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Baton Rouge entrepreneurs still have time to apply for eBay Retail Revival program

City leaders are making a final push to encourage local entrepreneurs to apply for ebay’s retail revival program.

New riverboat to soon make stops in Baton Rouge

  Family-operated distillery will use local sugarcane to breathe new life into Donaldsonville

  State bond commission approves funding for Superdome makeover ahead of Super Bowl 2024

  Louisiana law passed this summer could ban Kratom

Construction has begun at one of largest solar power facilities in La.

  Solutions to parking woes in downtown Baton Rouge could be on the way

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  Louisiana launches veteran first business initiative

‘The Basin Music Hall’ coming to downtown Baton Rouge

BRQ abruptly closes Denham Springs location after less than a year

Long-standing BR restaurant The Hawk’s Nest announces closure

  Government Street construction more than just a headache for business owner

Reports: Pizza Hut will close hundreds of dine-in restaurants

FedEx to end ground deliveries with Amazon

The shipping company will not renew is contract with Amazon, which is set to expire at the end of August, according to Memphis Business Journal.

  Local farmers react to China’s refusal to buy U.S. crops

China is officially refusing to buy U.S. Agricultural products, costing American farmers one of their biggest customers. 7News spoke with local farmers about the impact.

Sears, Kmart announce more store closures

An additional 26 large-format Sears and Kmart stores will in late October, their parent company announced Tuesday, while their smaller store formats which include Sears Home & Life, Sears Hometown and Sears Outlet are set to expand.

  Repaving of Sherwood Forest Boulevard to soon restart after flooding delay

The City of Baton Rouge announced the asphalt has finally been loaded and started its two-week journey down the Arkansas River to get to Baton Rouge.

Apple-branded credit card rolls out to some on Tuesday

Barneys seeks bankruptcy protection, closes most stores

Cooks, welders, customer service providers invited to upcoming job fair

  Entrepreneurs can now apply for eBay’s Retail Revival program in Baton Rouge

Civil Axe Throwing coming to Mid City in August

Creative coworking provider ‘Spaces’ coming to Perkins Rowe

Olive Garden’s take-home meals now $5 all year

Olive Garden is now offering its $5 Take Home meals all year long.

  Uber lays off 400 employees from global marketing team

Uber laid off 400 marketing employees so they can have a more centralized marketing structure.

  Neighbors blame company with history of delayed projects for new drainage issues

Neighbors along Highway 431 are blaming a construction company that’s already been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for delayed road projects for new drainage problems in their neighborhoods.

The Relationship Institute to open new location in Mid City

The Relationship Institute will host its grand opening this week at its new Mid City location.

City announces job fair for H&M store in Baton Rouge

Ahead of H&M’s fall grand opening in Baton Rouge, the city announced a hiring fair for the clothing retail company’s Louisiana location.

Baskin-Robbins is going vegan with two non-dairy flavors

Baskin Robbins is dipping into the plant-based ice cream market after announcing it’ll offer two non-dairy ice cream products.

  Co-founder of Anthony’s Italian Deli in Baton Rouge has died at 71

Anthony Saia, co-founder of a longtime Italian deli in Baton Rouge, has passed away, his family announced Sunday.

  Abandoned, blighted Warwick Hotel finally slated for renovation

The former Warwick Hotel has been sitting abandoned in the heart of the Central Business District since Hurricane Katrina. But now, after more than a decade of falling into blight, the 12-story building is finally up for renovation.

LSU AgCenter study looks at DNA regulation in cattle embryos

Two Louisiana State University scientists have a four-year, $500,000 grant to figure out whether one natural form of DNA regulation affects cattle embryos' ability to survive

  La. ATC begins accepting applications for alcohol home delivery

The ATC expects to start issuing permits for boozy deliveries in August.

  Find out if your information was impacted in latest Equifax data breach

Louisiana will receive over $3 million of the largest data breach settlement in history.

  More federal funding trickling in for Baton Rouge airport enhancements

The Baton Rouge airport is getting an additional $7 million of funding for improvements.

House of Raeford Farms to build $40.9 M feed mill in Lincoln Parish

House of Raeford Farms, a top 10 chicken producer, announced Tuesday, July 23 the company will invest $40.9 million in a new feed mill in Simsboro, Louisiana.

SOWELA receives $1 million for new TC Energy Pipeline Academy

A pipeline just for training will be built on the SOWELA campus. It will be called the TC Energy Energy Pipeline Academy and will be a hub for students pursuing a career in the oil and gas field. It will provide hands-on training.

Woman’s Hospital hires Keila Stovall as chief philanthropy officer

Hospital officials announced Monday, July 22 that Keila Stovall, a 20-year veteran in non-profit leadership, will serve as the foundation’s newly appointed chief philanthropy officer and president.

  BBB warns of credit scams targeting children

Keeping an eye on your credit is a job in and of itself, but now it’s just as important to make sure your children’s credit isn’t under attack from scammers.

  Downtown New Orleans business owners seek help after recurring floods

One of the CBD’s newer hotels got another scare from this weekend's rain event and guests were today being inconvenienced.

Southland Steel looking to hire welders for its new facility in Louisiana

Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. is looking to hire 70 welding positions for its new manufacturing facility in Amite, Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards announces the building of third methanol plant in Geismar

Governor John Bel Edwards and Methanex executive, Mark Allard, announced Friday, July 19 that the company will make at least a $1.3 billion investment to build a third methanol plant in Geismar.

FDA warns restaurants and retailers in Texas and Louisiana about possible raw seafood contamination

The FDA said seafood products from Topway Enterprises Inc. or Kazy’s Gourmet could be contaminated with listeria.

Ralph & Kacoo’s closed for remodeling on Bluebonnet; may sell or relocate

The building reportedly has a number of piping and roof issues.

Bike share service now available in Baton Rouge

Gotcha rideshare bikes are now available in Baton Rouge, including LSU and Southern University's campus.

MJ’s Café leaving White Star Market, taking over Tiger Deauxnuts location on Government Street

MJ’s Café, well-known Baton Rouge vegan and vegetarian restaurant, is leaving its location inside White Star Market and moving to the former Tiger Deauxnuts spot on Government Street.

  Hubig’s Pies is returning to New Orleans!

Hubig's Pies will return to production in 2020 with traditional recipes, online ordering, and delivery.

Backlash from ambiguous dress code prompts apology from Red Stick Social

A bowling alley has issued an apology after receiving backlash from a proposed dress code.

General Informatics hosting career fair, open house in Baton Rouge

General Informatics, a technology provider for businesses, governments and schools, will conduct an open house and career fair on Friday, July 19 in Baton Rouge.

Royal Caribbean announces year-round cruises from Port of New Orleans

Royal Caribbean International announced year-round cruises from the Port of New Orleans set to begin when Majesty of the Seas arrives to homeport in January 2020.

Makers of Tabasco visit White House for Made in America Product Showcase

As part of the third annual Made in America Product Showcase, the McIllhenny Co. visited the White House.

Lyft offering ride vouchers in La. to those affected by Barry

Lyft is partnering with Louisiana United Way at 211 to provide a ride code for free transportation in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

Better Business Bureau warns of scams during and after disaster

With Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 predicted to make landfall in south Louisiana Saturday morning, now is the time to be aware of scams related to severe weather.

FAA awards over $1 million in infrastructure grants to Southwest Louisiana Airports

The FAA is awarding infrastructure improvement grants to three airports in Southwest Louisiana

Plastics producer wants to double toxic emissions allowed

A plastics manufacturer wants a Louisiana parish to pass new permits that would allow the company to double the amount of toxic chemicals they can release into the air

  Baton Rouge restaurants threaten to leave Waitr

Owners from many restaurants around Baton Rouge are planning to get off the Waitr delivery app. On July 1, restaurant owners that use Waitr received an email from the company detailing a new deal that voids their current contracts.

Waitr to start delivering alcohol in Louisiana

Alcohol can soon be delivered to your doorstep in Louisiana.

