• Mom and pop shops buzzing with business after shutdown

    Mom and pop shops buzzing with business after shutdown
    In the heart of Denham Springs, mom and pop shops are reopened and buzzing with business. But since the coronavirus shut down business back in March, it's been tough.Many local stores, like Addiction Boutique, had to rely on online sales and curbside pickup to survive."We were open for business. Business was booming and we were doing great. Then all of a sudden the doors slammed shut. It was a struggle, but we're back and we're better," said Manager,
  • Deputies search for hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian

    Deputies search for hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian
    ST. TAMMANY PARISH - Deputies are investigating a hit-and-run crash that sent one pedestrian to the hospital Saturday afternoon.Shortly before 6 p.m., authorities responded to a hit-and-run incident that happened in front of the Emerald Forest Apartments near Covington.According to witnesses, a silver sedan struck a man and fled the scene afterwards.The victim was transported to a hospital by emergency crews. His condition is unknown.The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says, that in video f
  • La. Lawmakers agree to ban vaping while a childs in the car

    La. Lawmakers agree to ban vaping while a childs in the car
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Traveling with a child in the car? Louisiana lawmakers say you shouldn’t be vaping then.The House and Senate have given final passage to a bill that would ban the use of vaping devices in any vehicle with a child present.Louisiana law already prohibits drivers and passengers from smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars if a child’s in the vehicle. The bill by Gretna Rep. Joe Marino, who has no party affiliation, adds vaping to that list
  • Nurse stole painkillers from VA clinic in Louisiana

    Nurse stole painkillers from VA clinic in Louisiana
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing painkillers from the VA clinic where she worked.Jolie King, 40, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty Thursday to taking the drugs from the VA urgent care clinic in Pineville, saying she took them for her own use, U.S. Attorney David Joseph saids in a news release.King said she would log into the narcotics supply cabinet with a randomly chosen patient’s name chosen at random and once refilled two vials with saline solutio
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  • National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

    National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes
    ATLANTA (AP) — Protesters burned businesses in Minneapolis. They smashed police cars and windows in Atlanta, broke into police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and chanted curses at President Donald Trump outside the White House. Thousands also demonstrated peacefully, demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck.As anger over Floyd’s killing spread to cities nationwide, local leaders increasingly said they coul
  • US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

    US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to maintain production levels while implementing proc
  • LSP: High speed crash kills one person, injures another in Evangeline Parish

    LSP: High speed crash kills one person, injures another in Evangeline Parish
    EVANGELINE PARISH - State Police responded to a fatal crash shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday that claimed the life of person and injured another. Police say the crash was the result of the driver refusing to stop during a traffic stop.The deceased victim of the crash was identified as 33-year-old Kevin Arvie. The driver was identified as 31-year-old Makenzie Dixon.According to state police, a trooper attempted the traffic stop after Dixon initially pulled over on the shoulder but suddenly acce
  • Baton Rouge residents watch historic SpaceX launch

    Baton Rouge residents watch historic SpaceX launch
    BATON ROUGE - Zippy's Burritos Tacos and More on Perkins Road is a Mexican restaurant where a lot of folks decided to watch the SpaceX rocket launch on Saturday."When I was watching it and stuff I just felt kind of tingly" Mac McKenzie, a customer said.McKenzie was at the restaurant with his girlfriend and dog so they could watch the historic launch together."To see it as it happens, it's really beautiful and good to see," Garrett Evans, another customer said.Evans was at Zippy's with his famil
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  • Fiery Atlanta rally among US protests of George Floyd death

    Fiery Atlanta rally among US protests of George Floyd death
    Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody spread around the United States on Friday, as his case renewed anger over others involving African Americans, police, and race relations.Protests were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York, but in Atlanta, demonstrators set a police car ablaze and broke windows at CNN’s headquarters.Here is a look at some protests across the country:ATLANTA — Protesters set a
  • Mayor Broome declares day of mourning, fasting to honor lives taken by COVID-19

