Donelon issues insurance warning about rideshare programs

Monday, 28 July 2014 09:31
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is issuing a new warning to consumers about rideshare programs popping up in cities across the country. Uber, which is one of the popular rideshare programs, began servicing the Baton Rouge area earlier in July. "This is a new, rapidly spreading phenomenon that comes with this danger, no question about it," said Donelon. The danger he refers to is knowing the proper insurance drivers partnering…
EBRSS announces all public school students eligible for free meals
Monday, 28 July 2014 09:31
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new program by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows students to receive a free meal, similar to how students are given textbooks and bus transportation at no cost. Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System said all of the public school students enrolled in schools participating in the national school lunch and breakfast program will be eligible for lunches and breakfasts at no charge for the…
Left lane blocked on I-110 South at North 22nd
Monday, 28 July 2014 09:26
Advocate staff report July 28, 2014
Poll: EBR residents less worried about crime, more tolerant of same-sex marriage
Monday, 28 July 2014 09:26
Parish residents responding to the annual Baton Rouge Area Foundation CityStats poll are less worried about crime, more tolerant of same-sex marriage and still dissatisfied with the rate of progress in the parish, compared to last year. Poll respondents also were mostly supportive of a property tax to pay for early childhood education and a gasoline tax to build roads and infrastructure. The 2014 report, conducted by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, was released…
Electrical short causes heavy fire and smoke damage to home
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:31
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Firefighters were called out to a house fire early Monday morning that investigators determined was caused by an electrical short. The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported it happened at a home on McGrath Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. McGrath is off St. Rose, which is off Government Street. Firefighters said the homeowner was awakened by the smoke and ran out the back door to safely escape the fire. Firemen reported…
Left lane blocked on I-110 South before Capitol Access
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:26
The left lane of Interstate 110 South is blocked before Capitol Access because of an accident, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced on Twitter. Congestion has reached North 22nd Street, DOTD tweeted.
MidSouth second-quarter earnings rise
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:26
Lafayette-based MidSouth Bancorp Inc. reported its second-quarter earnings rose to $3.9 million, or 34 cents per share, compared to $3.3 million, or 29 cents per share, a year President and Chief Executive Officer C.R. Cloutier said strong loan growth and improvements in efficiency and operating earnings helped drive the second-quarter results. The majority of the loan growth was in the commercial loan portfolio, along with solid growth in the commercial real estate and consumer loan…
Grease left on stove causes Firelight Ave. blaze
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:24
Grease left on a hot stove caused a kitchen fire that spread into the attic at 10410 Firelight Ave. on Sunday evening, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. Firefighters arrived at 5:15 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 5:27 p.m., according to a press release. The home suffered moderate fire damage and heavy smoke damage, department spokesman Mark Miles said. Damage is estimated at $40,000 to the $250,000 home, plus another $10,000 to…
Crown expands infant bedding line with Carter’s
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:24
Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Gonzales-based Crown Crafts Inc., has expanded its licensing agreement with Carter’s Inc. to offer infant bed sets and decor. Crown has had a licensing deal with Carter’s for toddler bedding products for the past two years. The new agreement is part of Crown’s effort to expand its offerings of popular, high-quality brands and licensed products in the infant and toddler bedding market, said E. Randall Chestnut, Crown’s…
Forecasters watch tropical wave in Atlantic Ocean
Monday, 28 July 2014 05:28
MIAMI, FL (WAFB) - The National Hurricane Center said it is watching a tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean with a high chance of formation over the next few days. The wave is located about 550 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It is producing a large area of thunderstorms. Forecasters said early Monday morning that the shower activity increased over the past several hours and it was a little better organized. They added…
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