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  • Lake Dubisson launch reopens

    March 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has reopened the boat launch at the Grand Prairie Interstate 49 rest area. The launch provides access to Lake Dubisson, a popular fishing, water skiing and swimming area a few miles north of Washington. Transportation department spokeswoman Deidra Druilhet... more »
  • Miss. River reopens south of New Orleans

    July 8, 2013 8:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities are still for a tugboat that sank in the Mississippi River, prompting the closure of a stretch of the river south of New Orleans over the weekend. The Mississippi from its mouth to mile-marker 10 was reopened Sunday night to alternating one-way vessel traffic after... more »
  • Part of interstate reopens after W.Va. gas inferno

    December 12, 2012 7:39 AM

    SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Part of Interstate 77 in West Virginia has reopened after crews worked through the night to repair damage from a massive natural gas line explosion and fire. Tuesday's inferno destroyed four homes and damaged others. It melted guardrails and left a huge swath of the interstate... more »
  • Boat launch, road reopens at Rockefeller refuge

    October 16, 2012 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife officials say they've completed a $2.6 million project at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge that replaced the boat launch and bulkheads at Joseph Harbor and upgraded the East End Locks Road. Both access points will open again Tuesday for daily public use from sunrise... more »
  • Katrina-damaged playground reopens in New Orleans

    April 10, 2012 9:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans has reopened a playground closed since Hurricane Katrina hit the city in August 2005. It took $833,000 in disaster grants, city bond money and money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to rebuild Comiskey Park and Playground. A news release says the basketball pavilion... more »
  • National wildlife refuge reopens

    August 12, 2011 10:22 AM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, which has been closed since May because of flooding from the opening of the Morganza Spillway gates, is open again. While all the refuge's land is now open, Park Ranger Jody DeMeyere warns visitors that several road within the refuge... more »
  • Parts of Atchafalaya reopens to boats

    June 14, 2011 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A stretch of the Atchafalaya Basin in St. Martin Parish has been reopened to boat traffic after officials determined it was safe to use again. The 4-mile stretch was reopened Monday by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The area was closed due to... more »
  • Coast Guard reopens part of Mississippi River

    May 18, 2011 5:47 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard is reopening a part of the swollen Mississippi that had been closed to help reduce the damage from the floodwaters. The Coast Guard said Tuesday night that one tow vessel at a time would be allowed to pass a 15-mile area near Natchez,... more »
  • State reopens waters to commercial crabbers

    November 9, 2010 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators have ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in parts of the state's inside and outside territorial waters within the Mississippi River Delta. The reopening includes parts of state waters extending seaward one-quarter mile or more from the shoreline between... more »
  • Section of La. 70 reopens after well blowout

    August 30, 2010 9:28 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - A section of La. Highway 70 closed for nearly three weeks because of an oil and gas well blowout in Assumption Parish has been reopened to traffic. The Mantle Oil and Gas LLC well blew Aug. 11 and forced authorities to shut down La. 70 between... more »
  • La. HWY 70 Reopens After Oil and Gas Well Blowout

    August 30, 2010 12:40 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE, La. (AP) - A section of La. Highway 70 closed for nearly three weeks because of an oil and gas well blowout in Assumption Parish has been reopened to traffic. The Mantle Oil and Gas LLC well blew Aug. 11 and forced authorities to shut down La. 70 between... more »
  • LDWF Reopens All State Waters to Recreational Angling

    August 20, 2010 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ordered an immediate opening of all state inshore and offshore territorial waters to recreational angling, including charter boat angling. The areas opened today by the commission do not include the recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs or oysters. Prior to... more »
  • Commercial fishing reopens in SE La

    July 30, 2010 9:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Commercial fishermen were allowed back in some Louisiana waters east of the Mississippi River on Friday after federal authorities said samples of finfish and shrimp taken there were safe to eat. The opening came two weeks after a cap at the wellhead stopped oil from spilling... more »
  • Part of Mississippi River delta Reopens to Recreational Fishing

    July 29, 2010 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham reopens part of the Mississippi River delta in Plaquemines Parish to recreational fishing. He says state waters from the northern shore of Pass a Loutre westward to the western shoreline of Southwest Pass were being opened at 6... more »
  • NOAA Reopens 8K-Square-Miles of Gulf to Fishing

    June 23, 2010 8:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - NOAA has opened more than 8,000 square miles of previously closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico because no oil has been observed there. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday said the most significant opening is an area south of Mississippi, which was... more »
  • State Reopens Iberia Parish Oyster Harvesting Area

    May 25, 2010 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state health department has ordered the reopening of an oyster harvesting area in Iberia Parish that was closed as a precaution after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Alan Levine, secretary of the state Department of Health and Hospitals, says Area 28,... more »
  • DHH Reopens Additional Oyster Harvesting Areas

    May 20, 2010 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that it has partially reopened oyster harvesting areas 14 and 15, and all of areas 2, 3 and 4 to give harvesters as much time as possible to harvest their product before any potential impact from the BP... more »

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