    Mayor Broome declares day of mourning, fasting to honor lives taken by COVID-19
    BATON ROUGE- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Friday evening that she is joining other mayors across the country in recognizing June 1 as National Day of Mourning and Lament to mark the death of the 100,000 people that died in the US of COVID-19."We must be united in these times of lament and mourning for those we have lost. Our collective sense of loss and remembrance unites us across lines of age, race, religion and traditions and transcends our politics,” Mayor Broome
  • Child care facilities await 'Phase Two' of reopening plan in hopes of more business

    Child care facilities await 'Phase Two' of reopening plan in hopes of more business
    BATON ROUGE- Southside Child Development Center typically cares for around 60 children per day. As of now, that number is cut in half."It is harder to accept children due to the capacity limit, but we are looking after the safety and well being of our staff and our children here," Owner Elizabeth Andry said.A new study by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber looked at daycare centers across 9 parishes in the Capital Area.Out of the 86 centers surveyed, 40 percent closed their doors amid the pandemic.Re
  • Capital Area parishes meeting state testing goals

    Capital Area parishes meeting state testing goals
    BATON ROUGE - As a part of the state's comprehensive COVID-19 testing plan for May and June that's being submitted to the federal government Saturday, parishes in the capital area are meeting the necessary requirements.The plan focuses on increasing testing across the state, especially in areas and communities, like congregant settings, where the risk of COVID-19 is high.The four-part plan includes four goals:- Increase baseline testing by 100,000 in May. As of Thursday, the state was roughly 1
  • Baton Rouge General celebrates Florida-based US Navy medical help Louisiana style

    Baton Rouge General celebrates Florida-based US Navy medical help Louisiana style
    BATON ROUGE- Over 100 Navy sailors said goodbye to Baton Rouge General Hospital Friday as their mission to make up for a lack of medical professionals has come to an end.Hospital staff members were joined by Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to say farewell to 104 members of the Navy who were stationed in Baton Rouge to help handle the influx of COVID-19 cases last month. The same personnel also helped with the coronavirus response in New Orleans before
  • Crawfish Tracker: Prices in a pinch to end the season

    Crawfish Tracker: Prices in a pinch to end the season
    BATON ROUGE - It's time for our final check-up on the capital area crawfish market this season, and it's far from an ideal note to go out on.According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price of crawdads in the capital area went up for the fourth straight week. The average price for boiled went up slightly to $3.87 per pound, while the average cost for live is sitting at $2.69 per pound.The local low for boiled also went up this week to $2.89 per pound. The lowest cost for live crawf
  • LifeShare Blood Center offering free antibody testing for blood donors

    LifeShare Blood Center offering free antibody testing for blood donors
    BATON ROUGE - LifeShare Blood Center will start COVID-19 antibody testing for volunteer blood donors next week.Testing starts Monday, June 1 and ends on Sunday, June 14. LifeShare is badly in need of donations.  Since the beginning of May, the donation center has used more than 80% of its blood inventory.There are no special qualifications needed to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors need to give blood, plasma, or platelets at any LifeShare donor center or mobile drive.
  • Take 2 for SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch with more storms

    Take 2 for SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch with more storms
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX pressed ahead with its second attempt to launch astronauts for NASA — a historic first for a private company — but more stormy weather threatened more delays.Elon Musk’s company came within 17 minutes Wednesday of launching a pair of NASA astronauts for the first time in nearly a decade from the U.S., before the threat of lightning forced a delay.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said managers were debating whether to b
  • Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew

    Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew
    NEW YORK (AP) — Following the arrest of a CNN crew on live television by police on Friday, an apologetic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised that journalists would not be interfered with in reporting on violent protests following the death of George Floyd.CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and two colleagues were released within an hour after network chief executive Jeff Zucker called Walz to demand answers about why they were led away and held in a police van.“We have got to ensur
  • SpaceX prototype engine explodes during test at Texas site

