GBR Food Bank, National Guard team up for free drive-thru food distribution event Saturday

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Louisiana National Guard are working together to host a food distribution event Saturday.

  Walker Police holding fundraiser for officer

  Sports betting will be on Nov. ballot, but implementation at least a year away

  Associated Builders and Contractors puts on free meal for Baton Rouge healthcare workers

  Baranco-Clark, Southside YMCA will not reopen when restrictions lift, officials say

  Produce giveaway happening in Donaldsonville Thursday, May 28

Ebb & Flow Festival is going virtual

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Join Gov. Edwards on Zoom, Facebook to ‘Reimagine Louisiana’ after pandemic

Second Memorial Day at Little Misery Cemetery commemorated with special video

  La. state trooper dies of injuries, marking first LSP line of duty death since 2015

  After running 26 marathons in 26 days, Rachel Jillson surpasses fundraising goal

How to donate to fallen La. state trooper George Baker’s family

La. man hopes social media can find family in precious photo with Muhammad Ali

  La. schools adapt graduations ceremonies for students

Two area schools had a combined total of approximately 300 graduating seniors.

Man dies after car leaves road, flips into ravine in East Feliciana Parish

Benjamin Young, 55, died Saturday, May 23, when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree before flipping into a ravine on US Hwy 61 south of LA Hwy 68 in East Feliciana Parish.

Travel trailer fire hospitalizes one

One person is hospitalized with smoke inhalation and non-life-threatening burn injuries after a fire at the Cedarcrest Southmoor Mobile Home Park.

Louisiana tattoo shops struggle to survive, yet cannot re-open

The emergency order keeping tattoo shops closed across the state of Louisiana has sent shock waves through that industry.

WATCH: After serving over three decades for crime he didn’t commit, Archie Williams finds big break on America’s Got Talent

Blane Salamoni’s psychological evaluation ‘absolutely devastating,’ Sterling family attorney says

New portion of Downtown Greenway unintentionally merges past versions of East Blvd.

  La. Wildlife & Fisheries hosts Safe Boating Week

  Finalists named for superintendent of Baton Rouge schools as leaked emails and lackluster participation cause complaints

Meet the candidates vying to be superintendent of EBR schools

Another lawsuit takes aim at Louisiana’s emergency voting plan

Critics of Louisiana’s emergency voting plan denounce the limited amount of excuses accepted to qualify for absentee voting, witness signature requirements for absentee ballots, and in-person voting requirements for first-time voters.

  Food distribution for West Baton Rouge Parish residents scheduled for May 21

Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish government say they are partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to distribute food to parish residents Thursday, May 21.

OLOLCH presents 10th Annual ‘Driving The Future’

It’s time for the annual ‘Driving The Future’ fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health!2020 marks the 10th annual year for the event.

Celebrate the front line with a virtual second line on May 19

In Louisiana, there’s no better way to thank those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic than with a secondline.

  #StandForLocal: Helping to keep the local economy strong

Fear of what the pandemic is doing to our local economy cannot be ignored. That’s why WAFB launched #StandForLocal.

BBB explains how to spot fake websites and scam emails

Experts with the Better Business Bureau say since more people are ordering products online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important you keep an extra eye out for fake websites and scam emails.

  NAEMT recognizes 46th annual National EMS Week

May 17-23, 2020, is the 46th annual National EMS Week.

  La. activates crisis text hotline to help people cope with stress of COVID-19 pandemic

Louisiana residents who are experiencing stress or a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic can text REACHOUT to 741741 to receive free, confidential support from a trained crisis counselor.

Neighbors Federal Credit Union hosting 5th annual ‘May We Pay Your Mortgage’ contest

Neighbors Federal Credit Union is hosting its fifth annual “May We Pay Your Mortgage” contest through May 31.

  WAFB partners with ‘back to business’ Baton Rouge campaign

WAFB is among three dozen media outlets partnering in a $250,000 campaign that will help get the Capital Region “back to business.”

  Class of 2020 celebrates graduation with some adjustments; optimistic about the future

The class of 2020 didn’t celebrate graduation with a typical graduation ceremony. Graduates all over the country participated in virtual celebrations for their hard work.

