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  • Audubon Zoo's two-headed snake, a gift from Nicolas Cage, has died

    September 16, 2021 12:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Harvey, a rare twin-headed snake given to the Audubon Zoo by Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage, has died. The zoo announced Wednesday that the 14-year-old gopher snake passed away due to complications brought on by his old age. Aside from his appearance, Harvey's arrival at the... more »
  • Drawdown of False River scheduled to begin in September

    July 20, 2021 6:21 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - Officials will begin lowering water levels in False River in a little over a month. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, False River Watershed Council, and Pointe Coupee Parish Government plans to begin lowering the water after Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021. The department said... more »
  • River Center prepared to host largest indoor event in over a year Play Video

    July 2, 2021 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ticket sales are hot at the Raising Cane's River Center. Fans stood in line Friday afternoon, waiting to get tickets to this weekend's first-ever Summer Fest. "Tickets are selling well for all events, and we're excited to have live entertainment back in downtown Baton Rouge," said... more »
  • LSU unveils updated guidelines for spring 2021 commencement

    May 3, 2021 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU has laid out rules for its upcoming in-person graduation ceremonies . The university says it will no longer assign a limited ticket allotment to each grad but asks that they limit their guests to no more than seven people. Additionally, only graduates who RSVP will... more »
  • Pandemic slows renovations to Superdome in New Orleans

    April 7, 2021 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE (AP) — Plans for $450 million in upgrades to New Orleans’ iconic Superdome have been disrupted because of financial troubles caused by the pandemic, the stadium’s manager told state lawmakers during a budget hearing Wednesday. The coronavirus outbreak temporarily ended concerts, monster truck shows and many other... more »
  • New Orleans' Zurich Classic returns in April; up to 10,000 fans can attend

    March 22, 2021 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The PGA Tour will return to New Orleans next month with as many as 10,000 spectators in attendance each day. Organizers announced Monday the Zurich Classic will be back in the Crescent City April 22-25 with "unique" ticket options. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due... more »
  • Bars in Pointe Coupee Parish allowed to resume indoor service Play Video

    February 5, 2021 7:28 PM

    NEW ROADS - Bars and night clubs in Pointe Coupee are back open for indoor service after the parish has seen in new coronavirus cases. Belina Hebert is the owner and operator of Daiquiri Diner in New Roads. The daiquiri bar has closed and re-opened twice since the shutdown... more »
  • Analysis: Business gains influence in Louisiana Legislature

    June 14, 2020 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Business groups are gaining a stronger foothold and demonstrating intensified influence in the Louisiana Legislature, after term limits wiped out many former lawmakers and industry-backed candidates won many of those vacant seats. In the regular session that ended June 1 and the ongoing... more »
  • A slow reawakening in New Orleans as restrictions are eased

    May 23, 2020 6:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is stirring to life as the country heads into the Memorial Day holiday weekend with restaurants and businesses slowly opening their doors for the first time in more than two months of coronavirus-related shutdowns. In the French Quarter, many bars and other businesses... more »
  • Return to mass light during first weekend of "Phase One" Play Video

    May 17, 2020 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – For the first time in months, people were able to walk inside church Sunday and sit down in the pews. During phase one of reopening the economy, which began on Friday, the Governor is allowing church services to be held inside at 25 percent capacity. At... more »
  • Residents enjoy the outdoors after stay-at-home order gets lifted Play Video

    May 16, 2020 11:27 PM

    Folks are headed outdoors as the reopening of businesses in "Phase One" unfolds. Saturday, many people were out and about along False River. During the stay at home order, many businesses temporarily shut their... more »
  • Baton Rouge City Court set to open on Monday

    May 14, 2020 1:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge City Court will be open to the public on May 18, 2020. The court will open its doors at 8 a.m. allowing visitors to pay fines & fees, file civil pleadings, complete drug screens, pay and handle outstanding bench warrants, obtain extensions, and... more »
  • Livingston Parish government offices set to reopen on Monday Play Video

    May 4, 2020 12:42 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish was one of the first parishes in the region to shut-down due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, but now it's one the first parishes in the state to reopen. "Now it's time to get back to taking care of our residents, taking care of the... more »
  • Crawfish Tracker: We're staying put and so are these prices

    April 30, 2020 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crawfish prices appear to have hit another wall this week. According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index , the average cost of boiled crawdads in the capital area is $3.59 by the pound, with most restaurants carrying over their prices from last week. The price... more »
  • Pandemic debate: Statewide reopening or parish-by-parish?

