Bridge Center moves ahead with service provider

On Monday, Aug. 19, the Bridge Center board of directors selected RI International (Recovery Incorporated) to manage the long-talked-about mental health facility.

  Friends of Sadie Thibodaux hold fundraiser in her honor

  Community gathers to restore vandalized African American museum, teach children the benefits of fellowship

  Leaders unveil master plan for BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo and the Greenwood Community Park

  A MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE: 5-year-old with autism taken for bus ride to wrong school

REPORT: Plane crash claims the life of iconic New Orleans stunt pilot Franklin Augustus, beloved journalist Nancy Parker

  Dodgeball tournament being held to help Baton Rouge area non-profits

Continued Coverage

  Ziggy’s legacy continues through toy drive; mother fulfills promise

  Lighthouse Louisiana facility on Flannery Road unveils renovations after flooding in 2016

  Seniors play bingo with law enforcement, express concerns about neighborhoods

EBRSO holds 10th Annual Awards Banquet

  Liberty Lagoon to close this weekend because of equipment failure

9News This Morning Road Trip: Donaldsonville

  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.

  Opening its doors, Palo Alto Plantation ready to show off over 170 years of history

The newest old home on the block is a plantation home you may not know about: Palo Alto.

  Donaldsonville building with storied, ‘sordid’ past en route to revitilization

Chef John Folse donated one of two buildings he owns in Donaldsonville in the hopes it can be restored into a grocery store and museum.

  Lowery Elementary prepares for LEAP tests with hype videos

Students at Lowery Elementary School are eagerly starting off the 2019-20 school year in Donaldsonville.

  True Friends Hall hopes to return Donaldsonville to ‘cultural Mecca’ status

  Ascension Catholic, rooted in history, remains true to tradition over 200 years later

  Tense Library Board of Control meeting over questionable past spending

  They asked for how much? New questions surface about how EBR library is spending money

  St. George Fire Department breaks ground on new station

  Live After Five announces fall 2019 lineup

LSU welcomes new freshman class to campus

Move-in for the fall semester will begin this weekend for incoming LSU freshmen.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Inside Deaf Focus and its advocacy work

A bright spot during Hurricane Barry came during an emergency briefing provided by Ascension Parish leaders. It wasn’t anything officials actually said, but it was the expressive gesturing of sign language interpreter, Ari Latino, that captured everyone’s attention.

  Southern University welcomes new freshman class to campus

Wednesday, Aug. 14 was move-in day at Southern University, which means there were plenty of teary-eyed parents, excited freshmen, and lots of U-Hauls.

  LSDVI opens new education center for students to learn more about career paths

There’s now a new education center specifically to help students at the Louisiana Schools for the Deaf and the Visually Impaired (LSDVI).

  New eye clinic opens in Old South Baton Rouge

For the first time in decades, people in Old South Baton Rouge can walk to their next eye exam.

  Ascension Public Schools holds groundbreaking for new school; more on deck

Ascension Public Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony for Bluff Ridge Primary on Tuesday, Aug. 13, with plans to have the school ready for the fall of 2020. Bluff Ridge Primary is one of four new schools set to open. Bullion Primary school opened for the 2019-20 school year.

  Algae in Lake Pontchartrain, Gulf Coast beaches can be fatal to pets

Lake experts and veterinarian warn pet owners to keep animals away from lakes, ponds and beaches with potentially toxic algae.

West Baton Rouge animal shelter says it’s full, is calling for people to adopt

The West Baton Rouge Rouge Parish Shelter and Animal Control is asking people to adopt since its shelter is “full full full.”

  Packed auditorium in Walker as residents discuss drainage issues with City and Parish officials

Residents living in Walker and throughout Livingston Parish voiced their drainage concerns at a Town Hall meeting Monday night.

  BREC offers sneak peek at Baton Rouge Zoo renovation plans

BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson unveiled new renderings of a renovated Baton Rouge Zoo Monday, Aug. 12. The full plan will be available to the public Saturday, Aug. 17.

Woman’s Hospital puts year-round emphasis on breastfeeding awareness

World Breastfeeding Week has come and gone, but Woman’s Hospital is continuing its efforts to encourage communities to support mothers who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding.

