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.

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

  Senate confirms Baker native Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

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

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

  Community Parade for veteran’s 100th Birthday

  Baton Rouge viral sensation planning giveaway for homeless

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BR spring concert series featuring impressive lineup kicks off with The Michael Foster Project, The Chee-Weez, plus others

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

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

  Showcasing Louisiana: Profiles in Black History

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

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

  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

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

Showcasing Louisiana: The Cajun Pig

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

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival canceled for second straight year due to coronavirus

  Flamingos once again 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.

LDH to hold COVID-19 community vaccination clinic in Baton Rouge on Feb. 4

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will be holding a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible recipients from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

  Funeral held for BRPD officer who died from complications of COVID-19

Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) and members of the community gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 3 to pay their respects for officer Sgt. Charles Dotson.

  Group of young businessmen working to restore historic Baton Rouge landmark

The Hotel Lincoln, built in the 1950′s is a historic landmark in Baton Rouge where musical legends like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and many others stayed while visiting the Capital City. Now, it just an abandoned building, like so many other sites near south Baton Rouge.

  ‘All options on the table’ to control large Mardi Gras crowds, officials say

The NOPD is currently working on a plan to try and control crowds in the French Quarter

BRPD Lt. Doug Atkins selected the third recipient of the Collin Rose Memorial K-9 Safety Award

The Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Baton Rouge Police Lt. Doug Atkins as the third recipient of the Collin Rose Memorial K-9 Safety Award.

  New businesses in Mid-City are making a comeback despite the pandemic

New businesses are slowly replacing the ones that didn't survive the pandemic.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Nightclub temporary shut down for overcrowding concerns, owner disputes claims

A weekend of large gatherings in East Baton Rouge Parish left local leaders fuming and law enforcement on high alert.

  Zachary family struggles to find housing after eviction

“I would do anything for my kids, but I could not save them from this,” testified Arielle Butler during a house judiciary meeting.

  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.

  Veteran BRPD officer dies of complications from COVID-19, state representative says

A veteran officer of the Baton Rouge Police Department has died due to complications from COVID-19, according to state representative C. Denise Marcelle.

  Register for Tyrann Mathieu speaking series to curb violence in Louisiana youth

Tyrann Mathieu is giving back to his home state yet again.

  Belle Rose woman wins WAFB’s ‘Garcia Did My Roof’ contest

Valarie Jackson, of Belle Rose, won WAFB's 'Garcia Did My Roof' contest.

Nonprofits adapting for fundraisers

Nonprofits adapting for fundraisers

  Iberville Volunteer Fire faces staffing shortages

A scary moment for a family in Iberville Parish that could have been prevented if their neighborhood fire station had more man power.

  Baton Rouge Blues Festival rescheduled until Fall 2021

Baton Rouge Blues Festival Rescheduled for Fall 2021

  Beloved WAFB anchor Donna Britt passes away

Longtime WAFB anchor Donna Britt, a dedicated journalist and beloved member of the community, has passed away after her courageous battle with ALS. Donna passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Flaring violations at Louisiana-based plants leads to multi-million dollar settlement

Federal agencies allege industrial flares were improperly operated and monitored, leading to “excess” pollution. Certain chemicals identified by the agencies are linked to respiratory illnesses and cancers.

  Officials, community members honor Donna Britt’s legacy

Community members and local officials take the time to honor the legacy of WAFB anchor Donna Britt.

WAFB employees react to news of Donna Britt’s passing

WAFB employees react to news of Donna Britt’s passing

  Millennial Park CEO working with metro council for restaurants to be able to serve alcohol on premises

Many residents spoke out against the issue, citing loud noise and lack of parking.

  Showcasing Louisiana: Abandoned places

The Violet artist known on the internet as Sweeterdo is in a race against time. He is on the hunt for time capsules in plain sight. Sweeterdo makes art of the things we leave behind.

Central Private holding volleyball tournament Jan. 20 to raise money for bulletproof vests for officers

The Central Private Student Council is hosting a memorial volleyball tournament to show support for law enforcement officers, honor fallen officers, and raise money to buy Angel Armor bulletproof vests for officers in the area.

  New Denham Springs Elementary to be complete by fall 2021

The new two-story, 80,000-square-foot Denham Springs Elementary school is beginning to take on a remarkable appearance for those residents and passersby who travel near the corner of Centerville Street and Range Avenue.

