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  • Louisiana Tech plans for skate park

    July 20, 2014 5:53 PM

    RUSTON, La. (AP) - A campus wide master plan is currently being developed that would include construction of a skate park on Louisiana Tech University's campus. The Ruston Leader reports the idea was first presented by the BMX/Skateboarding Club on campus to club member Joshua Dean. Dean notes there is... more »
  • La. lacks plans for charity hospital buildings

    June 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials lack long-term plans for hospital buildings closing as part of the transformation of Louisiana's charity hospital system. The Advocate reports the state plans to demolish the main building of the Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, transferring the property to the... more »
  • Miss. pipe mill files for bankruptcy, plans sale

    June 22, 2014 2:13 PM

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - The owner of a steel pipe mill in Bay St. Louis has filed for bankruptcy protection and seeks to sell the plant. PSL North America LLC, which began operations in 2008, made the Chapter 11 filing June 16 in Delaware. In court papers, it... more »
  • Independence plans new police station

    June 22, 2014 2:05 PM

    INDEPENDENCE, La. (AP) - Officials in the Tangipahoa Parish community of Independence plan to start construction of a new police station in the coming year. Mayor Michael Ragusa told The Daily Star the city might abolish its historic district and use about $150,000 set aside for the district's operations to... more »
  • Bogalusa plans meeting on growth plan

    June 15, 2014 3:48 PM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - Officials in Bogalusa will take input from residents June 17 on development of a comprehensive growth plan for the city in Washington Parish. City personnel director Sandy Bloom tells The Daily News that the session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bogalusa Senior Center,... more »
  • Expedia plans hub in New Orleans

    June 1, 2014 3:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Expedia family of travel booking websites plans to make New Orleans a regional hub. New Orleans CityBusiness reports its new office in downtown New Orleans could have six employees by year's end. Ted Bogan, who has worked with Expedia Inc. since 2012 and in New... more »
  • Sheriff in Lafourche plans to buy patrol boat

    May 3, 2014 3:51 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says it will use a $12,000 donation from oilfield exploration and production company ConocoPhillips to buy a boat and equipment for its water patrol service. The Daily Comet reports the Sheriff's Office wants to buy a 17-foot aluminum-hull boat to replace... more »
  • Orchestra plans outdoor performance in Covington

    April 27, 2014 12:02 PM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at a free outdoor concert May 10 at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. The 6 p.m. performance is part of the city-sponsored Swing in the Pines celebration. Seating is picnic-style and people attending are allowed to bring food and beverages.... more »
  • Federal agency plans June 5 report on BP spill

    April 19, 2014 1:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5. The Chemical Safety Board said in a Friday news release that the focus of its investigation is... more »
  • New Orleans Children's Museum plans City Park home

    March 22, 2014 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Children's Museum will occupy a new site in City Park by New Orleans' tercentennial in 2018 if all goes as planned. The new H-shaped, three-story structure situated in an 8.5-acre space will be dubbed the Early Learning Village. It will be behind the New... more »
  • St. Charles plans trash sweep March 22

    February 17, 2014 8:27 AM

    NORCO, La. (AP) - St. Charles Parish plans a parishwide push to clean litter off its streets on March 22. The Times-Picayune reports the parish is branding the push as the Trash Bash. The sweep will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The parish is seeking volunteers. Individuals or teams... more »
  • CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales

    February 5, 2014 9:28 AM

    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will... more »
  • Texas Brine plans new barrier south of sinkhole

    January 3, 2014 6:59 AM

    BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Texas Brine Co. says it's repairing and raising a sunken section of levee along the southern side of a sinkhole in Ascension Parish, and will build another levee behind it. A 200-foot-long section of levee sank and cracked from micro-earthquakes dating back to late October.... more »
  • Councilman plans to pursue tax for new jail

    November 19, 2013 10:07 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Councilman Daniel Lorraine said he is going to seek a new tax to build a Lafourche Parish jail after voters rejected a library-tax swap that would have paid for it. Lorraine tells The Daily Comet he's going to propose a 1.5 mill, 20-year tax. The money... more »
  • NO plans session for disaster contractors

