• One injured in shooting near Siegen Lane

    One injured in shooting near Siegen Lane
    BATON ROUGE - Deputies are investigating a shooting that sent on man to the hospital Sunday afternoon.Around 1:40 p.m. in the 12000 block of White Chapel Road near Siegen Lane a man was shot outside of a residence.When the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrived on scene they discovered that the victim was transported to a hospital in a personal vehicle.Detectives believe that the shooting occurred due to an ongoing dispute.Details are limited. Check back for updates. &nbs
  • East Baton Rouge loses eligibility for indoor bar service under phase 2 restrictions

    East Baton Rouge loses eligibility for indoor bar service under phase 2 restrictions
    BATON ROUGE - Bars in East Baton Rouge, and across most of the capital area, can no longer serve drinks indoors due to revised coronavirus regulations.On Wednesday, the parish recorded its second straight week with a COVID positivity rate over five percent. Under phase 2 guidelines enacted that same day, any parish with a positivity rate above that threshold is not allowed to keep bars open for indoor service. Bars in East Baton Rouge may still serve customers using outdoor seating wit
  • Dave Chappelle praises Netflix for going "above and beyond" by removing his show from its streaming service

    Dave Chappelle praises Netflix for going "above and beyond" by removing his show from its streaming service
    When popular comedian Dave Chappelle asked Netflix to stop streaming his sketch comedy show, the company pleasantly surprised him by promptly complying with his request, the BBC reports. Chappelle's argument for having the show pulled from Netflix was founded on the fact that the agreement allowing the show to be streamed failed to include him as a payee. This dilemma was touched on in a clip from a recent stand-up gig Chappelle posted on Instagram,
  • Soccer legend Diego Maradona dies at 60

    Soccer legend Diego Maradona dies at 60
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.The office of Argentina’s president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona’s death on Wednesday, and the Argentine soccer association expressed its sorrow on Twitter.Maradona died two weeks after being releas
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  • Louisiana National Guard COVID testing sites to close for Thanksgiving holidays

    Louisiana National Guard COVID testing sites to close for Thanksgiving holidays
    BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana National Guard issued a news release Wednesday, stating that its COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume Monday, December 1.In its news release, representatives with the National Guard point to a current statewide increase in cases, hospitalizations, and percent positivity as Louisiana experiences a third wave of COVID-19.The release
  • Strategy to shore up La's economy with proposed gas tax hike faces opposition

    Strategy to shore up La's economy with proposed gas tax hike faces opposition
    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana drivers currently pay 38.4 cents per gallon at the pump, including 20 cents in state charges and a group led by former state Rep. Erich Ponti wants to change that.Ponti is hoping to see the Legislature gradually raise the state's gas tax to 22 cents per gallon, The Advocate reports.As executive director of the Louisiana Asphalt Pavement Association, Ponti believes an increased gas tax of about $660 million annually would provide the state with much-needed fundin
  • Alabama coach Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus again

    Alabama coach Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus again
    TUSCALOOSA - Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 more. It comes more than a month after he contracted and recovered from the virus in October.The University of Alabama Wednesday morning that Saban tested positive for the virus. The Alabama head coach was said to have mild symptoms and will isolate for the time being.Breaking: Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19, Alabama has announced. He has mild symptoms and will isolate.Alaba
  • LSU officials meeting with law firm Wednesday to discuss policies regarding sexual assault

    LSU officials meeting with law firm Wednesday to discuss policies regarding sexual assault
    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced it is meeting with an out-of-state law firm Wednesday to review university policies related to reporting sexual assault claims in the wake of a national report saying the school failed to adequately address such cases.Interim President Tom Galligan released the following statement Wednesday morning. Dear LSU Community,As part of our commitment to transparency, healing, and progress related to recent allegations about our handling of Title IX cases, we are wr
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  • EBR Parish's Thanksgiving holiday curbside garbage, recycling collection schedule

    EBR Parish's Thanksgiving holiday curbside garbage, recycling collection schedule
    BATON ROUGE — Representatives with the City of East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR) have announced that residential garbage (both in cart and out of cart woody waste/bulky items) and recycling will not be picked up on Thursday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Any garbage, recyclables or trash not collected on Thanksgiving Day will be collected on the next regularly scheduled collection day, which is Friday, November 27.In addition to this adjustment, the N
  • Multiple buildings in north Texas collapse as severe weather devastates the region

