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  USDA offering high-speed internet program in 3 rural parishes

Nearly 150 miles of fiber optic cable will be laid in St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, and Iberville parishes.

  Courier Labs seek to become first hemp processor in Louisiana

Iberiabank: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

Tech companies begin installing 5G poles in New Orleans

  Baton Rouge homeowners struggling to pay mortgage

  Pier 1 on Perkins in Baton Rouge reportedly closing

Overnight social media craze propels painter into pastry business

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  Dixie Brewing Company re-opens doors for the first time since Pre-Katrina

  All signs point to Amazon distribution center being built in south Baton Rouge

  Bridge Center chooses location; no word yet on specific opening date for long-anticipated mental health facility

40 Bed Bath & Beyond stores closing, including one in Baton Rouge

LSU moves forward with University Lakes project after selecting project advisor, joint venture

Krystal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Former Capital One branch on Government Street sells for $1.1M

The former Capital One branch in the Mid City neighborhood sold for $1.1 million and plans are to redevelop the property for retail use.

  New timeline for Hard Rock demoliton worries business owners

More unease from French Quarter business owners just days after the City announced its plan to implode the Hard Rock collapse site.

Site approval to be considered for potential development of $600 million dollar casino

The Mississippi Gaming Commission will discuss the stretch of land that could potentially house a new casino resort.

Oyster fisherman sue feds over opening of Bonnet Carre Spillway

A group of oyster fishermen in St. Bernard Parish wants the U.S. government to compensate them for opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. They say it’s the Army Corp of Engineer’s fault their oysters died and their reefs were damaged.

  The Advocate selling extra copies, special edition posters after LSU’s national championship win

Max crisis: Boeing airplane orders plunge to a 16-year low

Date set for 4th Ebb & Flow Festival in Baton Rouge

FREE CLASS: Grace Yoga giving you a free class for first-time students until January 19

First CBD shop in Denham Springs opens for business

Baton Rouge toy company to host Mardi Gras ball to benefit Companion Animal Alliance

  Community, former employees react to closure of final Sammy’s Grill location

It’s officially the end of an era... Sammy’s Grill on Highland Road opened for the final time Friday night (Jan. 10).

  LSU gear flying off shelves ahead of national championship

Fans getting ready for the game are probably looking for LSU gear to show off their Tiger pride.

Kitchen fire reported at Jambalaya Shoppe on Perkins Road

Firefighters put out at kitchen fire Friday morning at the Jambalaya Shoppe on Perkins Road.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Sammy’s Grill on Highland set to close amid mounting financial trouble

Sammy’s Grill on Highland Road, the last branch of the restaurant chain, is set to close effective Friday, Jan. 10.

Taco Bell giving workers raises, new benefits

Workers at corporate-owned locations will be eligible for 24 hours of paid sick time a year and managers at some restaurants will start pulling in six figure salaries.

US stocks set records as fear recedes from market; gold dips

Stocks have been rallying since Wednesday, after investors took comments from US and Iranian officials to mean no military escalation is imminent.

  Drew Brees appears on premiere of ‘Undercover Boss’; Walk-On’s hosts watch party

Fans of the restaurant Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux got to go behind the scenes Wednesday night (Jan. 8) as owner, Brandon Landry, and his partner, Drew Brees, went undercover disguised in wigs and prosthetic makeup.

  Uber now offering PIN code safety feature to all riders

Uber has released a new safety feature to ensure riders are getting into the right car and that drivers are picking up the right riders.

Kripsy Kreme in Baton Rouge projected to reopen in March

Donut lovers in the capital city rejoice, the Krispy Creme location on Plank Road is set to reopen in March of 2020.

  Landry: LSU fans should be wary of ticket scammers

As the LSU Tigers prepare to take on Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Tiger fans should be wary of ticket scams.

  Dr. Rebekah Gee resigns as secretary of Louisiana’s health department

Dr. Rebekah Gee announced her resignation as secretary of the state’s health department effective January 31.

Another major US dairy, Borden, seeks bankruptcy protection

American refrigerators are increasingly stocked with dairy substitutes like soy and almond milk, hammering traditional milk producers.

  Drago’s to open Baton Rouge location in February

The much-anticipated wait to enjoy some famous charbroiled oysters from Drago’s will soon come to an end.

Pier 1 Imports to close hundreds of stores as struggling retailer may be nearing bankruptcy

Pier 1 Imports may be getting ready to file for bankruptcy, as the home furnishings retailer will soon downsize significantly.

LSU receives six proposals for University Lakes rehabilitation project

The university said it has received six proposals for the University Lakes rehabilitation project

  Chevron pulls American oil workers from Iraq

Chevron, the United States' largest oil company, is pulling its American workers from Iraq.

Gotcha launches new app to better experience for riders

Gotcha has launched a new version of its app to improve rider experience.

Oil price keeps rising, industry frets over Iran-US conflict

The energy industry is worried that Iran could strike at oil and gas facilities along the Persian Gulf that are important to the U.S. and its regional allies.

