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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.

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

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

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

  Long-time Baton Rouge business celebrates milestone

  Louisiana attorney general launches investigation of Google’s business practices

  States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

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

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

Hundreds of Louisiana businesses permitted for CBD products

  H&M announces grand opening date in Mall of Louisiana

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

Seasonal pop-up shops: Children’s consignment market and Christmas store to open in Perkins Rowe

Suds to wash, fold and deliver laundry in Baton Rouge through mobile app

This new local app might make laundry day a thing of the past.

  Two new bars open on 3rd Street, hoping to reverse shaky trend with unique atmospheres

3rd Street will host two grand openings Friday, Aug. 30, one for Squeaky Pete’s western bar and another for The Basin music hall.

LSU releases 2019 list of top 100 fastest growing Tiger businesses

LSU has released its annual list of the top 100 fastest growing Tiger businesses. These are businesses owned or run by LSU graduates.

Taco Bell says adios to fan favorites on menu

Taco Bell is going taco bye.

Is Forever 21 preparing for bankruptcy?

  Gov. Edwards: IBM meets hiring targets

  Lines wrap around Main Event for free laser tag at grand opening

  Formosa Plastics announces $322 million expansion of PVC production

  ‘Help is on the way!’ BRFD reviewing permits for renovation of Krispy Kreme

  Major cybersecurity center coming to Baton Rouge’s Water Campus

  Popeyes runs out of new chicken sandwiches nationwide

The fast-food chain, Popeyes, has run out of its new chicken sandwiches nationwide, according to a tweet from the company on Aug. 27.

Is Amazon eyeing Cortana Mall? It’s looks like it

The mystery of what might happen to Cortana Mall could be solved.

  Baton Rouge AT&T technicians strike over ‘unfair labor practices,’ leaving service in jeopardy

Across Baton Rouge and the country, AT&T technicians have walked out of work and are on strike. They are demanding the company come to the table and negotiate a new contract for their labor.

  Okla. judge orders drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to pay $572M in landmark opioid case

An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help abate the problem in the coming years.

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

Starbucks starts fall early, debuts new pumpkin spice drink

The coffee chain has declared August 27 the first day of fall. That’s nearly a full month ahead of time.

Disney announces EPCOT overhaul

The theme park is undergoing "the biggest transformation of any park we've ever accomplished," said Bob Chapek, Disney's chairman of parks, experiences and products.

Last of Cortana mall tenants told to move out in two weeks

The last of the remaining tenants located at the Cortana Mall have been given notice that they need to move out in the next two weeks.

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.

Target to soon launch new grocery brand Good & Gather

Target is set to make a big move in the grocery market with a new line of grocery products.

Woman’s Hospital selects Dr. Barbara Griffith as new CEO

The Woman’s Hospital announced Monday that it selected its new CEO.

New riverboat to soon make stops in Baton Rouge

A new river boat has set sail on the Mississippi River, and will soon make routine stops in Baton Rouge.

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

There's an exciting new business in the works in Donaldsonville that will turn local sugar cane into rum.

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

The State Bond Commission agreed to $350 million in bonds to fund the Superdome renovation project

  Louisiana law passed this summer could ban Kratom

A law in Louisiana that passed this summer that will make Kratom illegal in the state if the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug.

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

Entergy announced Wednesday, Aug. 14 that construction has begun at one of Louisiana’s largest solar power facilities.

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

Could a solution be coming in regards to parking in Downtown Baton Rouge?

  Louisiana launches veteran first business initiative

A program aimed at promoting veteran-owned businesses officially launched on Tuesday.

‘The Basin Music Hall’ coming to downtown Baton Rouge

A new music hall will soon open up in downtown Baton Rouge, encouraging more music lovers to frequent the Capital City.

BRQ abruptly closes Denham Springs location after less than a year

An email sent out to employees Sunday night announced the restaurant's closure.

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

One of Baton Rouge's oldest restaurants has announced its closure.

  Government Street construction more than just a headache for business owner

For Colleen Palmer, the owner of Wags, located at Government Street and Eddie Robinson Sr. Boulevard, the construction is more than an inconvenience; it has become a hindrance to her business.

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

One of America's largest pizza chains, Pizza Hut plans to focus on carryout and delivery business, TODAY.com reported Wednesday.

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

Apple announced the card in March in a partnership with Goldman Sachs. On Tuesday, some iPhone users who requested a notification about Apple Card will get invites to apply through Apple's Wallet app.

Barneys seeks bankruptcy protection, closes most stores

The iconic clothier founded almost a century ago will keep the doors open at its 10-story Madison Avenue store, but its secured $75 million in financing to pay employees and vendors as it seeks a buyer.

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

State Representative C. Denise Marcelle invites members of the community to attend a job fair scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 10.

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

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur in Baton Rouge, eBay just launched a new program that could help you make sales online.

Civil Axe Throwing coming to Mid City in August

Civil Axe Throwing, Baton Rouge’s first such venue, will open to the public some time in August, the company announced Tuesday, July 30.

Creative coworking provider ‘Spaces’ coming to Perkins Rowe

Another spot for creatives to cowork is coming to the Perkins Rowe shopping center.

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.