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Person got gun through airport security in Atlanta, flew with it to Tokyo

Louisiana to issue February SNAP benefits early

La. recipients to receive Feb. SNAP benefits early; cards still being accepted during gov’t shutdown

GE Appliances offers $50k for ‘Great American Grandma’ position

E. coli detected in East Texas water well

Kids can doodle for Google, win 30k scholarship

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  SPD warns public of new text messages scam

Lawmaker wants to get rid of paper receipts in California

Mayor Perkins names interim director of Shreveport Regional Airport

Owner fighting to keep daycare open

Cell phone helps locate alleged Louisiana kidnapping victim

Shreveport in need of garbage truck drivers

  Banks and credit unions offer cheap loans to federal workers during government shutdown

Several financial institutions are making special accommodations for the roughly 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or working without pay since December 21.

Bossier City Animal Control holds adoption event

Today, a special adoption event was held at PetSmart in Bossier City.

GM, DoorDash to test autonomous food delivery program

GM will automate Chevy Bolt vehicle for the venture.

Free Perk: More companies willing to pay for your college degree

Some companies recognize the burden of paying for a college education and they’re starting to do something that’s out of the norm, offering to pay for your college education.

US: Visit China at your own risk

Tips for maintaining your home in 2019

New Year’s resolution: A gym membership at a bargain price

Chipotle introduces new Lifestyle Bowls for healthier options in 2019

Girl Scout Cookie season kicked off Wednesday with new flavor

Financial advice for the new year

Blue Bell releases Mardi Gras ice cream flavor

Blue Bell has announced it is set to release its Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream.

Aurobindo Pharma recalls 80 lots of Valsartan Tablets for blood pressure, possible impurity

Patients taking the medication are encouraged to continue using because the health risk may be higher if discontinued without an alternative.

Lucky Mega Millions winner scores $425 million jackpot on New Year’s Day

This is the second time the jackpot has been won on the first day of the new year.

Look out for red flags in online puppy purchasing scams

Many may be looking to expand their family in 2019 by adding a new four-legged fur baby to their household, but the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says it’s important not to get too caught up in the excitement.

Scam alert for 2019: ‘Shimming’ is the new skimming

This method is similar to card skimmers, but a new technique targets the chip in your card that’s supposed to help prevent identity theft.

2019 New Year’s Resolutions now underway

Whether it’s losing weight or working out, last year alone 40 percent of Americans made New Year’s resolutions.

Extended government shutdown could have impact on WIC, SNAP

The shutdown has some wondering how it will affect their benefits at home.

Last minute rush to buy fireworks

The countdown to midnight is on and so is the last minute rush to get fireworks.

New regulation will increase hospital billing transparency

There’s about to be a lot more transparency when it comes to hospital bills in the United States.

Making New Year’s resolutions? Consider these financial tips

While working out or eating healthier are popular resolutions, according to experts the New Year is also a perfect time for financial turnarounds.

Over 11,000 pounds of chicken and sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Consumers are urged to dispose of the products or return them to the place of purchase.

These American-made cars are going away next year

General Motors plans to phase out some once-popular cars in 2019.

Amazon announces record-breaking holiday season

The company’s Echo Dot was among some of the most popular items shipped.

Last-minute shoppers are running out of time

Time is quickly running out if you still plan to get a last-minute Christmas gift.

Boil advisory issued in the city of Mansfield

A boil advisory has been issued in the city of Mansfield on Sunday morning.

Wash avocados? The FDA says do it

While the recommendation may seem odd, the FDA says it's the only sure way to prevent bacteria and dirt from transferring from the peel to your knife to the part we eat.

Temporary housing program extended for 2016 flood victims

They say this will be the last extension and the current rent structure will remain in place.

Report: Louisiana ranked most unhealthy state in 2018

Louisiana comes in dead last in a new report looking at the healthiest states. The report from the United Health Foundation looked at factors such as obesity, tobacco use, and inactivity.

Stock Market becoming downhill roller coaster

This week becomes the worst for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2008, leading at least some investors to ask all sorts of questions, especially what to do or not do?

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

How to freeze your credit

According to a report from nerdwallet.com, freezing your credit can be a good way to keep criminals and scammers from accessing your personal credit information without your knowledge or permission.

Pros and cons of giving gift cards during the holidays

How to protect yourself when buying and using gift cards.

Here’s your 2018 USPS, FedEx and UPS holiday shipping deadline guide

According to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday will remain the busiest shopping day this holiday season with 116 million planning to shop.

The Children’s Place recalling infant snowsuits due to choking hazard

The Children's Place says the metal snaps on the snowsuit can detach.The snowsuits affected are size 0 to 18 months.

Bills aim to end USDA’s ‘painful’ medical experiments on cats

Sen. Jeff Merkley on Wednesday introduced a Senate version of the KITTEN act of 2018. KITTEN stands for “Kittens In Traumatic Testing ends now.”

