• 'Deliverance' and 'Network' actor, Ned Beatty, dies at 83

    'Deliverance' and 'Network' actor, Ned Beatty, dies at 83
    An Oscar-nominated actor best known for his work in 'Deliverance' and 'Network' has passed away at the age of 83, according to Variety. Ned Beatty's death was confirmed by the Los Angeles-based actor's management team, who said Beatty passed away Sunday morning surrounded by his loved ones at his home.Beatty's extensive career includes a comedic role as Lex Luthor's sidekick 'Otis' in the 1977 'Superman' film, a dramatic role in 'All of the President's Men,' and a voice role i
  • First cases of COVID Lambda variant reported in North Louisiana

    First cases of COVID Lambda variant reported in North Louisiana
    BATON ROUGE - The new COVID Lambda variant has been detected in Louisiana, after first being reported in the U.S. in Houston, TX."I do know that with the proximity with Texas there have been a few cases detected cases in North Louisiana with the Lamda variant but we don't know that whether this is going to be a more aggressive or less aggressive virus," Dr. Aldo Russo said.Dr. Russo is the Regional Medical Director at Oshner. He says the Lambda variant has not been detected in the capital regio
  • California to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health workers

    California to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health workers
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will require all of its roughly 2.2 million health care and long term care workers to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Sept. 30.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said last month he would require health care workers to either be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.But the new order issued Thursday by the California Department of Public Health does not give health care workers a choice. It says all must be fully vaccinated by the end of S
  • Local events canceled, postponed due to COVID-19 surge

    Local events canceled, postponed due to COVID-19 surge
    BATON ROUGE- The pandemic resurgence has led to cancellations of events that had been highly anticipated after a tough year."Even if we have to cancel a few events, we're not going to stop doing what we need to do to serve the community," said Casey Phillips, Director of The Walls Project. The latest event to subdue to the virus is the unveiling of a new mural put on by The Walls Project.
    The mural is called "Shapeshift," and organizers say it symbolizes the unity of the three
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  • Teachers should show proof of vaccination or be tested weekly, EBR schools boss tells board

    Teachers should show proof of vaccination or be tested weekly, EBR schools boss tells board
    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s new top educator wants the school board to require staff to show proof of being vaccinated for the coronavirus as school starts next week.Those who can't or aren't vaccinated would be required to take COVID tests.School board members heard from Superintendent Sito Narcisse during his remarks to the board as it met for a meeting Thursday evening.Narcisse said proof of vaccines should be required for employees or they s
  • Governor will hold another COVID news briefing Friday

    Governor will hold another COVID news briefing Friday
    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards will host another news briefing to discuss Louisiana's COVID surge, his second this week. The governor's office said the news conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The briefing will come just days after the state's mask mandate went into effect Wednesday.The briefing will air live on WBRZ+ and WBRZ.comRead the latest on Louisiana's fourth COVID surge here. Permalink| Comments
  • Livingston sheriff's deputy, 40, dies from COVID

    Livingston sheriff's deputy, 40, dies from COVID
    A local sheriff's deputy has died after a weeks-long battle with the coronavirus, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday.Sheriff Jason Ard said Corporal Robert McKinney served with the department for 10 years. Ard added that McKinney was "proud to wear the badge" and loved his coworkers.McKinney leaves behind his wife Leslie and their daughter Presley."Please continue to pray for not only our family but the other families that are hurting. Pray for Dr.s and nurses as they try to f
  • Woman released from hospital days after being shot in deadly weekend rampage

    Woman released from hospital days after being shot in deadly weekend rampage
    BATON ROUGE - One of two women shot during a man's crime spree in which he stabbed his grandmother to death was released from the hospital, family members said Thursday.Rachel Tullos and her mother, Debbie, were shot in the parking lot of a shopping center on Highland Road Sunday morning. The gunman, identified as 28-year-old Aaron Morgan, was on the run from sheriff's deputies after he allegedly killed his grandmother at her home and then stabbed his mom.The sheriff's office said Morgan was tr
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  • Protecting your furry friends from the summer heat

    Protecting your furry friends from the summer heat
    While we have been enjoying some slightly lower humidity today, our forecast calls for the hot and muggy air to return this weekend. That means high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and heat indices over 100.
    Late July and early August are typically our hottest time of the year. These days are often called the Dog Days of Summer. This phrase can be traced back thousands of years to the days of the Roman Empire. It refers to the dates of July 3 through August 11, which is 20 days prior and 20
  • WATCH: Man caught on camera stealing 'toy' from adult store in Livingston Parish

    WATCH: Man caught on camera stealing 'toy' from adult store in Livingston Parish
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A $100 reward is being offered by a Livingston Parish lingerie store to identify a man who stole an adult toy Wednesday. Surveillance video at Frenzies shows an unknown man holding a "Banging Betty" while speaking to a worker next to a display case for a few minutes. Then he promptly exited the store without paying for the novelty item.The man was wearing a yellow hat, long-sleeved black shirt and cargo shorts. Frenzies is asking anyone with information on his ident
  • Federal courthouse in Baton Rouge going virtual due to COVID surge

