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  • Tensas Parish towns could lose natural gas service

    September 20, 2014 10:18 PM

    NEWELLTON, La. (AP) - Residents of two Tensas Parish towns fear they'll lose natural gas service after their gas supplier won a lawsuit against the towns. KNOE-TV reports that Locust Ridge Gas Co. won a lawsuit against Newellton and St. Joseph, with a judge finding the towns owe Locust Ridge... more »
  • Bill could bring back Louisiana's electric chair

    February 26, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With Louisiana having trouble getting lethal injection drugs, a lawmaker is proposing that the state bring back the electric chair. Rep. Joe Lopinto, chairman of the House criminal justice committee, has filed a bill that would let Louisiana's corrections secretary choose between lethal injection and... more »
  • Probes Could Produce Answers After Sandusky Trial

    June 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    The trial of Jerry Sandusky, which will begin Monday when prosecutors and his lawyer make opening statements before a central Pennsylvania jury, will probably be over in a few weeks. But when it comes to getting to the bottom of what happened, it will definitely not be the final word.... more »
  • Soybean acreage could go up 20 percent in La

    May 2, 2012 5:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An LSU AgCenter soybean specialist says high prices for fertilizer and low prices for other crops could boost this year's acreage 20 percent from last year. Ron Levy estimates that about 1.2 million acres could be planted this year. The AgCenter says farmers planted nearly... more »
  • Ethics board could gain appeal power

    April 4, 2012 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Board of Ethics lost its power to enforce various ethics laws four years ago. Now, the board only investigates ethics complaints. If it decides a violation has occurred, it makes its case to a panel of administrative law judges. The board cannot appeal... more »
  • Bond change could save St. John $400K

    March 16, 2012 9:59 AM

    EDGARD, La. (AP) - The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board has voted to refinance $4.5 million in bonds to save about $368,000 in interest. However, the refunding is dependent on whether the district's April 21 bond issue is passed by voters. The Times-Picayune reports the $4.5 million is... more »
  • State employees could get pay raises next year

    March 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has opened the door for pay raises for some state employees in the next fiscal year. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says agencies aren't getting money to pay for salary boosts. But The Advocate reports that Rainwater says agencies can give... more »
  • Schedler says budget could force museum closures

    March 8, 2012 6:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he'll have to close museums if lawmakers pass the budget proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Schedler outlined the situation Wednesday to the House Appropriations Committee, which is combing through Jindal's proposals for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The secretary of... more »
  • Montana Rain Could Taper Off but Flood Woes Remain

    May 30, 2011 8:04 AM

    UNDATED (AP) - Forecasters say another 3 inches of rain may have fallen in flooded areas of Montana but it's expected to taper off today. More rain fell Sunday on already soaked communities, adding to more than a week of floods that brought as much as 8 inches to central... more »
  • Blowout Could Spill 58 Million Gallons in Arctic

    April 28, 2011 8:22 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The federal agency overseeing offshore drilling in Alaska says the worst-case scenario for a blowout in the Chukchi Sea lease could result in a spill of more than 58 million gallons of oil into Arctic waters. That's about a quarter of the Deepwater Horizon spill, which... more »
  • Birth Control Could be Free

    November 1, 2010 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law. That could start a shift toward more reliable - and expensive - forms of birth control that are gaining acceptance... more »
  • In Haiti, Cholera Could Heighten Earthquake Misery

    October 25, 2010 12:35 PM

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Health authorities in Haiti say a deadly cholera outbreak is beginning to stabilize. Michel Thieren of the Pan-American Health Organization says the fatality rate and the number of new infections are dropping. But he says the disease is still expected to spread gradually beyond the central... more »
  • Suit Filed Against DHH For Budget Cuts That Could Send Thousands To Nursing Homes

    September 24, 2010 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, saying that more than 11,000 state residents could be placed in institutions because of cutbacks in home care services. The New Orleans-based Advocacy Center filed the suit Wednesday in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Tax Cuts Could Affect Louisiana

