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  CDC’s eviction moratorium set to expire without extension

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

Facilities in Texas receive vaccine doses, prepare for distribution

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

Boil advisory issued for parts of Dogwood subdivision

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

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  Distillers that made hand sanitizer won’t face federal fine

Home Depot fined $20 million for lead paint violations

Target recalls baby clothes over possible choking hazard

  Financial planners weigh in on investing your stimulus check

Barksdale AFB neighborhood under a water boil advisory

YOUR MONEY: Beware of gift card scams

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

Burger King giving some customers money to try dollar menu

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

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

  Online holiday shopping spikes amid COVID-19 pandemic

Experts warn against COVID-19 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.

State schedules sales tax holiday for Friday, Saturday

A state sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21.

  Food truck owners possibly face new restrictions in Bossier City

Restrictions against food trucks in Bossier City have turned into a rollercoaster ride for the truck owners. Some of them survived a year-long ban against food trucks in Bossier City, after complaints, mostly from restaurants, that they were losing business because of those rolling restaurants.

Kohl’s recalls 500K candles after burn, minor property damage reported

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the candle’s high flames can ignite the surface of the wax or cause the glass to break, posing fire and burn hazards.

Whole Foods offers ‘Turkey Insurance’ this Thanksgiving

Since turkey can be tricky, national grocery chain Whole Foods is teaming up with Progressive Insurance to offer their first-ever “Turkey Insurance.”

Yeti recalls thousands of travel mugs for burn hazard

There have been two reports of the lids coming off, although no one has been hurt.

  MLK Health Center stands at the ready to help if SCOTUS overturns health care law

21 million Americans — including a half million in Louisiana — could be left with no medical insurance

Apple unveils first Macs built to run more like iPhones

Apple said its new Mac chips make possible faster processing speeds, sleeker designs and longer running times on a single battery charge.

U.S. bankruptcy court approves sale of J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney is on course to emerge from bankruptcy by Thanksgiving, after a U.S. bankruptcy court approved the sale of the ailing 118-year-old retailer to its two largest landlords and its primary lenders.

Pizza Hut adds Beyond Meat to its menu

Pizza Hut has added Beyond Meat’s plant-based Italian sausage to its menu to become the first pizza chain in the U.S. to offer plant-based meat pizza.

Walmart teams with GM to test autonomous deliveries

The companies say battery powered Chevrolet Bolt vehicles will begin deliveries in Scottsdale early next year.

Ulta to open beauty shops at 100 Target stores in 2021

The nation’s largest beauty chain has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021.

McDonald’s to launch new plant-based burger

The company is introducing its own plant-based burger.

There’s strong local reaction to 90% effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine that Pfizer is developing

There’s growing excitement about the potential success of a COVID-19 vaccine and what it could mean for the country.

GM to add 3,000 tech jobs to develop vehicles and software

General Motors will hire 3,000 more technical workers by early next year to help with virtual product testing and to develop software as a service.

Shell announces it will close plant in St. James Parish, impacting 700 jobs

Shell has announced the shutdown of its Convent Refinery in Louisiana.

  Issues facing Shreveport’s first-term mayor after losing Senate run

The underdog story of Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins' bid to become a U.S. senator came to an end on election night.

Crushed by the virus, 2 mall operators file for bankruptcy

Two mall operators filed for bankruptcy protection Monday.

Election, COVID accelerate drop in gas prices

Experts say uncertainty over the coming election and the rise of COVID-19 cases, have “accelerated” a sharp drop in gasoline prices.

Halloween to look a bit different amid pandemic, but there are still ways to do it as safely as possible

Spooky season has returned, and many are wondering if they can still safely celebrate Halloween with their families and friends this year.

1,900 ExxonMobil layoffs expected across US; potential impact for La. workers unclear

In a statement, one representative said, “While any person being affected will be significant, the numbers outside of Houston will be very small.”

Gov. Edwards signs 34 bills into law

Governor Edwards has signed 34 bills into new laws.

Emergency SNAP benefits extended through November for La. families

DCFS announced Thursday, Oct. 29 that Louisiana families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits who do not already get the maximum amount will receive emergency allotments through November bringing them up the maximum amount.

  Warning to voters: it may be too late to guarantee ballot delivery

If you have not already mailed in your absentee ballot just yet: don’t. That’s the advice of many election officials and analysts.

  FACT CHECK: President Trump claims you can change your vote, but does that hold up in the ArkLaTex?

President Donald Trump posted a tweet on Sunday saying people can change their votes. We dive into the logistics on whether that's accurate.

Department of Children & Familly Services says DSNAP - EBT Card issue resolved

The Department of Children and Family Services which oversees the DSNAP program that has been a big help for those still recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta said a system error deactivated some cards overnight Monday leaving a zero balance.

  Car crashes into Happy Belly’s, causing major damage

Now, the family-owned business is closed while the owners work on repairing the damage from the crash.

Longtime Republican incumbent faces Democratic challenger for Texas’s 1st Congressional District seat

Republican incumbent Louie Gohmert Jr. is facing his Democratic opponent Hank Gilbert in the polls, as voters decide who will take the state’s first congressional seat.

  Organizations host information drives for Vote Early Day

“We’ve had a lot of people tell us there’s confusion when it comes to those ballots, and even not knowing when it comes to who’s going to be on the ballot,” Battiste said. “We want them to be prepared whenever they go into the voting booth.”

YOUR MONEY: Five best things to buy in October

If you missed out on Amazon Prime Day or other big deal days, there are other ways to save money while shopping in October.

Build up your credit from scratch with these tips

It’s easy to think being completely debt-free is great, but financial experts say some debt is good debt.

Is your child complaining of headaches? Too much screen time could be to blame

If you're child is complaining of headaches, it's possible too much screen time is to blame.