February 26, 2015 9:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - In the last two weeks, gas prices have surged above the $2 mark and experts warn they could continue to rise over the next few weeks.
The state average is now $2.16; in Baton Rouge, the average is $2.14. The price for a gallon of regular... more »
February 26, 2015 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - The popular film tax credits that have helped create "Hollywood South" in Louisiana could face some changes as the state searches for ways to save money.
Some lawmakers have proposed changing the program to include a cap of $300 million on the amount of credits doled... more »
February 25, 2015 7:16 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A wrongfully convicted man is fighting for compensation he is owed from the state.
Glenn Ford was exonerated of a crime he did not commit and released from Angola on March 11, 2014, just before sunset. He'd spent nearly 30 years on death row before a... more »
February 21, 2015 2:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Threatened with the loss of up to half of their state financing, Louisiana's higher education leaders are devising their own package of ideas to generate new cash for their campuses. College system heads have asked for ideas from campus leaders, and they've been floating suggestions to lawmakers... more »
February 11, 2015 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - People across the capital region checked tickets Wednesday night as the numbers for the third-largest Powerball jackpot were announced.
The numbers pulled were: 11-13-25-39-54 and the Powerball was 19. The jackpot was more than half-a-billion dollars.
Fourteen million tickets were sold in Louisiana.
"I... more »
February 9, 2015 7:43 PM
WASHINGTON- The federal government is coming to the aid of the monarch butterfly with more than $3 million since the population has declined by 90 percent.
Most of the money goes to restore more than 200,000 acres of habitat from California to the Midwest, including more than 750 schoolyard... more »
February 9, 2015 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The 19th Judicial District Court spent nearly $600,000 more than it took in last year, it's why they're hoping more people will pay outstanding ticket fines to help make up the difference.
The court has millions of dollars worth of outstanding tickets on file and now... more »
February 2, 2015 7:49 PM
DETROIT- Tens of thousands of dollars are pouring in for a man who says he typically walks 21 miles a day to and from work and has had perfect attendance for the more than 12 years.
Spotty bus service doesn't cover James Robertson's entire route at the times he... more »
January 27, 2015 11:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - City police continue to search for $80,000 stolen from the Loomis armored car company.
A guard for the company was arrested on theft charges in early January, but the loot he is accused of stealing is still missing. Kenneth Kelly, Jr, 24, was charged with felony... more »
January 22, 2015 10:41 PM
LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates .
The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
January 20, 2015 7:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - Every time you throw a way a canned drink, you're actually throwing away money. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School collected those tabs to raise money for a great cause that's close to their hearts. They recently hit a fundraising goal, and are now being challenged to... more »
January 14, 2015 5:26 PM
BAKER - City officials in Baker will have a special meeting this week to discuss ways to solve the city's money problems.
Councilwoman Joyce Burgess called for what she said will be a "brainstorming" meeting after the council turned down a water rate increase. The council voted 4-1 to... more »
January 13, 2015 10:19 PM
BAKER - For the third time Tuesday night, the Baker City Council voted down a proposal to raise water and sewer rates to off-set a budget deficit.
Nearly a dozen residents spoke on the issue; some said they were concerned about how the money would be spent if the... more »
January 12, 2015 4:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs could get a grant to replace 1,500 street signs in dire need of improvement.
That's if a $48,000 grant is approved through the state's local Governor's Assistance Program. City leaders say the reflective coating on street signs typically lasts around 8-10... more »
January 8, 2015 10:25 PM
PORT ALLEN - A man and woman from Texas face charges after a morning police chase that, when it ended, turned up $940 in counterfeit $20 bills inside the pair's Mercedes.
State Police said troopers initially tried to pull the vehicle over on I-10 east near Highway 415. The... more »
December 31, 2014 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Salvation Army and other charities across Baton Rouge saw a last-minute surge of donations Wednesday, the last day for this year's tax deduction.
The Salvation Army says it's one of the busiest days of the year for donations. The charity on Airline Highway saw around... more »
December 29, 2014 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Higher Entergy bills might be coming to a mailbox near you as the company sets to meet the demands of Louisiana's booming industrial renaissance. Entergy is looking at ways to create more power for the state.
New plants and plant expansions need more electricity and new... more »
December 29, 2014 5:56 PM
ZACHARY - After ranking number one overall for public school districts in the state, the Zachary Community School District is now looking for new ways to bring in money.
