• 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
  • Staff member from the Governor's Office dies due to COVID-19

    Staff member from the Governor's Office dies due to COVID-19
    BATON ROUGE - A staff member who served in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs has passed away from COVID-19.Around 9 p.m. on Saturday La. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced 33-year old April Dunn passed away from the coronavirus. Gov. Edwards stated in an email:“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile,
  • Staff member from La. Gov. Edwards' Office dies due to COVID-19

    Staff member from La. Gov. Edwards' Office dies due to COVID-19
    BATON ROUGE - A staff member who worked in Governor John Bel Edwards Office has passed away from COVID-19.Around 9 p.m. on Saturday La. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that 33-year old April Dunn passed away from complications due to the coronavirus. Gov. Edwards said that Dunn was a staff member who served in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs and was "a tireless advocate for people with disabilities."  Gov. Edwards stated in an email:“On behalf of
  • Flotilla ignores ban on gatherings, caught partying on dock of popular Tickfaw River bar closed during shutdown

    Flotilla ignores ban on gatherings, caught partying on dock of popular Tickfaw River bar closed during shutdown
    SPRINGFIELD - A crowd of boaters had to be dispersed from the dock of a popular Tickfaw River bar closed amid the state-wide stay at home order that shut down bars as the state attempts to spread the slow of coronavirus.About 75 or more people gathered on the dock Saturday, according to a person who noticed the activity and shared an image with WBRZ.  The person who took the picture said she was frustrated about the large gathering, which was well over the limit - state and CD
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  • Ford drivers deliver 2,000 supplies to Baton Rouge hospital

    Ford drivers deliver 2,000 supplies to Baton Rouge hospital
    BATON ROUGE - Drivers from Ford Motor Company donated 2,000 face shields to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge on Saturday.The drivers left Detroit, Michigan Friday, March 27 and delivered the supplies to the OLOL team members.“Face shields are in limited supply across the country and our team was excited and extremely grateful to receive Ford’s generous donation,” hospital said.Permalink| Comments
  • Fatal accident causes road closure in Ascension Parish

    Fatal accident causes road closure in Ascension Parish
    ASCENSION PARISH - Deputies are investigating a fatal accident that happened Saturday afternoon. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Muddy Creek Road off Highway 42 is closed due to the fatal accident. The number of fatalities is unknown at this timeTravelers should use an alternate route. Details are limited at this time. This is an updating story.  Permalink| Comments
  • Walk-On's partnering to serve free meal to laid off workers

    Walk-On's partnering to serve free meal to laid off workers
    BATON ROUGE - Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux posted on Facebook that they are partnering with Furlough Kitchen in Dallas to open a Furlough Kitchen by Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux food truck. Furlough Kitchen by Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux is a non-profit operation in Baton Rouge that will provide laid off hospitality workers one free meal.The business will serve one free Classic Burger with cheese and fries from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2. The food truck wi
  • On Wall Street, some optimism penetrates the uncertainty

    On Wall Street, some optimism penetrates the uncertainty
    Stocks rallied this week as Washington acted to provide $2.2 trillion of relief to an economy shocked by the coronavirus outbreak, leaving some on Wall Street cautiously optimistic that the panicky selling that had gripped the market earlier may have come to an end.Even after a loss on Friday, the S&P 500 had its best weekly percentage gain since March 2009. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its biggest weekly rally since 1938. The gains came after two brutal weeks that conjured memor
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  • Bird nest sparked a/c unit fire, fire dept. says

    Bird nest sparked a/c unit fire, fire dept. says
    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe a bird nest built inside a window air conditioner unit sparked a small fire in the mechanical equipment Saturday morning.The fire was at a nursing home in the 3800 block of North Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m.Firefighters said the building sprinkler system activated in the room where the unit caught fire and the blaze was put out.  The fire was stopped from spreading, the department said.There were no injuries. ***************Follow the publisher of t
  • Bird nest sparked a/c unit fire, fire dept. say

    Bird nest sparked a/c unit fire, fire dept. say
    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe a bird nest built inside a window air conditioner unit sparked a small fire in the mechanical equipment Saturday morning.The fire was at a nursing home in the 3800 block of North Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m.Firefighters said the building sprinkler system activated in the room where the unit caught fire and the blaze was put out.  The fire was stopped from spreading, the department said.There were no injuries. ***************Follow the publisher of t
  • Listen to La. musician Amanda Shaw as you wash your hands

