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  • Mayor Holden hints that council members got cozy with developer Play Video

    April 28, 2016 12:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After the Metro Council voted to override Mayor-President Kip Holden's veto of an economic development district in north Baton Rouge, he hinted that some council members might be getting comfortable with developers. After nearly two hours of discussion Wednesday, eight Metro Council members voted to overrule... more »
  • Request to spend more on pump stations not unusual, officials say

    April 27, 2016 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite asking city leaders to approve a four-percent increase in cost and nearly a year of additional work, engineers of the city's $1.2 billion sewer upgrade say the project is on budget and on time. Wednesday, the SSO asked the Metro Council to approve spending $859,659... more »
  • Council could overturn mayor's veto of NBR economic development Play Video

    April 26, 2016 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council will vote Wednesday to possibly override Mayor-President Kip Holden's veto for a proposal to create an economic development district in north Baton Rouge. Holden denied the request last week, after the Metro Council unanimously approved the district, sponsored by council member John Delgado.... more »
  • Metro Council kills smoking ban proposal Play Video

    April 13, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Metro Council killed a proposal that would have banned smoking in all businesses, including bars and casinos. Smoking ban fails. pic.twitter.com/qiXjg0jauI — Brittany Weiss WBRZ (@MsBWeiss) April 13, 2016 The ordinance was designed to include a ban on... more »
  • Metro Council to vote on smoking ban Wednesday

    April 13, 2016 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Metro Council is set to discuss a proposal that would ban smoking in all business around the capital city. The idea was pitched by Smoke Free Baton Rouge, an anti-smoking campaign. It started out as a plan to ban smoking in bars and casinos around Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Private company approved to go after fraudulent homestead exemptions, if governing agencies agree

    March 23, 2016 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved the East Baton Rouge Parish Assessor's request to hire a third-party service to go after people who are fraudulently claiming homestead exemption. The assessor, Brian Wilson, said he wants to have Tax Management Associates investigate properties that should not be claimed... more »
  • Metro Council introduces smoking ban, will consider in April

    March 23, 2016 9:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Metro Council introduced a smoking ban for discussion, Wednesday. This was not a public hearing. The Metro Council plans to discuss and debate the potential ban on April 13th. This smoking ban would make it illegal to smoke in businesses in the parish, including bars... more »
  • Metro Council to consider smoking ban in Baton Rouge businesses Play Video

    March 18, 2016 11:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Metro Council is getting ready to discuss a smoking ban in casinos and bars in Baton Rouge. A smoke-free campaign in the community caught the council's attention and they decided to consider extending the ban to all businesses. Joe Hall owns Phil Brady's Bar in Baton... more »
  • Baton Rouge council to take up smoking ban

    March 18, 2016 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An ordinance that would ban smoking in Baton Rouge's casinos and bars is finally headed to the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council. The council should vote on the ordinance in April, and it already has five of the seven votes it will need to pass. While... more »
  • Race, weed and tax evasion topics at Wednesday Metro Council meeting

    March 9, 2016 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In what is a relatively short agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting, city leaders started discussing some potentially controversial topics. One item to be discussed is a report from various Baton Rouge government offices about the possibility of providing financial incentives to lure a hospital to... more »
  • Funeral arrangements set for Rep. Ronnie Edwards

    February 27, 2016 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Funeral service arrangements have been set for Louisiana Representative Ronnie Edwards who died Wednesday. The viewing will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on March 4 at the Living Faith Christian Center at 6375 Winbourne Ave. in Baton Rouge. The funeral service will... more »
  • BRAF to side-step Metro Council in setting up health district in south Baton Rouge

    February 23, 2016 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has apparently decided to go around the Metro Council with its plans to build a health district in Baton Rouge. Councilwoman and Planning Commissioner Tara Wicker told WBRZ News 2 that BRAF pulled the item from the Metro Council's agenda. This comes... more »
  • Brandywine complex's future up for debate

    February 10, 2016 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Council members will discuss the future of the Brandywine apartment complex at their meeting on Wednesday. The apartments are located on Darryl Drive in Baton Rouge. The Metro Council will talk about a plan proposed by City Holdings, LLC that offers to buy part of the derelict... more »
  • Body camera review board set to meet Thursday Play Video

