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  Baton Rouge City Court reducing certain traffic tickets due to threat of COVID-19

Officials with Baton Rouge City Court say due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 they are reducing all traffic violations that do not involve an accident will be reduced and amended to a non-moving violation.

Baton Rouge staffing agency hosting drive-thru job fair May 29

  Late mortgage payments on the rise; experts explain what this means for housing market

  BBB: Beware of digital wallet scams

  Should you buy your first home during an economic crisis?

  Couple plans post-pandemic getaway; travel agent sees a mix of rebooking and cancellations

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

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  Entergy Louisiana expands utility bill relief options for customers

  Virtual banking habits boom during the pandemic, experts expect trend to increase from here

  New federal student debt payment benefits in effect because of COVID-19 pandemic, here’s how they work

Energy bill assistance now available for low-income households in EBR

Want a direct deposit of your stimulus money? Better hurry.

  How to have that end of life conversation, create an advanced healthcare plan

Democratic senators propose $2K monthly COVID payments

The legislation has a tough climb on Capitol Hill, especially in the Republican-controlled senate.

  Surge in bankruptcies expected amid COVID-19 pandemic

Experts say the only question is when

  LWC making changes to unemployment benefits that could increase amount over next couple months

Unemployment payments have topped more than $1 billion in Louisiana since mid-March when Governor John Bel Edwards announced the first stay-at-home order.

  IRS: You can’t keep stimulus money sent to a family member who died

The Internal Revenue Service wants stimulus money accidentally sent to people who have died to return.

  Unemployed? Here’s some tips for improving your resume for when the economy reopens

May 5 deadline for VA, SSI recipients who don’t file a tax return and have dependents

LWC issues more than $1B in unemployment benefits

  How to save money and stay safe during the pandemic with free pharmacy delivery

HUD awards over $9.1M in COVID relief funds to help those in public housing

  What to think about before you lend money to a family member or friend

IRS continues to send stimulus checks

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today (April 30) reminds taxpayers that IRS.gov includes answers to many common questions, including help to use two recently launched Economic Impact Payment tools.

  Mayor’s final financial literacy workshop Thursday

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has partnered with several Baton Rouge non-profit organizations to offer free financial literacy workshops to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  EBRPSS holding virtual job fair Thursday

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) announced Monday, April 27 that registration is now open for its first-ever virtual job fair.

Louisiana Business Community releases full framework for ‘safe at work’ reopening of economy

BRAC released a framework for restarting the Louisiana economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner.

IRS announces enhancements to ‘Get My Payment’ tool to track stimulus check

The Internal Revenue Service today (April 27) announced significant enhancements to the “Get My Payment” tool to deliver an improved and smoother experience for Americans eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments.

  COVID-19 pandemic could cause more financial suffering for low-income workers and the poor

Coronavirus-related government funds may not be enough to help low-income workers avoid moving closer to poverty.

Paper stimulus checks expected to arrive in mailboxes soon

Five million paper checks are expected to be coming in the mail this week as the IRS announced it could take four months to get everyone a paper payment.

IRS issues a special alert for VA, SSI recipients who don’t file a tax return and have dependents

On Saturday, April 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a special alert for Supplemental Security Income and Department of Veterans Affairs beneficiaries to act by May 5 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their

IRS issues 88M stimulus payments in first three weeks; more on the way

On Friday, April 24, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued state-by-state figures showing how many Economic Impact Payments have been issued.

How to talk to your children about money during the pandemic

The financial experts at NerdWallet say the coronavirus pandemic can be an opportune time for parents to teach their children about money.

  How to navigate medical expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Surprise medical bills or expensive doctor’s visits during the COVID-19 health crisis may seem like a scary thought, especially if you just lost your job. These experts spoke on how to navigate health care bills during the pandemic.

Baton Rouge-based BBQGuys looking to fill 15 positions; some include work from home opportunities

The Baton Rouge-based barbeque and outdoor living online retailer BBQGuys says it’s currently looking to fill 15 positions, several of which offer work from home opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  La. governor says details coming soon about moving state to phase 1 of reopening; masks in public may be option

Plans to move Louisiana to phase 1 of reopening could come as early as Monday, April 27, Governor Edwards announced to a newly-formed economic task force.

  LWC pays more than $560M in unemployment benefits, changes how to file weekly certification

As of Wednesday, April 22, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) says it has paid out $561,358,411 in unemployment benefits to more than 302,000 Louisiana residents whose job was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

  Single mother of 3 gets her stimulus check thanks to Good Samaritan

A Baton Rouge woman received someone else's stimulus check in the mail by mistake and took to social media to find the rightful owner.

CareSouth offering sliding fee scale program amid COVID-19 pandemic

CareSouth Medical and Dental is offering a sliding fee scale discount program for everyone, regardless is they are insured, uninsured, or under-insured.

  SNAP benefits up an average 40% compared to one month ago

Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency.

La. Department of Treasury returning $10.4M in unclaimed property to residents

Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today that the Department of Treasury will return another $10.4 million in Unclaimed Property to citizens across Louisiana. More than 45,000 people will receive a check in the mail beginning this week.

