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  Oceans Behavioral Hospital expansion expected to create 80 new jobs

Oceans Behavioral Health Hospital will expand after the metro council unanimously approved a performance-based incentive grant for the facility on Dec. 11.

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  OLOL, NeuroMedical Center to open new ICU

Piccadilly opens Wednesday for Juban Crossing location

Major trucking co. Celadon files for bankruptcy; about 3,000 losing jobs

DeVos: Defrauded students may only get partial loan relief

  What’s next for St. George?

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Amid climate change concern, GM rolls out big new Chevy SUVs

  Saenger Theatre announces new details ahead of official opening

  Louisiana health department announces free hepatitis C screenings at Walmart stores

LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation issues request for proposals for University Lakes Project

  Chipotle offers workers paid sick leave, but you likely won’t get away with faking it

La.’s first permanent makeup studio opens in Baton Rouge

Master P launches ramen noodle brand ‘Rap Noodles’

“If you ain’t eating Rap Noodles, then you shouldn’t be eating noodles."

  Some sugar cane farmers concerned after early freeze brought down harvest

An early freeze has brought down yields for sugarcane farmers, meaning less money for them and potentially less sugar on the shelves.

  Former employee claims VooDoo BBQ management fell behind on mortgage, forcing closure weeks before Christmas

Another Baton Rouge business has appeared to shut its doors for good on Sunday morning.

  How Cyber Monday shopping can affect your taxes

If you’re still on the hunt for a cyber Monday deal, you may want to take a second look at the total price before you check out.

Louisiana farmers get $180M in federal aid for tariff losses

Shop Small Business Saturday in BR on Nov. 30

  National Christmas tree shortage affecting prices

  Thousands in town as Bayou Classic kicks off busy weekend

  Deals to check out this Black Friday

Shorter shopping season means a more intense scramble

  Lines already forming at Baton Rouge stores ahead of Black Friday

As Thanksgiving festivities continue, hundreds of shoppers in Baton Rouge are already flocking to stores ahead of Black Friday.

Holiday stress: Amazon, others under gun for 1-day delivery

Amazon, Walmart and others have promised to deliver more of their orders within 24 hours of customers clicking on "Buy."

Louisiana’s fall sugar cane crop dampened by weather woes

Louisiana’s sugar cane farmers have struggled with extreme weather and flooding this year, which could make a dent in the nation’s sugar crop

New health facility coming to Plank Road

Elifin Realty announced Wednesday, Nov. 27 that is has sold a property on Plank Road where a new health facility will be built.

  Restaurant owner says more variety leading to business closures

As two restaurants shut their doors in Baton Rouge, the grills at others are fired up. The kitchen at Mestizo’s has been on fire for 20 years and owner, Jim Uridales, says he hopes to keep it that way.

  Mr. Ronnie’s donut shop announces closure

Mr. Ronnie's is closing the doors of its Baton Rouge donut shop.

Saenger Theatre announces it will reopen on Dec. 11

The Saenger Theatre will reopen its doors for the first time since the Hard Rock building collapse on Dec. 11.

Sammy’s Grill location closed temporarily; holiday orders to be filled

The Central location of Sammy’s Grill is closed temporarily. The owner tells WAFB’s Scottie Hunter the closure comes as a pipe burst two weeks ago. Management posted to their Facebook page alerting customers to the inconvenience.

  LWCC purchases, plans to demolish LaQuinta near I-10 in Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp. bought LaQuinta on S. Acadian Thruway for $4.4M a few weeks ago.

  Mellow Mushroom closes doors on Burbank location

The near-campus pizza joint was in business for almost 20 years.

  Expanding pipeline industry in Louisiana

A new pipeline academy aims to train those wanting to enter or expand their skills in the pipeline industry

  Son of Tabby Thomas reviving father’s iconic Blues Box at Red Stick Social

Tabby’s Blues Box, the famous juke joint founded by late Baton Rouge blues legend Tabby Thomas, is being revived by Thomas’ son at Red Stick Social in the Mid City neighborhood.

Tony Chachere’s gumbo beer has hit the shelves

Tony Chachere’s and Bayou Teche Brewing are introducing their Gumbo Stout, made with Creole spices for a limited time.

  Plans for Amazon distribution center at old Cortana Mall reportedly moving forward

Plans to bring an Amazon distribution and fulfillment center to the old Cortana Mall are moving along, according to The Business Report.

Amazon locating second consumer goods fulfillment center in North Mississippi, creating 500 jobs

Amazon is locating its second Mississippi fulfillment center in Olive Branch.

New Lake-Charles based app to provide same-day delivery in Southwest Louisiana

A new Lake Charles-born app, Gophr, will soon be offering same-day delivery on a variety of items — all from local brick and mortar businesses.

  Elton John returning to New Orleans in 2020

Elton John will return to New Orleans on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” at the Smoothie King Center in 2020.

  Torchy’s Tacos to open Baton Rouge restaurant on LSU campus

A Torchy’s Tacos will open in the university’s Nicholson Gateway Development in early 2020 after the company announced in September it would bring restaurants to Louisiana.

Americans see Microsoft as most-ethical company

Microsoft found itself atop the most-ethical list for the second year in a row, followed NVIDIA, Apple, Intel and Salesforce.com.

No. 1 milk company declares bankruptcy amid drop in demand

The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy Farmers of America, a marketing cooperative owned by thousands of farmers.

From Netflix to Disney+: Which streaming service is right for you?

The monumental rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu over the past few years has drawn many companies, big and small, to create their own competing service. Subscribing to all of these new services can cause a huge impact on your wallet, so you may be wondering which one is right for you.

First flights depart new Armstrong International terminal

Tuesday is the last day for all-outgoing flights from the old Armstrong International Airport.

Waitr leaving some areas, reducing workforce; 20 percent of layoffs in Louisiana

Waitr has announced plans to close low-performing markets and reduce their workforce.

  Leaders discuss proposal to revitalize Plank Road

City-parish leaders are discussing plans to bring more business to the Plank Road area.

  La. restaurant franchise owner fired after racially-charged Halloween rant on Facebook

A franchise holder of a Walk-On’s in Covington has been fired after posting a racially-charged rant on Facebook about some Halloween trick-or-treaters.

Facebook unveils new logo to help differentiate brands

In a blog post Monday, the social media giant said it's making the change to differentiate between Facebook as a parent company and Facebook the app.

Merger of equals with IBERIABANK and Tennessee bank to move headquarters to Memphis

The combined company’s regional banking headquarters will be located in New Orleans.

McDonald’s CEO steps down after relationship with employee

McDonald's chief executive officer has left the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said Sunday.

2 Louisiana parishes work to draw tourists from each other

Two parishes in southeast Louisiana are launching a joint promotion to draw tourists from each other

Capital One says outage has been resolved

This is the second time this week the bank has experienced a technical issue.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1B, stepping back into wearables

Fitbit makes a range of devices, from basic trackers that mostly count steps to smartwatches that can display messages and notifications from phones.

Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars

The company is reportedly spending $6 billion on content to get you to sign up for the $4.99 a month service.

US economy defies threats with a solid job gain for October

U.S. employers added a solid 128,000 jobs in October, a figure that was held down by a now-settled strike against General Motors that caused several thousand workers to be temporarily counted as unemployed.

  Raising Cane’s River Center launches new clear bag policy

A new clear bag policy will now be in effect for events at the Raising Cane’s River Center.

Crying Eagle owners to build new restaurant on Lake Charles lakefront

City officials are expected to make an announcement regarding lakefront development at 10 a.m.

Louisiana Department of Education taking applications for high school fifth-year pilot program

A new education initiative aims to provide high school students with real-world training to better their career success after graduation.

REGYMEN Fitness opens new Baton Rouge location

Baton Rouge residents looking to get in shape, stay in shape, or just get active have a new hot spot to check out.

BASF awards $10,000 in scholarships to LSU engineering students

Four engineering students attending Louisiana State University recently received $2,500 scholarships from BASF.

Rejoice! Popeyes’ announces date for the return of the chicken sandwich

Rejoice Popeyes chicken sandwich fans because a date has been announced the big return.

  BBB: Scammers posing as Publishers Clearing House

The Better Business Bureau says scammers are posing as Publishers Clearing House and sending unsuspecting victims what appears to be official checks as part of an elaborate scheme to steal money from others.

  Baton Rouge awarded $30M HUD neighborhood grant to revitalize community

Baton Rouge has been announced as one of four cities in the country to receive a grant to help revitalize distressed neighborhoods and bolster economic development in the community.

  $375 million plant expansion in Plaquemine to create 1,400 jobs

1,400 direct and indirect jobs will be supported by a $375 million expansion.

GAME OF CHICKEN: Popeyes’ popular sandwich coming back, report says

Hold the turkey, because the chicken is back just in time for Thanksgiving.

Metro council to discuss short-term rentals at regular meeting

Councilmembers will table talks on AirBnBs and red light cameras at Wednesday's meeting.

  Suppliers working overtime to keep up with oyster demand

Since the Bonnet Carré Spillway was opened twice in 2019, oysters farmers and suppliers have been working overtime to meet demand.

  La. attorney general calls for crackdown on illegal online alcohol sales

Louisiana Attorney General is calling for online platforms to crack down on the illegal sale of alcohol.

Bridge Center opening moves forward, selects executive director

The Bridge Center is one step closer to helping patients with mental illnesses.

  Two-day job fair seeking to hire nearly 200 solar panel installers

A staffing company is looking to hire temporary solar panel installers.

  SU hosts medical marijuana job fair

Many people got the chance Monday, Oct. 21 to apply for a job in the medical marijuana industry.

Macy’s to stop selling real fur by end of fiscal year 2020

Macy's Inc. says it will stop selling real fur by the end of its fiscal year 2020 at its namesake stores and Bloomingdale's as well as its discount outlets.

Dunkin’ Donuts launching meatless breakfast sandwich nationwide in November

More than 9,000 Dunkin’ locations will start serving the new sandwich starting Nov. 6.

Exxon trial probes how oil giant accounts for climate change

New York's attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of lying to investors about how profitable the company will remain as governments impose stricter regulations designed to combat global warming

Waitr to deliver free Thanksgiving meals to families in need

Waitr launched its Share Thanksgiving food drive campaign, which raises funds to go towards buying Thanksgiving meals for families.

  Gonzales Kitchen Collection store to close, offer deep discounts on appliances

The Kitchen Collection store in Gonzales is offering deep discounts as the business prepares to close its store nationwide.

Walker High School opens paint and body shop for hands-on instruction

Walker High School students interested in a career in automotive repair and maintenance can get hands-on experience and earn certification.

Culinary, Gaming, Hospitality training site on way for 2021

Construction has begun on a new Culinary, Gaming and Hospitality building at a community college in southwest Louisiana

  Netflix movie featuring DeRidder Gothic Jail premieres Friday

Just last year, 7News reported the DeRidder Gothic Jail would be featured in a Netflix movie. “Eli”, a movie about a young boy with a rare disease being treated at an isolated clinic, premiered Friday.