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  • USDA invests $30M to improve Mississippi River Basin

    November 4, 2015 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $30 million in 33 new projects and 40 existing ones to improve the Mississippi River Basin's water quality. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a news release Tuesday, said the projects reduce loss of nutrients and sediment to... more »
  • Students learn about digital and broadcast media

    October 2, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Galvez Middle School learned from WBRZ chief investigator Chris Nakamoto and sports anchor Chris Price about how the news industry works Friday morning. Nakamoto and Price told the students about what it's like gathering news, filming and editing stories, and putting them online as... more »
  • Ascension school board members draw up project wish list

    September 30, 2015 7:47 AM

    GONZALES- Ascension Parish School Board members have a list of 14 projects - including three new primary schools and a middle school - they hope will be funded by a $120 million bond proposal going before voters on April 9. The bond proposal, if passed, would be paid for with... more »
  • Veterans History Project nears 100,000 items at US library

    May 25, 2015 1:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress has been working to build an oral history collection to capture veterans' memories of war, and the project is nearing a milestone of 100,000 records. The Veterans History Project is now in its 15th year. It holds more than 96,000 remembrances from veterans, including... more »
  • Drivers doubt end is near for LA 73 work check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 17, 2015 5:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins working on the roadway. The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays. "It's been going on and on... more »
  • Fatal accident during Katrina storm surge project

    March 14, 2015 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a construction worker has died after an accident on a structure to block storm surge from a canal that breached during Hurricane Katrina. The 17th Street Canal is now protected by temporary gates and pumps. The Army Corps of Engineers and Bob Kula of Kiewit... more »
  • Comite Diversion Canal project to receive $10M

    February 3, 2015 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-La.),announced today that several projects in Louisiana will receive $62.4M in additional funds. It's all part of the Army Corps of Engineers' FY 2015 spending plan. One project of local interest is the Comite River Diversion Canal project, which will receive $10M alone. ... more »
  • RIbbon-cutting for new playground at Bernard Terrace Elementary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 2, 2015 8:15 AM

    Baton Rouge - The children of Bernard Terrace Elementary get to see their imaginations come to life today. Three years ago, they began their playground plans with the LSU Community Playground Project. The playground based on the collaboration with LSU Biological Engineering students was built by more than 120... more »
  • False River officials address drawdown concerns check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 28, 2015 10:13 PM

    NEW ROADS - More than a dozen residents living along and around False River say their property is changing since the water level was dropped last year. The False River drawdown was implemented to revive the lake and remove silt, to make sure it sustains itself for years to... more »
  • Judge won't block St. Tammany anti-fracking suit

    October 28, 2014 3:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state district judge in Baton Rouge has refused to block a lawsuit filed by St. Tammany Parish officials who hope to stop a proposed oil drilling and fracking project. Parish officials filed the lawsuit in June. They argue that the well is proposed for an area... more »
  • Ascension Parish looking for ways to fund road project

    September 29, 2014 3:29 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is looking for money for a four-lane alternate route from Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after the project failed to win a federal grant. The one-mile, $12 million road to Lamar-Dixon was not among the projects the U.S. Department of Transportation said earlier this month... more »
  • Tee off for wounded veterans next week check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2014 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Iron Horse Financial is teaming up with the Wounded Warrior Project to raise funds for wounded veterans and let you show what you can do out on the green. They're hosting a four person scramble golf tournament on Monday, September 15th at the Santa Maria Golf... more »
  • Final phase of Huey P Long Bridge repair begins

    September 3, 2014 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials announced the beginning of the final phase of painting and structural steel repairs to the U.S. 190 Mississippi River Bridge on Wednesday morning. The bridge, officially called the Huey P. Long Bridge, connects Baton Rouge with Port Allen and is commonly called the... more »
  • Sewer work returns to Burbank, lane closures planned

    August 1, 2014 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sewer line construction crews will once again return to Burbank Drive for extra work and close more lanes of the southeast Baton Rouge highway. Beginning Tuesday, August 5, there will be intermittent lane closures from Staring Extension to Lee Drive. Expect closures through Friday, August 15th. The... more »
  • Sponsor a picture to Geaux Love Africa check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 31, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, Nathan and Aaron visited News 2 at 4 to talk about their project called Geaux Love Africa which seeks to bring hope and joy to the people of the continent. Geaux Love Africa was born out of... more »
  • City leaders set to decide on road plan Wednesday

