GAME NOTES: LSU hosts South Carolina

LSU (1-2) is hosting South Carolina (2-2) for the first “Saturday Night in Death Valley” of the 2020 college football season.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cooler weekend; then watching the Gulf again

  La. lawmakers sign petition to end COVID-19 restrictions; Gov. Edwards calls move ‘reckless, irresponsible, and unconscionable’

  Transition from oil and gas industry would potentially cripple Louisiana’s economy, leaving tens of thousands out of work

  THE INVESTIGATORS: New Iberia mom wants answers after son runs away from capital area group home

  Ochsner nurse develops sympathy gift program for families of COVID-19 victims

  YOUR MONEY: Five best things to buy in October

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  High school football coaches excited for first Friday night with 50% seating capacity at games

FOUND: Woman with special needs missing, EBRSO says

Louisiana lawmakers end special session

  ONE-STOP-SHOP: Stats, links related to COVID-19

LSU to hold Fall 2020 graduation virtually due to COVID-19

  Man pleads not guilty in killings of fiancée’s father, BRPD officer

  Good rain chances today; watching the tropics yet again

Scattered showers and t-storms will develop this afternoon and become more widespread during the late afternoon and early evening hours.

  Funeral services begin Friday for Azariah Thomas

The Capital Area Law Enforcement Foundation (CALEF) has started a fundraiser to cover the funeral expenses for a 2-year-old who was killed in a shooting Thursday, Oct. 15.

  Deputies: Sorrento man dies after being shot by 16-year-old son

Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office say a 16-year-old is in jail after shooting his father Thursday, Oct. 22.

Newborn baby taken from Louisiana hospital found safe

According to authorities, the child was returned to St. Francis Medical Center and is in good health.

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

  Alcohol sales now allowed in Tiger Stadium under new game day policies

  Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

  EBR mayoral candidates debate at SU Law forum

  Donations raised, family showered in love after loss of 2-year-old son to gun violence

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Port Allen woman loses hundreds of dollars in Publisher’s Clearing House scam

  Gov. Edwards announces 50% capacity for high school football

Governor John Bel Edwards announced that starting Friday, October 23 that high school outdoor stadiums will be allowed to move to 50% capacity.

  HEALTHLINE: La. health leaders ‘concerned’ about national spike

Take a look at the national map and you’ll see Louisiana is an island among a sea of states seeing COVID-19 spikes. Based on previous patterns, state health leaders say that’s not a good sign, and they hope it’s not a sign of what’s to come this winter.

  Benefit for officer whose 2-year-old son was killed in shooting happening Thursday

The New Roads Police Department is holding a benefit for one of its officers, who just lost his 2-year-old son in a shooting on W Upland Avenue.

  Some still undecided about EBR mayor-president race as Election Day approaches

With Election Day swiftly approaching, there’s still time to get out and cast your vote early.

  CRIME STOPPERS: Man wanted in connection with drive-by shooting

Baton Rouge Police Department investigators are currently looking for a man wanted for attempted murder in connection with a drive-by shooting.

Police search for person of interest in 2018 New Orleans homicide

New Orleans police hopes the public can help them locate a person of interest in a 2018 homicide.

  Solar power facility in WBR Parish officially up and running

In West Baton Rouge Parish, the Capital Region Solar Facility is officially up and running, providing energy to Entergy Louisiana customers.

  Gov. Edwards: ‘We still have a long road ahead of us to full recovery’

Governor John Bel Edwards stated that disaster recovery and COVID-19 response remain the top priorities for the state during his news conference on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Hurricane Chris, four others indicted for recent homicides

The Caddo Parish Grand Jury has returned five true bills for recent homicides in the area.

  GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  LSU presidential search committee sets ‘aggressive’ timeline to fill position

A search committee tasked with picking the next president/chancellor of LSU laid out an “aggressive” plan to finalize the process by the end of the year.

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

Myles Brennan out for South Carolina game; TJ Finley will start at QB

Finley is a true freshman out of Ponchatoula

New Orleans could fine mask violators $500 as city moves towards Phase 3.3

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said New Orleans is closer to moving to Phase 3.3 of COVID-19 recovery, but citizens can expect stiff fines if they are caught in public without a mask or violating other restrictions.

Zachary Elementary on lockdown as police look for shooters involved in nearby incident

Zachary Elementary School is currently on lockdown as a precautionary measure while the Zachary Police Department searches for suspects involved in a shooting nearby.

Grand jury returns true bill of indictment on attorney, former DA candidate accused of molesting teen girl in ’03

A grand jury in West Feliciana Parish has returned a true bill of indictment for a man accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl back in October of 2003.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road Closures/Lane Shifts

Here is a list of current road closures in the area.

Former WAFB anchor honored with Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award

West anchored in Baton Rouge with other well-known WAFB anchors, George Sells and Donna Britt, between 1982 and 1985.

  Police have apprehended man accused in triple shooting over Labor Day weekend

Kentro Taylor was apprehended in Champaign, Illinois by local authorities. Investigators believe that Taylor is connected in the death of Jason Johnson, along with injuring two other individuals on September 6.

FAA takes over investigation after Slidell area plane crash

Police are investigating a small plane crash at the Slidell Municipal airport, according to a tweet from Slidell Police Department.

  Shaq named special reserve sheriff’s deputy in La. parish

Shaq Diesel is now a special member of law enforcement in Louisiana.

President Trump and Joe Biden to meet in final presidential debate

The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to square off in their final debate Thursday night.

  Better Business Bureau: avoid open enrollment cons and political scams

Americans are getting scam calls phishing for their Medicare numbers and other personal information.

