Volleyball tournament held to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research

Afternoon rains didn’t stop dozens of community members from competing in an outdoor volleyball tournament organized in hopes of raising money to benefit research to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Tainted alcohol kills 19 in Costa Rica

Man trapped by water for days after Barry rescued Sunday

Report: Man arrested after starting high-speed chase, crashing into police unit

Louisiana man arrested after woman found shot to death in her home

Police chase ends in death on Chippewa Street

  Man uses personal tragedy to help area shelters, pets through new non-profit

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Deputies shave their heads to support colleague’s wife during cancer battle

Dozens of businesses issued permits to sell CBD products in La.

Louisiana State Police seek help to find juvenile correctional escapee

VIDEO: Drivers slosh through high water much to car owner’s dismay

  Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program graduates 171 cadets

  Community fights for peace through prayer march

La. sheriff seriously injures fingers in farming incident

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. seriously injured three of his fingers in a farming incident Friday, July 19, the sheriff’s office announced.

Police say it’s too hot to commit crimes, advises everyone stay inside and watch movies instead

Police in Bryant, Arkansas sent out an urgent alert requesting members of the public to stop all criminal activity due to sweltering heat being felt around the country.

  Report: Baton Rouge man charged with first-degree rape of 13-year-old

A Baton Rouge man was arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old multiple times.

Louisiana governor’s tweet: Please don’t feed the alligators

Louisiana officials say people are seeing more alligators than usual because waterways are high, but it's a bad idea to feed them

Report: Man arrested for starting vehicle fire after argument

Listeria prompts recall of packaged salads, sandwiches sold at Fresh Market, Target

NOPD: Man has bike stolen while walking on Lafitte Greenway

Fireman sent to hospital after crews battle ‘suspicious’ house fire in Central

  2019 Back-to-school events, supply drives

  First steps taken toward third Baton Rouge bridge

  2020 Principal, Teacher of the Year awards announced

On Friday, July 19, the Louisiana Department of Education held its 13th annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala, which highlights outstanding teachers in Louisiana.

  Man accused of killing civil rights activist argues DNA was illegally seized, planted at crime scene

Attorneys representing Ronn Jermaine Bell, Sr., the man accused of strangling Baton Rouge icon, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, before allegedly abandoning her body in the trunk of a car, accused investigators of using chunks of hair snatched from Bell’s head without consent to falsely link him to the crime.

  What to do with used sandbags after flooding

The rain has come and gone, but if you picked up sandbags in preparation for Barry, chances are they might still be lying around your home or business.

  Polk Elementary to be renamed after first black female EBR School Board member

Polk Elementary School is getting a new name. The 59 year old school named after President James Polk will soon become the Eva Legard Learning Center.

FOX 8 INVESTIGATION: New document that says Radium-226 still in Gert Town

A FOX 8 investigation uncovers new documents regarding the radioactive material found under a Gert Town street. One document says there is still Radium-226 and other contaminants in the ground. But, one state agency says a sweep of the neighborhood just yesterday found no issues.

Gov. Edwards announces the building of third methanol plant in Geismar

Governor John Bel Edwards and Methanex executive, Mark Allard, announced Friday, July 19 that the company will make at least a $1.3 billion investment to build a third methanol plant in Geismar.

  Dogs evacuated due to Hurricane Barry now housed in a barn until homes can be found

While most were preparing for the brunt of Hurricane Barry, animal shelters around the area were scrambling to get pets out of the way and into a safe home. Many of those dogs ended up in a Good Samaritan’s shop and now need to be adopted.

  Under Max Gruver Act, hazing now considered a felony

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says there have been significant legislative changes when it comes to criminal hazing.

  Justice of the peace, former BRPD officer accused of severely beating, waterboarding children for more than a decade

A Baton Rouge man has been arrested and charged with numerous counts of cruelty to juveniles, among other things, after allegedly beating three children over the course of more than 10 years.

FDA warns restaurants and retailers in Texas and Louisiana about possible raw seafood contamination

The FDA said seafood products from Topway Enterprises Inc. or Kazy’s Gourmet could be contaminated with listeria.