    February 4, 2016 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The body camera review board will meet today to address the current body camera program. Metro Council members set up the review committee to research the cameras and draft guidelines for the body cameras. Today, the review board is expected to talk about possible funding options for the... more »
  • Council approves hiring help to fix downtown parking problems Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a $100,000 contract to help create better parking in downtown. Approval was granted Wednesday for the Mayor's office to hire Fregonese Associates. The company will oversee upgrading meters and automate the city's two parking garages. Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel described... more »
  • Metro councilman shocked many people still go to the library Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A simple item on Wednesday's Metro Council agenda about leasing space for a temporary downtown library turned into a bizarre discussion about how many people visit libraries and the economic differences between people on either side of town. The library board wants to spend $14,583.33 a... more »
  • Next Baton Rouge mayor will earn more than Kip Holden

    December 9, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The next mayor will earn $175,000 a year each year they are mayor thanks to a raise approved by the Metro Council Wednesday. The pay increase is for a flat, four-year salary. The mayor will not earn any pay raises. Voters in East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Council approves 2016 city budget; funds city's largest police force

    December 8, 2015 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved the mayor's spending plan for next year Tuesday evening. No one voted against the $880 million spending plan that includes significant growth for public safety . The entire budget is about 6% more than the spending plan for 2015. The budget... more »
  • Metro Council members split races for state seats

    November 21, 2015 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Metro Council split a pair of state House seats Saturday night. Ronnie Edwards won the seat to represent District 29, defeating Edmond Jordan 72 to 28 percent. Ryan Heck fell to Paula Davis in the race for the District 69 seat,... more »
  • Council budget hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon

    November 12, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro council members are getting ready to take a look at next year's budget proposal. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden unveiled his 2016 budget proposal. The $880.4 million budget includes more money for safety agencies and a pay bump for government employees. On Thursday, Metro... more »
  • With Metro Council approval, CATS to cut two routes in December

    November 10, 2015 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Changes to CATS routes will start December 6th, and that will include the elimination of two following a vote by Metro Council Tuesday. The bus company asked city leaders to let them cut the under performing routes: O’Neal Park and Ride and the Downtown to Mall... more »
  • Councilman recommends salary increase for next mayor

    November 9, 2015 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilman Joel Boé is suggesting the council set the next mayor's salary at $225,000 annually to "attract the best and brightest for the job." The item, which has previously been deferred by the council, appears on Tuesday's agenda. Boé tells News 2 he will ask... more »
  • EBR Metro-Council members vie for state seats

    October 25, 2015 1:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the East Baton Rouge Metro-Council looking to get in to the Louisiana State House will shake up the current council. C. Denise Marcelle is the only certified move into the state House of Representatives based on Saturday's election results. Marcelle went head-to-head against fellow... more »
  • Baton Rouge council refuses to increase insurance premiums

    October 15, 2015 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge city-parish government employees will not see an increase in their health insurance premiums. The Metro Council on Wednesday refused to raise health insurance premiums for city employees. The decision will force the city to pull money from its reserves. The city-parish has already lost some... more »
  • Metro Council approves rezoning after Tubal Cain no show Play Video

    August 19, 2015 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Wednesday night to approve rezoning the location of a proposed barge cleaning facility along the Mississippi River south of LSU, a move to stop its construction. The 10-2 Metro Council vote comes after the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended rezoning... more »
  • Baton Rouge council rejects tax subsidy for hotel proposal

    July 23, 2015 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has refused to award a tax-relief incentive to a new hotel. The fate of the planned Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge is unclear. The hotel is proposed for the corner of Third Street and Florida Street,... more »
  • Metro Council approves library tax

    June 11, 2015 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with $250,000... more »
  • Body cameras are voted down by Metro Council

    June 10, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council voted down body cameras this evening. Members debated body cameras for almost an hour before the vote. The pitch was to require cops in Baton Rouge to wear body cameras. Although many of the council members agreed they wanted police to wear body... more »
  • Metro Council will vote on library tax Play Video

