Crawfish King Cook-Off Competition goes curbside this year

On Friday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the curbside event will take place at three venue locations across the Baton Rouge and Gonzales area.

City of BR approves bike lanes for Hyacinth Avenue

  Teacher Appreciation Week: Celebrating those who give students hope during a hard year

  Baton Rouge youth can get vaccinated and get hired during event Saturday

  Red Bull sets up skateboarding competition in old MSY terminal

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Inside Miss Angie’s Kitchen

  Registration open for BREC activities

Continued Coverage

  Woman travels from Va. to BR to see announcement of Mulkey as head coach for Lady Tigers

  McKinley High band students hold special signing day, collect quarter million dollars in scholarships

  East Ascension high schooler earns $1.9 million in scholarship offers

  Denham Springs brings back annual Spring Festival

  Denham Springs store owners gear up for their annual spring festival after a year of cancelling

Here’s how to get the all-new WAFB app

  Showcasing Louisiana: Red Dragon Listening Room

For the songwriters who have looked out at those couches and poured their hearts out to the people seated on them, The Red Dragon Listening Room is something special.

  Some in Ascension Parish to vote on new sewer agreement Saturday

Those living in Ascension Parish will vote on a new sewer agreement on Saturday, April 24.

  Baton Rouge native to launch clothing line with major retailer

A Baton Rouge native who has designed outfits for Vice President Kamala Harris, Beyoncé, Lizzo, and other notable people will be launching a clothing line available in Target stores this spring, the designer announced Monday, April 19.

  Families celebrate National Donate a Life Month during BR ‘Path of Remembrance’ ceremony

The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency hosted a “Path of Remembrance” Ceremony at the LSU Rural Life Museum Saturday, April 18.

Volunteers work to clean Gardere Streets in the rain a part of EBR’s Safe Hopeful Neighborhood Clean Up Operation

  Better Business Bureau’s annual Shred Fest happening April 17

SUSLA graduate reflects on first Grambling vs Southern game held in Shreveport

  How to submit an application for the EBR Rental Assistance Program

  Showcasing Louisiana: Night Painter

Beloved Baton Rouge hardware store owner, pastor dies

  Honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Dispatchers, telecommunicators and communications operators are being recognized this week for their ability to act fast and manage high-stress situations.

  Mayor-President Broome looking to rename City Hall Plaza in Downtown after Davis Rhorer

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome wants to rename City Hall Plaza in Downtown Baton Rouge, to honor the memory of Davis Rhorer.

  DSNAP approved for 23 parishes affected by winter storms

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has received federal approval to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in 23 parishes severely affected by the winter storms on Feb. 15-18, 2021.

  EBR: Operation Clean Up postponed

Major clean-up efforts are coming to East Baton Rouge Parish soon. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said it’s called Operation Clean Up.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Greenwell Springs Youth Riders

Sixteen horse and rider pairs gallop through clouds of dust every Tuesday night in BREC’s Shady Park. To the kids, the Youth Riders is about more than waving flags, adrenaline, and flashy cowboy clothes.

  No appointment needed at Port Allen drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine event

West Baton Rouge Parish is partnering with Arbor Health Clinic and the Louisiana Department of Health to offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination event.

  St. Vincent de Paul gives hot meals and baskets for Easter

The pandemic, brought unexpected misfortunes to families across Louisiana. And with some families not having the money to host Easter celebrations, St. Vincent de Paul stepped in, like they always do, to lend a hand

  Churches gear up for Easter weekend, this time with less COVID-19 restrictions

Father Allelo says he is slowly starting to see more Catholics come back, and for Easter Sunday he expects even more. At least bigger than their Christmas mass

  Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church celebrates Easter under the oak trees

Members of the Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church celebrated Easter under the oak trees. This is the first time the church has held an in-person service since August of 2020

Volunteers gather to help man who lost his wife in EF-2 tornado

“We’ve cleaned up his entire property, we’ve picked up every piece of debris, and we’re making this piece of property look like the tornado never hit it."

  Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ announces reopening date

Blue Bayou Water Park will open on May 22, according to a Facebook post.

