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  Social app for moms

  Students recieve first braille ‘UNO’ cards

National Nacho Day deals

  Stores, shoppers turn their attention to the holidays

ArkLaTex sheriff warns of scam that targets the elderly

Public warned about counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl coming from Mexico

Mobile charging devices recalled over fire, burn hazards

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  Smoke detector safety

  Bad weather impacts 2019 State Fair’s first week

  State Fair closed Wednesday due to threat of rain

Surge in home furnace checks before winter arrives

Rejoice! Popeyes’ announces date for the return of the chicken sandwich

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

  Breast cancer survivor opens Bossier City’s first mastectomy boutique; celebration set Saturday

Melody Scott's shop will offer mastectomy bras, prosthesis, facials and massages

  CHRISTUS surgeon returns to serve the ArkLaTex

Dr. John Evans is the newest member of CHRISTUS Highland’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgery team

Holiday shopping season starts Friday at Walmart

We haven't yet celebrated Halloween, and already the retailer is getting ready for the holidays.

GAME OF CHICKEN: Popeyes’ popular sandwich coming back, report says

Hold the turkey, because the chicken is back just in time for Thanksgiving.

SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge man hand sews bow ties to jazz up men’s wardrobes

  Liquor stores push back against proposed 9 p.m. closing

Google Maps users will soon be able to see speed traps

Blackhawk gun holsters recalled due to possibility of injury due to safety moving

Blackhawk gun holsters recalled because of injury risk

CDC says Louisiana leading region with flu-like patient visits

Macy’s to stop selling real fur by end of fiscal year 2020

Macy's Inc. says it will stop selling real fur by the end of its fiscal year 2020 at its namesake stores and Bloomingdale's as well as its discount outlets.

Possible Salmonella contamination sparks recall of Great Value breakfast sausage

Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall of 6,444 pounds of Great Value brand ready-to-eat pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

  Ruling could mean nearly $400 per water customer

Attorney says Shreveport still is overbilling and he’ll seek an injunction to get the city to stop that practice

Panera worker fired for revealing secret of mac and cheese

Some compared it to "glorified hospital food" or even military MREs - meals ready to eat.

Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15, check your coverage plans here

Medicare has made it easy to figure out which plans fits your needs.

Taco Bell seasoned beef recalled due to possible metal shavings

An Ohio company is recalling an undetermined amount of seasoned beef used for taco and burrito filling at Taco Bell locations nationwide that may contain metal shavings.

Shreveport must refund water customers; overcharged for years

Judge Pitman had previously certified this lawsuit as a class action suit to include all 60,000 residential water & sewer customers.

Jury awards $5.2M in Walmart disability discrimination case

A jury has awarded a former Walmart employee in Wisconsin more than $5 million in a disability discrimination case

New device helps prevent infant hot car deaths

The eClip, created by Elepho, Inc. pairs with your smartphone and sends you an alert if you leave the car with your child still in the backseat.

Gordmans to launch multiple stores across East Texas in 2020

Clothing retailer Stage is preparing to convert several stores across East Texas to Gordmans stores next year. Stage Manager of Brand Publicity Blakeley Graham announced the news Thursday.

Alternative to traditional health care gives patients options

That’s part of the reason for a surge in a new kind of care that could save patients hundreds of dollars — it’s called direct primary care.

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.

Locking mechanism on about 1.1 million pocket knives may fail; injuries reported

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) issued an alert Friday, Oct. 4 to notify consumers the locking mechanism on about 1.1 million Gordon brand folding knives can fail, posing a laceration hazard.

BBB tracking new ‘activation fee’ scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers of a scam targeting unsuspecting new owners of media players, virtual assistants, and other tech devices. Users who may need a little extra help activating these types of devices are especially as at risk for this scam, the BBB says.

Another brand of flour recalled over E. coli concerns

Another brand of all-purpose flour is being pulled from shelves out of an abundance of caution that products may be contaminated with E. coli.

  Town: Houston flooding delays Haughton water bills

Meantime, the town is offering a solution

  Deal reached with state to keep Fibrebond in Minden

The pact includes the lowering of an underpass and the replacement of a bridge along U.S. Highway 80

Shreveport airport sees record passenger growth in ’19

Now the Airport Authority is working with United Airlines to provide a non-stop flight to Chicago

Lipari Foods issues recall of bulk chicken salads and chicken salad sandwiches over Listeria concerns

According to the FDA,. there may be a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, which “is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”

Budget tool helps you save money for holidays

It’s estimated Americans will spend more than $1,000 during the holiday season.

Dat Dog in Baton Rouge: Company opening new locations; local franchisees wanted

Dat Dog, know for its specialy hot dogs, is officially coming Baton Rouge with up to two locations.

New fuel taxes set to go into effect for Arkansas highways

Arkansas motorists will pay more to put fuel in their vehicles when new sales taxes go into effect to help maintain roads and highways

Heartburn drugs sold at Walmart, Walgreens, recalled over presence of probable carcinogen

Updates issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Wednesday, Oct. 23 show more products used to relieve and prevent heartburn are being recalled due to the potential presence of the same probable cancer-causing impurity that prompted a July recall of several blood pressure medications.