    SpaceX prototype engine explodes during test at Texas site
    BROWNSVILLE, TX - A prototype starship engine exploded during a test at the SpaceX site in Texas.The explosion happened Friday afternoon at the SpaceX campus in Boca Chica. Video captured during a live stream of the test shows the Starship SN4 prototype's engine leaking a type of gas before igniting in a massive fireball.RIP Starship SN4 ??https://t.co/klPMtZHxjW pic.twitter.com/hrrElBXmSC— Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) May 29, 2020Friday was reportedly the prototype's fourth "stat
  • Crews working to put out fire at SpaceX site in Texas

    Crews working to put out fire at SpaceX site in Texas
    BROWNSVILLE, TX - Crews are responding to a fire at the SpaceX property in Boca Chica, Texas Friday.KRGV reported the fire shortly after 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Brownsville Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon told the station his firefighters are monitoring the situation, but they haven't been called to assist.Sheldon says SpaceX has their own fire crews working. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear.This is a developing story. Permalink| Comments
  • GBR Food Bank gets $125K check from Guaranty Media, GMFS Mortgage

    GBR Food Bank gets $125K check from Guaranty Media, GMFS Mortgage
    BATON ROUGE - The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will be able to provide hundreds thousands of meals thanks to a $125,000 donation from Guaranty Media and GMFS Mortgage.About 375,000 meals will be funded through the donation. Organizers saw the increased need for food amid the COVID-19 pandemic and started the "Banking on BR" campaign. It only took one week to get the money together."Everyone got on the same page realizing the need in our community. We didn't need to sit on this, we did
  • NCAA offers plan to bring athletes back to campus

    NCAA offers plan to bring athletes back to campus
    The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring athletes back to campus during a pandemic.The Resocialization of Collegiate Sports: Action Plan Considerations was announced as schools across the country prepare for the return of football players as early as June 8.The NCAA’s Division I Council voted last week to l ift a moratorium on athletic activities starting Monday. That cleared the way for voluntary workouts and training to begin at team facilities.Schools
  • Fired Minneapolis officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death

    Fired Minneapolis officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck was arrested on murder charges Friday and accused in court papers of ignoring another officer’s concerns about the handcuffed black man who died after pleading that he could not breathe.Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case, which sparked protests across the United States and fires and looting in Minneapolis. An attor
  • Fired Minneapolis officer at center of George Floyd's death arrested Friday

    Fired Minneapolis officer at center of George Floyd's death arrested Friday
    MINNEAPOLIS - A fired police officer who was seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck in a video that ignited riots in Minnesota has been arrested.WCCO reports that Derek Chauvin was taken into custody Friday for Floyd's May 25 death. Chauvin, a former 19-year veteran with the Minneapolis Police Department, was seen kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes in the now-viral video. The arrest comes after days of of violent protests that ultimately led to looting and fires in the Minneapo
  • Joe Burrow calls for Americans to support black community in wake of George Floyd's death

    Joe Burrow calls for Americans to support black community in wake of George Floyd's death
    BATON ROUGE - Newly-drafted LSU quarterback Joe Burrow took to social media Friday and ask Americans to "open your ears, listen and speak" amid violent protests sparked by George Floyd's death in police custody.Burrow's tweet Friday was the latest in a flood of public statements from athletes, officials and celebrities condemning the actions of Minneapolis police officers who were caught violently arresting Floyd on video.The black community needs our help. They have been unheard for far too lo
  • Hospital throws second line for Navy personnel who helped fight coronavirus in Baton Rouge

    Hospital throws second line for Navy personnel who helped fight coronavirus in Baton Rouge
    BATON ROUGE - On Friday, Baton Rouge General Mid-City said goodbye to more than 100 men and women who helped treat the coronavirus in the capital area.Hospital staff members were joined by Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome late Friday morning to say farewell to 104 members of the Navy who were stationed in Baton Rouge to help handle the influx of COVID-19 cases last month. The same personnel also helped with the coronavirus response in New Orleans before coming to Baton R
  • Woman allegedly helped fiance remove evidence from a murder scene

