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  • Cash-strapped YMCA closes in Alexandria

    April 6, 2014 1:06 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Turner Street YMCA has run out of cash and ceased operations. The Town Talk reports the facility has been a fixture in Alexandria since opening in 1967. Its board of directors announced the closing this past week. The City Park YMCA will remain open. Board... more »
  • Sewage discharge closes part of Biloxi beach

    October 15, 2012 9:32 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A sewage discharge closed several miles of beach in Biloxi over the weekend. A brief power failure Saturday caused the discharge at a pump station, Public Works Director Richard Sullivan said Sunday. He didn't know what caused the power failure. Sewage entered the storm drains and... more »
  • State Closes Bridges Deemed Unsafe in Jeff Davis

    September 24, 2012 7:27 PM

    State officials have closed five bridges in Jeff Davis Parish and could close more because of structural damage. Bridge Inspectors cited several problems with the bridges, most are decaying and failing timber and pilings below the bridges. The five closed are on Dewolf Rd., Bebee Rd., Ardoin Rd., Bryan... more »
  • Fire at abandoned New Orleans hotel closes I-10

    July 6, 2012 7:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A fire on the top levels of an abandoned New Orleans hotel sent smoke blowing across Interstate 10. Police shut down the highway in both directions Thursday night as about 50 firefighters battled the fire at the old hotel, which has been slated for demolition. The... more »
  • Campground closes for renovations

    March 28, 2012 10:37 AM

    FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) - The campground at Lake D'Arbonne State Park near Farmerville is closed until May 25 for renovations of the campground bathhouse. The News-Star reports renovations to the bathhouse, constructed in 2002, include new interior and exterior paint, floor tile, plumbing fixtures and shower partitions. Lake D'Arbonne State... more »
  • Fort Pike State Historic Site closes for film

    March 21, 2012 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Fort Pike State Historic Site will be closed to the public on Friday due to the filming of a major motion picture. The fort, set on a 94-acre site, was built shortly after the War of 1812 to defend navigation channels leading into the City... more »
  • Public boat launch in Cut Off closes

    January 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    CUT OFF, La. (AP) - Disagreement over lease terms has cut off the public boat launch at Cut Off. It's the only public boat launch from Lafourche Parish to Little Lake, south of Lake Salvador. Without the launch, parish residents must drive 80 miles to Lafitte to get into the... more »
  • DFW Airport Closes Due to Ice Storm

    February 1, 2011 8:53 AM

    DALLAS (AP) - Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has closed due to an ice storm that has shut schools, snarled ground traffic and left much of North Texas in a winter freeze. DFW Airport spokesman David Magana says the runways are glazed with ice but that crews are working to clear... more »
  • State closes parts of offshore waters to shrimping

    December 22, 2010 6:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries officials have closed a portion of Louisiana's offshore waters to shrimping to help protect smaller shrimp. The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized Tuesday's closure at its Dec. 2 meeting. The commission gave Secretary Robert Barham the authority to delay the closure... more »
  • Judge Closes Hearing on Offshore Drilling Permits

    November 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday barred news organizations from a conference over a company's claim that the government has not yet issued a single permit to allow offshore drilling even though a moratorium was lifted in October. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the hearing would... more »
  • Fuel spill closes Sabine-Neches Waterway 10 hours

    October 28, 2010 10:13 PM

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - The Coast Guard has reopened the Sabine-Neches Waterway, about 10 hours after a fuel spill from a tugboat accident closed it to marine traffic south of the Intracoastal Waterway. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Rau says the channel reopened about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. He said... more »
  • State Will Close Books With A $108 Million Deficit

    October 5, 2010 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state will close the books on the last budget year with a $108 million deficit, and agencies will be cut this fiscal year to close that gap. That's according to Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater, the governor's top budget adviser. Rainwater said he called... more »
  • Tumultuous Shrimp Season Closes Monday

    July 5, 2010 8:47 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - One of Louisiana's most troublesome spring shrimp seasons came to a close with many shrimpers getting little chance to fish because of the BP oil spill. The waters to the relatively untroubled west, and the few places east of the Mississippi River not shut down due... more »
  • Oil Closes in on Florida as BP Tries Risky Cap Move

    June 2, 2010 7:27 AM

    PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP's stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations... more »
  • DHH Closes 2 More Oyster Harvesting Areas

    May 12, 2010 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More oyster harvesting areas are closing in Louisiana. State health officials say they've closed oyster beds in areas 8 and 9 as a precautionary response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The closures, effective at sundown Tuesday, are west of the Mississippi River in... more »
  • Closing Select Fishing Areas and Oyster Harvesting Beds

    April 30, 2010 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries announced today they will be closing select fishing areas and oyster harvesting beds as a precautionary response to the oil spill in the Gulf. Fishing Closures LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the closure of... more »

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