June 13, 2013 8:56 AM
BATON ROUGE- The civil service exams taken last month by more than a dozen people vying to become Baton Rouge's next police chief will be graded and forwarded this week to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. That's according to State Examiner Robert S. Lawrence. Local officials had... more »
May 29, 2013 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - People are hiring tree services to protect their homes before hurricane season arrives. However, it's creating a new problem across East Baton Rouge Parish which has flooded the Department of Public Works with phone calls.
DPW calls it "illegal tree dumping." It's when tree services cut... more »
May 29, 2013 2:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers agreed to the state's contract with IBM, to build a new service center in Baton Rouge, and approved $8 million from an incentive fund to help pay for the deal. The joint budget committee approved both items Wednesday without objection. IBM says it plans to employ... more »
April 19, 2013 3:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board released a list of 17 applicants approved to take the civil service exam to replace fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White.
The Board approved the following applicants at its April 18 meeting:
* Carl... more »
April 17, 2013 10:23 AM
WASHINGTON - The FBI says the letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8. In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says the letters both say: "To see a wrong and... more »
April 16, 2013 4:27 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will visit Boston on Thursday, three days after a pair of deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says Obama will be attending an interfaith service. Three people were killed at the marathon's finish line, including an 8-year-old boy. More than 170... more »
April 1, 2013 4:51 PM
NEW ROADS - About one in 20 people in Pointe Coupee Parish don't pay their garbage bill but still get service, according to parish officials.
That means out of about 10,000 parish customers, around 500 are skipping out on the bill.
"I think its very unfair. They're getting... more »
February 6, 2013 7:35 AM
WASHINGTON - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about... more »
January 24, 2013 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says allowing women to serve in combat marks another step toward the country's founding ideals of fairness and equality. Obama says in a written statement he expressed strong support for the decision to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who lifted the combat ban Thursday. Obama says... more »
January 21, 2013 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a group of 3,000 volunteers made up of more than 200 organizations spent their time cleaning up neighborhoods.
Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority lead the 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service. The day... more »
January 21, 2013 4:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Parades, speeches, prayer and community service marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday around Louisiana.
In Baton Rouge people painted homes and cleaned school campuses as part of a day of service organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Many marchers held pictures of King as... more »
January 17, 2013 3:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here are a list of local MLK events going on around the area. If you'd like your event listed, submit it on our Community Calendar or email News@WBRZ.com.
Jan. 21: The West Baton Rouge Museum will be open in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.... more »
January 11, 2013 12:16 PM
WASHINGTON - A federal court says the U.S. Postal Service must come up with a better solution to its questionable pricing structure affecting Gamefly's video game DVDs and Netflix's movie DVDs. Gamefly must pay extra to mail its rental DVDs because they can be damaged by automatic mail sorting systems... more »
December 25, 2012 3:40 PM
ZACHARY - Police in Zachary tell the National Weather Service that one of its officers spotted a tornado near the Zachary-Slaughter Highway just east of East Cental Avenue.
The report came in just after 3 p.m. as a strong line of thunderstorms raced over the area.
No reports... more »
December 18, 2012 10:46 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies.
It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during... more »
December 12, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Civil Service Commission approved a play to layoff 350 employees at the state-run Southeast Louisiana Hospital, a mental facility located in Mandeville.
The state is closing the hospital and allowing it to reopen under the control of private contractors. State health leaders say it's no... more »
December 12, 2012 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The costs of many prison phone calls are set to drop over the next couple of years. The Louisiana Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to a revamped proposal that will shrink the price tag for prisoners to call home, after complaints that current rates were too high... more »
December 5, 2012 11:40 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A person familiar with the arrangements says a memorial service for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher is planned for Wednesday afternoon. The team moved up its practice schedule Wednesday so players could attend a 2 p.m. memorial service for Belcher at the Landmark International Deliverance... more »
November 14, 2012 5:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - Since officially opening in September, the Family and Youth Service Center deals with more than just kids skipping school.
Formerly called the East Baton Rouge Parish Truancy Center, FYSC welcomes parents and provides a link with law enforcement.
