GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - A state of emergency has been declared for Grand Isle as a levee protecting the island washes away. Jefferson Parish leaders say they're trying to find a way to make repairs before the June 1 start of hurricane season. WDSU-TV reports continued winds and storms have beat on a half-mile portion of the levee on the western side of the island. It requires emergency repairs for the second year in a row.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Energy companies' scrap plastic pipe is being turned into 'fish attractors' in at least three southern states. Kentucky biologists have made hundreds of the mini-artificial reefs and set them out in lakes and other waterways. Louisiana and Tennessee are starting similar programs. Biologists say small fish gather around the structures for shelter and to eat the algae and aquatic insects that glom onto them. That brings in the larger fish that anglers go for.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's corrections department is getting $1.5 million in federal funds to cover costs related to last summer's historic flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Friday that the funding will reimburse the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections for emergency work at nine facilities affected by August's floods.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has 23 new enforcement agents at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The latest class of cadets graduated after seven months of physical and academic training. They'll join other agents that enforce Louisiana's hunting, fishing and boating regulations. They also will do general law enforcement work in the state's wildlife management areas.
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