  Southern University Law Center to host first-of-its-kind esports summit

For the first time ever, SULC will host a virtual ESports Summit on Saturday, April 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  OLOLCH ‘Driving the Future’ for La. Kids with 2021 Lexus vehicle drawing

WAFB is partnering with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to Drive the Future for Louisiana’s kids.

Livingston Parish Public Schools needs more substitute teachers

Quality education for students starts with the preparation and skill of the teacher in the classroom.

  Crawfish fundraiser benefitting SU, SU Lab esports teams

The funds will go directly to programs that have helped secure thousands of dollars in scholarships for student-athlete gamers.

  Copper Mill Elementary brings music back to the public

On March 30, Copper Miller Elementary school choir will have its first concert since the start of the pandemic. However, the performance will be virtual

  IDEA Bridge Academy sickle cell blood drive held in honor of a student

People gathered at the BREC’s Forrest Community Park for a special one-mile Sickle Cell walk held in honor of a young student named Carvontezz Kelly

Pandemic gives time, inspiration for entrepreneurs to start side businesses in Baton Rouge area

As part of a three-part digital series, WAFB spoke with three new small business owners who started a side business in 2020.

Best friends stay ‘true’ to their construction roots by launching home renovation company

Two friends who grew up in Folsom, La., now find themselves busy between their regular 9-5 jobs and managing a home renovation company in a red hot real estate market.

LSU student launches business to help anglers customize their fishing rigs

“2020 was a crazy year to start a business, but I think it definitely helped me gain traction in the industry as so many people were looking to get on the water,” Miller says.

Baton Rouge woman doesn’t let coronavirus stop her from sharing food passion with the world

“The idea came to me while preparing dinner. I ignored the thought for a few weeks, but the inspiration didn’t die. I had created something I wanted to share and hoped others would enjoy it as much as I did,” Franklin says.

  ‘Won’t you forgive me’: Homeless man sings beautiful verse with Baton Rouge gospel artist during video shoot

Quinton Triplett went to the levee underneath the Mississippi River Bridge in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday, March 20 to create some videos to post to his social media accounts to promote his upcoming gospel rap album.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office enters cooperative endeavor agreement with Crime Stoppers

Sheriff Bobby Webre committed $10,000 as part of a cooperative endeavor agreement with Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers to continue assisting and utilizing the anonymous tip line to help solve crimes in Ascension Parish.

  Phase 1 work to begin on University Lakes project

Field work associated with the implementation of the University Lakes Project is set to begin next week.

  BR EMS expanding force, pushing for EMTs and paramedics

East Baton Rouge Parish EMS is now pushing to help recruit people to get trained as EMTs and paramedics.

  ‘Life is too short’: Iberville Parish president devastated after learning ‘dedicated’ employee died in crash

The parish president says he is devastated and almost in disbelief he and the parish have lost a “dedicated” public servant.

  Baton Rouge landmark being torn down for future Amazon delivery center

Demolition crews started to tear down area formerly known as Cortana Mall.

  Metro Council approves last hurdle for old Cortana Mall to turn into new Amazon distribution center

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is clearing the way for Amazon to move into the old Cortana Mall.

Gov. Edwards declares Monday, March 22 ‘Red Beans & Rice Day’

Governor John Bel Edwards will be on the steps of the capitol to celebrate the reading of the proclamation declaring Monday, March 22 “Red Beans & Rice Day” across the State of Louisiana.

  WAFB wins ‘Best Newscast’ and ‘Best Morning Show’

WAFB-TV was honored with awards in both newscast categories during the 2021 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Prestige Awards Thursday.

  WAFB’s Diane Deaton inducted into LAB Hall of Fame

Longtime WAFB weathercaster Diane Deaton was inducted into the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Hammond gym owner uses CrossFit as a lesson for youth

“The environment we’re living in today is toxic,” Brad McKee lamented from the corner of his gym.

  CAA: Pet adoptions $17 thru St. Patrick’s Day March 17th

If you’ve been on the fence about getting a pet, you may be in luck on Wednesday.

  Circle Bowl to close after 62 years in Baton Rouge due to economic toll of coronavirus shutdowns

Owners of the well-known Baton Rouge bowling alley Circle Bowl say the business will be closing after 62 years of operation on April 1.