    September 20, 2010 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If Congress allows any of the Bush-era tax cuts to expire, Louisiana's state coffers will take a hit. That's because Louisiana's tax code is tied to the federal tax laws. Louisiana lets its taxpayers deduct the amount of federal taxes paid from their state liability.... more »
  • Federal Judges Have Agreed to a Pilot Project That Could Televise Some Trials

    September 14, 2010 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's federal judges have agreed to a pilot project that could televise some civil trials - 16 years after the judges ended a similar experiment. Appeals court judge David Sentelle told reporters Tuesday that many of the details remain to be worked out, but that cameras... more »
  • I-10 in SE Texas could be closed until Tuesday

    August 30, 2010 9:37 PM

    HAMSHIRE, Texas (AP) - A stretch of Interstate 10 in southeast Texas will be closed until at least Wednesday after a wreck caused a tanker truck to spill a hazardous chemical and left the driver hurt. Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange (TEE'-luh manj) on Monday said I-10... more »
  • Could take 6 weeks to cap Assumption well

    August 19, 2010 9:40 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - State police say a well control crew has given up trying for a controlled burn at a wild well in Assumption Parish, and drilling a relief well could take three to six weeks. Trooper Bryan Zeringue says La. 70 will remain closed from La. 1 and... more »
  • Weather Could be a Hurdle for Crews Working on Well

    August 10, 2010 11:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Crews finishing work meant to forever stop oil from leaking from a blown-out undersea well into the Gulf may have one more hurdle to overcome: the weather. The National Hurricane Center is watching a cluster of thunderstorms in the far eastern Gulf of Mexico that forecasters... more »
  • Hurricane Could Bring Bureaucratic Delays to Gulf

    August 9, 2010 9:15 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast and whips up oil from BP's massive spill, cleanup workers will not be able to swoop into action to fix the mess. A new Obama administration edict requires that the oil be tested before it can be cleaned, according to... more »
  • Feds Could Pay Farmers for Wildlife Habitat

    July 20, 2010 9:29 AM

    GUEYDAN, La. (AP) - U.S. agriculture officials say a new program could compensate farmers for agricultural practices that provide habitat to wildlife. Scott Edwards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service says the program could pay farmers for creating mud flats in their fields, pumping water onto... more »
  • AG: Firms Other Than BP Could be Liable for Spill

    July 14, 2010 8:17 PM

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that corporations other than BP could be held liable eventually for the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. eventually. Holder spoke at a news conference Wednesday at Dauphin Island on the Alabama coast after a meeting with... more »
  • Corporations Other Than BP Could Be held Liable For Spill

    July 14, 2010 6:07 PM

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that corporations other than BP could be held liable eventually for the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. eventually. Holder spoke at a news conference Wednesday at Dauphin Island on the Alabama coast after a meeting with... more »
  • Cops Could Face Death in Post-Katrina Shootings

    July 14, 2010 6:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations. The four officers were charged along... more »
  • Cap and Additional Ship Could Contain The Spill As Early As Monday

    July 9, 2010 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal official leading the Gulf oil spill cleanup says a new containment cap and an additional ship collecting oil could effectively contain the spill as early as Monday. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday that the work to replace a leaky containment cap on... more »
  • Rough Weather Could Speed Up Plans To Connect Third Containment Vessel

    July 8, 2010 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rough weather forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico could force BP and Obama administration officials to speed up plans to connect a third containment vessel to the blown-out undersea oil well. Weather has already delayed plans to hook up the Helix Producer containment vessel that could collect... more »
  • Alex Could Send Skimmers Back To Port

    June 29, 2010 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The tropical storm plowing across the far side of the Gulf of Mexico could send oil skimmers back to port and make containment booms useless, even from some 500 miles away. But the rough weather also might give nature a hand in breaking down crude from... more »
  • Ex-FEMA Director Could Help BP Out of its Disaster

    June 28, 2010 8:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - James Lee Witt, America's go-to guy for disaster response, knows how to take an unpopular organization and turn it around. If BP hires the former Federal Emergency Management Agency director to help with community relations, it could further a makeover of the oil giant's Gulf Coast image.... more »
  • Tropical Storm Could Disrupt Oil Spill Cleanup

    June 28, 2010 8:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tropical Storm Alex steamed across the Gulf of Mexico on Monday on a path that could keep it away from BP's busted well but could still stir up heavy winds, rain and choppy seas that drive the oil deeper inland and bring much of the cleanup... more »
  • Could CWS be Andrew's Last ESPN Gig?

