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Studyville hopes to ease home-based learning challenge with online tutoring

Despite the closure of schools around Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, and the challenges that parents and students now face due to COVID-19, Studyville a new Baton Rouge business is offering live online tutoring.

La. adding more workers to take unemployment applications

BBB warns of Census scams

  There are job opportunities in the Baton Rouge area during the pandemic, BRAC says

White Star Market in Baton Rouge announces it will not reopen after coronavirus shutdown

  Woman questions why area craft stores remain open

  Non-profit set to feed furloughed hospitality workers in Baton Rouge

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Louisiana opens COVID-19 help desk for small businesses

Same day, no-contact grocery delivery available in Baton Rouge

BRAC responds to coronavirus pandemic, offers resources to businesses

Donations being accepted for coronavirus relief

  3 more contractors at Dow Chemical in Plaquemine test positive for COVID-19

Famed Baton Rouge pizzeria temporarily closes

Essential vs. non-essential businesses affected by statewide stay-at-home order

Essential businesses will be allowed to remain open during the statewide shutdown.

  Coronavirus lowering crawfish prices while seafood restaurants forced to adapt

While dining rooms of restaurants across Louisiana are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, drive-through crawfish stands are still packed with customers.

  How to apply for unemployment in La. during COVID-19 pandemic

Louisianans whose workplace has temporarily closed and those who have been told to take unpaid time off may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

  BR vet clinic gets creative to serve pets and protect their owners

To minimize the human contact, Jefferson Animal Hospital is offering curbside pickup for appointments.

State sales tax deadline extended amid COVID-19 pandemic

Domino’s to hire 10,000 employees

Baton Rouge restaurant using take out profits to pay employees

  Ascension business owners, local restaurants prepare for impact to bottom line

City of New Orleans release guidelines for restaurants and bars as coronavirus cases rise

L’auberge releases statement on coronavirus precautions

  Prices for certain goods cannot be unreasonably raised during state of emergency

With the Governor declaring a public health emergency due to the coronavirus Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages Louisiana consumers to be conscious of price gouging.

  BRAC wants to know how COVID-19 is affecting businesses, offers guidelines & resources

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is launched a survey in order to learn about the impact of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, on Baton Rouge area businesses and the regional economy.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: You’ve got to try this ‘cue

At Cou-Yon’s in Port Allen, they do a little bit of everything, and the lines get long quickly.

  Crews break ground at site believed to be Amazon distribution center

A site plan that was unanimously approved calls for a 111,918 square foot distribution center off I-10 behind the Bethany Crosses.

  Baton Rouge-based baseball bat maker Marucci Sports sold for $200M

Marucci Sports, a popular Baton Rouge-based baseball and softball company, has been acquired by the Connecticut-based company Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI).

Where’s the cheapest crawfish in Baton Rouge?

For those planning to dine-in at a restaurant this weekend, they can expect to pay between $5.06/lb. and $7.54/lb for boiled crawfish, according to The Crawfish App.

Visual effects, post-production company expanding to Baton Rouge

Visual effects and post-production industry leader, Crafty Apes, has expanded to Baton Rouge under Louisiana’s Entertainment Job Creation Program, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday, March 4.

  Dow sinks 2.9% after rate cut fails to stem market’s dread of virus

While it helped raise confidence for some investors, the rate cut did not wipe out the uncertainty dominating markets about whether the fast-spreading virus will lead to a recession.

Bringing tiki to Baton Rouge one handcrafted mug at a time

A self-proclaimed tiki addict is finally bringing his coast-to-coast creations to his home town at a special event.

Mid City Redevelopment Alliance hosting AmeriCorps VISTA job fair March 2

Mid City Redevelopment Alliance (MCRA), a community revitalization organization, is hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA job fair Monday, March 2.

Logan’s Roadhouse near Tanger closes doors for good overnight

Employees were not given a heads up but were promised severance pay packages.

Blue Bell releases first new ice cream flavor of 2020

Skip the oven and go straight for Blue Bell’s newest flavor; Cookie Dough Overload Ice Cream.

Stocks slide on Wall Street, extending steep drops this week

U.S. stocks shed the modest gains they had made in early trading and veered mostly lower Wednesday afternoon.

Dow drops more than 1,000 as outbreak threatens the economy

U.S. stocks fell sharply Monday, following a sell-off in overseas markets, as a surge in virus cases and a worrisome spread of the disease outside China sent investors running for safety.

  Sammy’s Grill on Highland to keep name; new owner to give former employees back pay

Wayne Stabiler, the new owner of the former Sammy’s Grill location on Highland Road, has announced he will retain the name of the business when he reopens it in March.

  Hemp licenses now being issued to businesses in La.

Rules and regulations for Louisiana’s Industrial Hemp Program have now been finalized, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced Thursday, Feb. 20.

REPORT: Bankrupt Forever 21 acquired by Authentic Brands

Teen fashion retailer Forever 21, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, has been acquired by three companies, according to a report from Reuters.

Uber announces new on-trip reporting feature

Now you don't have to wait until your trip is over to report non-emergencies.

Crazy Dave’s goes out with a bang, announces closure after Hardy band performance

All good things must come to an end.

  Exxon hosts event to inspire girls to choose STEM careers

Exxon is using hands-on activities to try and recruit girls into science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM careers.

  Waitr to layoff 2,300 statewide in an effort to move delivery drivers to contract-based workers

The Lafayette, La.-based food delivery company Waitr will be laying off 2,300 delivery drivers statewide on April 6 in order to restructure its employment model.

  New restaurant hopes to continue tradition, bring crawfish back to Highland Road

A brand new restaurant is set to open up shop just more than a month after Sammy’s Grill closed its doors at the Highland Road location.

