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  • 400 lbs. of crawfish stolen from Baton Rouge seafood restaurant overnight Play Video

    March 29, 2018 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Four-hundred pounds of crawfish were stolen from a restaurant on Government Street. The hungry burglars snatched about 12 sacks from Pit-N-Peel between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The crawfish would be worth about $1,200 boiled based on the Pit-N-Peel price featured on the WBRZ Crawfish Index... more »
  • Exxon eyes Baton Rouge for more expansion, reports suggest Play Video

    March 20, 2018 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE – ExxonMobil is announcing growth almost as fast as it manufactures oil and chemicals – revealing Tuesday morning it is planning a new specialized plastics facility somewhere on the Gulf Coast. And, it could be in Baton Rouge. “ExxonMobil is well positioned to take advantage of... more »
  • Hundreds of wedding dresses left by bankrupt Baton Rouge store selling for $300 or less Play Video

    February 27, 2018 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Bargain-priced wedding dresses will be for sale for two days as landlords try to clear out merchandise left behind by a bankrupt shop. Alfred Angelo abruptly closed last summer , leaving brides and bridal parties stuck. The closure was so swift that customers at the Towne... more »
  • Riverboat gambling considered for rural Tangipahoa River

    February 2, 2018 4:45 PM

    HAMMOND – It could be an unprecedented boom for the usually quiet Tangipahoa Parish – a riverboat casino seconds from a major interstate. It's a reality gaming company Peninsula Pacific is toying with. The company could move its license from a struggling riverboat in the Shreveport area to the... more »
  • Capital One's downtown branch closing as it moves customers to online banking Play Video

    January 24, 2018 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The downtown Capital One branch will close, a corporate spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, as the bank pushes its customers to the internet for regular business. The bank started alerting customers this week through the mail of its plan to shutter the branch in downtown. Capital One... more »
  • Century-old Baton Rouge business featured in National Geographic Magazine Play Video

    January 23, 2018 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A popular barbershop in South Baton Rouge is in the national spotlight Tuesday. Webb's Barbershop is featured in the February/March issues of National Geographic's Traveler magazine as the magazine profiled 29 destinations in cities on the rise. Webb's has been in the same location at Government and... more »
  • Rouzan development purchased, construction to start immediately Play Video

    January 19, 2018 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Work will start almost immediately on the long-delayed Rouzan development off Perkins Road after a successful acquisition of the all of the property by businessman John Engquist. A representative confirmed construction crews are ready to move forward - possibly as early as Monday. Engquist has... more »
  • Sam's closing Cortana location

    January 11, 2018 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Sam's Club has abruptly closed its Cortana location as part of its response to increased online demand, a company spokeswoman said. The store's pharmacy will remain open until Jan. 26. People were miffed when showing up at the store Thursday to find it locked. The... more »
  • Three stores to close Mall of La. locations at the end of January

    January 9, 2018 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Mall of Louisiana is no longer immune to the changing habits of shoppers, it appears, as three stores plan end-of-the-month closures. The Gap, which already announced its closure , will shutdown at the end of the month along with Banana Republic and Paris Parker, a... more »
  • John Nastasi, former WBRZ engineer, has died

    January 3, 2018 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The area has lost a television pioneer in the death of John Nastasi, Sr., a broadcast engineer who was instrumental in providing WBRZ's legacy signal to beam across South Louisiana. Nastasi, a Washington Parish native, retired from the television station in 2000 – 32 years after... more »
  • Sign changes at top of former Shaw building

    November 2, 2017 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The sign atop the high-rise building off Essen Lane near I-10 has changed. It's the third time in the building's history the fixture at the top has been removed and a new one added. Now, a rectangle sign recognizes the building's new tenant – Aptim, an... more »
  • Firefighters deal with afternoon business blaze Monday

    October 30, 2017 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire tore through the attic of a home care business Monday afternoon. The blaze broke out around 4:30 in the ceiling of a building housing TCP, Inc., in the 8200 block of Tom Drive. Numerous trucks, including one with a large ladder, blocked the street... more »
  • Power failure knocks out power to hundreds Monday

