Despite COVID-19 pandemic many still celebrate Fourth of July safely

Fourth of July celebrations may have seemed a little different in 2020 due to event cancellations across the country, including several events in Baton Rouge. However, there were a few ways the public chose to celebrate safely.

Prayer for racial harmony released by Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge commission

  Family-friendly, Independence Day themed activities to celebrate while inside

  People and businesses react to new mask mandate

Teen suffers with persistent fever; potential viral illness

EBR district judge Chip Moore hospitalized with COVID-19; campaign asks for prayers

  In 2019 nightclub shooting that injured 7, victim sues club operators

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  Pelicans’ Zion Williamson encourages Louisianans to ‘stay safe and wear your mask’ in new video

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you’re celebrating Independence Day this weekend

  USS KIDD will not host Fourth of July celebrations due to COVID-19

  LifeShare Blood Center hosting annual ‘United We Give’ donation event through July 4

  Hoping to give kids a better memory of 2020, Front Yard Bikes gives 100+ kids brand new bikes

Where you can and can’t shoot off fireworks

  Fourth of July firework safety tips

If you’re planning a backyard fireworks show, follow these tips.

  ‘We can’t afford to go back': Mayor Broome discusses mask mandate with business leaders

Business leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish got to ask questions about the new mask mandate imposed by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome during a webinar hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

FOUND: Woman back home after going missing Wednesday

A Baker woman is back with her family after going missing Wednesday.

Man injured in shooting on Gus Young Ave. arrested after killing 1

On Wednesday, July 1, Baton Rouge Police Detectives arrested Armon Wilson, 22, in connection with the death of Jerome Kinchen, 34, which occurred on June 27 in the 4800 block of Gus Young Avenue.

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Despite denial, records show extensive online shopping by Connie Bernard during crucial board meeting

  Southern University unveils line of THC-based medical marijuana products, marking historic launch among HBCUs

EBR school board approves new superintendent’s contract at special meeting

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs launches letter-writing program to help support vets during pandemic

Man found asleep in Governor’s Mansion now facing attempted second-degree murder charge for alleged June 2020 crime

COVID-19 CLOSURES: Here’s what’s temporarily closing as a precaution to COVID-19 cases linked to area venues

Several businesses and facilities in the Baton Rouge area have announced temporary closures due to the threat of COVID-19.

Behavioral Health launches outreach line to prevent crisis

By calling 1-833-333-1132, individuals can find real-time support to avoid, prevent or intercept a crisis from occurring.

  Health officials urge La. residents to answer phone calls from contact tracers

Health professionals have stressed there is nothing to fear, and the call does more to help.

Wallet returned 6 years after being lost becomes message of hope

A seemingly insignificant gesture that inspires hope and joy is almost never fully appreciated in the moment. In the moment, it just seems like the right thing to do.

Big Buddy program offers kids a free virtual summer camp experience

Looking for a fun and easy way to keep your kid entertained this summer?

FOUND: Man found safe after going missing from Baker home

A man last seen Saturday, June 27, was found safe and well Sunday, June 28, police officials said.

  Registration now open for Spark Box summer initiative free activity kits for kids

Attention parents! Registration is now open for Boo Milton’s Spark Box summer initiative for kids.

  National HIV Testing Day offers free testing in Baton Rouge community

On Saturday, June 27, community leaders participated in National HIV Testing Day.

As virus cases spike, Louisiana struggles with tracking work

Data from the state health department shows only 59% of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-May have responded to phone calls from contact tracers.

Twelve reports of instability, including head and toe injuries lead to bench recall

Buyers can receive a free repair kit for their bench by calling 971-420-8258.

FOUND: Teen from WBR

Jason Strebeck, 16, was last seen in West Baton Rouge Parish late Wednesday, June 24.

  Services provided by American Legion at risk as funding dries up

The American Legion in Baton Rouge, an organization focused on serving U.S. veterans, is operating with a much tighter budget after donations have slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Explicit, racist hack during online public meeting, leads BREC to involve FBI

Baton Rouge’s parks and recreation system, BREC, will contact the FBI to investigate an explicit hack of its online public meeting Thursday, June 25.

