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  • Mayor has interviewed 3 of 5 chief candidates, will meet with all by week's end

    December 13, 2017 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor has interviewed three of the five candidates vying to be the city's next police chief and interviews with the remaining two are scheduled for later this week, WBRZ learned Wednesday. Myron Daniels, Darryl Honore and Robert McGarner have met with the mayor. Between now... more »
  • Another shuffle in the mayor's office with departure of spokesperson

    November 22, 2017 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor appears to be losing another key member of her administration. WBRZ learned Wednesday, Janene Tate is set to become the director of communications for the Southern University System. Tate is currently the mayor's spokesperson, handling media requests and availabilities. Tate is essentially the city's... more »
  • President Trump nominates former EBR prosecutor to local US Attorney post

    November 1, 2017 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE – President Donald Trump has nominated Brandon Fremin to the post of US Attorney for the Baton Rouge area. Fremin will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy released a statement about Trump's nomination of Fremin: “Brandon Fremin is an... more »
  • In Puerto Rico, La. soldiers cheer for LSU and help island rebuild Play Video

    October 30, 2017 12:46 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puertro Rico - A Louisiana delegation is checking on state National Guard soldiers and assisting with local government operations in a quick trip to this battered island territory this week. WBRZ is traveling with the group, which includes Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. A team of... more »
  • New Roads mayor resigns, pleads no contest to malfeasance charges Play Video

    October 19, 2017 4:29 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - New Roads Mayor Robert Myer will resign effective 9 a.m. Friday. The move comes after a Thursday evening hearing at a Plaquemine courthouse. In the hearing, Myer plead no contest to felony malfeasance charges for using the city’s credit card illegally for personal purchases. Myer will... more »
  • Mayor to announce new CAO Thursday

    October 11, 2017 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In an advisory about an upcoming news conference, the mayor's office said there will be an announcement about a new Chief Administrative Officer. The mayor has been without a permanent CAO since the candidate she hired - Troy Bell - quit amid reports of a questionable... more »
  • Metro Council to address WBRZ report on officers' extra duty while on department leave

    October 4, 2017 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Calls for oversight of the Baton Rouge Police Department grew Wednesday, nearly a week after a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found officers on leave were able to accrue extra duty pay. Typically, officers on leave for some reason are not allowed to work as a police... more »
  • Federal government announces new 'strike force', other initiatives to combat crime in BR Play Video

    October 2, 2017 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Federal authorities have announced new measures to address violent crime in Baton Rouge. At press conference Thursday, U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson detailed a number of steps the Department of Justice is taking to combat crime, including a new "strike force" force to target violent criminals. ... more »
  • State lawmaker calls for review of BRPD after WBRZ report

    October 2, 2017 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A state lawmaker and former city official is asking for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to investigate extra-duty assignments within the Baton Rouge Police Department. The request comes after the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported last week, officers on administrative leave were still collecting payment from extra duty.... more »
  • Baton Rouge mayor asks for State Police help in dealing with violent crime Play Video

    September 28, 2017 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In an unprecedented request for a mayor of this city, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said she will solicit the help of State Police to get a handle on violent crime. Broome's remarks came during a sit-down interview with WBRZ and the station's chief investigative reporter, Chris... more »
  • After first canceling National Anthem, Central High to sing it at Friday pep rally Play Video

    September 28, 2017 10:19 AM

    CENTRAL – Central High School will have the national anthem play at its homecoming pep rally Friday, after outraged families responded to an announcement that the school planned to skip the song. Sandy Davis, the assistant superintendent, said the original decision to not perform the anthem was made "amid... more »
  • Southern hires Lafayette-based company for marijuana grow operation

    September 22, 2017 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University selected Lafayette-based Advanced Biomedics, LLC, to handle its marijuana cultivation and production. Southern and LSU were assigned the state's marijuana grow operation. “...We are excited about the opportunity to enter into this venture that has the potential to bring health benefits to improve... more »
  • Attorney: Case against Matassa should be tossed due to 'candidacy law' Play Video