Dozens of parents attend classes and meet... more »
November 6, 2012 11:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Jindal administration official Scott Angelle has won an open seat on Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission. He took more than half the vote Tuesday over four other candidates, securing the south central Louisiana seat left vacant by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field. Angelle, of... more »
November 2, 2012 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson got a jump start on court-ordered community service today.
Jefferson spoke to students on the McKinley High School football team this afternoon, stressing how good decisions help lead to success in life.
This week, Jefferson pleaded no contest to battery... more »
October 10, 2012 4:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - The White Castle Ferry resumed service today, after repairs to the ferry's propeller were delayed by a number of factors.
The ferry had been out of service so crews could repair its propeller shaft. Service was expected to resume in September, but delays acquiring a dry-dock,... more »
September 19, 2012 3:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The bright red open-top double-decker tour buses seen in New York, London and Paris are now headed for New Orleans. City Sightseeing New Orleans launched its new service Wednesday with an inaugural tour of downtown with tourism and hospitality industry officials. Emily Valentino, the company's general manager,... more »
September 19, 2012 2:26 PM
PONCHATOULA- A student at the public high school here got national attention for his leadership both at school and in the community.
Taylor Ransom, a cadet in the Ponchatoula High School Marine Corps JROTC, received the JROTC Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement award. Ransom is one of... more »
September 19, 2012 7:08 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council has unanimously abolished Waterworks District No. 2, placing day-to-day water service operations for east Iberville residents under the jurisdiction of the parish Utility Department.
Council Chairman Matt Jewell says the parish will have to absorb the water district's outstanding debt, now amounting to... more »
August 26, 2012 4:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service upgraded a hurricane watch which covered much of southeast Louisiana was to a warning this afternoon.
The warning covers a swath of Louisiana, including Assumption, Ascension and Livingston parishes, and lasts until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters also put East Baton Rouge, West... more »
August 2, 2012 10:37 AM
PORT ALLEN - Port Allen Mayor Roger Bergeron told the city council that as of Aug. 1 and lacking a trash service rate increase, the city stands to lose about $316,000 during the four years left in its contract with Progressive Waste Solutions. Bergeron attributed the loss to a $3.29... more »
July 26, 2012 12:04 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Google says its long-awaited ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City, intended as a showcase for the future, will cost $70 per month. Google Inc. says it will offer three packages to Kansas City metro area residents, including "gigabit" Internet service - about 100 times faster than... more »
July 20, 2012 3:43 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Defense says three members of the U.S. Armed Forces were wounded in a movie theater shooting in Colorado and one is unaccounted for. The agency says a Navy sailor was injured and a male sailor who was at the theater early Friday morning cannot... more »
July 4, 2012 6:23 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is marking the Fourth of July by thanking service members and their families, who he said "represent what is best in America." The president, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, hosted a barbecue and concert Wednesday for the families on the White House South Lawn.... more »
June 18, 2012 11:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's (DOTD) headquarters building in Baton Rouge is closed today due to a lack of water service.
Essential services will continue to be provided remotely and necessary meetings will be held at DOTD's LTRC building on LSU campus.
Additionally,... more »
April 27, 2012 5:53 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Owners of service stations that sell BP-brand fuel argue they have been unfairly excluded from the proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Friday, lawyers for two Georgia-based companies that sell fuel... more »
April 25, 2012 1:24 PM
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is "angry" about the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia. As the scandal was unfolding, Mr. Obama promised he would be angry if the accusations proved true.
But when asked about the results of the investigation today, he gave a... more »
April 20, 2012 4:00 PM
WASHINGTON - A federal official familiar with the investigation into misconduct by Secret Service officers said at least three additional employees will lose their jobs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement perhaps later today. Eleven Secret Service employees... more »
April 18, 2012 4:07 PM
WASHINGTON - Ted Nugent says he'll meet with the Secret Service to explain his comments about President Barack Obama that some have interpreted as threatening. The hard rocker says it will be obvious when he talks to agents on Thursday that he didn't make any threats. Nugent spoke to radio... more »
April 17, 2012 12:36 PM
WASHINGTON - With big postal cuts looming, the Senate is deciding whether to stabilize the ailing U.S. Postal Service with a short-term cash infusion while delaying most decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday mail delivery. The mail agency, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, says it needs to... more »
April 17, 2012 6:38 AM
LAKE CHARLES - McNeese State University will play host to students and faculty from its fellow University of Louisiana System institutions later this week when the system holds its first Academic Summit. It takes place Thursday and Friday at the Lake Charles campus. It will feature presentations on the subject... more »
March 29, 2012 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ's employees were honored with 3 awards from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) Thursday at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
The station and its employees won the award for Community Station of the Year.
