Attorney breaks down citizen rights after man charged trying to stop accused shoplifter

An attorney is sounding off after a man lands in hot water for attempting to stop an alleged shoplifter outside the Mall of Louisiana on Valentine’s Day.

  Soldiers prepare for deployment to the Middle East

Officials looking for old photos to help revitalize area of Scotlandville

Commercial Realtors: Don’t let empty storefronts scare you

Alternative way of viewing WAFB for viewers in Acadiana region

Southern University alum named as 2019 ‘Face of America’

3 Baton Rouge area schools win grants from POWERADE’s Power Your School program to support athletics

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  Valentine’s Day marks beginning of largemouth bass spawning in the heart of Louisiana

Knock Knock Children’s Museum holding sensory sensitive event, Play 4 All

Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney will headline 2019 Bayou Country Superfest

Southeast Middle presented with award for recycling

HAND IT ON: Rose Anderson’s line dancing class

White Oak Plantation Bridal Show set for February 17

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Janette Hoston Harris sits down for justice

Janette Hoston Harris, a true southern girl from Monroe, Louisiana never shied away from a problem. As a student leader at Southern University in 1960, the problem she faced was Jim Crow, a strict and oppressive form of laws that enforced racial segregation in all public places at the time.

New program will help transition student veterans to college life

Staff members at 30 locations across the state will help student veterans transition from active-duty military service to college campus life.

Heart of Louisiana: Finding Our Roots African American Museum

For some African Americans in Louisiana, researching your family tree can take you to plantations and slavery, but one Terrebone Parish museum is working to provide the missing links.

Denham Springs businessman starts program to help feed homeless

Imagine you own a restaurant, but have nothing to eat. It happened to a Denham Springs businessman after the 2016 flood, but Alejandro Ortiz turned that experience into an opportunity to help his community.

  Denham Springs to consider ordinance to allow microbrewery

Downtown Baton Rouge to host new Bandito food & music festival

Cenikor Foundation presents awards to those who’ve helped people with substance abuse issues

CATS to hold informational sessions on new service improvement plan

Polluted waterways, drinking water safety among top concerns for Louisiana activists

Kayakers pluck pink Spanishtown flamingos from LSU lakes

Southern University to host heart health fitness event

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in Louisiana

3 Louisiana artists score early Grammy wins

PJ Morton, Lauren Daigle and Buddy Guy all secured early wins at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

Former LSU linebacker Devin White surprises loved ones with new car

In a heartwarming post shared on social media, White explained it was an “appreciation gift” that could not amount to the things his mother has done to support him.

Hundreds in Baton Rouge race for a cure

Through fundraising efforts, the 2019 race raised over $150,000 of the $300,000 goal. Read on if you’d like to make a donation.

Filmmakers invited to weigh in on how local tax incentive money should be spent

NOVAC, in partnership with the Alliance for Louisiana Filmmakers (ALF), is hosting a listening session on Wednesday, February 13 to get input from local filmmakers about how tax incentive money marked for local use could best serve Louisiana’s independent film and digital media community.

Krewe of Chewbacchus to kick off parade season Saturday night

The Krewe of Chewbacchus is set to roll through the Marigny and Bywater Saturday night (Feb. 9), with cult film actor Brian O’Halloran taking the helm as Commander of the Space Farce.

U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters to perform in Baton Rouge

The chorus of the U.S. Navy is making a stop in Baton Rouge for its 2019 tour.

Baton Rouge Green finishes up Acadian Thruway with beautification project

A section of Acadian Thruway in the Mid City area is getting some TLC through a revitalized planting project.

Online map: don’t eat fish caught here; don’t swim there

A recently created interactive map lets people know if pollution has made a Louisiana waterway unsafe for swimmers, and tells anglers whether it's safe to eat their catch

Prairieville church hosts Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine

Millions of people across the world got the royal treatment Friday night, including some in the Baton Rouge area.

Improvements for pedestrians, drivers coming to Harding Blvd.

There’s a lot of activity going on in the Scotlandville area with the groundbreaking of a big project.

