Showcasing Louisiana: Night Painter

A dull green boat paints a gray streak across a monochromatic Atchafalaya Basin. Gray skies, murky waters, and dormant cypress belie the color for which Justin Patin is searching.

  Honoring National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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

  DSNAP approved for 23 parishes affected by winter storms

  EBR: Operation Clean Up postponed

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Greenwell Springs Youth Riders

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

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

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

  Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church celebrates Easter under the oak trees

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

  Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ announces reopening date

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

  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

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

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

LSU student launches business to help anglers customize their fishing rigs

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

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

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

  Applications for the EBR Rental Assistance Program begins Monday, March 15

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced her office is launching the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help provide financial relief to landlords and renters who have been impacted during the pandemic.

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.

  Baton Rouge viral sensation planning giveaway for homeless

Durell ‘Relly B’ Smylie became an overnight sensation when a video flooded social media feeds of him hopping out of a car trunk singing his jingle “Where the money resides.”

Livingston man who found ‘life’s calling’ cheering up kids as Santa Claus passes away following COVID hospitalization

A Livingston man who brought joy to hundreds, if not thousands of children in south Louisiana over the years by dressing up as Santa Claus, has passed away after a three-week coronavirus-related hospitalization.

Central Fire Dept. returns favor from 2016 flood, sends water tanker to north La. hit hard by winter weather

Firefighters with the Central Fire Department say they have returned the favor from the good folks in north Louisiana who helped them during the August 2016 flood.

  Showcasing Louisiana: Profiles in Black History

Edouard’s story would have been lost to time, just like those of millions of other faceless slaves had Congress not agreed to offer pensions to blacks who could prove they fought for the Union during the war.

  Virtual, drive-thru, and in-person Ash Wednesday services available due to freezing weather

Churches in the Baton Rouge area are offering several options for people to receive the ritual of ashes Wednesday, Feb. 17 as the area experiences its third day of freezing temperatures, and preventing the spread of the coronavirus remains a top priority.

  Several churches in Central open up their gyms so people without power can warm up

Several churches will be opening up their facilities so area residents who are without power in the bitter cold can get warm and have a hot cup of coffee, according to the Central Police Department.

  Spanish Town residents went all out for their first ever ‘Reverse Parade’

Spanish Town’s reverse parade still flocked with flamingos, but this year mainly on houses. The krewe put together a pretty in pink context, where people decorated their houses for neighbors to see.

  With Spanish Town canceled, downtown bars and restaurants prepare for yet another financial hit

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber expects most bars and restaurants downtown to be empty this weekend. The lack of Mardi Gras festivities and the cold weather will keep most home.

  Showcasing Louisiana: King Cakes

King cakes may be the only thing that is normal this Mardi Gras.

  ‘Pretty in Pink’ Reverse Parade happening in historic Spanish Town neighborhood Saturday

Dubbed “Pretty in Pink”, the Spanish Town Reverse Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13 from noon until 3 p.m.

La. natives become newest members of U.S. Navy’s elite flight squadron - Blue Angels

A Baton Rouge native has become the newest member of the U.S. Navy’s elite flight squadron, the Blue Angels, officials say.

Bridge Center For Hope, state’s first-ever adult crisis receiving center, opens Thursday

The Bridge Center for Hope, Louisiana’s first-ever adult crisis receiving center, will have its grand opening in Baton Rouge at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Showcasing Louisiana: The Cajun Pig

Nothing brings a family together like food. In Louisiana, the smells of boudin, cayenne, bay leaves are the scents of great memories around the table.

  New initiatives launched to save lives as overdose deaths continue to rise in EBR Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish is on track to surpass a record of fatal overdoses set last year.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival canceled for second straight year due to coronavirus

Organizers of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival say they have decided to cancel the annual event, scheduled for April 9, 10, 11, 2021.

  Flamingos once again land at University Lake

Although Mardi Gras will look a lot different this year due to the pandemic, flamingos have once again started to land at University Lake.

IN THEIR WORDS: Reflections from the front lines of the pandemic

Just about one year ago, the first suspected cases of a dubious foreign virus were detected in Louisiana. Since then, over 400,000 Louisianans have contracted COVID-19, while over 9,000 others have lost their lives.

Local church partners with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to provide 1,000 food boxes to the public

Greater King David Baptist Church has partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to provide food boxes to the public on Saturday, Feb. 13

Mid City celebrates Mardi Gras with a house decorating contest to help local nonprofit

Mardi Gras in Mid City, traditionally, lavish floats would roll down North Boulevard, but today homeowners are decking out their homes to keep the celebration safe.

  Food Box giveaway happening in Baton Rouge Saturday, February 6

Community leaders are hosting a free, drive-thru food box giveaway happening in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Feb. 6.

  Sheriff recognizes first responders for ‘swift’ and ‘heroic’ rescue of 4 people from submerged vehicle

The sheriff of Ascension Parish says a crash “could have been much worse” if it had not been for the “swift actions” of first responders from multiple agencies early Tuesday, Jan. 27.