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  • Sen. Troy Brown will spend the weekend in jail Play Video

    January 20, 2017 5:32 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – State Sen. Troy Brown will spend the weekend in jail to fulfill a 38-hour sentence for biting his wife. Brown arrived at the Ascension Parish Jail shortly after 5:30 Friday evening. He'll be released Sunday morning. Brown will be treated like any other inmate, authorities added.... more »
  • Spanish Town Parade asks for usual irreverence but inclusion Play Video

    January 20, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Organizers of the obscure and intentionally irreverent yet immensely popular Spanish Town Parade are asking parade-goers to embrace each other's differences this year. In a post on the organizer's Facebook page, Spanish Town officials shared thoughts about inclusiveness. As The Advocate newspaper pointed out later, the... more »
  • On Inauguration Day, 'House of Cards' announces May return

    January 20, 2017 1:19 PM

    BEVERLY HILLS - "House of Cards" will return in May for a fifth season. The show's Twitter account posted a video on Inauguration Day featuring an upside-down U.S. flag in front of the U.S. Capitol. The video ends with the date May 30. An upside-down flag is a signal of... more »
  • Vegas hotel dumps designer after Melania Trump remark

    January 18, 2017 8:27 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas hotel has stopped selling a famous fashion designer's products following a hubbub over whether he would dress President-elect Donald Trump's wife, Melania. Wynn Las Vegas spokesman Michael Weaver confirmed the hotel removed the Tom Ford line of cosmetics and sunglasses from its stores over... more »
  • Photos: Governor, Pope meet at the Vatican Wednesday Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican released pictures of Governor John Bel Edwards interacting with Pope Francis Wednesday. Photos published by the Vatican indicate the meeting happened on January 18th. It's not clear at what time the meeting happened – the Vatican is about 7 hours ahead of local Baton... more »
  • State clerical error spawns Twitter rant over Governor's Italian trip Play Video

    January 13, 2017 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Members of the governor's public relations team took to Twitter to voice frustration over a WBRZ.com report highlighting the cost of a surprise trip to Italy Friday. The trip, first reported on WBRZ.com Thursday night, was announced just before 6:30 Thursday evening. The governor, state legislators... more »
  • Governor will pay his own way to Italy; New details in Friday overseas trip

    January 12, 2017 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor and a posse of state officials will travel to Italy, Friday, his office announced late Thursday. The trip – which includes State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson – will focus on human trafficking and how the state has taken a leading role in fighting... more »
  • State Sen. Troy Brown pleads no contest to domestic abuse charge

    January 11, 2017 5:04 PM

    GONZALES – State Sen. Troy Brown pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic abuse batter charged Wednesday. Brown entered the plea instead of going to trial. Brown was fined $300 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, community service and three months of probation. All but two days were... more »
  • Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court has died

    January 9, 2017 7:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA – The parish's clerk of court has died, news outlets in Tangipahoa Parish reported Monday evening. Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Julian Dufreche died Monday. Dufreche had colon cancer, the Daily Star reported. Dufreche had been clerk of court since 2004. Before parish government, he was... more »
  • Special election for treasurer to be scheduled for October

    December 14, 2016 9:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The special election to choose Louisiana's next state treasurer will be held in October. Republican John Kennedy won last week's runoff election for the U.S. Senate and will be sworn into office Jan. 3. His resignation will trigger the need for a special election to replace him as... more »
  • Governor's office says head of wildlife agency out, agency headed in different direction

    December 14, 2016 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – It appears the state is in need of a new head of its wildlife agency. Just after 5 o'clock, Congressman Garret Graves office released a statement thanking Charlie Melancon for serving as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. It was an odd... more »
  • Freiberg's win to be recognized; must resign school board to take council seat

    December 13, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – School Board President Barbara Freiberg will resign from her position as she readies to take-on a new role in city government. Freiberg, a Republican, beat Ree Carey in Saturday's runoff election for Metro Council. Freiberg will represent District 12 on the city-parish governing body. Freiberg replaces... more »
  • Edwin Edwards hospitalized, WBRZ has learned Play Video

    December 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Edwin Edwards has once again been admitted into an area hospital, WBRZ learned Tuesday morning. Edwards, 89, has been admitted for pneumonia. It's a recurring illness he suffers from, sources said. They added he would likely be hospitalized for another week. About a year ago... more »
  • John Kennedy wins election to U.S. Senate

    December 10, 2016 9:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – John Kennedy defeated Foster Campbell in the race for Louisiana's open U.S. Senate seat Saturday. Kennedy, a Republican, had about 63% of the vote compared to Campbell, who is a Democrat, who has about 37%. Based on early polling, WBRZ predicted Kennedy would win the race... more »
  • Polls have closed; Get election returns here

