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  • Registration begins Monday for free school supplies, backpacks

    July 10, 2017 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Sign-ups for free school supplies and backpacks from Salvation Army begin on Monday. Sign-ups will run from July 10 through Wednesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army Worship and Community Center... more »
  • Louisiana launches tax-free savings program for the disabled

    July 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has started a new tax-free savings account program that will allow families set aside money to help children with disabilities pay for expenses. Treasurer Ron Henson and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance announced the program 's launch. The program is tied to a... more »
  • New Coca-Cola museum opens in Mississippi

    June 30, 2017 11:43 AM

    CORINTH, MS - A new Coca-Cola museum free to the public has recently opened in Mississippi. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Coke floats from an old-fashioned soda fountain were served to the crowd at the museum's grand opening on Monday in Corinth. It houses memorabilia that is... more »
  • Illinois man found dead in river after skipping meal tab

    June 4, 2017 4:16 PM

    ALGONQUIN, Ill. - A man who jumped into the Fox River after allegedly skipping out on a restaurant tab in a northwest Illinois suburb has been found dead. Algonquin police said in a statement that the body of 29-year-old Ernest Prentic of Carpentersville was discovered in the river around 6:30... more »
  • Fishing to be license-free in Louisiana June 10-11

    June 4, 2017 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Want to fish? You won't need a license next weekend. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding its annual Free Fishing Weekend June 10-11. During that time, the requirement for Louisiana residents and visitors to have a fishing license to fish in Louisiana waters is... more »
  • Military offered free admission to WBR Museum, La. Art & Science Museum through Labor Day

    May 29, 2017 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Art & Science Museum along with the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen is offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families on Memorial Day through Labor Day. Along with members of the military, members of the National Guard and... more »
  • Free overdose treatments available to La. first responders

    May 20, 2017 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Attorney General Jeff Landry's office has negotiated a $1 million drug company settlement that he says will make an opioid overdose treatment available for free to first responders around Louisiana. Single doses of the overdose antidote naloxone will be provided to first responders who request them.... more »
  • 82 Chibok girls free in exchange with Boko Haram

    May 7, 2017 12:13 PM

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls seized three years ago by Boko Haram have been freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group, Nigeria's government announced early Sunday, in the largest release negotiated yet in the battle to save nearly 300 girls whose mass abduction exposed the mounting... more »
  • Turkish court formally blocks access to Wikipedia

    April 29, 2017 11:46 AM

    ISTANBUL - In a move that social media users called censorship, a Turkish court on Saturday blocked access to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, enforcing an earlier restriction by Turkey's telecommunications watchdog. The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said an Ankara court ordered Saturday that a "protection measure" related... more »
  • Trump considers action on NAFTA ahead of 100-day mark

    April 26, 2017 9:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is considering signing a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. But it's just one of a number of options being discussed. Senior White House officials have been discussing steps that can be taken... more »
  • New law exempts disabled veterans from hunting, fishing fee

    April 23, 2017 12:40 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - More military veterans will soon be able to hunt or fish for free at certain events in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2271 on April 13, and it becomes law July 1. It says no license will be required for hunting or fishing at... more »
  • Goodwood library to offer free restoration services for flood-damaged photos

    April 19, 2017 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Library is offering photo restoration services for residents whose photos were damaged in the August flood. The library is partnering with Operation Photo Rescue to offer services for two days to those who wish to recover their photos. The two-day event will... more »
  • Huge turnout at tax-help event leaves many flood victims empty-handed Play Video

    February 3, 2017 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE –So many flood victims showed up to have their income taxes filed at an event organized by the United Way that many families had to leave empty-handed. The Capital Area United Way offered a free tax-help event Saturday for those who needed assistance preparing their taxes. The... more »
  • SU law center to host free title-clearing event for flood survivors

    January 24, 2017 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Southern University Law Center will host a free title-clearing event for flood survivors. The legal aid session is open to flood survivors to provide services regarding title issues affecting flood-damaged property in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes. The event is being held at... more »
  • NOLA bakery offering free king cake for a year for info on stolen truck

    January 19, 2017 1:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Haydel's Bakery in New Orleans is offering one free King Cake per week for a full year to anyone who has information about a truck stolen from the bakery early Thursday morning. The bakery posted on Facebook about the incident looking for information about a man... more »
  • BRPD offering free self-defense classes for women

