East Baton Rouge Parish

Former Health South Chief Financial Officer Aaron Beam talks about his conviction, incarceration and comeback. EBR Councilwoman Tara Wicker on the controversy surrounding the choice to succeed Councilman Buddy Amoroso who died 12 days ago in a bicycle crash.

Since rainfall blanketed southeast Louisiana in August 2016, residents have wondered how the state can protect its people from future floods. Answering that question begins with understanding the geography we live in.

Raegan Carter of Smoke Free Baton Rouge talks with us about the passage of the smoking ban at bars and casions in the parish by the East Baton Rouge Metro Council.

Paul Arrigo, President of Visit Baton Rouge, assesses tourism in the Capital region. We also press Arrigo on his favorite restaurants where he might take visitors from out of town. Arrigo also spends time recalling the tragic shooting of four police officers one year ago today.

East Baton Rouge Councilwoman Chauna Banks talks to us about controversy regarding the location of the Baton Rouge Zoo. She also addresses the pending anti-smoking ordinance and the anticipated decision in the Alton Sterling case.


East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Matt Watson discusses the council's decision to delay the vote on a proposed smoking ordinance until August 9.

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome talks to us about her first three months in office and her vision for the state's largest parish. She says flood recovery is still the first thing on the minds of many of the people she encounters at community meetings.

In September 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded East Baton Rouge Parish an $11 million grant to assist with flood recovery. Thursday night, Mayor Sharon West Broome's office proposed a new plan on how to spend it. Wallis Watkins reports.

Heroin Deaths Set New Record in East Baton Rouge

Dec 21, 2015
Louisiana State Coroners Association

The number of heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish set a new record in 2015.

"In 2012, my office worked 5 deaths that were related to heroin overdoses," says Dr. Beau Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge. "In 2013, that number jumped to 35."

So far this year, 38 people have died.

Gwen Hamilton
Don Kadair

Gwen Hamilton was involved in forming the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority. She was recently called back in as its interim CEO.

She talks a lot about “transformative change” — the sort of change you can’t help but notice.