    Listen to La. musician Amanda Shaw as you wash your hands
    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana native and fiddler Amanda Shaw joined forces with the Louisiana Department of Health to promote 20-second hand washing.The length of an adequate washing length has become the topic of conversation as the world grapples with containing the spread of coronavirus.CLICK HERE for the latest patient information from the state, released daily at noon and published on WBRZ.com."Grab your soap,and get ready to sing a song that brightens your day with Amanda Shaw," the state healt
  • 'Mighty Moms' keeping Livingston students fed while schools are closed due to COVID-19

    'Mighty Moms' keeping Livingston students fed while schools are closed due to COVID-19
    LIVINGSTON PARISH- With the help of the Mighty Moms organization, hundreds of families received meals for the week in Livingston Parish.The non-profit organization is assisting families in need while children are out of school amid the coronavirus outbreak.The co-founder of 'Mighty Moms,' Dawn Birdsong, says at least $14,000 worth of food was spent to give to students in need. Volunteers were able to deliver 400 boxes of food to families around Livingston on Friday."As we got more and
  • New Orleans Essence Festival postponed, Mayor announces

    New Orleans Essence Festival postponed, Mayor announces
    NEW ORLEANS- Essence Festival of Culture has officially been postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis.The New Orleans annual festival was scheduled for July 1-5, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the postponement Friday evening."With the significant spread of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution in the best interest of our residents, visitors, and all who attend and make ESSENCE the worldwide phenomenon that it is. We look forward to welcoming everyone back — from near and fa
  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland to remain closed indefinitely

    Walt Disney World and Disneyland to remain closed indefinitely
    Walt Disney World and Disneyland initially planned to close through March in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but as of Friday, the company announced they will remain closed until further notice."While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains the Walt Disney Company's top priority."The company also reassures that they have been paying its cast members since the clolsure of the
  • Baton Rouge awaits ATC's response to take-out, delivery alcohol sales

    Baton Rouge awaits ATC's response to take-out, delivery alcohol sales
    BATON ROUGE - A move is on to allow local bars and restaurants to serve to-go alcohol by the drink."I'm a 75-year old and I have never seen it like this," Charles Miranda said.He's the owner and operator of the City Cafe in Baton Rouge,
    a family-owned restaurant that has been in business for 100 years.Miranda said his sales have dropped about 50-60 percent since the state ordered an in-dining restaurant ban due to coronavirus concerns, but alcohol sales would help.The Metro Council is requestin
  • Heading into weekend, Gov. John Bel Edwards pleads for residents to stay home

    Heading into weekend, Gov. John Bel Edwards pleads for residents to stay home
    BATON ROUGE - On a day when Louisiana saw its most deaths related to COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state's success in gaining control of coronavirus going forward depends on residents' compliance to mitigation measures, including his stay-at-home order."If we're going to flatten the curve, if we're going to lessen the burden on our healthcare system, if we're going to save lives, we must have full cooperation from all Louisianians," Edwards said. "And we have to have it now."Hours be
  • Local grandparents sing their way into your hearts - Viral Video

    Local grandparents sing their way into your hearts - Viral Video
    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge couple wasn't going to let the coronavirus get in the way of seeing their grandchildren, even if they had to get creative with their distancing and their displays of affection.Linda and Tim Manes formulated a plan that both played to their strengths and pulled at their heartstrings.  The pair have always had music in their lives since they met as LSU Golden Band from Tigerland members back in their college days.  Linda knew exactly what they should
  • Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

    Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators
    DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act.Trump said negotiations with General Motors had been productive, “but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course.”Trump said “GM was wasting time” and that his actions will help ensu
  • Data: Most Louisianans killed by coronavirus had underlying conditions

    Data: Most Louisianans killed by coronavirus had underlying conditions
    BATON ROUGE - New data released by the Louisiana Department of Health Friday shows that most of those killed by the coronavirus statewide had some form of pre-existing medical condition.The department says 95 percent of the 83 people killed as of Thursday had underlying conditions. The most common among them was Diabetes, with 41 percent of the victims having the disorder. Another 31 percent had Chronic Kidney Disease.State officials said Friday that 119 people had died from the virus. No addit
  • ExxonMobils Baton Rouge Chemical Plant producing sanitation ingredient to help combat COVID-19