    January 10, 2017 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering free self-defense classes for women later this month. The classes will be held at the Baton Rouge Department Training Academy located at 9000 Airline Highway. The class sessions are as follows: Session 1 Tuesday, Jan. 31 ... more »
  • Angola prison magazine's inmate editor to be freed

    December 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    ANGOLA - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered to free from prison the inmate editor of a magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola. Media outlets report 60-year-old Kerry Myers was convicted of murder in 1990 for the fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home. Myers received... more »
  • Amazon to start charging sales taxes on Louisiana shoppers Play Video

    December 20, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax-free shopping on Amazon for Louisiana residents is ending. The online retail giant will start charging sales taxes on all purchases shipped to destinations in Louisiana starting Jan. 1. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that a state revenue department spokesman confirmed Amazon will begin collecting both state and local... more »
  • Central residents receive free Thanksgiving meals Play Video

    November 22, 2016 6:36 PM

    CENTRAL – Residents impacted by the August flood received free Thanksgiving meals Tuesday. Sherri Hedges received a dinner and said she is thankful for the meal she received at the food bank since she was not sure about what her family was going to have a holiday meal. ... more »
  • Lafayette offering free bus rides beginning Black Friday

    November 20, 2016 12:23 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The City of Lafayette is offering free bus rides for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Lafayette Transit System says its "No Pay Bus Day," on Nov. 25 and 26, is in recognition of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux says the promotion applies to all... more »
  • Red Stick Store extended third time for flood victims to shop for free

    November 18, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood survivors will get another chance to shot for free clothes and items at the Red Stick Store in Cortana Mall. The program, organized by K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers, State Representative "Ted" James and the Urban League of Louisiana, allows for flood victims to shop for free clothes... more »
  • Red Stick Store extended for flood victims to pick free clothes, items Play Video

    November 3, 2016 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood survivors will get the opportunity to shop for free clothes again tomorrow at the Red Stick Store in Cortana Mall. The program, organized by K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, State Representative "Ted" James and the Urban League of Louisiana, allows for flood victims to shop for free clothes and... more »
  • All St. Landry schools offering free lunch until end of year

    October 30, 2016 1:32 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Effective Tuesday, all schools in St. Landry Parish will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students. The school system has been in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2016-2017 school year. At the beginning of the school year more than 20 schools were included in... more »
  • Albany church giving out free items for flood victims Thursday

    August 25, 2016 12:04 PM

    ALBANY – Volunteers and church officials of the Blood River Baptist Church in Albany will be assisting flood victims on Thursday afternoon. Volunteers will be giving out basic need items such as all household essentials, clothes, food and water. Items will be placed in boxes for those receiving them... more »
  • 'Res-Que' team to give out free BBQ meals to flood victims, first responders

    August 19, 2016 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Members of Fleur de Que , Hog Dat Nation, March of the Pigs, Hogs for the Cause and Bacon Rouge are coming together to feed the Baton Rouge community following the recent flooding and severe weather. The group, dubbed as Hogs Res-Que Team, will be cooking barbecue... more »
  • Free supplies available at Baker Schools event next week

    July 29, 2016 4:46 PM

    BAKER - Students in need will have a chance to receive some free supplies for the school year ahead at an event scheduled for next Saturday in Baker. The giveaway will take place at the Baker School System Office on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The... more »
  • Free lunch for law enforcement after ambush shooting Play Video

    July 20, 2016 7:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON- One restaurant is going the extra mile with its gratitude for law enforcement. Wayne's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que in Livingston is offering free meals to all cops this week. It's a response to Sundays shooting of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers. "You see such tragic losses amongst... more »
  • JetBlue offering free flights to families of Orlando shooting victims

    June 13, 2016 5:24 PM

    ORLANDO - JetBlue airline company is providing free seats on flights to and from Orlando for those impacted by a mass shooting that took place on Sunday at a Florida nightclub that left at least 49 dead and another 53 injured. The free flights are available for immediate family... more »
  • Fish without a license for one weekend in La.

