FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rainy week on the way; sunshine back for Friday

The weather remains unsettled Wednesday and Thursday, with the First Alert Forecast showing rain likely both days, but severe storms are not a concern.

  Baton Rouge judge to speak at Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline luncheon

  Arrests made after LSU students robbed at gunpoint inside dorm on Valentine’s Day; 3 still wanted

  While firefighters were saving lives, burglars were smashing their car windows

NOPD: Uber driver drove to wrong location before shooting at two riders

Suspect arrested for theft of artists carts in the French Quarter, pushing them into Mississippi River

Pearl River crested at 36.7′ in Jackson; MEMA and Governor Reeves give latest info

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Gretna renames street after Nancy Parker Boyd

5 Texans arrested for attempted ATM thefts in Baton Rouge

  Exxon hosts event to inspire girls to choose STEM careers

  School buses burglarized while students marched in Mardi Gras parade, school officials say

  Second body found from Feb. 10 boat crash on Bayou Sorrel

Holden community reacts to loss of 16-year-old student-athlete

  8-year-old dies on Valentine’s Day after drive-by shooting in Louisiana

The suspect allegedly shot into a group of 15 people because of a dispute with the child's uncle.

Police: Complaint of inappropriate behavior between employees and students at Terrebonne HS

An investigation ins underway after officers received a complaint of inappropriate behavior of two employees with students

  La. insurance commissioner faces push-back after comments about women’s car insurance rates

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is facing some push-back after comments he made Monday, Feb. 17 about female drivers being charged higher car insurance rates.

  Waitr to layoff 2,300 statewide in an effort to move delivery drivers to contract-based workers

The Lafayette, La.-based food delivery company Waitr will be laying off 2,300 delivery drivers statewide on April 6 in order to restructure its employment model.

  LDH offering free Hep A vaccines

Baton Rouge funeral home to honor late Kobe Bryant by sending memorial book to his widow, surviving children

  FIRST ALERT: Wet weather pattern continues

  Community meeting called over ExxonMobil fire; lawmaker to decide on introducing new legislation about safety concerns

  Students invited to wear red in memory of Livingston Parish student-athlete killed in crash

  GM recalling nearly 150K trucks due to brake problems

  Save money with these Presidents Day deals

You could even say it’s your patriotic duty to take advantage of these deals from your favorites brands and retailers.

Why does the Pearl River flood if we have a reservoir that’s supposed to hold water?

A lot of people have asked the question: “Why does the Reservoir have to release water?”

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

Deputies identify 51-year-old pedestrian killed in Ascension Parish

There are no known suspects or suspect vehicle at this time, according to Sheriff Bobby Webre.

BBB: How to spot and stop robocalls

Robocalls are being classified as an annoying epidemic for both consumers and businesses.

Women proposing to men becoming new marital trend

It's no longer just men getting down on one knee.

  American cruise passengers quarantined at US military bases

More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, are being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas after arriving from Japan on charter flights overnight.

  Victim expected to survive Ned Avenue shooting; arrest made

Deputies are investigating an early morning shooting that happened in the 8100 block of Ned Avenue.

SILVER ALERT: Elderly man with dementia goes missing Thursday

James Gunnels, 89, is sought by relatives and members of law enforcement who are concerned his judgment may be impaired by a medical condition.

Woman accused of punching Baton Rouge officer in the eye

A Baton Rouge police officer claims Tracey Semien, 29, punched her in the eye as Semien was being detained Saturday, Feb. 15.

  WAFB’s Scottie Hunter among 7 honored for community service

WAFB’s Scottie Hunter is among seven people who were honored for distinguished service and leadership in the Baton Rouge community on Sunday, Feb. 16.

  Mid City Gras makes big splash for parade-goers.

Parade-goers said the Mid City Gras parade is only getting bigger and better and they can’t wait for next year’s celebration.

Mississippi Urban Search and Rescue Task Force assists people impacted by Pearl River flooding

Task force team members have deployed to Jackson and are on standby to help emergency crews.

