BR delegation exploring options to fund traffic relief projects; possible gas tax on ballot
Posted on 2/16/2017 1:15:00 PM.
Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter says letting the public decide whether to increase the gas tax to raise funds for traffic relief projects would be one option. He says a 23 cent tax is a possible solution in coming up with the $700 million; and leaders in the Capitol City are looking at what that money could go to.
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Community leaders call for investigation into Judge Erwin's alleged racial slurs
Posted on 2/14/2017 4:47:00 PM.

Black community leaders are calling for an investigation into allegations that Baton Rouge Judge Mike Erwin used racial slurs against a woman at a local restaurant. Kaneitra Johnson of Baton Rouge posted on Facebook saying Erwin called her by the n-word at Sammy’s Grill, but no other witnesses have come forward. Community activist Daniel Banguel says the matter still needs to be investigated.
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DOTD seeking private dollars to help alleviate congestion on I-10 in Baton Rouge
Posted on 1/30/2017 6:26:00 PM.

For the first time in the state’s history, Louisiana’s transportation department is looking to see if a private company wants to help pay for highway projects to alleviate congestion along the I-10 corridor in the Baton Rouge area. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says investors have until March 31st to submit their proposals.
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Baton Rouge receives funding to start plans for passenger rail service between BR and NOLA
Posted on 12/21/2016 5:23:00 AM.

Baton Rouge has received funding to start plans for a commuter train between the Capitol City and New Orleans. John Spain with the Southern Rail Commission says the city received quarter of a million dollars to start planning for a new train station in downtown Baton Rouge, and the city has agreed to match the federal investment.
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President-elect Trump to visit Louisiana on Friday
Posted on 12/7/2016 12:00:00 PM.

The Republican Party of Louisiana has confirmed President-elect Donald Trump will be in Baton Rouge on Friday for a get out to vote rally encouraging voters to cast their ballot for Republican John Kennedy for U.S. Senate.
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Baton Rouge college student arrested for allegedly murdering parents in Tennessee
Posted on 11/30/2016 2:30:00 PM.
A Baton Rouge college student is under arrest for allegedly murdering and dismembering his parents in Tennessee. Knox County Sheriff Major Michael MaClean says 29-year-old Joel Michael Guy Junior went home for the Thanksgiving weekend and viciously stabbed his parents and tried to cover the crime up.
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BR shootout leaves two dead, several injured
Posted on 11/28/2016 10:33:00 AM.

Two people are dead and several injured following a shootout in Baton Rouge. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says last night police responded to a shooting on Essen Lane. He says 48-year-old Terrell Walker allegedly shot his girlfriend, 30-year-old April Peck, multiple times while sitting in a car and then pushed her out of the vehicle.
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Louisiana has two economies growing very fast, while two others are shrinking significantly
Posted on 9/20/2016 3:04:00 PM.

Louisiana has two of the country’s fastest growing economies, while also two of the fastest-shrinking, according to data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. Baton Rouge grew by over 5% and Lake Charles grew by about 8%. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says right now, Lake Charles has almost $100 billion in industrial projects.
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Mayor Kip Holden speaks out after scrutiny following his trip to Taiwan
Posted on 9/12/2016 12:10:00 PM.

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is under scrutiny for being in Taiwan last week rather than speaking before Congress with the mayors of Central, Denham Springs and Walker about flood relief. Holden says he went out of the country to attend a forum about building sustainable port cities. He says he did not go to Washington D.C. because his office was not invited.
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Could Baton Rouge see a population shift as a result of The Great Flood of 2016?
Posted on 8/29/2016 3:00:00 AM.

After Hurricane Katrina there was a huge population shift from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, will we see this trend again after the Great Flood of 2016? Demographer Greg Rigamer expects flood victims to try and rebuild where they lived prior to the flood.
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