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How to make a debt-free switch to cashless payments

Jelly Belly founder to give away candy factory in nationwide treasure hunt

  Lifeshare makes second plea just this week for blood donations

Louisiana Workforce Commission breaks down some confusion about Lost Wages Assistance benefits

LDAF discovers fungal toxin in Family Pet brand dog food; manufacturer issues voluntary recall

2 ArkLaTex firms among fastest growing in U.S., Inc. says

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  Federal eviction moratorium comes with many questions for ArkLaTex renters

YOUR MONEY: The dos and don’ts of building up a good credit score

If doing less means saving more, try these 5 money moves

FEMA: Previous federal help won’t affect eligibility for Hurricane Laura victims

Aspiring med student-turned-winemaker helps launch wine facility in East Texas

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

  These tips about safe use of generators could save a life

They produce carbon monoxide, which is known as a silent killer

  Tracking Laura: East Texas tries to meet demand for essential supplies, shelter

“The lines are getting long right now, but they’re going to be longer”

How to financially prepare for a storm, even if your emergency fund is low

Preparing for a disaster may be easier if you have lots of money, but what if you don’t?

  Red Cross: Extra steps needed to prepare for storms amid COVID-19

You may need to add some items to your emergency kit or change your emergency plans

USDA recalls 15,134 pounds of canned soup from Faribault Foods, Inc.

JOBS: Who’s hiring across the ArkLaTex

Progressive, Farm Bureau announce car insurance rate decreases for the fall

Livingston Parish woman tries to file for unemployment only to discover her name was fraudulently used

  Louisiana essential workers to get feedback for COVID-19 hazard pay applications

Some fear voter suppression with Postal Service delays

Prominent New Orleans businesses give notice they will have to extend furloughs to hundreds of employees

7 prominent New Orleans businesses have notified the State they plan to permanently let go or extend temporary furloughs to hundreds of employees.

  Louisiana woman gets unsolicited package from China

This goes beyond the seeds that U.S. residents have been receiving randomly from the People's Republic

  Pets at risk for COVID-19

Here's something we didn't want or need to worry about right now: Our pets can get the novel coronavirus from us. But it's still less than clear if they can give it to us.

YOUR MONEY: Top things to buy in August

With school beginning soon you might be shopping for all of your kids’ back to school essentials. There are certain items you can get a deal on now and others are worth waiting for.

  Distance learning interest increasing ahead of school year

As the new school year fast approaches, districts are sharing more information about distance learning programs families can choose if they’re worried about sending their children to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Arkansas holds sales tax holiday this weekend

Shoppers from across the Arklatex can take advantage of Arkansas' sales tax holiday this weekend.

School bus driver shortage getting worse

All across the country and right here at home - a shortage in school bus drivers is only getting worse.

Boil orders and advisories in the ArkLaTex

Here are current boil orders and advisories in the ArkLaTex and what to do when one is issued.

Days left of annual Kroger school supply drive

Kroger customers can purchase pre-packaged school supply kits until Tuesday, July 28. The kits include scissors, glue, pencils, and other school supplies.

  Fears of an eviction crisis are growing amidst pandemic

That eviction crisis analysts keep warning about is becoming all-too-real for local families who cannot pay their rent. And it’s expected to get much worse in the coming weeks and months ahead.

  Salvation Army family store reopening

The grand reopening was scheduled for earlier this year on April 1. The date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Too much lead found in several hemp oil products

Several hemp oil products sold across the nation contain an amount of lead that exceeds federal guidelines and, if consumed, can cause health complications.

  Federal, state tax-filing deadlines are among the latest financial hurdles for many Americans

Even a three month-long extension cannot soften the blow of Tax Day 2020 for some last-minute tax filers who have already endured one hurdle after another this year.

Kroger to require all customers wear masks in stores nationwide

Beginning July 22, if you're inside a Kroger location, you've got to be wearing a mask.

  Union not giving up on keeping Libbey plant open in Shreveport

The glass-making operations have stood at its current location on Jewella Avenue for 98 years

La. Insurance Commissioner approves 4th auto rate decrease for State Farm

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon approved the 4th auto rate decrease for Louisiana drivers with State Farm insurance.

  Texas public mask wearing mandate underway

The large surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas has led the governor to announce a mask wearing mandate for most of its counties while in public. We spent some time in east Texas where we heard mixed reactions to the change.

‘It’s on fire’: Real estate professionals say this is the time to invest

Commercial real estate brokers say it is the right time to invest but tough to be a landlord or a tenant right now.

  Texas takes step back, one day after reopening pause

Another morning and another major announcement from Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the fight to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Gov. Abbott pauses Texas’ reopening; faces mixed reactions from public

The massive spike in novel coronavirus cases across Texas prompted Governor Greg Abbott to put reopening plans across the state on hold.

Natchitoches may get at least 2 more restaurants

They have expressed interest in coming to the area of the Hobby Lobby development site, mayor says

Todd Graves to help restaurants struggling due to pandemic in new TV show

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves will star in an upcoming docuseries Restaurant Recovery in which he will help restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Pandemic fatigue setting in as Louisiana reopening stalls

Some people refuse to wear masks despite signs that the coronavirus is not going away

  FDA advises public to not use these 9 hand sanitizer products

The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about nine hand sanitizer products which could contain a toxic substance.

