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  • 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 »
  • Missing lotto tickets found all over Baton Rouge street Play Video

    September 24, 2013 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men almost struck it rich Tuesday morning when they found thousands of dollars worth of scratch off lottery tickets scattered in the road. Mike Haviland and his coworker were driving on Industriplex Blvd. when they noticed stacks of unscratched $10 tickets everywhere. "There's that... more »
  • Analysis: La. budget needs $200M from tax amnesty

    September 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers begins Monday, state officials are grappling with dueling concerns as they urge people to pony up what they owe. Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration need the program to help drum up $200 million in back-owed taxes to balance... more »
  • Two Louisiana airports get federal grants

    September 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Two airports in southwestern Louisiana are getting federal money. Both Chennault Industrial Airport Authority in Lake Charles and the Jefferson Davis Airport Commission in Jennings have received U.S. Department of Transportation grants. Chennault in Lake Charles received $2 million for fixing the runway and for a... more »
  • Parish workers: "Every dollar can be accounted for" Play Video

    September 11, 2013 4:27 PM

    NEW ROADS - A group of employees for Pointe Coupee Parish spent the day trying to set the record straight after a story by the News 2 Investigative Unit Tuesday about how the parish recreation department paid people. They wanted to make two things very clear: every dollar that... more »
  • Thousands of dollars unaccounted for in Pointe Coupee Parish Play Video

    September 10, 2013 4:28 PM

    NEW ROADS - Thousands of dollars intended to be spent on recreational programs in Pointe Coupee Parish are unaccounted for, according to parish officials. News 2 obtained a series of checks which details questionable spending practices in the parish. At least $16,000 was spent by the recreation department for... more »
  • EMS changes wanted in Gonzales Play Video

    September 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    GONZALES- The EMS service provided by the Gonzales Fire Department wants to out source its medical billing to save time and bring in more money. The service has been in place for seven years and doesn't charge Gonzales residents for ambulance care by recouping costs from insurance companies instead.... more »
  • $120K raised for Sulphur museum

    September 8, 2013 11:07 AM

    SULPHUR - The Brimstone Museum is more than halfway to its goal of securing funding for a permanent exhibit on Sulphur's history. Thom Trahan, Brimstone executive director, tells The American Press that about $120,000 of the estimated $212,000 needed to complete the project has been secured. The estimated cost includes... more »
  • Hunters scouting for tax free weekend Play Video

    September 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Today hunters were hitting hunting gear stores to scout what to buy this weekend when they'll save around 9 percent on state and local sales taxes. It's part of the state's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday runs Friday through Sunday. Business expect to be... more »
  • Chevron commits $2.7 million to LSU

    August 31, 2013 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Chevron Corp. will give $2 million to LSU in support of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall, which houses the university's College of Engineering. The Advocate reports the company also committed an additional $700,000 to LSU's College of Science. Chevron's donation will go toward establishing an... more »
  • Oil spill restoration overseers approve 1st plan

    August 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says the committee that will oversee some of BP PLC's oil spill fines hopes to put money into restoration projects within 12 months. Pritzker spoke as chairwoman of the federal-state Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will oversee 80 percent of BP's... more »
  • Dwindling BP grant money a tourism concern

    August 27, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said today that even after a record-setting year for Louisiana tourism, the budget is still a concern. Dardenne said 26.3 million people visited the state in 2012, generating $665 million in tax revenue. He said the concern is over the dwindling grant... more »
  • Audit: SULC failed to deposit more than $280,000

    August 26, 2013 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor says a former budget officer at the Southern University Law Center may have broken the law by failing to deposit more than $280,000 in cash, checks and money orders over three years. However, the district attorney's office said they don't plan to file... more »
  • Metro Council member to propose dissolving CATS

    August 26, 2013 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Metro Council member will propose privatizing the Capital Area Transit System at an upcoming meeting, News 2 has learned. Councilman John Delgado told News 2 he's authored a resolution to dissolve the system, which will go before the council on Sept. 11.... more »
  • Blue tarps used to protect historic LSU maps Play Video

    August 21, 2013 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is looking for $450 million dollars to cover maintenance projects which have been repeatedly put off across the campus, including improvements to the building where historic maps are housed. John Anderson, the director of the Cartographic Information Center, said he has to stay vigilant to... more »
  • CATS workers get raises amid money troubles

    August 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System gave about 200 workers raises this year, despite financial difficulties. CATS officials say the money was included in the CATS' budget and is part of an effort to move the ailing bus system forward. Interim CEO Bob Mirabito said it's been four... more »
  • CATS former CFO kept $12,000 of company cash for nearly a year Play Video

    August 19, 2013 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after Capital Area Transit System CFO, Gary Owens, resigned, it was revealed he kept thousands of dollars of cash in a safe for months and did not deposit the money. "I told him in July he must deposit that money," CATS CEO Bob Mirabito said. "It... more »
  • No, you did not win $1 million

    August 19, 2013 10:35 PM

    BAKER- Police issued a warning Monday night about a scam involving Publishers Clearing House. Authorities said people are being told they won $1 million, but had to wire money first. A few people complied and were scammed. People who get similar calls are being asked to report them... more »
  • CATS CFO resigns, investigation turned over to DA Play Video

