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CDC issues alert after ground turkey linked to salmonella outbreak

At least 28 people in 12 states have gotten sick, and two have been hospitalized in connection to the raw meat items, according to the CDC.

Facebook recovers from sizable outage

City of Natchitoches announces water bill reduction plan

JOBS: Who’s hiring across the ArkLaTex

Gas demand rising with the temperatures

Be on the lookout for scams involving fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

  Easter shoppers spend record amount on holiday

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Birds killed in statewide Salmonella outbreak; bird feeders and birdbaths blamed

  Health experts turn to younger people as eligibility expands for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Bumpy road ahead’ for gas prices

Arkansas extends state income tax deadline to May 17

Caddo Parish to launch Emergency Rental Assistance Program

  ArkLaTex drivers reeling from higher fuel prices, shortage of some grades of gasoline

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.

Crawfish are scarce, prices high this year in Louisiana

The crustaceans that live just under the surface of Four Oaks ponds are playing hard to get.

Court awards more than $9M to Shreveport water customers part of class action billing suit

A Shreveport judge has awarded nearly $10 million to Shreveport water customers that were part of a class action lawsuit over billing issues, the Harper Law Firm announced Thursday, March 11.

2nd Chick-fil-A location coming to Marshall

Marshall is getting its first drive-through Chick-fil-A restaurant.

KIA, Nissan recalling more than 1M vehicles due to brake lights, fire risk

Smith County Sheriff’s Office warns of scam involving people posing as water employees

Beware of scammers asking for winter storm donations

Extreme cold fuels huge jump at the pump

Water, food to be distributed around ArkLaTex on Sunday

  DEEP FREEZE: Tips to keep your water pipes from bursting, what to do if they burst

Shreveport Regional Airport to offer non-stop flights to Los Angeles starting summer 2021

Allegiant Air will offer the service to LAX airport starting on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Waitr reveals most-delivered foods in Shreveport on Super Bowl Sunday

With orders from years past as their guide, Waitr has released the Top 10 most-delivered items in Shreveport for the Super Bowl.

  Gambling with the riverfront’s future - the DiamondJacks property

With it’s doors closed for nearly a year now and hundreds of employees left without jobs, what does the future hold for Diamond Jack’s casino?

CONSUMER ALERT: 10 products for kids recalled

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning people to be aware of ten products for kids that have recently been recalled.

Get a great TV deal ahead of the ‘Big Game’

People are buying bigger and better televisions ahead of the Super Bowl weekend.

Kraft giving away limited-edition mac & cheese for Valentine’s Day

You can enter a contest and be one of 1,000 people to receive a Candy Mac & Cheese kit.

Hobby Lobby to end its popular 40% off coupon

The chain store says it’s doing away with the popular 40 percent off promotion, which has allowed customers to hold out their cellphones at checkout for a quick scan and a quick discount.

SCAM ALERT: BBB warns of scammers offering ‘free Netflix for a year’

Between the winter weather and COVID-19, most people are spending a lot of time at home. Streaming services, such as Netflix or Hulu, are more popular than ever.

Fans rejoice as Taco Bell is bringing back potatoes to its menu

Fast food chain Taco Bell has announced it will bring back potatoes to its menu after removing them last year.

  CDC’s eviction moratorium set to expire without extension

If it’s not extended, the CDC’s eviction will expire at the end of this month.

SNAP benefits to increase for six months due to COVID-19, beginning Jan. 8

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits officials with the Department say you will see an increase in your SNAP benefits for the first six months of 2021.

Facilities in Texas receive vaccine doses, prepare for distribution

Several facilities in east Texas have received the COVID-19 vaccine in preparation for distribution across the state.

  Officials say help is still underway for those waiting for garbage pick-up

City Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr. said all 35 garbage trucks were back on the road Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Boil advisory issued for parts of Dogwood subdivision

Bossier Parish says it will not be rescinded until Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the soonest

THE INVESTIGATORS: Blind zones on cars pose hidden danger for kids

A month after a 1-year-old was accidentally hit and killed in Baker, the 9News Investigators have found a hidden blind zone on cars that could put more children at risk.

Distillers that made hand sanitizer won’t face federal fine

All distillers that made hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic were facing the fine.

Home Depot fined $20 million for lead paint violations

Home Depot will pay a $20 million penalty for failure to follow EPA rules for properly removing lead paint in customers' homes.

Target recalls baby clothes over possible choking hazard

Although no choking incidents have been reported, Target has already removed the products from its stores and website.

  Financial planners weigh in on investing your stimulus check

Many Americans are desperately in need of the $600 per person due to the pandemic

Barksdale AFB neighborhood under a water boil advisory

The military installation reported that there was a loss of water pressure in Heritage Heights

YOUR MONEY: Beware of gift card scams

Gift cards are convenient because the person receiving it can buy whatever they want, but gift cards also give scammers an opportunity to take the money loaded on that card.

Ceiling fans sold at Home Depot recalled over blades that can fly off

Some Home Depot ceiling fans are being recalled over blades that can detach, posing a potential injury hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

Restaurants open this Christmas in the Shreveport-Bossier area

Restaurants that will be open this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  Christmas store hours for popular retailers

Store hours for popular stores if you still need to shop before Christmas.

  La. attorney general’s office warns against most common vaccine scams

Officials are continuing to warn the public against COVID-19 vaccination scams.

