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  • Baton Rouge ride-sharing program under development

    October 25, 2014 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A program to help coordinate carpooling in the Baton Rouge area could be available online by the end of the year. The Capital Region Planning Commission has been awarded a grant from the state Department of Transportation and Development for a software program designed to... more »
  • Construction begins at Baton Rouge development

    September 20, 2014 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Work has started on the Onyx Residences, a $7 million mixed-use development in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reported the project is at corner of Third and Convention streets. The Onyx Residences will include 28 apartments on top of 5,600 square feet of commercial space.... more »
  • Baton Rouge, New Orleans gain nonfarm jobs

    August 23, 2014 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas each gained 12,600 nonfarm jobs over the year ended July 31, state labor officials said. The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday that seasonally adjusted numbers show that was a 3.3 percent increase to a new total of... more »
  • Baton Rouge boy, 7, killed in drive-by shooting

    August 17, 2014 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says a 7-year-old boy has been killed and an older girl injured in a drive-by shooting as they sat in the back seat of their parents' car. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks says Terrez Coleman was among... more »
  • Judge rules for Baton Rouge school board changes

    August 16, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled against residents trying to keep the East Baton Rouge Parish school board from shrinking to nine members from 11. The Advocate reports that state District Court Judge Tim Kelly ruled against claims brought by residents, clearing the way for candidates to... more »
  • Busted flat in Baton Rouge? Here's a ticket home

    July 13, 2014 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One year after Baton Rouge began funding a modest program to bus homeless people back to their families - most to cities in other states - funding has been doubled to $10,000 and homeless advocates are calling the program a success. "I really believe it's... more »
  • Baton Rouge PRIDE Festival at Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Play Video

    June 29, 2014 12:00 AM

    In Baton Rouge the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community met at Belle of Baton Rouge to show their unity and support of one another. The Baton Rouge PRIDE festival is one of many around the state of Louisiana, and other PRIDE groups from around the state came together for... more »
  • Baton Rouge may expand bus route

    June 21, 2014 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Dreams of a streetcar serving the Nicholson Drive corridor that connects downtown Baton Rouge to LSU may take years to become reality, but the Capital Area Transit System is stepping up with a plan to fill the void. The Advocate reports the parish bus system... more »
  • Baton Rouge man sentenced for killing 2

    June 14, 2014 2:18 PM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man has been given two life sentences for killing two men in 2012. Harry Prather was convicted in May. He was sentenced Friday. The Advocate reports the 31-year-old Prater will serve the life sentences consecutively without parole. The victims were 38-year-old Ronald A.... more »
  • Baton Rouge man dies after hitting levee off River Road

    May 25, 2014 12:05 PM

    On Sunday, May 25, Louisiana State Troopers responded to a vehicle that took the life of one man. Just after 3:30 a.m., 44 year old Jonas E. Heath of Baton Rouge, died from injuries sustained on LA Hwy 327 (River Rd.) north of Ben Hur Rd. in East Baton... more »
  • Opelousas Man Missing on New Orleans Trip

    May 8, 2014 6:08 PM

    UPDATE: Opelousas Police say Levier has been found, and is behind bars in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. The Opelousas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Joseph Spencer Levier, 48 yrs old of Opelousas. Mr. Levier has mental health issues, suffers from seizures... more »
  • Bus system revamp runs into hurdles in Baton Rouge

    April 26, 2014 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Transit authorities in Baton Rouge say new bus hubs that allowed system managers to create more direct routes for riders and shorten wait times for buses may have to be reconfigured after problems emerged. The Advocate reports that just weeks into the system-wide route changes,... more »
  • Baton Rouge company wins school contract

    April 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge construction company has been awarded a $49 million to rebuild Lee High School. The Advocate reports the bid by Milton J. Womack Inc. won out over bids from three other companies submitted to the East Baton Rouge School Board. The work is... more »
  • Baton Rouge hires new planning commission director

    March 11, 2014 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After nearly four months of searching, the Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission has offered the parish's top planning job to Charles Graves, a Cincinnati planning director. The Advocate reports no timeline has been set, but Graves is expected to become the new city-parish planning director,... more »
  • Baton Rouge to launch City Key mapping website

