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BRG opens first outpatient surgery center in Mid City

Baton Rouge General (BRG) celebrated the opening of the new Mid City Specialty Center (MCSC), the Mid City area’s first outpatient surgery center.

LSU brothers create own line of men’s watches

Riley and Reed Stephens, brothers who both attend LSU, have created their own line of men’s watches using skills they’ve acquired at the university.

Waitr launches Share Thanksgiving campaign to feed the less fortunate

Waitr, which started in Baton Rouge, is helping families this Thanksgiving with their Share Thanksgiving food drive.

‘Cathy’s Southern Kitchen’ opens restaurant in Baton Rouge

Cathy’s Southern Chicken opened its doors on Saturday at the intersection of Florida and Wooddale boulevards.

LSU celebrates grand opening of Nicholson Gateway

LSU administrators and student government members cut the ribbon on the facility that is meant for upperclassmen, athletes, and married couples.

Businesses in downtown BR prepping for game day crowd

It’s been ten years since Georgia fans have dared to enter Tiger Stadium. The hype surrounding Saturday’s game is building and businesses are prepping.

Baton Rouge business man announces run for governor

Governor John Bel Edwards has his first official opponent for his re-election bid.

Starbucks announces new backup childcare and senior care benefits

The Seattle based coffee chain recently announced it has joined with Care.com to offer the new benefit called Care@Work, an online service connecting families and caregivers.

Louisiana Fish Fry Products purchased by Austin-based company

Louisiana Fish Fry Products, located on Plank Road in Baton Rouge, has been purchased by an affiliate of a company based out of Austin, Texas, says the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Facebook stops in Baton Rouge to help small businesses grow

Facebook took a trip to Baton Rouge Friday to help out some of the businesses that make up a huge part of the local economy.

LSU alum and Baton Rouge native is now vice president of Epcot at Disney World

A Baton Rouge native and 1994 graduate of LSU is making a name for herself at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She’s now the vice president of Epcot, but she says it’s not what she imagined for herself when she was a student.

  La. governor hoping to bring more filmmakers to the south

Governor John Bel Edwards is in California, hoping to bring more of Hollywood to “Hollywood South.”

LSU leasing office space on campus for the first time

Louisiana State University (LSU) has put more than 16,000 square feet of class A office space on the market for lease. It’s the first time LSU has opened its space up to outside tenants, although other business partners occupy space near the facility.

Longtime Baton Rouge restaurant, The Melting Pot, announces closure

A restaurant that’s been open in Baton Rouge for nearly 19 years has now announced it’s closing.

Walmart employees in Louisiana earn nearly $4 million in cash bonuses

More than 915,000 Walmart employees in the nation received their share of more than $200 million in cash bonuses based on their stores' Q2 performances. In Louisiana, employees received $3.84 million of that money.

Proposed Exxon plant expansion in BR to bring 600+ jobs

According to a new report commissioned by Louisiana Economic Development and prepared by the LSU EJ Ourso College of Business, ExxonMobil’s proposed polyolefins plant expansion is expected to bring 600 construction jobs, 45 full-time jobs, almost $4 million in annual wages, and more than $55 million

General Motors recalls pickups, SUVs over brakes

General Motors is recalling about 41,000 pickup trucks and police sports utility vehicles because of loose brake pedals.

Baton Rouge mayor launches International Relations Commission

On Friday, September 14, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the re-establishment of her International Relations Commission.

The Cove bar to temporarily close, move locations

The Cove bar is moving from its current location at CitiPlace Court this weekend after more than a decade at the retail center on Corporate Boulevard, the bar posted on its Facebook page.

Another Broken Egg expected to close location in Baton Rouge

Another Broken Egg’s downtown location is closing Friday afternoon.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says he will start a $2 billion charitable fund to help homeless families and open new preschools in low-income neighborhoods

GBR Food Bank standing by to assist Carolinas, plus ways you can help

Louisiana may not be in Florence’s sight but local businesses, like SFT, are already raising money for hurricane relief efforts.

