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  • States move to expand experimental drugs for some

    May 17, 2014 11:37 AM

    DENVER (AP) - Nick Auden didn't live to see the legislation, but the case of the Denver melanoma patient who died while seeking access to an experimental drug helped inspire a first-of-its kind law in Colorado. The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without... more »
  • Livingston Parish to replace some of its bus fleet

    May 17, 2013 8:43 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has doubled its bus budget to allow the transportation director to replace a fifth of the oldest segment of the district's fleet. Of the 256 school buses on the road in Livingston Parish, Transportation Director Steve Vampran says 156 are 15... more »
  • FAA furloughs kick in, some flight delays appear

    April 22, 2013 8:23 AM

    Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts, though some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York. And even though the nightmarish flight delays and cancellations that... more »
  • La. energy customers can expect some refunds soon

    July 19, 2012 6:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Officials say customers at two Louisiana-based energy companies will be receiving refunds as credits on their energy bills this summer. Members of the state's Public Service Commission voted to let Pineville-based electricity provider Cleco Corp. put a refund on its customers' September bills. PSC attorney... 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 »
  • Study: Oil spill caused some land erosion

    June 27, 2012 5:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010. The Advocate reports the study found oil killed marsh plants and that... more »
  • LSU Board Urged to Cut Some Efforts to Aid Others

    June 10, 2012 7:57 PM

    A member of Louisiana State University's governing board says it may be wise for the system to avoid across-the-board budget cuts. Faced with a 6.8 percent cut to state funds, board member Stephen Perry of New Orleans said it might be better to cut specific programs deeply, instead of just... more »
  • Some Caddo residents seek Shreveport water

    May 28, 2012 10:45 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Some residents living north of Wallace Lake in northwestern Louisiana want to tie into the city of Shreveport's water supply as a precaution in case their wells run dry. Last summer's drought has some concerned that the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer might get low. So the residents along... more »
  • Some landowners can get help starting bird habitats

    May 7, 2012 6:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Agricultural producers in 22 parishes may be eligible for financial assistance to create bird habitat on their land. A news release from Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in... more »
  • State using prepaid debit cards for some refunds

    April 2, 2012 6:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After trying to help her homebound mother use her state refund, Barbara Ewell is convinced the new prepaid debit card program was set up with banks rather than people in mind. "I've found it incredibly complicated," said Ewell, an English professor in New Orleans, told The... more »
  • Texas company recalling some sausage products

    March 23, 2012 9:25 AM

    ELGIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas company has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says no reports have been received of anyone getting sick from eating items recalled by Southside Market & Barbeque of Elgin (EL'-ghin),... more »
  • Baton Rouge Port Suspends Some Operations

    May 13, 2011 9:10 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Liquid bulk cargo operations at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge have shut down because of the rising Mississippi River. Port Director Jay Hardman said water has submerged electrical equipment and pipes used to bring in molasses, petroleum and specialty chemicals. Westwary Terminal Group and... more »
  • Possible fuel rod hazard seen at some nuke plants

    February 16, 2011 9:32 PM

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - major manufacturer in the nuclear industry is reporting a potential "substantial safety hazard" with control rods at Vermont Yankee and more than two dozen other reactors around the country, according to a report made public Wednesday by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy... more »
  • Evenflo Co. to Recall some Maestro booster seats

    October 15, 2010 11:10 AM

    MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) - Evenflo Co. is recalling nearly 14,000 of its Maestro combination child booster seats because of a crack that developed in laboratory tests. The company said Friday it has received no reports of the crack occurring in field and no injuries have been reported. The voluntary recall... more »
  • 5 years after Hurricane Rita, some left out of Recovery

    September 23, 2010 9:12 AM

    CAMERON, La. - First Baptist Church in Cameron will celebrate its grand reopening Saturday, five years and one day after Hurricane Rita nearly obliterated the town. Such upbeat milestones have been rare in Cameron, which has seen its population shrink from roughly 1,500 to 280 residents since Rita and Hurricane... 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 »
  • Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

