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Select EBR Head Start Centers to distribute breakfast/lunch to families
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BATON ROUGE - As schools throughout EBR Parish remain closed due to the spread of novel coronavirus officials want to ensure that children who depend on free school meals have enough to eat during the emergency closure.  For this reason, the East Baton Rouge Parish Head Start Program will begin distributing breakfast and lunch to Head Start...
BR nonprofits tackle gun violence with series of new outreach programs
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BATON ROUGE - As homicide statistics in East Baton Rouge Parish soar to unprecedented rates, officials and community leaders are teaming up to unearth the root of the problem and take action to solve it.  Several organizations working with city-Parish officials to implement these plans are 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge, C.H.A.N.G.E (Communities...
Magnet school applications open amid concerns about high school field trip
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BATON ROUGE - All of the East Baton Rouge Magnet Schools proudly displayed their information for more than a hundred families inside the River Center Saturday morning."Whatever a parent wants for their child, if it's engineering, or not, East Baton Rouge Magnet School program has it," Theresa Porter, Executive Director of Innovation for the East...
Authorities keeping tabs on disgraced doctor who bonded out of jail after child porn arrest
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BATON ROUGE - The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned law enforcement is keeping a close eye on Dr. Antonio Belda, who was arrested this week on child pornography and video voyeurism charges.Sources said the feds are also involved in the case, but would not elaborate on what role they were playing.Watch live newscasts hereBelda was seen on his front...
Bloody fight caught on video at McKinley High; read EBR school board's statement here
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BATON ROUGE - School officials are investigating another brawl at McKinley High, just over a week after the East Baton Rouge School System said students were facing discipline for fighting on campus.Video shared with WBRZ shows the fight, which happened on campus Thursday and left at least one student with a bloodied face.See the video hereThe East...
Bloody fight caught on video at McKinley High
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BATON ROUGE - School officials are investigating another brawl at McKinley High, just over a week after the East Baton Rouge School System said students were facing discipline for fighting on campus.Video shared with WBRZ shows the fight, which happened on campus Thursday and left at least one student with a bloodied face. The East Baton Rouge...
Undeveloped land in Magnolia Woods subdivision sells for $5.4M
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A 19.5-acre tract of undeveloped land in the Magnolia Woods subdivision has been purchased for $5.4 million, according to records with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s office.
​​EBR announces strategy to promote electric vehicles, win share of $7.5B
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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s administration has created a strategic plan to promote the use of electric vehicles and develop the infrastructure to support EVs.
After questionable decisions from judges, expert says holding them accountable could take legislative action
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BATON ROUGE - After multiple stories from the WBRZ Investigative Unit highlighting questionable decisions from judges, an expert says lawmakers may need to get involved in order to reign in those judges.Retired Tulane law professor emeritus, Joel Friedman, said judges have a wide level of discretion to make decisions and very rarely do they have to...
Red Stick Brothers Properties buys 38 homes for $2.51M
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Red Stick Brothers Properties has purchased 38 properties in north Baton Rouge for the sum of $2.51 million, according to records with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's office.
Man accused of scamming storm victims booked on new charges in alleged insurance scheme
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BATON ROUGE - A man accused in an insurance scam that spanned multiple states was rearrested this month after even more accusers came forward.Trampus Wagoner, 48, was booked earlier this month on additional charges, including four counts of felony theft and forgery of insurance certificates. Multiple victims claimed they paid thousands of dollars...
Ax-throwing bar/restaurant considering former Dollar Tree site for next location
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Skål Axe Throwing is eying a former Dollar Tree on West Lee Drive for a possible third location.
U.S. Marshals investigating reported shooting in Baker; coroner's office notified
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BAKER - Law enforcement is investigating reports of a shooting outside of Baker early Thursday morning. While information is limited, officials confirmed U.S. Marshals are investigating the shooting, which happened on the 17000 block of Wisdom Drive near Old Scenic Highway. Officials also confirmed that the local coroner's office had been...