  Spanish Town krewe making plans for Mardi Gras 2021, but it could be a bit early for that

Is it too early to start think about Mardi Gras 2021? Some krewes in Baton Rouge certainly don’t think so.

  Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

As Trump was on the road, Biden was meeting at his lakeside home in Wilmington, Delaware, with senior adviser Ron Klain, who is in charge of debate preparation.

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

The Senate is planning a rare weekend session to push the nominee toward confirmation on Monday.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two new investigations involving LSU greek organizations pending while unrelated hazing probes open against other fraternity

While one fraternity is tied up in a hazing investigation at LSU, the 9News Investigators have learned of two more investigations involving Greek organizations at LSU.

  Protesters gather to demand resignation of head of LSP, release of Ronald Greene video

Protesters who say they want the head of Louisiana State Police to step down gathered Wednesday night (Oct. 21).

  Despite fears, numbers show COVID-19 is not rampant in Baton Rouge area schools

Students in Louisiana have crossed the nine weeks milestone, it is an achievement many educators were unsure would happen at the start of the school year.

  US spacecraft touches asteroid for rare rubble grab

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft will attempt to descend to the boulder-packed surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday and snatch a handful of rubble.

January trial date set for East Baton Rouge school board member Connie Bernard

A January fourth trial date has been set for East Baton Rouge Parish school board member Connie Bernard related to the leak of an explicit video in which she appeared to be involved in a physical and verbal dispute with a teenager on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

  5 in La. accused of stealing from now-bankrupt unemployment fund

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says the state has arrested five people for allegedly stealing unemployment benefits.

  REPORT: LSU self-imposes penalties on football program; bans Odell Beckham Jr. for 2 years

LSU is imposing penalties on its football program after an investigation revealed booster payments to the father of a student-athlete, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: LSU fraternity suspended as campus investigates possible violations; DA calls it ‘unbelievably similar’ to Maxwell Gruver case

Louisiana State University suspended activities for its chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity as campus officials investigate “if violations of the law, LSU policy, or other applicable policies occurred.”

  Baton Rouge couple reacts to same-sex union endorsement from Pope Francis

Pope Francis' comments on same-sex marriage have gained a lot of attention, including in Baton Rouge.

  Woman battling breast cancer shares her journey

Every October, more shades of pink appear for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s important to remember why everyone wears pink.

BRPD: 2 arrested in connection with fatal shooting near N Foster Drive

Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department say they have arrested two people in connecting with a fatal shooting of a Baton Rouge man.

Walker man arrested for possesing child pornography

Louisiana State Police say they have arrested a Walker man for downloading child pornography after a joint investigation with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

  Build up your credit from scratch with these tips

It’s easy to think being completely debt-free is great, but financial experts say some debt is good debt.

AOC’s debut Twitch stream ranks in top 10 all-time

Her debut has landed her in a tier of viewership with major gaming brands and the platform's most popular streamers.

  Thousands of fans in Superdome Sunday, as renovations are well underway

Longtime ticket holders get a chance to go to Saints game Sunday in the Dome, as renovations get underway.

Stan Van Gundy new Pelicans head coach

The Pelicans have found their next head coach. The team is hiring Stan Van Gundy.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warmer than normal temps are here to stay

Afternoon highs will be just 3 degrees away from tying an over 100-year-old record.

  Orgeron ‘doesn’t think’ Brennan will play against South Carolina; added injury could ‘linger for weeks’

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said the staff doesn’t think quarterback Myles Brennan will be able to play against South Carolina.

  Day18: New campaign helps women remember self breast exams

A young breast cancer survivor has found a new way to fight the disease. Between treatments, Whitney Breaux recently launched a new campaign to help save lives.

  ‘I am broken to pieces’: Mother of 2-year-old killed in recent shooting speaks out about tragedy

The tragic death of Azariah Christien Thomas, 2, has shaken the Baton Rouge community.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

Federal charges filed against mother accused of kidnapping two boys

A criminal complaint filed in federal court Tuesday provides more details about the parental kidnapping of two boys, who were taken Friday in Pascagoula.

3,000 fans allowed for Saints vs Panthers game Sunday in Superdome

The Saints will have 3,000 fans in attendance for Sunday’s (Oct. 25) game against the Panthers inside the Superdome.

  SHOCK & AWW: Woman gives birth to second set of identical twins

A Baton Rouge family is adjusting to life with a second set of identical twins. The rare birth surprised Erin and Jake Credo, but doctors at Woman’s Hospital say it’s not completely unheard of.

  Candidates for open 21st JDC seat tout experience, differ on issues most pressing on the bench

William Dykes and Colt Fore are both vying for the open judge seat on the 21st Judicial District Court.

  LSU players talk about strengths of Brennan’s 2 freshmen backups

Some of the LSU football players shared their thoughts, as the Tigers approach the weekend’s home contest against South Carolina, and while many of the questions centered on the QB situation, several other topics were also discussed.

Gonzales man arrested on first-degree rape of a child, other charges

Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office say they have arrested a man accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl.

  La. residents can apply for extension of unemployment benefits

Louisiana residents who are still unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to extend their benefits, according to Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie.

  La. lawmakers advance compromise on emergency election rulemaking process

Lawmakers are moving forward with a compromise plan that would change how the secretary of state sets up rules for elections during emergencies.

  Is an HSA healthcare plan right for you?

In many cases, a health savings account (HSA)and a high deductible healthcare plan go hand-in-hand. That HSA is meant to exist as a nest egg for healthcare expenses.