    March 11, 2014 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are expected to vote on a measure that could mean more immediate road repairs in two sections of the city. Wednesday, the metro council has to decide on a road take over plan. It means three streets: Government, parts of Nicholson, and a stretch of... more »
  • DOTD begins work on I-12 widening project in Livingston Parish

    March 7, 2014 2:54 PM

    WALKER- Construction work has begun on the I-12 widening project in Livingston Parish. DOTD officials say they have started work on the $26.5 million project to widen nearly 4 miles of I-12 from four to six lanes from Walker to half a mile west of Satsuma. During construction,... more »
  • City planning for state route takeover, will fix roads check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2014 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council introduced a proposal Wednesday to transfer three roads from state control to city-parish control. The city would be responsible for repairs that could be done faster than if the state was in charge of the highways and making upgrades. The swap would... more »
  • Bond Commission approves borrowing $500 million

    December 19, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Bond Commission gave approval to a plan to borrow nearly $500 million for construction projects. The money will replenish a fund that pays for the projects. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the details will be worked out next month. Right now the plan... more »
  • BR-NO rail service study due by year's end

    November 20, 2013 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A study to determine the feasibility of operating passenger rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and how to finance the project should be completed by the end of the year. Maj. Gen. John Basilica Jr., vice president and Gulf Coast district leader for HNTB,... more »
  • $1.3 billion sewer project to cause traffic snags

    November 11, 2013 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer. The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
  • Library closes book on slow development

    October 17, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The library board is ready to cut ties with a developer whose project has yet to come to fruition. Thursday, the board voted to ask metro council to end the city's agreement with Tommy Spinosa to build a library in the planned Rouzan community. Spinosa donated land... more »
  • Parishes partner up for toll road

    October 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Parish Transportation Committee approved plans to build a toll road connecting the Ascension and Livingston parishes. The new road would start at the intersection of Highways 42 and 933 in Ascension, extending to Walker South Road in Livingston Parish. The tollway would cross the... more »
  • Road project list prioritizes projects around Juban Crossing

    October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Leaders believe roads along I-12 must take priority when it comes to upgrading and rehabilitation so the parish can advance into the future. Wednesday, Parish President Layton Ricks affirmed Cook Road is at the top of a controversial list deciding which get work first. He was supposed to... more »
  • Plan in the works to widen parks of Perkins Rd check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 2, 2013 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A congested stretch of road in Baton Rouge could get a much-needed upgrade. One section of Perkins Road from Siegen Lane is currently two lanes. Neighbors say that causes congestion and a traffic nightmare. There's a plan in the works to widen Perkins Road from... more »
  • Developer's own deadline for Juban Crossing passes

    September 9, 2013 10:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Thirty-two days since the developer of Juban Crossing told WBRZ News 2 construction would start, the empty lot at the intersection of I-12 and Juban Road in Livingston Parish remains quiet and it appears construction on the long-delayed shopping center has been pushed back. After a request... more »
  • Library board to consider closing the book on Rouzan branch

    September 4, 2013 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday, people in charge of the public library system will consider the future of a proposed branch for the Southdowns area, slated to be built in the Rouzan development off Perkins Road. The six-year-old plan is still not off the ground and the library will consider if... more »
  • $1.5 billion BR sewer project isn't aligning in spots check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 28, 2013 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The $1.5 billion sewer project in Baton Rouge is on schedule to a January 2015 completion, despite hitting a few snags. Some contractors on the job have to replace large piping after the pipes didn't align properly. "Basically he was coming from both ends, when he... more »
  • West Feliciana sewer system nears completion

    April 19, 2013 10:08 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. Contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday. The new system will serve... more »
  • Iberville council delays awarding clinic contract

    April 18, 2013 8:16 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Because the bids opened for the new Iberville Parish Ochsner Health Clinic were all higher than expected, the Parish Council delayed for at least two weeks awarding the project until further details can be worked out. The lowest bidder was Lincoln Builders of Baton Rouge at $19.6... more »
  • Baker to upgrade city's natural gas pipelines

    April 10, 2013 8:37 AM

    BAKER - The Baker City Council has approved a bid for a project in the works for more than 20 years to upgrade some of the city's natural gas pipelines. Mayor Harold Rideau says the city has been trying to secure funding since 1990 to upgrade some natural gas pipelines... more »
  • Council approves facility project in Gonzales

    April 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    GONZALES- City leaders approved plans for Emerson Process Management to build a new headquarters in Ascension Parish. It will be built on West Edenborne Parkway, off I-10 and adds about 60 jobs. It was briefly stalled because city leaders could not agree on zoning change until late last... more »
  • Council backs zoning change for Emerson project