Donations being accepted for La. baby in NICU, mother who died from COVID-19 complications

A GoFundMe online donation fund says a mother experienced complications after contracting COVID-19. She died Thursday, June 25, the fund says.

  OLOLCH ‘Driving the Future’ winners select their new vehicles

Five lucky winners drove off in new Lexus vehicles Friday morning.

EBR Parish Library plans soft opening for River Center branch in downtown Baton Rouge

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is holding a soft opening event at the library at 9:30 a.m.

  Lotus Food Pantry hosting free drive-thru food giveaway for seniors

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is hosting yet another free drive-thru food giveaway event at its Lotus Food Pantry on Friday, June 26.

Connie Bernard controversy spills over to BREC; reverse discrimination claim, racist audio hack cause meeting issues

The controversy surrounding East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard spilled over to the commission in charge of Baton Rouge’s parks and recreation system, BREC, Thursday, June 25.

BREC pushes to remove Connie Bernard as its school board liaison

Leaders for Baton Rouge’s parks and recreation system, BREC, will send East Baton Rouge Parish School Board president Mike Gaudet a formal request to remove board member Connie Bernard as the school system’s appointed BREC liaison.

Proposal for La. task force, study to ‘restore’ public trust in law enforcement passes

The proposal shows lawmakers hope to address “the disparate treatment of people of color by law enforcement agencies” through the creation of the task force.

Tugboat, 24 barges aground after captain’s medical emergency near Geismar

A tugboat and 24 barges ran aground after the tugboat’s captain had a medical emergency, officials said.

MOVEBR Program on Track to Exceed Local Small Business Participation Target

Hoping to achieve at least 20% in small business participation in the MOVEBR program, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the program is on track to exceed that number.

  River Branch Library in downtown Baton Rouge finally opening to the public

The River Branch Library in downtown Baton Rouge will officially open Friday, June 26.

  Bakers for Black Lives raising money to create opportunities for people of color

Bakers for Black Lives is a collaboration of bakers committed to supporting people and organizations that are working towards creating equitable opportunities for communities of color.

Connie Bernard faces renewed calls for resignation from colleagues on EBR school board, community over Robert E. Lee controversy

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is again facing an onslaught of scrutiny, including renewed calls for her resignation.

La. activist Gary Chambers blasts Connie Bernard in viral speech, leads call to remove Confederate symbols in state

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Connie Bernard is now facing nationwide scrutiny following an impassioned speech from activist Gary Chambers at a recent school board meeting.

American Idol Laine Hardy tests positive for COVID-19

Laine Hardy announced he is home recovering after receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Nearly 1,000 hepatitis A cases documented in ongoing La. outbreak

Louisiana is close to linking 1,000 hepatitis A cases to an outbreak that began in 2018.

  LSU-area bars linked to at least 100 reports of COVID-19; closures announced

At least three bars near the LSU campus have employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), owners of the establishments confirmed Friday.

  Community leaders led inaugural Louisiana Suit March

Local serial entrepreneur, Calvin Mills, and community leaders will lead the inaugural Louisiana Suit March to the State Capital on Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m.

Gov. Edwards’ stances on protests and churches inconsistent, judge warns after shooting down Tony Spell’s appeal

Rev. Tony Spell, for the second time, failed to convince judges to side with him rather than Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. But, among the various pages judges dedicated to dismantling Spell’s logic, was a message cautioning Gov. Edwards.

  Crews begin process of removing ‘Middleton’ name from LSU’s library

Crews have started removing the name ‘Middleton’ from several areas outside of the LSU library.

  Juneteenth celebrations held Saturday in Baton Rouge

The coronavirus pandemic forced a bit of a change in the way Juneteenth was be celebrated in Baton Rouge. It’s a change, however, that was fitting in several ways.

