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  • With budget approval, council agrees to more police academies

    December 9, 2014 9:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers. The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about... more »
  • Parish workers tell council to 'show them the money'

    November 18, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers in Baton Rouge have been waiting for a pay raise for years. Tuesday, the council spoke about raises for workers that were suggested, but never materialized. A study done by the city-parish, completed in 2013, found employees are underpaid, when matched to comparable cities.... more »
  • Metro Council wants pay raises in budget

    November 10, 2014 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members have been flipping through the mayor's proposed budget that they will vote on next month. But some say the key missing element is an across-the-board pay raise for city workers. Mayor-President Kip Holden officially unveiled his proposed 2015 budget last... more »
  • Council settles scandal for $35,000 Play Video

    October 22, 2014 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who claims she was at the end of a witch hunt orchestrated by the mayor and police department will be paid $35,000 in a settlement deal reached with the city-parish. Wednesday, the Metro Council agreed to the deal after Kim McCants sued. McCants... more »
  • City leader exploring the use of police officer body cameras Play Video

    September 10, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is exploring the possibility of adding more eyes to what's going on during emergencies through the use of police body cameras. Marcelle said body cameras would add more transparency to the police department and would be an additional tool for investigations.... more »
  • Council hears from John Olliver on payday lending

    September 10, 2014 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council heard a presentation about payday lending from an unlikely source Wednesday. Council members Ronnie Edwards and Donna Collins-Lewis played a portion of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" during the meeting. In the segment, the comedian and HBO... more »
  • Metro Council votes to fire parish attorney Play Video

    September 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted to remove Mary Roper as their parish attorney after a contentious hearing Wednesday afternoon. The vote was 8-3 to fire Roper. Council memebers Tara Wicker, Ronnie Edwards and Chauna Banks-Daniel voted against removing Roper. Joel Boe was absent. ... more »
  • Roper hearing to proceed on Sept. 10 after judge's ruling

    September 5, 2014 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Friday that the termination hearing for Parish Attorney Mary Roper will go forward next Wednesday. The Metro Council is now set to gather next Wednesday to cast a vote to decide Roper's job status. The Sept. 10 hearing will be... more »
  • Judge to rule on how Roper hearing will proceed Play Video

    August 26, 2014 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State District Judge Michael Caldwell will make a decision Friday about whether to tell the Metro Council how a hearing regarding Parish Attorney Mary Roper will proceed. Roper was placed on paid leave last week. The Metro Council was supposed to discuss whether to put her on... more »
  • St. George petition almost ready to submit Play Video

    August 25, 2014 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The push to create a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish reached a major milestone last night, as it's one step closer to vote on the ballot. "It is a big milestone," said Lionel Rainey, spokesman for the Committee to Incorporate St. George. "Last night... more »
  • Judge rules city ordinance violates 2nd Amendment Play Video

    August 25, 2014 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge ruled Monday that a Baton Rouge ordinance which makes it illegal to have guns at a bar or liquor store violates the Second Amendment. Chief Judge Brian Jackson also ordered city police to no longer enforce the measure, which was passed in 1951.... more »
  • Lawyer tries to have Metro Council held in contempt Play Video

    August 18, 2014 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lawyer representing Parish Attorney Mary Roper is trying to have the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council held in contempt of court. It centers around a restraining order that was signed by a judge last week. The restraining order prohibits the council from considering the... more »
  • Judge grants order to block termination hearing

    August 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge granted an injunction Wednesday filed by East Baton Rouge's former parish attorney to postpone a Metro Council hearing over her job status. Mary Roper filed suit against the Metro Council Tuesday over their attempts to remove her as parish attorney. The feud stems from... more »
  • Bizarre council debate rattles nerves, accomplishes nothing Play Video

    July 23, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre. Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
  • The fairness ordinance Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination. The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen. Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... more »
  • Residents sound off ahead of Metro Council fairness discussion Play Video

    July 23, 2014 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council could vote on an issue dealing with equal opportunity at their meeting this afternoon. A lot of items are on the council agenda, but one of the most controversial is the Fairness Ordinance that focuses on protecting sexual orientation, like race, when it... more »
  • City's lawsuit against dump dismissed

    July 21, 2014 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city's fight to try and block an ndustrial waste landfill in north Baton Rouge is over. A judge dismissed the lawsuit over the permit for Louisiana Land Acquisitions to operate, saying the city failed to formally raise its issues when the Department of Environmental Quality... more »
  • Fairness act causes controversy for council Play Video

    July 21, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is taking on a controversial civil rights topic this week with a proposal to ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, among other things. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said in order to continue the progress made... more »
  • Metro Council to discuss another Fairness Ordinance next week Play Video