    September 21, 2017 12:06 PM

    GONZALES – The attorney for embattled Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa argues in newly-filed court documents, the bribery case against Matassa is unwarranted because the man he is accused of bribing not to run for office was not a real “candidate” under state law. Matassa was indicted on charges... more »
  • Concerns over outdated flood maps prompt possible building moratorium in EBR Play Video

    September 21, 2017 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Amid concerns of outdated flood maps governing building codes in East Baton Rouge, Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso is looking to place a moratorium on subdivisions and rezoning for developments with property larger than about an acre. Specifically, Amoroso seeks to temporarily ban developments with a property... more »
  • Here are the names of the applicants for Baton Rouge Police Chief

    August 31, 2017 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Twelve people have applied to be the next police chief. WBRZ obtained the names of the applicants through a public records request this week. The names were released Thursday. The names are of those who applied and are not vetted or necessarily eligible for the position,... more »
  • Trump visits Saturday; First stop in Houston then Lake Charles

    August 31, 2017 3:52 PM

    LAKE CHARLES – Southwest Louisiana is expected to be one of the places the president will visit on a weekend trip to storm-ravaged areas. President Donald Trump will travel with wife Melania Saturday. The Trumps will also be in Texas. Trump also pledged $1 million of his own... more »
  • Mayor schedules meetings to sell EBR voters on tax to pay for roads

    August 4, 2017 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor's office announced a series of meetings aimed at selling a property tax proposal to voters. Earlier, the mayor announced plans for a property tax that would raise about $500 million to be used on roads throughout the parish. WBRZ.com previously highlighted which roadways would... more »
  • Senator Kennedy calls BRAVE deals 'repulsive'

    August 3, 2017 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Amid multiple requests for a state investigation into the BRAVE grant program, U.S. Senator John Kennedy sent a letter to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome voicing his concerns about the allegations. In the letter, Sen. Kennedy says "the purpose of the BRAVE contracts is to reduce violent... more »
  • BRAVE contracts tied to mayor's administration suspended Play Video

    August 1, 2017 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Nine contracts associated with the BRAVE program have been suspended, WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned. The contracts in question are tied to controversial deals made with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's administration. The contracts are part of a group that have been questioned since contract... more »
  • Amid controversy over who got BRAVE grants, calls made for state auditor to probe mayor's deals Play Video

    July 31, 2017 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There are at least two requests for a state investigation into Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's handling of the BRAVE grant program. Those in charge of the BRAVE program today said they had no idea the contracts her office doled out existed. Monday afternoon, the... more »
  • After outrageous remarks about officers' deaths, mayor parts ways with activist Play Video

    July 27, 2017 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor has parted ways with crime activist “Silky Slim” after he made controversial comments at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. First questioned by The Advocate newspaper, “Silky Slim” remarked that justice came after Alton Sterling's death when a gunman opened fire on law enforcement, killing three... more »
  • See list of suggested roads mayor's new tax would fix Play Video

    July 26, 2017 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor's new property tax proposal goes before Metro Council for its first appearance Wednesday. The council is expected to introduce the tax and debate whether or not it should make its way to a parish-wide vote on the November ballot. Voters then would have the... more »
  • BR Police Chief Carl Dabadie steps down Play Video

    July 24, 2017 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie is leaving the helm of the Baton Rouge Police department, WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned. EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome had been looking to hire a new chief since she was elected last year. Dabadie submitted a... more »
  • Southern University upholds firing of Brandon Dumas Play Video

    July 20, 2017 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE –The Southern University Board of Supervisors has decided to uphold the firing of Brandon Dumas, the former university's vice chancellor. His last day at the university will be August 10. Dumas' termination was discussed at the board meeting held on Friday. The possibility of appealing his... more »
  • Indicted area mayor headed for trial in early 2018