    December 10, 2016 8:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Polls have closed for the runoff election featuring decisions on federal and local political races. Saturday's election also decided tax propositions and liquor laws in some areas. Click HERE for a list of all races in the area and the latest election returns. Watch... more »
  • Here's how to attend the Trump event in Baton Rouge Friday

    December 6, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President-elect Donald Trump will speak to a crowd of people at the Dow Chemical aircraft hangar at the Baton Rouge airport Friday afternoon. Organizers revealed details of the event to WBRZ.com first. People will likely be asked to park away from the hangar and will walk... more »
  • Trump speaks at Baton Rouge Airport Friday Play Video

    December 6, 2016 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President-elect Donald Trump will speak at a rally in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon. After a near 48-hour search, organizers secured the Dow Chemical aircraft hangar at Baton Rouge airport. Before the election, Trump's schedule was regularly updated with seemingly spur-of-the-moment rallies that were heavily attended. Events... more »
  • Trump to nominate Gen. Mattis to lead Pentagon

    December 1, 2016 10:27 PM

    WASHINGTON- President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department. Trump made the announcement during a post-election victory rally Thursday in Cincinnati. Mattis retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. In a tweet Sunday, Trump... more »
  • WBRZ hosts first live TV debate for EBR Mayor-President Play Video

    November 29, 2016 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ hosted an hour-long mayoral debate Tuesday. The two candidates vying for the seat, State Senator Bodi White and former State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, fielded questions ranging from the shooting death of Alton Sterling to dealing with traffic and the long recovery following the August... more »
  • Boustany endorses Kennedy in Senate runoff

    November 15, 2016 1:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Charles Boustany endorsed John Kennedy for U.S. Senate Tuesday. Boustany failed to make the December runoff election. Kennedy and Foster Campbell are vying for current U.S. Senator David Vitter's seat in Washington. Kennedy and Boustany had heated political debates leading to the election last week. But,... more »
  • Fayard endorses Campbell for U.S. Senate

    November 15, 2016 11:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Caroline Fayard endorsed fellow Democrat Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate Tuesday. Fayard failed to make the December runoff election. Campbell and John Kennedy are vying for current U.S. Senator David Vitter's seat in Washington. Campbell and Fayard had heated political debates leading to the election... more »
  • LSU president encourages unity after presidential election

    November 15, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander is trying to unite the campus ahead of any political divide following the 2016 Presidential Election. "You are part of the LSU family. Just like in your own family, you likely have ideological, political, and social differences. But you take care... more »
  • Grand jury hearing involving Ascension president postponed until Friday

    November 14, 2016 4:56 PM

    GONZALES - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office will take over a bribery investigation involving Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. Ascension Parish District Attorney Ricky Babin told Chris Nakamoto , the chief investigator of WBRZ's Investigative Unit , the A.G. will handle the case going forward because Babin's office has... more »
  • Trump's infrastructure plans excite Louisiana businesses, drivers Play Video

    November 10, 2016 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Excitement is growing in Baton Rouge, after President-Elect Donald Trump said he plans to invest $1 trillion to improve the country's infrastructure. Businesses like Ascenion Ready Mix concrete company in Ascension Parish are hoping work picks up once Trump takes office. "I could always use more projects,"... more »
  • Jindal could return to politics as member of Trump's cabinet

    November 9, 2016 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Governor and presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal's name is being tossed around as a possible Health and Human Services secretary under Donald Trump's cabinet. Jindal ran Louisiana's health department under Governor Mike Foster. Jindal was just 26 when he was appointed. The Wall Street Journal... more »
  • Click here for election results

    November 8, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ is covering around seventy races as the country votes for president and regional elections are decided. State-wide, voters are electing a U.S. Senator and members of the U.S. House of Representatives along with constitutional amendments. Locally, voters are making decisions on city and parish leaders... more »
  • Presidential candidates voted Tuesday morning

    November 8, 2016 12:07 PM

    NEW YORK - Both presidential candidates have voted in Tuesday's election. Republican hopeful Donald Trump cast his ballot in New York City. About forty miles away, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton cast her ballot. Clinton voted in Chappaqua, New York. Both Clinton and Trump will have election parties in... more »
  • Long lines but only minor issues on Election Day in La.

