Bridge Center scheduled to open in December

The Bridge Center for Hope is slated to open its doors to the public sometime in December, after construction on the 24,000-square-foot facility is expected to wrap in mid-November.

Louisiana Lagniappe owner suspicious of jobless claims he’s being asked to verify 

Like many employers throughout the pandemic, Louisiana Lagniappe owner Kevin Ortego has received “base claim” notices from the Louisiana Workforce Commission—form letters asking him to verify that a claimant seeking unemployment compensation previously worked for him. But unlike employers who know, or at least, recognize the names of the former employees they’re being asked to verify, Ortego has received what he estimates to be between 50 and 100 notices about people he’s never heard of, much less employed at his restaurant.

French-inspired dessert shop opens on Essen Lane

A husband-and-wife team has opened a French-inspired dessert shop on Essen Lane, near Anselmo Lane. 

Downtown parking plan still in the works after five years, two administrations

Nearly five years after the city-parish began looking at ways to update and improve the parking system in downtown Baton Rouge, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s administration is poised to award two contracts for different components of the system, signaling the end of the process is near.

After 60-day deferral, Metro Council to vote on Murphy Oil gas station

The Metro Council will vote Wednesday on whether to allow the rules of the Old Hammond Highway Overlay District to be reversed for a particular section of land so that Murphy Oil can build...

Coyote Moon owners expand with sister store on Jefferson Highway

The owners of Coyote Moon Crystals & Gifts, a spiritual boutique on Perkins Road, have opened a new sister shop in the Goodwood Village shopping center on Jefferson Highway, near Government Street. 

Valencia Park developers buy nearly 3 acres across from current site

A month after receiving the green light to begin construction, the developers of the multifamily Valencia Park have purchased nearly 3 acres of land across the street
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Kennedy, Cassidy file brief with Supreme Court in Stanford Group case

U.S. Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, who have spent years trying to help Louisiana victims of the Stanford Group Ponzi scheme recoup some of the money they lost more than a decade ago, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved in the case.

$240M solar energy manufacturing facility proposed for West Baton Rouge

A San Francisco-based firm has filed an advanced notice with Louisiana Economic Development for a new solar energy manufacturing facility to be built in West Baton Rouge Parish in 2022. 

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