    July 11, 2017 3:24 PM

    NEW ROADS – Mayor Robert Myer will go to trial in early 2018 on charges he used the city's credit card improperly. Myer was indicted and a judge swiftly issued a warrant for his arrest on malfeasance and abuse of power charges in August 2016. At a hearing on... more »
  • People frustrated when La. concert turns into an anti-Trump rally

    July 9, 2017 10:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS – People likened Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters' packed show in New Orleans overnight to propaganda and were frustrated with the second half of the show being devoted to Waters' hatred of President Donald Trump. Attendees told WBRZ, Water featured images of war and protests on... more »
  • Trump, Putin agree election issue is hindrance

    July 7, 2017 9:18 PM

    HAMBURG, Germany - Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agree on one aspect of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign: The issue has become a hindrance to better relations. That's according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who says the U.S. and Russian presidents had a "robust and lengthy"... more »
  • Polarizing right-wing writer sues over canceled book

    July 7, 2017 8:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a New York publishing company over a canceled book deal. Yiannopoulos resigned from the conservative website Breitbart News this year after comments he made about sexual relationships between boys and men. In video clips, he... more »
  • Sex tape scandal, other issues frustrate some Southern supporters Play Video

    June 23, 2017 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Southern University alumnus and community news and opinion website publisher chastised the school's administration for its handling of mounting issues on campus – most recently a sex tape purportedly leaked amid a scandal involving a high-ranking campus official and an underling. BREAKING: Southern announced it... more »
  • Rep. Scalise out of ICU, remains hospitalized after shooting

    June 23, 2017 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Louisiana U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is out of the intensive care unit at the hospital where he's been since he was shot last week. ABC News confirmed he was out of ICU but still in the hospital. Friday, he was listed in “fair condition.” Scalise,... more »
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards announces LSP Superintendent Play Video

    June 13, 2017 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards announced a permanent Louisiana State Police Superintendent today at 11 a.m. The governor appointed interim superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves to the position full time. Reeves' appointment makes him the official head of the State Police, a position he's been filling since Mike... more »
  • Strain discusses infrastructure concerns in meeting with president, vice president

    June 12, 2017 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - State agriculture chief Mike Strain stressed the need for more attention on old infrastructure in a recent meeting with the president and vice president. Strain was part of a meeting with White House officials last week. Details of the visit were released Monday. Strain discussed... more »
  • Comey testimony watched by an estimated 19.5 million viewers

    June 9, 2017 8:43 PM

    LOS ANGELES - An estimated 19.5 million viewers watched James Comey's widely televised U.S. Senate testimony. Nielsen figures released Friday tallied the audience for the fired FBI director's appearance across ad-supported networks and cable channels. The major outlets divided Thursday's audience up fairly evenly, with leader ABC's 3.295 million viewers... more »
  • Branson calls Trump 'naive' for exiting Paris climate accord

    June 8, 2017 9:27 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - British billionaire Richard Branson is calling President Donald Trump very "naive" for withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, saying he failed to recognize that clean energy is cheaper than coal and oil and is going to create "massively more jobs." The business magnate, climate activist and philanthropist... more »
  • Kaine's son, 7 others, charged in protest of pro-Trump event

    May 26, 2017 11:04 PM

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of President Donald Trump. Linwood "Woody" Kaine, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor counts of fleeing... more »
  • Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

    May 26, 2017 9:56 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' Republican House speaker says he won't work anymore on a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people, putting the hotly debated legislation in jeopardy. House Speaker Joe Straus said Friday it was "absurd" how much time lawmakers have spent prioritizing efforts to pass a North Carolina-style law that... more »
  • Small, but loud group, disrupts council meeting Wednesday

    May 10, 2017 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A handful of people were removed from the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council meeting Wednesday afternoon when they tried to forcibly sway the conversation away from city business and toward a political discussion about Alton Sterling and the Baton Rouge Police Department. According to council... more »
  • Killer's release from prison rescinded after WBRZ report highlights concerns