    Multiple buildings in north Texas collapse as severe weather devastates the region
    ARLINGTON, Texas - Days before the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Louisiana's neighbor to the west, Texas, sustained severe weather that caused damage to northern parts of the state on Tuesday night.According to CNN, storms rolled through the region overnight Tuesday, bringing with them wind gusts up to 60 mph that  damaged and in some cases, completely collapsed buildings throughout the area.Severe thunderstorm and tornado warning were issued in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, T
  • FEMA deadline to register for Hurricane Laura looms

    FEMA deadline to register for Hurricane Laura looms
    BATON ROUGE - According to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) renters and homeowners in parishes designated for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Laura have until Friday, Nov. 27 to register for help.Federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance and repair or replacement of damaged property.Additionally, grants may be available to help with other expenses such as medical and dental care, childcare, funeral, and burial costs, replacing essenti
  • US unemployment claims up for 2nd straight week as virus worsens

    US unemployment claims up for 2nd straight week as virus worsens
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for a second straight week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks.The Labor Department’s report Wednesday said that jobless claims climbed from 748,000 the week before. Before the virus struck hard in mid-March, weekly claims typically amounted to only about 225,000. They shot up to
  • Vehicle crashes into building near Goodwood Library and then catches on fire

    Vehicle crashes into building near Goodwood Library and then catches on fire
    BATON ROUGE - A vehicle fire caused by a Wednesday (Nov. 25) morning crash in the Goodwood area, near the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, is causing traffic delays.Car fire: Goodwood @ E Airport near library.— Ashley Frugé WBRZ (@ashleywbrz) November 25, 2020A car crashed into a building and caught fire around 8 a.m. in a stretch along East Airport Avenue and Colonial Drive, according to officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.Authorities say no one was injured in t
  • Vehicle crashes into building and then catches on fire near Goodwood Library

    Vehicle crashes into building and then catches on fire near Goodwood Library
    BATON ROUGE - A vehicle fire caused by a Wednesday (Nov. 25) morning crash in the Goodwood area, near the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, is causing traffic delays.Car fire: Goodwood @ E Airport near library.— Ashley Frugé WBRZ (@ashleywbrz) November 25, 2020A car crashed into a building and caught fire around 8 a.m. in a stretch along East Airport Avenue and Colonial Drive, according to officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.Authorities say no one was injured in t
  • Country music singer Hal Ketchum passes away at 67

    Country music singer Hal Ketchum passes away at 67
    Legendary country music star, Hal Ketchum, has passed away, CNN reports.Ketchum's wife, Andrea, confirmed his death on Facebook, explaining that he died Monday night due to complications from dementia.She wrote, "With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of dementia," Ketchum's wife, Andrea, confirmed in a post on the late singer's Facebook page and website."May his music live on forever i
  • BR Airport, expecting hundreds of Thanksgiving travelers, amps up safety precautions

    BR Airport, expecting hundreds of Thanksgiving travelers, amps up safety precautions
    BATON ROUGE - This November, as US Health experts report an alarming surge in novel coronavirus cases, they're urging citizens to replace extensive travel plans and large-scale family dinners with safer forms of Thanksgiving celebrations.The nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci explained why during an interview with the Washington Post, saying, "If in fact you're in a situation when you do the things that are increasing the risk, the travel, the congregate setting, not weari
  • Analysis: Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks

    Analysis: Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks
    NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback.President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy.With an eye in part toward making selections who may have to seek approval from a Republican-controlled Senate, Biden has prioritized choosing qualified
  • Man arrested on charges of burglary, battery, cruelty to animals in Ascension Parish

    Man arrested on charges of burglary, battery, cruelty to animals in Ascension Parish
    ASCENSION - A man accused of battery and cruelty to animals has been arrested, authorities say.The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that Curtis Lee Boudreaux Jr. has been arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. Boudreaux Jr. was wanted for three counts simple battery, cruelty to animals, and aggravated burglary.At this time, authorities have not provided additional information in relation to this case.Permalink| Comments
  • Stocks open mostly lower even as Nasdaq edges toward record

    Stocks open mostly lower even as Nasdaq edges toward record
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening mostly lower as Wall Street heads into the Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P 500 index slipped 0.2% in the early going Wednesday, but it’s still holding on to a gain of almost 11% for the month. Most stocks in the benchmark index were trading lower, but gains from a handful of Big Tech companies including Apple sent the tech-heavy Nasdaq index above the closing high it reached in early September. The price of crude oil rose about 1% and Tre
  • Global stocks edge lower after Dow crests 30,000

    Global stocks edge lower after Dow crests 30,000
    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly edged back on Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time as investors cheered news of progress on the development of coronavirus vaccines.The Dow appeared set to edge back from its record high on the open, with futures down 0.3%, while S&P 500 futures were 0.2% lower. In Europe, markets lost early gains after Asia largely closed lower. Germany’s DAX shed nearl
  • FEMA: How to help children cope during and after a disaster