    Woman allegedly helped fiance remove evidence from a murder scene
    BATON ROUGE - A woman has been arrested for allegedly helping her fiancé remove items from the scene of a fatal shooting in hopes of getting rid of any evidence that would tie her gun to the murder.According to an affidavit filed by investigators with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, 33-year-old Deneal Smith did not actively participate in the shooting that led to 29-year-old Freddie Banks' death at a Poydras Avenue home last Saturday (May 23), but her fiancé,
  • Local law enforcement heads condemn Minneapolis officers involved in George Floyd death

    Local law enforcement heads condemn Minneapolis officers involved in George Floyd death
    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies across the capital area are condemning the actions of the Minneapolis officers involved in the death of George Floyd, which has ignited multiple nights of riots in Minnesota.You can find statements from heads of local law enforcement below.  #OneTeam #BRStrong pic.twitter.com/VH8m2GZ44m— Baton Rouge Police (@BRPD) May 29, 2020Permalink| Comments
  • Teen killed in single-vehicle crash, Thursday afternoon

    Teen killed in single-vehicle crash, Thursday afternoon
    CUT OFF - State Police have reported that an eighteen-year-old was killed in a crash on LA 308, Thursday afternoon. Police say Kobi Simoneaux of Cut Off was headed south on LA 308 in a 2007 Ford F-150 when he ran off of the roadway for unknown reasons and his truck hit two trees. Simoneaux was wearing a seat belt but suffered fatal injuries.Police say impairment is unknown as a factor and a standard toxicology report is pending through the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s
  • Police: Football player accused in Waffle House attack was triggered by Instagram comments about "boyfriend girlfriend stuff"

    Police: Football player accused in Waffle House attack was triggered by Instagram comments about "boyfriend girlfriend stuff"
    ZACHARY — A fight at a Waffle House in Louisiana landed a Tulane University football player in jail and a teenage girl in a hospital, police said.Zachary Police Chief David McDavid told The Advocate the early Monday morning fight that led to the arrest of Tyler Judson, a defensive back on the university’s football team, originated from an argument about a conversation on Instagram that was related to "boyfriend girlfriend stuff." It is not clear whose relationship t
  • U.S. Army's first female combat arms general officer visits BR Food Bank

    U.S. Army's first female combat arms general officer visits BR Food Bank
    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Food Bank will be visited by Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson of the U.S. Army on Friday morning. Lt. General Richardson's special trip to the food bank is to commend soldiers who've been deployed to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to oversee COVID-19 relief efforts in the 11-parish service area. The food bank's volunteers and the assisting soldiers have an enormous task, and as no stranger to challenges, the Lt. General will be able to provide much
  • Drug bust leads to four arrests and seizure of over $200,000

    Drug bust leads to four arrests and seizure of over $200,000
    BATON ROUGE - Multiple law enforcement agencies from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, and a host of other departments collaborated to apprehend four suspects who'd been closely monitored throughout an extensive drug-related investigation. On Thursday, investigators arrested 24-year-old Kevin Jefferson, 31-year-old Elijah Beauchamp, 41-yaer-old Travonya Browder, and 19-year-old Kevin Young.Authorities also recovered $295,063 along with weapons
  • New Iberia man killed in two-vehicle crash

    New Iberia man killed in two-vehicle crash
    NEW IBERIA- A Thursday morning wreck in New Iberia resulted in a 55-year-old man's death.State Police say David Marcotte of New Iberia was headed south on Fremin Road in a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado when he turned left onto LA 88 and collided with an approaching 2005 Ford F-450 driven by 29-year-old David Bourque. According to police, the vehicles collided in the intersection and although Marcotte was properly restrained, he suffered fatal injuries. Bourque was also wearing a sea
  • Gas outage affects over 100 residents in Baton Rouge, Friday morning

    Gas outage affects over 100 residents in Baton Rouge, Friday morning
    BATON ROUGE - A total of 110 residents near south Baton Rouge are without gas in their homes, Friday morning.WBRZ spoke with a local Atmos Energy representative, who said the outage was caused by a construction company that was digging and hit a line. The representative was unable to confirm if this outage is associated with a similar outage that occured Thursday afternoon on Burbank. Crews will begin working to restore gas at 9 a.m. and Atmos says all 110 residents s
  • Local artist paints storefronts with positive messages for "Reflect Love" initiative

