LMPD officer fires pepper balls at WAVE 3 News reporter, photographer during Louisville protest

WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust and photojournalist James Dobson appeared to have been hit by pepper balls reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville Friday night.

  Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program for students expanding

  Baton Rouge General says thank you, sends off 100+ medical sailors with second line parade

  La. law enforcement leaders speak out about George Floyd’s death

La. governor claims victory over state treasurer in battle for unclaimed property

  Walker Police holding fundraiser for officer

Baton Rouge mayor to join in day of fasting, mourning to mark 100k COVID-19 deaths in US

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Natchitoches Alligator Park closing permanently; owner selling park and animals

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

  Burrow: ‘This isn’t politics. This is human rights.’

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

LifeShare Blood Center now offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to blood donors

  LSU holds virtual Memorial Day ceremony

Louisiana woman survives cancer, coronavirus

A local 74-year-old woman, Patricia “Ann” Ducote, has quite the story to tell.

LDH partners with 11 companies to expand COVID-19 testing statewide

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has contracted with 11 partners as part of its comprehensive testing plan that will be submitted on May 30 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  Going back to work may be tough on your four-legged friends

Of course, your pet is part of the family, so it’s important to pay attention to your pet’s behavior and well-being once you change your routines yet again.

  BREC announces registration for online and in-person summer camps

This summer BREC will offer a variety of activities, experiences and camps to serve as many children as possible while following state and federal recommendations to ensure the safety of campers and camp staff.

Chris Young among performers Saturday night at Grand Ole Opry

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

East Baton Rouge Parish Library announces plans for Phase 2 of reopening

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

VIDEO: NOPD officer dragged by vehicle while attempting to arrest carjacking suspect

NOPD denounces actions of Minneapolis police officers

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.

  Protesters set Minneapolis police station afire

The protests that began late Wednesday and stretched into Thursday morning were the most destructive yet since the death of George Floyd, who was seen on video gasping for breath during an arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes.

JPSO: Police seeking help locating runaway child

He was last seen in the 2500 block of Cardinal Drive in Marrero at around 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

  Baton Rouge Union of Police puts up billboard advocating for higher pay for officers

You may have driven past a billboard on I-10 at Perkins Road recently that aims to start up a conversation about what police officers in Baton Rouge are paid.

  Trooper George Baker honored with public procession, private memorial service

Louisiana State Police Trooper George Baker was laid to rest Thursday, May 28 after a private memorial service in Hammond.

  BRCC celebrate graduates with special drive-thru ceremony

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is celebrating its graduates with a special drive-thru diploma pickup and virtual commencement ceremony.

  OLOL resumes visitation, but with limitations

Our Lady of the Lake announced Thursday, May 28 that it will begin allowing visitors for some patients to serve as an essential advocate starting Friday.

  Children’s health specialist discusses rare condition in children linked to COVID-19

Health officials are learning more about a condition found in children linked to COVID-19. Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, is a rare condition that affects those under 21-years-old.

  It’s a girl! Meet Elizabeth Vowell’s new baby

There’s a new addition to the WAFB family!

  DOTD selects contractor to build bridges for Comite Diversion Canal project

On Tuesday, May 26, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has selected a contractor to build three new bridges as part of the Comite River Diversion Canal project.

  Central Private breaks ground on new school

The August 2016 flood destroyed most of the school’s buildings, but now, Central Private School has been able to start construction on phase one of a new campus.

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

Some Baton Rouge area construction workers and contractors came together Thursday, May 28 to feed front-line healthcare workers.

Zapp’s launches new line of frozen appetizers

A new line of appetizers from New Orleans’ famous potato chip brand, Zapp’s, is now available at the freezer aisle of your favorite grocery store.

  As food insecurity grows in Baton Rouge, efforts to provide food are stretched thin

The line for East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s (EBRCOA) food distribution stretched at least a mile down Hooper Road on Thursday, May 28, as many looked for help in putting food on their tables.

  Former St. Gabriel mayor released early from federal prison

Former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace, convicted in a federal bribery sting, has been released early from federal prison.

  Bill to give entering freshmen another shot at ACT, SAT tests sailing through capitol

A plan that could help some entering college freshmen earn a higher TOPS award is a step away from Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk, having so far cleared each step of the legislative process without a single ‘no’ vote.

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers are one step from removing most restrictions on which medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana.

  Gov. Edwards: 13 cases of MIS-C, 1 death in La.

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

  Truckers gather outside of La. state capitol in support of proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates

Dozens of big-rig trucks rallied together outside of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge Thursday, May 28 in support of a new proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates in the state.

  Don’t get duped: How to avoid counterfeit beauty products

You go through your daily skin products often and sometimes you want to save a few bucks and buy them cheaper online. But you might want to take another look before you checkout because that “good deal” may cost you more in the long run.

Portion of Burbank Drive closed Thursday due to gas leak

Burbank Drive from Bluebonnet Boulevard to Highland Road has now reopened after being closed for several hours Thursday due to a gas leak.

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

Two YMCA locations will soon close for good, according to officials with the organization.

Superdome provides glimpse of what football season could look like during COVID-19

New Orleans Saints games may have a different feel this season. Social distancing guidelines put a big cap on the number of fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome if they are let in at all. The Superdome's management just wrapped up a meeting.

  EBRCOA hosting drive-thru food pantry event for seniors

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is hosting another drive-thru Lotus Food Pantry event for seniors.

