Support for the family: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation announced today that it made a $50,000 grant to the family of Shane Totty, the Baton Rouge police officer who died Friday after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck. He was escorting a funeral procession at the time. The First Responders Fund makes charitable donations to law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders.
Look both ways: Baton Rouge comes in at No. 12 among the top 20 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians, Business Insider reports. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by drivers in the United States in 2016, a number that for years has been steadily increasing, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No. 1 on the list was Orlando, and five other Florida cities filled out the top six most dangerous cities: Daytona Beach, Palm Bay, Sarasota, Lakeland-Winter Haven and Jacksonville. Baton Rouge was the only Louisiana city on the list. Read the full story.
Slow sales: Car dealers are beginning 2019 with a heavier inventory of unsold vehicles on their lots, a situation that some analysts say will put pressure on them to cut factory output as U.S. auto sales are expected to cool this year, The Wall Street Journal reports. There were 3.95 million vehicles on dealership lots at the end of January, a 4% increase from December and up nearly 3% from the prior-year January, according to data released Monday by WardsAuto. Read the full story.