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  • Metro Council approves temporary voting locations

    September 28, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved temporary voting location changes for November’s election. The proposal consolidates polling locations after last month’s historic flooding and will affect more than 34,000 East Baton Rouge Parish voters. To view a list of the proposed temporary locations, click... more »
  • New taxes for roads, mental health center to be discussed Wednesday

    September 13, 2016 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council will discuss five new tax proposals at its meeting Wednesday. Among the items are taxes on property to pay for new roads and a mental health facility. Also, the council will consider a two-percent tax on hotel rooms to raise money for the newly-created... more »
  • Metro Council discusses debris removal, votes on elevation requirements

    September 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council hosted a special meeting Wednesday evening at City Hall in downtown Baton Rouge to discuss parish elevation requirements after last month’s historic flooding. The council voted to raise "substantial damage" to 50 percent of the homes value for... more »
  • Metro council vote on BRPD residency requirements deferred Play Video

    August 10, 2016 7:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE –The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council's vote regarding BRPD residency requirements was automatically deferred after the council meeting ran past 8 p.m. An overflow crowd choked the ninth floor of city hall Wednesday as the Metro Council discussed again whether police officers should be required to... more »
  • Metro Council to mull over police policy on Monday

    August 5, 2016 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council has called a meeting early next week to discuss possible changes to police policy. The council will convene at noon Monday on the 11th floor of the 19th JDC Building downtown to receive new information about a range of topics relating to city... more »
  • Signaling another council discussion, councilwoman to host police residency meeting

    August 2, 2016 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A week after a heated argument among city leaders and community activists over where Baton Rouge Police should live, Councilwoman Chauna Banks announced she will hold a community meeting on the issue this week. Banks proposed the ordinance that died at last week's Metro Council meeting... more »
  • Metro Council members oppose police residency requirements Play Video

    July 27, 2016 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A plan to require new police officers to live in the city died at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. The ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel would have forced the Police Department to limit future hiring to applicants living within the city limits. Wednesday's meeting was... more »
  • School board member looks to jump to Metro Council in election

    June 28, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member hopes to jump government boards this fall, asking voters to elect her to Metro Council. Via a news release from a publicist, Barbara Freiberg announced she is running for city government. Freiberg will run for the council's district... more »
  • Metro Council approves $10 million bond for proposed tram system Play Video

    June 22, 2016 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a meeting to discuss fueling economic development in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved a $10 million bond to fund the tramlinkBR project. "It's exciting," Councilmember Member Tara Wicker said. "It's an economic engine that will really reform and revitalize that whole community."... more »
  • Marcelle announces mayoral run

    May 31, 2016 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative and former Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle announced she will be running for EBR Mayor-President this fall in a press release issued Tuesday evening. In a statement, Marcelle says she made the decision after "being encouraged by many citizens from all areas of the... more »
  • Councilwoman Tara Wicker announces campaign for re-election

    May 31, 2016 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker announced her campaign for re-election for Metro Council District 10. The announcement took place on Tuesday, May 31 at 11:15 a.m. at the corner of Third St. and North Boulevard. "I wake up thrilled everyday to serve the people of District 10. I am... more »
  • Council approval paves way for new hotel in Downtown BR Play Video

    May 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a tiff Wednesday night that paves the way for a new hotel to be built in downtown Baton Rouge. The Third-Florida Economic Development District allows the Courtyard Marriott Hotel planned for the corner of 3rd and Florida to levy a 2 cent... more »
  • Former BR councilwoman and philanthropist, Mary Frey Eaton, dies at 91

    May 25, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Former East Baton Rouge Metro Council member Mary Frey Eaton died Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Eaton was an admired community servant and volunteer. She served on the Metro Council, where she rose to the ranks of Pro-Tem. Colleagues described Easton as “the grande dame of... more »
  • Metro Council approves vote on new property tax in November Play Video

    May 10, 2016 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council approved adding a property tax vote to the November ballot. The Council on Aging wants more money to fund its operation because of fears of half a million dollars in state cuts and other local government cuts. The organization... more »
  • Power shut off at Brandywine complex because of overdue payments Play Video

    May 5, 2016 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Entergy says power has been shut off to the Brandywine apartment complex because of overdue payments totaling more than $60,000. News 2 began asking questions after receiving calls from several concerned residents claiming they hadn't had electricity since Wednesday morning. They're concerned about... more »
  • 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 »

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