    June 23, 2010 9:49 PM

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Erin Andrews will talk about sports, about her experience on "Dancing With the Stars" and about her advocacy for crime victims. As for her status with ESPN once the College World Series ends? "I'm in a situation where I'm not talking to people about that," Andrews... more »
  • Salazar Says Drilling Moratorium Could be Refined

    June 23, 2010 8:09 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling could be refined to reflect offshore conditions. Salazar told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that he plans to issue a new drilling freeze after a federal judge struck down a previous ban on Tuesday.... more »
  • LA Officials May Have Approval Today To Build Sand Berms

    June 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    SCHRIEVER, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials could have approval Wednesday on a proposal to build sand berms to protect barrier islands from oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said a meeting with officials Tuesday in New Orleans focused on two questions posed by President... more »
  • BP was not forthcoming about the possibility oil could leak faster

    June 1, 2010 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says BP was not forthcoming about the possibility oil could leak faster as a result of the latest attempt to contain the Gulf spill. White House Energy Adviser Carol Browner said over the weekend that cutting and capping the damaged oil... more »
  • Off Kilter Scales & Gas Pumps Could Cost Both Consumers & Sellers Money

    May 30, 2010 4:03 PM

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Ever stop to think about how much difference a slightly off-kilter scale or gas pump could cost you and other customers? Nationally, the stakes could be a staggering $7 trillion - for both customers and sellers. That estimate comes from the National Institute of Standards and... more »
  • Lawmakers Could Slow Down Plans to Hire Outside Contractors

    May 20, 2010 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State lawmakers could slow down Gov. Bobby Jindal's plans to hire outside contractors to run some of Louisiana's inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities - if the Senate agrees to a proposal that has won House backing. The House voted 64-27 Thursday for a bill that would... more »
  • Powerful Current Could Take Oil To Florida

    May 18, 2010 12:19 PM

    MIAMI (AP) - Government scientists are surveying the Gulf of Mexico to determine if oil from a massive spill off Louisiana has entered a powerful current that could take it to Florida. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco says aerial surveys show some tendrils of light oil close... more »
  • Scientists: Spill could reach Fla. Keys by Sunday

    May 18, 2010 10:28 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - University scientists are forecasting that oil from the spill off Louisiana could reach Florida's Key West by Sunday. University of South Florida researchers said Tuesday the southern arm of the massive spill has entered or is near the so-called loop current, which circulates in the Gulf... more »
  • Oil Could Force Closure Of The LA Offshore Oil Port

    May 7, 2010 2:54 PM

    VENICE, La. (AP) - Oil gushing from a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could force closure of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port next week, authorities said Friday. The port, known as LOOP, is a platform off the Louisiana coast about 80 miles southwest of New... more »
  • Jindal's Plan To Create Jobs Could Be On Collision Course

    April 12, 2010 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's state incentive-fueled plan to create jobs in Louisiana could be on a collision course with a state budget totally awash in red ink. The administration's drive to bring new business to the state - and, naturally, increasing the number of jobholding taxpayers -... more »
  • Fans Dressed In Saints Gear Could Win Saints Tickets

    January 21, 2010 11:51 AM

    Fans dressed in their favorite Saints gear will have the opportunity to participate in a quarter back throw contest. The grand prize winner will get two tickets to the NFC Championship, the second prize winner will get a $50 Academy gift card and the third prize winner will get a... more »
  • Low Temperatures Could Mean High Prices For Crawfish

    January 12, 2010 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Colder-than-normal weather in January is hurting the crawfish harvest, and that's expected to increase prices for mudbugs. LSU AgCenter research Ray McClain says catch is related to water temperature. Once temperatures go below 60 degrees, crawfish become less active and are less likely to become... more »

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