  Tony Spell handed first court loss for requests to be exempted from La. governor’s order and receive compensation

Rev. Tony Spell’s attempt to get a federal judge to block authorities in Louisiana from enforcing bans on gatherings against him was shot down in court.

  Lawsuit moves forward claiming LSU is tougher on sororities than fraternities, leading to pledge Max Gruver’s drinking death

Louisiana’s flagship university, Louisiana State University, failed to convince courts to toss out a lawsuit that claims it enforced harsher punishments against females than males accused of hazing in Greek letter organizations.

Bike to Work Day: Keep rolling forward with change during Phase 1 of reopening

Much of Louisiana will return to work on Friday, May 15 and that day happens to coincide with National Bike to Work Day.

Companion Animal Alliance to reopen May 15

The Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) will resume adoptions and reopen with limits to the number of visitors in the building Friday, May 15.

  Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge to resume worship services

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge announced Monday, May 11 that churches can resume worship as early as the weekend, starting with Vigil Masses Saturday afternoon (May 16).

Pet food bank opens in Prairieville

Rescue Alliance is responding to meet the needs of families with pets.

  United Ways ask families across Louisiana to complete important survey to assess economic impact of COVID-19

United Ways across Louisiana and the Louisiana Association of United Ways are launching a statewide survey today to assess the economic impact the COVID19 crisis has had on Louisiana families.

City of St. George organizers, fire department holding drive to benefit Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

The City of St. George and the St. George Fire Department are teaming up to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

  Baton Rouge cafe offers sweet treat to moms on Mother’s Day

Lance LeBlanc, owner of La Divina Italian Café on Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge offered free 3 oz cup of gelato to all moms on Mother's Day. LeBlanc says moms and their children often visit the café. He says he wanted to honor them on Mother's Day by offering the free treat.

  Churches begin holding services again with social distancing

Members at Trinity Lutheran once again put on their Sunday’s best and attended church in person Sunday, May 10. Rather than worship inside though, members sat in the church’s parking lot, socially distanced.

  Supporters of stay-at-home order, protestors against it gather at Governor’s Mansion

Protesters for and against the stay-at-home order spent another weekend voicing their concerns outside of the Governor's Mansion.

  Tony Spell sues on claims he was surveilled, targeted

Rev. Tony Spell wants a federal judge to block authorities in Louisiana from enforcing bans on gatherings against him.

Livingston Parish Library announces four phase Reopening Plan

The Livingston Parish Library (LPL) is preparing to reopen its physical locations in a safe and structured manner with the release of its phased Reopening Plan.

Virtual job fair for teachers happening May 14

Over 30 organizations are scheduled to participate in New Schools for Baton Rouge’s free virtual job fair for teachers from Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

  School leaders give Class of 2020 a walk, diploma & professional pictures as memories

It’s a silent and empty auditorium at MSA West in Plaquemine, but the cheers of parents do fill the room.

French Quarter Fest canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announces that plans to host French Quarter Festival in October are no longer moving forward.

  Baton Rouge bicycle shops slammed during the pandemic because the whole family wants to ride

In a time when many businesses can’t wait to reopen, your neighborhood bicycle shop probably can’t wait to catch a breath.

  Letting coronavirus ruin your Cinco de Mayo plans? Not this group of women

Normally, the booze would be flowing and the sound of the mariachi band would fill the air in Mexican restaurants across the country for Cinco de Mayo.

  How to politely tell someone to keep their social distance

So, how do we politely tell a stranger to keep their social distance?

BREC to begin treatment plan to battle vegetation at City Park Lake

To prevent a worsening outbreak of algae blooms at City Park Lake this summer, BREC will apply a series of herbicide treatments to the lake between May and July 1.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation gives $75k in grants to families of officers shot

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) has awarded $75,000 worth of grants to the families of Lt. Glenn Hutto Jr. and Cpl. Derrick Maglone.

Unlikely friendship begins during quarantine with bond over love of baseball

Whether for the love of the game, or for the lack of anything else to do, one teen has made a big impression on his little neighbor.

  Adopt-a-Senior: Helping high school seniors end the year on a high note

The program takes seniors and connects them to total strangers who want to ensure the students know they are being supported.

Louisiana Rising: Songs From Home

WAFB and its sister stations in Louisiana will broadcast a series of statewide virtual concerts.

