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Metro Council to discuss Air BnBs, red light cameras

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

Bridge Center opening moves forward, selects executive director

Gumbo beer? You’ll soon get a chance to try it for yourself

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

  SU hosts medical marijuana job fair

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

Dunkin’ Donuts launching meatless breakfast sandwich nationwide in November

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Exxon trial probes how oil giant accounts for climate change

Waitr to deliver free Thanksgiving meals to families in need

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

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

Culinary, Gaming, Hospitality training site on way for 2021

  Netflix movie featuring DeRidder Gothic Jail premieres Friday

French Quarter residents, businesses prepare to evacuate ahead of scheduled implosion

Business owners and residents in the evacuation and exclusion zones are trying to plan ahead. Though some say they're still not sure whether they'll be forced to leave tomorrow, they want to be prepared.

New airport terminal set to open Nov. 6

The new terminal, which spans 972,000 square feet will feature three concourses, 35 gates and two new parking garages.

  New stores in Cornerview Plaza offer options for Ascension Parish shoppers

An eye sore in Gonzales is now home to new stores for shoppers.

  More than $2 million headed to La. from settlement with Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., are paying out nearly $117 million in settlement money to multiple states, and more than $2 million of that is headed to Louisiana.

  Trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot filmed in Baton Rouge now available

  Planning for a futuristic Baton Rouge, Smart City committee aims to ‘reshape everyday experiences’

Waitr CFO, two board members resign

Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry

US retail sales dip 0.3% in September

Yahoo could owe you up to $358 for data breach

Environmental groups call Formosa Plastics $50M settlement a ‘big warning’ to Louisiana

While groups in Texas are calling a Formosa Plastics settlement an environmental win, Louisiana environmental groups say the settlement is a warning to the state’s biodiversity.

Baton Rouge Metro Airport to host free business opportunities workshop

The Baton Rouge Airport is hosting its 14th annual business opportunities workshop on Oct. 16.

BBQGuys hiring as online retailer expands its Baton Rouge headquarters

BBQGuys is hosting a job fair at the Baton Rouge company works to expands its online sales operations.

  What’s next for St. George? Residents, businesses offered annexation

There are more questions than answers when it comes to the future of the city of St. George, but officials on either side of the newly drawn lines say all the answers will come in time.

BRAC Launches 2020 Economic Outlook Survey

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) on Monday opened its 2020 economic outlook survey and invites business community participation from the Capital Region to complete it.

Lyft drivers will have their own pickup zone at Baton Rouge Airport

Lyft drivers will have a designated spot in front of the terminals at the BTR airport.

  Toys R Us teams up with Target for online holiday sales

Tru Kids Brands, the parent company of Toys R US, is teaming up with discounter Target Corp. to relaunch Toysrus.com, according to a joint release.

Ross Dress for Less to open new store in Gonzales

The Gonzales locations will be the 16th store in Louisiana

Legos lying around? Toy maker tests way to recycle bricks

It's testing a way for customers to ship their unwanted bricks back and get them into the hands of other kids.

MODESTO Tacos Tequila Whiskey to open in Baton Rouge

A full-service taqueria and bar will open soon in the developing Burbank area in Baton Rouge.

Kroger, Walgreens to stop selling e-cigarettes in US

Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping.

$2.3 million in grants awarded to La. for infrastructure improvements, workforce development

The Delta Regional Authority is awarding $2.3 million in grants for 16 different projects in Louisiana related to public infrastructure and workforce development, Senator John Kennedy announced Monday, Oct. 7.

Best Buy hosting hiring fairs for holiday workers

Hiring fairs will take place at all Best Buy stores on Oct. 10 and 11 from noon to 7 p.m. local time.

  Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital opens its doors to patients

The highly anticipated new children’s hospital in Baton Rouge officially opened its doors early Saturday morning.

Another Louisiana university joins beer-branding business

Southeastern Louisiana-based Nicholls State University is releasing its first branded beer

The Fresh Market holding holiday hiring event

The grocery store is hiring seasonal team members for various positions.

Go Auto announces insurance rate reduction for Louisiana drivers

Drivers in Louisiana insured by Go Auto will see a reduction on the bottom line of their bills

  Efforts to assist laid off Bayou Steel workers increase

St. John Parish President Natalie Robottom and state officials say they are doing everything possible to assist laid off Bayou Steel workers.

New Orleans Airport ranked fifth in nation for fastest growth

FAA ranks New Orleans Airport in top ten fastest growing airports.

  Job fair being held with special focus on former inmates looking for work

A job fair geared toward people trying to rebuild their lives is schedule for Thursday, Oct. 3.

  Three Forever 21 locations are set to close in Louisiana amid bankruptcy filing

Forever 21 has filed for bankruptcy and will be closing three locations in Louisiana.

Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings.

  More than 20 businesses in Baton Rouge area cited for new seafood labeling violations

More than 150 businesses have been cited for seafood labeling violations since Sept. 20, Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) officials report.

Walmart offering free grocery delivery now until Oct. 31

Walmart is waiving its grocery delivery service fee now through Halloween.

Home Builders Association to host housing industry expert with statewide panelist

The Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge will host the National Association of Home Builder’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Housing Policy Dr. Robert Dietz.