Renovations begin on BREC Boxing Academy, North 14th Street park

The project is expected to be completed by early fall.

Arrive early if you’re planning on being in downtown BR this weekend

Organizers are preparing event attendees for traffic congestion and parking availability.

SU Museum of Art to host “An Evening at the Cotton Club”

The event benefits the university’s museum which is a free, public facility on campus.

Baton Rouge bar holds fundraiser for officer killed in funeral procession wreck

The Baton Rouge community continues its support of Cpl. Shane Totty with a fundraiser supporting Officer Totty’s family.

7-year-old boy pays his respects to fallen officer, attends funeral

With his mom at his side, Samuel Sanchez, 7, walked into Healing Place Church to attend his first ever funeral for a fallen police officer.

Ascension Parish School Board seeking public input about attendance zone for Bullion Primary School

The Ascension Parish School Board is asking for public input before deciding the attendance zone for the new Bullion Primary School scheduled to open in Fall 2019.

Marine returns Vietnam veteran’s washed up headstone to family

A Baton Rouge man says he’s hoping to return a Vietnam veteran’s headstone found under the Horace Wilkinson Bridge to any surviving family members who may be searching for it.

Bandits swipe more than 20 bus batteries from lot

Supervisors at a Baton Rouge bus lot are disgusted after someone barged onto their property overnight Tuesday and helped themselves to as many batteries as they could find.

Black History Month: Maj. Reggie Brown’s bicycle journey

Some call him Major. All call him a model of community service and brotherhood, but few know how retired constable Reggie Brown got his start.

Funeral arrangements, visitation times for fallen Cpl. Totty; group accepting donations for widow, daughter

A local organization is accepting donations to benefit the widow and baby daughter of Baton Rouge Police Department's Cpl. Shane Totty. Totty was killed in a wreck Friday afternoon during a funeral procession.

Company sues Louisiana agriculture agency over pot testing

A New Orleans-based company is suing the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry over the agency's testing of medical marijuana

  Ascension school board wants public opinion on attendance zone for new school

The Ascension Parish School Board is asking for the public’s opinion on the attendance zone for new school, Bullion Primary.

Red Stick Roller Derby to host Derby 101 training session

Are you interested in learning how to roller skate? Now’s your chance!

SNAP: What to do when your minister is on the list of clergy accused of abuse

Nearly a week after the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge released the names of clergy members who have faced credible accusations of sexual abuse involving children, the city is still processing the shocking details of some accusations.

TRUCE members meet with African delegation to share ideas to reduce violence

Members of Baton Rouge’s TRUCE program hosted a meeting Monday with 11 different African nations to share ideas.

BRG, Williamson Eye Center to host free health screenings at Rouses

Baton Rouge General (BRG), Rouses Market and Williamson Eye Center are working together to host a free health event this week

VIP tickets for Baton Rouge Blues festival to go on sale Tuesday

VIP tickets for the 2019 Baton Rouge Blues Festival will go on sale Tuesday, before the festival announces the lineup later in February.

Motorcycle safety advocates encourage drivers to take an active look at the road

While investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened along Jones Creek Road to cause a deadly crash involving a BRPD officer, an advocacy group encourages everyone to check their surroundings carefully to avoid a wreck.

Family pays it forward, hosts blood drive after son’s open heart surgery

Nathaniel Sparks was born with severe congenital heart disease. It forced the 5-month-old to need blood and the help of the community sooner than expected. He recently went into heart failure.

Ernest family receives strong support from community

While many celebrated Super Bowl LIII Sunday night, one community used the big game day to help out a family struck by tragedy.

BREC selling vacant properties for over $4M to fund Airline Highway Community Park

BREC is selling two of its properties for a combined $4 million to raise funds for the redevelopment of the Airline Highway Community Park.

One Blood committee repairing seats of stadium once part of Baton Rouge Bus Boycotts

A local community group is making repairs to a stadium that once took part in a historic boycott during the Civil Rights Movement.

San Diego Zoo Kids Channel coming to OLOL Children’s Hospital

Some exciting news was announced Friday for kids at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Sheriff’s office partners with St. Vincent de Paul to help homeless

Some help came Friday for people in serious need off of Siegen Road in Baton Rouge.