    Local artist paints storefronts with positive messages for "Reflect Love" initiative
    BATON ROUGE - When the COVID-19 health crisis temporarily brought everyday life to a screeching halt, writers, painters, and artists of all genres suddenly found themselves with more time for their art.While many use art as a way to express a variety of deep emotions, local artists and LSU fine arts graduate Ellen Ogden is using her skills as a painter to bring positivity to the community.As part of an initiative Ogden's named the "Reflect Love Project," she's painting uplifting messages on sto
  • EBR high schools hold modified ceremonies for 2020 graduates

    EBR high schools hold modified ceremonies for 2020 graduates
    BATON ROUGE - The resilient high school seniors of the class of 2020 are moving on to "great things," according to East Baton Rouge Schools Superintendent, Warren Drake.This week and next schools across the parish are holding live-streamed graduation ceremonies in settings that follow social distancing guidelines established by local and federal authorities. All who attend the ceremonies are required to wear personal protection equipment, and attendance is limited to 25 percent of each
  • La congressmen work to raise federal aid for 'Morganza to the Gulf' project

    La congressmen work to raise federal aid for 'Morganza to the Gulf' project
    TERREBONNE PARISH - Hurricane season begins Monday, June 1 and many residents who live outside of the protection of the New Orleans area levee system are eager to see storm protection initiatives such as the "Morganza to the Gulf" project completed in their area.The Morganza to the Gulf initiative is a federally-authorized hurricane and storm damage risk reduction project in Terrebonne Parish. It involves the construction of approximately 98 miles of levee with 20 floodgates, along wit
  • One injured during Thursday night stabbing at Red Roof Inn

    One injured during Thursday night stabbing at Red Roof Inn
    BATON ROUGE - A heavy police presence seen near the Red Roof Inn off Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Thursday evening was in response to a stabbing.According to The Advocate, one person was injured.The incident took place around 5:30 p.m. at the Red Roof Inn on Boardwalk Drive. One person was taken to the hospital. At this time, details related to the circumstances surrounding the incident and the extent of the person's injuries are unknown. Permalink| Comments
  • CNN crew arrested during live coverage of protests in Minneapolis

    CNN crew arrested during live coverage of protests in Minneapolis
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota- Members of a CNN news team were arrested Friday morning while covering the protests in Minneapolis. 
    According to CNN, the crew, including correspondent Omar Jimenez, were handcuffed and detained as Jimenez gave a live report on a Minneapolis street shortly after 5 a.m. CT.Police told the crew they were being detained because they were told to move, and didn't, one member of the CNN crew relayed to the network.Officers approached the crew as they moved in to arr
  • Universities plan for return to virus-altered campuses

    Universities plan for return to virus-altered campuses
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Requiring students and faculty to wear masks, ending the on-campus semester before Thanksgiving, providing more hand sanitation stations and placing fewer students in dormitories are among the ideas university officials discussed Thursday in anticipation of students returning to campus this fall.The spring semester was disrupted by the spread of the new coronavirus, which has been a factor in 2,635 deaths in the state as of Thursday, according to the latest
  • Minneapolis police station torched amid George Floyd protest

    Minneapolis police station torched amid George Floyd protest
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.A police spokesman confirmed late Thursday that staff had evacuated the 3rd Precinct station, the focus of many of the protests, “in
  • Walker Police support officer facing sudden illness

    Walker Police support officer facing sudden illness
    WALKER - An officer who faced a sudden life-threatening illness at the start of May has been supported by his colleagues at the Walker Police Department since the devastating illnesses' onset. Now, Officer John Hanna's brothers and sisters in blue have set up a GoFundMe page to allow all who can to support him and his family throughout the remainder of his treatment and recovery.Officer Hanna suffered a life-threatening condition called a hemorrhagic stroke, which is an arterial bleed
  • Louisiana GOP legislative leaders create political nonprofit

    Louisiana GOP legislative leaders create political nonprofit
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Republican legislative leaders Thursday announced they created an outside organization to promote their agenda, months after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ allies formed a similar type of group.Senate President Page Cortez and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder launched a political nonprofit called Leading Louisiana, described as focused on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. It doesn’t have to disclose the
  • Animal shelter in Baton Rouge in need of donations