    September 25, 2017 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – About eight-hundred Entergy customers were without power Monday afternoon due to a malfunction at a substation. The outage was centered around the Monticello community. Areas along Greenwell Springs Road from N. Sherwood Forest to the Comite River were knocked off the grid around 2 o'clock. ... more »
  • Report: Topgolf venue considering Baton Rouge location

    August 31, 2017 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Topgolf, an entertainment-style, digital golf range in numerous cities is looking to make Baton Rouge its next location, the Business Report published Thursday. Baton Rouge is in the running for a Louisiana location that could also end up being in New Orleans. Topgolf has wanted to... more »
  • For sale: Cortana on the market for $4 million Play Video

    August 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The proverbial for sale sign might spell the end for Cortana Mall as we know it. The mall was listed recently, with an asking price of $4 million. The JC Penny space is also for sale, going for $2.4 million. Both are being handled by Beau... more »
  • La. passengers aboard cruise ship experiencing problems in Gulf of Mexico

    August 11, 2017 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Passengers from Louisiana with access to the internet shared pictures and messages about their cruise ship breaking down in the gulf this week. A message thread from one passenger started Thursday with a post about being “at a dead stop in the middle of the gulf.”... more »
  • Survey targets flood-damaged Louisiana small businesses

    August 6, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's flood recovery program is trying to determine the needs of flood-damaged companies by asking small businesses to fill out a statewide survey. The small business survey is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete and doesn't require supporting documentation. It can be submitted... more »
  • Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to phones

    July 27, 2017 9:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple. The company discontinued sales of the two music players Thursday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones. The... more »
  • Man shot with flare gun at hotel near S. Sherwood Forest

    July 26, 2017 9:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews are responding to reports of a man shot in the arm with a flare gun in a hotel near S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Deputies say it happened at the InTown Suites on Sherwood Forest Court around 8 p.m., less than a mile from Airline... more »
  • Three indicted as insider trading investigation expands years after Shaw deal

    July 12, 2017 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Three more people have been implicated in insider trading plots related to the acquisition of Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group in 2012. Wednesday, federal authorities announced Kelly Liu, 31, Salvador Russo, 34, and Victory Ho, 38, were indicted and accused of breaking various laws dealing with securities... more »
  • Woman wanted for questioning after wallet stolen from business in Baker

    July 10, 2017 11:38 AM

    BAKER – The Baker Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying a woman wanted for questioning in reference to a theft at a local business. According to the police department, a wallet that had about $2,000 inside, was taken from the business. Police say the... more »
  • You could have an Amazon credit but you better act fast!

    June 22, 2017 11:40 AM

    SEATTLE – Many people have an Amazon credit that is about to expire and they don't even know it! A 2013 court case dealing with collusion between Apple and five major publishers over the price of e-books resulted in customers receiving a credit. Retailers like Amazon and even Barnes... more »
  • Aid program taking applications from flood-damaged business

    May 27, 2017 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The loan application period has opened for flood-damaged small businesses and nonprofits seeking aid from a $51 million new program. The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program was created by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, using dollars earmarked by Congress for rebuilding after the March and August 2016... more »
  • Gas tax could increase 20 cents per gallon Play Video

    April 6, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The lack of funding for road work in Louisiana is causing more than just frustration on the highway. Business groups said Thursday it's hurting the Baton Rouge area economy. "We have a very unique example recently where the LA 1 Bridge across the river was posted [closed... more »
  • Trump convenes panel on empowering women in business

    March 27, 2017 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says that empowering and promoting women in business are priorities in his administration. In a round-table discussion, the president is telling a group of female business owners that his team will work on barriers women face. He says the administration is also trying to make... more »
  • Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better US relations

    March 21, 2017 12:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island's citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion of private business ownership. In a poll of 840 people taken in Cuba late... more »
  • Growth among recovery in Livingston Parish; Car dealer breaks ground Thursday

    March 16, 2017 5:50 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Growth is occurring among flood recovery in Livingston Parish. Thursday, All Start Automotive broke ground on its new Nissan dealership just outside Juban Crossing. All Star is moving its Nissan dealership from Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge to the new, state-of-the-art facility on Juban Road in... more »
  • At least three La. companies interested in building border wall

