• Delta Queen Steamboat to return to service after decade-long retirement

    MISSOURI - The U.S. House of Representatives has reinstated an exemption to let a one-of-a-kind vessel return to cruise the waterways of the Deep South and other areas of the nation.A 1966 law prohibits overnight excursions on wooden vessels. The Delta Queen was given an exemption, but the exemption expired in 2008.Since approval has been granted, the legendary riverboat is set to undergo extensive renovations at a shipyard in Houma, Louisiana. In 2020, it'll cruise the waterways of the Mississ
  • Detectives investigating reported stabbing death in Donaldsonville

    Detectives investigating reported stabbing death in Donaldsonville
    DONALDSONVILLE - Deputies are investigating after a man was found with multiple stab wounds and taken to a hospital where he later died. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the man was found Wednesday around 7 a.m. at a home along Lemanville Cutoff Road. The man was found with multiple stab wounds and was taken to a hospital. Deputies said they were interviewing a person of interest regarding the man's death, but did not specify whether they were a suspect. Per
  • Mockler Beverage company expanding into central, southwest Louisiana

    Mockler Beverage company expanding into central, southwest Louisiana
    BATON ROUGE - Local beverage company Mockler is expanding to new locations across Louisiana. Timothy and Patrick Mockler as well as the company president Chris Davis have purchased Southwest Beverage Company, acquiring their three locations in Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Leesville. Staff currently employed with Southwest Beverage Company will not lose their jobs and instead continue to work under the Mockler name. Mockler Beverage started in Baton Rouge in 1987. Since its es
  • Rouses Markets donating fridge, dairy products to Southern University food pantry

    Rouses Markets donating fridge, dairy products to Southern University food pantry
    BATON ROUGE - To help alleviate food insecurity in the capital area, Rouses Markets, partnering with Dairy MAX, is donating a cooler and dairy products to Southern University's food pantry. The two organizations are committed to helping address food insecurity on the rise due to increasing grocery costs. Dairy MAX will donate a 64-gallon dairy fridge to the university, and the local grocer will donate $8,000 in dairy products to help fill it. Additionally, Rouses will continue
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  • EBR mosquito abatement booked up with house calls until April

    EBR mosquito abatement booked up with house calls until April
    BATON ROUGE - If you're looking to get your home sprayed for mosquitoes in East Baton Rouge, you might have to wait a few weeks. The EBR Center for Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control says appointments for residential sprays are booked up until early April. Their staff is working overtime because of the recent swarm of mosquitoes. "We're doing about 250 residential inspections," said Assistant Director Randy Vaeth.Vaeth believes the influx of mosquitoes is due to the drought
  • Rural towns at risk: A quarter of Louisiana's rural hospitals vulnerable to closure, study finds

    Rural towns at risk: A quarter of Louisiana's rural hospitals vulnerable to closure, study finds
    ST. FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Parish Hospital receives 150 to 200 emergency calls a month. It's emergency room sees 6,000 people a year. If its doors were to close, 200 emergency phone calls would go unanswered, about 6,000 patients unseen. That's the importance of a rural hospital.A new report by healthcare consulting firm Chartis identified more than 25% of Louisiana's rural hospitals as "vulnerable to closure." The analysis was based on indicators such as decreasing reimbursements, decli
  • Eyes turn to House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana as shutdown looms and Ukraine ammo runs low

    Eyes turn to House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana as shutdown looms and Ukraine ammo runs low
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders emerged from an “intense” Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, noting it's possible to avoid a partial government shutdown but warning Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana about the grave danger of delaying aid to Ukraine and Israel.Biden called the leaders to the White House, hoping to break a logjam with ramifications for the U.S. but also for the world, as Ukraine struggles to repel Russia’s inva
  • 2 ON YOUR SIDE: Who foots bill for driveway damage caused by tree roots?

    2 ON YOUR SIDE: Who foots bill for driveway damage caused by tree roots?
    BATON ROUGE — As a concrete mixing truck backed up to Ginger Simon's driveway on Tuesday morning, she felt a huge weight lifted off of her shoulders."I can't wait to just be like a normal person and just go home from work and just drive," she said.Two weeks ago, her driveway was a wreck. She blamed tree roots for creating the mess that slowly deteriorated her property."When I pull out of my driveway I feel like I'm on an airplane because I'm jiggling," Simon said earlier this month.Th
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  • Last chance: Our final opportunity to see a solar eclipse in decades

    Last chance: Our final opportunity to see a solar eclipse in decades
    BATON ROUGE - On Monday, April 8th, 2024, another solar eclipse takes over skies across North America. Solar eclipses happen when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun at a position where the Moon casts a shadow on the Earth. Those caught in the path of this shadow experience the eclipse.The path of totality will miss southeast Louisiana to the north and west. This means that local areas will not see the Moon cover the Sun completely. However, we will still be able to observe a partial sola
  • Last chance: Our final opportunity to see a solar eclipse for decades

