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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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? check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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