Ford unveils ‘safe distance’ ugly Christmas sweater

Ford calls it the “Safe Distance Christmas Jumper.” It projects the shape of a Christmas tree around you and creates a safe zone for others nearby.

Burger King giving some customers money to try dollar menu

To encourage people to try it out, Burger King is depositing $1 in the Venmo accounts of select customers.

  Pulling plug on 2020 Independence Bowl will cost Shreveport-Bossier City area millions of dollars

The cancellation of this year’s Independence Bowl will cost the Shreveport-Bossier area millions of dollars. That includes everything from lost revenue for hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that get a boost from tens of thousands of visitors.

Walmart unveils new, free return service: ‘Carrier Pickup by FedEx’

Customers can now send back items shipped and sold on Walmart.com without leaving their homes.

  Online holiday shopping spikes amid COVID-19 pandemic

This has shipping companies scrambling to deliver packages in time for Christmas

Experts warn against COVID-19 vaccine scams

Scammers are thinking of ways to take advantage of those who do not have access to it yet, prompting experts and health leaders to warn the community against vaccine scams.

Lubbock child dies after swallowing battery

Little Reese Hamsmith, not quite 2 years old, died Thursday after swallowing a battery back in November.

YOUR MONEY: Research store return and exchange policies before buying holiday gifts

If you're trying to buy gifts last minute before Christmas make sure you do your research. Shoppers are already reporting scams for certain hot toys going around.

Wreck causes power outage in Cloutierville area

The utility estimates that it should have service restored by 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13

Iconic ‘World’s Smallest Target Store’ demolished in remote West Texas

A pile of concrete blocks is all that remains of the so-called ‘World’s Smallest Target Store,’ a popular roadside destination in West Texas.

  Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ will go on

The production will be staged at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13

Real estate experts warn home buyers not to skip out on inspections

The Louisiana Board of Home Inspectors recently expressed concerns, suggesting many home buyers may be skipping one of the most important steps of buying a home.

  Shreveport medical centers prepare for arrival of COVID-19 vaccine

Anticipation is building here in the U.S., after Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine. Now the public wants to know when we could see the vaccine here at home.

Baton Rouge casinos see slump in revenues, industry anxiously awaiting vaccine rollout

While gamers like Catellier are starting to come back, revenues are in a slump at casinos across the state.

  What the latest proposed COVID-19 relief package means for La.

Lawmakers in Congress are working to get some COVID-19 relief measure passed before the new year.

  As possible COVID-19 vaccines near approval, some worry about safety while others say trust the science

"Say your prayers and believe in science; and that’s a good combination that never hurt anybody”

ArkLaTex town issues boil advisory

Here are tips for disinfecting water before consuming it

  Local market highlights Small Business Saturday

People from the community walked through the parking lot at the Pierre Bossier mall choosing from more than 65 vendors to help support local businesses.

  Shoppers hunt for Black Friday deals amid COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is already causing challenges for some shoppers and retailers alike this holiday shopping season.

YOUR MONEY: Ways to save money while shopping Black Friday 2020

Black Friday is obviously going to look a lot different this year. In fact, many of the sales kicked off in the beginning of the month. That’s because retailers know many people will not be waiting in line outside just to jam pack the building.

  Marshall brings holiday season to life through virtual version of annual Wonderland of Lights festival

Learn what precautions the East Texas city is taking amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Restaurants remaining open on Thanksgiving

Looking for a place to eat out on Thanksgiving?

  COVID-19 risks at grocery stores depend on several key factors

As grocery stores get busier, they can also be a source of anxiety for some shoppers. The CDC describes them as a location with a higher risk to contract COVID-19.

With rise in COVID-19 cases, Louisiana moves to ‘modified’ Phase 2

Edwards says he will sign an order that will go into effect on Wednesday, November 25.

  Shreve Memorial to forgive library fines if you donate food

The library system’s Food for Thought amnesty drive continues through Dec. 23

  New study highlights neighborhood disparities in Louisiana, Caddo Parish

“The main reason is there are shorter life expectancies and lower media incomes,” Kristen Lewis, director of Measure of America, said.

  The big challenge of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions despite strong opposition

Coronavirus cases are spiking in nearly every state across the country, yet only 34 states have mask mandates. That list does include Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. But enforcing statewide orders can be easier said than done.

YOUR MONEY: BBB shares warning about scammers targeting virtual holiday shoppers

Just about every in-person event is going virtual this year due to COVID-19. Before you buy anything, make sure you know exactly where your money is going.

La. to receive $3M+ in Apple iPhone performance throttling lawsuit

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, along with more than 30 other state attorneys general, says Apple has agreed to a $113 million settlement over the company’s 2016 decision to throttle the performance of customers’ iPhones to address unexpected shutdowns in some models.

How to get the best Walmart Black Friday 2020 deals

Walmart’s “Black Friday Deals for Days” sale has been underway for weeks, but the retailer is about to kick it up a notch.

Thanksgiving foods that are dangerous for your dog

It may be tempting to give a piece of your thanksgiving food to your dog, but here's what you should avoid giving your four-legged friend

Shoppers can get free Thanksgiving dinners through Walmart, Ibotta

The meal is designed to feed a family of five and includes everything from turkey to cranberry sauce.

  Some continue to refuse to wear a mask despite latest surge in COVID-19 cases

The sharp rise in COVID-19 cases has put the focus squarely back on prevention.