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  • People line up for cheap gas

    October 17, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People lined up for gas like they were evacuating a hurricane Friday as prices dipped to near four-year lows. At the Sam's on Mall Drive, lines were five cars deep at pumps. At the station, members paid $2.61 per gallon. People who did not have a member... more »
  • Gonzales chief may be getting more than he asked for Play Video

    October 13, 2014 10:32 PM

    GONZALES - A bizarre turn of events may lead Police Chief Sherman Jackson to more money than he asked for. After months of back and forth and three vetoes over budget issues, some people had a hard time understanding what happened at a city council meeting Monday night. ... more »
  • Ascension Sheriff offers deal to Sorrento Play Video

    October 2, 2014 6:09 PM

    SORRENTO- Sheriff Jeff Wiley thinks he can provide superior police protection for a fraction of what it would cost to reanimate the lifeless Sorrento Police Department. City records show the town was willing to spend as much as $448,000 to outfit the Sorrento Police Department, but Sheriff Wiley says... more »
  • Nonprofit explains audit Play Video

    September 29, 2014 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge is explaining an audit that details some mistakes the organization made when it submitted payments for payroll taxes and employee contributions. The audit shows that the group was not making those payments on time, but the organization says that's because... more »
  • EBR Redevelopment Authority running out of money

    September 29, 2014 6:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority, a public agency responsible for reviving blighted areas in Baton Rouge, is running out of money. The organization, formed in 2007, is responsible for kicking off two high-profile projects in Ardendale - formerly called Smiley Heights - and the redevelopment... more »
  • Fair urged to modify accounting practices

    September 28, 2014 5:00 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - Auditors say the State Fair of Louisiana could take several steps to improve its accounting practices. Accountant James McClelland recommended the minor changes in a letter accompanying the fair's 2012 and 2013 audits made available by the legislative auditor's office. The fair ended 2012 with slightly more... more »
  • LSU to monitor flight spending Play Video

    September 22, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is promising to monitor the purchase of plane tickets more carefully after an Inspector General's report showed the flagship university wasted $123,000 on unused airfare over the period of two-and-half years. The school wasn't the only state agency that was targeted in the report. The... more »
  • Ascension plant workers part of $4 million settlement

    September 17, 2014 10:19 PM

    GEISMAR - More than 200 workers for Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC in Ascension Parish will get overtime back wages paid to them after a settlement between the two companies and the federal government. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the companies violated the Fair Labor... more »
  • Gonzales council attorney fees raising eyebrows Play Video

    September 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    GONZALES - Weeks after Judge Alvin Turner filed a suit against the council, the bills are already rolling in for work performed by attorneys in the case. Turner sued the council after they refused to rezone his property, but only three councilmen, Gary Lacombe, Terance Irvin, and Timothy Vessel,... more »
  • Charlie Roberts' attorney: Heath acting like a 'working girl' Play Video

    August 25, 2014 9:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The attorney for now former LSU alumni president Charlie Roberts likened a deal he is being sued for defaulting payment on to a prostitution agreement. In court documents filed by Mary Olive Pierson, Pierson argues the agreement at the base of Kay Heath's lawsuit, is compensation for... more »
  • LSU Alumni President accused of job-for-sex deal Play Video

    August 6, 2014 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The president of the LSU Alumni Association, Dr. Charlie Roberts, is accused of giving a woman a job so she would maintain a sexual relationship with him, and then paying her monthly checks once she resigned. According to the suit Kay Heath, a former employee of the... more »
  • State investment helps bolster paper mill Play Video

    August 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The KPAQ paper mill is back in business in a big way, boasting more than $38 million in investments since it came back online in 2010. The mill got incentives from the state that helped investors pump enough money into the facility to get things back... more »
  • Ascension, Iberville could put up money for new bridge study Play Video

    July 25, 2014 10:08 PM

    GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief. Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study. Based on what Iberville... more »
  • Baker to hire collection agency for warrants Play Video

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM

    BAKER - Baker council members will consider hiring a collection agency Tuesday to go after people who owe money for outstanding warrants. Faced with budget cuts to break even, council members will also consider a collection fee of up to 30 percent. Councilman John Givens says Baker has more... more »
  • Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

    July 8, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.8 billion to confront the influx of minors from Central America. The figure also includes extra money for fighting wildfires in the West. The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care... more »
  • Livingston's uneasy future because of Gustav debris Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders are not sure what the future holds dealing with handling Gustav debris cleanup since arbitrators ruled in FEMA's favor. Following a week-long hearing in May, the group released Monday the federal government should not cover $59 million in costs related to the 2008 storm. The... more »
  • Livingston contractors still waiting on money Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:37 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Contractors who worked to clean up debris following Hurricane Gustav will still be waiting on money from the parish after FEMA decided not to foot the bill for their work. FEMA claims the contractors cleared vastly more debris than what was deposited by the storm, so therefore,... more »
  • Budget stalemate could continue in Gonzales Play Video

    June 23, 2014 9:47 PM

    GONZALES - The city council accepted a second budget proposal Monday evening after Mayor Barney Arceneaux vetoed the original last month. Arceneaux did not support amendments that were made by the council. The mayor warned when submitting another proposal, he will likely veto the budget again if the council... more »
  • Ascension teachers get pay raise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    GONZALES- Teachers and staff in Ascension Parish schools received a 3 percent pay raise as part of a $219 million dollar budget that passed Tuesday evening. The budget includes a permanent pay raise, which hasn't happened in nearly six years. "Of course you always appreciate the money, but... more »
  • Skyrocketing flood insurance comes down to Earth Play Video

    June 6, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Biggert Waters Act of 2012 sent some flood insurance premiums in Louisiana through the roof, but now those payments should be more manageable. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, passed in March, brings insurance premiums back down to their previous level for homes purchased before 2012.... more »
  • Ascension Assessor adds millions to tax rolls Play Video

    June 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    GONZALES- An aerial assessment of Ascension Parish found nearly 15 percent of property owners weren't paying a fair share of taxes. Ascension Assessor, M.J. "Mert" Smiley, used aerial pictometry to create an updated map of the parish that shows several plots that weren't being taxed before he came into... more »
  • Parish to jail misdemeanor criminals Play Video

    June 2, 2014 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law passed in the session will allow courts to collect additional fees for bench warrants to help fund a misdemeanor jail in East Baton Rouge Parish. The law, sponsored by Dan Claitor, allows courts to collect an additional $50 or $25 at city court for bench... more »
  • Police: Man stabbed woman over missing money

    May 30, 2014 4:32 PM

    GONZALES - Deputies accused a Gonzales man of stabbing a woman multiple times during an argument this week about money missing form his residence. Authorities arrested Gregory Davis, 64, on suspicion of aggravated second-degree battery and false imprisonment Wednesday. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies were called to... more »
  • Taylor: Charter schools costing EBR too much Play Video

    May 15, 2014 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is preparing for a round of budget cuts after recently announcing it is on track to spend nearly $29 million more than the amount of revenue it is expected to generate in the next year. Superintendent Bernard Taylor says... more »
  • Students find 40-grand in couch

    May 15, 2014 5:57 AM

    NEW YORK - Some college roommates in New York picked up a couch for just $20.00 at the Salvation Army, and the three teens got plenty of bang for their buck. The couch was lumpy, so they decided to look inside the cushions to see why. Inside the couch,... more »
  • Ricks talks D.C. trip, recovery of debris funds Play Video

    May 12, 2014 9:06 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A Board of Appeals has denied a motion by FEMA to dismiss Livingston Parish's request for arbitration in recovering over $59 million it spent in clean up after Hurricane Gustav. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about the big victory... more »
  • Police: Fake money is 'steady' problem in Baton Rouge Play Video