    July 17, 2014 8:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Council will once again discuss a Fairness Ordinance next week. There is currently no federal, state or local laws preventing someone from being denied employment or housing because of their perceived sexual orientation. "It's long overdue in Baton Rouge," Elizabeth Querbes... more »
  • AG: Annexation shouldn't affect petition Play Video

    June 30, 2014 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Attorney General's office said Monday that signatures collected to incorporate the city of St. George likely won't be invalidated by the Metro Council's May annexations of the Mall of Louisiana, Baton Rouge General and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. The opinion, signed by... more »
  • Council approves controversial ride-sharing service Play Video

    June 25, 2014 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There will soon be another form of transportation in the capital city since city leaders approved plans for ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to hit the streets. Uber, the only ride-sharing company present at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting, allows people to use an app... more »
  • Forgotten firehouses set to be addressed by Metro Council Play Video

    June 24, 2014 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least three of the city's blighted and abandoned old firehouses will be talked about at the Metro Council meeting tomorrow. It comes after a report by the WBRZ Investigative Unit last year that showed the problems from the city's six blighted firehouses. We showed you... more »
  • Cabbies take issue with ride sharing company looking at Baton Rouge

    June 11, 2014 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least one new company is interested in setting up a ride sharing business in Baton Rouge. Wednesday night, Metro Councilmen John Delgado and Ryan Heck introduced changes to an existing city law that would allow transportation companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to operate in... more »
  • Speed limits to change on thousands of streets

    May 28, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City work crews will begin replacing speed limit signs in thousands of neighborhoods with brighter reflectors and slower speed limits after a vote by the Metro Council Wednesday. The council approved an agenda item to lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 on streets that do... more »
  • Council to discuss lowering speed limit, replacing 12,000 signs Play Video

    May 27, 2014 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residential traffic in East Baton Rouge Parish could be moving slower, if the Metro Council approves a speed limit change. The proposal by councilman Ryan Heck would reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 on non-striped residential streets inside city limits and in unincorporated areas.... more »
  • Metro Council approves mall, hospital annexations Play Video

    May 14, 2014 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members chose to approve petitions to annex property including the Mall of Louisiana and Baton Rouge General Hospital into the city limits of Baton Rouge. The vote was 9-3 in favor of annexation; council members Heck, Amoroso, and Loupe voted against. A motion by... more »
  • St. George supporters ask for "no" vote on annexation Play Video

    May 9, 2014 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- St. George organizers ask people to take a stand by asking the Metro Council to vote no to annexation. The Baton Rouge Metro Council is meeting on Wednesday, May 14, to vote on the annexation of the Mall of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Medical Center. St.... more »
  • Council poll: would they approve, deny annexation request? Play Video

    May 5, 2014 11:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members want the attorney general to take a look requests to annex the Mall of Louisiana and Baton Rouge General request before they make their decision. Also, the council is split on if they even want the annexation to begin with. Monday, executives... more »
  • Council paves way for new interstate ramps Play Video

    April 23, 2014 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council has approved hiring a group to survey land for a future Greenlight project involving an interchange at Pecue Lane and I-10. The proposed project would include multiple through and turn leans on Pecue Lane, an entrance ramp and exit ramp on both sides... more »
  • Movie studios, Costco & bank now inside city limits

    April 23, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved annexing a new big box retail store, the movie production studios and a bank at their meeting Wednesday afternoon. Costco, Celtic, and a credit union along Airline Highway and its intersection with I-12 are now inside the city limits of Baton Rouge. The move... more »
  • Pet fee increase introduced by Metro Council Play Video

    April 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It may cost more for pet registration in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Metro Council introduced a fee increase for the Companion Animal Alliance shelter. An amendment asks for money to help get control of strays. Each year pet-owners would pay $3 more for spayed or... more »
  • Metro Council has big decisions to make today

    April 22, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss a list of items Wednesday, some of which are expected to be controversial, when they meet for the regular Metro Council meeting. A series of traffic solutions are on the agenda. Traffic engineers are asking to synch more stop lights with a new... more »
  • City leaders set to decide on road plan Wednesday

    March 11, 2014 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are expected to vote on a measure that could mean more immediate road repairs in two sections of the city. Wednesday, the metro council has to decide on a road take over plan. It means three streets: Government, parts of Nicholson, and a stretch of... more »
  • City planning for state route takeover, will fix roads Play Video

    February 26, 2014 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council introduced a proposal Wednesday to transfer three roads from state control to city-parish control. The city would be responsible for repairs that could be done faster than if the state was in charge of the highways and making upgrades. The swap would... more »
  • Residency rule denied by city leaders

    January 8, 2014 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A rule forbidding city-parish employees from living in Baker, Zachary, Central and the proposed City of St. George is off the table after Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. It was tabled since there was not enough support. If it had been passed, the ordinance would have required... more »
  • Council: If you live there, you can't work here Play Video