    April 21, 2017 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Following a lengthy investigative report by WBRZ Thursday, the parole board rescinded a convicted killer's scheduled released. Samuel Galbraith was sentenced to 71 years for the death of Karen Hill, a 21-year-old woman he kidnapped, tied to at tree, raped and shot in the head. Hill... more »
  • As court hears case over woman's will, leaders demand action at Council on Aging Play Video

    April 6, 2017 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two elected officials in East Baton Rouge Parish are calling for the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs to investigate the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. The letter was drafted one day before the Council on Aging washed its hands of a questionable will that was written on... more »
  • EBR Metro Councilman wants to fix neighborhood's traffic troubles Play Video

    April 5, 2017 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman is trying to fix a traffic issue in the Woodland Ridge neighborhood, but he says it could take a while. The city's traffic engineer said they have to first gather traffic data in the congested neighborhood to help narrow down the... more »
  • Head of local movie studio resigning

    April 4, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The man who spearheaded a competitive production schedule that filled Baton Rouge with celebrities will leave his post as head of the city's large film studio in the coming months. Patrick Mulhearn posted on Facebook , he is resigning from Celtic Studios at the end of... more »
  • Controversial councilman quits, moves away after flood

    March 28, 2017 9:55 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Councilman Chris Davis resigned from his seat on the city's governing body. Davis resigned, he said in a letter, because damage to his family's home after the August flood was too great. Davis lived on Oakwood Drive, off Range south of I-12. The are was inundated... more »
  • White House tells House GOP, 'Let's vote'

    March 23, 2017 8:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump wants the House to vote on the health care bill, and Republicans say a vote will occur Friday. White House officials had a simple message to a divided House Republican caucus on the bill: "Let's vote." Republicans emerging from the closed-door meeting Thursday said they... more »
  • Chaffetz: Intruder was able to rattle White House door handle

    March 17, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says an intruder on the White House grounds was able to "look through" a White House window and "rattle the door handle" before being apprehended last week. Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz tells CNN he was told by the Homeland Security Secretary... more »
  • Man sentenced for posting online threat against Obama

    March 16, 2017 9:57 PM

    BOSTON - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill the president of the United States. The U.S. Attorney's office says Andrew O'Keefe, of Mansfield, will be under supervised release for five years after being... more »
  • At least three La. companies interested in building border wall

    March 13, 2017 3:57 PM

    ADDIS – At least three businesses with ties to Louisiana – one of which is based in the Baton Rouge area – are interested in the president's plan for a wall between the United States and Mexico. Some 600 businesses have signed up as interested vendors for a pre-solicitiation... more »
  • Judge Trudy White apologizes about controversial jumpsuit video in letter to WBRZ

    March 10, 2017 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In an unusual letter sent via certified mail to WBRZ Friday, Judge Trudy White apologized for the use of a character in a 2014 re-election campaign video that many people interpreted as Judge White pandering to criminals with a message she'd help them get off. The... more »
  • Congressman: People might need to choose either healthcare or an iPhone

    March 7, 2017 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The fight over healthcare took a powerful turn Tuesday morning when a high-ranking Republican in the U.S. House likened people's decision about healthcare to purchasing the latest gadgets. “A mericans have choices and they've got to make a choice. So maybe rather than getting that new... more »
  • Student body presidents express concern over threats to higher education

    February 16, 2017 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plea to the governor, the Council of Student Body Presidents expressed their concern over "constant cuts" to higher education. More than 30 student body presidents from Louisiana schools, including Louisiana State University and Southern University, issued a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards and... more »
  • Embattled Sen. Brown sends mailer, lawmakers consider expulsion

    February 9, 2017 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge is one of two state lawmakers working to have State Sen. Troy Brown removed from office after he pleaded no contest twice to domestic abuse charges over the last year. Claitor, a Republican, and Sen. Sharon Hewitt, also a... more »
  • Mississippi 'Back the Badge' bill passes House after emotional debate