    May 9, 2014 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement officers say hundreds of thousands of dollars of fake money moves through Baton Rouge every year. Recently, a woman purchased $350 worth of merchandise at a North Baton Rouge AutoZone using fake bills. "The night manager, when they were closing the store, went... more »
  • Police looking for woman using counterfeit money

    May 6, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A woman trying to make purchases at the Target on Siegen Lane using counterfeit money, is on the loose. Detectives say the woman gave the cashier eleven 20 dollar bills, which were found to be counterfeit. The suspect then left the store, leaving all the fake... more »
  • Council approves attorney fees, despite recommendation Play Video

    May 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    GONZALES - A vote to pay attorney fees to a company following a lawsuit with Gonzales is raising some eyebrows. The issue stems back to a lawsuit with a contractor who was hired to build the spray pad at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The city stopped paying Quality Design... more »
  • Councilman raises conflict of interest questions Play Video

    April 30, 2014 6:31 PM

    GONZALES- After a trio of councilmen forced changes to the city's budget to fund an $800,000 road study, some questions are being raised as to whether or not Terance Irvin has a conflict of interest in the vote. The study would look at a possible service road connecting LA... more »
  • GOP: Health insurance signups lagging

    April 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report by House Republicans says that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April. But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions. The report by Energy and... more »
  • Obama blames Republicans for blocking wage vote

    April 30, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama blames Republicans for blocking an election-year increase in the federal minimum wage and says their vote denied millions of Americans a way out of poverty. Republicans argue that an increase in the minimum wage would result in job losses. In a mostly partisan vote, the... more »
  • Limit on La. lobbyist spending edges up to $58

    April 29, 2014 3:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a little bit more wining and dining legislators and others they seek to influence. Starting in July, the dollar amount that can be spent per person for an occasion is increasing to $58. The per-event limit had been $57. The limit applies to... more »
  • BREC golf courses putting around with changes Play Video

    April 28, 2014 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For decades, golf has been the playground for fun, business and competition. Lately, the game has left many courses struggling to reinvent themselves to bring back the luster of the game. The golf graveyard recently grew with the closing of the Oaks at Sherwood. Other courses... more »
  • Five arrested in synthetic marijuana investigation

    April 23, 2014 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five arrests were made with drugs, guns, and money seized in an investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office into the sale of synthetic marijuana. Narcotics detectives along with SWAT, K-9, and Baton Rouge Police SWAT executed three search warrants early Wednesday morning. Detectives seized... more »
  • Health insurance deadline looms Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan is fast approaching and already insurance agents are seeing a boom in the number of people rushing to sign up. "Right now I'm working seven days a week, and the thing that's really frustrating about that is... more »
  • Amite Police find $230,000 in counterfeit cash Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:31 PM

    AMITE CITY - A Tangipahoa Parish man is the target of a Secret Service investigation into counterfeit cash after Amite City Police found nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Amite City Police Department Chief Jerry Trabona says finding the $230,000 in counterfeit money caught homicide detectives off guard.... more »
  • Bill could pave way for Ascension neighborhood tax Play Video

    March 21, 2014 5:19 PM

    GONZALES- A bill that will soon be at the Capitol could pave the way for the Ascension Council to approve a tax that would help fund new roads. "If someone moves into a taxing district, they will know up front, it'll be on the plot map, that it will... more »
  • Walking veteran called a fraud Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Mac McQuown walked to the steps of Capitol today, he expected to meet some friends, show his patriotism, and raise awareness about homeless veterans, but what he got was a confrontation with an angry veteran. "He's a fraud," said the man who did not want... more »
  • Donaldsonville to get 11 percent sales tax Play Video

    March 13, 2014 6:12 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Shoppers can expect to pay more starting in April as part of an agreement made between the city and Ascension Parish ten years ago. When Donaldsonville and Ascension agreed to annex a portion of the parish's land to the city in 2004, it came with an agreement to... more »
  • Walker hires agency to collect nearly $1M Play Video