    December 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five Baton Rouge Metro Council members are proposing the city-parish only hire employees who live within city limits or in unincorporated areas of the parish. The proposal would exclude anyone living in Central, Zachary, Baker and the proposed City of St. George from working for city government.... more »
  • Bridge renaming for Trevor Sims approved

    November 13, 2013 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members approved a measure Wednesday night to rename an East Baton Rouge Parish bridge in honor of Trevor Sims, a terminally-ill boy who fought hunger in the parish before his death. The council voted unanimously to rename the North Boulevard Bridge the Trevor Sims... more »
  • EBR coroner's office asks for more money

    November 13, 2013 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner told the Metro Council his office is woefully underfunded, and requested 44 percent more funds than allocated in Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposed 2014 budget. Holden's budget, released last week, allocates nearly $2 million to the Coroner's Office. Coroner Dr. Beau Clark... more »
  • Bridge could be named in honor of Trevor Sims

    November 5, 2013 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders will begin discussing honoring a deceased child by naming a bridge for him. Councilwoman Tara Wicker wants the overpass on North Boulevard between 10th and 19th to be named the Trevor Sims Memorial Bridge. Sims, 11, died from cancer in October. He was... more »
  • 2014 budget up for discussion

    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 »
  • Council members split on St. George Play Video

    October 10, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council Members whose districts fall within the proposed city of St. George boundary have mixed reactions on the benefits of the proposed city. "I am not for the city of St. George," District Nine Representative Joel Boe' said. "I think it has and will have... more »
  • CATS gets a new board member

    October 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved Ben Miller to fill a vacant seat on the Capital Area Transit System. Miller replaces former board president Isaiah Marshall. The vote to fill Montrell McCaleb's seat is deferred for two weeks. Metro Council members were deadlocked on two candidates after three... more »
  • Future of red light cameras up for vote

    October 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The future of Baton Rouge red light cameras will be voted on today at the Metro Council meeting. The current contract with American Traffic Solutions ends Jan. 1, 2014. The city-parish is asking that Metro Council members vote in favor of renewing the contract for 5... more »
  • Shuttered community center's director fired

    October 2, 2013 8:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The director of a city community center shut down because of fire code violations has been fired his attorney told WBRZ News 2 Wednesday. Carl Slaughter plans to appeal his firing attorney Jill Craft added. Slaughter had been the director of the Jewel J. Newman Center. ... more »
  • Council member calls for suspension of center director Play Video

    September 9, 2013 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jewel J. Newman Community Center has served the Scotlandville area for years, but according to Metro Council member Chauna Banks- Daniel the center isn't what it use to be. "This is a situation where there have been no accountability for the Jewel J. Newman Community... more »
  • Council puts brakes on possible CATS shut down

    September 6, 2013 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A planned discussion among city leaders to dissolve the Capital Area Transit System has been canceled. Councilman John Delgado, who made the request for an upcoming Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, pulled it. He said he wants more time to "fully vet the resolution with the members."... more »
  • Questions raised about $12,000 tab on city credit card Play Video

    September 4, 2013 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A city-issued credit card is causing a rift in Metro Council. Council members get $50,000 for their district's budget each year. It includes salaries for assistants, office supplies and any other items they might need for district operations. Councilwoman Tara Wicker says the mayor's office... more »
  • Leaders decide on license plate readers, traffic class operator

    August 28, 2013 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a list of items Wednesday, including accepting grants for crime fighting and setting up an online driving school for the parish. CyberActive was hired to handle courses. It was selected over a company from the Baton Rouge area, which was more expensive. The program... more »
  • Metro Council member to propose dissolving CATS

    August 26, 2013 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Metro Council member will propose privatizing the Capital Area Transit System at an upcoming meeting, News 2 has learned. Councilman John Delgado told News 2 he's authored a resolution to dissolve the system, which will go before the council on Sept. 11.... more »
  • Councilman proposes new way to pick CATS board

    August 13, 2013 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A councilman has introduced a resolution calling for the resignations of all Capital Area Transit System board members and for a new process to vet nominations of those seeking to serve on the Baton Rouge transit system board of directors. Two resolutions by Councilman Buddy Amoroso are... more »
  • People denounce plans for new landfill

    July 15, 2013 10:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People had a stern message for state environmental leaders who will make the final decision about a landfill in the northern area of the parish. A small crowd gathered Monday night for a meeting about the facility planned for Brooklawn Drive, about two miles west of Scenic... more »
  • Meeting tonight over landfill permit application Play Video

