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Jul 16, 2012 11:11 AM by AP

White Castle ferry may shut down permanently

WHITE CASTLE, La. (AP) - The ferry that carries passengers across the Mississippi from White Castle to Carville ferry has been temporarily docked since June due to a mechanical malfunction, but state transportation officials say it will be shut down permanently by year's end to save $800,000 annually.

It is a plan that U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond hopes the state will reconsider. Richmond has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his proposal to shut down the White Castle and Reserve-Edgard ferries.

The Advocate reports that Richmond, a New Orleans Democrat, said the shutdown would affect residents and businesses and could kill future business investments.

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