    June 24, 2013 7:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - City officials will hold a briefing Wednesday for individuals and businesses seeking to do disaster-related business with the city. The session, which will focus on debris removal, is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. at the Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board office, 2100 Leon C. Simon Blvd.... more »
  • Central superintendent presents plans for campus

    April 29, 2013 8:33 AM

    CENTRAL, La. (AP) - Superintendent Michael Faulk has laid out his ideas on what the Central school system should do with 29 acres, which for decades served as the home of Central Middle School. The Advocate reports Faulk is proposing to spend $5 million to tear down six of the... more »
  • La. high court plans Law Day observances

    April 22, 2013 8:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court plans activities in May to commemorate the nation's annual Law Day observance. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson says the court plans programs to educate school children about the role of judges and the courts. Mock trials and tours of the Supreme Court building on... more »
  • LSU outlines plans for Perkins Road site

    October 29, 2012 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU is planning for an expanded medical presence at its 20-acre site in south Baton Rouge. Besides becoming home to a mini-hospital late next year, The Advocate reports LSU's capital outlay request includes proposed construction of a medical office building as well as money to... more »
  • Louisiana College plans $50M capital campaign

    October 25, 2012 7:41 AM

    INEVILLE, La. (AP) - Louisiana College is embarking on a $50 million capital campaign, asking for $12 million from Louisiana Baptist Convention churches. Last month, the executive board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention approved the college's request to make direct appeals to churches to raise a portion of a capital... more »
  • Baton Rouge plans mini farmers market food truck

    October 1, 2012 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge officials are planning a healthy eating food truck - sort of a mini farmers' market that will go to areas where people have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods. The Advocate reports that the Mobile Market is a project of the Big... more »
  • Center plans zombie flash mob dance for parade

    September 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Braaains. Daaance. The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center is looking for people who want to unleash their inner zombie for a flash mob dance in the city's Halloween parade. The Courier reports that would-be zombies will learn a simplified dance of the undead to Michael Jackson's... more »
  • Oilfield waste site plans upset some in Houma

    July 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Houma residents who live and work near the site of a proposed oilfield waste disposal well say they're upset about a court ruling that allows the project to move forward. A judge ruled Friday that a state permit allowing Vanguard Environmental to drill the well supersedes... more »
  • HANO to present draft plans for N.O.'s Iberville

    May 31, 2012 10:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A better picture of redevelopment plans for New Orleans' last barracks-style public housing complex will be presented to the public Thursday. The Housing Authority of New Orleans is holding a meeting to discuss redevelopment plans for the Iberville public housing project, which sits next to the... more »
  • House plans to debate $25B budget for next year

    May 10, 2012 7:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget. The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1. At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much... more »
  • St. Mary Parish plans virtual school

    May 8, 2012 7:49 AM

    FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - The St. Mary Parish school system plans to open a new virtual school in August as a way to draw home school students back into the school system. The Advocate reports the virtual school would enroll students in grades 6-12 and is open to any student... more »
  • Senator plans post office visits

    May 4, 2012 8:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu's office says the senator planned visits to post offices in Moss Bluff and Lafayette. Friday's visits were set after Landrieu wrote to the Postmaster General, urging the U.S. Postal Service to extend the current moratorium on post office and mail processing... more »
  • New Orleans plans to fix streetlights

    May 3, 2012 6:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans hopes to have every streetlight in the city back on by the end of the year. The city says there are about 10,900 streetlights not working and 4,793 of those are in need of repairs. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said "lighting up the city" will... more »
  • SLP School Board Plans for Reduction in Force

    April 16, 2012 7:55 PM

    A $3.9 million deficit still looms over the St. Landry Parish School Board. In order to fill that gap administrators are putting together a Reduction In Force (RIF) plan. Interim Superintendent Joseph Cassmere will present the RIF plan to the school board Tuesday afternoon. Increased tax revenue and $800,000... more »
  • Big gaps found in nursing homes' disaster plans