  State investigates big fish kill at Myrtle Grove

Thousands of dead fish show up at myrtle grove in Plaquemines parish.

Leader of ‘FreeBandz’ drug ring in Baton Rouge pleads guilty to manufacturing thousands of counterfeit pills

The leader of a drug ring in Baton Rouge has pleaded guilty, United States Attorney Brandon Fremin announced Friday, July 19.

19-year-old girl killed in wreck in Livingston Parish; LSP suspects impairment, speeding

A 19-year-old girl is dead after a wreck in Killian on Highway 444.

Ragu recalls some pasta sauces because of the possibility of plastic contamination

Consumers should look for the cap code on the yellow Ragu jar lid as well as the "best use by" dates.

WATCH: LSU releases ‘The Tiger King’ in honor of ‘The Lion King’

The new Lion King premiered Thursday night, and LSU had their own take by Friday Morning.

  YOUR TURN: Flooding fears

In the wake of Hurricane Barry, what did we learn?

  Tickfaw man last seen at Salvation Army in Baton Rouge over two weeks ago

David Golman was last accounted for at a Salvation Army shelter over two weeks ago.

  LSU predicted to finish behind Bama in SEC West

Alabama has been predicted to defeat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game this year, at the conclusion of Media Days.

Louisiana runners return home after competing in world’s toughest ultra-marathon

Three Louisiana ultra-marathon runners have returned home from participating in the world’s toughest foot race.

NFL won’t suspend Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill in case involving son

The league said Friday it has not been given access to information in the court proceedings, and a district attorney in June said an investigation was dropped because officials couldn't prove who injured the boy.

Lake Charles man accused of raping 9-year-old girl

A Lake Charles man has been arrested after being accused of raping a 9-year-old girl on numerous occasions.

Over 2,700 doses of ecstacy found in drug bust; suspect arrested

Deputies have arrested a man in possession of over 2,700 doses of Ecstacy, among several other illegal narcotic substances and stolen firearms.

Ralph & Kacoo’s closed for remodeling on Bluebonnet; may sell or relocate

The building reportedly has a number of piping and roof issues.

La. Governor to sign ‘Katie Bug’ bill in Bossier City

On Friday afternoon, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to sign a bill to honor 4-year-old Katie Grantham.

  How to stay cool during summer’s relentless heat wave

Most of the country will be under a heat wave until Friday. Here are some tips to help you stay cool.

  Marine faces charges after breaking into home, family terrified by horrific scene

A Bryan County mom and her kid are terrified after a man broke through the front window of their home in the middle of the night.

RRB Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity Softball Game set for Friday

Jacques Doucet’s annual Red, Rock, and Blue Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity Softball game will be happening Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

  EmployBR hosting job fair Friday for school staff positions

The East Baton Rouge Parish Head Start and Early Head Start Programs is working to fill positions for the upcoming school year.

Baton Rouge boy headed to Taiwan to play in baseball World Cup

An outstanding baseball player from Baton Rouge will be joining the USA National Team in Taiwan for the WBSC World Cup.

Ex-LSU lineman shot by dog returns to daily life

A former Louisiana State University lineman says he's adjusting to life with a titanium leg after being shot by a dog while duck hunting in Mississippi

Claycut bridge reopens one year later

The bridge connecting Claycut Road and S. Acadian Thruway over Dawson’s Creek has reopened after just under a year of construction.

Loggers find human remains near where authorities searched for missing Natchitoches man earlier this year

“At this time, the remains discovered this afternoon have not been identified”

  Louisiana 'weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

Medical marijuana could finally be available for Louisiana’s sickest patients in “the next few weeks," according to grower, GB Sciences’, Vice President John Davis.

B’ham officer injured in the line of duty, one day before his 36th Birthday

Cullen Stafford, the man behind the uniform.

Some residents blame smart meters for high energy bills, Entergy responds

Some Entergy customers are concerned a new piece of equipment could be causing their power bills to skyrocket. Since the company installed smart meters in parts of Jefferson and Orleans parishes, they say they've seen their bills double.

