No vote on fairness ordinance

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:00
After hours of passionate speeches from members of the public about a proposed ban on discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the Baton Rouge Metro Council abruptly ended the meeting Wednesday without voting. Councilman John Delgado, a supporter of the ordinance, filibustered the remaining three minutes of the meeting, essentially blocking a last-minute vote. He later said the measure was doomed to fail, and that he would prefer that members of…
Annexations further limit size of St. George
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:00
The proposed city of St. George lost about five square miles on Wednesday after the Baton Rouge Metro Council approved two more annexations into the city of Baton Rouge. In total, the city of Baton Rouge gained about 900 acres of undeveloped land in the southwest corner of the parish. One of the parcels draws a line from the southern border of the Baton Rouge city limit to the bottom of the parish, cutting right…
Man pleads guilty to killing rapper Magnolia Shorty
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58
WWLTV.com Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @WWLTV NEW ORLEANS -- A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a wide-ranging heroin conspiracy and several gang-related murders. Gregory Stewart, 22, also admitted to being one of five people responsible for the high-profile killings of bounce rapper Renetta Lowe, also known as Magnolia Shorty, and Jerome Hampton. Prosecutors say Stewart's case was the culmination of a multi-year investigation into a heroin trafficking organization that operated in the 1300 block…
NOPD searching for woman who carjacked man after online connection
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58
Tania Dall / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @taniadall NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans East man was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning by a woman he met on a social networking site. However, the mysterious Internet mistress allegedly got a helping hand from two accomplices. "It ain't no coffee date at that time of the morning," said one neighbor who asked not to be identified. While most of the city slept, the…
French Quarter residents voice crime concerns to police chief
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58
Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl NEW ORLEANS – John Hall was walking his dog outside his home on St. Phillip Street around 5:30 a.m. on May 8 when a young man walked past him and said something he couldn’t understand. Then, Hall felt a blow to the back of his head. “My jaw was wired together for four weeks, and it took like six weeks before my ribs were back…
Brees fits well in Comfort
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58
Scratch public office off Drew Brees’ to-do list for the summer. The Saints quarterback was named honorary mayor of Comfort, Texas, on Wednesday, a term that lasted only a couple of hours before he took a private jet from nearby San Antonio to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where the team reports for training camp on Thursday. “Now that I am mayor, no taxes,” Brees told a cheering crowd of about 1,500, more than half…
Louisiana coastal parishes demand a surge in dollars for projects
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58
Near the extreme southwestern corner of Louisiana, life is defined by a series of names. "Audrey, I think in '57 was the last to destroy it, then came Rita and then came Ike," said Mike Bott, reciting the list of devastating hurricanes to plow through this seaside community of Holly Beach. Bott, who owns one of the trailers that dot this town of a few hundred people, plans to build a house and retire here.
Lee Zurik Investigation: Did Richard Reed get full-time hours for a part-time job?
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58
FOLSOM, LA (WVUE) - Wednesday would have marked Faye Dennis' 40th anniversary at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. But she retired back in May. "I was really hurt about that," she tells us. You see, Dennis worked in the hospital's mailroom, 20 hours a week -but her replacement got a full-time job, 40 hours a week. Last month, FOX 8 News and NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune uncovered emails that discussed Faye Dennis' replacement in the mailroom: Richard Reed,…
Livingston Deputies: 'Lock your doors'
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:13
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Deputies in Livingston Parish are warning residents to lock their vehicles. This is after the Forest Ridge and Westminster Estates subdivisions in Denham Springs, had 36 cars broken into. Liz Fasbender was on edge after learning her husband’s car was one of the cars hit. “It was very overwhelming to wake up and find out that something that you own and paid a lot of money for, could be rummaged…
Apartment owner arranges for Savoy residents to stay at hotel
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:13
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Continued issues regarding security and safety following an apartment fire will prevent many residents from returning home. In response to this, the Red Cross is opening a temporary shelter Wednesday night. “Based on the residents’ evolving needs, the Red Cross will be there through the evening to meet them,” Nancy Malone, American Red Cross, said. “Residents who need shelter must arrive to the BREC Park at 4100 North Street by…

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