    April 16, 2012 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Tornado, hurricane or flood, nursing homes are woefully unprepared to protect frail residents in a natural disaster, government investigators say. Emergency plans required by the government often lack specific steps such as coordinating with local authorities, notifying relatives or even pinning name tags and medication lists to... more »
  • Airport terminal plans in works, details unclear

    April 12, 2012 11:35 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Questions remain about what a new terminal at the Lafayette Regional Airport will look like, how it will be funded and when construction will begin. The Advertiser reports the airport has an estimated budget of $30 million to $35 million for the project, but constructing a... more »
  • State tweaking teacher evaluation plans

    April 11, 2012 6:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's education chief says a teacher evaluation system that will eventually be used statewide will undergo a few changes as a result of a pilot program. John White outlined the plans during a telephone news conference Tuesday. The program, often called a "value added" system, will... more »
  • Amazon CEO plans to raise sunken Apollo 11 engines

    March 29, 2012 9:52 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long before Jeff Bezos became an Internet mogul, he was enthralled by the mysteries of space. As a 5-year-old, Bezos, along with half a billion people around the world, watched in awe as American astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon in 1969.... more »
  • St. Landry Schools Consider 2 Budget Plans

    March 24, 2012 2:11 PM

    The St. Landry Parish School Board has approved two cost-reduction proposals and will submit them to a state legislative auditor's review committee. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/GUEi5m) that a short-term plan would save the district $3.3 million by July 1, and averting a budget deficit. The second proposal, more long-term in... more »
  • Livingston plans April hearings on new districts

    March 23, 2012 7:28 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Attorney C. Tom Jones told the Livingston Parish School Board that he hopes to be ready in April to hold public hearings on board reapportionment. Jones said Thursday the hearings must be held before the new districts can be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department for... more »
  • State plans to foreclose on facility

    March 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he plans to foreclose on a company buying a state-backed cane syrup mill near Lake Charles. The Advocate reports Lake Charles LLC is late on a $2.9 million mortgage payment to the state and defaulted Thursday on... more »
  • UL plans will add parking space

    August 29, 2011 7:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - More student parking is in the future for University of Louisiana at Lafayette students. The Advocate reports the university's request to demolish two houses it owns to make room for more student parking has been approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. William... more »
  • River commission plans Mississippi inspection trip

    August 16, 2011 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Mississippi River Commission, a panel overseeing Army Corps of Engineers operations on the Mississippi River, plans to makes its annual low-water inspection trip this week. The commission's trip runs between Aug. 15 and Aug. 19. The commission will hold meetings in Missouri and Tennessee before... more »
  • What's Next for Edwin Edwards

    January 13, 2011 11:59 PM

    Many people in Edwin Edwards' home town of Crowley are excited about his release from prison Thursday. But probably no one is more ecstatic than Edwards himself. "He's been looking forward to being out for a long time," said Leo Honeycutt, Edwards' biographer. Honeycutt said that at 83... more »
  • BP Says it Plans to Start Deep-Cleaning Alabama's Beaches

    October 12, 2010 11:47 AM

    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - BP says it plans to start deep-cleaning Alabama's beaches next week. Company spokesman Ray Melick said Monday the process will begin as soon as a weekend of concerts and boat races wraps up in Baldwin County. Melick says the company doesn't want to interfere with... more »
  • Shriners Hospital in Shreveport Dropped Plans for a Partnership with LSU

    October 11, 2010 11:18 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shriners Hospital in Shreveport has dropped plans for a partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, now that the national nonprofit has decided to bill insurance companies. The Shreveport hospital began the talks with LSU after the Shriners announced in 2009 that it was among six... more »
  • Health Care Providers Worried About Jindal Administration's Plans to Change Health Care for Poor

    September 20, 2010 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care providers are worried about the Jindal administration's plans to make changes in the way health care for the poor is delivered. Hospital and doctor groups are advising their members to be wary of signing onto the new insurance-based system. The head of the... more »
  • Southern Scuttles Live Jaguar Plans

