Basketball, explosions, superintendents and tornado aftermath

Programming Note: WAFB 9news at 6 will air at 5:30 p.m. today because of the NCAA Tournament. The tournament starts at 6 p.m. on WAFB and runs until 11 p.m. WAFB 9News at 10pm will air only on cable channel 9.

Here are some of the stories we're covering tonight on WAFB 9News at 5 and 5:30. Remember to send your pictures of any news event (weather, traffic, cute kids and pets, etc.) to

Check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before heading home today to make sure there aren't any delays on your route. If you do run into any unusual traffic issues while on the roads, you can always see traffic on our WAFB app.

An explosion at a vinyl plant in Geismar Thursday morning prompts the EPA to test the air quality around the plant. Thankfully no injuries were reported, but what happens next? WAFB's Cheryl Mercedes will have the latest.

The cleanup begins in Prairieville after a tornado trashed their neighborhoods Wednesday morning. People are coming out of the woodworks to help out. WAFB Reporter Kelsey Davis will explain.

The search for a new superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish schools could be over by tonight. WAFB reporter Tyana Williams will be at the meeting that starts at 5 p.m. and will have the latest on 9news at 5 and 5:30.

Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives are debating a school voucher right now. They have been at it since 9 a.m. And there is some speculation that the House may be burning the midnight oil. WAFB Reporter Jim Shannon is there and will have the latest on 9news at 5 and 5:30.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 78 points to 13,046 Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 10 points to 1,393, while the Nasdaq composite fell 12 points to 3,063.

We didn't wake up to any watches and warnings this morning, but the day did start out with some rain. So, the good news? Improving weather is in our forecast for the first full weekend of spring! However, in the short term, we'll continue with a 40 percent rain chance tonight/tomorrow. Stay with the 9News StormTeam to get your latest forecast.