Xavier University of Louisiana graduate honored with scholarship for medical school

Ochsner Health System awarded recent Xavier University of Louisiana graduate Sarah Bertrand its inaugural Ochsner Health System Medical School Scholarship for LSU Health Shreveport – School of Medicine - which will cover cost of tuition and fees for her to attend the four-year medical school program

Gretna Police Department fires two officers following controversial Ocasio-Cortez social media post

Livingston Parish rolls out 22 new buses to replace those damaged in 2016 flood

Founding member of The Meters, Art Neville, passes away at age 81

  2019 Back-to-school events, supply drives

Sheriff: Body of woman believed to be Denham Springs fatal shooting suspect recovered

Search and rescue unit riding through St. Landry Parish to help residents trapped by flooding

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  Volleyball tournament held to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research

Man trapped by water for days after Barry rescued Sunday

Louisiana man arrested after woman found shot to death in her home

  Man uses personal tragedy to help area shelters, pets through new non-profit

Deputies shave their heads to support colleague’s wife during cancer battle

Dozens of businesses issued permits to sell CBD products in La.

  Community fights for peace through prayer march

Dozens of people marched through the streets of Baton Rouge with hopes to use their voices to promote peace across the parish.

La. sheriff seriously injures fingers in farming incident

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. seriously injured three of his fingers in a farming incident Friday, July 19, the sheriff’s office announced.

Police say it’s too hot to commit crimes, advises everyone stay inside and watch movies instead

Police in Bryant, Arkansas sent out an urgent alert requesting members of the public to stop all criminal activity due to sweltering heat being felt around the country.

Louisiana governor’s tweet: Please don’t feed the alligators

Louisiana officials say people are seeing more alligators than usual because waterways are high, but it's a bad idea to feed them

  2020 Principal, Teacher of the Year awards announced

  Polk Elementary to be renamed after first black female EBR School Board member

  Dogs evacuated due to Hurricane Barry now housed in a barn until homes can be found

RRB Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity Softball Game set for Friday

Ex-LSU lineman shot by dog returns to daily life

  EBR school board passes budget with reduced, refocused spending

Baton Rouge’s Jay Ducote beats Bobby Flay in cooking competition

On Thursday, July 18, Baton Rouge chef, Jay Ducote, bested famous chef, Bobby Flay, in Food Network’s popular show, Beat Bobby Flay.

Woman’s Hospital’s ‘Life Among Women’ blog honored as one of the best women’s health blogs in the country

Woman’s Hospital’s “Life Among Women” blog is making waves, scooping up a national honor for its role in providing crucial healthcare information to women.

Bike share service now available in Baton Rouge

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

Pediatric burn survivors share their stories, create new friendships at free summer camp

In addition to enjoying an action-packed week filled with inflatable obstacle courses, Relay Olympics, and fishing, campers at BRG’s Camp Catahoula are interacting and sharing their experiences with other burn survivors.

SU alum, professor recalls working on Apollo 11 Mission to send first man to the moon

Morgan Watson grew up in St. Joseph, Louisiana and picked cotton. He never imagined he’d one day work to send the first man to the moon.

Vaccine guidance issued for Barry aftermath, hurricane season

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) advises residents and those who worked with the public during and after Barry consider guidance about vaccinations to protect against infectious diseases

  Friends, family, first responders mourn loss of ‘The Cake Lady’

Betty Weber spent countless hours baking goods for Baton Rouge first responders.

Where Pen & Paper Have Their Part: Mason Sibley touches hearts with art

Local published illustrator, Mason Sibley, still enjoys drawing classic Disney animated characters and superheroes. That’s because Mason is only 16 years old. His drawing “career” began at an early age.

  Future of Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s museum unclear after her death

Plywood and nails now cover the front door to the Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African American History. It’s where Sadie Roberts-Joseph spent much of her time teaching and educating anyone willing to learn. Unfortunately, visitors can only experience its history from the outside for now.