    March 25, 2013 7:56 PM

    GONZALES - City leaders were able to agree on a zoning change, paving the way for a planned Ascension Parish headquarters for Emerson Process Management. Monday night, the city council was able to settle a disagreement by making changes over the type of special use permit the facility would... more »
  • LSU students take stand against bullying with project check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2013 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of LSU students took their class project into other classrooms around Baton Rouge. The anti-bullying campaign, "To Be Honest," was created by the LSU PRSSA Bateman Team. The campaign was heavily based on social media but also included an educational program that will... more »
  • La. buys wetlands with oil spill settlement funds

    January 8, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has acquired more than 11,000 acres of wetlands in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as part of a conservation project funded by a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana said Monday that the $6.7 million purchase of the... more »
  • BR airport rotunda project: early 2013 completion

    December 3, 2012 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A project to enlarge the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport rotunda should be completed in the first quarter of 2013. The rotunda expansion is the first part of a four-phase, $9 million project that will include new enclosed curbside check-in, new flooring and new restrooms. Ralph... more »
  • One phase of I-12 project wrapping up soon check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 16, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The widening of I-12 between Juban Road and Walker could wrap up by next spring. An additional lane of traffic is being added in each direction. State traffic officials say another phase could start late next year. That phase will involve widening the interstate between Walker and... more »
  • Engineer to unveil Gonzales roads plan draft

    September 25, 2012 10:14 AM

    GONZALES - Gonzales officials are a few weeks away from unveiling a comprehensive transportation improvement plan that includes upgrades to many of city's major roads. Glenn Shaheen, a consultant and engineer working on the transportation plan, called The Go Program, presented a preliminary report to the city council on... more »
  • Mandeville bicycle path nears completion

    September 24, 2012 10:13 AM

    MANDEVILLE - Officials say construction of a $1.8 million pedestrian and bike path along West Causeway Approach that will help connect the east and west sides of Mandeville should be completed in two to three weeks. Mayor Donald Villere says plans are in the works to improve traffic signals... more »
  • Construction projects planned for 6 EBR schools

    September 13, 2012 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A series of improvement projects are scheduled to take place at six schools across East Baton Rouge Parish. School board members approved the plans Wednesday night during a "committee of the whole" meeting. The schools scheduled for construction work are Belfair, Bernard Terrace, Greenbrier and... more »
  • Developer must pay $201M for loans, interest

    September 5, 2012 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge says a Baton Rouge developer owes an Ohio lender $201.9 million in loans and interest on a mixed-use project called Perkins Rowe. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady added that J.T. "Tommy" Spinosa and his firms also must pay Cleveland-based KeyBank National Association... more »
  • "Rebuild Rosie Project" makes progress check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 13, 2012 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family is finally getting a roof over their head after a News 2 story brought in thousands of dollars in cash and donations to rebuild her home. Rosie Antoine lost her home earlier this summer and planned to move into her son's old house. That home... more »
  • I-12 Expansion opens after three years of work check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 12, 2012 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After more than three years of construction and subsequent traffic delays, The Department of Transportation and Development has opened Interstate 12 between O'Neal Lane in East Baton Rouge Parish and Juban Road in Livingston Parish. "It's the best thing that I could ever wish for to... more »
  • Hooper Road extension plan on track check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    CENTRAL- Plans to build a new bridge connecting East Baton Rouge Parish with Livingston Parish are on track, according to Central city leaders. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development revealed plans for the route connecting Central to the Watson area last week. A new bridge crossing the Amite... more »
  • I-12 widening nearly complete, opening soon

    June 6, 2012 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It won't be long before drivers will enjoy six lanes of travel in Interstate 12 between O'Neal Lane and Juban Road. The Department of Transportation and Development has not set a firm date for the opening but said it will be "a few weeks." The... more »
  • Deal for crime "interceptors" gets backing from BR Metro Council

    April 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided to fund the development of a new crime fighting tactic called "Cease Fire." Metro Council signed-off on the plan Wednesday night. The project pays people to step into troubling situations hopefully to stop violence before anything bad happens. more »
  • Google unveils augmented reality glasses project

    April 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Adding to their reputation as technology pioneers, Google unveiled their "Project Glass" Wednesday; a technology that has been compared to a smartphone for your eyes. The glasses, as demonstrated in a YouTube video posted by Google, are planned to superimpose calendar events, weather forecasts, directions,... more »
  • Gonzales trail, park project put on hold