    Federal courthouse in Baton Rouge going virtual due to COVID surge
    BATON ROUGE - Citing an outbreak among key staff and a surge in COVID cases across the state, the federal courthouse in downtown Baton Rouge says it will halt all in-person proceedings until mid-August. Louisiana's Middle District Court announced that as of Wednesday it was moving all court activities to remote operations until at least Aug. 16. All public events scheduled at the court during that time are canceled.In a statement, the court said the decision was due to positive coronav
  • Baton Rouge Police ask public to complete brief online survey

    Baton Rouge Police ask public to complete brief online survey
    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Louisiana's capital region are using a variety of resources to reduce crime in Baton Rouge.One essential tool that continues to be of vital importance to authorities is data.This is why the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) is asking the public to provide officials with much-needed data related to crime in local communities.Those interested in complying simply need to complete the brief online survey HERE. A link is also provided in the Facebook post below.The su
  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passes away at 72

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passes away at 72
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO labor union, has died, Democratic leaders said Thursday.News of his death was announced by President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Trumka had been AFL-CIO president since 2009, after serving as the organization’s secretary-treasurer for 14 years.“The working people of America have lost a fierce warrior at a time when we needed him most,” Schumer said from the Sen
  • Mother died of heart disease days before 2-year-old was found dehydrated in apartment

    Mother died of heart disease days before 2-year-old was found dehydrated in apartment
    BATON ROUGE - Officials say a woman died of a heart condition at her Baton Rouge apartment last month, leaving her 2-year-old son to survive on his own for days. The boy was rescued July 30 after a maintenance worker spotted him naked on the balcony of his mother's apartment on North Boulevard. Inside the apartment, police found the 37-year-old woman dead and her son in need of medical attention.At the time, investigators released few details related to the woman's death but said it ap
  • Heavy police presence off Winbourne Avenue Thursday morning

    Heavy police presence off Winbourne Avenue Thursday morning
    BATON ROUGE- A Thursday morning incident in a north Baton Rouge neighborhood drew a heavy police presence around 11:30 a.m.Several units from the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) were spotted within the 3200 block of Canonicus Street, which is off Winbourne Avenue.Officials say the incident that drew police to the scene left one person wounded. Though the extent of their injuries is unknown, officials were able to confirm that the person was taken to an area hospital.This is a developing si
  • Newborn died from fentanyl overdose; mom allegedly used drugs before breastfeeding

    Newborn died from fentanyl overdose; mom allegedly used drugs before breastfeeding
    KENNER - The mother of a baby that died just days after being born is now charged in the newborn's death. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Lana Cristina, 28, was booked for second-degree murder in the death of her 4-day-old child.The baby died June 10 after Cristina called 911 from a hotel in Harvey early that morning because the child was not breathing. The baby was pronounced dead at a hospital that same morning. Toxicology results from blood taken du
  • Raising Canes partners with LSU to provide online education to crewmembers, their families

    Raising Canes partners with LSU to provide online education to crewmembers, their families
    BATON ROUGE - Raising Cane’s, a fast-food restaurant chain created by Louisiana native Todd Graves and LSU graduate Craig Silvey, is partnering with Louisiana State University to provide online educational opportunities for 35,000 of its crewmembers across the country and their immediate family members. According to a Thursday news release, Raising Cane’s has provided education benefits for its crew since 2011, and now the partnership with LSU prov
  • Raising Cane's offers employees online education via partnership with LSU

    Raising Cane's offers employees online education via partnership with LSU
    BATON ROUGE - One of Louisiana's favorite fast-food chains has found yet another way to give back.Raising Cane’s, a restaurant chain created by Louisiana native Todd Graves and LSU graduate Craig Silvey, is partnering with Louisiana State University to provide online educational opportunities for 35,000 of its crewmembers across the country and their immediate family members. We are excited to announce that we are an official partner with @Raising_Canes and @ToddGraves to pro
  • aising Canes partners with LSU to provide online education to crewmembers, their families

    aising Canes partners with LSU to provide online education to crewmembers, their families
    BATON ROUGE - Raising Cane’s, a fast-food restaurant chain created by Louisiana native Todd Graves and LSU graduate Craig Silvey, is partnering with Louisiana State University to provide online educational opportunities for 35,000 of its crewmembers across the country and their immediate family members. According to a Thursday news release, Raising Cane’s has provided education benefits for its crew since 2011, and now the partnership with LSU prov
  • LSU AgCenter receives grant to improve vaccination rates

    LSU AgCenter receives grant to improve vaccination rates
    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter intends to play a role in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and the organization now has more money to support its efforts.In a Thursday news release, the AgCenter announced that it became the recipient of a $24,178 grant to fund its Extension COVID Immunization Training and Education (EXCITE) program from May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022.The program is designed to work with medically underserved minority populations in Caddo Parish.Abigail McAlister, AgCente
  • Man injured in overnight shooting on Plank Road