  The Chimes near LSU closes temporarily as campus-area bars report potential COVID-19 cases

The Chimes is temporarily closing its location near Louisiana State University’s north gate as health officials investigate potential outbreaks of COVID-19 linked to bars near campus.

  Local artist helps raise money for OLOLCH through live painting

A local artist used his skills to host a live fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health.

Dawn Collins responds to backlash after supporting white EBR superintendent candidate in nearly racially polarized vote

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Dawn Collins issue a response after receiving criticism for supporting Leslie Brown for superintendent over Nakia Towns.

  CAAWS and USPS partner up to offer safety tips to prevent dog attacks

This week is Dog Bite Awareness Week, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) is partnering with the Baton Rouge Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) to help bring safety tips to prevent dog attacks.

  LSU board votes in favor of removing Middleton name from library

LSU officials met with black student leaders to discuss ways to make "real change" on campus.

Mayor Broome proclaims Juneteenth Day in Baton Rouge

Juneteenth represents the symbolic and historical commemoration of the end of slavery.

  School board favors hearing new names for Lee High School

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday, June 18 agreed to hear recommendations for a new name for Lee High School.

  Two organizations, state representative partner for first Unified Juneteenth Caravan 2020

Two organizations and a state representative are partnering for the first time ever to host one unified Juneteenth celebration due to coronavirus pandemic.

  Mayor Broome, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank hosting drive-thru food distribution at Glen Oaks High

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to host a drive-thru food distribution event at Glen Oaks High School.

Inspired by demonstrations, New Orleans attorney paints recent protests

His current piece is from earlier this month when he and other demonstrators walked down Poydras, passing the Mercedes Super dome, and onto the I-10 overpass.

  EBR Metro Council approves pedestrian and bicycle master plan

The East Baton Rouge Parish Pedestrian and Bicycle Masterplan was approved unanimously by the metro council in a 9-0 vote.

Jewel J. Newman Community Center hosting Juneteenth celebration for clients

The Jewel J. Newman Community Center in Baton Rouge hosted a Juneteenth event Friday, June 19 for current food pantry clients.

North Baton Rouge business owners host town hall with local elected officials

Elected officials talked about the accomplishments and lingering challenges facing North Baton Rouge with the first of what they hope will become a regular series of meetings involving the public.

Rescue Alliance hosting drive-thru emergency pet food giveaway in Denham Springs

The organization will be hosting the drive-thru food bank at Agape Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

Ochsner hosting blood donation drive with free COVID-19 antibody testing

Donate blood Thursday and receive a free antibody test.

KSLA News 12 profile: Homer’s first African-American female firefighter

“I can motivate someone else to do something; not only that, but females as well”

Open Health Care Clinic employees kneel for peace, racial justice

Employees at three locations on North Boulevard participated in the nine-minute demonstration.

  BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo extends 50-cent admission hours in June

The special offer is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Baton Rouge Zoo.

Discussing race relations with kids, experts share tips

Experts say these types of difficult conversations often depend on your child's age.

Black journalists discuss race relations with Mayor Broome

WAFB's Greg Meriwether will be among three journalists joining Mayor Broome to discuss race in the capital area.

Resources for talking about race, racism with kids

Tough but meaningful conversations about race are happening across the globe.

La. adopts daylight saving time year-round, pending federal approval

A bill signed into law by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says the state will adopt daylight saving time as the year-round standard time, pending changes in federal law.

Accidentally threw out or lost your P-EBT card? Here’s what you should do

Louisianans who may have missed the memo that Louisiana Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food assistance cards are arriving in plain white envelopes with an Austin, Texas, return address should take the following steps to get help if they’ve tossed their card out.

  Flames visible from I-10 as crews battled Braddock Street house fire

Firefighters battled a house fire in the 1630 block of Braddock Street Sunday, June 14.

La. changes law surrounding cremations of those who die under ’suspicious circumstances’

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill that modifies the circumstances under which coroners in the state can issue cremation permits.