    March 18, 2012 10:19 AM

    GONZALES - Mayor Barney Arceneaux says a project that would turn a 54-acre tract of land in Gonzales into walking trails and a dog park has been put on hold. The mayor said on Friday that he wants to make sure the funds for the project are locked up before... more »
  • Hurricane forecasting, storm projections

    March 5, 2012 5:42 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - The director of the National Hurricane Center expects the agency soon will be able to project hurricane positions a week ahead of time. The Hurricane center now projects storm positions five days out, although Director Bill Read admitted confidence in those forecasts diminishes over time. ... more »
  • Gov. Jindal marks completion of I-49 project

    February 22, 2012 3:09 PM

    NEW IBERIA - Governor Bobby Jindal marked the completion today of a $5.4 million I-49 South project that constructed 2.75 miles of frontage roads along U.S. 90 from La. 83 to Darnall Road. Governor Jindal said, "The completion of this project is a big step in our effort to... more »
  • Staring Lane widening project on-schedule a year after start check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2012 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The four-lane expansion project underway on Staring Lane is on schedule. DPW says phase one is expected to be finished by the end of 2012, and the entire project is still planned to open at the end of 2013. News 2's Ashley Rodrigue will have more... more »
  • Lafayette housing project plans move forward

    January 31, 2012 7:28 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority has authorized actions needed to begin construction of its newest affordable housing development planned for downtown Lafayette. Earlier this month, the public trust group approved its acquisition of the development and other downtown property from the project's original sponsor, the nonprofit organization... more »
  • Board backs renovation project at Istrouma High

    January 20, 2012 7:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has approved spending $586,000 to renovate classrooms on the second floor of Istrouma High School. Two months ago the board voted to delay the construction at the high school over the objections of Superintendent John Dilworth. Istrouma High School is... more »
  • Vitter: NASA selects New Orleans for part of rocket project

    September 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - NASA has chosen the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to construct some of the components of its new heavy-lift rocket. That's according to Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. The rocket's design was unveiled by NASA on Sept. 14. NASA said that it... more »
  • Governor Jindal cuts ribbon on new U.S. 61 corridor 4-lane project

    September 19, 2011 2:53 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Governor Bobby Jindal, along with the Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, and state and local officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the U.S. 61 corridor in West Feliciana Parish. The completion of the final segment of U.S. 61... more »
  • Cable barriers to be installed next month on I-10

    September 13, 2011 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Cable barriers are set to be installed next month on portions of I-10 between Baton Rouge and News Orleans. Money for the $2.7-million project will come from safety funds from the Federal Highway Administration. In East Baton Rouge Parish the project will begin at Highland Road... more »
  • Highland Rd. construction nearly complete

    June 17, 2011 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A major widening project on Highland Road in south Baton Rouge is almost complete. Crews are putting the finishing touches on the stretch between Airline Highway and I-10. It'll open in less than a month, cost nearly $15 million and took two-and-a-half years to complete. ... more »
  • Guard completes levee project in Krotz Springs

    May 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La.- Hundreds of homes might stay dry thanks to a two-mile levee the Louisiana National Guard finished building yesterday. It's in Krotz Springs, La. and protects an area where people where people were told to evacuate. Jeannette Ellis lives across the street from the levee, and plans... more »
  • Voters approve Lake Charles casino project

    May 1, 2011 9:56 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Voters in Calcasieu Parish have approved a proposal to bring a fourth riverboat casino to the area. Creative Casinos LLC plans to use the 15th and final riverboat gambling license allowed by Louisiana law to build a $400 million gambling resort known as Mojito Pointe. With... more »
  • Project aims to bring crowds back to the Gulf

    April 4, 2011 3:19 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala.- Officials say Alabama's beaches are bouncing back from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and they say major marketing efforts to attract tourists back to the Gulf Coast are now under way. Executives with Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and Arizona-based Circle K say the companies are teaming up for... more »
  • Comite River Diversion Canal project could see speed up

    March 9, 2011 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Comite River is set to crest 2 1/2 feet above flood stage. The Comite River Diversion Project was planned after floods in the early 80s to prevent flooding. Fifty-three hundred homes and businesses in three parishes were damaged. The diversion canal is 12 miles long... more »
  • Nucor gets air permit for Louisiana project

    January 27, 2011 2:47 PM

    CONVENT- Nucor Corporation will begin construction immediately on the first phase of its iron and steelmaking project in St. James Parish. The way was cleared by the issuance of an air quality permit today by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The permit covers two iron-making plants. Nucor initially... more »

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