Toddler drowns in Port Allen

Death investigators are retrieving the body of a 3-year-old toddler from a Port Allen area hospital after a reported drowning.

Two kids, two adults injured in Greenwell Springs Road shooting

One killed on East Buchanan Street, two others seriously injured

23-year-old killed in wrong way crash

Homicide investigation underway after body found in Amite

  Fireworks stands still busy as customers plan smaller gatherings during pandemic

Prayer for racial harmony released by Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge commission

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  Family-friendly, Independence Day themed activities to celebrate while inside

  People and businesses react to new mask mandate

Teen suffers with persistent fever; potential viral illness

EBR district judge Chip Moore hospitalized with COVID-19; campaign asks for prayers

  In 2019 nightclub shooting that injured 7, victim sues club operators

Some strollers sold on Amazon violate federal safety standards, pose risk to kids

Hand sanitizer sold in La. contains undeclared methanol

Mystic Shield brand hand sanitizer sold in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Texas between May 21 and June 30 is being recalled because it contains methanol, despite that being left off the label.

’Global Empowerment Fund’ COVID-19 payment messages are fake, federal officials say

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned the public against responding to messages appearing to be from FTC representatives that offer money from a fake COVID-19 “Global Empowerment Fund.”

Some furniture sold at Rooms To Go has too high an amount of lead, officials say

Rooms To Go is offering a free replacement and free pickup of the furniture. Buyers will not be responsible for shipping costs.

  Pelicans’ Zion Williamson encourages Louisianans to ‘stay safe and wear your mask’ in new video

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson appeared alongside Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in a public service announcement reminding residents to wear a mask while out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness blamed for a global pandemic that has killed thousands.

  Man facing murder charges after couple found dead in apartment

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Stormy weather for the holiday weekend

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Press conferences, stats, links related to COVID-19

New Orleans sees most new COVID-19 cases since April 20

  ‘No mask, no service’ policy now in effect in Baton Rouge

  UPDATE: Central teen found safe

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you’re celebrating Independence Day this weekend

Consider COVID health precautions while planning your backyard Fourth of July shindig.

Big Gator captured, euthanized near Lakeview near school

A large alligator was spotted early Friday morning in a busy area of Lakeview.

  USS KIDD will not host Fourth of July celebrations due to COVID-19

The USS KIDD Veterans Museum announced Monday, June 8 that it will not coordinate or sponsor the July 4 festivities in downtown Baton Rouge this year.

  LifeShare Blood Center hosting annual ‘United We Give’ donation event through July 4

The LifeShare Blood Center’s annual “United We Give” donation event is happening now through July 4.

  Leaders of Baker, Central, Zachary say no mask mandates being issued at this time; attorney weighs in

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome recently issued a face mask mandate that goes into effect Friday, July 3. However, this mandate does not apply to Baker, Central, or Zachary.

  Spike of coronavirus cases among younger people creates testing dilemma in La.

As young Louisianans continue to drive the spike of COVID-19 cases, state health leaders are faced with a dilemma: prioritize testing for apparently-healthy people who might be silent carriers, or for sick people who need to seek treatment.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Doctors weigh in on antibody testing as results prove widely unreliable

There have been a lot of numbers thrown at folks since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but doctors say they’re paying attention to one set of numbers now more than ever as many places across the country move ahead with reopening.

  EBR school board president calls for Connie Bernard to resign

"I do not make this request lightly," Gaudet said in a statement on Facebook. "Without public confidence, our job is more difficult."

  Hoping to give kids a better memory of 2020, Front Yard Bikes gives 100+ kids brand new bikes

More than 100 children across Baton Rouge have received a brand new bike courtesy of Front Yard Bikes, a non-profit that focuses on teaching kids how to work on and build their own bikes.

  Here’s how to get your 2019 tax return ready for the July 15 deadline

Tax day looks a bit different this year. Historically, it’s fallen on April 15, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was pushed back to July 15.