    Animal shelter in Baton Rouge in need of donations
    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS), a non-profit that cares for Baton Rouge's homeless animal population, is asking the public for donations to help them provide for the many dogs and cats temporarily housed in their shelter.In mid-May, CAAWS representatives took to Facebook with their request for help, saying, "We understand times are tough right now, but our donations have come to a screeching halt."On an average day, the organization's Quinn Drive shelter is home t
  • Bills that would relax Louisiana gun limits near final passage

    Bills that would relax Louisiana gun limits near final passage
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana would ban municipalities from enacting gun restrictions beyond those in state law and loosen restrictions on carrying guns in church, under two measures that moved closer to final legislative passage Thursday.A Senate judiciary committee voted 4-1 to send those proposals by Republican Reps. Blake Miguez and Bryan Fontenot to the full Senate for debate. The House already has approved the measures.Miguez’s legislation, pushed by the National R
  • National championship helps LSU break records in merchandise revenue

    National championship helps LSU break records in merchandise revenue
    BATON ROUGE - LSU's perfect 15-0 season produced the university's fourth football national championship. It also played a large role in producing the most profitable year for LSU merchandise on record. According to data provided by LSU, the university has generated $2,044,472.37 in national championship product royalties. Another $6,074,470.63 has been brought in for general, non-championship LSU merchandise royalties. Adding that together, LSU has collected $8,118,943 in overall merch
  • Struggle to find location for low-income housing project in Denham Springs continues

    Struggle to find location for low-income housing project in Denham Springs continues
    DENHAM SPRINGS -The only government housing development in Denham Springs sits gutted and empty after being destroyed in the 2016 flood. Now, four years later and with over $10 million to spend, officials are still unable to find a location to build housing for its low-income residents.Over 100 residents have been forced out of their homes and 52 housing units remain gutted and empty."Every time I see tenants they are asking when they'll be able to come back," Housing Director Fred Banks said.
  • High water leading to close encounters with wildlife near Mississippi River

    High water leading to close encounters with wildlife near Mississippi River
    PLAQUEMINE - High water is causing some dangerous encounters on the west side of the Mississippi River, where alligators are being found in yards and in driveways.Cell phone video shows a five-foot alligator tucked under a family's truck in Plaquemine. They called the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, which had to bring in reinforcements to wrangle the reptile. Lakeisha Rome says she was inside her home when her neighbors noticed the gator."We all were in the home, and my neighbor's s
  • Neighbors FCU awards $50k to 15 local graduating seniors

    Neighbors FCU awards $50k to 15 local graduating seniors
    BATON ROUGE - The Neighbors Capital Area Foundation granted $50,000 to 15 graduating seniors in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. In three years, the foundation has given $95,000 to local students. This year's recipients are:Mia-Miracle Craig – Baton Rouge HS $20,000 (4-year scholarship)Alissa Clemmons – Central HS $5,000Jailynn Johnson – Baker HS $3,500 Bryce Hudson – Scotlandville HS $2,500Emma Grace Spencer –Dunham $200
  • Report: 'Worst case scenario' would limit Superdome to 13,000 fans

    Report: 'Worst case scenario' would limit Superdome to 13,000 fans
    NEW ORLEANS - Officials in charge of the Superdome said they're preparing for an array of potential scenarios, including one that might limit the stadium to less than a fifth of its seating capacity.Mercedes-Benz Superdone representatives said Thursday that they are currently weighing potential limitations as they await guidance from the NFL for the upcoming football season.Among the ideas being passed around is a potential six-foot rule that would limit the stadium to about 13,000 people in th
  • Minnesota governor calls in National Guard in response to riots

    Minnesota governor calls in National Guard in response to riots
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard as a wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence Thursday, one day after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles, with burned buildings, looted stores and angry graffiti demanding justice.The unrest ravaged several blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood, with scattered rioting reaching for miles across the city. It was the second co

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