  Group of young entrepreneurs working to revitalize parts of North and South Baton Rouge

A group of young entrepreneurs is working to reinvest in parts of North and South Baton Rouge.

Boil advisory lifted for Ascension parish

Donaldson area water is safe to drink

  Small businesses are a target for scammers pretending to offer coronavirus aid

The Rêve Coffee Shop and many other small businesses are a target for scammers pretending to offer coronavirus aid.

Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge calls for recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols in churches and in parish offices throughout the Diocese.

Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge today called for a recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols practiced in churches and in parish offices throughout the diocese.

  Sito Narcisse selected as new EBR Schools superintendent

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board selected Sito Narcisse as the new leader for the school system in a meeting Thursday night.

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge

“I want to get out of the house, and get back to normal,” she said.

Bike BR creates petition calling for an end to ban on residents biking to drive-thrus

Advocates with Bike Baton Rouge are hopeful that a petition will halt a ban aimed at keeping residents who may travel by foot, bicycle or in wheelchairs away from drive-thrus.

  St. Vincent de Paul accepting clients as temps drop, in need of donations

Another cold day in South Louisiana. For the homeless, this can be a challenging time. St. Vincent de Paul is a resource for the homeless community.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: English Tea Room

With all the travel restrictions in place these days, you wouldn’t think now is the time to head off to England. But, did you know you can get an authentic taste of the old country without a passport? So, don your family livery, and acquire some manners. You are having tea with the Queen.

  Somebody said you’re not supposed to eat king cake until Jan. 6

King cake is not a year-round pastry, allegedly.

  Big Buddy Program: January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, and this year Big Buddy Program is celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults by honoring Mentors in our community

  One La. soldier makes the best of his holiday while serving overseas

This holiday season, soldiers overseas say they are grateful for the love and support even if they are miles away from home.

  Baker family’s Christmas a lot brighter thanks to outpouring of help from community

Christmas was looking bleak for the Sheppard family until you stepped in.

  Several Baton Rouge area organizations step up to help the homeless community this Christmas

“Christmas is about hope and rebirth, and Christmas with us is about sharing that hope and love with people who are truly in need."

  ‘I just need a job’: Unemployed La. man who lost home only one of millions hinging on fate of COVID relief bill

“It’s Christmas time, it’s supposed to be the time for family, happiness; this isn’t right.”

  ’Christmas Eve is like Super Bowl Sunday’ - Baton Rouge area pastors expect less crowds this Christmas season, providing online options

Churches can only have 75% capacity in their doors, per Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Phase Two order.

  Bethany Church giving away groceries to 1,000 families

In partnership with Farmers to Families Bethany Church is giving away a week’s worth of groceries to one thousand families this Saturday, December 19.

Rescue Alliance responds to needs with Louisiana pet food bank

Rescue Alliance is responding to meet the needs of the pets families of the communities we serve with another Pet Food Distribution Point being setup to provide pet food to families in need.

Diane Deaton named ‘Honorary Clerk of Court’

Deaton will retire Friday morning after 37 years at WAFB.

  EBR schools, Child Nutrition Program to provide extra meals for children during winter break

The East Baton Rouge School System and the Child Nutrition Program will be providing extra meals over the break.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Old fire truck

When Taquino found her in 2004, the Enola E. was in an old building behind a fire station. She needed more than a little TLC.

  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.

2020 Lip Sync BR competition streaming virtually Tuesday night

This year’s event will stream virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. on zoom and Facebook.

  Diane Deaton announces retirement after 37 years at WAFB

"I’m not leaving Baton Rouge – just sleeping in a little later,” she wrote on Facebook.

  OLOL Children’s Hospital opens Level III Surgical NICU

The 6,700 square foot space has 10 rooms with 11 beds.

  Salvation Army asking for donations to provide clothing, toys to 1,200 children

Organizers with the Salvation Army’s Baton Rouge Corps are asking for donations to help them provide some joy to children in the Baton Rouge area this Christmas.

  That’s a lot of pancakes!

The scent of syrup and sausage filled the air outside Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet location Friday morning.

Tired of it: The ugly truth about waste tires

Discarded tires seem to be everywhere, but why is this a problem we cannot seem to solve? The answer is complicated and will require some real innovation to solve.

Officers involved in Koy Moore encounter return to work; investigation continues

Officers placed on leave after LSU football player Koy Moore raised allegations of misconduct have since returned to work, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson said.

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