    June 10, 2015 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The library board in Baton Rouge approved asking voters to renew a tax that would keep libraries open. The Metro Council will make the final decision during their Wednesday meeting. Many Metro Council members publicly suggested the library take a cut, claiming money is needed in other... more »
  • Body cameras to be discussed once again

    June 10, 2015 8:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will once again discuss body cameras for Baton Rouge police officers. The topic is set to come up at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. This is the third time the topic is set to be discussed. At the meeting two weeks ago the Metro Council vetoed,... more »
  • East Baton Rouge council delay vote on library tax

    May 28, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has delayed voting on how high of a property tax the library system will put on ballots next fall. Four council members were absent. The Metro Council will now vote on the library's proposed property tax at its June 10 meeting.... more »
  • City leaders haggle over body camera issue

    May 27, 2015 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders dealt another delay to a plan requiring all police officers in the city to wear body cameras that record their interactions with citizens. After voting to veto the ordinance proposed by C. Denise Marcelle the council instead deferred a decision. The measure was moved... more »
  • Possible hotel tax coming to Baton Rouge

    May 13, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is deciding whether to approve two proposed taxing districts for downtown hotels. Plans call for a new Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard Mariott. Developers of both projects are seeking new tax increment financing districts. These new districts would allow developers to... more »
  • Body cameras for BRPD put off another month

    April 22, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members put on hold any decisions Wednesday night about requiring Baton Rouge Police to use body cameras. The council deferred a decision for 30 days. It will be back on the agenda for their May 27th meeting. Council member C. Denise Marcelle said... more »
  • Metro Council approves Miss USA spending

    April 8, 2015 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members unanimously approved a request Wednesday for $230,000 to bring the Miss USA pageant to Baton Rouge again. The six-figure expenditure will help cover costs for the pageant, and was part of the agreement to bring it back to Baton Rouge for another year.... more »
  • Metro Council to talk pay raises and pageants Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a packed agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting . The council could decide to put more money in the pockets of city workers. They will vote on a pay raise today that was promised by Mayor Kip Holden. Everyone but the firefighter's union had... more »
  • DA's office fighting for security, paychecks Play Video

    February 18, 2015 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The cash-strapped East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney's office says if they don't get more money by this summer their employees might not get paid, and said they needed additional funds from the city to keep operations afloat. The district attorney's office currently has a $13... more »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »
  • Council approves plan to build sidewalks on deadly road

    January 28, 2015 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved two items Wednesday dealing with sidewalk construction . The approvals allow DPW to move forward with accepting federal money to build sidewalks in Gardere and a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge. The city will used surplus money from similar projects to fund its... more »
  • St. George Fire millage proposals pass Metro Council

    January 28, 2015 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After voting down a similar millage proposal at their previous meeting, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved two millage requests to fund the St. George Fire Protection District. St. George initially asked for a 3.25 millage tax for 20 years, which the Metro Council denied.... more »
  • Metro Council hires attorney for St. George opposition

    January 28, 2015 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Tuesday night to hire Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson to represent them in court as they oppose a movement to incorporate the southern portion of the parish into its own city. Council members voted 8-3, with Buddy Amoroso, Joel Boé and... more »
  • Metro Council considering cutting EBR library funding Play Video

    January 15, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members are looking for alternative funding options for a $16 billion mental health facility after Mayor Kip Holden's tax proposal failed Wednesday night, and one place their looking could make a city agency the victim of their own success. Without the mayor's proposed tax... more »
  • Metro Council message: no new taxes Play Video

    January 14, 2015 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Wednesday night not to bring East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposal for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to a public vote. The tax bump would have funded public safety and capital improvement projects. council members in favor of the plan... more »
  • Mayor's tax proposal on Metro Council agenda Play Video

    January 14, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed sales tax is on the agenda for the Metro Council meeting today in Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden is asking for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to fund public safety projects. Holden's proposed $335 million tax plan would also fund capital improvements. It... more »
  • City-parish employees could be fined for traffic accidents Play Video

    January 13, 2015 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City-parish employees in Baton Rouge could face fines for driving recklessly and causing preventable accidents with city-parish owned vehicles. The Office of Risk Management will propose new policies Wednesday to the Metropolitan Council to stop what some call an unacceptable level of traffic-violations. "What we want... more »
  • 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 »

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