BREC Commission approves contract for new superintendent

The BREC Commission held a meeting Thursday night and approved the contract for their new superintendent.

BREC seeking public input on mountain bike trails

BREC is seeking public input on the state of its mountain bike trails at Hooper Road and Comite River parks.

Leesville couple adds four new members to family through adoption

Fostering brought its challenges, but the couple couldn’t have asked for better timing.

  Companion Animal Alliance over capacity, asking people to adopt or foster

The Companion Animal Alliance (CAA), East Baton Rouge Parish’s open admission animal shelter, is now over capacity, the staff advises.

LSUPD sends letter to parents after string of crimes on campus

The LSU Police Department is trying to calm parents' fears after several criminal incidents were reported to the department over the last few days.

Denham Springs High raises $6k+ for Ernest family; Port Allen High to raise money Wednesday

Tuesday was a free dress day at Denham Springs High School. Students paid $3 to dress out of uniform.

Baton Rouge Zoo master planning begins with listening session

Designers tasked with re-imagining the Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Park held a pair of listening sessions Tuesday, Jan. 29 to gather public input before they begin planning the project.

15 Baton Rouge organizations receive community development grants

About $7.3 million was distributed to organizations that help low and moderate-income residents with shelter, basic needs, housing rehabilitation, employment skills and other supportive services.

EBR city-parish joins Nextdoor app

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Tuesday that the city-parish has joined the popular community app, Nextdoor.

Baton Rouge General opens express care clinic near Tiger Stadium

An express care clinic, the fourth one for Baton Rouge General, located steps away from Tiger Stadium in LSU’s Nicholson Gateway development is open.

Denham Springs High wears red in honor of fallen classmate, 1 of 5 murdered over weekend

Many are still trying to come to terms with the weekend’s killings in Livingston and Ascension parishes. On Monday, Denham Springs High School decided to step in and help one of their fallen classmates and his family in their time of need.

Shelters opening in Baton Rouge ahead of extreme cold weather

As temperatures begin to drop in the Baton Rouge area, the Salvation Army is opening its cold weather shelter for men.

Chick-fil-A is selling heart-shaped Chick-n-Minis boxes so cancel your fancy Valentine’s Day plans

For all of your valentines out there, listen up: take your significant other a box of Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis for Valentine’s Day this year.

Denham Springs High School to donate free dress proceeds to shooting victim’s family

Tanner Ernest was a 17-year-old student at Denham Springs High School.

Historically black school: curators master’s degree in works

A historically black university in New Orleans is working to create a new graduate program for museum and gallery professionals

App that stores driver’s license on phone can be used for alcohol and tobacco purchases in La.

An app launched in early May which allows Louisiana drivers to store a valid digital copy of their driver’s license on their smartphone can now be used for alcohol and tobacco purchases.

Free admission day, financial literacy events coming to Knock Knock Children’s Museum

The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is dedicating two days to increasing financial literacy among kids by creating special hands-on activities that creatively allow kids to explore money, saving, careers and more.

3 honored at annual United Way Sisterhood and Brotherhood Awards

Friday morning, the local chapter of United Way honored three members of the community at its annual Sisterhood and Brotherhood Awards, as well as its Pass the Torch Award.

Louisiana nominates 6 schools for 2019 National Blue Ribbon award

The Louisiana Department of Education has nominated six schools in the state for the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools award.

Livingston Parish School Board approves plans to build STEM, robotics center at former Southside Elementary

The Livingston Parish School Board approved plans Thursday, Jan. 24 to convert two buildings on the former Southside Elementary campus into a new STEM & Robotics Center for Denham Springs High School.

EBR libraries to host free tax prep events ahead of tax season

East Baton Rouge Parish libraries will host free tax preparations event ahead of tax season.

LSU, SU, BRCC come together for event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A gathering Thursday night was centered around bringing Baton Rouge together and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

West Feliciana Parish teacher wins prestigious Milken Educator of the Year award

A local teacher got quite the surprise in class Thursday.