    November 8, 2016 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- After a lengthy campaign season, polls have closed signaling an end to a contentious presidential election but the beginning of runoff elections in the state. Polls closed at 8 p.m. though anyone in line before the closing time will be allowed to vote. Polls opened at 6... more »
  • Early voting ends with nearly 20% casting ballots early Play Video

    November 1, 2016 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By the end of early voting Tuesday evening, nearly 20% of registered voters in Louisiana are expected to have cast ballots early. Early voting started last Tuesday and continued each day except Sunday until Tuesday at 6 p.m. State election officials said it's likely 550,000 voters... more »
  • Voting machine only for VIPs confiscated by La. Secretary of State

    October 28, 2016 4:43 PM

    ELMWOOD - The Secretary of State's office has taken custody of a voting machine that was being used to allow select people to vote in a private conference room inside a Jefferson Parish governmental office. The machine was located in the office area of the Jefferson Parish registrar of... more »
  • Mayor-President forum produces few surprises

    October 17, 2016 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five people vying to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish were dealt a round of questions at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, with some - but not striking differences - emerging from the candidates. Common themes such as traffic, crime, and early... more »
  • Grant to reduce crime in popular Tigerland area denied Play Video

    October 12, 2016 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grant requested by Baton Rouge officials, LSU and the District Attorney's office to reduce crime in Tigerland has been denied. Crime statistics were released along with the request for the square-mile area of Tigerland. According to the summary, the violent crime rate was more than 33... more »
  • Boustany files suit over book's prostitution claims

    October 3, 2016 6:39 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Congressman Charles Boustany filed a lawsuit Monday against the author of a new book and the book's publishers. Boustany's attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, said a newly-published book about the murder of eight prostitutes in Jennings, Louisiana, falsely accuses Boustany of having a relationship with the women. The suit... more »
  • Congress praised for early flood aid package, but leaders say more is needed

    September 22, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards praised Congress for its effort to secure up to $500 million for flood relief Thursday, but stressed the need for additional money to help people in flood-ravaged south Louisiana rebuild. The money is made available in a federal, short-term continuing resolution item.... more »
  • Drug makers spend big on Louisiana candidates, lobbying

    September 18, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $1 million to Louisiana candidates and hired an average of 40 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies. The findings are part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and... more »
  • State politicians frustrated at FEMA's slow flood response Play Video

    September 14, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As state politicians countinue to fight for funding, many are saying they're dissatisfied with the time it's taking FEMA to get resources to families. "This isn't the first time we've had a disaster," Congressman Garret Graves told News Two's Brett Buffington. "It's not the first disaster we've... more »
  • Edwards, other officials meet in D.C. to talk flood aid

    September 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other high-ranking state elected leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., Thursday to lobby for additional flood relief. The group is scheduled to be in D.C. Thursday and Friday. Traveling with Edwards will be Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Lt. Governor Billy... more »
  • President plans Tuesday visit to Baton Rouge area

    August 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit flood-ravaged areas next week, WBRZ has learned. The president will be in the Baton Rouge area Tuesday. He is scheduled to "get a first hand look at the ... flood damage in the state," ABC News reported. " The... more »
  • Trump, Pence to tour flood ravaged Louisiana

    August 18, 2016 7:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump will tour the flood damage in ravaged Louisiana Friday. A campaign official familiar with the plans says the GOP nominee and his running mate Mike Pence will travel to the state on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans before... more »
  • Mayor calls curfew a backdoor political deal Play Video

    August 16, 2016 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor started a very public feud with the sheriff in a live TV interview Tuesday night over a curfew set for Tuesday night. The curfew is from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The sheriff announced the curfew in a news conference with state... more »
  • Special meeting called to restore trust in New Roads government

    August 7, 2016 10:30 AM

    NEW ROADS - City council members will discuss the indictment of the mayor at a special council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Robert Myer was indicted Wednesday on malfeasance and abuse of power charges following a grand jury hearing where nearly twenty people testified. Immediately, a judge issued a warrant for... more »
  • DA calls for probe of alleged bribe by Ascension president Play Video

    August 1, 2016 11:15 AM

    GONZALES- Audio recordings first published this morning by the Pelican Post , an online newspaper in Ascension Parish, appear to show Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa offering a bribe to a man running for a seat on the Gonzales City Council. That bribe included at least $1,200 in cash and... more »
  • U.S. Attorney General to hold civil rights meeting in Baton Rouge Friday

    July 26, 2016 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Loretta Lynch will spend the night in Baton Rouge Thursday to meet with U.S. Attorney Walt Green Friday. The Department of Justice released details about the trip late Tuesday afternoon. Lynch was originally scheduled to attend a community memorial service for three slain law enforcement... more »
  • NEW: FBI monitoring New Black Panther Party; Group in Baton Rouge

    July 18, 2016 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The FBI is closely monitoring the New Black Panther Party – an organization that recently formed a local chapter in the wake of the shooting death of Alton Sterling. WBRZ was first to report about the newly-formed group when they gathered Saturday in the parking lot... more »
  • While Baton Rouge teeters, mayor appears absent

    July 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor stressed teamwork in a news conference Friday, and said state leaders are working with Baton Rouge city officials despite a noticeable absence of Mayor Kip Holden. Holden, who first commented in a quick phone conversation with WBRZ the night of Alton Sterling's death -... more »
  • Politicians comment on deadly officer-involved shooting