    March 13, 2017 3:57 PM

    ADDIS – At least three businesses with ties to Louisiana – one of which is based in the Baton Rouge area – are interested in the president's plan for a wall between the United States and Mexico. Some 600 businesses have signed up as interested vendors for a pre-solicitiation... more »
  • Businesses join forces, become one to survive August flood

    March 3, 2017 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The close-knit, family feeling the city offers grew stronger Friday when two long-time gardening and home improvement outlets opened under one name in an effort to stay alive after the August flood. Clegg's Nursery took over Naylor's Hardware and Garden Center on Old Hammond Highway and... more »
  • Marucci Sports acquires Pennsylvania bat manufacturer

    February 16, 2017 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge based company that claims it “dethroned Louisville Slugger” has announced it has acquired a Big League bat supplier. Marcucci Sports announced Thursday that the company has acquired Victus Sports, a custom wood bat manufacturer known for unique color finishes and logo designs. ... more »
  • Is pizza joint Papa Murphy's burned to a crisp?

    February 15, 2017 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – It appears Papa Murphy's pizza locations in the region have abruptly closed. The restaurant is a “take-and-bake” eatery – customers order pizzas at the store and take them home to bake and eat. Locations in Zachary and two in Baton Rouge at Towne Center and Old... more »
  • EBRSO investigating armed robbery at Coursey Blvd. gas station

    February 8, 2017 11:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery at a Coursey Blvd. gas station. An EBRSO spokesperson says a Shell gas station in the 11000 block of Coursey Blvd. near Sherwood Forest Boulevard was robbed just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Two black... more »
  • 'Mr. Clean' gets dirty in new Super Bowl ad

    January 26, 2017 3:16 PM

    TORONTO – Creative types in Canada know how to get dirty and it appears they can create even dirtier characters as seen in Mr. Clean's ad that will appear in the United States during the Super Bowl. Depending on how you feel – you'll love it, be disturbed or... more »
  • Report: President Trump's team highlighted La. projects on 'priority list'

    January 25, 2017 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Deepening the Mississippi River could have a big impact on business at the port here, and while it's not a done deal, it appears the Trump administration would like to pursue the possibilities. In a priority list of projects the Trump team put together after Donald... more »
  • Survey: US companies in China feel 'less welcome'

    January 17, 2017 9:43 PM

    BEIJING - U.S. companies feel less welcome in China and some are shifting operations to other countries, a business group reported Wednesday, amid rising tension between President-elect Donald Trump and Beijing over trade. The report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China reflects frustration among companies that see China... more »
  • Trump says execs will run business with kids

    December 11, 2016 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is pushing back against charges that his businesses create a conflict of interest when he takes control of the White House, saying his "executives will run it with my children." Trump tells "Fox News Sunday" that he will "have nothing to do with management." Trump... more »
  • Traffic, not crime, worries businesses most in Baton Rouge

    November 17, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The region could add as many as 6,000 new jobs next year, but new businesses are wary of traffic effecting bottom lines a report by the area chamber of commerce suggested. The Baton Rouge Area Chamber, the region's business promotions and economic development organization, released its... more »
  • Body discovered behind Shreveport business

    November 17, 2016 10:48 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Police are investigating the discovery of a man's body behind a Shreveport business. KSLA TV reports the body was found behind Labor Finders just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The businesses' general manger says an employee discovered the body when he went to the back of the business to... more »
  • Economist: Louisiana job numbers down, hitting state coffers

    November 10, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's $315 million deficit from last year was mainly driven by continuing dips in private sector employment that are driving down personal income and business tax collections. That's the grim assessment delivered Thursday to the state's income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference. The Legislature's chief economist,... more »
  • Twitter exec heading out as company falters

    November 9, 2016 8:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter's chief operating officer is leaving the company, the latest high-profile departure from the troubled communication service. San Francisco-based Twitter said Wednesday that Adam Bain is stepping down and will be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. It says it will now look for a new... more »
  • North Dakota students learn how to build drone businesses

