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Exxon plant manager elected as first female chair of Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

US airlines rank poorly in cleanliness, survey finds

  Tx. governor visits with La. contractor group to discuss business opportunities

  ExxonMobil donates $45,000 to fund home repairs in north Baton Rouge

Construction to soon start for Serop’s Express on College Drive

FlixBus launches southern network in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

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  Raising Cane’s to host fundraiser for Lemonade Day this Wednesday

Free shredding event scheduled for the week after Tax Day

Arts council launches app to track festivals in Baton Rouge

Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation appoints new president and CEO

Creator of Jelly Belly releases CBD-infused jelly beans

Second lawsuit filed against Waitr claims company pays employees below minimum wage

New in Town: Furniture City opens third store in Baker

Baker residents will have a new place to shop and possibly to work after Furniture City opened its doors this week.

Congressman pitches Louisiana for Trump’s Space Force locale

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham is urging President Donald Trump to consider Louisiana for the future headquarters of Trump's proposed Space Force

  Solar energy group PosiGen opening first Baton Rouge office

A solar energy education organization that helps cut down utility costs for low and middle-income families is opening an office in Baton Rouge.

Walk-On’s owners, local investors to bring ‘Smalls Sliders’ restaurant to Baton Rouge

Walk-On’s owners and local entrepreneurs are bringing a new slider-serving, fast-casual restaurant to the Red Stick.

REGYMEN Fitness expands into Ascension Parish with opening of Prairieville gym

  Gonzales actor to be in new ‘Nancy Drew’ movie

Students can gain trade experience in new BRCC training program

  OLOL releases details of audit into embezzlement allegations

  First Look: ‘Red Stick Social’ setting the stage for entertainment in Baton Rouge

  Local, state leaders exploring new Airbnb regulations

  Biometric payment cards might be the future; So, how do they work?

It’s meant to make smooth transactions accessible to people without smartphones, and to increase security for payment cards.

  New Denham Springs Elementary will be first two-story elementary school in Livingston Parish

Demolition of the old campus and construction of the new is underway at a Denham Springs Elementary School.

  BBB SCAM ALERT: Scammers claiming to be with Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving South Central Louisiana has gotten several calls about businesses that have been targeted by scammers impersonating BBB.

Spotify offers free Hulu with Premium subscription

Spotify says that Hulu with commercials will be free as part of its Premium plan at $9.99 a month.

  Groundbreaking held for new school in Prairieville expected to open fall of 2020

Ascension Parish is growing and with that comes a need for more schools.

City looking to hire contractor to improve downtown parking situation

The city is starting a process to try to improve the parking accessibility and efficiency in downtown Baton Rouge.

Eliza Restaurant named top restaurant for best gumbo in Louisiana

A Baton Rouge restaurant made the list for best gumbo in Louisiana.

Gotcha to roll out 500 e-bikes early May after launch delay

Gotcha bikes will launch the bike share system at downtown locations in early May.

Unleash Local: Statewide campaign aims to retake control of local labor standards

Organizations from across Louisiana gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday, Mar. 11 to launch Unleash Local, a campaign that aims to retake local control of labor standards, such as wages.

  IBM withdraws plan to bring customer contact center to Baton Rouge

IBM is not moving forward with its plans of bringing a customer contact center to the Baton Rouge site that would have created several hundred jobs.

Harley-Davidson is looking to attract younger customers with electric bikes

These vehicles max out at roughly 10 mph and cost between $649 and $699.

  EBR Redevelopment Authority working to spruce up Plank Road

Residents and business owners along the Plank Road corridor participated in Saturday’s “Walk the Plank” event, organized by the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority ( EBRRD ).

LSU AgCenter gets $1M for research on wetlands roseau cane

Louisiana researchers are getting $1 million for research on a plant that helps hold wetlands in place

  Former inmates encourage businesses to give felons a second chance

Former inmates used their Friday afternoon to encourage business owners to take a chance and hire once convicted felons. Their hope is to show people their words aren’t just prison talk.

  Gov. office says it has not received St. George petition, not ready to make election call

A change of procedure might keep the proposed City of St. George incorporation off the ballot for the next election cycle if it doesn’t get sorted by Monday.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

Prescriptions to Geaux to open second pharmacy in April

Local pharmacists are preparing to open their second Red Stick location in the coming weeks.

US adds just 20K jobs; unemployment dips to 3.8 pct.

Last month's weak gain came after employers had added a blockbuster 311,000 jobs in January, the most in nearly a year. Over the past three months, job growth has averaged a solid 186,000, enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

  Leaders promote ‘Walk the Plank’ tour to get community involved in Plank Road project

City leaders are asking residents to "walk the plank " this Saturday. The community walk and ride tour is to encourage residents and business owners who live along Plank Road to tell officials what the future should look for the road.

  L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge to open new smoking and gaming terrace

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge will soon open a smoker-friendly outdoor gaming patio, according to a release from the casino.

Charlotte Russe closing all its stores, going out of business effective immediately

In a statement, the company said its still in negotiations to sell its intellectual property.

Walker High welcomes 4 businesses to be run by students, professionals

Walker High School is set to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Mar. 7 to celebrate the opening of four businesses on the new campus on Florida Boulevard.

  Family Dollar to close nearly 400 stores

The discount chain announced Wednesday that it will close up to 390 stores this year.

  If we’re ever going to get flying cars, Goodyear says it’s developed the flying tire for them

The Aero tire has bladed spokes that allow the wheels to flip upward and help propel a car into the air.