  Over 1,000 families served at food distribution event

More than 1,500 families collected food and supplies Saturday, May 2, at The Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue.

  Here are the changes required for religious services in La. during the pandemic

Church officials must comply with a list of government rules released by Governor John Bel Edwards, effective May 1.

  Family rescued from house fire off of Sherwood Forest Boulevard

Firefighters responded to a house fire just off of Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

  Drive-thru fundraiser raises about $20k for families of BRPD officers involved in recent shooting

A drive-thru fundraiser is being held Friday, May 1 to benefit the families of BRPD officers Glenn Dale Hutto Jr. and Derrick Maglone.

BREC allows local restaurants and food trucks to operate in parks

With the Governor’s stay-at-home-order many local restaurants have had to adjust the way they do things to delivery and curbside service.

On May 19: Let’s second line to thank our front line

To honor Louisiana’s essential workers, during the pandemic the 19 Thanks campaign is calling for all residents of Louisiana to fill the air, and airwaves, with our state’s beloved signature march anthem, “When the Saints Go Marching In" on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

Healthcare professionals, first responders can get free pastalaya Saturday, May 2

The Backpacker and the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club are sponsoring a free pastalaya lunch for healthcare professionals and first responders in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and surrounding areas.

Trial for Alton Sterling wrongful death lawsuit set for March 2021

Trial hearings will begin March 1, 2021 for a lawsuit brought by the family of Alton Sterling unless a settlement can be reached.

Woman dies after fire on Alysha Drive in Livingston

Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, Livingston Parish Fire District #4 responded to a fire in the 12000 block of Alysha Drive in Livingston.

Share what your local business has planned as restrictions begin to lift

We want local businesses to share a video message about how they plan to move forward as restrictions begin to lift.

  Baton Rouge community stands together to honor fallen officer, officer still recovering

Two Baton Rouge officers were shot in the line of duty Sunday, April 26. In the aftermath of the shooting, community leaders and other first responders offered prayers and support of the officers’ families and for the Baton Rouge police force.

Kids can learn state symbols with these printable coloring sheets

The Louisiana House Public Information Office published several coloring pages featuring state symbols that kids can use to remain active and entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.

  FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Where can La. families get food during the COVID-19 pandemic

Here you will find a list of food distribution events that will be updated regularly:

Missing Jazz Fest? Find out where you can still get a taste of the festival

Foodies looking for their Jazz Fest fix can feast on some of their favorite dishes at home.

  Louisiana woman thinks outside the stuffing to create daily scene for kids

Placing a stuffed bear in a window is a fun game that has gotten world-wide attention thanks to the coronvirus, but here in Louisiana, we like to do things a little differently.

  KIRAN: Loved ones claim lack of transparency, inconsistencies from Veterans Affairs

The 9News Investigators spoke to three families who recently lost their loved ones at the Southeast Louisiana Reserve Veterans home. All are now asking if enough was done at the home to save lives.

Events uncertain at Superdome, Smoothie King Center given calendar and hotel-motel tax hit

What would normally be Saints turf at center field is now a staging center for supplies. Superdome renovation crews are working hard to install 4 staircases as well as 2 freight elevators.

2020 Blues Fest canceled; organizers ‘focusing on 2021’

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation has officially canceled the 2020 Blues Fest, which was originally scheduled for April 18 and 19.

Furloughed casino chef shares skills on Facebook live

Local chef shares skills on Facebook live

  Chemistry student stuck on campus fills empty dorm with music

With his lab on Southern University's campus on lockdown, the walls of his dorm closing in, and weeks of free time, what is a material scientist to do?

Salvation Army invites people to join in #GiveFromHomeDay

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge joined nonprofits across the country Tuesday for #GiveFromHomeDay.

  U.S. Navy sends 74 corpsmen to staff Baton Rouge General coronavirus units

As part of a federal initiative to staff hospitals in COVID-19 hot spot states with military health professionals, 74 Navy hospital corpsmen are stationed at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus.

‘Turn COVID-19 on its head a bit’: Show thanks to workers, ring a bell, write a message of appreciation

One woman hopes to inspire community members to uplift those among them who are working to keep services running when thousands are forced to stay home during the global pandemic.