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Gulfport-Biloxi International prepares for holiday travel during pandemic

As COVID-19 surges nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year.

Dixie Beer reveals new name: Faubourg Brewing Company

Power restored for Nearly 30,000 Entergy New Orleans customers

Carnival Cruise Lines cancels some cruises out of New Orleans until 2021

Dixie Brewery joins social injustice movement with Black Is Beautiful brew

  Memphis City Council urges state to ban all payday lenders

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

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Iconic businesses in New Orleans prepare to let go of workers because of coronavirus

Main Street Recovery: One week left for priority application period for small businesses that didn’t get federal help

PROTECT YOUR MONEY: That IRS identification letter might not be a scam

Power restored to thousands of Jefferson Parish residents

Recalled bassinets sold on Amazon, Target pose fall and entrapment hazard to infants

Will federal unemployment benefits be extended? Here’s what we know so far

  Blackout Day 2020 sees boost for black-owned businesses

The hashtag #Blackoutday2020 flooded social media as people around the country took a day off from general spending and directed dollars towards black-owned businesses. Black business leaders and a local economist weigh in on how this movement can make a difference.

Drone grocery delivery to enter testing phase by Rouses in fall

Rouses Market announced Wednesday, July 8 it plans to begin testing an unmanned grocery delivery pilot program in the fall.

Miss. Senate, House pass bill to raise age to 21 for tobacco sales

The bill has already passed the House and Senate and is designed to cut down on vaping in schools.

Boomtown, other Louisiana casinos prepare for 1,150 layoffs

A casino operator has reported plans to lay off nearly 1,150 workers at Louisiana locations next month, the latest job losses to hit casinos in the wake of coronavirus-related economic shutdowns.

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

Eligible Entergy New Orleans customers can receive up to $400 in bill relief

  Gayle Benson: Dixie Brewery changing name and branding

Private investor wants to bring $1.1 billion casino to Biloxi

La. launches e-commerce initiative for small businesses

Shrimpers report seeing smaller shrimp this year

La. Office of State Fire Marshal issues guidelines for phased reopening of restaurant patios

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal released updated guidelines for restaurants to operate in accordance with the governor’s stay-at-home order.

  Lakeside Mall announces curbside pickup, reopening date

Lakeside Mall released new details on the opening of some stores at a at the shopping center in Metairie. Some businesses there are preparing for curbside pickup.

GE laying off 100 employees as New Orleans tech center closes because of coronavirus

General Electric Co. announced it is closing its technology center in New Orleans and laying off 100 employees because of the impact of COVID-19.

Car insurance companies in La. announce rate reductions amid COVID-19 pandemic

A couple of car insurance companies in Louisiana have announced they’ll be giving customers a bit of a break during the coronavirus pandemic.

La. Treasury Dept. to send out $4 million in unclaimed property to residents

Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today that the Department of Treasury will mail $4 million in Unclaimed Property checks to citizens across Louisiana after using tax records to update addresses.

Louisiana opens COVID-19 help desk for small businesses

Email and hotline support is now available for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Casino guests sad but understanding as casinos across the Coast close

Guests at several casinos say the closures are an eye-opening moment for them, making them realize just how serious COVID-19 should be taken.

KISS members to attend ribbon cutting at new Rock & Brews in Biloxi

Do you ever want to rock and roll all night with a good brew in hand? If so, the perfect event for you may be in sight.

FOX 8 maintains top spot in New Orleans ratings

WVUE-FOX 8 TV continues to be the news leader among television stations in the New Orleans area. During the February 2020 ratings period, FOX 8 led all other stations Monday through Friday, morning, evening and late newscasts.

Blue Bell releases first new ice cream flavor of 2020

Skip the oven and go straight for Blue Bell’s newest flavor; Cookie Dough Overload Ice Cream.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Group of model hopefuls out thousands is far-reaching, could become criminal case

After a FOX 8 Defenders investigation, we're learning the number of consumers who say they didn't get what was promised in their pursuit of a modeling career is far-reaching. Shelley Brown looks into whether what we exposed could be a criminal case.

New 80,000-square-foot manufactoring facility to be built in St. Tammany

Governor John Bel Edwards announced plans to build a new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Tammany.

Iconic Circle Food Store close to re-opening

The iconic Circle Food Store is close to re-opening after businessman Sidney Torres paid $1.7 million for the building at an Orleans Parish sheriff’s auction in April.

Drago’s to host grand opening Monday

The much-anticipated wait to enjoy some famous charbroiled oysters from Drago’s will soon come to an end.

Carnival Cruise Line announces restrictions amid Coronavirus outbreak

Carnival Cruise Line has announced new travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak. All guests who have traveled to China in the last 14 days prior to their embarkation day will not be allowed to sail, according to the company.

Slidell police warn of man passing counterfeit money; how you can spot it

A man has been passing out counterfeit $100 bills at multiple businesses all over Slidell and the New Orleans metro area over the last two months, according to police.

Retailers prepare for Mississippi’s first-ever Powerball, Mega Millions lotteries

On Thursday, people all across Mississippi will finally have the chance to try their luck to become the next millionaire.

Coast sportsbooks gear up for Super Bowl LIV

This Super Bowl is expected to bring in big business for sportsbooks around the nation, but especially to coast casinos.

‘Rap Noodles’ to hit shelves Friday

The newest culinary creation from the mind of Chef Boy-Ar-P is set to hit Walmart shelves Friday, Jan. 17.