    Man injured in overnight shooting on Plank Road
    BATON ROUGE - At least one gunshot was fired at a Plank Road home early Thursday morning, in an incident that left one person injured, Baton Rouge authorities say.According to a representative with the Baton Rouge Police Department, a man was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the 6000 block of Plank Road around 1 a.m.Officials say one person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.Permalink| Comments
  • Suspect arrested for alleged role in intentionally set house fire on London Avenue

    Suspect arrested for alleged role in intentionally set house fire on London Avenue
    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a house fire that was intentionally set on June 28.The fire occurred in the 16000 block of London Avenue and the arrest was made just over a month later. According to officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department, Crystal Campanile was taken into custody without incident and charged with one count of aggravated arson. No other details related to the incident are available at this time.Permalink| Comments
  • Additional healthcare workers offer support to BRG Mid City during COVID resurgence

    Additional healthcare workers offer support to BRG Mid City during COVID resurgence
    BATON ROUGE - Novel coronavirus continues to spread in Louisiana, putting increasing pressure on local hospital staff to provide necessary specialized care to patients suffering from the virus. Baton Rouge General (BRG) was one of many hospitals across the state that faced a challenge in keeping up with the large influx of COVID patients. BRG Mid City's healthcare workers saw relief headed their way Wednesday, in the form of 100 additional medical professionals ready to suppor
  • More buyers than homes available, housing market experts say

    More buyers than homes available, housing market experts say
    Experts say the housing market is extremely competitive, with many homes for sale getting 10-25 cash offers, which puts homebuyers in the awkward position of having to overpay just to stay competitive.At the start of summer prices for U.S. homes rose faster than they had in 17 years as surging demand for housing outstripped the supply, according to the Associated Press.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index revealed an increase of 17% in May from a year earlier on top of a
  • Moderna says its vaccine provides 93% effectiveness for six months

    Moderna says its vaccine provides 93% effectiveness for six months
    On the heels of Pfizer's announcement that its vaccine will soon receive full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pharmaceutical company Moderna is informing the public that new studies show its COVID-19 vaccines are 93% effective for six months after a person receives a second dose.The Cambridge-based company made the announcement Thursday, with CEO Stéphane Bancel saying, “We are pleased that our COVID-19 vaccine is showing durable effi
  • Moderna says its COVID vaccine provides 93% effectiveness for six months

    Moderna says its COVID vaccine provides 93% effectiveness for six months
    On the heels of Pfizer's announcement that its vaccine will soon receive full approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pharmaceutical company Moderna is informing the public that new studies show its COVID-19 vaccines are 93% effective for six months after a person receives a second dose.The Cambridge-based company made the announcement Thursday, with CEO Stéphane Bancel saying, “We are pleased that our COVID-19 vaccine is showing durable effi
  • New Iberia's Morgann Leleux Romero, injured, has difficulty in Women's Pole Vault final at Tokyo Games

    New Iberia's Morgann Leleux Romero, injured, has difficulty in Women's Pole Vault final at Tokyo Games
    TOKYO, Japan - Former UL star Morgann Leleux Romero fulfilled her dream of qualifying to perform in the Olympic Games, but was unable to secure a medal for the U.S. Thursday during the Women's Pole Vault Final, KATC reports.Romero and one other jumper, Anicka Newell of Canada, were out of the competition after failing to clear the first height of 4.50 meters in all three attempts.Her American teammate Katie Nageotte went on to win gold at the Games. The finals began at 5:00 am
  • U.S. Women's Soccer Team makes historic Olympic win as Tokyo battles record numbers of COVID cases

    U.S. Women's Soccer Team makes historic Olympic win as Tokyo battles record numbers of COVID cases
    TOKYO, Japan - The United States Women’s National Team defeated Australia 4-3, Thursday, earning the bronze medal in women’s football at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It's #bronze for @USWNT in the women's #football - their sixth Olympic medal!#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | @FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/l0wFK3vsfo— Olympics (@Olympics) August 5, 2021Soccer star Megan Rapinoe scored an unforgettable goal straight from a corner kick in the eighth minute to open the
  • U.S. Women's Soccer Team makes historic Olympic win

    U.S. Women's Soccer Team makes historic Olympic win
    TOKYO, Japan - The United States Women’s National Team defeated Australia 4-3, Thursday, earning the bronze medal in women’s football at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It's #bronze for @USWNT in the women's #football - their sixth Olympic medal!#StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | @FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/l0wFK3vsfo— Olympics (@Olympics) August 5, 2021Soccer star Megan Rapinoe scored an unforgettable goal straight from a corner kick in the eighth minute to open the
  • Ten killed, 20 injured in Texas van crash

    Ten killed, 20 injured in Texas van crash
    BROOKS COUNTY, Texas - A deadly crash in Texas left ten people dead and injured another 20 individuals Wednesday afternoon in Texas, CNN reports.According to the news outlet, the tragic incident unfolded when a van crashed on Highway 281 near Encino, Texas.Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesperson Sgt. Nathan Brandley says there were 30 people inside of a white Ford passenger van that was driving at a high rate of speed. When the van's driver tried to make a right t

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