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  • Dozens of area restaurants participate in #25onthe25th Play Video

    July 25, 2016 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Restaurants throughout the Capital Area are donating 25 percent of their sales on July 25th with the cash going to help support the families of recently fallen Baton Rouge officers. Dozens of restaurants in the Baton Rouge area have connected with the effort, which propagated largely... more »
  • Businessman pleads guilty to embezzling $1M from restaurants

    February 4, 2016 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Florida businessman has pleaded guilty to charges he embezzled nearly $1 million from the bankruptcy estate for a company that operated more than two dozen Popeyes fast-food restaurants in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old William "Wil" Ros, of Cortez, Florida, used some... more »
  • Group wants to ban smoking in bars, casinos across Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 26, 2016 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The group Smoke-free East Baton Rouge is working on a campaign to extend an existing statewide smoking ban to include bars and gaming facilities. The group, made up of Louisiana Cancer Research Center, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association and others,... more »
  • Heartburn in New Orleans: Brazen robbers hit posh eateries

    September 29, 2015 5:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The latest headache for the beleaguered New Orleans police: late night robberies where gunmen burst into tony establishments in normally quiet areas, making off with the night's take and the patrons' wallets. It's happened at two restaurants in recent weeks and at an upscale bar on Monday... more »
  • Smoking inside bars is officially off-limits in New Orleans

    April 22, 2015 12:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans city council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues hailed Wednesday's start of the smoke-free ordinance as a historic step in making the city healthier. At midnight Tuesday smoking inside the city's more than 500 bars and gambling... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban takes effect

    April 22, 2015 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new smoking in New Orleans officially starts today. Smoking in the crescent city is now prohibited inside bars, casinos, restaurants, and workplaces. The ban went into effect at midnight and has drawn a mixed reaction from the public. The New Orleans health department passed out information... more »
  • Hammond expands smoking ban

    April 22, 2015 6:54 AM

    HAMMOND- The Hammond City Council has voted 4-1 to ban smoking in bars and bingo halls. The Advocate reports the law, which goes into effect in 90 days, adds those hospitality businesses previously excluded under state law to the list of employers that must provide smoke-free work environments. Councilman Lemar... more »
  • Good Friday demand for crawfish 'boiling over' at BR restaurants Play Video

    April 3, 2015 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Lent draws to a close, the demand for a must-have Louisiana delicacy has reached fever pitch with several popular seafood stops running out of crawfish on Good Friday. Tony's Seafood , a longtime Baton Rouge seafood staple, reportedly ran out of their supply of live... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban prompts debate in Baton Rouge

    January 28, 2015 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after New Orleans passed a law to ban smoking in bars and casinos, some Baton Rouge medical professionals and local leaders are pushing the capital city to strike while the iron's still hot. On Tuesday, Mayor-President Kip Holden and leaders from area hospitals... more »
  • 300 busted in illegal booze, tobacco sales Play Video

    July 1, 2014 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Alcohol and Tobacco Control say the summer months are prime for underage drinking. In their first month of their Summer Crackdown, ATC issued 331 violations for underage alcohol and tobacco sales. "There's nothing good that can come out of selling alcohol to minors and we... more »
  • Bill allowing concealed guns in restaurants advances

    April 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill allowing concealed handgun permit holders and off-duty police officers to come armed to restaurants serving alcohol has the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee. The committee voted 9-4 to advance the bill Wednesday. Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto says he sponsored the measure to clear... more »
  • Calorie labeling bill backed by Senate committee

    March 25, 2014 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill requiring chain restaurants to provide calorie information on their menus has received the narrow backing of the Senate's health committee. The proposal would require restaurants with at least 15 locations, one of which is located in Louisiana, to label the caloric content of their food... more »
  • Workers coming up short after icy weather

    January 30, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers who depend on tips for day-to-day expenses say the icy weather left them out in the cold after shutting down roads and closing businesses. Freddie Taylor, owner of Poor Boy Lloyd's downtown, said the deep freeze hurt his restaurant's numbers this week. "It shut... more »
  • Baton Rouge Food Tours invade downtown Play Video

    November 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Food Tours kicked off this month, and owner Kim Harper said the foodies are eating it up. Harper said it's a walking, guided tour which includes delicious tastings at local restaurants infused with fascinating historical and cultural stories. The tour is one mile... more »
  • Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

    June 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is called the Affordable Care Act, but a glitch could make it unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. Here's the problem: The law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer what it calls... more »
  • Program launched to use oyster shells on coast

    June 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new program announced by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is aimed at helping New Orleans area restaurants recycle oyster shells. The coalition on Tuesday announced that Shell Oil Co. has provided $1 million for the program, which will collect the shells and return them to... more »
  • Bill could allow guns in restaurants Play Video

    May 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill making headway in the legislature could allow people to bring weapons into restaurants. The proposed law, authored by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), has already been approved by the House and is pending a Senate Judiciary hearing. Burns told News 2, the law was originally... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 7, 2013 Play Video

    February 7, 2013 6:22 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 7, 2013 - No matter who you are, you've felt stressed. Now there's new health concerns that come from dealing with too much stress. Among the things that can trigger stress is personal health concerns, which... more »
  • Miss. casino regulations could be game changer

    January 23, 2013 9:13 AM

    JACKSON, Miss- Mississippi regulators want new casinos to be sturdier and gambling space larger with better restaurants and hotels. And the Mississippi Gaming Commission is ready to put the new requirements in writing. The Sun Herald reports that the Gaming Commission is accepting written comments on the regulations. Commission executive... more »
  • Baton Rouge expecting overflow, business from Super Bowl Play Video

    January 15, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge tourism officials expect hotel rooms to be at least 90 percent full when New Orleans hosts the Super Bowl next month. Visit Baton Rouge started a marketing campaign in NFL cities a few weeks ago. The focus is now centered on the remaining playoff... more »

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