  Vigil held for father of 3 gunned down on Hanks Drive

Friends and family gathered Thursday night to remember Derrick Parish. Someone shot and killed him along Hanks Drive Monday, July 15.

  EBR school board passes budget with reduced, refocused spending

East Baton Rouge Parish’s school system will employ fewer classroom personnel for the 2019-20 school year, including four fewer school librarians, four fewer principals, 17 fewer assistant principals, and 65 fewer teachers, all positions eliminated in a general operating budget passed unanimously.

Baton Rouge’s Jay Ducote beats Bobby Flay in cooking competition

On Thursday, July 18, Baton Rouge chef, Jay Ducote, bested famous chef, Bobby Flay, in Food Network’s popular show, Beat Bobby Flay.

Cracking the Code: Senator’s bill looks to stop surprise medical bills

A bill in the U.S. Senate could help stop the surprise medical bills that cost Americans thousands each year.Senator Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, helped write the Stop Surprise Bills Act of 2019. A bill that has 27 co-sponsors, more than a quarter of the U.S. Senate.

Bike share service now available in Baton Rouge

Gotcha rideshare bikes are now available in Baton Rouge, including LSU and Southern University's campus.

Man wanted on child sex charges flees from authorities

Manhunt has been focusing on Camp Minden area

  Businesses, students say better lighting needed where LSU student was struck by SUV

LSU students are weighing in on the intersection where a sophomore was hit and killed overnight Tuesday, July 16.

  Keep those sandbags; you might need them later

Tips for what to do with sandbags after a storm.

Pediatric burn survivors share their stories, create new friendships at free summer camp

In addition to enjoying an action-packed week filled with inflatable obstacle courses, Relay Olympics, and fishing, campers at BRG’s Camp Catahoula are interacting and sharing their experiences with other burn survivors.

Denham Springs mayor responds to police union claims

On Thursday, July 18, Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry disputed several claims levied by the leader of a union for police officers, including a claim that the city’s police department is in “peril.”

State court suit over ‘no-call’ can proceed against NFL

A Louisiana judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against the NFL over the blown playoff "no-call" that led to the Rams beating the Saints and advancing to the 2019 Super Bowl

SU alum, professor recalls working on Apollo 11 Mission to send first man to the moon

Morgan Watson grew up in St. Joseph, Louisiana and picked cotton. He never imagined he’d one day work to send the first man to the moon.

Vaccine guidance issued for Barry aftermath, hurricane season

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) advises residents and those who worked with the public during and after Barry consider guidance about vaccinations to protect against infectious diseases

Mother’s Day parade killer gets 35 years in prison

The man who shot a romantic rival and wounded a teenaged bystander near a Mother’s Day second-line parade in May 2018 has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office announced.

MJ’s Café leaving White Star Market, taking over Tiger Deauxnuts location on Government Street

MJ’s Café, well-known Baton Rouge vegan and vegetarian restaurant, is leaving its location inside White Star Market and moving to the former Tiger Deauxnuts spot on Government Street.

  Hazing charges dismissed against LSU ‘Tiger Girls’ members

Five members of the LSU Tiger Girls dance team were issued misdemeanor summons for hazing in early 2019, the 9News Investigators have learned.

  Puppy taken during home burglary; police looking for suspect

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a man accused of burglarizing a home at the Sweetbriar Mobile Homes in Zachary. He reportedly stole several items, and a puppy.

Target unveils wheelchair-friendly costumes for kids

According to Target’s website, the full princess carriage and pirate ship collection are set to be released on Aug. 22.

  WANTED: Woman accused of attempted second-degree murder, domestic abuse battery

Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating Nychelle Martin.

LDWF investigating fatal boating collision in Iberville Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating a fatal boating incident that happened in Iberville Parish on July 12.

  Toys R Us plans a small comeback with 2 stores this year

The first two new Toys R Us stores will open in Texas and the other in New Jersey.

  Friends, family, first responders mourn loss of ‘The Cake Lady’

Betty Weber spent countless hours baking goods for Baton Rouge first responders.

Efforts to end HIV epidemic receive $1.5 million grant

The grant comes as part of the first wave of funding to support the federal government’s 10-year plan to end the HIV epidemic.