Holiday prowler caught on camera in Bossier City

Police are thanking residents of a south Bossier City neighborhood for taking such quick action by contacting authorities after a prowler was caught on home surveillance footage this week.

Longhorn Steakhouse donates leftover food to Louisville organizations

Here in Louisville, LongHorn has donated more than 202,515 pounds to local food banks.

General Mills announces churros cereal, Chocolate Toast Crunch, and Fruity Lucky Charms

You asked for the Chocolate Toast Crunch, and it’s back.

Where is your DNA going? The pros and cons of purchasing DNA kits

Many are surprised to learn companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe don’t keep DNA private if you give consent for the companies to share it.

How social media pitches e-cigarettes to young people

Here’s a look at how the company Juul Labs has advertised its e-cigarettes to young people.

#LogOutFacebook: NAACP calls for Facebook, Instagram boycott Tuesday

The civil rights organization wants Congress to further investigate Facebook and the effort to target black voters.

Gay couple to meet with Mattel to discuss making same-sex couple dolls

The couple will also be visiting Good Morning America.

Metal shavings found in toddler’s intestines after eating Zarbee’s multivitamins, mother says

Samantha Andersen said she'd been feeding her 3-year-old the brand for months.

More ‘Baby Shark’ just in time for Christmas

'Baby Shark' is back with a Christmas version for the holidays

Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Thursday, the auto maker recalled nearly 90,000 Land Cruisers and Lexus LX-570 vehicles from the past decade over a safety issue that involves the front passenger seat belt.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm, CDC reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an E. coli strain linked to romaine lettuce has been traced to an irrigation reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, CA.

Big retailers catering to last-minute shoppers

By some estimates as many as 4-out-of-5 Americans have still not wrapped-up their shopping just yet.Now big retailers, like Walmart, are catering more than ever to the procrastinator in all of us.

Gun deaths hit highest level in almost four decades last year

A new analysis of data done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns last year.

  How to prevent package thefts and what to do if it happens to you

Out of 1,000 people, 31 percent of them had personally experienced package thefts.

Del Monte canned corn recalled

Del Monte Inc. announced a recall of nearly 65,000 cases of fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers due to under-processing.

Gas sold for a penny after pumps malfunction at Baton Rouge station

Gas prices have been low for weeks, but nothing quite like this.

Goodwill & Charitable Giving Season

The charitable giving season is now underway. But a new tax law has nearly doubled the standard deduction, which is expected to substantially lower donations. While the local impact is unclear, we learned more about the guidelines for giving at Goodwill Industries

Boil advisory lifted for Waskom Rural Water Supply

Officials with the Waskom Rural Water Supply have said the boil advisory for the system has been lifted.

Minimum wage doesn’t cover rent costs for some Louisiana residents

There is an ongoing debate on whether to raise the minimum wage because of the rising cost of rent.

Boil Advisory lifted for Benton Water System

The advisory was lifted shortly after 4 p.m. December 6.

5 ways senior citizens can stay safe from cyber scams

Online scammers are increasingly targeting senior citizens in an effort to exploit people for money and identity theft. During the holidays, it’s even more important for consumers to protect themselves from possible scams.

Man says he urinated on Kellogg’s cereal conveyor belt

A Tennessee man faces up to three years in prison for urinating on a Kellogg's cereal conveyor belt at a Memphis facility.

SWEPCO announces coal mine layoffs for 2019

We have some good news, bad news to report on the economic front. First the good: SWEPCO and CLECO Power customers are expected to save a total of $85 million by the end of 2020.Now the bad:...

Caddo officials warn of senior cyber scams

Officials to host a question and answer forum for residents Saturday in Caddo Parish.

Bossier Parish officials warn of phishing texts scam

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is warning residents about a new string of phishing texts reported in the area.

Recall expands for potentially toxic dog food

Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

National Cookie Day 2018

Free cookies, cheap cookies. Catch all the cookies deals you've been waiting for.

Quora, Q&A site, says data breach may have affected 100 million users

Information that may have been compromised included users' names, email and password data, the company said.

First signs of Bossier City’s Northern Parkway Extension visible

Bossier City is now one step closer to paying the balance of the long-awaited $55 million northern parkway extension.

FDA approves groundbreaking cancer drug Vitrakvi

The FDA approved Vitrakvi for adult and pediatric patients to fight a specific genetic mutation in some forms of cancer.

#GivingTuesday shifts focus from shopping to helping others

After five days of intensive holiday shopping, this became a day to focus instead on giving.That's the whole idea behind "Giving Tuesday."

US Postal Service security flaw exposed data of 60 million users

The exposed information included email addresses, usernames, user IDs, account numbers, street addresses, phone numbers, authorized users and other information.

GM to slash 14,700 jobs in North America

The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won't be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract t