Louisiana Insurance Commission approves fourth consecutive auto rate decrease for State Farm

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced Monday, July 6 he has approved of a permanent rate decrease of 9.6% in auto insurance policies issued by State Farm Insurance Company for Louisiana drivers.

  Fireworks stands still busy as customers plan smaller gatherings during pandemic

  People and businesses react to new mask mandate

  Donaldsonville mayor explains the importance of grant program for small businesses

  ‘We can’t afford to go back': Mayor Broome discusses mask mandate with business leaders

  Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for Main Street Recovery Program grants to help with COVID-19 expenses

  Southern University unveils line of THC-based medical marijuana products, marking historic launch among HBCUs

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  Small businesses struggling due to COVID-19 pandemic could see relief in July

COVID-19 CLOSURES: Here’s what’s temporarily closing as a precaution to COVID-19 cases linked to area venues

  While some aren’t following the rules, many Baton Rouge bars taking pandemic seriously

  Gayle Benson: Dixie Brewery changing name and branding

  Gonzales Cinema to reopen June 26, showing fan-favorite movies

  New businesses creating more job opportunities during pandemic

  IMF downgrades outlook for global economy in face of virus

The IMF predicts that the global economy will shrink 4.9% this year, significantly worse than the 3% drop it had estimated in its previous report in April.

MOVEBR Program on Track to Exceed Local Small Business Participation Target

Hoping to achieve at least 20% in small business participation in the MOVEBR program, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the program is on track to exceed that number.

  Some restaurants in Baton Rouge closing temporarily due to lack of staff

Some Baton Rouge area restaurants are temporarily shutting down... but it’s not for the reason you might think.

  Small business grant program to begin in July, but details raising eyebrows

Louisiana plans to throw $300 million to small businesses over the next few months as part of its economic recovery plan.

Todd Graves to help restaurants struggling due to pandemic in new TV show

  Christina’s restaurant temporarily shutting down

  Governor Edwards to explore enforcement options for non-compliant businesses

BRAC hopes to create space for more conversations about minorities in business community

Some Tangipahoa Parish businesses close for coronavirus deep cleaning

  LSU-area bars linked to at least 100 reports of COVID-19; closures announced

  The Chimes near LSU closes temporarily as campus-area bars report potential COVID-19 cases

The Chimes is temporarily closing its location near Louisiana State University’s north gate as health officials investigate potential outbreaks of COVID-19 linked to bars near campus.

North Baton Rouge business owners host town hall with local elected officials

Elected officials talked about the accomplishments and lingering challenges facing North Baton Rouge with the first of what they hope will become a regular series of meetings involving the public.

  Live music now allowed in bars, nightclubs through expansion of Louisiana’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines

State officials have expanded Louisiana’s Phase Two reopening guidelines to allow live music in bars and night clubs.

US shoppers returned with vigor in May in partial rebound

The virus-induced recession not only diminished spending in most sectors of the economy. It has also accelerated shifts in where people shop and what they buy.

  Some of Baton Rouge’s biggest workplaces take action to make employees feel safer upon returning to the office

You aren’t alone if you feel anxious about your health when you return to the office.

  Bill to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits signed into law

On Monday, June 15, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law protecting restaurants from liability when it comes to the coronavirus.

Some Magazine Street businesses closing, owners say due to Covid-19 economic impact

After a decade in business, Erin Hebert says she will have to close her Magazine Street boutique, Armoire, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  La. state treasurer urges governor to sign Main Street Recovery Program bill

The Louisiana state treasurer is pushing to get money to the state’s small businesses.

OFF THE HOOK: Authentic Cajun quick-service restaurant coming to Gonzales

The Thibodaux-based Cajun quick-service restaurant will open its fourth location on Airline Highway in Gonzales June 24.

  Lawmakers advance tax breaks for small businesses

The Senate’s tax committee on Friday advanced a handful of bills designed to reduce the tax burden on small businesses while they recover from the coronavirus recession.

Fred’s in Tigerland to undergo multi-million renovation, expansion

The owners plan to add a second, 8,500 square-foot, two-story building.

  La. will move to Phase 2 of reopening June 5

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 1 that Louisiana will move into Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening guidelines Friday, June 5.

12 tips to avoid scams during and after a natural disaster

Many times, natural disaster bring out the best in people as they work together to help each other recover, but unfortunately, some people take it as an opportunity to take advantage of people during hard times.

La. launches e-commerce initiative for small businesses

Today (June 3), Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced an e-commerce initiative to empower the online performance of Louisiana’s small businesses.

  $300M small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to Gov. Edwards’ desk

Lawmakers created a new fund for small businesses that have been left out of prior coronavirus aid by diverting $300 million away from local governments in the final minutes of the regular legislative session Monday.

Shrimpers report seeing smaller shrimp this year

Some early reports say the 2020 shrimp season isn't showing signs of becoming a banner year.

  RV sales spike during the pandemic as vacationers take to the open roads

Coronavirus hasn’t put a complete halt to all vacation plans yet. There is one travel option that’s revved up in popularity.

History-making SpaceX-NASA launch

Two U.S. astronauts are set to take a historic flight into space, the only question now is whether the weather will cooperate.

  Baton Rouge staffing agency hosts drive-thru job fair May 29

Downtown Baton Rouge Express Employment Professionals hosted a drive-thru job fair Friday, May 29.

  Truckers gather outside of La. state capitol in support of proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates

Dozens of big-rig trucks rallied together outside of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge Thursday, May 28 in support of a new proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates in the state.

Grocery store chain Aldi purchases land on O’Neal Lane

WAFB has confirmed the German based discount grocery store chain, Aldi, has bought an 11.1 acre piece of land on O’Neal Lane in Baton Rouge.

  Satterfield’s Restaurant on False River permanently closing due to coronavirus uncertainty

Owners of Satterfield’s Upper Deck Restaurant, an iconic eatery on False River in New Roads, say they are closing the business due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Small business owners frustrated over loan forgiveness requirements

After a frustrating application process, some small business owners were caught off guard by the latest requirements for PPP loan forgiveness.

Superior Grill now reopened for takeout only after brief closure due to employee testing positive for COVID-19

Superior Grill was closed for Memorial Day weekend after employees showed signs of COVID-19.

  Krispy Kreme reopens after nearly a year of renovations

The Hot Light has lit up once again at Krispy Kreme’s Plank Road location in Baton Rouge.

  RV sales jump 170% during coronavirus pandemic, says association

The RV Industry Association attribute the growth to Americans wanting to control their surroundings.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Many await refunds for months as cruise lines say they're backed up from a high volume of requests.

Gov. says April unemployment rate for La. slightly lower than national average, but still more than double usual

On Friday, May 22, Governor John Bel Edwards released some information in regards to April’s unemployment figures for the state.

  Opening day for Mississippi casinos; here’s a look inside

Steady crowds showed up on the Gulf Coast today, as the state of Mississippi gave the green light to open a dozen casinoes after COVID-19 shut them down nine weeks ago.

  Baton Rouge Krispy Kreme announces opening date

After months of anticipation, the Krispy Kreme location on Plank Road in Baton Rouge will return.

  Barber and dog groomer form unexpected bond

An unlikely duo were able to help each other out during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Potential plans for Amazon Fulfillment Center at Cortana Mall appear to be halted

Plans for a large Amazon fulfillment center at the mostly closed Cortana Mall appear to have fallen flat after a buyer has pulled out of a contract to purchase one of the properties at the site.

  Late mortgage payments on the rise; experts explain what this means for housing market

When unemployment goes up, so does the number of people who can’t pay their bills on time.

  Small businesses still struggling despite reopening; owners holding breath for Phase 2

Gov. Edwards is not expected to announce his plans for further reopening the state’s economy until early June, so until then, small business owners will have to hope the Band-Aid sticks long enough for them to get to Phase 2.

  Mall of Louisiana reopening Tuesday, May 19

The Mall of Louisiana will reopen at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 as part of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Phase One reopening plan.

  #StandForLocal: Helping to keep the local economy strong

Fear of what the pandemic is doing to our local economy cannot be ignored. That’s why WAFB launched #StandForLocal.

Waitr expands grocery delivery options in Baton Rouge

Waitr has now expanded its grocery delivery options in Baton Rouge.

  USS KIDD reopens after nearly two months of being closed

The USS KIDD Veterans Museum has now reopened to the public after nearly two months of being closed.

  On first day of reopening, casinos see steady stream of players hoping to beat the odds

Baton Rouge’s three big casinos all had lines of people waiting to get inside to start gambling before they officially reopened Monday, May 18.

  WAFB partners with ‘back to business’ Baton Rouge campaign

WAFB is among three dozen media outlets partnering in a $250,000 campaign that will help get the Capital Region “back to business.”

  Casinos plan for reopening Monday; big changes on the way for gamblers

Come Monday, May 18, those who want to beat the odds at the slots will see some big changes.

Rama restaurant, Thai staple in Baton Rouge, closes its doors after nearly 40 years

Rama, a famed Thai restaurant tucked away near the Perkins Road Overpass, closed its doors as the company approached 40 years in business.

  Some venture out to downtown Baton Rouge for first night of Phase 1 of reopening

Friday night (May 15) was the start of Phase 1 of reopening across Louisiana.

  Hair and nail salons reopen, offering some customers ‘free therapy’

Customers lined up outside Baton Rouge salons Friday, May 15 hoping for a first haircut or manicure since March.

  Phase 1 of Reopening Louisiana: Patron fights back tears saying how much she has missed eating inside a restaurant

They’re four words the hostesses at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs have waited two months to be able to say: “Yes sir, we’re open.”

  La. moving to Phase 1 - What’s reopening?

Many Louisiana businesses, including restaurants and casinos, will be allowed to reopen Friday, May 15, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, May 11.

BRAC responds to coronavirus pandemic, offers resources, webinars to businesses

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced on Thursday, March 26 it would be shifting its focus to support the regional business community through the coronavirus pandemic and recovery period.

  Gyms prepare to open at 25% capacity

Johnny Blount and his gym’s members went into the coronavirus shutdown strong, expecting the stay-at-home order to be short-lived.

  Some business owners frustrated they’ve been left out of Phase 1 of reopening

Many business owners say they’re upset they’re not allowed to open their doors in Phase 1 of reopening.

  Better Business Bureau offers tips for businesses as La. enters Phase 1 of reopening

As Louisiana enters Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 15, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering some tips to businesses as they prepare to reopen under new restrictions.

La. will move to Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, Gov. announces

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce whether Louisiana will move to reopen the state with a Phase 1 approach, or extend the Stay at Home order for a third time.

  New LSU tech program partnership offers coding, cyber security trade courses as demand for tech jobs rise in Louisiana

As the economy begins to reopen, businesses everywhere put out help wanted signs. One industry that could really use you on the staff is the technology world.

  Taco Tuesday won’t be the same; Rum House announces closure

A popular Baton Rouge Taco Tuesday spot will not reopen its doors, despite the state’s latest efforts to reopn the economy.

Ascension and Livingston Assessors launch new homestead exemption form

Ascension Parish Assessor Mert Smiley and Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, announced a new online homestead exemption form.

  Restaurants prepare to reopen at limited capacity, look to hire more workers

It’s been almost two months since Rouj Creole on Bluebonnet Boulevard opened under normal circumstances.

Metairie-based Fat Boy’s Pizza coming to Baton Rouge

Fat Boy’s Pizza is coming to Baton Rouge.

  How the national meat shortage affects Baton Rouge restaurants, butcher shops

Some local shops explained to WAFB how the national meat shortage will affect your wallet and dining plans.

  SOLD! Developer to transform two historic properties into modern spaces

Two historic properties located in the heart of the city have been purchased by Anthony Kimble and he sees a bright future for the previously neglected landscape.