    January 14, 2014 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge is set this week to launch a new high-tech community mapping tool, providing the public easier access to data ranging from locations of public services, including libraries and bus stops, to area demographics. The Advocate reports the City Key website, which will be... more »
  • Children's museum for Baton Rouge park on track

    January 13, 2014 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Organizers say construction of the long-awaited Knock Knock Children's Museum in Baton Rouge's City Park is on track to begin this summer. An outside consultant is scheduled to come to Baton Rouge this week to go over final details of the museum's learning zones. Knock... more »
  • Baton Rouge to mark start of 2014 with a stick

    December 30, 2013 6:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New York City drops a crystal ball. In New Orleans, it's a fleur-de-lis. For the first time, Baton Rouge will mark the start of the year with, what else, a red stick. The Advocate reported the city's official New Year's celebration, Red Stick Revelry, will... more »
  • FBI descends on Baton Rouge charter school

    December 12, 2013 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State and federal agents descended upon the Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School and carted away boxes from the Baton Rouge school. But details of their investigation remains a closely guarded secret, as school and law enforcement officials refused to discuss the reason for Wednesday... more »
  • Theater chain wants to sell alcohol in Baton Rouge

    December 4, 2013 9:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge's two AMC Theatres are seeking permission to sell beer, wine and liquor. The two movie theater complexes would have to be rezoned to allow alcohol sales. The chain, based in Leawood, Kan., sells alcohol at 50 other locations, including ones in Metairie and... more »
  • Baton Rouge chief revives push for deputy chief

    November 25, 2013 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police Chief Carl Dabadie has revived a previously shelved effort to add deputy chiefs to the Baton Rouge Police Department, positions Dabadie says would create a clearer chain of command. If the proposal survives labor negotiations, The Advocate reports Dabadie would be able to tap... more »
  • Man arrested in Baton Rouge fatal shooting

    November 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 33-year-old man accused of breaking into a Baton Rouge home and fatally shooting a man Friday morning was taken into custody Saturday following a traffic stop by a State Police trooper in St. John the Baptist Parish. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely tells The Advocate Corey... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman arrested in feticide case

    November 18, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police arrested a 32-year-old woman who was wanted on counts of feticide after admitting to snorting powdered cocaine while seven months pregnant. Her child was stillborn. The Advocate reports Princess Beachem, of Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison Friday on counts of... more »
  • BR to expand BRAVE project with $1M federal grant

    September 20, 2013 4:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden says the city has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to expand the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project, an anti-gang initiative credited with reducing the city's murder rate over the past year. Holden spokesman Scott Dyer said Thursday... more »
  • New trial sought for Baton Rouge cop killer

    September 3, 2013 4:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man sentenced to death for killing a Baton Rouge police officer in 2004 is seeking a new trial. Shedran Williams' attorney, Gary Clements, argued in a court filing last week that his 42-year-old client is mentally disabled. Clements also claimed Williams' conviction was tainted... more »
  • 11 pass Baton Rouge police chief test

    June 21, 2013 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Eleven candidates seeking to become Baton Rouge's next police chief have passed the two-part civil service exam. The Advocate reports Sgt. Jonathan S. Dunnam and Capt. James G. Drickamer, both of the Baton Rouge Police Department, tied for the highest score at 91. Interim Chief... more »
  • Baton Rouge council purchases hospital

    May 23, 2013 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The former Woman's Hospital is officially on its way to becoming a new public safety complex for Baton Rouge Police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. The Advocate reports the Metro Council voted Wednesday to approve paying $11 million for the hospital. The... more »
  • Baton Rouge council purchases hospital

    May 23, 2013 9:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The former Woman's Hospital is officially on its way to becoming a new public safety complex for Baton Rouge Police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. The Advocate reports the Metro Council voted Wednesday to approve paying $11 million for the hospital. The... more »
  • Baton Rouge homes sales jump 28 percent in April

    May 17, 2013 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The number of homes sold in the Baton Rouge metro area rose 28 percent in April. According to figures released by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, 783 homes were sold in the eight-parish area, compared with 611 in April 2012. The median sales... more »
  • State Debating Higher Education Tuition Hikes