Waitr announces Carl Grimstad as new CEO

Waitr Holdings announced on Friday the appointment of Carl Grimstad as Chief Executive Officer.

  Increases predicted in 2020 for real estate in SWLA

The average cost of a home in 2019 for SWLA was $186,000 according to Debbie Link, President of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Realtors but that price may change in 2020.

  Louisiana fails to meet most goals set by Gov. Mike Foster in 1999 'Vision 2020′ development plan

The top priority in 1999 was to make Louisiana one of the 10 best states to live and work in by this year.

Mazda in Baton Rouge to complete renovations in early 2020

Baton Rouge’s Mazda dealer is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation set to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

Gas prices predicted to remain steady in 2020

GasBuddy predicts the average price for a gallon of gas will drop by two cents this year.

U-Haul to stop hiring nicotine users in 21 states

If you’re a nicotine user, U-Haul won’t hire you for a job with the company in 21 states.

Scalise says new trade deal will bring 6000 jobs to south Louisiana

Congressman Scalise says new trade deal should bring 6000 new jobs to South Louisiana through petrochemical, and agricultural export increases to Mexico, and Canada.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Leaked messages from management appear to show possible cuts to Sammy’s Grill operations, owner confirms

The 9News Investigators have obtained copies of messages between Sammy’s Grill employees, including management at the Prairieville location, that seem to show a drastic reduction in the operations of the restaurant chain.

  Visit Baton Rouge launches ‘Land of Eaux’ tourism campaign to capitalize on LSU football success

The Tigers’ success on the football field has earned the City of Baton Rouge some serious national attention.

Top 2019 business headlines in the Red Stick

Take a look at what happened in the Baton Rouge business world in 2019.

  Coast fishermen stand united in federal lawsuit over Spillway opening

2019 is a year many fishermen on the Mississippi Gulf Coast would like to forget. Now action is being taken to make sure there won’t be a repeat in 2020 of the problems created by the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

  La. becomes first state to get approval from USDA for industrial hemp program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has now approved Louisiana’s hemp plan, making it the first of three states to get approval as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain made the announcement Friday, Dec. 27.

Two Sammy’s Grill locations face eviction; owner claims deal reached with landlord

The landlord of the Sammy’s Grill locations in Baton Rouge and Prairieville has filed eviction suits against the restaurant for unpaid rent.

Tobacco, vape store owners start implementing 21+ smoking age law

Since a growing push to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, Congress voted to put it in black and white in a spending bill with President Trump signing the bill into law.

  Ascension sewer consolidation proposal vote postponed

A heated discussion is expected to take place in Ascension Parish Friday, Dec. 20.

The most popular toys for Christmas this year

If you still have some children to buy for we have a list of the most popular toys this Christmas.

What to do before the tax year ends

Tying up loose ends with your taxes might not be on the top of our holiday to-do lists.

The French Quarter makes TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s most popular attractions

The New Orleans French Quarter makes TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s most popular attractions

Stocks rise on Wall Street as rally stretches to fourth day

Stocks are on track to break record highs on Wall Street Monday.

Boeing to halt production of 737 Max airliner in January

Boeing said it will assess production based on when the plane returns to service.

Plant studio opens in downtown Baton Rouge

If you’re wanting to add a touch of green to your home, a new business in Baton Rouge is trying to take care of your indoor-plant needs.

  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.

  Southern University to host cannabis education symposium

Southern University will host a cannabis education symposium in December.

OLOL announces new foundation president

The announcement follows a months-long search to replace John Paul Funes.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Inside Mimosa Handcrafted jewelry

In this edition of Showcasing Louisiana, go behind the scenes of local jewelry line, Mimosa Handcrafted, to learn the stories behind their Louisiana-inspired pieces.

  OLOL, NeuroMedical Center to open new ICU

Officials say the new unit expands the hospital’s footprint as a center for comprehensive stroke and neurological care in the region.

Piccadilly opens Wednesday for Juban Crossing location

Piccadilly is opening a new concept restaurant in Denham Springs this December.

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

The international company's financial trouble came to light two years ago, when executives were accused of cooking the books and misleading shareholders.

DeVos: Defrauded students may only get partial loan relief

The U.S. Education Department has released a new policy that will provide full loan forgiveness to students who are cheated by their colleges only if they earn far less than their peers.

  What’s next for St. George?

It has been almost two months since voters decided to create a new City of St. George.

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

GM on Tuesday rolled out the next generation of its big truck-based SUVs with more space and features.

  Saenger Theatre announces new details ahead of official opening

The Saenger Theatre will officially open its doors to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 11

  Louisiana health department announces free hepatitis C screenings at Walmart stores

The screenings will be available at the pharmacies of 10 Walmart stores.

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

LSU announced it is accepting proposals seeking a project advisor for the University Lakes Project.

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

Chipotle is taking steps to ensure a healthier workforce, but you won't be able to get away with faking sick.

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

Microblading wasn't a trendy Instagram hashtag when Danielle Lemonie first discovered it.

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.