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  • US 61 'J-turn' work draws criticism

    April 22, 2013 8:20 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - A $1.4 million state project using a highway design feature called the J-turn to move traffic through one of Ascension Parish's busiest intersections more smoothly is hitting a few bumps along the road. State highway officials said the contractor is not expected to finish until late... more »
  • Police jury convention draws events to Terrebonne

    March 19, 2012 5:43 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Organizers of two statewide events are eyeing the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center as a potential venue thanks to the success of last month's Police Jury Association convention, officials said. Parish officials tell the Courier that The Justices of the Peace and Constables 2013 Convention and the Louisiana... more »
  • Hotel Development Plan Draws Opposition

    February 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - City officials have green-lighted discussions with a New Orleans-based group for possible development of a hotel near the Lake Charles Civic Center. The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/qjfACs) the City Council authorized Mayor Randy Roach's administration to open discussions on the hotel, which would be branded... more »
  • Proposed munitions storage facility draws critics

    January 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Residents of Shreveport's Mooretown neighborhood have voiced their concerns over amunitions storage facility that may be established in their neighborhood. Weatherford International Ltd. has applied for a zoning permit to store explosives in a warehouse. State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning said his office would ensure... more »
  • Austria kidnap victim book launch draws big crowd

    September 9, 2010 10:07 PM

    VIENNA (AP) - Amid tight security and applause, an Austrian kidnap victim presented a book about her 8 1/2 year ordeal Thursday, saying she wrote it to start a new life. Natascha Kampusch was abducted as a 10-year-old schoolgirl and held in an underground cell in a Vienna suburb until... more »
  • For-Profit Homeless Shelter Draws Concerns

    July 3, 2010 4:41 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Houma Overnight opened its doors recently, drawing approval from social workers who heralded the expansion of housing for women and children in an area with a dearth of shelters. But the for-profit venture has drawn concerns from some who question its security and even the manager's... more »
  • Community Draws Closer to Faith as Oil Spill Grows

    May 30, 2010 3:50 PM

    BOOTHVILLE, La. (AP) - The reality that the Gulf oil leak could keep flowing for months was setting in for some somber churchgoers in Louisiana. In Plaquemines Parish near the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Rev. Theodore Turner said Sunday some of his congregants are getting desperate because BP... more »

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