    April 30, 2013 7:26 PM

    Depending what happens in the legislature, tuition could rise for thousands of students at universities across the state. Tuesday, the House Education Committee held a hearing on a proposed bill which would allow universities to raise tuition without legislative approval. "We're trying desperately to maintain quality and performance... more »
  • Lawmaker Goes Undercover in the Classroom

    February 22, 2013 7:31 PM

    Acadiana teachers are hopeful after an education forum sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Educators and KATC. More than one hundred twenty people attended Thursday night's forum at the David Thibodeaux Stem Academy in Lafayette and it was one of the largest crowds so far. Louisiana Association of Educators... more »
  • Eight Year Old Recovering After Gun Shot Wound

    February 19, 2013 7:01 PM

    An Iberia Parish community is shaken after an eight year old boy is shot. That eight year old is hospitalized in Baton Rouge with serious injuries and tonight the search is on for the shooter. Iberia Parish Deputies say 21-year-old Akeam Daniels is their suspect, he's also the... more »
  • Cameras coming to Baton Rouge school buses

    December 21, 2012 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has agreed to add cameras to 50 buses at a time until they are on all 650 of the school system's buses. Currently, there are 30 school buses with cameras. The Advocate reports the board voted Thursday 10-0... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman guilty of child cruelty

    October 26, 2012 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated just 15 minutes before unanimously finding a St. Gabriel woman guilty in a child cruelty case involving her young stepson. The boy, who will turn 5 in December, was rushed to a Baton Rouge hospital in August 2009... more »
  • LSU proposes Baton Rouge site for mini-hospital

    October 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - By law, the LSU hospitals and clinics are required to serve inmates housed in either state or local correctional facilities. A Jindal administration official said Monday that LSU's outpatient surgery center off Perkins Road would become a "mini-hospital" providing prisoner and general population care when... more »
  • 613 fewer students enroll in Baton Rouge schools

    October 8, 2012 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Despite losing hundreds of children to private schools through the new state voucher program, the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system's enrollment is roughly in line with financial projections it made in June. The enrollment figures were a relief to school administrators, who had... more »
  • Dead dolphin retrieved from river at Baton Rouge

    October 5, 2012 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says biologists did not see any external sign of trauma in a young dolphin found dead along the Mississippi River bank at Baton Rouge. Spokeswoman Ashley Wethey said Thursday that the body was moderately to severely decomposed when... more »
  • Baton Rouge workers arrested in gasoline thefts

    October 3, 2012 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police have arrested four East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works employees accused of stealing gasoline from city-parish fueling stations while refueling government vehicles. In a news release received by The Advocate from Mayor-President Kip Holden's office, Ensley Joseph, Rodney Maxwell, Joyce Gatlin and... more »
  • Baton Rouge plans mini farmers market food truck

    October 1, 2012 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge officials are planning a healthy eating food truck - sort of a mini farmers' market that will go to areas where people have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods. The Advocate reports that the Mobile Market is a project of the Big... more »
  • Baton Rouge Man Indicted in 1987 Rape Case

    August 2, 2012 9:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 47-year-old Baton Rouge man has been indicted in the 1987 rape of a woman at the Bellemont Hotel on Airline Highway. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on Wednesday charged Charles Jones with aggravated rape of a 32-year-old woman on... more »
  • 3 dead in 12 hours in BR

    July 11, 2012 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three Baton Rouge residents were killed in two unrelated shootings within a 12-hour period Monday and Tuesday. The Advocate reports that the mother of one of the shooting victims found her son and his girlfriend dead inside their apartment just after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The... more »
  • Baton Rouge bank robbed

    June 29, 2012 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who robbed a Whitney Bank branch. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks tells The Advocate the robbery took place around 2 p.m. Thursday at a branch on Jefferson Highway. Hicks says a man entered... more »
  • Baton Rouge officials pleased with online auction

    June 18, 2012 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish officials have made $125,581 in two auctions since it began using the online site to sell surplus items. Patti Wallace, the acting director of purchasing for the city-parish, tells The Advocate the first auction, which ended May 4, netted the... more »
  • Man robs Baton Rouge bank