    February 8, 2017 10:04 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi House has voted to triple the penalties for committing violence against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency responders. The 85-31 vote came Wednesday only after several black representatives talked about how they or their loved ones had been racially profiled or treated harshly by the... more »
  • Prosecutors drop charges for 3 arrested on Inauguration Day

    February 8, 2017 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Prosecutors have dropped felony rioting charges against three more people who were arrested after protesters broke windows and torched a limousine in Washington on Inauguration Day. That brings the total number of dropped cases to twelve. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia made the announcement... more »
  • Report: Judge banned from eatery over racial exchange with woman at bar Play Video

    February 8, 2017 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A popular Baton Rouge eatery banned a state district judge from dining at the establishment after a tiff over racial slurs. The Advocate reported Wednesday afternoon, Judge Mike Erwin was banned from Sammy's Grill. Erwin's accused of spouting off a word most people find offensive... more »
  • Annette Bening to portray Blanco in upcoming Katrina TV series

    February 6, 2017 3:03 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco will be portrayed by Annette Bening in an upcoming cable show about Hurricane Katrina. Bening will star in Katrina: American Crime Story, the latest installment in FX's immensely popular series. The show previously portrayed the O.J. Simpson saga. According to reports,... more »
  • Protesters gather outside federal court in downtown BR Friday

    February 3, 2017 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A few dozen protesters stood outside the federal courthouse in downtown Friday afternoon, protesting presidential orders about immigrants and refugees. Most protesters were holding signs out front of the post office, looking across the street toward the courthouse. A few others were on the courthouse side... more »
  • Hello? People swamp Congress with calls in era of Trump

    February 3, 2017 9:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - A lot of politics is about the basics, and in Congress that means answering the phone. By that measure, life on Capitol Hill in the Trump era is a struggle. Whether constituents are calling to request congressional flags, get help with a local issue - or, more likely,... more »
  • Small fire extinguised at old Livingston Parish courthouse

    February 2, 2017 10:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Firefighters extinguished a small fire at the old Livigston Parish Courthouse Friday. Officials said they responded to calls about a fire at the building and smelled smoke when they first arrived on scene. Smoke inside the building set off the sprinkler system inside. The extent of... more »
  • Milo Yiannopoulos' Berkeley talk canceled after protests get heated

    February 1, 2017 9:47 PM

    BERKELEY, Calif. - A University of California, Berkeley official says a talk by a polarizing Breitbart News editor at the university has been canceled as protesters outside the building where the speech was to have taken place threw smoke bombs and set a fire. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulos says... more »
  • Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids' cases

    February 1, 2017 8:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's immigration courts are making a change to focus more on deportation hearings for immigrants jailed by the federal government. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller issued a memo Tuesday saying the top priority for immigration judges will be scheduling quick hearings for anyone who is detained. That... more »
  • Another high-ranking state official taking overseas trip

    January 31, 2017 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials are once again taking to the sky for an overseas trip; this time, it's the Lt. Governor who traveled to France this week. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser's office released details of the trip Tuesday – two days into travel. Nungesser is traveling with tourism... more »
  • Overnight protests at some airports target immigration

    January 29, 2017 11:01 AM

    NEW YORK - Overnight, groups of people gathered at major airports rallying against immigration policies President Donald Trump has put in place. The president's executive order suspends immigration from countries with ties to terror, including Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya, for a time period of 90... more »
  • Trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials

    January 28, 2017 6:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is imposing a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign governments, and a five-year ban for other lobbying. Trump used his executive authority Saturday to put in place the bans - fulfilling part of his campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington. Trump... more »
  • Council on Aging promises transparency spending millions Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The EBR Council on Aging promised transparency and announced it will hold a series of meetings to discuss its controversial property tax that was approved by voters in November. The council shared information in a news release issued Thursday morning. Some on the Metro Council... more »

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