    ExxonMobils Baton Rouge Chemical Plant producing sanitation ingredient to help combat COVID-19
    BATON ROUGE- ExxonMobil is helping to meet the demand for products like medical hand sanitizers, alcohol wipes, and disinfectant sprays by manufacturing a key ingredient, isopropyl alcohol (IPA), and providing it to the customers and areas that need it most. ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Chemical Plant is home to the world’s largest IPA production unit, which produces millions of gallons each year. The company first introduced the commercial-scale production and supply o
  • Denham Springs festival canceled, will not be rescheduled

    Denham Springs festival canceled, will not be rescheduled
    DENHAM SPRINGS - According to The Livingston Parish News, Spring Fest will be canceled.Spring Fest is a large annual shopping festival held in the Denham Springs Antique Village.Festival Organizer, Al Bye, says the festival has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.Scheduled for Saturday, April 25, Spring Fest will not be rescheduled, Bye said.“We can’t postpone because the vendors have already booked themselves throughout the summer,” Bye t
  • Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

    Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to sl
  • Florida Gov. orders Louisiana arrivals into quarantine

    Florida Gov. orders Louisiana arrivals into quarantine
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Friday that anyone arriving in the state from Louisiana must self-quarantine like those arriving from New York already must because of the coronavirus pandemic.DeSantis said he is expanding his quarantine order to include Louisiana after officials in the lightly hit Panhandle worried that people will flee New Orleans as the number of positive tests there climb. It is about a three-hour drive from New Orleans to Pensacola o
  • Intensive Care Unit reaching capacity at OLOL Ascension

    Intensive Care Unit reaching capacity at OLOL Ascension
    GONZALES- Doctors at Our Lady of the Lake Ascension are urging the public to continue following statewide orders to stay at home as they are seeing an influx of cases.
     
    As of Friday afternoon, six of the seven ICU beds at OLOL Ascension were occupied. Five of those patients were currently on ventilators.
     
    Dr. John Fraiche said plans are in the works to continue serving patients that come in.
     
    “Everyone is very observant,” Dr. Fraiche said. &
  • Baton Rouge Trader Joe's practicing social distancing; providing designated senior lines

    Baton Rouge Trader Joe's practicing social distancing; providing designated senior lines
    BATON ROUGE- Trader Joe's has made adjustments due to the COVID-19 outbreak, offering separate senior lines and limiting the number of customers in the store to practice social distancing.Store hours remain from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every day between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., crew members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers.Baton Rouge Trader Joe's said they are limiting the number of people in the store, but did not give a specific number. A crew member told
  • Baton Rouge Trader Joe's practicing social distancing; providing designated senior hours

    Baton Rouge Trader Joe's practicing social distancing; providing designated senior hours
    BATON ROUGE- Trader Joe's has made adjustments due to the COVID-19 outbreak, offering special senior hours and limiting the number of customers in the store to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.Store hours remain from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every day between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., crew members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers.Baton Rouge Trader Joe's said they are limiting the number of people in the store, but did not give a specifi
  • Deputies help celebrate little girl's birthday amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Deputies help celebrate little girl's birthday amid COVID-19 pandemic
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - With all the guidelines being set to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 one little girl got a big surprise for her birthday.Celebrating her 6th birthday, June Baker, can't come within 6 ft. of anyone because of social distancing. June is currently battling leukemia which means she especially has to take extra precautions with her underlying conditions. The neighborhood and community decided to come together and give June a birthday celebration she will nev
  • Community safely celebrates little girl's birthday amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Community safely celebrates little girl's birthday amid COVID-19 pandemic
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - With guidelines set to prevent the spread of COVID-19, one little girl got a safe surprise for her birthday.June Baker celebrates her 6th birthday while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.June is battling leukemia, making it even more urgent to take extra precautions and keep her distance from all types of germs and illnesses.The community came together Friday to give June a birthday celebration she will never forget.Livingston Parish deputies, friends, family
  • ESPN sideline NBA reporter Doris Burke tests positive for coronovirus

    ESPN sideline NBA reporter Doris Burke tests positive for coronovirus
    ESPN sideline NBA reporter Doris Burke announced on the Woj Pod with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that she tested positive for the coronavirus. Doris Burke joins The Woj Pod to reveal she's tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. She details her symptoms, her hospital testing experience, recovery and goal of sharing importance of social distancing and other measures underway to combat pandemic. https://t.co/4RAbMO5LPL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 27, 202054 year-out Burk
  • House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

    House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting with exceptional resolve in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation’s history. It will ship payments of up to $1,200 to m

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