    June 13, 2012 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are looking for a man they say robbed a Chase Bank branch. Lt. Don Kelly tells The Advocate the suspect is described as white, 60 to 70 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds. Kelly says the bandit... more »
  • Baton Rouge firm gets state hospital contract

    June 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Swedish developer Skanska and joint venture partner MAPP Construction, a Baton Rouge-based construction firm, have secured the second piece of the state contract for the new University Medical Center in New Orleans. Skanska said the second portion of the contract is for $130 million and... more »
  • Baton Rouge area homes sales increase in April

    May 16, 2012 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge area homes sales rose 21 percent in April, with real estate agents in the eight-parish region selling 616 homes compared with 510 that month a year ago. The dollar volume rose 16 percent to $116.1 million, compared with $100.4 million in April 2011.... more »
  • Cottonport Bank to open Baton Rouge branch

    May 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Avoyelles Parish-based bank plans to open a branch in Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports The Cottonport Bank broke ground on Monday to build its 12th branch, its third in the Baton Rouge metro region. Cottonport Bank operates branches in Brusly and New Roads. A.J.... more »
  • LAuberge Baton Rouge to Host Departmental Job Fairs

    May 10, 2012 10:31 AM

    L'Auberge Baton Rouge Human Resources Department will host two job fairs this week to recruit candidates for casino operations, cage and players club positions. Candidates may also apply online at . The first job fair on Thursday, May 10th is for Casino Operations, and will be held... more »
  • 4 accused of Medicare fraud in Baton Rouge

    April 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says four former employees at two Baton Rouge psychiatric clinics have been charged with mail-fraud conspiracy in connection with alleged Medicare losses that could exceed $37 million. Cazayoux tells The Advocate the investigation is continuing. Cazayoux says Teryl C.... more »
  • Baton Rouge truancy center set to open

    April 11, 2012 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A center to help boost public school attendance and reduce juvenile crime in East Baton Rouge Parish is set to open its doors this fall. The Advocate reports the project recently cleared its final hurdle when Gov. Bobby Jindal signed off on a three-year, no-cost... more »
  • Couple decline deal in Baton Rouge cruelty case

    April 4, 2012 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says a man and woman accused of abusing their 20-month-old son in 2009 have rejected the state's offer to plead guilty in exchange for 25-year prison terms. The Advocate reports 29-year-old Steven Staggs, the boy's father, and... more »
  • Baton Rouge council takes no position on bus tax

    March 29, 2012 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council as a whole took no position on whether to support a 10.6-mill property tax to revamp the parish bus system, voting instead to delete the item after a lengthy public hearing and debate. The Advocate reports Councilwoman Denise... more »
  • Texas returns suspect in slaying to Baton Rouge

    March 28, 2012 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 22-year-old Zachary man has been extradited to Baton Rouge after he was arrested in Houston on March 5 in the shooting death of a former Southern University football player. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely tells The Advocate Walter Jerome Fort was transported Tuesday evening and booked... more »
  • Baton Rouge City Hall 40 percent empty

    March 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three and a half floors and several other offices in the 12-story Baton Rouge City Hall are vacant since the 19th Judicial District courts moved to the new courthouse more than a year ago. Jim Frey, an architect with the Department of Public Works, tells... more »
  • Baton Rouge area's AIDS rate tops in nation

    March 15, 2012 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge metro area ranks No. 1 in the nation in its rate of AIDS cases after ranking second the past two years. That's according to 2010 data released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Baton Rouge has a rate... more »
  • Baton Rouge man gets life sentence

    March 14, 2012 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 27-year-old Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2010 shooting death of a teenager. The Advocate reports Hennessy Richard Christof was convicted in December of second-degree murder in the May 2010 killing of 17-year-old Demarcus Woods. An East Baton... more »
  • Bald eagles discovered nesting in Baton Rouge park

    March 12, 2012 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - BREC's Farr Park Equestrian Center and RV Campground along River Road has some relatively new residents: two bald eagles that may be parents. The nest and the birds were discovered about three weeks ago when a horseback riding instructor saw the nest and informed others... more »
  • Homeless man found dead in Baton Rouge