Grocery store chain Aldi purchases land on O’Neal Lane

WAFB has confirmed the German based discount grocery store chain, Aldi, has bought an 11.1 acre piece of land on O’Neal Lane in Baton Rouge.

  Tip-over, entrapment possible with certain chests sold through Wayfair, Amazon

Purchasers of Hodedah brand HI4DR 4-drawer chests that are beech, mahogany, chocolate, cherry, white, or black in color should not allow children near them unsupervised.

  Baby and toddler swings can detach, injure kids

About 3,000 Swurfer brand Kiwi baby and toddler swings that are green, blue, or pink in color could be a danger to kids the company said.

Unstable dressers and cabinets can injure, entrap kids

About 2,700 Nelson and Lauki brand dressers and cabinets are unstable and should be kept away from children, product safety officials said.

Elderly man dies in crash in Ascension Parish

Authorities with Louisiana State Police say an elderly Gonzales man is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Ascension Parish Wednesday, May 27.

Bills to loosen Louisiana gun limits nearing final passage

Louisiana would loosen gun restrictions under two measures moving closer to final legislative passage.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road Closures/Lane Shifts

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

WANTED: Man accused of punching woman in the face, ripping out her hair

The Baton Rouge Police Department is currently looking for a man wanted for allegedly punching a woman in the face to the point that she had to be treated at a hospital.

Shreveport police training officer on departmental leave, under administrative investigation over Facebook post

The Facebook post in question critiqued the firing of four Minneapolis officers in the death of George Floyd

Victims group contacts La. governor to demand statewide investigation into pedophile priest allegations

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reached out to Governor John Bel Edwards as part of its latest request for a statewide investigation into child sex abuse allegations involving religious authorities in Louisiana.

COURTS: List of La. courts reopening in Phase 1

List of courts reopening in the WAFB viewing area.

  Produce giveaway happening in Donaldsonville Thursday, May 28

Several organizations will be hosting a drive-thru produce box giveaway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Lemann Center.

Arrest made in deadly New Year’s Day shooting

Joah Ross, 26, was found dead inside his home on Jackson Avenue on Jan. 1.

Necco Wafers are returning! Here’s where you can buy the classic candy

You will soon see Necco Wafers on store shelves again after a two-year absence.

Local toy company launches a ‘Hometown Heroes’ paper playset

To honor the work of frontline workers during COVID-19, Tatro: Hand-Built Magnetic Toys, a local toy company launches a ‘Hometown Heroes’ paper playset.

Cash Money Records founders pay rent for hundreds of Uptown tenants

Cash Money Records is hoping to ease the stress of paying rent for some Uptown residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woman accused of arson of home with family of 10 inside

A woman has been arrested in connection to an arson investigation.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Marginal risk for severe weather possible

The primary threat is strong, damaging winds.

  Young girl dead, another child critically injured in wreck near Siegen Lane; impairment suspected

Neither child was properly restrained at the time of the crash, according to police. Impairment is suspected to be a factor.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Governor responds to pictures showing lack of social distancing over Memorial Day weekend

All the good news comes on the heels of plenty of pictures shared with the 9News Investigators showing folks jammed into stores and bars over the Memorial Day weekend.

  La. AG says nursing home residents entitled to their stimulus checks

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says nursing home residents are entitled to keep their stimulus checks. He’s issuing a warning to anyone trying to defraud these vulnerable people.

  3 dead, 1 injured in what appears to be murder-suicide shooting in St. Helena Parish

The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting scene in which three people were killed and one was injured.

Former Saints teammates Marques Colston and Steve Gleason reunite through charity

Marques Colston, partial owner of Main Squeeze Juice Company, and Team Gleason team up for ALS Awareness Month.

New ‘Hunger Games’ book sells more than 500,000 copies

A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.

  COVID-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter

The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter.

  CDC warns about false positive from coronavirus antibody test

There is a growing concern about just how accurate coronavirus antibody tests really are.

  LSU Health releases findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on local patients; small vessels in lungs found to have blood clots

The majority of the autopsies reported on in the study were on African American COVID-19 victims.

  Bill proposing to hide names of people employed by companies receiving La. tax breaks dies in committee

A House committee Wednesday, May 27 killed a plan that sought to protect personal information belonging to people employed by a company that receives a state tax break, primarily over concerns politicians might be able to use the loophole to pass out tax incentives to their friends unchecked.

  Satterfield’s Restaurant on False River permanently closing due to coronavirus uncertainty

Owners of Satterfield’s Upper Deck Restaurant, an iconic eatery on False River in New Roads, say they are closing the business due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Every child care provider in La. to receive free supplies to ensure safe reopening

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced all 1,649 child care providers in Louisiana will soon receive supplies to help them ensure the health and safety of staff and children as the state navigates reopening following the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

  BBB shares 12 tips for people looking to hire home renovation contractors

May is National Home Improvement Month, so the Better Business Bureau is sharing some tips to follow before hiring a home improvement, roofing, or repair contractor.

  Gov. Edwards orders flags at half-staff in honor of Trooper George Baker

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff over the state capitol and all public buildings until sunset Thursday, May 28 in honor of fallen Louisiana State Police Trooper George Baker.

  What’s really in a bottle of sunblock anyway?

Many of us apply the lotion without thinking too much about it, but experts say we might want to pay closer attention to the ingredients list.

Saints announce 2020 preseason schedule

The New Orleans Saints have announced their 2020 preseason schedule, with three of the four games airing on WAFB.