A legislative audit shows the district spent nearly $4 million more than it made in the last school year, dipping... more »
December 24, 2014 11:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Shoppers took to area stores Wednesday to make last minute buys for Christmas.
As last as 9 p.m., people were still on the streets. Many people had to visit drug or convenience stores because they waited until all other establishments were closed.
Shoppers had procrastinated... more »
December 18, 2014 10:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- A price war between competing stations helped the price for a gallon of regular gasoline drop to $1.77 Thursday. This made it the second-lowest in the country.
The only other city where a store was selling cheaper gas Thursday was in Oklahoma City for $1.68.
Costco... more »
December 18, 2014 5:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Public Service Commission is fighting back against Governor Jindal's administration to keep its state cars.
This comes after the Division of Administration announced plans to auction more than 700 state vehicles in early 2015. Of the state's more than 11,000 vehicles around 1,400 of... more »
December 17, 2014 10:43 PM
LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday.
A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September... more »
December 15, 2014 10:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, BREC will discuss its plan for reorganizing its golf operation.
A WBRZ report earlier in 2014 found there has been a 20 percent drop in rounds since 2010. The number of rounds peaked in 2009, with 156,000.
To figure out a strategy, BREC hired... more »
December 12, 2014 4:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Just in time for Christmas, the state's looking for people to receive $635 million in unclaimed money. The money belongs to people business could not track down and are from old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments... more »
December 4, 2014 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden will ask the Metro Council next week to add a measure to a January agenda to introduce a tax plan which would generate $350 million.
The tax proposal would fund needed public safety infrastructure improvements.
According to Councilman Buddy Amoroso, the money would... more »
November 27, 2014 2:43 PM
SAN JOSE, CA - An assistant manager at a Northern California Burger King found a backpack loaded with about $100,000 in a booth, but so far no one has come forward to claim it. He spotted the blue backpack left in his San Jose eatery early Wednesday. He said when... more »
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 »
November 18, 2014 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unclaimed property program gave back more money during the last budget year than at any time in its 42-year history. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the program returned $35.5 million to 116,000 people in the fiscal year that ended June 30, exceeding the previous record by... more »
November 14, 2014 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - After the state's Revenue Estimating Committee decided to trim back cash flow forecasts for the fiscal year, Treasurer John Kennedy warned Governor Jindal could take an axe to higher education to make up the difference.
"Let me be blunt, they're gonna gut LSU and Southern and... more »
November 13, 2014 7:22 PM
INDEPENDENCE- The controversial method of oil excavation called fracking is raising concerns for some communities, while others are pleased to welcome the process to their parish.
In Tangipahoa, land owners are thrilled at the possibility of fracking on their land, because it can mean instant wealth and promises of... more »
November 11, 2014 9:55 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- As the end of the Mosquito Abatement program nears in Livingston Parish, current director Jeanine Tessmer is working hard to secure funding that could keep the program alive.
"We will not be spraying in 2015 and that's going to allow the mosquitoes to grow in the numbers... more »
November 10, 2014 10:19 PM
GONZALES - Although the council passed the city's capital outlay budget Monday night, the tension remains over a series of other issues.
There are two different attorneys representing the city of Gonzales and some of the councilmen and they're racking up a hefty bill. Fees for attorney Robert Barnett,... more »
November 6, 2014 10:16 PM
SORRENTO - The new police chief attended Thursday's town council meeting, set on getting her salary even though voters shutdown her department two days earlier.
Fern Barnett won the election for Sorrento's chief of police by default when other candidates resigned ahead of the election. The department has no... more »
October 31, 2014 12:07 PM
URBANA, MD - Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open. Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open Friday morning. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana... more »
October 31, 2014 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state district judge has postponed until Monday a decision on whether he intends to shut down the flow of money to 33 charter schools authorized by the state education board. The Louisiana Association of Educators filed a lawsuit challenging the $60 million in spending through Louisiana's... more »
October 24, 2014 6:29 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Dominican Republic officials say they have arrested a woman who was carrying more than $70,000 in her stomach and $69,000 hidden inside her suitcase. The spokesman for the National Drug Control Agency says the money in the woman's stomach was divided up among 16 capsules... more »
October 20, 2014 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Former LSU Alumni President Dr. Charlie Roberts won't have to pay his former lover a dime after his attorney successfully argued to have a suit against him tossed in district court.
Judge Michael Caldwell dismissed the suit because the claims made by Kay Heath, Roberts former lover,... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »