• Vehicle crashes into home on Progress Road leaving 2 dead, 2 critically injured

    Vehicle crashes into home on Progress Road leaving 2 dead, 2 critically injured
    Baton Rouge- A fatal car crash in Baton Rouge Wednesday evening left 2 dead at the scene and 2 critically injured.Authorities responded to 1066 Progress Rd. around 9:30 p.m.A vehicle crashed into a house, then caught fire, officials say.This is a developing story. Check back for more information.Permalink| Comments
  • Senate approves $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill

    Senate approves $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill
    WASHINGTON - After an agreement was reached between the White House and Senate leaders, a $2 trillion rescue bill was approved late Wednesday evening. The stimulus bill includes $300 billion in direct payments to Americans. Every individual making less than $75,000 a year will receive a one-time $1200 check. For couples, that amount is $2400. Parents will receive an additional $500 per child."They're [IRS] is going to direct deposit that money into people's bank accounts," La. Sen. Joh
  • Louisiana senators discuss $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill

    Louisiana senators discuss $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill
    WASHINGTON - After an agreement was reached between the White House and Senate leaders Wednesday, details of a $2 trillion rescue bill spread across the country and Louisiana, where the number of coronavirus cases surpassed 1700.The stimulus bill includes $300 billion in direct payments to Americans. Every individual making less than $75,000 a year will receive a one-time $1200 check. For couples, that amount is $2400. Parents will receive an additional $500 per child."They're [IRS] is going to
  • Student using her gardening passion to help out neighborhood

    Student using her gardening passion to help out neighborhood
    BATON ROUGE - Yellow monster, super banana supreme, and sweet chocolate don't sound like tomato names, but for 12-year-old Annabella Perk, they are very familiar.The St. Jude sixth-grader has a passion for the fruits that have taken over her front yard. Though Annabella started gardening when she was just 4 years old, her hobby has grown into a map for her future. "When I grow up, I want to be a garden-to-table chef with my own restaurant. And I want to experiment with types of fruits
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  • Ascension Parish schools handing out meals for students Thursday

    Ascension Parish schools handing out meals for students Thursday
    Ascension Parish - Ascension Parish schools plan to continue their "Grab & Go" meal program Thursday.Each student will receive two breakfasts and two lunches. Those meals are for both Thursday and Friday. There will not be another distribution day this week.On Monday, March 30 students can pick up pre-packaged meals for the entire week.The distribution sites are at Donaldsonville High and East Ascension High schools from 10:30 a.m. until noon.  Permalink| Comments
  • Neighborhood finds safe, creative way to interact during outbreak

    Neighborhood finds safe, creative way to interact during outbreak
    BATON ROUGE – The hunt is on. In an effort to fight the sluggishness of staying at home, neighborhoods have found new ways to get moving while spreading joy. All it takes to participate is a sharp eye.“You do whatever you can to make everybody a little more comfortable during this crazy time,” Julie Crow said.Crow, along with many of her neighbors in the Shenandoah area have hopped on a new trend; displaying teddy bears in window sills for kids to find while walkin
  • Chicago uses hotels for quarantine to ease hospital demand

    Chicago uses hotels for quarantine to ease hospital demand
    CHICAGO (AP) — Hours before his first shift cooking for people with mild cases of COVID-19 who are being quarantined in a downtown Chicago hotel, Jose Gonzalez made a plan to protect his family from the coronavirus.Chicago’s plan to reserve at least 1,000 hotel rooms through partnerships with five hotels is the first such sweeping strategy unveiled in the U.S. aimed at relieving the pressure on hospitals that are the only option for the seriously sick.But it will as
  • The National Guard assisting Baton Rouge food bank; packing emergency meals

    The National Guard assisting Baton Rouge food bank; packing emergency meals
    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana National Guard will work in the Capital Area to try to keep families from going hungry during the shelter-in-place order. "Not only do these guys help in service to the country, they're also servicing their communities by helping out those in need especially through the economical crisis that the coronavirus has impacted people with," says 2LT. Jesse Frazier.Wednesday, thirty-seven guardsmen and women are serving in Baton Rouge after being activated this week
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  • Unemployment numbers continue to rise amid COVID-19 outbreak

    Unemployment numbers continue to rise amid COVID-19 outbreak
    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission says last week there were more than 70,000 Louisiana residents who filed for unemployment. The LWC typically takes claims from about 1,400 people a week but as businesses switch to a limited staff or temporarily close their doors, more people need help during the coronavirus outbreak. One of those claimants is Abbey Breeden, a restaurant worker in St. Francisville. Like many others, Breeden applied for unemployment on March 17 and since
  • Ascension DPW employees sent home to stay healthy for now, parish-wide unemployment filings reach 2,000

    Ascension DPW employees sent home to stay healthy for now, parish-wide unemployment filings reach 2,000
    GONZALES - Ascension Parish DPW employees were sent home to isolate until plans can be put in place for them to work a safe distance away from one another. Council Chairwoman Teri Casso said the plan was implemented in case there’s an emergency that requires their response. An example of such an emergency would be a heavy rainfall threat. Parish leaders estimate there’s a billion dollars' worth of flood mitigation equipment that must be manned by DPW personnel durin
  • Two coronavirus cases tied to Southern University community, officials say

    Two coronavirus cases tied to Southern University community, officials say
    BATON ROUGE - Southern University reported two coronavirus cases that affect its campus Wednesday.The university announced two members of the school community are currently in isolation recovering from the virus. It was not immediately clear whether the two affected were students or staff of the college.The Director of Student Engagement tells WBRZ they are preparing an empty building for isolation purposes in case a student living on campus contracts the virus.As of now, there are few students
  • Joe Burrow speaks out about COVID-19 outbreak

    Joe Burrow speaks out about COVID-19 outbreak
    BATON ROUGE- LSU's star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow spoke out on social media for the first time Wednesday morning about the COVID-19 pandemic.LSU Football posted the video of Burrow addressing the outbreak on Twitter from the comfort of his home. The Heisman Trophy shares the frame with Burrow throughout the video, peeking out from behind him on display.“Stay Inside and #GeauxTigers”@Joe_Burrow10 has spoken
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  • Apple donating 100K masks to Louisiana medical community

    Apple donating 100K masks to Louisiana medical community
    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that Louisiana is one of the states receiving surgical masks with help of Apple's CEO.Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on social media Wednesday that the company was helping source 10 million N95 masks for parts of the United States and Europe. Governor Edwards confirmed that Louisiana would be receiving about 100,000 masks.Proud to share we’ve been able to source 10M masks for the US and millions more for the hardest hit regions
  • Ages of patients dead from COVID-19 in La.

    Ages of patients dead from COVID-19 in La.
    BATON ROUGE - The state health department released the ages of patients who died from complications related to COVID-19.The 65 deaths are as of noon Wednesday.  Click HERE for the latest patient data and a parish-by-parish breakdown of cases. 36Orleans38Catahoula44Orleans44Orleans44East Baton Rouge44Webster44Orleans49Orleans49Orleans50Orleans52East Baton Rouge53Orleans53Orleans55Orleans55Orleans55Iberville56Orleans56Ouachita56Orleans57Orleans58Orleans59Bienville59St. Bernard60
  • Italy reports 683 more deaths as cases level off

    Italy reports 683 more deaths as cases level off
    ROME — Italy has added 683 more dead and 5,210 infections to its coronavirus toll, but its initial steep rise in cases has continued to level off two weeks into a nationwide lockdown.The new figures brought the number of infections to 74,386 and placed Italy on track to overtake China in the next day or two in having the most reported cases in the world. Italy last week reported more dead than China and on Wednesday registered a total of 7,503 dead with the virus, confirming its place
  • Former Scotlandville High football player found dead at 22

    Former Scotlandville High football player found dead at 22
    PULLMAN, WA - A college football player who played at Scotlandville Magnet High in Baton Rouge was found dead after law enforcement reportedly received a call concerning "breathing problems" at his apartment in Washington state.The Spokesman-Review reports 22-year-old Bryce Beekman, who played college football at Washington State, was found dead at his apartment in Pullman, Washington Tuesday night. According to the Spokesman, officers found Beekman unresponsive after receivin
  • Get a break and get filled with cheer: Rebroadcast of WBRZ's 'Spirit of Christmas' tonight

    Get a break and get filled with cheer: Rebroadcast of WBRZ's 'Spirit of Christmas' tonight
    Programming alert: In an effort to spread cheer during these uncertain times, WBRZ will rebroadcast Sylvia Weatherspoon's Spirit of Christmas special.Watch on WBRZ Plus Wednesday night from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. It originally aired on Christmas Day 2019 and featured an hour-long series on creative, innovate and unusual ways people around Baton Rouge were marking Christmas: Through decorations, special religious activities and more.Reports also shared favorite recipes: Kelly
  • Work continues on Government St. road diet project this week

    Work continues on Government St. road diet project this week
    BATON ROUGE - Officials say development along the Government Street corridor will carry on amid coronavirus fears.The Department of Transportation and Development says a lane closure at the intersection of Government and S. 10th Street will happen starting 8 a.m. Friday and continue through 3 p.m. Saturday. According to DOTD, crews are currently filing roadway joints and performing curb and gutter work on the roundabout approaches. Construction on the roundabout multi-path beg
  • Senate passes coronavirus rescue package on unanimous vote

    Senate passes coronavirus rescue package on unanimous vote
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.The unanimous vote came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced.The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. hist
  • Chase near EBR-Ascension line prompts large police response along I-10

    Chase near EBR-Ascension line prompts large police response along I-10
    BATON ROUGE - State police blocked vehicles from getting onto I-10 near Highland Road Wednesday as troopers pursued a wanted person who fled a traffic stop.Troopers were first seen blocking off the on-ramp to I-10 West at Highland shortly after 10 a.m. DOTD traffic cameras showed a swarm of state police vehicles parked near the ramp, lining the westbound lanes.A state police spokesperson said the chase began in Ascension Parish after troopers spotted a car registered to a person wanted on felon
  • Photographer gives back to community with free front porch photo sessions

    Photographer gives back to community with free front porch photo sessions
    BATON ROUGE- As families are quarantined together at home during the global virus outbreak, local businesses are finding creative ways to safely access their customers without them having to leave their front porch.A Baton Rouge photographer saw the stay-at-home order as an opportunity to capture family portraits right from their front porch, deeming the idea, 'The Front Porch Project BR.'Jenn Ocken wanted to give back to her community during the trying time while supporting her fellow local bu
  • White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

    White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.The urgently needed measure is the largest economic rescue bill in history. It is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession — or worse — and a nation facing a potentially
  • Daily levee inspections starting along Mississippi River in BR

    Daily levee inspections starting along Mississippi River in BR
    BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers will begin conducting daily monitoring of levees along the Mississippi River extending from Baton Rouge to Venice due the elevated levels of the river.In Baton Rouge, as of Wednesday morning the river is three feet above flood stage at 38 feet.  In New Orleans, at the Carrollton Gage the levels have risen to 15 feet.The levels at the Carrollton Gage activates new phases of flood fight procedures.In order to maintain social distancing, inspector
  • Entergy restores power for Downtown BR

    Entergy restores power for Downtown BR
    BATON ROUGE - Entergy has restored power for more than 400 Downtown customers after the power was out for just about 90 minutes Wednesday morning. Entergy Representatives tell WBRZ that a bird got into substation equipment and caused the power disruption. Permalink| Comments
  • Entergy outage reported in Downtown BR

    Entergy outage reported in Downtown BR
    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ has put a call into Entergy representatives on the current outage that's affecting many streets in downtown Baton Rouge. Currently, the estimated restoration time is listed at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.Permalink| Comments
  • Livingston man arrested for allegedly starting fire in camper trailer

    Livingston man arrested for allegedly starting fire in camper trailer
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - The State Fire Marshal's Office has reported that a Livingston Parish man was arrested for burglarizing and then setting fire to a relative's camper trailer.Officials arrested 26-year-old Joshua Beck for allegedly starting a fire in a mobile home within the 15000 block of Gaylord Oaks Drive in the Walker area.Firefighters say they found burned suitcases, personal items, and the remnants of an electronic device inside of the structure. An initial investigation of the
  • EBR schools implement drive-thru homework pick up for students

    EBR schools implement drive-thru homework pick up for students
    The statewide closure of schools in Louisiana means education officials are now tasked with adapting procedures to adapt to the new stay-at-home lifestyle dictated by the spread of novel coronavirus.  As students who are used to learning in a classroom setting adjust to home-school learning parish leaders are working to assist students who don't have the technology necessary to complete online courses. For example, in some areas, packets of schoolwork are available for pick up
  • Prince Charles diagnosed with COVID-19

    Prince Charles diagnosed with COVID-19
    Prince Charles has become the first British royal to test positive for novel coronavirus, according to Deadline. The 71-year-old and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, left London to escape the outbreak earlier this week. Bazaar reported that they temporarily relocated to the Balmoral estate in Scotland. In a statement, Clarence House said the Prince of Wales is “displaying mild symptoms” of coronavirus, but “remains in good heal
  • Clinical drug trials began in New York, Tuesday

    Clinical drug trials began in New York, Tuesday
    With at least 15,597 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, New York State has become the epicenter of the virus pandemic in the United States.During this critical time, clinical trials for drug treatments began in New York, Tuesday.ABC News reports that a news release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said the state acquired 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of zithromax and 750,000 doses of chloroquine within the last few days. "We hope for optimist
  • Jackson estate gives to Broadway, Vegas needy amid outbreak

    Jackson estate gives to Broadway, Vegas needy amid outbreak
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Michael Jackson estate is donating $300,000 to help entertainment industry workers on Broadway, the music business and in Las Vegas who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.The estate announced Wednesday that it will give $100,000 apiece to Broadway Cares, the food bank Three Square in Nevada and MusiCares, because all three areas have been good to the estate and to Jackson.“This virus, this pandemic affects all of us obviously, so we wanted to s
  • Officials: As Mississippi River drops, floods still a threat

    Officials: As Mississippi River drops, floods still a threat
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the Mississippi River in New Orleans continues to drop, there is still a threat of flooding this spring across a third of the country.The river dropped below 15 feet (4.6 meters) last week at the Carrollton gauge, located in the city’s uptown neighborhood, The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Advocate reported.As the river levels decrease, the Army Corps of Engineers changed rules that prohibit construction work on or near the river. It has also re
  • Louisiana man accused of killing associate enters plea

    Louisiana man accused of killing associate enters plea
    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man accused of killing his business partner pleaded not guilty to murder and obstruction charges, and now police say he will face more charges related to an attempted escape from custody at a hospital.John Hardy Jr. pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice on Tuesday via video before a Bossier Parish judge, news outlets reported.Hardy, 43, is accused in the death of his associate, Garrett Wilson.Wilson, 48, was reported
  • Motorcyclist killed during multi-vehicle crash in Washington Parish

    Motorcyclist killed during multi-vehicle crash in Washington Parish
    BOGALUSA - Louisiana State Police report that a 47-year-old man lost his life during a multi-vehicle crash in Washington Parish, Tuesday. Police say the fatal incident occurred in the early morning hours on LA 21 North at Pools Bluff Road and led to the death of Wade J. Gilson, a resident of Texas. Gilson had been driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on LA 21 when 22-year-old Alexandra Dunaway, who was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima,  attempted a left
  • EBR Mayor to address public with update on local endeavors to fight COVID-19, Wednesday

    EBR Mayor to address public with update on local endeavors to fight COVID-19, Wednesday
    BATON ROUGE - Since the public health emergency began, the EBR Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) has been implementing measures to fight the spread of novel coronavirus and on Wednesday morning, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will provide the public with an update on these efforts.Mayor Broome will discuss the latest developments in relation to the MOHSEP Community Testing Site and other endeavors to respond to the pandemic. The update
  • Lawmakers, White House reach deal on $2 trillion economic-relief package

    Lawmakers, White House reach deal on $2 trillion economic-relief package
    WASHINGTON -- The White House and Senate leaders of both parties have struck an agreement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses and a health care system strained by the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.Top White House aide Eric Ueland announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway shortly after midnight.The agreement came after days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure and still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language."Ladies and gentlemen, w

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