    July 15, 2013 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Metro Council members scheduled a community meeting Monday night to provide information about a company applying for a landfill permit in East Baton Rouge Parish. Trae Welch and Chauna Banks-Daniel scheduled the meeting to discuss the application by Louisiana Land Acquisitions, a company which has... more »
  • Spooky talk, but haunted house is approved

    June 26, 2013 10:35 PM

    CENTRAL- A haunted house got the green light from city leaders, but not before some confusing back-and-forth over the project. At first, it was denied then eventually approved. Creators of The 13th Gate want to expand to an empty lot on Joor Road at Mickens. The project... more »
  • Settlement approved in hair-pulling incident

    June 26, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a $30,000 settlement after a woman's hair was pulled by a Baton Rouge Police Officer two years ago. Melinda Morris said Sgt. Bobby Schilling used excessive force when he drug her into a ditch while working a traffic crash. Schilling and city police... more »
  • LATER TODAY: City leaders to decide on settlement, haunted house

    June 25, 2013 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will decide on a list of controversial issues at Wednesday's Metro Council Meeting. Among the items on the agenda, a $30,000 settlement dealing with an allegation of police excessive force. Melinda Morris sued the city after an incident with Sgt. Robert Schilling. Morris claimed Schilling... more »
  • Idea of haunted house doesn't seem so spooky to neighbors Play Video

    June 24, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Owners of The 13th Gate, are considering expanding on a plot of land, just south of Central. The 75 acres, located on the east side of Joor Rd., south of Mickens Rd. could be home to a number of attractions, including a haunted hayride, outdoor laser... more »
  • City leaders to decide on $30k settlement in hair-pulling case

    June 24, 2013 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to decide Wednesday on a $30,000 settlement for a woman suing the city over an incident involving a police officer. Melinda Morris has said an officer pulled her by her hair and forced her to fall into a ditch in September 2011. Morris... more »
  • City leaders delete proposed law about dogs

    June 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders removed an agenda item from Wednesday's Metro Council meeting that would have restricted how long a dog could be tethered. Councilman John Delgado pulled the ordinance and did not say if he would add it to an agenda later. The law would have made... more »
  • Renewed push to hire reserve BRPD officers Play Video

    May 15, 2013 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a renewed effort to add reserve officers back to the Baton Rouge Police force. The police department is currently in talks with the Metro Council to secure money for training. Plans are in the works to hire 15 reserve officers next year, and increase that... more »
  • Metro Council approves Costco Wholesale plans Play Video

    May 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mega-store Costco Wholesale could open in Baton Rouge a year from now, after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved an economic development plan to pay for infrastructure and road improvements in the area. The retailer is investing $38 million into its 144,000-square-foot warehouse at the... more »
  • Leaders scheduled to discuss Costco deal

    May 7, 2013 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss the planned Costco store during Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. The wholesaler is planning a location at the intersection of I-12 and Airline Highway. Two items on the agenda deal with the future of the store. One creates an economic development district in... more »
  • Metro Council to vote on Costco deal

    May 6, 2013 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Costco Wholesale could open in Baton Rouge in a year if the Metro Council approves the creation of an economic development district Wednesday to pay for infrastructure improvements in the area. The superstore is planning a $38 million capital investment into its 150,000-square-foot warehouse on Dawnadele Avenue... more »
  • Leaders talk about law dealing with chained dogs Play Video

    April 24, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For years, animal activists have called tethering dogs cruelty, and Wednesday East Baton Rouge council members introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal. "That dog is a natural social animal that wants to get out, and when you keep it on that tether, it doesn't... 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 »
  • Council quits discussion about electing police chief

    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 »
  • 24/7 alcohol sales, elected chief up for discussion Wednesday

    March 12, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders could make a historic change and allow 24-hour liquor sales. The sales would only be allowed on riverboat casinos, if Metro Council approves the change. Currently, city laws don't allow sales after 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and midnight Sunday. Among other... more »
  • Council starts discussion on electing BR police chief Play Video

    February 27, 2013 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders tabled discussion about electing the police chief during Wednesday night's Metro Council meeting. But, there was no shortage of opinions from citizens who voiced their concerns. "Let me say that Baton Rouge can no longer accept an appointed police chief. And, we can no... more »
  • 24/7 alcohol sales law introduced

    February 27, 2013 8:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law change was introduced at the city's Metro Council meeting Wednesday, to allow alcohol sales 24/7 at some establishments. The ordinance would allow riverboat casinos to get a special license to sell after other bars are required to close. The item will eventually be available... more »
  • BR casinos could get okay to sell alcohol 24/7

    February 27, 2013 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A few months after changing city law and allowing more alcohol sales on Sunday, city leaders will discuss the possibility of allowing some Baton Rouge establishments to sell alcohol at all hours of the day. Discussions begin at Wednesday night's Metro Council on a special, 24/7 liquor... more »

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