Ready student one? Universities launch degrees in esports

The industry's boom drives demand for professionals who know how to, for example, organize esports tournaments.

$8.5 billion natural gas liquefaction facility coming to Plaquemines Parish

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has now authorized the building of the Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Facility, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, Sept. 30.

Bayou Steel closing without advance warning to workers, parish and state officials

A St, John Parish steel plant is closing affecting the jobs of nearly 400 workers.

  Baton Rouge Krispy Kreme being torn down ahead of renovations

It appears that work is now underway on Baton Rouge’s Krispy Kreme, located on Plank Road.

  Dat Dog in Baton Rouge: Company opening new locations; local franchisees wanted

Dat Dog, know for its specialy hot dogs, is officially coming Baton Rouge with up to two locations.

  Baton Rouge business leaders unite against proposed City of St. George

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Baton Rouge city and business leaders delivered a message to voters, giving their take on the proposed City of St. George.

  Numbers paint a bleak picture for casinos in downtown Baton Rouge

When L’Auberge Casino & Hotel opened just down river from the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood opened back in 2012, economists warned the area would not be able to support three large casinos.

BBQGuys to expand Baton Rouge headquarters, create new jobs

A Baton Rouge based online retailer is expanding its headquarters, creating 50 new positions.

  Baton Rouge pub being forced to change its name; the new one may surprise you

A Baton Rouge staple for soccer matches and British feel is getting a new name. The Londoner on S Sherwood Forest Boulevard is now being called That Pub on Sherwood, at least temporarily.

Southern Pearl Oyster House to open Wednesday in Baton Rouge

A new restaurant known for its chargrilled oysters and eclectic atmosphere opens this week in Baton Rouge

  TODAY: Job fair to fill positions at new airport terminal

More than 400 restaurant positions are available

Health department cites 20 La. restaurants under new seafood labeling law

The Louisiana Health Department is cracking down on restaurants and eateries that don't post where their imported seafood came from.

LSU graduate starts dairy-free ice cream business

An LSU graduate started a business that serves dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream, and business is growing.

GM recalls Chevrolet small SUVs; suspension welds can break

General Motors is recalling more than 107,000 small SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a suspension weld can break and cause steering problems.

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

Walmart's decision is the latest blow to the vaping industry, which has tried to position its products as healthier alternatives to smoking cigarettes, which are responsible for 480,000 deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Calcasieu Port receives new funding

The West Calcasieu Port is getting some major upgrades, thanks to a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

Walmart hiring 140 for Hammond distribution center; starting pay at $17 an hour

Walmart is hiring about 140 associates for its distribution center in Hammond.

Starbucks brings to-go-only store concept to US

The first Starbucks store of its kind will open in New York.

Say hello to Abita’s new low-calorie IPA

Louisiana’s first and largest craft brewery is releasing a “guilt-free” IPA.

  H&M opening in Mall of Louisiana Thursday; deals for first 500 shoppers

The grand opening includes perks for the first several hundred shoppers.

Hiring event for DCFS, OMV happening Wednesday

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) teamed up with local workforce development boards and American Job Centers to host 9 state-agency job recruiting events, including an event Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Grand opening held Tuesday for new LifeShare Blood Center

A blood donation center is hosting a grand opening for a new facility in Baton Rouge.

  On eve of sugarcane harvest, farmers anxiously await results from months of labor

Sugarcane is one of Louisiana’s top money makers and ensures a way of life for farmers across the state. Now, after a slow start to the year, sugarcane farmers anxiously await harvest.

‘Funky’ craft coffee, cocktails, and gourmet beignets coming to downtown Baton Rouge

A "funky" new place is moving into the Commerce Building downtown.

  Burger King, Popeyes to host job fair, look to hire 300+ people at 30 restaurants in Baton Rouge area

GPS Hospitality is hosting a job fair in the hopes of hiring more than 300 people at its Burger King and Popeyes locations in and around Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge businesses roaring with online orders thanks to strong LSU start

Patrick Wilkerson, who owns the Bengals and Bandits merchandise store near LSU, has been busy packing boxes. This week, in addition to seeing purple, gold, and black in his store, he’s seeing some green too.

  Long-time Baton Rouge business celebrates milestone

A Baton Rouge business celebrated a major milestone Monday morning.

  Louisiana attorney general launches investigation of Google’s business practices

Louisiana is one of several states taking part in the latest antitrust probe of the Big Tech company.

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The probes into Google and Facebook widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

Torchy’s Tacos coming to Louisiana in 2020; hiring for management positions

Dallas based Torchy’s Tacos is coming to Louisiana with new restaurants in three Louisiana cities.

  Jazzland study will improve property’s redevelopment process, organizers hope

Though redevelopment talks are finally on the table for the abandoned Six Flags Jazzland property in New Orleans East, there’s still a long way to go.

Hundreds of Louisiana businesses permitted for CBD products

Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has permitted 775 businesses to sell CBD products around the state

PHOTOS: Two men tour empty Cortana Mall on the last day visitors were allowed inside

Two men who were in Baton Rouge for work decided to take a stroll through the near-lifeless Cortana Mall. Little did they know they'd be the last visitors.