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  • Hospital won't have to repay loan

    March 10, 2014 6:53 AM

    CUT OFF, La. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has waived repayment of a $5 million disaster loan given to Lady of the Sea Hospital in the Lafourche Parish community of Cut Off after Hurricane Katrina. The Daily Comet reports the provision was a part of the federal 2013... more »
  • State audit: Port Allen mayor have violated law

    June 24, 2013 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A legislative audit recommends that the city of Port Allen seek a court ruling to resolve the question of Mayor Demetric Slaughter's salary because the city council may not have properly set the salary in its budget ordinances. The report, released Monday, says Slaughter has... more »
  • Solar storm not nearly as bad as could have been

    March 9, 2012 8:49 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Our high-tech world seems to have easily weathered a solar storm that didn't quite live up to its advance billing. While some experts think the threat from the solar storm passed by Thursday afternoon, space weather forecasters said it's still too early to relax. That's because there's... more »
  • Lawmakers Have Cost Concerns on School Sports Bill

    May 19, 2011 6:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A House committee has sidetracked an Alexandria lawmaker's proposal to require licensed athletic trainers at the football games of junior high and high schools, raising cost concerns and sending it to the House budget committee. Supporters of Democrat Chris Roy's bill say it would prevent... more »
  • A380 engines may have manufacturing fault

    December 1, 2010 10:01 PM

    SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's air safety authority says engines on some A380 superjumbos have a potential manufacturing defect that could cause engine failure. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement on Thursday a potential fault in an oil tube connection could lead to "fatigue cracking, oil leakage and... more »
  • 4 Louisiana Metro Areas Have 3Q Foreclosure Jumps

    October 28, 2010 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Louisiana metropolitan areas recorded jumps in foreclosure actions against delinquent homeowners during the third quarter, a national tracking organization said Thursday. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houma-Thibodaux all saw increases in foreclosure-related actions ranging from an initial notice of default... more »
  • Offshore Drilling Rigs Required to Certify They Have Working Blowout Preventers

    September 30, 2010 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has announced new rules requiring that offshore drilling rigs certify that they have working blowout preventers and standards for cementing wells. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that the new rules will improve safety and reduce the chance of catastrophic blowouts such as the... more »
  • Smart Phones Will Have To be Hearing Aid Compatible

    September 29, 2010 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The blind will have greater access to the Internet through smart phones, and devices such as iPhones and Blackberrys will have to be hearing aid compatible, under legislation Congress has sent to the president. Mark Richert of the American Foundation for the Blind says the measure was... more »
  • Effort to Repeal Law Banning Gays in the Military Blocked

    September 21, 2010 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the... 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 »
  • LA Doctors Will Have to Repay $17 Million in Overpayments

    September 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of Louisiana doctors must repay $17 million in overpayments they received from the state last year because the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to make Medicaid budget cuts on time. The physicians who provide health care for the poor through the government health... more »
  • LA Will Not Hire an Interim Higher Ed. Commissioner

    August 17, 2010 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents won't be hiring an interim higher education commissioner. Instead, the day-to-day duties of overseeing the college management boards will fall to four Regents board members and senior staff who work for the board. That decision was made Tuesday by the board... more »
  • Judge Temporarily Barred Officials From Enforcing Women Getting Abortions to Have an Ultrasound

    August 12, 2010 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred Louisiana state officials from enforcing part of a new law that requires women getting abortions to have an ultrasound exam. Women won't have to view the ultrasound or receive a copy of it while a temporary restraining order issued... more »
  • ACLU Will Have Arguments About Same-Sex Class Heard

    August 11, 2010 11:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the ACLU's challenge of the single-gender programs at a Kaplan middle school. A federal district judge ruled in April that the all-boys and all-girls classes at Rene Rost Middle School could continue under court-mandated conditions... more »
  • BP Says Its Engineers Have Begun "Static Kill" Process

    August 3, 2010 4:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says its engineers have begun pumping heavy drilling mud into the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well in hopes of choking it for good. BP spokesman John Barnes says crews launched the so-called "static kill" process Tuesday at 3 p.m. Central time to plug up... more »
  • Leaks Have Sprung Near The Blown-Out Well