Projects like Pat's Coats for Kids, Feed a Family, Stuff the... more »
March 21, 2012 4:54 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Wednesday that the damage incurred on homes in Prairieville were caused by a tornado.
The NWS has not finalized the strength of the tornado but has said that it is won't be classified as anything less than an EF1.... more »
March 12, 2012 10:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - The city's 311 hotline system is about to get a software upgrade to ensure faster, more efficient responses. The upgrade will provide better mapping to pinpoint the location of a complaint and a quicker response by city workers. Callers to the hotline report a variety of concerns... more »
March 12, 2012 8:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say the East Baton Rouge 311 hotline to report complaints, like traffic signal outages, trash pickup and damaged sidewalks, is being upgraded to ensure faster, more efficient responses. Since 2005, the city-parish has operated the hotline, where people with the 225 area code can call toll... more »
March 11, 2012 9:39 AM
KABUL - Afghan and NATO officials say a US service person walked out of a base in southern Afghanistan before dawn today and started shooting Afghan civilians in two villages. Officials said 16 people were killed including women and children. NATO forces have detained the US service person who has... more »
February 27, 2012 3:09 PM
Baton Rouge- The Shaw Group Incorporated has announced it has signed a new contract with Arizona Public Service Co. to provide maintenance and construction services to eight fossil power plants in Arizona and New Mexico.
Shaw already holds a contract with APS to provide maintenance, modifications, construction and radiological... more »
February 15, 2012 5:30 AM
BOISE, Idaho - Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is exploring Secret Service protection following a rowdy rally in Washington state earlier in the week. Santorum says it's "a sad state of affairs," especially after he spent several weeks campaigning in a supporter's pickup truck. But for his family's sake, he... more »
February 10, 2012 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - This is the time of year millions of Americans dread, tax season.
This year the tax deadline is April 16th.
If you haven't filed your taxes yet, then watch NEWS2 tonight at 6pm.
Olivia LaBorde has tips from the Internal Revenue Service that can... more »
February 1, 2012 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- A plan that involves laying off dozens of IT workers in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been defeated.
Members of the Civil Service Commission complained about a lack of information from DHH to make a decision. The move included privatizing most of the information... more »
January 20, 2012 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Velton Ross says his lawn service normally has a lull for about three weeks during the winter. The mild weather conditions prevented that from happening this year.
Ross says that is good financially and good for his physical condition. He says he has not gained weight... more »
December 28, 2011 10:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works is hoping to rework its community service hotline to be more efficient and quick.
The 311 service line has been open since 2005 for people to call in complaints about sewage, drainage, streets and trash. But city leaders... more »
December 13, 2011 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Disability Affairs selected Pace, a 3-year-old yellow lab, for the Service Dog of the Year award.
Pace is a guide dog for Father Pat Mascarella, a retired Catholic priest. Father Pat suffered from late-onset blindness and was paired with Pace about a year... more »
December 7, 2011 3:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The CEO of the Capital Area Transit System says managers may suggest to metro council members that they allow the system to operate at full capacity until it runs out of funding in July.
Brian Marshall and CATS board members are searching for ways to deal... more »
September 10, 2011 9:44 AM
THIBODAUX, La.- The mayor of Thibodaux says expanded bus service should be available in the city before the end of the month.
The City Council last year approved a two-year agreement with Good Earth Transit to expand service that is now provided at only two stops - Nicholls State... more »
September 5, 2011 3:20 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Amtrak says it's beginning to resume operations to destinations in the South after disruptions by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
Amtrak said in a news release that service would resume Monday between New York to New Orleans and between Chicago and New Orleans.
Amtrak will... more »
June 26, 2011 5:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- The memorial service for Raymond Levie, the victim in a murder-suicide, is set for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home in Baton Rouge.