School board members say school system 'dropped the ball' on Day of Hope field trip
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BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge school board vice president Dawn Chanet Collins has a lot of questions about how a heavily-religious field trip got approved by the school district.The "Day of Hope" put on by 29:11 Academy has been around for about a decade and EBR schools have attended in the past. However, it looks like this year was the first year...
Wednesday PM Forecast: cool mornings and breezes continue, Ian makes landfall
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It has been breezy across the area thanks to the relative proximity of Hurricane Ian. Pleasant weather will continue with more cool nights and warm afternoons.The combination of low relative humidity near 25 percent and winds between 15 and 20 mph with higher gusts will produce a high fire danger across the area. Any fires that develop will likely...
'Day of Hope' cost school system only $200 less than amount required for school board approval
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BATON ROUGE - Dozens of students, parents and teachers have alleged everything from civil rights violations to federal law breaking during a school sanctioned field trip.East Baton Rouge seniors were expecting to attend a college fair, but ended up at what many described as church service, with lectures about suicide and rape.According to...
Central mail carrier robbed at gunpoint while working route; master key stolen
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CENTRAL - A mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint and had her master key stolen while she was working her route Monday night. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office reports the driver was working along the 14400 block of Central Woods Avenue when she noticed an older vehicle following closely behind her. The other vehicle then pulled in front of her...
Police chase in Denham Springs ends with crash; two injured, driver arrested
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DENHAM SPRINGS - A police chase that ensued after a man failed to obey a traffic stop ended with a crash, the driver arrested, and two passengers taken to a hospital for injuries they received.At around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Denham Springs Police Department attempted to stop a pickup truck near South Range Avenue and U.S. 190 for traffic...
911 call system to soon change following dropped call issues
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BATON ROUGE - A call to 911 can be the difference between life or death.Earlier this month dozens of emergency calls were dropped and officials blame AT&T."I can't put an apology large enough for this, but again, it was a complex issue," a representative with AT&T said to the Board of Commissioners of East Baton Rouge Communications District on...
Tuesday PM Forecast: breezy and dry conditions continue as Ian targets Florida
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The much-awaited cold front has pushed through the region and breezy, comfortable conditions are expected through the rest of the week. No direct impacts from Ian are in store for the local area, but occasionally gusty winds and ongoing dry conditions need to be monitored.The combination of low relative humidity near 25 percent and winds between 15...
Secretary of State 'researching' voter registration activities at East Baton Rouge field trip
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BATON ROUGE - In pictures and videos, it appears to be a church service, but it was actually a school-sanctioned field trip.Lawyers say the glaring separation-of-church-and-state violation is just the tip of the iceberg."They are concerned about the use of state and federal funds for activities that are prohibited by state and federal law," parent...
'Suspicious package' found at bank along Siegen Lane turns out to be block of wood
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BATON ROUGE - The parking lot of a Capital One on Siegen Lane was filled with sheriff's deputies called when staff found a "suspicious package" in the night drop-off box. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office told WBRZ it is treating the package "with an abundance of caution" until it can determine the contents.The contents were later discovered...
Tuesday AM Forecast: Dry air is causing fire weather conditions
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The dry air we have been waiting for is here, and could actually cause some problems.The combination of low relative humidity near 25 percent and winds between 15 and 20 mph with higher gusts will produce a high fire danger across the area. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not advised.The National Weather...
California investor buys Royal Palms Apartments for $30M
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Royal Palms Apartments has sold for $30 million to California-based investor LTL Royal Palms-Baton Rouge DST, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's office.
EBR city-parish sales and use tax collections increased 8% in July
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East Baton Rouge city-parish sales and use tax collections increased 8% in July compared to July 2021, according to the latest report. The increase signals that consumers are still spending, despite the rising costs of retail goods and materials. Meanwhile, vehicle tax collections were down year over year. The city-parish collected $1.69 million in...
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