    August 2, 2010 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The government's point man on the Gulf oil spill says several minor leaks have sprung near the blown-out well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday that engineers are working to repair the leaks and that they will not delay the effort to plug the... more »
  • 324 people have reported illnesses blamed on spill

    July 26, 2010 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says 324 people have reported illnesses blamed on oil or dispersants from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. That includes 241 people - or about three-quarters of the total - involved in spill cleanup or offshore work, and 83... more »
  • 6 Hours of Testing Before Cap May Have to be Reopened

    July 16, 2010 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Pressure readings have been less than ideal from the new cap shutting oil into BP's busted well, but the crude will remain locked in while engineers look for evidence of whether there is an undiscovered leak, the federal pointman for the disaster said Friday. Retired Coast... more »
  • Two suspects have been arrested in Kidnapping and Murder of Ark. Woman

    July 8, 2010 3:47 PM

    CROSSETT, Ark. (AP) - Two suspects have been arrested in the kidnapping and murder of a Crossett woman, but police say they are still seeking a third person. Crossett Police Chief Tommy Sturgeon said Thursday that 41-year-old Peter Keith Harvey was taken into custody early in the afternoon in Opelousas,... more »
  • Candidates Who Have Qualified

    July 7, 2010 6:54 PM

    Candidates are signing up through Friday to run in the fall elections. The first party primary is Aug. 28 for the congressional races, with a primary runoff Oct. 2. For non-congressional races, the open primary is Oct. 2. The general election for all races is Nov. 2. Incumbents are marked... more »
  • Seafood Suppliers Turning To Asia To Ensure Americans Have Shrimp

    June 28, 2010 1:21 PM

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - As the Gulf Coast oil spill continues to gush, U.S. seafood suppliers are turning to Asia to ensure Americans have enough shrimp for their gumbos, Creoles and kebabs this summer, but some of those overseas cupboards are low themselves. Several countries in the world's top shrimp-producing... more »
  • Jindal Vetoed Bill That Would Have Made Economic Development Disclose More Info.

    June 24, 2010 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected a bill aimed at getting more information about the numbers of jobs and types of businesses being recruited by the state's economic development office. Jindal vetoed the measure by Chalmette Rep. Nita Hutter on Wednesday, at the urging of his... more »
  • Strawberries sold in LA required to have "farm of origin" label

    June 16, 2010 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Strawberries sold in the state are now required to have a "farm of origin" label affixed to their packaging. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the labeling will let consumers know they're getting the freshest product possible. The bill by Rep. Stephen E. Pugh, of Ponchatoula,... more »
  • Oil spill response-$1.6 billion

    June 14, 2010 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's costs for responding to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen to $1.6 billion. According to a company news release, that includes new $25 million grants the British oil giant has given to Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. It also includes the... more »
  • LA Fair Will Have Jobs Related to Oil Spill

    June 13, 2010 5:08 PM

    BASTROP, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission job fair Tuesday in Bastrop will have 100 temporary jobs related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Shirley Trapp of Morehouse Business and Career Solutions Center says Bastrop was chosen for the fair because the community was hit with job losses... more »
  • RANT- Utah convicted killers sentenced to death can choose form of execution. Should they have this freedom?

    June 9, 2010 12:31 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Barring a last-minute reprieve, Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped into a chair, a hood will be placed over his head and a small white target will be pinned over his heart. The order will come: "Ready, aim..." The 49-year-old convicted killer will be executed... 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 »
  • 4,400 Members of the U.S. Military Have Died in Iraq War

    June 1, 2010 4:47 PM

    As of Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at least 4,400 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,486 military personnel died as a result... more »
  • 11 Workers Missing May Have Been Unable to Escape

    April 22, 2010 4:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eleven workers missing from an offshore oil platform may not have escaped after a massive explosion, officials said Thursday. Crews continued to search by air and water for those missing from the Deepwater Horizon, which burned for nearly a day before sinking into the Gulf... more »

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