  Waitr increases rates for participating businesses

Soon, you may see less options when ordering on Waitr. Why? Some local restaurants aren’t willing to pay a new, higher “performance based rate” to be on the app.

Main Event opens first La. location in Baton Rouge in August; hiring 175 employees

Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment has announced its Baton Rouge location will be opening in August of 2019.

Gotcha bike share program comes to LSU campus

Louisiana State University students will have a new way of getting around campus this fall. Gotcha will be introducing its fleet of pedal assist bicycles to Baton Rouge July 11 with about 50 locations around the city.

  Uber to launch statewide in Louisiana on July 3

Uber announced Tuesday, July 2 that it will expand its services into every parish in Louisiana starting Wednesday, July 3.

  Eviction notice issued for popular LSU bar

Bogie’s, a popular bar just south of LSU, will close its doors Saturday.

Walmart raises tobacco purchase age; ends sale of certain nicotine flavors

Some customers on Monday may have noticed a change at Walmart and Sam's Club locations.

  Deadline for IBM to meet job quota passes

The deadline for IBM to hire new employees in exchange for tax breaks has passed. The tech giant had until June 30 to meet their job quota, otherwise they may have to pay up.

  Gotcha bikes launching in Baton Rouge second week of July

There’s a bright new addition to downtown Baton Rouge.

Bernhard moving headquarters to Jefferson Parish, expected to provide hundreds of jobs

One of the largest privately-owned engineering, mechanical and electrical contractors in the country announced Monday it will move its national headquarters to Jefferson Parish.

WAITR responds following reports of layoffs

Multiple people reached out to KPLC, saying they were laid off.

CBD business owner worries new guidelines will force shops to close

New CBD permits awarded to handful of New Orleans businesses.

Barcadia closes Baton Rouge location

Barcadia, a well known bar and arcade venue has closed it’s Baton Rouge location near the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus.

Eastman Chemical Co. to expand its Louisiana facility with $70M investment

Eastman Chemical Company is investing $70 million over the next three years to expand its manufacturing operations in St. Gabriel.

  Ascension Parish daycare permanently shut down after losing appeal

The Louisiana Department of Education has revoked the license of an Ascension Parish after “multiple instances” of toddlers walking off of the campus.

Oyster Task meets to discuss dying oysters

The Oyster Task Force is meeting Tuesday to discuss the impacts of reductions in salinity on the oyster industry since the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

The Emerge Center names new CEO and announces school expansion

The Emerge Center named Deanna Whittle as its new Chief Executive Officer, who will start the role on July 1. Whittle is succeeding Melissa Juneau, who served as CEO for 12 years.

  Dockless scooter rental spotted in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge’s first known functioning scooter rental company is here.

  Walmart will allow EBT payment for online grocery orders

Walmart locations in Baton Rouge will accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from customers when they pick up groceries ordered online.

Gene’s Po-Boys, iconic New Orleans eatery, closing in July

Gene's Po-Boys, a New Orleans restaurant featured in "The Simpsons" and a video by Drake, is serving up its last sandwiches this summer

  Over 90 local businesses lose liquor licenses

Around 93 business had their liquor licenses pulled by the Alcohol Beverage Control Friday, June 14 after the Metropolitan council passed a new ordinance.

Shop in French Quarter releases Café du Monde inspired sneaker and clothing collection

Sneaker Politics, a sneaker store in the French Quarter collaborated with Café de Monde and shoe brand Saucony to create a sneaker inspired by the renowned beignet stand.

Z Gallerie renegotiates lease, will keep Baton Rouge location open

Gordon Andahl, a representative from Z Gallerie, said the company was able to renegotiate the lease to stay in the location.

  Beat the heat with this Summer classic

Oh, it’s hot outside? Have a snowball and cool off. The obvious truth is that it’s very hot outside and it is only June.

’King Cake King’ Manny Randazzo dies

The man known for putting the king in King Cake, Manuel Randazzo, Sr., has died. Randazzo was the last living creator of the original Randazzo family king cake recipe.