Chicken Salad Chick to open in Baton Rouge Feb. 19

Chicken Salad Chick, a southern-inspired, fast, casual chicken salad restaurant, is opening its first location in Baton Rouge Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Coastal Bridge slapped with lawsuit over alleged unpaid bills

The company best known for receiving the contract to repair the Sunshine Bridge owes over $1.5 million in costs accrued buying supplies to complete public works projects across the state, two companies allege in a lawsuit.

WWE warns of ‘considerable uncertainy’ as stock plunges

Things are not looking good for World Wrestling Entertainment.

La. small business owners can search current, proposed regulations in new searchable database

A new online database allows small business owners in Louisiana to review both current and proposed regulations impacting their industry, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced Thursday, Feb. 6.

  Drago’s to host grand opening Monday

The much-anticipated wait to enjoy some famous charbroiled oysters from Drago’s will soon come to an end.

  IBM hosting job fair in Baton Rouge Saturday, Feb. 1

IBM is holding a job fair Saturday, Feb. 1 in Baton Rouge to fill openings for experienced and emerging information technology professionals at its flagship Client Innovation Center downtown.

New furniture store coming to Baton Rouge

Furniture Gallery has just purchased space on Florida Boulevard to open a new store in Baton Rouge.

  Garden District Nursery closing its doors after over 30 years in business

Owner Gordon Meese says medical issues have forced his hand in closing his business.

  USDA offering high-speed internet program in 3 rural parishes

Nearly 150 miles of fiber optic cable will be laid in St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, and Iberville parishes.

  Bayou Country Superfest announces hiatus after 10 music festivals

Bayou Country Superfest has announced it will go on hiatus after hosting concerts in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for the last 10 years, according to a tweet.

  Filing season now open for federal, Louisiana state taxes

Monday is the first day of tax season.

  Courier Labs seek to become first hemp processor in Louisiana

The news presses inside the Houma Courier building have fallen quiet but a new noise is coming from the building. Construction crews have started work to turn the old building in Houma, Louisiana into the first hemp processing lab in the state.

Iberiabank: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

Iberiabank: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

Tech companies begin installing 5G poles in New Orleans

We live in a world where we are more connected than ever before. Our phones are never far away. Technology companies want faster connections, to do so, they say 5G is the answer.

  Baton Rouge homeowners struggling to pay mortgage

A new report on the housing market paints a bleak picture for Baton Rouge.

  Pier 1 on Perkins in Baton Rouge reportedly closing

Pier 1 Imports is closing its Baton Rouge location on Perkins Road after the company announced in early January that it would be closing hundreds of stores across the country.

Overnight social media craze propels painter into pastry business

One picture had Magen Cheramie and her family scrambling to draw up a business model overnight.

  Dixie Brewing Company re-opens doors for the first time since Pre-Katrina

Dixie Brewing Company re-opens in New Orleans East this weekend after being shut down since pre-Katrina.

  Bridge Center chooses location; no word yet on specific opening date for long-anticipated mental health facility

Chair of the Bridge Center’s board, Kathy Kliebert, has confirmed to WAFB that a building has now been chosen for the long-awaited mental health facility.

40 Bed Bath & Beyond stores closing, including one in Baton Rouge

Forty Bed Bath & Beyond stores across the country are closing, including one in Baton Rouge.

LSU moves forward with University Lakes project after selecting project advisor, joint venture

Plans to restore the University Lakes continues after LSU selected its project advisor and joint venture on Tuesday.

Krystal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company said in a statement that its restaurants will remain open while it restructures and pays off debt.

Former Capital One branch on Government Street sells for $1.1M

The former Capital One branch in the Mid City neighborhood sold for $1.1 million and plans are to redevelop the property for retail use.

  New timeline for Hard Rock demoliton worries business owners

More unease from French Quarter business owners just days after the City announced its plan to implode the Hard Rock collapse site.

Site approval to be considered for potential development of $600 million dollar casino

The Mississippi Gaming Commission will discuss the stretch of land that could potentially house a new casino resort.

Oyster fishermen sue feds over opening of Bonnet Carre Spillway

A group of oyster fishermen in St. Bernard Parish wants the U.S. government to compensate them for opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. They say it’s the Army Corp of Engineer’s fault their oysters died and their reefs were damaged.

  The Advocate selling extra copies, special edition posters after LSU’s national championship win

Many LSU fans in Baton Rouge were hoping to get their hands on a copy of Tuesday’s edition of The Advocate.

Max crisis: Boeing airplane orders plunge to a 16-year low

Boeing orders have dipped dramatically since the crisis surrounding the 737 Max.

Date set for 4th Ebb & Flow Festival in Baton Rouge

The festival will be held in downtown Baton Rouge and is free and open to the public.

FREE CLASS: Grace Yoga giving you a free class for first-time students until January 19

The yoga studio is open seven days a week and teaches a variety of classes.

First CBD shop in Denham Springs opens for business

Denham Springs now has its first CBD business.

  Baton Rouge toy company to host Mardi Gras ball to benefit Companion Animal Alliance

The company hopes the project will bring awareness to the “Lonely Hearts,” animals who have been in the shelter for a long period of time.

  Community, former employees react to closure of final Sammy’s Grill location

It’s officially the end of an era... Sammy’s Grill on Highland Road opened for the final time Friday night (Jan. 10).

  LSU gear flying off shelves ahead of national championship

Fans getting ready for the game are probably looking for LSU gear to show off their Tiger pride.

Kitchen fire reported at Jambalaya Shoppe on Perkins Road

Firefighters put out at kitchen fire Friday morning at the Jambalaya Shoppe on Perkins Road.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Sammy’s Grill on Highland set to close amid mounting financial trouble

Sammy’s Grill on Highland Road, the last branch of the restaurant chain, is set to close effective Friday, Jan. 10.