    March 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    WALKER - Fines dating back to 1996 will are finally coming due for people who owe the city of Walker money. Court costs, fines, citation fees and more, long ignored by people across the country, will be the focus of American Municipal Services' contract with Walker, to help them... more »
  • Some runners get refund from Cosmic Run

    March 6, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least two runners who signed up for the Cosmic Run 5k race got a refund from organizers after the venue and date of the event was changed less than two weeks before the scheduled date. On Tuesday, the Cosmic Run told runners that they would have... more »
  • Lafayette High holds fundraiser after fatal crash

    February 22, 2014 6:37 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A fund raising effort at Lafayette High School has brought in more than $9,000 to help the family of four people killed in a traffic accident. The fatal crash a week ago involved a sport utility vehicle and a Lafayette High School bus carrying the school's baseball team.... more »
  • Numbers for the $425 million jackpot

    February 19, 2014 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A $425 million jackpot is up for grabs. People filled stores to buy Powerball tickets Wednesday, ahead of the sixth-largest drawing. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening are: 17, 49, 54, 35, 1, and Powerball 34. The odds of winning are one in 175 million.... more »
  • Insurance rates spike due to lack of fire service Play Video

    February 10, 2014 4:51 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some property owners in West Feliciana Parish saw homeowners insurance double because they live too far away from a fire station in the parish. The fire protection district will discuss adding two new stations to meet insurance requirements for property owners. Melvin Harvey owns a camp... more »
  • Woman with machete scares off robbers

    February 5, 2014 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three men were arrested in connection with a home invasion Wednesday, one of them allegedly claimed to be a police officer. Police say Clayton Dugan, Miles Moreno and Joel Scales broke into a house in the 400 block of St. Rose Avenue around 2:30 a.m. ... more »
  • Pornography scare used to scam people out of money Play Video

    February 3, 2014 9:53 PM

    ZACHARY - An internet hoax created by scammers nearly caught a woman in our area Monday. Her internet devices were locked and only showed a phony FBI notification alerting her to an investigation over her viewing of child pornography and rape videos. "I thought I was legally in... more »
  • Minimum wage talk hits Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 31, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some business owners in Baton Rouge say raising minimum wages to $10.10 per hour as President Obama suggests would cost consumers more money. But workers like Khadija Lamraoui say minimum wage increases would make day-to-day life better. "There's some people out here that get paid... more »
  • Crawfish freeze with high prices Play Video

    January 30, 2014 10:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- If you have planned a crawfish boil for the big game, your plans may be on ice unless you're ready to hand off some serious cash to buy the crimson crustacean. Icy weather froze many crawfish ponds in Louisiana, leaving a layer of ice that didn't melt until... more »
  • Sorrento has insurance quote to consider Play Video

    January 16, 2014 5:13 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department received a quote for liability insurance that finally gives them the chance to reopen. Indian Harbor Insurance Company, a surplus line carrier, offered a quote for liability insurance for the department with a premium of $34,937 a year. Surplus lines are typically... more »
  • Residents speak out against St. George Play Video

    December 20, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people who live the proposed area of St. George are voicing their concerns through a facebook page and website. "I'm worried about taxes going up in our part of the parish and not getting the level of services that we get being associated with the city... more »
  • APPROVED! Ascension balloon festival slated for parish takeover Play Video

    December 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish council approved a move to take over the balloon festival for the 2014 year and provide money from Lamar Dixon's marketing budget to cover losses from the 2013 festival. The council agreed to move $100,000 from Lamar Dixon to cover a portion of the nearly... more »
  • Parents, leaders approve of drug money for school security Play Video

    December 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    HAMMOND - Money seized from drug dealers and users will buy combat gear for school security. The city council created an ordinance that shifts $31,000 of seized drug money to prepare officers for active shooter situations. "The fact that they've set this priority as something that they want... more »
  • Livingston Parish dealing with excess overtime Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:00 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish has around $150,000 of unpaid overtime on its books, and now parish leaders are dealing with the problem. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says making lump-sum payouts is unrealistic. "We simply cannot pay it out. The budget won't allow that. If we paid it... more »
  • Students dress up for fire victim Play Video