BTR Airport now offering flights to Orlando, Austin

The Baton Rouge Airport kicked off some new non-stop flights Thursday afternoon. They now offer service to Orlando, Florida and Austin, Texas.

Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Amazon has become the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of Apple

Another 3rd Street bar closes as others say their business is booming

Baton Rouge club ‘1913’ closed its doors for good Thursday owner John Delgado confirmed. The bar on 3rd Street near Laurel Street opened in December of 2015.

Audit finds EBR Housing Authority misused some public funds

Taxpayer money was wasted, according to a legislative audit of the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority. A new audit found the agency spent nearly $9,000 in public money on employee parties and gifts.

Matherne's grocery store coming to LSU campus

Matherne's Market is set to open a grocery store on LSU's campus, providing students, faculty, and staff with more options when it comes to dining.

75 new jobs with an average salary of $80K expected at new West Baton Rouge plant

A new reclamation facility in West Baton Rouge first announced in 2015 is expected to create more jobs for the area.

Baton Rouge, Hammond breweries announce collaboration ahead of rare football match-up

Two local breweries, one in Baton Rouge and one in Hammond, have announced a collaboration ahead of a rare football match-up.

Baton Rouge's first CBD store set to open as industry expands

It's a first for Baton Rouge: a boutique health store dedicated to cannabis products that are not marijuana.

Local businesswoman uses online influence to motivate Baton Rouge residents to ‘geaux’

"Don't Stop Just Geaux." That's the message from Baton Rouge businesswoman and blogger Meredith Waguespack and she's using her massive following on social media to share her positive message. She's also the owner and founder of Shop SFT, where she showcases her southern style with creative clothing celebrating the city of Baton Rouge.

  Gambling revenues 'stable,' but increased competition looms large

Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones told reporters Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club that the gambling industry is "fairly stable." But riverboat revenue is growing at a slower pace than in previous years, and Baton Rouge revenue has been down by at least 8 percent each month this year.

LSU applied research center awarded $10 M to help protect small businesses against cyber attacks

LSU's Stephenson Technologies Corporation, or STC, an applied research corporation that provides solutions for the defense and intelligence communities, has received a $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense's Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL.

What's happening to Third Street?

Some of you are using terms like "almost always empty," "struggling nightlife," and "ghost town" to describe Third Street downtown after the closing, relocation, or re-purposing of a number of downtown bars and restaurants.

On-demand delivery service Postmates makes Baton Rouge one of its new homes

An on-demand delivery service is calling Baton Rouge home.  Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome made the announcement Wednesday about Postmates out of Silicon Valley.

Gov. Edwards, Shintech announce $1.49B expansion in Plaquemine

A company in south Louisiana announced it is expanding, resulting in more than 100 new direct jobs and nearly 600 new indirect jobs.

Man shows off giant watermelons grown in his garden

A man grew a couple of watermelons that were so impressive that his daughter-in-law contacted us about them. Renee LeBlanc said her father-in-law, Thomas LeBlanc, of Plaquemine, grew the giant summer treats in his garden.

Business sues EBR city-parish over expansion permits

A local business claims the East Baton Rouge City-Parish government is standing in the way of a $20 million expansion. The CEO says the city approved the project in March, but has denied its request for permits. The controversy involves a new ordinance that could impact future growth.

Research firm selected to conduct disparity study in Baton Rouge

A research firm has been selected to conduct a disparity study that will look at whether women, minorities and veterans are being left out of business at City Hall.

It's National Ice Cream Day! Here's where you can get free scoops and cool treats in Baton Rouge

Happy National Ice Cream Day! The sweltering Baton Rouge weather this weekend calls for a cool, frosty treat.

Baton Rouge firm offering 'cobot' rentals to manufacturers

A Baton Rouge engineering firm announced that it's offering collaborative robots to manufacturers.