    August 31, 2010 9:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half a dozen states suing to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law are also claiming its subsidies for covering retired state government employees, accordinghans that the Westd Tuesday by the administration. About 2,000 employers have been approved for the extra help to cover early... more »
  • Some States Suing Feds also Claim Health Subsidies

    August 31, 2010 10:12 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some states suing to toss out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are also lining up to claim a share of its subsidies for the medical costs of retired employees. An administration official says seven states suing the federal government applied for and will receive subsidies... more »
  • Tons of Oil-Soaked Debris Causing Some Problems

    August 26, 2010 1:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The cleanup of history's worst peacetime oil spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is ending up in local landfills, some of which were already dealing with environmental concerns. The soft, absorbent boom that has played the biggest role in containing the spill... more »
  • Some LA Homeowners Will See Insurance Rates Increase

    August 18, 2010 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana homeowners who get their insurance coverage from five companies owned by Allstate Corp. will start paying higher rates in either November or December. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon recently approved rate increases ranging from 2.9 percent to 11.6 percent, depending upon which of the Allstate umbrella... more »
  • New Study to Determine Why Some Hurricanes Rapidly Intensify

    August 13, 2010 12:41 PM

    VIRGINA KEY, Fla. (AP) - A new study is trying to determine why some hurricanes rapidly intensify into destructive storms, while others remain weak. Michael Montgomery, a meteorology professor at the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, says researchers believe that there are unseen, protected areas of developing storms that... more »
  • Some Oil Spill Events From Sunday, July 4, 2010

    July 5, 2010 8:54 AM

    CHOPPY FOURTH Cleanup crews surveyed damage done by last week's hurricane while contending with choppy seas that idled many of the boats dedicated to keeping oil from hitting vulnerable beaches and marshes. Offshore skimming vessels were able to operate in Louisiana waters, but not off the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi... more »
  • Rough Weather Curtails Some Gulf Cleanup Work

    July 4, 2010 3:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cleanup crews across the Gulf of Mexico surveyed damage done by last week's hurricane while contending Sunday with choppy seas that idled many of the boats dedicated to keeping oil from hitting vulnerable beaches and marshes. Offshore skimming vessels were able to operate in Louisiana waters,... more »
  • Some Alabama Communities Canceling Fireworks Due To Oil

    July 2, 2010 4:06 PM

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Fireworks displays have been canceled. White-sand beaches that should be crowded with sunbathers are instead dotted with cleanup workers, booms and sand-sifting equipment. Normally packed hotels are trying to fill rooms ahead of what is a crucial weekend for beach businesses. Across the oil-stained Gulf... more »
  • Suit Filed Over Some LA Traffic Cameras

    July 2, 2010 6:40 AM

    GRENTA, La. (AP) - An Arizona company that installed a red-light camera traffic system in Jefferson Parish has filed a $5 million suit. Redflex Traffic Systems says the parish breached its contract by turning off the system in January. The system takes photos of motorists who run red lights, to... more »
  • Some Lucky Person Can Win A Saints Super Bowl Ring

    June 8, 2010 2:53 PM

    FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints used a visit to Plaquemines Parish to raise residents' spirits and announce an effort to raise funds as well. Quarterback Drew Brees told the crowd that the team will receive their Super Bowl rings soon, and some fan will get one... more »
  • Special Shrimp Season Set in Some Louisiana Areas Because of Oil Spill

    April 29, 2010 1:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As the Coast Guard burns oil from a spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana opens a special shrimp season so trawlers can get to work before oil reaches the coast. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says parts of Breton and Chandeleur sounds known... more »
  • North Louisiana Sees Some Snow, Melts On Ground

    February 24, 2010 1:01 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The National Weather Service says north Louisiana did get snow, but most of it melted as soon as it hit the ground. Meteorologist Nick Fillo in Shreveport says there were widespread reports of snow Tuesday night in northwest Louisiana. But overnight temperatures were generally in the... more »

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