Lululemon popup open in Shreveport

Lululemon seasonal shop Shreveport

  Nearly 5,400 more Bossier students to get free meals

The federal program saves each student’s family about $600 each school year

Tips to save money, recession-proof your finances

Putting money away can be really tough. How much do you save? What are you saving for? Local personal finance professional, Layne McDaniel, breaks down how to better save money now for a future rainy day.

Dressers sold at Costco and online pose tip-over, entrapment threat

Without having a mirror properly attached, about 1,300 recalled dressers can tip-over.

Charging cables for some push-to-talk voice assistant devices recalled

About 15,000 charging cables manufactured to be used with Relay brand wireless and screenless communication devices can overheat and partially melt.

  Expanded access to medical marijuana in Louisiana draws strong reactions

Some see it as a step toward full legalization of the drug.

  From the house to the tasting room: Take a look inside The Seventh Tap’s future brewery

The trio see this as an opportunity and a challenge to bring business to a part of Shreveport that needs an economic boost

Company recalls more than 21 tons of ground beef

The products were produced June 1 and shipped to retailers nationwide, including Walmart

Infant teething spoons pose choking hazard, company says

Bonnsu reported one case of an infant biting through its Miniware brand silicone infant teething spoons, resulting in a choking hazard for the child. The company recalled about 32,000 other spoons as a result.

  Smoking ban in store for Shreveport bars, casinos

Some say COVID-19 means the perfect time for the ban; others say it's the worst time for businesses hurt by pandemic

LA extends deadline for student pandemic meal aid

Low-income families in Louisiana now have until June 15 to apply for help

Friday starts Phase II of reopening Louisiana’s economy

It “... means more normal. Not completely normal, but more normal”

Mayor warns of scam artist posing as an SPD officer

Caller IDs himself as a “Sgt. McConnell,” tries to persuade call taker to send money to avoid going to jail

Over 2 million Louisianans have received stimulus payments

About 2,186,332 Louisianans have received stimulus payments. That collectively totals to state residents receiving $ 3,680,836,165 through the CARES Act payment program

  Louisiana tattoo shops struggle to survive, yet cannot re-open

The emergency order keeping tattoo shops closed across the state of Louisiana has sent shock waves through that industry.

  Help wanted at Goodwill Industries to reopen more stores

100 jobs available

  Texas childcare centers can immediately reopen fully

They still need to abide by social distancing and other safety measures, like a ratio of 10 children per instructor at most

  Memorial Day sales look different during pandemic

Stores will have to allow for social distancing, other safety measures

  Reopening of Louisiana OMV locations brings long lines

As the State of Louisiana moves to reopen services to the public, visitors at Shreveport's office of motor vehicle locations had to wait in long lines.

  Businesses fighting to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the enthusiasm about the beginning of Phase 1 reopening in Louisiana — there are businesses either working hard to survive or on the verge of shuttering their company doors permanently.

Businesses take steps to protect patrons during the first phase of Louisiana’s reopening

After crisscrossing the Shreveport-Bossier City area, we discovered shops and businesses of all kinds are ready for you

  Local ranchers face stampede of worry as cattle prices plummet

As meatpacking plants fight off COVID-19 outbreaks, cattle ranchers in the Red River Valley struggle to find a market for herds that have lost a third of their value.

  Beef prices may keep your grocery bill high for the next few months

A large amount of beef is sitting in pastures all over the Red River Valley and probably not moving until the end of the summer.

  25% occupancy has business owners doing the math

Another challenge is rehiring workers who had to be laid off

  Are we ready? Reopening Louisiana’s economy during COVID-19 pandemic raises questions, creates challenges

NWLA region’s public health director says she would rather slow the process a “little bit”

Scam text message claims your credit, debit card is locked

If you are unsure if a message is coming from a legitimate source, contact the company directly through their official website or using an official phone number.

  Surge in bankruptcies expected amid COVID-19 pandemic

Experts say the only question is when

LWC making changes to unemployment benefits that could increase amount over next couple months

Unemployment payments have topped more than $1 billion in Louisiana since mid-March when Governor John Bel Edwards announced the first stay-at-home order.

Last call for crawfish: Farmers stuck in the mud as coronavirus shutdowns plague industry

Mother’s Day weekend is likely the last call for crawfish in Louisiana.

Some recalled concealer may contain mold

The company found mold on the sponge-tip applicator of some products.

May 5 deadline for VA, SSI recipients who don’t file a tax return and have dependents

The IRS today (May 1) reminded Supplemental Security Income and Department of Veterans Affairs beneficiaries to act by Tuesday, May 5 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.

At Arm’s Length: Great Raft Brewing stays afloat

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing local businesses - small and large - to get innovative to maintain some sort of profit.

  Should you wear a face mask? Why or why not?

Some think customers should abide by the same mandate that is required of workers

Received an ‘accidental’ payment on a money transfer app? It may be a scam

“Be aware that unlike credit cards, many digital wallet vendors will not shoulder the cost of fraud,” the BBB reported. “If you pay scammers using a digital wallet, you may not ever get reimbursed.”