement are spreading out from Baton Rouge in their search for an escaped kidnapper. Demond Cook is still on the loose after overpowering Catahoula Parish sheriff’s deputies and escaping his restraints this morning. Authorities say he was being taken to district court to be... more »
  • State, local firefighters stepping up efforts

    October 6, 2010 6:24 PM

    State and local firefighters are stepping up efforts to deal with extremely dangerous conditions. A drought and occasional high winds leave most of the state vulnerable to fire. News 2’s Mike Steele explained what’s being done to protect you and hazards you should consider. more »
  • Orleans clinics to stay open

    September 23, 2010 5:43 AM

    A partnership between state, federal and local governments will ensure that a network of community primary care health clinics will remain open in New Orleans. Low-income and uninsured residents will continue to have access to the clinics - regardless of their ability to pay - under a waiver negotiated by... more »
  • Auditor models oil spill form on FEMA forms

    June 30, 2010 6:04 AM

    The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has created a standardized set of forms that local governments can use to seek reimbursement for their spill response and cleanup efforts from BP PLC. The forms are modeled after FEMA paperwork that local governments fill out to get reimbursed for their hurricane response efforts. The... more »
  • Local well-known musician dies

    June 28, 2010 2:16 PM

    Harold Cowart, a well-known musician, died unexpectedly Saturday night at his home in Baton Rouge. Cowart played with artists, including Kenny Rogers, the Bee Gees, Barbara Streisand, and others. He was the owner of Bluff Road Recording Studios in Prarieville. He had numerous gold records. Services for... more »
  • Study shows costs of litter

    May 18, 2010 5:12 AM

    A study done for "Keep Louisiana Beautiful" says state and local governments in Louisiana spend an estimated $40 million a year to clean up litter. Keep Louisiana Beautiful says litter is an avoidable and costly problem for taxpayers. The survey found that one-third of the cost of roadside mowing involves... more »
  • Hurricane recovery money changes proposed

    March 24, 2010 3:16 PM

    Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker says the model after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike has been effective getting recovery money to the local level. He says the same system should be in place for billion of dollars connected to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Tucker says lawmakers will consider changes... more »
  • Health care reform local impact

    March 22, 2010 10:33 AM

    News 2's Luke Margolis talks to small business owners, doctors and patients with pre-existing injuries to find out how the passage of healthcare reform affects you. He'll have the latest, live on News 2 at 4, 5 and 6. more »

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