    July 5, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayoral candidate Sharon Weston Broome became the latest official to comment on a deadly officer-involved shooting when she issued a news release late Tuesday evening. > The NAACP called for the mayor and police chief to resign at a news conference on the steps of city hall... 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 »
  • Smokie Bourgeois enters race for EBR mayor

    June 11, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Metro Councilman Smokie Bourgeois entered a crowded race for mayor Saturday morning. “ My parents’ house was right up the street. I rode my bicycle all around and to downtown. That’s why I know it’s uphill all the way to downtown. Today I’m officially doing... more »
  • School board to revisit Lee HS naming issue later Play Video

    June 2, 2016 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board committee decided not to pursue renaming Lee High School Thursday night. The issue was first reported by WBRZ and WBRZ.com earlier in the week when the school board agenda was released. At a separate meeting Tuesday, a committee... more »
  • City leaders in email spat over chairs at health care meeting

    May 31, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders became caught in a petty email thread Tuesday over chairs for a meeting that's become a controversial and complicated debate over politics, health care and business. In messages circulated to officials and the media, Metro Council member Chauna Banks accuse d the mayor's office... more »
  • Mayor quits as Nakamoto, WBRZ Investigative Unit report looms

    May 17, 2016 1:32 PM

    GREENSBURG - The mayor of this small town resigned amid a WBRZ Investigative Unit inquiry into where he resides. The story is still being finalized for a television presentation later this week, but Burke Jones wrote in an email Tuesday, he was stepping down. The story is scheduled to... more »
  • 'I did a terrible job,' Matassa says of how he handled employee's firing

    May 17, 2016 1:18 PM

    GONZALES - In a letter emailed to WBRZ Tuesday afternoon, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa apologized for his handling of an employee's termination recently. The firing of planning director Ricky Compton was the focus of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last week . In a recording, land owner Dempsey... more »
  • Former St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Captain to run for elected office

    May 11, 2016 2:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Former St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office captain and current Lafayette Deputy Marshall Captain Clay Higgins, is announcing that he will be announcing his campaign for either Congress or Senate. Higgins has been dubbed the “Cajun John Wayne" after a video that went viral of Higgins addressing a gang... more »
  • FEMA doesn't think bayou devastation enough for federal disaster

    May 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government denied the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance in areas recovering from tornadoes that tore apart bayou communities in February. FEMA said there was not enough wide-spread damage to force a disaster area, which makes federal assistance available for individual, business and government... 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 »
  • State to require job training for food stamps

    April 21, 2016 4:32 PM

    HAMMOND - The governor said he plans to require able-bodied adults ages 18-49, who have no dependents, to get workforce training for food stamps Thursday. The new regulation would keep 47,000 people on the food stamp program if they all participate. The individuals faced being kicked off food stamps... more »
  • Mayor Holden nixes north Baton Rouge development idea Play Video

    April 20, 2016 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor vetoed a proposal to create an economic development district in north Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden denied the request Wednesday, citing vague language in how the development district would be organized and concern over the state's budget. Previously, the Metro Council unanimously approved the... more »
  • After hotly contested election, outgoing chief meeting with incoming top cop

    April 20, 2016 12:57 PM

    BAKER - Police Chief Mike Knaps and chief-elect Carl Dunn have started talking about transitioning the department to its new leadership. Dunn was elected chief of police last month. Dunn defeated Daryl Rainwater in a hotly contested runoff election. Knaps reported to the city council recently, he and... more »
  • Denham Springs fires police chief Play Video

    April 6, 2016 6:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city council approved the mayor's request to fire Police Chief Scott Jones. The firing came during a heavily-attended special council meeting Thursday afternoon. WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington reported from inside the standing-room only council room where Jones was fired shortly after 5 p.m. Jones... more »
  • Public defender's office warns it's too poor to represent the poor

    April 6, 2016 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The public defender's office in East Baton Rouge started warning judges of its inability to represent poor defendants in the criminal justice system. The letter, which was obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday, cites budget issues and warns of layoffs at the office beginning next... more »
  • Cruz, Sanders win Wisconsin

    April 6, 2016 3:32 AM

    NEW YORK- Republican Donald Trump is emerging from Wisconsin as a damaged front-runner following a crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz. It's a significant setback that deepens questions about the businessman's White House qualifications and pushes the GOP contest toward a rare contested convention fight. After months of dominating... more »
  • Town hall security video shows Nakamoto patiently waiting before arrest last week Play Video

    March 31, 2016 6:41 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Security video obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit shows Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto patiently waiting for town officials before he was arrested last week . The video was obtained through a public records request after Nakamoto was arrested by a White Castle Police officer for refusing... more »

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