Raymond Levie was the chief investigator for the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. He died after being shot multiple times inside... more »
April 29, 2011 11:27 AM
NORMAN, Okla. - The National Weather Service says one of the tornadoes that killed hundreds in the South had winds of 205 mph and was the first EF-5 tornado in Mississippi since 1966.
That's the highest rating given by the weather service for tornado damage. Meteorologist Jim LaDue at... more »
April 24, 2011 10:42 AM
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter services Sunday at a Washington church founded in 1863 by freed slaves.
The first family entered Shiloh Baptist Church to a round of applause on a sun-splashed day in the nation's capital as members of a choir dressed in black... more »
March 31, 2011 2:07 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Former LSU star cornerback Patrick Peterson says he "never had any type of relationship" with a man who runs a Texas-based recruiting service now under scrutiny by the NCAA.
In a statement released by LSU on Thursday, Peterson says Willie Lyles of Complete Scouting Services... more »
February 2, 2011 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Jindal Administration has formally requested a move suspending merit raises for about 56,000 state employees.
Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater told the LA Civil Service Commission this was a difficult decision, but the right one given the state's $1.6 billion dollar budget shortfall.
Some members... more »
January 19, 2011 11:47 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE – Ten people wanted for drug crimes in Assumption Parish are now being sought by the U. S. Marshals Service, according to parish authorities. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the ten are the only outstanding suspects from a nine-month undercover operation targeting drug dealers in the parish. A judge had... more »
January 15, 2011 10:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La.- The ferry between Edgard and Reserve is reopening after 3½ years.
The Department of Transportation and Development says the 17-car ferry will resume service on Monday, and will run from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The nearest bridge requires a 35-minute, 21-mile,... more »
December 31, 2010 12:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most of the Baton Rouge area until 7 p.m. A Tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in severe thunderstorms at any time.
The main threats from any severe thunderstorms this... more »
November 27, 2010 11:30 AM
IOTA - The National Weather Service says three tornadoes damaged houses in Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes, but no injuries have been reported. Meteorologist Donald Jones said Friday that two twisters touched down in Acadia Parish late Thursday and one hit the east side of Jennings. Acadia Parish sheriff's spokeswoman... more »
November 14, 2010 12:02 PM
LAKE CHARLES - Starting Monday, mail to and from Lake Charles will be processed in Lafayette. Postal Service spokesman McKinney Boyd tells The American-Press that nobody will lose jobs. He says workers will be asked to look at vacancies at other post offices nearby and in Lafayette. Boyd says Lafayette's... more »
November 14, 2010 10:00 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. - The National Park Service will help four Acadiana parishes create a Bayou Teche paddle trail for canoes, kayaks and pirogues. Public meetings are planned Tuesday in Port Barre and Thursday in Charenton about the proposed route through St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes. Kristen... more »
November 2, 2010 6:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - One race that is expected to be close is the Lieutenant Governor's race. Republican Jay Dardenne and Democrat Caroline Fayard want to fill the remaining 14 months of Mitch Landrieu’s term. Landrieu left office after being elected Mayor of New Orleans. News 2’s Mike Steele is live... more »
November 2, 2010 10:25 AM
ASSUMPTION PARISH - The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado warning that had been issued for parts of northern Assumption Parish until 11:00a.m.
Meteorologists at the NWS said a storm capable of producing a weak tornado had been spotted in the area around 10 a.m., and weakened to... more »
October 28, 2010 2:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Parish officials have started the process of finding a new head for the Baton Rouge Police Department to replace Chief Jeff LeDuff, who is retiring at the end of the year.
The Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board decided in their meeting today to ask... more »
October 5, 2010 12:09 PM
People at the Hog Island Gully Recreation Area have been such pigs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shut it down only three weeks after it reopened. Spokeswoman Diane Borden-Billiot says people casting nets for shrimp left dead, stinking fish all over the docks, creating health and safety hazards.... more »
September 20, 2010 2:17 PM
Some Louisiana cotton, rice, soybean and sweet potato farmers have a chance to help recover their losses from last year’s flooded harvest. The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry announced today that a $550 million disaster relief program has been created to help farmers that had at least a five... more »
September 14, 2010 5:18 PM
Chase's online banking service is down because of a technical problem, and the bank said it's working to resolve it. The service has been down since Monday night, but bank spokesman Thomas Kelly couldn't specify the exact time service was disrupted. Chase has 16.5 million customers who bank online. ATMs... more »
August 15, 2010 7:41 PM
A church resurrected after it burned down in Baton Rouge three years ago. Ingleside United Methodist church celebrated its first service in their new sanctuary Sunday morning.