    October 16, 2016 12:39 PM

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. - One of the leading aviation schools in the country has added a new class to its curriculum: a drone business course. The 24 students in the University of North Dakota class are not only learning how to fly drones, they are receiving real-world business experience. At... more »
  • Bye Buc-ee's; Retailer with cult following pulls out of BR plans Play Video

    October 4, 2016 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eight months after news first broke Buc-ee's was set to open its first location outside of Texas at the Millerville exit on I-12, the company revealed it had canceled its plans for such a store. A representative with the company said Tuesday, the decision was made... more »
  • Bore hole to be filled in after business owners call on city Play Video

    September 28, 2016 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A large hole in the ground has some people upset, saying it's bad for business. The hole is intended for use during a city sewer upgrade, part of the SSO Program. It's located on South Blvd at St. Phillip Street, near The 13th Gate and Pastime. ... more »
  • Wisconsin businesses prepare for huge economic impact from football fans

    September 2, 2016 8:45 PM

    GREEN BAY - Wisconsin business owners are expecting Saturday's matchup between LSU and University of Wisconsin to make a huge economic impact. "We knew from this very onset this would be huge," hotel manager Tara Campbell said. On a typical Green Bay Packers gameday, the city usually makes an impact... more »
  • Business groups partner to start small business relief fund

    August 24, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced the creation of the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund to help small businesses recover from the recent flooding. The Greater New Orleans, Inc., the Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business,... more »
  • BRAC: nearly one third of homes in Baton Rouge area received flooding

    August 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In a preliminary analysis released Friday, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber reports that nearly one third of all homes in the Baton Rouge area received flood damage from this week’s historic flooding. BRAC released a preliminary analysis of the flood’s impact Friday. The organization used geographic... more »
  • America seen from abroad: arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

    August 4, 2016 9:32 AM

    BANGKOK - The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government. And yet the "Ugly American," it would seem, isn't all bad. Americans are also seen from afar as generous tippers, friendly, uncomplicated, rich and... more »
  • Pot fans unite at cannabis conference in New York City

    June 17, 2016 4:00 PM

    NEW YORK - At this conference, everyone has marijuana on the brain. On Friday, members of nearly every facet of the emerging marijuana industry gathered in New York City for the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. Men and women in business suits mixed with shorts-wearing hippies sporting blazers covered... more »
  • WBRZ's Sylvia Weatherspoon receives 2016 Influential Women in Business award

    June 7, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon was recognized Tuesday as an influential woman in Baton Rouge business. The 2016 Influential Women in Business awards were given out by Baton Rouge Business Report. The full interview the publication conducted with Sylvia can be read here . In the... more »
  • L'Auberge, Hollywood parent companies agree on merger

    April 18, 2016 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gaming regulators signed off on the merger of two casino companies Monday, paving the way for the parent companies of L'Auberge and Hollywood to join forces. Previously, shareholders for the L'Auberge parent company, Pinnacle, and the company that runs Hollywood, Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., met... more »
  • BRCC to host job expo for students

    April 7, 2016 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A local community college is helping students figure out what they want to do before entering the job market. Baton Rouge Community College is hosting it's annual Career Day on Thursday. All current and former BRCC students are invited to the event which will feature several local businesses.... more »
  • LDR: State tax filings not affected by IRS system outage

    February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana tax filings are not being affected by the IRS' hardware failure. In a news release sent out Thursday morning, the Louisiana Department of Revenue said its tax processing systems are not being impacted by the system outage. Earlier this week, the IRS announced that it had stopped... more »
  • Edwards reaches out to business leaders, seeking compromise

    January 14, 2016 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a conciliatory tone with business leaders who backed his opponent in last year's governor's race, describing himself as a "willing partner" with them. In his first week in office, the new governor spoke Thursday at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Association... more »
  • Louisiana businesses brace themselves for high waters in Mississippi

    January 1, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATCHELOR - Many hunters are packing their bags and ending their hunting season a little early and as a result, some businesses are preparing to get hit once the flood waters come. Traci Ewing manages one of her family's gas stations along Highway 1 that gets plenty of business from... more »
  • Obama: Business needs seat in climate efforts

    November 30, 2015 6:28 PM

    PARIS - President Barack Obama says the private sector needs to have a seat at the table as the world's governments attempt to curb global warming. He says that governments will set the targets that nations will try to reach, but it will be scientists, private sector investors and workers... more »
  • More than 1,100 places deemed 'WellSpots' in Louisiana