Moms-to-be flock to try ‘labor inducing’ burger

There are all kinds of old wives' tales about what can help pregnant women go into labor. A Minneapolis restaurant says its burger might be the latest trick to bring on baby.

DoorDash data breach affects nearly 5 million people

Food delivery company DoorDash announced that it suffered a data breach affecting roughly 4.9 million people.

‘Is this you?' BBB warns of social media video scam

There’s a phishing scam making the rounds that the Better Business Bureau wants you to know about. Have you received a Facebook message with a video link asking, “Is this you?”

Luxury, customizable Kit Kat bars launch in the UK, command a luxury price

The luxury Kit Kat bars will be available at John Lewis Stores around the UK from September 26 to December 24. If you or a friend are headed there during that time, you may be able to sample the luxury for yourself.

LSU graduate starts dairy-free ice cream business

An LSU graduate started a business that serves dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream, and business is growing.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

Shreveport losing its Chick-fil-A for a bit

Fans have 4.5 more business days, at most, to get their food on the west side of Red River

  Progress now visible on Walter O. Bigby Carriageway

Work began 4 months ago on latest effort to address train-related traffic delays for Bossier City motorists

  Some fear SPD chief hiring process might hurt bond issue vote

Friction in the hiring process might have some wondering whether they should trust city officials to be good stewards of the $186 million

  Free child seat inspections to be held in La. on Sept. 21

Venues across Louisiana will host free car seat inspections on Saturday, Sept. 21.

BBB: Direct messages, ads on Facebook from online boutiques and charities could be scams

Those thumb-stopping advertisements on Facebook and Instagram might lead to scams, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says.

ETX veterinarian weighs in on CBD oil for pets

Some pet owners across East Texas are turning to a form of treatment containing CBD oil for their ailing pets. GMET’s Brennon Gurley spoke with an East Texas veterinarian about how this could affect your furry friends.

  Caddo Parish Animal Services offers $13 adoptions on Friday the 13th

Are you looking to add a four-legged friend to your family?

  Disturbing study results on stranger danger online

There's some troubling news from a new study about our children's cyber safety.

Bossier City Farmer’s Market returns on Sept. 14

The Bossier City Farmer’s Market is back!

  AARP, Caddo Sheriff to host shredding event

Need some documents shredded?

  Taxpayers say repeat work fuels perception of waste

With so much money being spent on construction projects in Shreveport, some people are watching out for potential government waste

RECALL: Air rifles can unexpectedly fire, posing risk of serious injury or death

Some air rifles that can unexpectedly fire, even if the safety is engaged, are being recalled.

Baton Rouge businesses roaring with online orders thanks to strong LSU start

Patrick Wilkerson, who owns the Bengals and Bandits merchandise store near LSU, has been busy packing boxes. This week, in addition to seeing purple, gold, and black in his store, he’s seeing some green too.

RECALL: Children’s pajamas recalled for risk of burn injury

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing a recall for children’s pajamas for failing to meet federal flammability standards.

Louisiana attorney general launches investigation of Google’s business practices

Louisiana is one of several states taking part in the latest antitrust probe of the Big Tech company.

FDA warns public to not eat Kroger tuna steaks

The tuna was either purchased at the seafood counter or in store-prepped styrofoam trays. The sell-by dates range from Aug. 29 - Sept. 14.

Fred’s files for bankruptcy, to shut down

Fred's, Inc. announced Monday that it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Instagrammable: They’re getting outrageous about pizza

Over-the-top creations are a social media sensation delivering new customers to restaurants eager for a slice of the action

BBB: Voice-mimicking software could be used in scams

As authorities investigate what could be the first case of scammers using voice-mimicking software for a major theft, the Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm, hoping awareness will be enough to prevent other members of the public from becoming victims.

Recalled hamburger buns might contain white plastic pieces

Before you start grilling, you might want to check whether your hamburger buns are safe to eat.

Phone outage impacting access to state services

One Louisiana agency expects the disruption to continue through at least Sept. 13

Chick-fil-A back in business in Bossier City

Renovated restaurant features a new drive-through and a new kitchen

Health officials: Vitamin E chemical is ‘key focus’ in vaping illness investigation

The health officials said it’s not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin, but they’re investigating its health effects when inhaled.

  Consignment sales offer discounted options for parents

Consignment shopping can be one of the best ways to stock up on fall and winter clothes.

  Shreveport Blues and Southern Soul Pre-Labor Day Fest to issue refunds

After an interruption and eventual cancellation, organizers with the Shreveport Blues and Southern Soul Pre-Labor Day Fest are issuing refunds to ticket holders.

SMILE! Low-cost dental care across the Ark-La-Tex

The ArkLaTex is home to a few low-cost or no-cost dental clinics

BBB warns of scammers taking advantage of those donating to Bahamas relief efforts

Seeing videos and pictures of the destruction in the Bahamas because of Hurricane Dorian, may make you feel like you need to do something.