Light flooded into the sanctuary as hundreds gave thanks for a building that's been a year in the making.
On Jan.... more »
June 21, 2010 6:57 AM
Residents in the city of Baker could see their rates for natural gas, water and sewer service go up in order to offset rising expenses for operating the city's utility system. The council is expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday, and a final vote could come at the council's July... more »
May 28, 2010 5:40 AM
A former account manager for a medical billing service has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison. Nikkie LaFleur, of Lake Charles, will have to pay about $621,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to three counts of health care fraud. Prosecutors say LaFleur embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars... more »
May 5, 2010 6:39 AM
The 35-car ferry between St. Francisville and New Roads is out of service after an oil leak developed in one of the vessel's main engines. A 17-car ferry boat will be moved from Edgard to the New Roads/St. Francisville ferry landing to permit service to resume by Wednesday. Vehicle restrictions... more »
March 3, 2010 5:42 PM
The Louisiana Civil Service Commission approved a plan changing the way merit raises would be given to state employees. It would make the raises three to five percent based on the workers performance. Agencies could only alter or eliminate the raise after filing a layoff avoidance plan with the state.... more »
February 22, 2010 10:45 AM
A broken water line left nearly 130 people without water Monday morning in Baton Rouge. Officials with Baton Rouge Water Company say a fitting broke loose near S. Harrell's Ferry Road. They say customers in the Shadowbrook and Barrybrook complexes lost water and others may have experienced low water pressure.... more »
January 18, 2010 11:28 AM
Hundreds of people took part in community service projects in Baton Rouge honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
City Year Louisiana and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Gus Young Avenue partnered for what they called a "day ON, not a day off."
Volunteers... more »
December 22, 2009 1:58 PM
Members of the Cincinnati Bengals are in South Louisiana this afternoon, where funeral services are being held for their teammate, Chris Henry.
Henry, who is from Belle Chasse, died last week after he fell out of the bed of a pickup truck. Henry and his fiance, Loleini Tonga, had... more »
November 22, 2009 6:08 PM
The Camphor United Methodist Church held services today, despite major damage to their sanctuary after a fire Thursday.
Church members said meeting at the same location after such a disaster meant a lot.
"It brings your faith, makes your faith a little bit stronger," said church member Monica... more »
November 11, 2009 5:44 AM
U.S.S. Kidd ceremony - 11 a.m. at the Old State Capital
Ascension Parish Veteran's Day celebration - 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Gonzales The Odell S. Williams Now and Then Museum of African-American History celebrations - 12 p.m. at the museum Iberville Parish's salute to veterans -... more »
November 4, 2009 5:14 PM
Louisiana state workers are speaking out about all the criticism over their pay raises. Merit raises for 61,000 classified workers has been the subject of many state budget meetings. The four percent increases have been almost automatic for several years.
The civil service commission is considering a change to... more »
October 8, 2009 1:19 PM
The Capitol Hilton has tickets on sale now for Saturday shuttle services for the LSU-Florida game.
The shuttles will take people from downtown Baton Rouge to Tiger Stadium. Tickets are $18 dollars. People interested in riding the shuttle have to park in a downtown public parking spot and must... more »
September 11, 2009 5:34 PM
Nearly 100 volunteers swarmed the streets of Brookstown to attack long overlooked blight as part of President Obama's call to service.
The day of service is in remembrance of the lives lost eight years ago during the 9/11 attacks.
Volunteers tackled some of the biggest messes in the... more »
September 3, 2009 5:30 PM
Merit raises have been suspended by 47 state agencies for civil service employees.
Merit raises have been targeted by lawmakers during budget talks. Agencies received approval for their plans from the Civil Service Commission this July and August. The plans last for one year and are designed to prevent... more »