    Last chance: Our final opportunity to see a solar eclipse for decades
    BATON ROUGE - On Monday, April 8th, 2024, another solar eclipse takes over skies across North America. Solar eclipses happen when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun at a position where the Moon casts a shadow on the Earth. Those caught in the path of this shadow experience the eclipse.The path of totality will miss southeast Louisiana to the north and west. This means that local areas will not see the Moon cover the Sun completely. However, we will still be able to observe a partial sola
  • Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announces homeless shelter initiatives

    Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announces homeless shelter initiatives
    BATON ROUGE — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome on Tuesday announced new initiatives to target homelessness.One shelter, through St. Vincent de Paul, will allow families to stay together throughout the day while parents try to get back on their feet. Often, shelters make clients leave during daylight hours.The mayor also announced funding to a number of shelters.From an Emergency Solutions Grant:St Vincent De Paul, Bishop Ott: $125,342St. Vincent De Paul, Sweet Dreams: $178,890Yout
  • Fire marshal urges caution as dry weather and high winds raise risk

    Fire marshal urges caution as dry weather and high winds raise risk
    BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's wildfire threat is nowhere close to what it was last summer, but state fire officials are urging that people take care in the coming days.High winds and dry conditions have contributed to an increase in brush fires, with several becoming large and dangerous, the state fire marshal said Tuesday. His office asked that people not burn fires outdoors this week, if possible.“Even though the current conditions are nowhere close to what the state experienc
  • East Baton Rouge council member takes activity class to Glen Oaks High School

    East Baton Rouge council member takes activity class to Glen Oaks High School
    BATON ROUGE — East Baton Rouge Parish Councilman Darryl Hurst hosted a "Fitness Fest" at Glen Oaks High School on Tuesday, hoping that greater physical activity will lead to better grades and school attendance.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that active students are better students."What we want to do is keep them active, keep them youthful and put them in things like sports that ensures that they don't stray away in a direction that we don't want them to go,"
  • $160 million grant to go toward funding Louisiana's energy transition, creating new jobs

    BATON ROUGE - The National Science Foundation awarded LSU its largest competitive grant: a $160 million fund to support the energy industry in Louisiana.The petrochemical industry employs more than 250 thousand people in the state, making it one of the largest providers of jobs. The ultimate goal is for Louisiana, along with the nation, to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Energy industry leaders from the White House, Shell, ExxonMobil, and Baker Hughes met to discuss how the grant can i
  • Garbage truck catches fire off Bluebonnet Boulevard

    Garbage truck catches fire off Bluebonnet Boulevard
    BATON ROUGE - A garbage truck caught fire on Bluebonnet Boulevard Tuesday morning. Traffic slowed as onlookers paused to look at the blaze. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured and the cause of the fire was unknown. Permalink| Comments
  • The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is on! Ticket sales go directly to helping children with cancer

    The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is on! Ticket sales go directly to helping children with cancer
    BATON ROUGE - The time for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is back! For $100, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful home in Baton Rouge. The home is a four-bed, three-bath with 3,000 square feet of space. A spacious open kitchen with built-in island seating boasts a breakfast nook with panoramic windows. The master bedroom has a freestanding tub with a curbless shower, and even the guest suite has its own steam shower. In addition to the home, based on w
  • Registration, renewal fees waived for certain military license plates

    Registration, renewal fees waived for certain military license plates
    BATON ROUGE - An act passed in the 2023 legislative session allows owners of certain military honors license plates to receive permanent registration, waiving renewal fees. Members of the armed services must present retirement forms or active duty discharge forms from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnamese Conflict, and the Laos War. Current owners of these license plates will receive a permanent vehicle registration through the mail. More information can be fou
  • Police investigating deadly double shooting early Tuesday morning

    Police investigating deadly double shooting early Tuesday morning
    BATON ROUGE - Two people died, one after fleeing the scene, in a double shooting early Tuesday morning. Baton Rouge police detectives said the shooting happened on North 37th Street just after midnight. One of the victims died on the scene, but the other ran to an address on North 38th Street before being taken to a hospital, where they later died.No suspects or victims have been identified.Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the Violent Crime Unit at (22
  • Officials identify two teenage victims killed in double shooting Tuesday morning

    Officials identify two teenage victims killed in double shooting Tuesday morning
    BATON ROUGE - Two teenagers died in a double shooting early Tuesday morning.  Baton Rouge detectives said the shooting happened on North 37th Street just after midnight. One of the victims, 18-year-old D'ontae Bethley, died on the scene, but the other, 19-year-old Luis Servin Jr., ran to an address on North 38th Street before being taken to a hospital, where he later died.BRPD has not released information regarding a potential suspect or suspects. Anyone with informat
  • One person struck & injured in Monday night shooting

    One person struck & injured in Monday night shooting
    BATON ROUGE - One victim was struck & injured by gunfire Monday night.The Baton Rouge Police Department says the shooting took place around the 7300 block of Airline Highway near Victoria Drive, Monday just after 11:24 p.m.The victim was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuriesThe motive and suspects are unknown at this time.This is a developing story.Permalink| Comments
  • 'No room!' - More than 30 Southern University students forced out of their dorms due to flooding