    November 6, 2015 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has given more than 1,100 small businesses, schools and higher education institutions a special designation designed to show they're making healthy choices. The state health department announced this week that a little more than a year after launching the initiative, 1,166 places have been named "WellSpots" across... more »
  • 80 BR workers among almost 400 being laid off by four companies

    September 29, 2015 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighty employees will lose their jobs over the next few months, healthcare company Magellan Health, reported to state employment watchdogs Tuesday. The layoffs are far-reaching, and include rank and file workers and people in upper-management roles. Among those being terminated are a vice president/chief operations officer... more »
  • Family asks cemetery to exhume mystery grave Play Video

    September 16, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A mother and daughter spent the day here, driving in from Texas to try and mitigate what has become a painful process of locating a dead family member whose grave site has gone missing. "Originally, the headstone was right here," Carolyn Jones said as she pointed to... more »
  • BRG cutting 50 to 60 jobs after ER closure earlier this year

    September 10, 2015 8:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge General announced it was eliminating 50 to 60 positions in the wake of the closure of the ER at the Mid City location earlier this year. The positions are in administrative support and are not necessarily "bedside" - ones that come into contact with... more »
  • Rezoning recommended for barge cleaning site Play Video

    August 17, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Planning officials recommended Monday night that land in south Baton Rouge proposed as the site of a barge cleaning company should be rezoned so the company cannot build there. The East Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-3 to recommend the action to the East... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport's master plan seeks business development

    August 12, 2015 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has seen several non-aviation businesses sprout up on its land over the past several years. Airport leaders now want to ensure that businesses leasing the land surrounding the airport will continue to prosper and try to attract more economic drivers to the area... more »
  • Fore! sale; deal being putted to buy Bluffs

    August 10, 2015 8:13 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Sources close to a deal to buy The Bluffs community in West Feliciana confirmed to WBRZ Monday night, an offer could be finalized by the end of August. Kenneth Carter and Jerry Dodson are reportedly working to secure the site from Claude Penn, the current owner.... more »
  • Netflix offers new parents a year off of work

    August 4, 2015 8:16 PM

    LOS GATOS - Families expecting a child and also looking for a new job might try Netflix since the video service company announced Tuesday it will offer a year's paid leave to workers who have newborns. The Associated Press reported the news was first posted to the company's blog.... more »
  • After first decade Central says business is booming

    July 7, 2015 7:00 PM

    CENTRAL- Central is celebrating its tenth anniversary by announcing more growth opportunities. City officials held a press conference on Tuesday morning announcing new economic development that plans to generate millions to the city. They said the city is booming and many residents and business owners have worked hard to... more »
  • Walker making Industrial Park road improvements Play Video

    June 29, 2015 5:46 PM

    WALKER - The city of Walker plans to pave the way for future industrial growth in the Livingston Parish Industrial Park by rehabilitating the only road through the area. The Walker City Council will give the roadwork plans a green light at its meeting Monday. The city will redo... more »
  • 4 South Louisiana organizations get New Markets Tax Credits

    June 17, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four South Louisiana organizations have received a total of $220 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, which they plan to invest in small businesses that create quality jobs and in projects that offer education and health care to poor people. AMCREF Community Capital, Capital One Community... more »
  • Southern University ALIED conference Play Video

    June 2, 2015 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Southern University College of Business will be hosting its 2nd annual "Advancing Leadership in Economic Development" (ALIED) conference to give people a chance to learn from leaders who excel in the business field. The conference will feature local and national business leaders who will be giving... more »
  • Bill giving workers paid sick time spurned by committee

    May 14, 2015 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give all workers in Louisiana paid sick days was rejected by a Senate labor committee amid opposition from business. Bill sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, said 700,000 workers in Louisiana lose pay - and sometimes their jobs - when they call... more »
  • State board awards tax breaks, costing Lafayette millions