Open Spillway gates send water downstream into Jackson homes and businesses

Open Spillway gates send water downstream to Jackson homes and businesses

Southern falls to Alabama St. in Andre Dawson Classic

The Southern baseball team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday, Feb. 16, falling to Alabama State in the Andre Dawson Classic.

Funeral expenses for Faye Swetlik to be covered

The family of Faye Swetlik will not have to pay any money for the little girl’s funeral. Caughman Harman Funeral Home said all expenses will be covered.

No. 7 LSU edges No. 13 UL-Lafayette, run-rules North Dakota on final day of LSU Invitational

No. 7 LSU softball got some payback from Saturday’s loss by beating No. 13 UL-Lafayette on Sunday, Feb. 16 in the LSU Invitational at Tiger Park.

  Sunshine Bridge reconditioning, roadwork across state defaulted on by company with history of costly delays

Construction projects across the state awarded to Coastal Bridge, the company criticized for delayed and what some describe as “sloppy” work were stripped from the company after it defaulted on several contracts in early February, records show.

Krewe of King Arthur unveils float honoring Nancy Parker

The Krewe of King Arthur honored FOX 8’s Nancy Parker during Sunday’s parade as they rode the Uptown parade route.

  Firefighters host gumbo fundraiser for new equipment

The fire department is run by volunteers and part-time employees, so donations are always being accepted. Make a donation by calling 225-675-8668.

  Volunteers spend Saturday cleaning up Baton Rouge graffiti

Councilwoman Tara Wicker is asking for your help to clean up graffiti in the Mid City and downtown areas.

No. 11 LSU drops Game 3 to Indiana

The No. 11 LSU baseball team fell to Indiana in the third game of the weekend series.

  Southern Jags dominate Arkansas-Pine Bluff

The Southern men’s basketball team jumped on Arkansas-Pine Bluff early and dominated the entire game.

No. 25 LSU falls to Alabama in Tuscaloosa

No. 25 LSU battled back after being down in the first half against Alabama but could not get over the hump and suffered the loss in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Feb. 15.

  Mardi Gras parades held Saturday in BR, Baker

It was a day full of parades in East Baton Rouge Parish Saturday, Feb. 15.

  Minor found after being taken from La. hospital at gunpoint, deputies say

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of either person is encouraged to contact the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office at 504-227-1400.

Driver charged after allegedly hitting pedestrian while intoxicated

The driver allegedly told the officer she consumed two Hennessy margaritas, according to the arrest report.

24-year-old Livingston woman charged after suspected drugs fall from pocket during arrest, police say

Savannah Terrell, 24, was charged for simple escape and possession of schedule 2 drugs, records show.

North Canton City Schools reveal contents found inside purse lost by student in 1957

Nearly nine months after a North Canton City Schools custodian found a purse missing since 1957, the school finally shared photos of what was found inside.

No. 11 LSU gets past Indiana in Game 2 to win weekend series

It wasn’t near the blowout of the first game but No. 11 LSU did enough in game two to get the win in the early game Saturday.

Mondo Duplantis breaks his own indoor pole vault world record

A week after setting a new indoor pole vault world record, former LSU track and field star Mondo Duplantis has done it again.

  Watch Coach O throw the first pitch of LSU baseball’s season opener

Coach followed the pitch with a short hype speech before the team took the field.

FIRST ALERT: Dry Saturday, rain returns early Sunday

Dry weather will last through Saturday. The weather will be rather nice for all the Carnival parades planned, including those at night.

  BRFD responds to small accidental fire at Alex Box Stadium

Firefighters were called out to Alex Box Stadium for a fire before 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.

  No. 11 LSU starts season with convincing win over Indiana

The No. 11 LSU baseball team started the 2020 season with a convincing win over Indiana.

  Southern baseball opens 2020 with big win over UNO

The Southern baseball team opened up the 2020 season with a big win against UNO on Friday, Feb. 14 in the Andre Dawson Classic.

  Accused thieves caught on camera walking out of business with merchandise

Livingston Parish officials need your help tracking down three people caught on camera shoplifting at the Ulta in Juban Crossing.

Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, tells SI he’s going to LSU

Shareef O’Neal, the son of LSU legend, Shaquille O’Neal, has told Sports Illustrated he is going to LSU.

  FBI promoting new app dedicated to helping parents find lost children

The FBI is encouraging parents to download a newly released app it produced where information needed by members of law enforcement in the immediate moments after a child goes missing can be stored.

  First independent air quality monitor not in place until nearly an hour after ExxonMobil fire started

WAFB learned new information Thursday, Feb. 13 about the large fire at the Exxon facility in north Baton Rouge that broke out late Tuesday night (Feb. 11).

  Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

A major report from the Baton Rouge Advocate is putting a spotlight on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s business dealings with a man in prison for cheating the immigration system so he could make money.

  Despite Exxon saying alerts were sent during fire, many residents never received them

As flames towered over the ExxonMobil refinery, lighting up the night sky Tuesday, residents say they were kept in the dark.

  30th year for Attic, Trash, and Treasure sale to donate proceeds to non-profits

For weeks now, dozens of volunteers have been stepping up and donating their time to this amazing cause that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for several non-profits around Baton Rouge.

Man leads law enforcement on chase into Livingston Parish after allegedly robbing business, police say

After officers located Guzzardo and attempted to perform a traffic stop, Guzzardo led law enforcement on an 8.8-mile chase into Livingston Parish, the arrest report states.

  Suspected multi-state theft ring busted stealing $69,000 worth of jewelry in La.

Hammond Police Department Chief Edwin Bergeron, Jr. said the arrests were made possible with the help of a bystander who photographed the vehicle as it fled a local jewelry store.

Mayor Broome encourages residents to report graffiti to Crime Stoppers

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is urging residents to call Crime Stoppers to report graffiti in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Forced vasectomy at 50? Alabama lawmaker reacts to pushback

The bill was introduced to the House on Thursday and referred to the House judiciary committee.

125 years ago, an epic Valentine’s Day snowstorm hit the Gulf Coast

A snowstorm of epic proportions hit the Gulf Coast on Valentine’s Day 1895. Heavy snow was reported all the way from south Texas into the Mid-Atlantic, with several locations along the Gulf Coast setting snow records that still stand 125 years later.

LSU baseball announces doubleheader on Saturday

LSU baseball has announced a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 15 due to expected inclement weather Sunday, Feb. 16.

King of mat talk, Jerry Harris, from ‘Cheer’ gives Live Oak shoutout

The king of mat talk, Jerry Harris from ‘Cheer’ on Netflix gave a very special shoutout to the Live Oak cheer squad.

IT’S OFFICIAL! Baton Rouge Zoo names new baby giraffe ‘Burreaux’ after public contest

The Baton Rouge Zoo has officially named its new baby giraffe Burreaux after a public naming contest.

Fall in love with the new heART Trail

Hearts of all different sizes now decorate portions of the sidewalk in downtown Baton Rouge to mark the path for the heART Trail.

Netflix drops new trailer for upcoming ‘Stranger Things’

Valentine’s Day is getting a little strange.

Classmates show love for Faye Swetlik with Valentine’s Day cards

Students from Springdale Elementary School showed their love for Faye Swetlik by making heartfelt Valentine’s Day cards for her, this before the tragic announcement that she was found dead not far from where she disappeared.

  Officials: 11 people displaced due to arson fire at apartment on Atkinson Street

Fire officials say 11 people have been displaced due to an overnight fire at an apartment on Atkinson Street.

Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

Entering a second term without the budget woes of his first, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to dole out nearly $1 million in pay raises to his staff, Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees across state government.

  Live Oak cheer squads win UCA national, world championships

Live Oak cheerleaders won national and world championships at a UCA event in Orlando, Fla.

Mainieri previews LSU baseball hosting Indiana in series to start 2020 season

LSU head coach Paul Manieri met with sports journalists Friday, Feb. 7 to preview the Tigers hosting Indiana to start the 2020 baseball season in a weekend series beginning Friday, Feb. 14.