    'No room!' - More than 30 Southern University students forced out of their dorms due to flooding
    BATON ROUGE - Approximately 32 residents of Camille Shade Hall, an all-female dorm on Southern University's campus, are not in their rooms Monday evening after a pipe burst and flooded two floors of the building. A spokesperson for Southern said a pipe burst on the second floor around 5 p.m. and water ran down to the ground level.Freshmen Laura Samson and Kaylyn Hayes left the dorm with their bags packed, looking to bunk up with friends or stay the night in a different room on campus."
  • Plans for new LSU entertainment and sports arena moving forward

    Plans for new LSU entertainment and sports arena moving forward
    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey have something in common—they both want a venue that can properly host sports and entertainment in Baton Rouge.The women agree with Metro Council members that the River Center can't be that venue."It needs a lot of tender loving care to bring it to what it needs to be, but even with a significant amount of investment, the River Center—in terms of capacity—wouldn't get Bat
  • Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple discusses approach to insurance crisis

    Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple discusses approach to insurance crisis
    BATON ROUGE - Amid an insurance crisis, Louisiana policyholders are struggling to pay premiums. Newly-elected Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple discussed his plans to combat the crisis at a Press Club meeting Monday.Temple said what Louisiana is experiencing is unique because sky-high rates are affecting policyholders on all fronts."We haven't had one where we've got a confluence of auto, of homeowners, commercial. Even worker's compensation," Temple said.For homeowners, things quickly went sou
  • Man who murdered 1-year-old girl sentenced to 999 years in prison

    Man who murdered 1-year-old girl sentenced to 999 years in prison
    BATON ROUGE - A man who pleaded guilty to murdering 1-year-old Ja'leah Fontenot in 2021 was sentenced Monday to 999 years in prison. On Saturday, March 27, 2021, officers found Ja'leah unresponsive with bruises and a large burn on her back. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. Ja'leah's mother, Christy Fontenot, and her mother's boyfriend, Jonathon Dunn, were both arrested for the baby's death. A family member told WBRZ Dunn was caring for the child when he got hi
  • Man admits killing 1-year-old girl, is sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder

    Man admits killing 1-year-old girl, is sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder
    BATON ROUGE - A man who pleaded guilty to killing 1-year-old Ja'leah Fontenot has been sentenced to life in prison. On March 27, 2021, officers found Ja'leah unresponsive with bruises and a large burn on her back. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. Ja'leah's mother, Christy Fontenot, and her mother's boyfriend, Jonathon Dunn, were both arrested following the baby's death. A family member told WBRZ that Dunn was caring for the child when he got high and passed ou
  • Man admits killing 1-year-old girl, is sentenced to 999 years in prison

    Man admits killing 1-year-old girl, is sentenced to 999 years in prison
    BATON ROUGE - A man who pleaded guilty to killing 1-year-old Ja'leah Fontenot was sentenced Monday to 999 years in prison. On March 27, 2021, officers found Ja'leah unresponsive with bruises and a large burn on her back. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. Ja'leah's mother, Christy Fontenot, and her mother's boyfriend, Jonathon Dunn, were both arrested following the baby's death. A family member told WBRZ that Dunn was caring for the child when he got hi
  • If it must go, it should be disposed of properly - Why hazardous household materials' disposal is a threat to health

    If it must go, it should be disposed of properly - Why hazardous household materials' disposal is a threat to health
    BATON ROUGE - Just because it's spring cleaning, doesn't mean it can all go in the trash.The City-Parish will host its bi-annual Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on Saturday, March 2. Improperly disposing of hazardous household materials — acids, bleach, TVs and electronics, batteries, fluorescent compact bulbs, thermometers, paint thinners, cooking oils, just to name a few — can detrimentally harm the environment, but it can harm even more those who are disposin
  • Springfield Road in Watson still under construction, completion expected in May

    Springfield Road in Watson still under construction, completion expected in May
    WATSON - Work on the nearly six-mile section Springfield Road in Walker has been underway since October.Crews have been busy completely redoing it from one end to the other. Last month, the roads were drive-able on both sides. Now, pilot cars are being used to help motorists maneuver the mess.Jason Antle owns a business in the construction zone and says, because of the lengthy project, his business is struggling."It has impacted our business about 60 percent. The customers that leave here are h
  • Load of trash scattered on Walker roundabout after truck overturns

    Load of trash scattered on Walker roundabout after truck overturns
    WALKER - A roundabout at Walker South Road and Interstate 12 was partially closed Monday after an 18-wheeler hauling trash overturned. Photos shared by the Walker Police Department showed the load of trash strewn across one of the entrances of the roundabout. Police said the roundabout and the I-12 eastbound exit ramp were closed for three hours, but opened back up just before 3:30 p.m. Permalink| Comments
  • Puppy saved from house fire on Pimpernel Avenue

    Puppy saved from house fire on Pimpernel Avenue
    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters saved a puppy from a burning home along Pimpernel Avenue on Monday just before noon. The Baton Rouge Fire Department said that the dog was in a rear bedroom of the home and firefighters were able to bring it out safely. One firefighter suffered a minor injury to their hand. Fire investigators said the fire damaged the walls and floors of the house. The cause has not been determined.Permalink| Comments

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