Birthday girl given crown by EBRSO sergeant

A small act of kindness helped make a child’s birthday one she will never forget.

Tangipahoa Parish School System working around cyber attack on first day of school

Faculty in Tangipahoa refuse to let a cyberattack ruin students' return to class.

  Denham Springs animal shelter under construction, in need of fosters

Staff at a shelter in Denham Springs are hoping community members will help foster animals as the facility is forced to reduce the amount of space available to house the animals while renovations continue.

Students pause to pray before heading back to school in some communities

With the first day of school coming up in several communities across Louisiana, some students are gathering to pray with their colleagues and teachers.

  Man whose dog died in hot car after being stolen honors pooch’s memory with fundraiser at Spanky’s

After his beloved dog was snatched and left to die in a stolen truck, David Mohr continues to honor his “Roleaux” through a foundation created to assist in the fostering and adoption of animals that need great forever homes.

  Volunteers rally to rid Amite River of debris, hidden hazards beneath the surface

Boaters have long shared concerns about the amount of trash and debris floating along the Amite River. On Saturday, August 10 those same boaters joined community members and volunteers to take matters into their own hands.

Woman stuns with powerful rendition of Star-Spangled Banner, story of surviving car accident and cancer diagnosis

Dozens of people attending Amite High School’s back to school event held at Southeastern Louisiana University were captivated at a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner sang by Sharnwanika Cotton.

POLICE: Skinny dipping in pond to beat the heat may lead to uncomfortable snapping turtle encounter

Representatives from the Walker Police Department are encouraging members of the public to remain safe as extreme heat flows through the area.

Patients who recently experienced heart failure wanted for clinical trial

Ochsner is currently enrolling patients 18 years of age or older with Class II, III, or IV heart failure to participate in what hospital officials say may be one of the largest heart failure medical device trials in the U.S.

  Backpacks given to students to honor Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s commitment to education

Marking the beginning of a new school year, hundreds of backpacks were given to children Friday night at Scotlandville BREC Park.

  Baton Rouge area organizations helping veteran to get a job, car

Sean Dempsey served three years of military duty overseas. He says returning to a normal life has not been easy.

  Huge American flag raised in Plaquemine

A huge American flag was raised in Plaquemine Friday, Aug. 9 as part of a special ceremony.

  Livingston Parish school enrollment passes pre-flood total for first time

Superintendent Joe Murphy says 26,150 children were enrolled in Livingston Parish schools by 10 a.m. on the first day of class (Friday, Aug. 9), passing pre-2016 flood totals for the first time.

OLOL in need of Type O blood from Louisiana residents

Our Lady of the Lake’s Blood Donor Center is seeking donors who can provide O-positive and O-negative blood.

  Helping seniors sort through school mementos

For seniors and their parents, this final year is also a good time to look back and start sorting through the mementos collected throughout a school career.

  Race for Ascension Parish President set, as Sheriff does not endorse his brother

The race for Ascension Parish President is now set.

Woman’s therapy program helps kids with picky eating, eating disorders

When your child’s food selection is more than picky eating, Woman’s Hospital can help by recommending its Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.

  Tips for organizing the back to school chaos

All over the country, kids and their parents are setting alarm clocks and packing up for a new school year. For Kennedy Passantino and her mom, Pam, that also means getting back into a well-organized routine.

  East Baton Rouge school officials ready for school year; police warn not to use phones in school zones

Summer vacation is over and school is back in session. West Baton Rouge Parish students returned to campus Wednesday, Aug. 7, and East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Pointe Coupee parishes head back Thursday, Aug. 8.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Chauvin Sculpture Garden captivates with mystery and intrigue

A sculpture garden of over 100 life-size sculptures crafted by a humble, mysterious artist sits in the small coastal Louisiana community of Chauvin.

  National program taught in Baton Rouge on how to Stop the Bleed in emergency situations

In the aftermath of tragedies, there’s something you can do to help and potentially save a life.

  Denham Springs group seeking to help support military troops overseas

A group in Denham Springs is collecting donations for care packages to send to military troops overseas.

  Baton Rouge Healing Circle looking to help victims of trauma through conversation

If you were looking for a safe space to share your feelings about the recent mass shootings across the nation this past weekend, an event took place Tuesday evening in Baton Rouge to do just that.

How’s Donna?

An update on the condition of beloved WAFB News anchor Donna Britt, who has ALS.

  SU’s Human Jukebox to perform at 2020 Rose Parade

The Human Jukebox has been selected to perform at the Rose Parade in 2020.

Manship Theater to show new Toni Morrison documentary

As the world reels over the death of the Pulitzer prize winning American author Toni Morrison, there’s a local opportunity to appreciate the life of the iconic writer.

3rd Annual Tiger 10K

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Tiger 10K!

  Petition to add streetlights on Nicholson Drive near Tigerland gaining steam

There have been several complaints about the lack of lighting on Nicholson Drive. As recently as June, LSU student, Sarah James, was struck while walking back towards LSU’s campus from Tigerland.

Ben Folds to perform with LSU Symphony Orchestra

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds will perform with the LSU Symphony Orchestra for two performances in the fall.

Back to school community bike ride used to teach kids about safety

Cyclists hit the streets Monday afternoon as students head back to school for the 2019-20 school year.

Artist creates tribute mural for community activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph

A local artist designed and painted a mural that pays tribute to community activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

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.

Gotcha temporarily offering free bike rides in Baton Rouge

If you haven’t had the chance to test drive the new Gotcha bikes, now is your chance to do it at no charge.

Health, financial reminders for parents before school starts

The beginning of the school year is always hectic, and experts are urging parents not to let their child’s physical and financial health take a backseat to the added responsibilities that are sure to come.

Now is the time to get your child immunized before school starts, health officials say

Now is a good time for your child to see his or her pediatrician for immunizations and well visits.

Stylists in Baton Rouge hope to boost confidence with free haircuts, style before school starts

There is something about a fresh haircut that can put children in the right mindset for the first day of school.

Community leaders help students prepare for upcoming school year

Summer is almost over for many young students, and many families in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas are finding a little additional help getting the necessary school supplies.

  Baton Rouge Residents donate blood in aftermath of El Paso and Dayton shootings

Hospitals in El Paso, Texas are preparing to receive multiple patients injured in a mass shooting at a popular shopping mall. The El Paso police department is asking members of the public in surrounding areas and states schedule a blood donation.

  The changing face of heart disease includes younger people, doctors say

In decades past, heart disease seemed to have a vendetta against a classic type of patient, quietly eating away at its victims as they indulged in their habits. The illness was a serial killer, and the victim was clear: older, male smokers with high cholesterol.

  ‘My life has been filled with laughter and love’: Slaughter woman celebrates 100th birthday

Mary Allen, a resident of Grace Health & Rehab Center in Slaughter, celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 2.

  5-year-old boy using own signs and thumbs up to stop speeders in his neighborhood

One 5-year-old boy has a request for drivers: slow down!

  Three-day conference addresses social issues in ethnic communities

There’s a growing concern surrounding unspoken issues in ethnic communities. Donney Rose started the Black Out Loud conference to help address some of those issues.

  BRPD looking to ‘Bridge the Gap’ with community during recruitment event

Are you interested in joining the men and women at the Baton Rouge Police Department? The department is trying to Bridge the Gap with the community.

  LSU, SU hold summer commencement ceremonies

Louisiana State and Southern universities both held their summer commencement ceremonies Friday, Aug. 2.

  Filming of ’10 Double Zero’, scheduled to happen in downtown BR, delayed until further notice

On Friday, Aug. 2, the Downtown Development District announced a movie scheduled to be filmed in downtown Baton Rouge has been delayed until further notice.

  Event for Holly Clegg Gastric Cancer Research Fund raises more than $150k in one night

Thursday night, a fundraiser was held at The Varsity to benefit the Holly Clegg Gastric Cancer Research Fund. The benefit raised about $165,000, even organizers say.

Pennington Biomedical invents pet food that can help animals lose weight, live longer

A new pet food that uses technology invented and patented by LSU’s Penning Biomedical Research Center promises to speed metabolism in cats and dogs in order to help them lose weight and live longer lives.