IRS issues special alert for people who don’t file tax returns, have dependents to get full stimulus payment

The Internal Revenue Service today (Monday, April 20) issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact

  Small businesses left struggling as SBA assistance funds run dry

Small business owners across Louisiana have been left hanging on by a thread as their doors remain closed by Coronavirus shutdowns.

  How to save money by making groceries last longer

Wasted food is wasted money. And right now, not many of us can afford either of those options.

Embattled La. pastor asks members of church to donate stimulus checks

Tony Spell has launched the #PastorSpellStimulusChallenge, asking people to donate their stimulus checks to the church.

Louisiana small businesses at risk, await federal assistance extension

Federal lawmakers say they’re closer towards a deal to extend assistance for small businesses affected by COVID-19

H&R Block responds to stimulus check concerns

The company says customers who received their 2019 Tax refund on an emerald card will still receive their payments.

Tyler Perry warns of ‘wicked’ scammers claiming to be him

Perry called the hoaxers "downright evil," "wicked," and "downright wrong."

  VIDEO: LWC answers frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits during COVID-19

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has released a video to answer frequently asked questions for residents seeking unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Sens. Kennedy and Cassidy, Gov. Edwards weigh in on what’s next for opening up Louisiana’s economy

President Donald Trump has tapped Sens. Bill Cassidy, MD, and John Kennedy to serve on his task force of lawmakers focused on getting the country’s economy back up and running.

  Stimulus checks deposited into wrong accounts creates confusion between taxpayers and preparers

Millions of Americans woke up to their stimulus checks deposited into the wrong accounts.

  There are still options for students to receive financial aid during COVID-19 crisis

Get the most of scholarships and financial aid during the pandemic.

LATEST on retroactive unemployment payments for La. residents

Many in Louisiana who are eligible for unemployment benefits have now received the additional $600 in federal benefits.

Record 22 million have sought US jobless aid since coronavirus

Roughly 22 million have sought jobless benefits in the past month — easily the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record.

Self employed? Don’t give up on unemployment benefits

Self employed don’t give up on unemployment benefitsLouisiana is one of only two states providing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. While the process may be frustrating state officials say many self-employed people will get help from pandemic unemployment funds it’s just taking time.

  Scammers could be targeting your stimulus check

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about scammers looking to get a piece of their stimulus check.

Car insurance companies in La. announce rate reductions amid COVID-19 pandemic

A couple of car insurance companies in Louisiana have announced they’ll be giving customers a bit of a break during the coronavirus pandemic.

IRS says Supplemental Security Income recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration, announced today (April 15) that recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will automatically receive automatic Economic Impact Payments.

  IRS stimulus check tracking tool now live

People can now track the date their COVID-19 relief payment is scheduled to be deposited into their bank account or mailed to them.

  How to use your stimulus check to help the Baton Rouge economy

Stimulus checks begin dropping into your bank accounts this week. We know to use those checks for family budgets, if we need to. That money could also help stimulate the local economy.

  EBR Parish Housing Authority gives updates on housing assistance program during COVID-19 pandemic

The director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority is urging tenants who have lost income due the coronavirus to file a report with the agency to make adjustments to the renter’s portion of rent due.

  La. Unemployment Woes: ‘We cannot take your call at this time’

A Gonzales, Louisiana man says he recently made one of the toughest decisions of his life. He says he sent his two kids to temporarily live with a relative because without unemployment benefits, he can no longer feed them.

  When you should expect your coronavirus stimulus check

The first round of stimulus checks for taxpayers went out Saturday, April 11, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  How to manage your credit score during and after COVID-19

Your credit score plays a big role in making big purchases. That credit score goes up when you continue to make your payments on time. However, that might not be so easy for you right now.

  Didn’t file a tax return? Here’s how you register to receive a $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payment

If you didn’t file a tax return, you may need to submit info through the IRS to get a stimulus check from the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package.

  Get the biggest bang for your buck with your cell phone and internet plans right now

Here are some tips to get the most out of your cell phone and internet plans.

  Gov. Edwards: $600 federal unemployment payments to start April 13 in La.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Wednesday, April 8 the additional $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits will begin being dispersed to Louisiana applicants Monday, April 13.

  How to get your family budget in order to make the most out of your stimulus check

Now, is a great time to look over your financial habits, especially during a time of economic hardship.

TurboTax launches tool to help get stimulus checks if you don’t file tax returns

Approximately 140 million households will receive stimulus checks.

Gov. Edwards signs emergency order on unemployment

On Tuesday, April 7, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation related to unemployment and the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).

La. officials provide update on unemployment benefits

The head of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), the agency that handles unemployment claims, said Tuesday, April 7 that she and her staff are committed to “helping each and every Louisiana citizen” in need of unemployment benefits.

Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

Congressman Graves answers questions CARES Act on Facebook Live

Congressman Garret Graves held a press conference via Facebook live on Thursday, April 2.

Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

Now is the time to prep your finances and plan. The best use of your relief money depends on your individual circumstances.

  Can your landlord evict you during the COVID-19 crisis?

Many now face the real possibility of not having enough money to pay rent on April 1.

  Your Baton Rouge bank may offer relief programs during COVID-19 pandemic

Governor John Bel Edwards’ recent stay-at-home policy closed the doors of all non-essential businesses. Now, those small business workers might be wondering how to pay the bills on time and some banks want to know how to help.