    September 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    Southern University is officially giving up, for now, on efforts to acquire a new live jaguar mascot Lacumba and to build a larger animal habitat. A successful, student-led initiative will reallocate fees collected for Lacumba into student recreation projects and other activities, such as new basketball and volleyball courts on... more »
  • Pastor still plans to burn Quran, despite protests

    September 6, 2010 9:55 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor says Muslim protests abroad and condemnation from U.S. government and religious leaders won't deter him from burning Islam's holy book on Saturday. This past Sunday, the Rev. Terry Jones told his congregation at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville that they'll burn... more »
  • Ex-FEMA Chief Plans Live Broadcasts in New Orleans

    August 24, 2010 8:10 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Former FEMA Director Michael Brown is taking his Denver radio show on the road for live broadcasts from New Orleans in advance of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Brown will broadcast his political talk show that airs on KOA-AM Wednesday and Thursday evening. The fifth anniversary... more »
  • New Chief Plans to Cleanup NOPD, City Crime

    August 23, 2010 6:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man charged with cleaning up both the New Orleans Police Department and the city's violent crime has a plan and a warning for his officers - "if you lie, you die." In the wake an investigation that left 18 current or former officers facing federal... more »
  • Cleco Plans Changeover to 'Smart' Meters

    August 15, 2010 3:00 PM

    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Cleco Corp.'s 277,000 customers will have a better idea of where their energy budget is going once "smart" meters are installed, President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Madison says. The Pineville-based utility wants to put $52.9 million of its own money and a $20 million federal... more »
  • Thad Allen Starts to Finalize His Plans For Leaving Post

    August 11, 2010 3:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government's point man on the oil spill in the Gulf is starting to finalize his plans for leaving the post. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Wednesday he wants to get several things done before he leaves and hopes to turn the job... more »
  • BP Plans to Continue Relief Well Work This Week

    August 9, 2010 9:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The oil that poured into the Gulf for more than 12 weeks has been forced back underground and BP engineers expect to spend this week drilling the final leg of a relief well to complete the "bottom kill" designed to permanently seal the leaking well. BP... more »
  • BP Plans To Use Relief Well To Shove Mud And Then Cement

    August 6, 2010 11:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP is confirming that it plans to use a relief well to shove mud and then cement into the underground reservoir feeding the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well. Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said Friday that crews still "plan to move forward with the bottom kill"... more »
  • BP's Plans to Drill off Britain's Shetland Isles

    August 2, 2010 10:55 AM

    LONDON (AP) - BP's plans to drill for oil off Britain's Shetland isles and the Libyan coast are facing opposition after the company's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Environmental campaigners and some European lawmakers on Monday called for for a U.S.-style moratorium on deepwater drilling. Greenpeace says a Gulf-style... more »
  • BP Plans Off Libya, Shetlands Meet Opposition

    August 2, 2010 9:22 AM

    LONDON (AP) - BP's plans to drill for oil off Britain's Shetland isles and the Libyan coast are facing opposition after the company's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Environmental campaigners and some European lawmakers on Monday called for for a U.S.-style moratorium on deepwater drilling. Greenpeace says a Gulf-style... more »
  • Abbeville Chief Plans to Know Where Cars Are

    July 28, 2010 7:08 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Abbeville's new police chief says he's going to put GPS units in squad cars to keep tabs on whether his officers are patrolling, speeding, or idle for hours. Chief Tony Hardy, who took office three weeks ago, says he's had complaints about speeding police cars. He... more »
  • No Plans of Evacuation for Cameron Parish at this Time

    July 23, 2010 11:17 AM

    Due to recent developments with tropical storm Bonnie and trajectory currently to our east Cameron OEP officials will continue to monitor the situation. There are no plans to issue any evacuations at this time for Cameron Parish. Residents living in travel trailers or mobile homes should continue to... 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 »
  • Revamp pension plans for new teachers received final passage