  EBR School officials asking parents to fill out survey to help them determine best reopening plans

Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are asking parents to fill out an online survey to help them determine the best plan to reopen in August for the 2020-2021 school year.

  Ascension Parish School Board releases reopening plan for 2020-21 school year

Today (Thursday, July 2) Ascension Public Schools provided information to parents about school operations for the new school year through a dedicated section of its website.

Where you can and can’t shoot off fireworks

It’s important to keep laws and safety in mind as you celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks. Different parishes and cities have different regulations, so double check your area's laws to be sure it's legal to use fireworks.

  Donaldsonville mayor explains the importance of grant program for small businesses

During the pandemic, many local businesses across Louisiana are struggling to keep their doors open, but now there may be something to help businesses.

CRIME STOPPERS: Man wanted for allegedly punching woman in face in front of 2 children

The Baton Rouge Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding a man accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and punching her in front of her two children.

  Fourth of July firework safety tips

If you’re planning a backyard fireworks show, follow these tips.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road Closures/Lane Shifts

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

  COVID-19 outbreak concerns Bayou parishes as holiday weekend approaches

Terrebonne and Lafourche parish presidents worry about the 4th of July weekend.

Ascension Parish officials strongly encouraging people to wear masks, but not issuing mandate at this time

Officials in Ascension Parish are strongly encouraging the people of the parish to wear face masks when out in public, but are not issuing a mandate at this time.

  ‘We can’t afford to go back': Mayor Broome discusses mask mandate with business leaders

Business leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish got to ask questions about the new mask mandate imposed by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome during a webinar hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

  ’It hurt’ - Moore says Brees’ national anthem comments will linger for awhile

Former Saints wide receiver Lance Moore joined WAFB-TV’s Jacques Doucet for an hour-long Zoom interview to discuss a number of topics, including recent comments by Drew Brees about players kneeling during the national anthem.

President of BR branch NAACP announces intent to run for District 10 metro council seat

The president of the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP has announced his intention to run for a seat on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council.

Woman’s Hospital provides updated COVID-19 safety guidelines for pregnant women

Woman’s Hospital has released updated safety guidelines for pregnant women after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that pregnant women may be at a greater risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms than women who are not pregnant.

Fla. sheriff says he’ll deputize gun owners if protests overwhelm county

The sheriff specifically referenced "Black Lives Matter or any other group that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country" in a video regarding protests.

Alerts about fake face mask sellers reiterated as cities mandate use

Warnings about scammers hoping to cash in on members of the public seeking face coverings online are being recirculated as officials mandate face mask usage in various American cities.

  VIDEO: Plane makes emergency landing on Lafourche Parish highway

A pilot on a yearly flight check made an incredible landing on a highway in Lafourche Parish right in front of a truck that had its dash camera on.

SU working with Ochsner to ensure safe return to campus for students, employees

The Southern University System says it’s working with Ochsner using the hospital system’s Safe to Return Employer Solutions guidelines to ensure a healthy and safe phased returns for its students and employees.

FOUND: Woman back home after going missing Wednesday

A Baker woman is back with her family after going missing Wednesday.

Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout pins should be taken away from kids due to lead concerns

The amount of lead in about 78,000 pins sold across the nation between April of 2016 and January of 2020 exceeds federal guidelines.

FOOD: Where to get free meals for kids amid coronavirus pandemic

With schools, businesses, and restaurants shutting down or modifying their hours as COVID-19 spreads, here’s a list of places where families can get meals for their children.

Last day to suggest names for Lee High School

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) is now asking for the public’s input on renaming Lee High School.

Ochsner Health study reveals numbers of COVID-19 up to 40 times more deadly than flu

Based on the prevalence rate, doctors presume that more than 64,000 residents in Jefferson and Orleans parishes have been infected.

  Gov. Edwards says one of his staffers has tested positive for COVID-19; several others quarantined

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, July 2 one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 1.

  Do I really need to wear a mask? Health officials say ‘yes’

Top health officials in Louisiana are urging residents to wear masks and take social distancing seriously.