    FEMA: How to help children cope during and after a disaster
    BATON ROUGE - Life, for most communities across the nation, has shifted to a tremendous degree during 2020. As novel coronavirus impacts the financial, health, and social aspects of daily life, numerous US citizens have also had to steer their way through a series of wildfires, devastating hurricanes/tropical storms, civil unrest, and an increase in local crime/violence. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notes that children are just as affected by these living con
  • St. Vincent de Paul to implement health precautions during its Thanksgiving To-Go event

    St. Vincent de Paul to implement health precautions during its Thanksgiving To-Go event
    BATON ROUGE - Every November, St. Vincent de Paul celebrates Thanksgiving by offering free turkey dinners to those in need and though the pandemic will alter the non-profit's 2020's Thanksgiving meal giveaway, it won't bring the volunteer's charitable efforts to a complete halt.By way of a Tuesday afternoon news release, the organization announced Tuesday that it would follow through with its annual tradition and "serve up turkey with all the trimmings (to-go) to people who, unfortunat
  • Duchess Meghan Markle reveals she suffered a miscarriage in July

    Duchess Meghan Markle reveals she suffered a miscarriage in July
    LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.Meghan described the miscarriage in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday, writing that “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”The former Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have an 18-month-old son, Archie.The duchess, 39, said she was sharing her story
  • Seattle to cut funding to police dept by 18%, invest $100 million in communities of color

    Seattle to cut funding to police dept by 18%, invest $100 million in communities of color
    SEATTLE, Washington - At least one American city is responding to public outcries to take drastic measures to reduce episodes of police brutality by cutting funding to its police department.  According to CNN, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan plans to sign a new city budget that includes an 18% cut to the city's police department funding. Mayor Durkan's decision is detailed in a statement issued by her office Tuesday.The Seattle City Council approved the b
  • European Union says first virus vaccinations possible by Christmas

    European Union says first virus vaccinations possible by Christmas
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official said Wednesday that the first citizens in the 27 nation bloc could be vaccinated against the coronavirus by Christmas, but she warned that member countries must urgently prepare their logistical chains for the rollout of hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccines.Claiming that “there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told EU lawmakers that &ldq
  • Spike in COVID-19 cases amid holiday and flu seasons result in increased demand for testing

    Spike in COVID-19 cases amid holiday and flu seasons result in increased demand for testing
    ADDIS - Navigating through cold and flu season and with the holidays quickly approaching, more and more people are rushing to get tested for COVID-19.A recent spike in cases is keeping clinics busy. Before the spike, officials say they were testing between 6-15 people per day. On Tuesday at the Ochsner site in Baker, 60 people were tested for the virus.I think it was bc everyone kind of got comfortable and now flu season is coming around, people are starting to get their normal colds, they want
  • Officials move forward with Louisiana's first bus rapid transit project

    Officials move forward with Louisiana's first bus rapid transit project
    BATON ROUGE - City and state leaders are taking new steps that will change the historic view of Plank Road.Mike Drane has lived in the Baton Rouge Area for more than 20 years. As a frequent bus rider, he says any changes to the area's transportation will be helpful."It's difficult for people to get from North Baton Rouge to South Baton Rouge. It's hard for people to get to LSU and for students to get around. It needs some improvement," Drane said.Tuesday afternoon city leaders signed a series o
  • Officials identify 21-year-old woman shot to death in Baker

    Officials identify 21-year-old woman shot to death in Baker
    BAKER - Authorities are investigating a Tuesday (Nov. 24) night shooting in Baker that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old woman.Baker Police say the shooting occurred around 5:05 p.m. on Weston Avenue and was later reported around 5:30 p.m. Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office confirmed Wednesday that Makayla Johnson was shot to death during the incident. Police say it all began when a male suspect approached Johnson and accused her of assaulting his friend.
  • Authorities investigating reported deadly shooting in Baker

    Authorities investigating reported deadly shooting in Baker
    BAKER - Authorities are responding to reports of a deadly shooting in East Baton Rouge.The shooting was reported around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Weston Avenue in Baker. Sources said one person was dead at the scene.This is a developing story.Permalink| Comments
  • Authorities investigating deadly shooting in Baker

    Authorities investigating deadly shooting in Baker
    BAKER - Authorities are responding to reports of a deadly shooting in East Baton Rouge.The shooting was reported around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Weston Avenue in Baker. Sources said one person was dead at the scene.This is a developing story.Permalink| Comments

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