    April 24, 2020 12:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has mulled rules for possibly getting more businesses open next month amid coronavirus pandemic fears, he has so far rejected suggestions that he use a parish-by-parish approach. A proposed “framework” for reopening issued this week by nearly 50 local... more »
  • Crawfish Tracker: Prices staying put for now

    April 23, 2020 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Don't expect any significant dips in crawfish prices this week. According to WBRZ's Crawfish Price Index , the average price for boiled crawfish is $3.58 per pound, hardly changing from last week's average in the capital area. The average cost for live crawdads fared a bit... more »
  • Knock Knock Children's Museum opens Tuesday Play Video

    August 22, 2017 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge area's newest museum is ready to open its doors to residents and their children. The Knock Knock Children's Museum is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening Tuesday morning. According to a news release, Knock Knock is designed as a 26,000... more »
  • Jordan Spieth wins British Open for third career major championship

    July 23, 2017 1:48 PM

    SOUTHPORT, England - Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion. Spieth used a remarkable string of holes on the back nine to hold off Matt Kuchar and win the third major championship of his career. He won by three shots - the same margin he started the day... more »
  • Knock Knock Children's Museum to open August 22

    July 18, 2017 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Knock Knock Children's Museum announced its doors will open on Tuesday, August 22. The announcement comes after more than a decade of work from volunteers and advocates for early education, a partnership with The Recreation and Parks Commission for the Parish of East... more »
  • Rouses Market to open Bluebonnet Blvd location

    May 9, 2017 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Rouses Market will soon open a location at the Bluebonnet Village Shopping Center, the family-owned supermarket chain announced. The new Rouses Market will take over the space occupied by Matherne's Supermarket. The store's official address is 7580 Bluebonnet Boulevard. Donny Rouse said that he feels... more »
  • LSU to open spring practice on Mar. 11

    March 6, 2017 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The LSU football team will return to the field for spring practice on Saturday, Mar. 11. Saturday's practice marks the first of 15 workouts for the Tigers under head coach Ed Orgeron. Orgeron will preview LSU's spring practice at 11 a.m. on Tuesday to media members... more »
  • City-Parish launches new Open Neighborhood BR platform for residents

    March 2, 2017 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the launch of a new digital resource for residents called Open Neighborhood BR. The platform, located at my.brla.gov , provides residents with up-to-date, map-based information on recent incidents involving City-Parish agencies, such as police, fire, traffic incidents, 311 requests for service... more »
  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe to open Baton Rouge location

    January 31, 2017 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Ruby Slipper Cafe will open its first location in Baton Rouge at the former Pei Wei location in the Acadian Village Springs Shopping Center on Perkins Road. The restaurant is expected to open Spring 2017, pending permit approvals. The restaurant serves southern breakfast, brunch and... more »
  • Oyster season to reopen in part of Harvest Areas 3, 4

    January 29, 2017 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet will reopen on Tuesday. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that area, within Harvest Areas 3 and 4, opens at one-half hour before... more »
  • Federer beats Nadal in Australian final to win 18th major

    January 29, 2017 11:36 AM

    MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday. It was the 35-year-old Federer's fifth Australian... more »
  • Serena Williams wins record 23rd major with win over Venus

    January 28, 2017 11:17 AM

    MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her older sister Venus in Saturday's Australian Open final. With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the... more »
  • Ascension Parish president calls for summit on regional drainage

    January 9, 2017 2:15 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa called for a summit to address regional drainage needs in an open letter to federal officials and parish presidents on Monday. The Amite River Basin and Bayou Manchac drain parts of the Capital Region and southern counties of Mississippi. Several local and... more »
  • Ascension Parish disaster recovery center to remain open until Dec. 16

    November 16, 2016 5:41 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish disaster recovery center will remain open until Dec. 16, parish officials say. The center, located at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center 4H Building will remain open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Disaster survivors who have registered with FEMA may visit any... more »
  • I-10 opens Tuesday

    August 16, 2016 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic flows on I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The interstate was closed as flood water covered the interstate. Water remains in one lane in each direction, but traffic was allowed to travel through the other lane. Just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, LA DOTD... more »
  • Four branches of Capital One open on Monday after severe weather

    August 15, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Capital One announced that four branches in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parish will be open on Monday for customers in the flooding region. The following branches are open on Monday: Baton Rouge Main Office , 301 Main St., Baton Rouge Burbank Drive-Up , 9817... more »
  • Three area school districts reopen Tuesday

    March 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Public schools resume classes Tuesday in Livingston, Tangipahoa and Ascension parishes. The school district closed schools last Friday and Monday because of severe weather and flooding. High water made it difficult for students, teachers and bus drivers to move around the parish. District... more »
  • OMV locations to open this Saturday so customers can clear records Play Video

    October 29, 2015 7:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicles announced extended hours at locations throughout the state Thursday afternoon. Locally, the OMV office at 7701 Independence Blvd in Baton Rouge will remain open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31. The additional hours are a measure the OMV... more »
  • Election 2015 - Everything you need to know

    October 23, 2015 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters will choose or begin to choose a new governor Saturday, while also voting on six other statewide offices and four constitutional amendments. Early voting turnout has been low according to the Secretary of State's Office, with 222,162 of the state's eligible voters going to the... more »
  • Gun advocates challenge zoos' bans on possession around US

    October 12, 2015 11:16 AM

    DALLAS - Visitors to the Houston Zoo can now pack a little something extra besides a camera. The nearly century-old institution recently lifted its longtime firearms ban amid a broader push by gun-rights advocates who are pressuring zoos in Texas and elsewhere around the U.S. to do the same.... more »
  • Lee Drive fully open until July 25

    July 21, 2013 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lee Drive between Perkins Road and Highland Road is now fully re-opened to traffic, according to DOTD. DOTD says no closures, including lane closures, are planned along Lee Drive between Perkins and Highland until July 25. Additional information regarding the future closures along Lee Drive... more »

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