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

A political action committee working to help President Donald Trump is sponsoring a NASCAR driver’s vehicle starting this weekend.

Sen. John Kennedy announces $11M for LDH

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced Thursday, July 2 that Congress has allocated $11,060,438 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to help the Louisiana Department of Health prepare for future public health emergencies.

Kenner Mayor issues proclamation requiring residents to wear masks

The proclamation will go into effect at Noon Thursday.

  Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for Main Street Recovery Program grants to help with COVID-19 expenses

Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for grants to help cover COVID-19 related costs starting July 28, State Treasurer John Scroder announced Wednesday, July 1 during a press conference.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Colleague reacts as more items revealed in Connie Bernard’s 3-hour shopping spree during board meeting

Now that records the 9News Investigators uncovered reveal EBR school board member, Connie Bernard, was in fact bargain shopping during a board meeting over the renaming of Lee High School, the school board member’s colleague says he’s disgusted, but not surprised.

  St. Tammany Guard flyover provides welcome break from increased COVID patient loads

The COVID patient count is on the rise once again at St. Tammany Hospital where workers got a special tribute today.

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

The Mississippi state flag was taken down from the State Capitol for the final time Wednesday afternoon.

Slidell woman pleads guilty after allegedly sawing legs off of dog

Lynnette Victor, 51, was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, three years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and restitution for veterinary expenses, according to a report.

Man injured in shooting on Gus Young Ave. arrested after killing 1

On Wednesday, July 1, Baton Rouge Police Detectives arrested Armon Wilson, 22, in connection with the death of Jerome Kinchen, 34, which occurred on June 27 in the 4800 block of Gus Young Avenue.

Diocese of Baton Rouge adds name to list of credibly accused clergy members

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has added another name to its list of clergy members credibly accused of abuse.

  Baton Rouge residents react to face mask mandate set forth by mayor

As East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome plans to sign an executive order mandating that residents wear face masks, people have been sharing their opinions with WAFB on the matter.

COVID-19 cases, deaths in Baton Rouge area

WAFB 9News is constantly monitoring and updating the number of COVID-19 cases in the Baton Rouge area and Louisiana.

Garland Ventures recalls Five Cheese Stuffed Shells due to listeria concerns

The Garland, Texas-based food company Garland Ventures Ltd. says it is voluntarily recalling more than 1,000 cases of Five Cheese Stuffed Shells because they have potential to be contaminated with listeria.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

  Gov. Edwards issues stern warning about rise of COVID-19 in La.

With the Fourth of July weekend on the horizon, Gov. John Bel Edwards will address the state’s coronavirus response Wednesday

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Despite denial, records show extensive online shopping by Connie Bernard during crucial board meeting

East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member, Connie Bernard, was indeed online shopping for nearly an hour during a recent school board meeting that discussed the renaming of Lee High School, a review by the 9News Investigators reveals.

  New sheriff of W Feliciana Parish sworn into office

A new sheriff of West Feliciana Parish has been sworn into office.

  Southern University unveils line of THC-based medical marijuana products, marking historic launch among HBCUs

Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Wednesday, July 1 unveiled a line of THC-derived medical marijuana products that will be available across Louisiana.

  Lawmakers pass budget, car insurance bill as session ends

Similar to the regular session, there are two major things left to resolve: the budget and a plan that aims to lower car insurance premiums.

VIDEO: La. Guard perform Black Hawk flyovers across state to honor COVID-19 frontline medical workers

The Louisiana Army National Guard’s State Aviation Command flew over Slidell, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe area hospitals to honor first responders and healthcare professionals

  The Saharan Dust is here, but what does that mean for your health?

The Saharan dust cloud has made for some interesting skyline shots of the Capital City, but it may also pose a risk to your health.

  Pointe Coupee Parish school officials asking parents to decide between face-to-face or online classes

Officials with the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board say they have narrowed down their reopening options for the 2020-2021 school year.

Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson named Next Gen NBA 2K21 cover athlete

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson will grace the cover of the NBA 2K21 video game for next-generation consoles.