    March 12, 2012 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are investigating the shooting death of a homeless man. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs tells The Advocate they found the body Sunday inside an abandoned home. Stubbs said the 52-year-old man appeared to have been shot several days ago. He said the victim had... more »
  • Baton Rouge 311 service hotline to improve

    March 12, 2012 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - 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... more »
  • 2 wanted in Baton Rouge shooting death

    March 7, 2012 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police say two people are wanted in the death of a 25-year-old man who was shot during an apparent drug deal. Police tell The Advocate that arrest warrants have been issued for 23-year-old Lashonda Sanford and a 17-year-old. They face charges of first-degree... more »
  • May 9 execution date set in Baton Rouge killings

    March 6, 2012 7:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has set a May 9 execution date for Todd Wessinger, who was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to die in the 1995 slaying of two Baton Rouge restaurant employees. The Advocate reported the date was set Friday for Wessinger by state District Judge... more »
  • Body left in car on Interstate 110 in Baton Rouge

    March 5, 2012 5:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police say a 22-year-old Zachary man allegedly killed another man and left the body in a car on southbound Interstate 110. Police spokesman L'Jean McKneely says a warrant accuses Walter Jerome Fort of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Police sent... more »
  • Baton Rouge board to form school safety panel

    March 2, 2012 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is forming a school safety task force to identify and implement procedures to ensure schools are safe from violence. Board member Jerry Arbour requested the creation of the task force at this week's school board meeting, citing recent... more »
  • Pixomondo bringing studio to Baton Rouge

    March 1, 2012 5:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Pixomondo LLC, which won an Academy Award this year, says it will spend $1.2 million to create a visual effects studio in Louisiana, creating 75 jobs in film, television and commercial production. Plans call for the company to use about 6,000 square feet at the... more »
  • Escaped prisoner caught in Baton Rouge

    February 17, 2012 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man wanted by Rayne authorities after he escaped and stole a city truck has been arrested in Baton Rouge. The Advertiser of Lafayette says 42-year-old John Jesse Smith escaped Feb. 4. He was a state trusty and was being allowed to perform public works... more »
  • Baton Rouge considers cashless parking meters

    January 30, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge may replace its 450 parking meters with cashless meters. Public Works Director William Daniel tells The Advocate that a lot of people don't carry change, and the city wants to provide other choices. Cashless parking meters have been popping up in cities across... more »
  • Missing Body of Baton Rouge Man found on Bogue Chitto River

    January 28, 2012 2:45 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the body of a missing man on the Bogue Chitto River in St. Tammany Parish this morning, Jan. 28. Agents recovered the body of William Holloway, 63, at 8 a.m. from the river around a mile in a... more »
  • Baton Rouge, France pursue partnership

    January 27, 2012 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden and Consul General of France Jean-Claude Brunet have begun the groundwork for a proposed partnership between the city and France that would extend a pact reached nearly four years ago. Holden said Thursday that he and Brunet are developing... more »
  • BR board backs renovation project at Istrouma High

    January 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has approved spending $586,000 to renovate classrooms on the second floor of Istrouma High School. Just two months ago, the board voted to delay the construction at the high school over the objections of Superintendent John Dilworth. The... more »
  • DEQ: 5 parishes around Baton Rouge OK'd by EPA

    January 20, 2012 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the five-parish area around Baton Rouge is now officially within the federal government's ozone pollutant standards. DEQ said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency deems the area in attainment of ozone standards. Emission reductions, technological advances and other... more »
  • East Baton Rouge schools chief search to take time

    January 16, 2012 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The search for the next East Baton Rouge Parish school superintendent is taking longer than expected and could easily stretch into February. Six semifinalists are from Baton Rouge, Del Rio, Texas; Baltimore; Conyers, Ga.; the North Carolina education department, and Charleston County, S.C The Advocate... more »
  • BR board delays selection of supt. semifinalists

    January 6, 2012 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has postponed until next week selecting semifinalists from the pool of 43 candidates vying for the position of superintendent. School Board President Barbara Freiberg said at Thursday night's executive session that PROACT, the search firm hired by the... more »
  • West Baton Rouge Cited for Storm Readiness