  St. John Parish residents optimistic about proposed buyout of Bayou Steel

The Liberty Group puts in a bid for Laplace based Bayou Steel shuttered since September

Sandwich cookies sold at Whole Foods recalled due to undeclared allergen

Whole Foods Market is recalling two kinds of dark chocolate sandwich cookies due to undeclared allergens in the products.

  Local ports react to deal on international trade agreement

Area ports react to a deal being struck in Washington on a trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

IRS offers tips to keep your identity safe this holiday season

With more people starting to do their holiday shopping online, the state and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have partnered to keep you safe.

  Clearview Mall to transform into hotel, apartments and revamped shopping center

You can expect to see a major transformation coming to Clearview Mall in Metairie.

How Cyber Monday shopping can affect your taxes

If you’re still on the hunt for a cyber Monday deal, you may want to take a second look at the total price before you check out.

  FOX 8 Defenders: After four tragedies, homeowner scared in own living room

She's scared even in her own living room. Now after four tragedies, she's desperate for help and turned to the FOX 8 Defenders to try to get answers.

Tony Chachere’s gumbo beer has hit the shelves

Tony Chachere’s and Bayou Teche Brewing are introducing their Gumbo Stout, made with Creole spices for a limited time.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Dozens of old tires found spilling onto residential street

Wondering how much longer they'll have to endure what they call a health and sanitation hazard, a group of neighbors turned to the FOX 8 Defenders for help.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: City hasn’t enforced its own rules on emergency swimming pool

It's considered an emergency according to the City code, yet it remains a risk to health and safety. The FOX 8 Defenders have tracked a property and swimming pool now the subject of six Code Enforcement hearings in seven years that's been hit with a hefty fine, but is still considered dangerous.

BBB warns of Netflix scam

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning to consumers about a scam using a phishing tactic on the streaming site, Netflix.

  The Drug Enforcement Administration warns of lethal fentanyl-laced pills

The Drug Enforcement Administration warns of fentanyl disguised as prescription painkillers.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Relief headed to congested Jefferson neighborhood

A problem some say has plagued a Jefferson Parish neighborhood for years, may be closer to getting some relief. Sometimes trapped in their own driveways, frustrated neighbors turned to the FOX 8 Defenders to get answers.

  Ticket prices soar ahead of LSU v. Alabama game; charter buses fully booked

Those who haven't gotten tickets to LSU v. Alabama game may want to wait; charter buses fully booked ahead of busy weekend.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

That’s the spirit: Ghost Whopper comes to New Orleans

Burger (Boo-ger) King is reaching into the paranormal world of food with its Ghost Whopper.

La. attorney general calls for crackdown on illegal online alcohol sales

Louisiana Attorney General is calling for online platforms to crack down on the illegal sale of alcohol.

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.

36 hours later, new Fortnite map emerges from black hole

Fortnite has imploded.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

BBB Scam Alert: Think twice before buying from social media ads

The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker is getting reports of Facebook and Instagram ads that take advantage of shoppers’ goodwill by claiming to give proceeds to charity.

The McRib is back for a limited time

The McRib was last in restaurants in November 2018 but has been appearing on McDonald’s menu since 1981.

Go Auto announces insurance rate reduction for Louisiana drivers

Drivers in Louisiana insured by Go Auto will see a reduction on the bottom line of their bills

Popular New Orleans eatery fined $238,000 over unpaid overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a popular New Orleans restaurant to pay $238,000 in back wages to 222 employees who weren’t properly paid for overtime work.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Proposal to change one word in pool ordinance

We're learning more about the effort to change one word in a New Orleans ordinance that targets nuisance swimming pools, and we've uncovered disturbing findings about a longtime dangerous pool that should have been abated months ago.

Coast casinos thrive despite difficult summer tourism season

The challenges, created by the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, didn’t necessarily translate into problems for the casino business.

Dozens cited for seafood violations in New Orleans area

More than 150 businesses have been cited for seafood labeling violations since Sept. 20, Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) officials report.

Disney Cruise plans new trips from New Orleans to Bahamas, Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans with trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

New Orleans medical marijuana dispensary moving to Tchoupitoulas St.

The only authorized medical marijuana dispensary in New Orleans is moving from the Gentilly area to Tchoupitoulas St.

Recall: Peanut butter cookies sold at Winn-Dixie

Two variety-pack cookie products containing peanut butter cookies have been recalled because peanuts were not included on the label.

Walmart hiring 140 for Hammond distribution center; starting pay at $17 an hour

Walmart is hiring about 140 associates for its distribution center in Hammond.

Say hello to Abita’s new low-calorie IPA

Louisiana’s first and largest craft brewery is releasing a “guilt-free” IPA.

  Thousands of Kenner residents with abnormally high water bills due to estimated readings

According to water officials, the spike is due to estimated readings, which they said was a last resort when they had an abnormally high turnover rate for their hired meter readers.

  Louisiana solar energy advocates fear new rule will stifle growth

Louisiana’s five-member Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to change a rule that will allow utility companies to pay homeowners that produce excess solar energy the wholesale rate, instead of the current retail rate.

  Review board to hear more than 5,000 property appeals

More than 100,000 New Orleans property owners saw changes to their 2020 assessments and nearly 6,000 thousand of them are still fighting to appeal.

  Harahan drainage ditch lies unmaintained during confusion over ownership

A case of mistaken ownership leaves an important Jefferson Parish drainage ditch in limbo, leaving Harahan residents in the area worried about flooding if the ditch isn’t maintained.

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.

Protesters sound off over a proposal facing a Public Service Comission vote this week

A proposal the La. Public Service Commission is set to vote on Wednesday upsets green energy advocates.