    June 2, 2016 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Louisianans and non-residents can participate in this year's free fishing weekend on June 11-12. Free fishing weekend provides an opportunity for anglers to fish without a fishing license on any of the state's public waters. The department hopes the... more »
  • Free summer program offered for teens in high-crime areas Play Video

    May 31, 2016 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A free summer program is now being offered to those located in high-crime communities. Louisiana State University has been working with the city to help fight off crime under a federal grant and one of the things the city is implementing is a free summer program that has... more »
  • Judges accused of wrongdoing face discipline at Supreme Court Play Video

    May 3, 2016 12:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two judges from the west side of the river face serious sanctions because of their behavior. Judges Robin Free and James Best will appear before the Supreme Court Tuesday. Judge Robin Free made a mad dash away from our cameras there a year and a half... more »
  • Free options for revelers who need a safe New Year's ride Play Video

    December 31, 2015 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several groups offered alternatives on New Year's Eve for drivers who want to get home safe after they've had too much to drink. Mockler Beverage's "Safe Ride Home" program is in its 15th year for 2015. It pays for towing services and taxi companies to provide... more »
  • Lunch lady who says free meal led to firing offered job back

    December 24, 2015 11:10 AM

    POCATELLO, Idaho - A southeastern Idaho cafeteria worker says she was fired for giving a student a free meal, but the school district offered her the job back after a national outcry. Dalene Bowden received a termination letter from the Pocatello School District last week after she gave a tray... more »
  • Tests reveal that Jimmy Carter is cancer-free

    December 6, 2015 12:36 PM

    ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter's grandson says no cancer was detected the last time the former president underwent a scan. Jason Carter told The Associated Press in a text message that his grandfather "told me that the doctors couldn't find any cancer in his most recent scan." It was not immediately... more »
  • Pro Bono Project attorneys to offer free legal advice Thursday

    December 1, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents in need of legal advice will have an opportunity to have their queries quashed this Thursday thanks to attorneys from the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Project. The Dec. 3 event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be held at the... more »
  • CATS offering free rides for young passengers in December

    November 18, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Transit System announced Wednesday that passengers aged 17 or younger will be able to ride CATS for free in December. To get the free bus rides, younger passengers will have to provide identification proving they meet the age requirement. CATS said bus drivers... more »
  • Obama trying to boost free community college plan

    September 9, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has been unable to get Congress to approve free access to the nation's community colleges. Now he's trying to boost state and local programs that do just that. Obama is teaming up with Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, on Thursday for a... more »
  • Mayor to hold conference on Summer Feeding Program Play Video

    May 19, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Free lunches are getting started for children across East Baton Rouge Parish. The USDA Summer Feeding Program works to make sure kids are staying fed while they're out of school. The Summer Feeding Program has been in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years. In the last... more »
  • Liberia declared free of Ebola after 4,700 deaths

    May 9, 2015 12:48 PM

    MONROVIA, Liberia - The World Health Organization has declared Liberia free of Ebola, after 42 days passed without any new cases. That's twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease. While celebrating the milestone, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, for some survivors, "the pain and grief will take... more »
  • Free help filing taxes Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new tax program is offering help to people in the capital area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available to the elderly, disabled, and people with low to moderate income. "It's a free program, so not only can you save the money to get... more »
  • Free mammograms being offered in Lafayette

    February 5, 2015 3:25 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program is offering free mammograms. Low-income women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have no health insurance are eligible for the screenings. They are available at the Clifton Chenier Center on West Willow in Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 11. For... more »
  • Local kids get dental care for free Play Video

    January 30, 2015 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools partnered with dentists and organizations to bring free dental care to kids. It's called the "Give Kids a Smile" program, and sponsors include Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, the Greater Baton... more »
  • Obama to propose free community college program

    January 8, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says in a videotaped message that he wants to make community college free "for everybody who is willing to work for it." Obama says in the video posted on Facebook that he will announce his plan to make community college accessible to anyone during a... more »
  • Cancer center to offer free smoking cessation program

    December 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Looking to kick that smoking habit in 2015? The Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is offering help. The Cancer Center will offer free group programs or individual counseling sessions in the coming month of January to help residents of Baton... more »
  • Jindal seeks reversal of military funeral cuts

    October 14, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans. The Republican governor, considering a 2016 presidential campaign, sent a letter Tuesday to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run... more »
  • Free parking, shuttles offered for Southern, ULL game

    August 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Due to anticipated crowds for the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' home football game against the Southern Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 30, free parking will be available at many lots and garages on or near the campus. The University also will provide free shuttle runs from several locations. Free... more »

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