    October 16, 2011 12:02 PM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - West Baton Rouge Parish has joined 12 other parishes in achieving National Weather Service StormReady program certification. The Advocate reported ( ) Ken Graham, meteorologist-in-charge of the weather service office in Slidell, presented parish officials with a recognition letter and special StormReady signs during the... more »
  • Biodiesel Plant May Locate in Baton Rouge

    October 16, 2011 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A company is studying the possibility of basing a $30 million biodiesel refinery capable of producing 30 million gallons of fuel per year at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Port executive director Jay Hardman told The Advocate ( that Alabama Renewable Energy has asked... more »
  • Move Costs 400 BR Jobs

    October 15, 2011 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Home Depot is closing its Baton Rouge call center by the end of next year. A phase out of 400 jobs will begin in the next few months. Stephen Holmes, spokesman for the chain of home improvement stores, tells the Advocate ( the decision came... more »
  • Companies Challenge LA Citizenship Check

    October 15, 2011 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A contractors group is warning a new Louisiana law requiring companies seeking public contracts to verify the citizenship of their employees could wreak havoc in public contracting. The Advocate reported ( Louisiana Associated General Contractors is challenging the law in a lawsuit filed against the... more »
  • Court Asked to Seize Baton Rouge Development

    October 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A North Carolina bank has asked a state judge to seize the Lakes at Magnolia Trace and sell it to settle a $6.1 million debt. The Advocate reported ( construction work on the 81-lot Baton Rouge subdivision began in 2008. Roads and sidewalks were laid... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport to get new scanners

    October 7, 2011 8:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Transportation Security Administration officials says the latest generation of full-body security scanner is headed for Baton Rouge's Metro Airport and will be used to screen airline passengers sometime within the next several weeks. Jon Allen, a TSA spokesman, tells The Advocate the new scanners employ... more »
  • Baton Rouge 11th-grader arrested

    September 30, 2011 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Broadmoor High School student has been arrested after being caught with ammunition at school. Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, tells The Advocate a teacher found the ammunition inside the 11th-grader's backpack Thursday and alerted authorities. Hicks... more »
  • Baton Rouge to restore Miss. River cruises

    September 28, 2011 5:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Steamboat cruises along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, long a staple of the city's scene, will be returning in April. The riverboat cruise business - once dominated by the American Queen, Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen - ended in 2008 when the boats' operator,... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets air service grant

    September 28, 2011 5:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The federal Transportation Department has issued a $340,000 grant to Baton Rouge to improve its airline service. The agency said Tuesday that the grant will be used to provide a revenue guarantee to add service between Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. Either public or private... more »
  • Baton Rouge chief wants 3 new posts

    September 21, 2011 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In an effort to make the Baton Rouge Police Department more accountable, Chief Dewayne White is asking the Metro Council to create three deputy chief positions. "I hope the Metro Council agrees that these positions are paramount to the success of this agency," White told... more »
  • 'Breakout Kings' to shoot second season in BR

    September 16, 2011 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The A&E cable television show "Breakout Kings" will begin shooting its second season in Baton Rouge next month. The 10-episode crime drama's producers said Thursday that filming is scheduled to start in October and continue through early 2012 at locations throughout Baton Rouge and at... more »
  • Baton Rouge agency applies for tax credits

    September 12, 2011 9:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority has applied for $16.1 million in tax credits provided through the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency to help renovate or rebuild two housing complexes. The application for Ardenwood Village applied for $9.4 million to rehabilitate the 93-unit complex. The... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport eyes strategic plan

    September 7, 2011 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission has authorized appropriating up to $200,000 toward the cost of a strategic plan for the airport's future growth and development. Commission Chairman Jim Ellis tells The Advocate airport officials are seeking additional funds from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber... more »
  • BR medical center plans $40 million addition

    September 1, 2011 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge General Medical Center plans to invest $40 million to build a five-story medical office building and add four large operating rooms at the Bluebonnet campus. In June, the state Bond Commission approved $30 million in low-interest, GO Zone bond financing for the 105,000-square-foot... more »
  • Deadline nears for Baton Rouge council recall

