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  • Construction nears for children's museum

    October 4, 2014 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Construction of the Knock Knock Children's Museum is expected to begin by December. Museum executive director Staci Duhe tells The Advocate that the museum has raised $8.6 million. She says the money will cover construction costs and the first phase of exhibits. Funding for the... more »
  • First phase of hospital expansion nears completion

    September 14, 2014 1:56 PM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish Hospital will reach a milestone in its $21 million expansion with the completion of the project's first phase later this month. The initial phase includes a new ambulance entrance and new emergency department and trauma rooms. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reported the formal opening will... more »
  • St. Landry Parish memorial nears completion

    April 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - In anticipation of many visitors in the near future, volunteers at the St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial placed hundreds of engraved paving bricks on the Walk of Remembrance that leads to the monument. Each brick is inscribed with the name of a local veteran. The Daily... more »
  • Land of Jaguar exhibit nears completion at zoo

    August 14, 2013 9:22 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The oldest area of the Alexandria Zoo is about to become the freshest and most exciting. Renovation of the South American area of the zoo, which hadn't been updated in four decades, is approaching completion. The Town Talk reports it will be unveiled to the public... more »
  • No deal in sight as deadline for fiscal deal nears

    December 27, 2012 6:33 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are engaged in a playground game of "who goes first," daring each political party to let the year end without resolving a Jan. 1 confluence of higher taxes and deep spending cuts that could rattle a recovering, but-still-fragile economy. President Barack Obama returns from Hawaii Thursday... more »
  • APNewsBreak: FEMA trailer litigation nears end

    May 29, 2012 5:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A deal has been reached to resolve nearly all of the remaining court claims from allegations that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes after Hurricane Katrina. Lead plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier told The Associated Press on Monday that a class-action settlement agreement has... more »
  • Sheriffs' pay raise bill nears final passage

    May 17, 2012 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal that would give Louisiana's sheriffs a pay raise opportunity is near final legislative passage. New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell's bill would create an "executive management institute" for sheriffs, to teach them management skills and require annual follow-up training. When a sheriff has completed... more »
  • Louisiana matters more this time as primary nears

    March 23, 2012 6:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Twenty delegates are up for grabs in Saturday's Republican presidential preference primary, but state party chairman Roger Villere says something else is also at stake: "Perception of momentum." With Mitt Romney not yet able to lay claim to the GOP nomination, Newt Gingrich and Rick... more »
  • SUNO nears pre-Katrina enrollment

    January 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Southern University at New Orleans officials say the spring enrollment will bring the university close to its pre-Katrina student population. In a news release Wednesday, the university cited preliminary figures indicating spring enrollment will be 3,597. That would be a 9 percent increase from spring of... more »
  • Final Plug Nears After Crews Cement Oil Well's Top

    August 6, 2010 8:45 AM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Crews moved closer to a final seal on BP's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after pumping fresh cement into the top of the well to hold down mud that is stopping the seafloor gusher. Engineers poured in cement Thursday to... more »
  • 22-Mile Oil Plume Under Gulf Nears Rich Waters

    May 28, 2010 10:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A thick, 22-mile plume of oil discovered by researchers off the BP spill site was nearing an underwater canyon, where it could poison the foodchain for sealife in the waters off Florida. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's... more »

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