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  • Florida Couple Finds Alligator Taking a Dip in Backyard Pool

    May 18, 2014 12:11 AM

    A Florida couple hopes they no longer find any more unwanted guests inside their backyard after discovering an eight-foot alligator floating in their pool. Sharon Bente heard a noise in her backyard in Bradenton, Fla. about 4 a.m. Thursday when she found the gator taking a dip in the... more »
  • Morehouse ex-deputy arrested for taking drug cash

    December 4, 2013 9:22 AM

    BASTROP, La. (AP) - The former commander of a drug task force in Morehouse Parish has been arrested on charges that he stole seized money from evidence. Christopher Balsamo, a 40-year-old former sheriff's lieutenant, was arrested Saturday and released on $2,500 bond. Legal papers reported by the Bastrop Enterprise show... more »
  • La. taking applications for Katrina loan program

    July 19, 2012 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state Office of Community Development said in a statement Wednesday that the loans are designed to... more »
  • Former mayor taking case to the La. Supreme Court

    January 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Former Richwood Mayor Ed Harris is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn his malfeasance conviction for illegally writing checks to himself and other employees during the last hours of his administration. Defense attorney Charles Kincade tells The News-Star that the district and appeal courts failed... more »
  • Feds taking public comment on future lease sales

    January 11, 2012 10:29 AM

    JEFFERSON, La. (AP) - The federal agency handling offshore drilling has invited the public to comment on proposed etroleum lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold Wednesday's hearing in Jefferson Parish. The government's first auction of offshore... more »
  • Cuba Taking Steps to Soften US Embargo

    September 16, 2010 3:32 PM

    HAVANA (AP) - Cuba is offering a series of small but specific steps the administration of President Barack Obama can take to soften the United States' 48-year-old trade embargo, including expanding flights and establishing ferry service between both countries and dropping bank bans that keep U.S. credit cards from working... more »
  • Lingering Ill Effects From Repeatedly Taking Antibiotics

    September 13, 2010 4:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An antibiotic can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them might have lingering ill effects - by triggering changes in all those good germs that live in your gut. Nobody yet knows if that leads to later health problems. But the... more »
  • LA Second Circuit Court of Appeal Taking the Bench on the Road

    September 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    MONREO, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Second Circuit Court of Appeal, featuring three northeastern Louisiana judges, is taking the bench on the road later this month. The News-Star reported on Tuesday that a panel that includes Judge Milton Moore of Monroe, Judge Larry Lolley of Monroe and Judge Felicia Williams of... more »
  • Slowdown In Rodent Shooting Taking Toll Along Canals

    April 2, 2010 11:30 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - For decades people have tried to devise creative ways to kill Louisiana's iconic pest: the marsh-chomping, canal-boring, fast-multiplying nutria. They shoot them, trap them and gas them in their holes. Jefferson Parish is widely known for the target-practice approach. But budgetary constraints since Hurricane Katrina have... more »

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