    August 22, 2011 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Supporters of a campaign to remove Alison Gary from the East Baton Rouge Metro Council have one month left to collect the necessary 7,847 signatures needed to hold a recall election. Despite an aggressive and visible recall campaign across Gary's district, Gary tells The Advocate... more »
  • Motorcycle Rider Killed in Baton Rouge Crash

    August 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have identified a man killed in a motorcycle crash. Police tell the Advocate ( ) 31-year-old Jermaine Knox of Baton Rouge was fatally injured when he tried to avoid a collision with a car. The crash was reported to police at 8:28... more »
  • Baton Rouge truancy center in works

    August 15, 2011 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish is one step closer to opening a facility dedicated to combating truancy. The Advocate reports ( ) the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board recommended unanimously last week to enter into an agreement with the state to use the empty School... more »
  • Former Lawmakers Seek Return to LA Legislature

    August 7, 2011 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Term limits cleared out much of Louisiana's Legislature within the last few years, and some of those lawmakers weren't ready to go when their time was up. Now, a few longtime legislators are trying to return, seeking to oust those who took their place. Others... more »
  • BR waterpark fined for child labor violations

    August 4, 2011 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal labor regulators have assessed more than $25,000 in civil penalties against a Baton Rouge water and amusement park for violating child labor provisions. The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division's office in Baton Rouge reviewed attendance and payroll records for hundreds of... more »
  • Baton Rouge group home wins ruling on eviction

    July 29, 2011 8:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction that bars officials from evicting members of Oxford House group homes from neighborhoods zoned exclusively for single-family residences. Oxford House is a Maryland nonprofit organization that establishes self-governing group homes for recovering alcoholics and drug... more »
  • Several Accidents on I-10

    July 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    Traffic is slow moving on I-10 outside of Baton Rouge due to several accidents over the past two hours. The Iberville Police Department is working an accident on the Grosse Tete overpass. According to the Louisiana State Police Troop A, they are clearing up an accident near mile-marker 145... more »
  • State investigates Baton Rouge charter school

    July 21, 2011 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Department of Education officials say they will launch an investigation of Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School. The Baton Rouge school is operated by the Pelican Educational Foundation. The foundation also runs Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans, which was closed... more »
  • Edwin Edwards book tour starts this weekend in BR

    July 15, 2011 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two Baton Rouge bookstores are readying for a surge of visitors this weekend, when former Gov. Edwin Edwards begins a statewide tour to support his biography. The Barnes & Noble locations are expecting hundreds of people to show up on Saturday and Sunday for the... more »
  • Baton Rouge mayor asks voters to pass tax package

    July 11, 2011 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will ask voters to approve a $748 million capital improvements bond proposal this fall, marking his third attempt to pass tax package. The proposal is about $150 million less than the one voters rejected in fall 2009. This November, pending... more »
  • Baton Rouge lawmaker heads back to Democrats

    July 6, 2011 6:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Rep. Michael Jackson of Baton Rouge has returned to the Democratic Party, after becoming an independent three years ago in a failed bid for Congress. Jackson switched back to the Democrats on May 31, according to records filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State's... more »
  • New police chief confident BR can be made safer

    June 27, 2011 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Newly appointed Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White is confident he can make Baton Rouge safer. White tells The Advocate that failure is not an option. With a little more than a month on the job, the 51-year-old White hasn't wasted any time moving toward... more »
  • Baton Rouge man indicted in slaying

    June 23, 2011 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 27-year-old Baton Rouge man has been indicted in the Feb. 28 shooting death of his former girlfriend in her home. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Johnny Ray Blakes with second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of 25-year-old Rochel Christal. Police have... more »
  • LA Senate Debates $25B Budget on Sunday

    June 19, 2011 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators are taking their turn at crafting a $25 billion budget for next year, with fewer cuts than the House sought. The full Senate is scheduled to debate the spending plan Sunday afternoon. Senate leaders are hoping they can sway the House on their... more »
  • Baton Rouge bus system seeks to plug deficit

    June 13, 2011 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The CEO of the East Baton Rouge Parish bus system says he's "very confident" that enough money will be found to ensure the Capital Area Transit System gets through the remainder of the year without having to shut down. Brian Marshall said money provided by... more »

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