Marshalls to roll out an online shopping site soon

Marshalls will reportedly join the e-commerce wave pretty soon, according to reports.

Good Bird opening first Baton Rouge cafe this fall

Good Bird announced it’s opening up its first sandwich in the Red Stick this fall.

Twistlock grows 250 percent in 2018; announces two strategic hires

Twistlock, which has an office in Baton Rouge, has grown 250 percent in 2018, signaling significant momentum for the cloud-native security company.

  Baton Rouge chefs win national award

A local chef couple came back home with an award after showcasing some of the best in Louisiana flavors.

Louisiana joins program to rate addiction treatment programs

Louisiana will be part of a national pilot project to create a rating system to judge the quality of the state's addiction treatment programs

  Planning commission to look over plans to rezone Hotel Lincoln

The planning commission will decide whether to renovate the former Hotel Lincoln during its April 15th meeting.

Baton Rouge based bank Investar acquires Houston area bank

Investar is expanding its footprint into the Houston market after the bank announced Friday it completed its acquisition of Mainland Bank. The bank is based to Texas City, Texas.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center expands to Mississippi with new merge

The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, or MBPCC, is expanding to Mississippi as it merges with a care center in Natchez.

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales becomes part of Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake, or OLOL, is expanding its reach in Ascension Parish after the hospital announced it acquired St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.

  ExxonMobil to fund construction of new polypropylene facility in Baton Rouge

ExxonMobil is funding the construction of a polypropylene production unit in the Capitol City, which will increase production by 450,000 tons per year along the Gulf Coast.

Lane Medical Center announces $50 million expansion

The project is expected to break ground in the summer of 2020.

  Live After Five announces spring 2019 lineup

The Downtown Business Association announced the 2019 spring Live After 5 concert series lineup.

  Amazon announces new ‘Amazon Day’ delivery feature for Prime members

Prime members simply must pick a day that works for them and the company will deliver Amazon orders each week on the same day

EBR Council on Aging buys fire station for Intergenerational Center, Age-Less Program

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) has announced the purchase of the Gus Young fire station to be the site of their Intergenerational Center and to promote the Age-Less Program.

  Construction on world-scale hydrogen plant set to begin in Louisiana

The plant will be one of the largest production units in the country.

Grant awarded to give high school drop-outs training and job placement

A program to train and place high school drop-outs will start in June.

  Alcohol sales suspended at two Sammy’s Grill locations

Two area Sammy’s Grill locations are temporarily unable to sell alcohol after failing to renew their parish-level beer and liquor license.

Walmart is getting rid of greeters, worrying the disabled

As Walmart moves to phase out its familiar blue-vested “greeters” at some 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they’re being ill-treated by a chain that styles itself as community-minded and inclusive.

‘Red Stick’ show in development after NBC gives script commitment

Although it’s still too early to tell whether it will actually make it on air, a Baton Rouge centered crime drama series called “Red Stick” is in development.

Beware of job listing scams aiming to get bank account information

The fake listing used a real company's name and pictures of real employees.

Lit Pizza to move into former Smashburger

Lit Pizza is expanding as the pizza company prepares to move into a space that was formerly a Smashburger.

Rising Mississippi prompts spillway opening near New Orleans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin opening a historic flood control structure near New Orleans this week to divert water from a rain-swollen Mississippi River

Louisiana gets nods for ‘Green Book,’ ‘Blank Panther’ at 91st Academy Awards

While you’re catching up on who won what at the Oscars, films that brought home awards have several Louisiana connections worth recognizing.

Louisiana shopping for new Medicaid managed-care contracts

Louisiana is searching for private companies to manage the care of 1.5 million Medicaid patients, as the existing contracts expire at the end of this year

New exhibit opens at Louisiana’s historic Old State Capitol

Louisiana's Old State Capitol is opening a new exhibit commemorating the 25 years since the historic building was restored

  Students learn about shoreline research during 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ event

Girls gathered around the Water Campus to learn about projects that are protecting Louisiana’s coastlines, and how they could one day save these shorelines themselves.

Gas prices in Baton Rouge lowest in nation while average US price jumps 10 cents

While the national average of the price of gas sprung 10 cents, Baton Rouge has the lowest gas price average.

Wanted: Louisiana seafood chefs for cook-off competition

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is on the hunt for the state's best seafood chefs, to compete in an annual cook-off

  Flies may be the answer to waste problems at LSU

In the race to find green solutions for today’s problems, for one scientist inside an LSU greenhouse, the answer may be black -- the black soldier fly to be exact.

LNG supplier Venture Global gets approval for Southwest Louisiana project

Venture Global, a liquid natural gas facility based in Arlington, Virginia, received a regulatory approval for its Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and TransCameron Pipeline in Cameron Parish.

EPIC Piping to invest $40 million in production capacity expansion

A Baton Rouge based pipe fabrication company announced it will invest up to $40 million to expand its manufacturing facilities and administrative offices.

Baton Rouge city officials to host disparity study town hall

Residents will have the chance to give their input on a parish disparity study with a town hall.

Cane Land Rum and Tasting Room is now Three Roll Estate

Cane Land Distilling Company, based in downtown Baton Rouge, has strategically changed the name to Three Roll Estate to avoid future international trademark issues.

  Edwards’ administration offers wish-list state budget

Governor John Bel Edwards will lay out budget plans from traffic projects to teacher pay raises.