  3 Years Later: A day in the life of Nick Tullier

It’s an anniversary many in Baton Rouge may never forget: when time stood still on a Sunday morning, bringing the city to a complete stop. Six law enforcement officers were shot.

  Sign language interpreter who worked during Hurricane Barry named honorary sheriff

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has named a sign language interpreter who worked during Hurricane Barry to keep the public informed as honorary sheriff.

  Family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph mourns activist’s death

The family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph continues to work through her death.

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.

Volunteers to collect donations for annual Livingston Parish school supply drive

As families start gearing up for the upcoming school year, preparations are underway to collect schools supplies in Livingston Parish.

Some areas still under boil water advisories

The Louisiana Department of Health issued boil water advisories for multiple public water systems in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry.

9-year-old creates social media challenge to clean up hometown streets after Barry

A 9 year old girl of Franklin, La. has taken to social media to encourage residents to clean out the town’s drains after Hurricane Barry.

  WAFB’s Elizabeth Vowell dancing in this year’s Dancing for a Cause; event rescheduled due to Hurricane Barry

Dancing for a Cause will return in the summer of 2019 to benefit The Arc of East Ascension, a program dedicated to helping and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and the elderly.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two elected leaders defend Las Vegas business trip during Hurricane Barry

One day after declaring a state of emergency for his parish, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa was checking into a hotel in Las Vegas.

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.

Iberia Medical Center evacuated after generators fail during Barry

The Louisiana Department of Health assisted other emergency officials and hospital staff to evacuate Iberia Medical Center shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, July 14.

Cancellations and closures due to Barry

Several events in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas have been canceled due to Barry.

  Concern over river levels ramp up ahead of Barry landfall

Tropical Storm Barry could pack quite a punch for the capital area but with all the rain that is expected, there is fresh concern about where the water could end up and it has several residents worried about rivers.

Animal shelter needs help housing animals ahead of storm

The St. Landry Parish Animal Control and Rescue is attempting to locate homes for dozens of animals ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. The organization says it may be forced to euthanize all out doors kept animals at its facility if employees are unable to move the pets out of the danger zone.

Gov. Edwards request Federal Emergency Declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

Governor John Bel Edwards contacted President Donald Trump Thursday, July 11, requesting a Federal Declaration of Emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Barry making landfall along the Louisiana coast.

Owner finalized plans for Roleaux Foundation to honor fallen companion, help other area animals

A man who tragically lost his dog is looking for ways to honor his memory by giving back.

EBR residents who reported damage from June severe weather won’t get FEMA assistance, city says

East Baton Rouge Parish residents who reported damage after severe weather in early June won’t get any funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  Lifeshare, OLOL in desperate need of blood donors ahead of severe tropical weather

The Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center says its in urgent need for Type O positive and negative blood donors to donate immediately.

  Holly Clegg shares new mission inspired by terminal diagnosis

If you’ve every picked up one of Holly Clegg’s cookbooks, her passion for food, for making it good and making it good for you, shines through every recipe and notation.

  Sacred Place grant could clean up Sweet Olive Cemetery

It’s a story WAFB has visited for years now: the lack of care that goes into Sweet Olive Cemetery. It’s the oldest African American cemetery in Baton Rouge, but it’s also arguably the most unkempt.

Local churches to host backpack giveaway in July

Local churches are trying to help out the community with a backpack giveaway ahead of the back-to-school season.

Man charged with hate crime after yelling slurs at officer

Arrest documents show Richard Wilson, 48, was charged with battery of a police officer and a hate crime after an altercation with staff at a local hospital.

Man arrested after hammer attack

Police arrested Patrick John Hyde, 47, for his alleged involvement in a hammer attack on another person Wednesday, July 3.

  KIRAN: Former Iberville Oaks employee, woman who quit job to care for ailing mother speak about facility’s poor conditions

Investigations by the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, LDH, and the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General remain ongoing.

Seventeen new physicians graduate Baton Rouge General’s residency programs

Seventeen new physicians have graduated from Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) residency programs in family medicine and internal medicine.