    May 12, 2015 1:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A state board exempted some Lafayette Parish businesses from paying millions in local taxes in 2013. The Louisiana Economic Development's Board of Commerce and Industry, not local governing bodies, approved the exemptions that waived local property taxes. In 2013 those exemptions amounted to $5.4 million over a 10-year... more »
  • Lemonade Day Louisiana Play Video

    April 28, 2015 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Over the past five years, Lemonade Day Louisiana has given over 50,000 children across the state the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. On Saturday, May 2nd, these young entrepreneurs will participate in the fifth annual Lemonade Day, which is set to be the largest to date. The program... more »
  • Glow in night sky is plant flare, no emergency

    April 17, 2015 8:19 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The night sky was illuminated with a glowing orange color Friday due to a chemical company's flaring operations. The flame, magnified by the weather, appeared to look like a large fireball. Authorities said it was just a standard plant event at Dow Chemical and there was no... more »
  • Strong support shown for Louisiana's business tax breaks

    March 26, 2015 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers who want to scale back Louisiana's business tax breaks don't appear to have public support on their side. A poll released Thursday from LSU's Public Policy Research Lab says 72 percent of respondents support cutting taxes on business to attract them to the state. And 55... more »
  • Locals stock up for St. Patrick's Day parade Play Video

    March 13, 2015 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bars and businesses are stocking up on beer and beads for the parade on Saturday. Bars like Ivar's along the route say they've been making additional changes for the parade since Halloween to make more room for customers during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. ... more »
  • Jeff Kleinpeter announces retirement from family dairy company

    March 11, 2015 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jeff Kleinpeter announced his retirement from the dairy company his family founded. Kleinpeter said in a news release he wanted to focus his attention on "some of the things I used to do and love." He made the decision after taking a sabbatical from his position... more »
  • Another tax preparer arrested for tax fraud

    February 27, 2015 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Harvey woman is accused of falsifying information on her own tax return and those of clients of her tax preparation business. State revenue officials, in a news release Thursday, said Lisa Adams allegedly submitted state tax returns for Omega Tax Services clients containing false business losses.... more »
  • Other businesses not worried about Walmart pay boost Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses in the Baton Rouge area said they didn't feel pressured by the decision from the world's largest retailer to raise pay for its lowest-paid workers. Walmart said they will raise their lowest-paid positions to $10 an hour in order to attract and retain more workers.... more »
  • Napoleonville business falls victim to ransomware attack

    February 23, 2015 10:38 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Assumption Parish reported that a large business in the parish fell victim to a cyberattack by ransomware over the weekend. The company told investigators they applied a software update to company hardware last Thursday, but did not notice any change in the updated software... more »
  • RadioShack files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

    February 5, 2015 4:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell up to 2,400 stores. The Fort Worth, Texas company has suffered from years of losses. RadioShack Corp. introduced the first mass-market personal computer and used to be the go-to stop for... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders Play Video

    January 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are coming down on individuals, businesses and organizations who place signs where they don't belong in Baton Rouge. According to the Department of Public Works, any signs that are in the public right of way or on utility poles are illegal and those who... more »
  • Perkins widening plan concerning for some Play Video

    December 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A first-hand look at an effort to widen Perkins Road from Siegen to Highland has some concerned about the construction plan. The project has been in the works for 10 years and Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and Development along with city-parish government presented its plan... more »
  • Cheap gas good for businesses, not for La. budget

    December 16, 2014 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For consumers and business owners falling gas prices mean more money in the bank, but the state's budget could take a hit. Local businesses like Billy Heroman's Flowers are benefiting from cheap gas prices. The florists deliver around 200 bouquets each day around Christmas using 35... more »
  • BR man accused of 14 business burglaries

    December 3, 2014 4:07 PM

    SLIDELL - Authorities said a Baton Rouge man caught in Mississippi is being accused of multiple business burglaries around St. Tammany Parish. Investigators arrested Gary Howes, 54, early Wednesday in Tallulah, Miss. According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office 14 stores around Mandeville, Slidell, and unincorporated parts... more »
  • Local business takes advantage of Cyber Monday Play Video

    December 1, 2014 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's the day many people hit the internet and punch in their credit card numbers to get the best online deals. Millions of people across the country are making their way to the Internet for Cyber Monday but some local businesses are also taking advantage of... more »

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