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  • 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 »
  • Still upset about delegates, Trump says La. primary is 'bad politics'

    March 30, 2016 12:24 PM

    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Presidential hopeful Donald Trump angrily discussed his disdain for the outcome of the Louisiana primary Tuesday night. Trump, along with Ted Cruz and John Kasich, participated in a cable TV political discussion. At one point during the program, Trump called the situation involving Louisiana's delegates bad... more »
  • Senators refuse to change Louisiana's absentee voting rules

    March 30, 2016 5:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have refused to loosen Louisiana's absentee voting rules. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to allow any people who expect to be away from their home parishes on Election Day to be able to vote absentee by mail. Currently, people can only vote absentee... more »
  • Governor hopes to bring an ER back to North Baton Rouge Play Video

    March 29, 2016 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced he hopes to bring an emergency room back to the North Baton Rouge area. Edwards made the remarks at a health care summit at Pennington Biomedical Research Center Tuesday morning. The governor suggested Medicaid expansion could lead the way in returning... more »
  • Public record at center of Nakamoto arrest released Play Video

    March 24, 2016 2:27 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - The third part of a public records request that was not filled and lead to the arrest of WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto Wednesday was released to the station's news department Thursday morning. Just received part 3 of @ChrisNakamoto 's public records request. The part... more »
  • In live WBRZ interview, congressman calls for progress dealing with I-10 traffic Play Video

    March 21, 2016 7:24 PM

    B ATON ROUGE - Congressman Garret Graves argued there needs to be more solid communication among traffic engineers and state lawmakers about planning construction projects in I-10 through Baton Rouge. Graves, the newly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, appeared on WBRZ's morning news program, 2une-In , Monday... more »
  • State supreme court justice: Public defender system going broke Play Video

    March 15, 2016 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the Louisiana Supreme Court told lawmakers the court is concerned about financing for the public defender system for the poor. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says public defenders in 33 of the state's 42 judicial districts have restricted services, and half of the offices... more »
  • Race, weed and tax evasion topics at Wednesday Metro Council meeting

    March 9, 2016 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In what is a relatively short agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting, city leaders started discussing some potentially controversial topics. One item to be discussed is a report from various Baton Rouge government offices about the possibility of providing financial incentives to lure a hospital to... more »
  • Settlement reached over state's multi-million dollar melting ice whistle-blower case Play Video

    March 7, 2016 7:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fired state worker will settle his whistle-blower lawsuit. Bruce Ellis believed he was fired from his job at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness after speaking up about what he thought was waste in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Ellis said the... more »
  • More than 600,000 registered Democrats & Republicans voted Saturday

    March 6, 2016 12:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Registered democrats and republicans cast votes for the Louisiana Presidential Primary Saturday. Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump and Cruz. A total... more »
  • Dawn Collins elected to EBR school board Saturday

    March 6, 2016 12:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters elected a new representative to the school board Saturday. Dawn Collins, a democrat, was elected to fill the seat left vacant when former school board member Tarvald Smith was elected to the Baton Rouge City Court last year. Collins will serve for two years,... more »
  • Runoff needed in Baker following Saturday elections; new chief elected outright

    March 6, 2016 12:34 AM

    BAKER - Voters here will return to the polls in April since a runoff is needed to decide who will be the next city mayor. Leroy Davis and Darnell "DA1" Waites entered a runoff, slimming the selection down from four. But, no runoff is needed to replace the... more »
  • 2-vote loss, other upsets in Saturday election

    March 6, 2016 12:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The presidential preference primary and numerous municipal elections brought voters to polling locations across the region Saturday. Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump... more »
  • Voters approve tax renewal for Albany fire district

    March 5, 2016 10:41 PM

    ALBANY - Voters in part of Livingston Parish approved a tax renewal to fund the District 1 Fire Department. District 1 covers around 10,000 people in the town of Albany and surrounding area. The tax has been on the books for nearly 20 years. Officials were worried leading... more »
  • Carson suspends presidential campaign

    March 4, 2016 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ben Carson confirmed what many assumed would happen: he has officially left the race for president. Carson first said earlier this week he saw no "path forward" following primary elections in multiple states Tuesday. Then, he said he would release specific information about his political future... more »
  • Annoyed Edwards hammers lawmakers over budget Friday

    March 4, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hopes that the state budget crisis was nearing a resolve were shattered Friday when the legislative body that monitors finance determined a plan to generate $75 million before the end of the budget year wouldn't work out. The plan called for a change to the payment... more »

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