Jones Creek library to briefly close for construction preparation

The Jones Creek Regional Branch Library will be closed for several days in July in preparation for its renovation project.

Volunteer for community cleanup day July 20

The next installment of Operation Fresh Start, community-led cleanup and beautification, is set for Saturday, July 20.

  Man desperate after dog, truck allegedly nabbed in broad daylight

A man is devastated after what was supposed to be a quick trip to the doughnut shop ended with him in the hospital and both his dog, Roleaux, and his truck missing.

World War II veteran’s grave marker found in field; memorial service held in Louisiana

July Fourth weekend is a typical time to honor the troops. But holding a memorial service for a veteran who passed away nearly 30 years ago, is well, different.

  Power restored to thousands after strong Sunday winds

Demco crews were able to restore power just after 7 p.m. Entergy dispatched crews to help restore power for its customers as soon as possible.

  La. native talks about being caught in string of strong earthquakes

A Louisiana native was among hundreds of others around the country shaken up after strong earthquakes struck California. The earthquakes which originated in California were felt miles away in Las Vegas.

APSO deputies find teen who went missing at July Fourth fireworks show; teen in good health

The St. Gabriel Police Department says deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department were able to locate a teen who went missing at a July Fourth fireworks show at the St. Gabriel Community Center.

Man accused of brutally beating woman on I-10

Baton Rouge Police arrested Ty Thibodeaux, 23, for his involvement in a brutal beating on I-10.

  Don’t Fall In: Alligators congregate around risky feeders

You know the old saying: For every 2,181 people in Boutte, La., there are 10 alligators.

  Rescued Terrytown dogs give offenders second chance to make a difference

Offenders housed at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana are getting a second chance to make a difference in the lives of those most in need. Dixon is home to Pen Pals, an animal shelter run completely by inmates.

Baton Rouge native named First Rookie of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2020 issue

Baton Rouge native, Brooks Nader, has been named the first-ever, in-person Sports Illustrated rookie for the magazine’s 2020 Swimsuit issue, SI reports.

  Couple weds early in Baton Rouge hospital after bride’s father given just weeks to live

A young couple was just married at Baton Rouge General Medical Center (BRG) for a reason that’s both touching and heartbreaking.

  Downtown Baton Rouge sees big Fourth of July turnout despite levee closure

There’s something truly special about communities coming together to celebrate, and July 4 is one day that brings people together.

  False River boat parade turns to water balloon fight in yearly tradition

The beautiful July 4 view on False River can be misleading.

Woman’s Hospital distinguished as one of Becker’s ‘150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare’

For the sixth year in a row, Woman’s Hospital has been distinguished as one of the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review.

  Watson: American flag raised, welcome sign unveiled on Fourth of July

The stars and stripes were flying high this Independence Day in Watson in Livingston Parish.

  Levees will be off-limits for Fourth of July fireworks; watch from these locations instead

All pedestrian and vehicle access to the levee will be prohibited during Fourth of July celebrations in Baton Rouge.

Laine Hardy to perform in nationally televised 4th of July celebration in Washington, D.C.

The nation will “party with Hardy” on the 4th of July.

Where you can and can’t shoot off fireworks

It's important to keep laws and safety in mind as you celebrate the holidays with fireworks. Different parishes and cities have different regulations, so double check your area's laws to be sure it's legal to use fireworks.

  Experts offer ways to cope with PTSD during Fourth of July fireworks

Pyrotechnics can trigger anxiety, panic attack or flashback in combat veterans who have PTSD

  Baton Rouge gets early start on Fourth of July holiday

There are fewer things better than a Fourth of July celebration.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Customers weigh in on popular capital area snoball locations

It’s not quite summer in south Louisiana until customers satisfy their sweet tooth at a snoball stand. With a different stand on almost every corner, for some, it’s just part of growing up in the area, while others say it’s one of those must-hit spots on their annual trip home to visit family.

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.

  Protecting your pets on the Fourth of July

“It can be quite scary to them. It sounds like a battle going on out there, and they start seeking a place to hide to get away from it.”