    December 11, 2013 5:41 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Elton "Nitro" Knight lost everything early Sunday morning when a fire consumed his home, leaving him and his ten family members with nothing as the holidays approach. It's why Denham Springs High, where Knight is a Junior, decided to chip in to help, allowing students to... more »
  • St. Tammany school employees to get extra check

    November 19, 2013 7:51 AM

    COVINGTON - Employees of the St. Tammany Parish school system will receive an extra paycheck this month following a decision by the school board to give every employee a share of $4.9 million it received from the state. The board unanimously approved a one-time payment of $774 for more... more »
  • Sorrento Police have options to stay open Play Video

    November 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department has one offer on the table to provide insurance to keep the department open. The town of Sorrento is currently considering the only liability insurance quote they have of $67,692. That's nearly $40,000 more than the department's current insurance, which is set to... 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 »
  • Organizers overestimated balloon figures Play Video

    November 8, 2013 4:28 PM

    GONZALES - Organizers of the Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival in Ascension Parish said they lost over $150,000 after a miscalculation in attendance. The organizers of the Ascension Parish-sponsored event said they overestimated attendance from 2012, the first year of the festival. That led them to charge two dollars for... more »
  • FEMA forgives millions in Katrina loans

    November 8, 2013 8:10 AM

    GRETNA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has forgiven tens of millions of dollars in community disaster loans it made to Jefferson Parish and to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office after Hurricane Katrina. Officials say the cancellations free Jefferson Parish of having to repay its original $54.8 million... more »
  • State response costs for sinkhole reach $11M

    November 7, 2013 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State agencies have spent $11 million on response efforts to the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish. The Legislative Fiscal Office released the updated figure this week, saying most of the money was spent by the Department of Natural Resources on an outside contractor that is doing... more »
  • Many city-parish workers upset over budget Play Video

    November 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some city-parish workers are upset that pay increases for them were left out of Mayor Kip Holden's 2014 budget for Baton Rouge. The $800 million budget includes money for police vehicles, new police officers and new firefighters, but doesn't address the issue of underpaid city-parish workers.... more »
  • Delay into space

    October 30, 2013 7:44 PM

    LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO- The launch date to take tourists into space was pushed back again by Virgin Galactic as the company will ask the New Mexico legislature for more money. The launches are to be from New Mexico's Spaceport America. The new date is August of next year instead... more »
  • Man busted trying to use fake, movie money

    October 29, 2013 11:14 PM

    HAMMOND- Police here are worried fake money could be circulating after they found a man with fake one-hundred dollar bills, marked "for motion picture use only" on them. Police said Deshaun Williams tried to use the money to buy a car. They found him with $17,000 worth of the... more »
  • Group joins EBR wage fight Play Video

    October 11, 2013 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The civic group that led the passing of the CATS tax is now backing city-parish workers in the fight for pay raises. Together Baton Rouge held a meeting with faith and community leaders Friday to present the results of a study that found city-parish workers are... more »
  • EBR workers seek higher pay Play Video

    October 10, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers called Thursday for Mayor-President Kip Holden to increase their wages in next year's budget. Herman Addison has worked for the city-parish for the past 13 years. He planned on working for the city for 20 years and then retire. Addison says he hasn't received... more »
  • Area hunting destination closed due to gov't shutdown

    October 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters. Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues. An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
  • Last minute work as shutdown looms

    September 30, 2013 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears. It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight. "There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
  • Shell deal could boost Ascension home prices Play Video

    September 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - As Ascension Parish readies itself for a $12.5 billion dollar plant deal that's in the work with Shell, homeowners in the area are already excited about what it could mean for them. An economic impact study done by LSU shows the plant could have waves of impact,... more »

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