    August 19, 2013 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer for the Capital Area Transit System resigned this afternoon. In a letter sent Friday to his boss CATS CEO Bob Mirabito, Gary Owens doesn't explain why he's leaving. During a scheduled press conference, Mirabito wouldn't answer questions about Owens' resignation or... more »
  • Audit: Mental health privatization increased costs

    August 19, 2013 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment programs has created confusion and added costs for the local human services districts that provide the care. The review by the Legislative Auditor's Office was released Monday. It looked at the first... more »
  • Fire truck fiasco: shiny truck latest victim of Port Allen drama Play Video

    August 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning. But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
  • Louisiana first in recovered Medicaid fraud money

    August 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
  • School panel returns to examine funding options

    August 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Officials say the Lafayette Parish School System will need millions of dollars over the next few years if schools are to improve. Besides using reserve funds, the only option is for the district to ask for more money from taxpayers, either in the form of higher sales taxes,... more »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    August 12, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue. CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
  • DHH awards Gramercy $1.5M water loan

    August 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health has awarded $1.5 million to Gramercy through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program. The loan will help the system improve and update the community's drinking water system. Assistant Secretary for Public Health, J.T. Lane... more »
  • Salary, budget problems remain in Port Allen Play Video

    August 7, 2013 10:27 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Money talk in Port Allen made circles around the council and mayor, as they work to come to an agreement on drafting an ordinance about salaries. "So from this point on there won't be any question as to what that is," said councilman Garry Hubble. ... more »
  • Council approves property tax for juvie jail

    August 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Property taxes will likely increase in Ascension Parish to raise money for a new juvenile detention facility . Parish leaders approved the hike Thursday night. They are allowed to levy a one-mill tax for juvenile detention facilities without a public vote because of a law enacted by the... more »
  • IG: Millions in ice allowed to melt during Isaac

    August 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Millions of pounds of ice from Hurricane Isaac were allowed to melt away following the storm, according to a report by the Office of the State Inspector General. According to the report, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 45 million pounds of... more »
  • US consumer confidence dips from 5-year high

    July 30, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Americans' confidence in the economy fell only slightly in July, remaining close to the highest level in more than five years. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, says that its consumer confidence index dipped to 80.3 in July. That's down from a reading of 82.1... more »
  • National Guard to pay for Krotz Springs barriers

    July 30, 2013 10:17 AM

    KROTZ SPRINGS - St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot says the Louisiana National Guard will foot the $136,000 bill for flood barriers a Krotz Springs man floated for two years. Fontenot said his office, Krotz Springs Mayor Carroll Snyder and Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin... more »
  • Audit: 'Cajun Justice' sheriff owes $19,000 to state

    July 29, 2013 10:50 AM

    HOUMA - A state audit finds Terrebonne's former sheriff must repay more than $19,000 and may have violated several state laws during his four years in office, including during filming of the reality TV show 'Cajun Justice.' Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera tells The Courier copies of the report have been... more »
  • LA Swift bus service to end July 31

    July 26, 2013 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials today announced that the LA Swift bus service will stop operations next week. The Department of Transportation and Development said they could not secure local funding to keep paying for the service, which was put in place after Hurricane Katrina to move affected... more »
  • CATS CEO promises transparency after resignations

    July 26, 2013 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of Baton Rouge's embattled transit system said today he hopes things will move forward after the recent resignation of CATS board chair Isaiah Marshall. Marshall resigned last night amid concerns about thousands of dollars missing from the bus system and accusations another board member,... more »
  • Lawsuit: Use of retiree money unconstitutional

    July 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's adult probation and parole officers are asking a judge to declare a piece of 2012 legislation unconstitutional. They want a judge to order the return of several million dollars swept into the state's general fund from a retirement fund for the officers. The Louisiana Probation and... more »
  • Church forgives thieves, organizes bake sale to raise money Play Video

    July 25, 2013 9:22 PM

    ROBERT - A church plans to get their money back by holding a bake sale, after their safe was stolen earlier this week. The safe was swiped Monday morning from Crossgate Church in Tangipahoa Parish. Pastor Louis Husser is still in shock that someone would steal from a church.... more »
  • Credit card information swiped from many in the area Play Video

    July 23, 2013 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A number of people in the Baton Rouge area have been warned by their banks that credit and debit cards have been compromised. Some people's warning also comes with bad news; it was too late and purchases were made out of state or out of the... more »
  • CATS issues, money on Chamber agenda

    July 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge will discuss issues related to the parish's troubled transit system today. The lunch meeting pulls together business owners, other chamber members and guests to hear updates on legal challenges and money troubles surrounding the Capital Area Transit System.... more »
  • City gets strict on travel

    July 22, 2013 11:19 PM

    BAKER- A city councilman returned $500 to the city after the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered he had taxpayers foot the bill for a trip to Houston, TX. Some questioned if his four day stay was for official city business. John Givens met with an economic development director... more »
  • Community group calls for CATS changes

    July 22, 2013 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Community leaders today called on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to make changes to the city-parish transit board. Members of "Together Baton Rouge" brought up issues with the Capital Area Transit System's interim CEO, whom they criticized for having no transit experience, and with the... more »

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