  EBR public defender’s office ‘profoundly alarmed’ by allegations against BRPD narcotics division

The East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender (OPDBR) has issued a statement in response to recent allegations of misconduct in the narcotics division of the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) saying its attorneys are “profoundly alarmed.”

  College test prep scams are on the rise, how to avoid them

ACT and SAT scores are important to parents and students preparing for college.

  What scams to look out for before you make your next trip

Many of you are itching to plan future vacations and to take work trips as more people get vaccinated for COVID-19.

  Vigil held in honor of Marquise Jones at Southern University

The Southern University community held a candlelight vigil Monday, March 15, in honor of slain student, Marquise Jones.

  City-parish launches EBR emergency solutions site for rental assistance program

This digital website is designed to help the city-parish figure out how to properly distribute federal dollars to those in need

Live Music makes a return at Beauvior Park

At Beauvior Park tucked away by the Perkins overpass, folks were quick to buy their tickets. The venue sold out within a couple hours, then sold out again after expanding their attendance under phase 3 guidelines

BR spring concert series features The Chee Weez, Chase Tyler Band, plus more

‘Live on Pointe’ is made up of eight outdoor shows that fall under a variety of music genres.

EBRSO, OLOL holding blood drive for Central High School student

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) are hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 11 to benefit a Central High School student.

  TRUCE BR launches virtual fundraiser to help at-risk youth

This will be the organization’s first fundraiser event.

  Walmart offering COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to eligible patients at 2 stores in EBR through March 15

Walmart is offering the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to eligible recipients at two of its stores in East Baton Rouge Parish from Wednesday, Feb. 25 to Monday, March 1.

  ‘Several hundred’ appointments available at weekly pop-up vaccination clinic

The push to get the COVID-19 vaccine continues as another weekly pop-up clinic opens to the public starting Wednesday, March 10 at 10 a.m.

  BREC announces registration dates for 2021 summer camps

Safety is at the forefront of every parent’s mind as we continue to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. That’s why we’re telling you about BREC’s summer camps.

  EBR launches emergency solutions portal in preparation for Rental Assistance Program

East Baton Rouge Parish is requesting residents in need of housing assistance to submit needs assessment surveys about their household and impacts due to COVID-19 on a new website.

North Oaks Health System strengthens partnership with Southeastern athletics

North Oaks Health System has been awarded naming right for the basketball court at Southeastern Louisiana University.

  First doses of the Pfizer vaccine given at Gloryland Baptist Church

Setting up a vaccination site in a church is part of the Department of Health’s initiative, the goal is to bring people to a place that is well trusted.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge woman runs 50 miles to raise money for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

When the coronavirus caused the cancer center to cancel this year’s gala, Mack said lots of those dollars went with it.

2021 Miss LSU-USA Pageant

The Miss LSU Pageant is nationally recognized as a part of the Miss USA circuit and is a preliminary to the Miss Louisiana-USA Pageant.

  WINTER STORM RECOVERY: How to help Texas victims

As many of us in the Baton Rouge area have power back on and are getting back to normal after last week’s winter storms, the same can’t be said for our neighbors in Texas.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Christopher John Rogers

27-year-old Christopher John Rogers is a designer who has created clothing for some of the most famous women in the world. His South Louisiana roots are weaved into the fabric of his popular designs.

  ‘Your generosity could lead to a fatality:’ Mayor-President’s office warning the public of aggressive panhandlers with new signs

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President’s Office is trying to find a solution to panhandling.

  Senate confirms Baker native Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senate confirms veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as President Biden's United Nations ambassador.

Blood drives in the Baton Rouge area this week to help with shortage caused by winter weather

Baton Rouge General is partnering with Life Share to hos blood drives throughout the Baton Rouge area this week (Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26) to help alleviate the blood shortage across Louisiana caused by the winter weather last week.

  Mayor Broome, BRPD Chief asks judge to release body camera footage of incident involving juvenile

Baton Rouge mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome and police chief Murphy Paul have asked a judge’s permission to release body camera footage of an incident involving a BRPD officer and a 13-year-old.

  Community Parade for veteran’s 100th Birthday

Hundreds of cars filled with family, friends, and a chunk of the Scotlandville community lined up to celebrate Leroy Poydras’ 100th birthday.