• First wave of stimulus checks should reach some Americans next week

    First wave of stimulus checks should reach some Americans next week
    BATON ROUGE - Stimulus checks will start hitting bank accounts as soon as April 16, according to congressman Garret Graves.But even though millions of working-age Americans have lost their jobs, the first recipients will be retirees."What they were trying to do was they were trying to use information from those who are sharing information with the IRS so they were able to share information between Social Security Administration and the IRS. So retirees that are on retirement and those who are o
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Don't be too quick to toss that junk mail - millions of stimulus payments mailed in form of debit cards

    Don't be too quick to toss that junk mail - millions of stimulus payments mailed in form of debit cards
    BATON ROUGE - Don't be too quick to throw away that junk mail, it could be your stimulus money.Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment in the form of a prepaid debit card. The debit card will come in a plain white envelope with a return address from Money Network Cardholder Services, MetaBank in Omaha, NE. Inside will be a Visa debit card with the card holder's name on it, instructions on how to activate that card, and a piece of paper that says, "enclosed is your E
  • Portion of Burbank Drive shut down as HazMat crew responds to gas leak

    Portion of Burbank Drive shut down as HazMat crew responds to gas leak
    BATON ROUGE - A stretch of Burbank Drive is closed Thursday due to a reported gas leak.DOTD says the roadways was closed off around 4:40 p.m. between Bluebonnet Boulevard and Highland Road because of the incident. The St. George Fire Department says the incident was caused by construction equipment striking a natural gas line under development.Burbank Drive is closed from Bluebonnet Boulevard to Highland Road due to a gas leak. Congestion is approaching one mile. Motorists are advised to use an
  • Burbank Drive reopens after construction equipment ruptures gas line

    Burbank Drive reopens after construction equipment ruptures gas line
    BATON ROUGE - A stretch of Burbank Drive was closed Thursday afternoon due to a gas leak.DOTD says the roadways was closed off around 4:30 p.m. between Bluebonnet Boulevard and Highland Road because of the incident. The St. George Fire Department says the incident was caused by construction equipment striking a natural gas line under development.Burbank Drive is closed from Bluebonnet Boulevard to Highland Road due to a gas leak. Congestion is approaching one mile. Motorists are advised to use

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