Mardi Gras: Bakeries throughout Baton Rouge are prepping for the season’s rush of customers coming to pick up King Cakes, WBRZ-TV reports. Jeff Herman, Owner of Tiger Deauxnuts, says deep frying, dough braiding, decorating, and boxing has already kicked off and cake orders will be nonstop from now until Fat Tuesday on March 5. Read the full story.
On the job: Louisiana’s Office of Behavioral Health is getting training and technical assistance from the federal labor department to help people with serious mental illness find jobs. The Office of Behavioral Health and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will develop a collaboration agreement to improve employment outcomes for individuals with a serious mental illness. Read the full story.
Bag check: The Transportation Security Administration agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown. Employees of the TSA are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because their jobs are considered essential. Read the full story.