    June 21, 2010 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to revamp the statewide retirement programs for new hires, particularly rewriting the pension plans for new teachers, received final passage with a 93-3 House vote Sunday. The measure (House Bill 1337) by Rep. Joel Robideaux, I-Lafayette, would restructure the programs for new employees... more »
  • Buffett Plans Free Concert on Alabama Beach

    June 20, 2010 7:03 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Jimmy Buffett and a few of his friends plan to give a free concert on the Alabama coast to show support for the Gulf region. Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell says show will be July 1 on the beach at Gulf Shores. Buffett's website says... more »
  • 5 largest oil companies response plans unprepared

    June 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two congressmen reviewing oil spill response plans of the nation's five largest oil companies say they are nearly identical - and are all unprepared for an oil spill. Rep. Ed Markey, chairman of a House Energy panel, said the plans "cite identical response capabilities and tout identical... more »
  • Obama will outline his specific plans prime-time tonight

    June 15, 2010 11:44 AM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama is poised to seize the handling of oil spill damage claims from BP, his chief spokesman said Tuesday, as Obama sought to reassure people he's up to the enormous challenge of helping them recover from the environmental disaster. He will outline his specific... more »
  • Obama Plans Speech, Victims Fund for Gulf

    June 13, 2010 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama demanded that BP set up a compensation fund for the oil-tainted Gulf Coast and prepared for his first Oval Office address to the nation as he tried to get a handle on the environmental disaster threatening to overwhelm his administration. White House officials announced... more »
  • Shooting Victim Plans Return to Gulf For Job Hunt

    June 11, 2010 3:23 PM

    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A man is recovering in his Muskegon home from a gunshot wound suffered in New Orleans, where he had sought out work related to the Gulf oil spill cleanup. Brandon James tells The Muskegon Chronicle for a story Friday that a job loss and Michigan's high... more »
  • BP Cuts Pipe, Plans to Lower Cap Over Gulf Spill

    June 3, 2010 10:58 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - BP used giant shears to slice off a pipe Thursday in the company's latest bid to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil, but the cut was irregular and placing a cap over the gusher will now be more challenging, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said. BP... more »
  • Plans Approved to Build Five Sand Berms

    June 2, 2010 9:35 PM

    VENICE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said federal officials have approved plans to build five sand berms to protect Louisiana barrier islands from oil encroaching from the Gulf oil spill. Jindal and other local officials met Tuesday with Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen urging approval of the plan, which... 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 »
  • Not Giving Up Plans to Expand Offshore Drilling

    April 23, 2010 4:02 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is no reason to give up plans to expand offshore drilling. Gibbs says President Barack Obama continues to believe that the United States needs a comprehensive solution to its energy... more »
  • Merging Plans For Ville Platte and Eunice Medical Centers

    April 6, 2010 11:43 AM

    EUNICE, La. (AP) - Ville Platte Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center of Eunice, which last year announced plans to merge, will make it official when they become two campuses of the newly created Mercy Regional Medical Center. The Daily World reports that Alan Daugherty, who had served as chief... more »
  • Joey Durel Plans Town Hall Meetings To Talk Deconsolidation

    March 17, 2010 2:37 PM

    City-Parish President Joey Durel announced a series of town hall meetings beginning next Monday, March 22 at locations throughout Lafayette Parish. The theme of the town hall conversation is Lafayette Consolidated Charter: Is it working for you, why or why not? The meetings will be held throughout the... more »
  • UL Professor Plans To Retire After Paying Back University

    March 17, 2010 1:01 PM

    UPDATE: When notified of the allegations against Dr. Ali Ghalambor, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette immediately notified the appropriate authorities and initiated a review led by the director of internal and external audit for the University of Louisiana System. Upon competition of the review, the university submitted the findings... more »
  • St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Plans Sobriety Checkpoint

    February 26, 2010 6:39 PM

    St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Department will be conducting an Impaired Driver Checkpoint in St. Landry Parish on Saturday, February 27, 2010 between the hours of 9 PM and 2 AM. The Sheriff's Department will be assisted by other agencies at the Checkpoint. The purpose of the checkpoint is... more »

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