ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - St. Francisville's finance department lacks effective policies to provide proper internal control of the town's finances, according to an audit released by the state Legislative Auditor's Office that otherwise painted a strong financial picture. Mayor William "Billy" D'Aquilla tells The Advocate he's heard similar critiques... more »
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned those dealing with camels to take precautions as the number of infections in the kingdom from a respiratory illness linked to the animals rises further. The Ministry of Agriculture urged people who come in contact with camels to "exercise caution... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Parish health units around the state have started offering flu vaccinations to all Louisiana residents ages six months and older. The state Department of Health and Hospitals says in addition to protecting against seasonal flu, studies suggest the vaccine may also protect against heart attacks... more »
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Economic Development Authority officials are asking the parish council to approve a tax break for a planned Kohl's department store. The Courier reports the authority wants Kohl's to benefit from breaks on sales and use taxes for the equipment it would use during construction. The... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An employee at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness e-mailed her fellow employees Friday, urging them to support a constitutional amendment on Saturday's ballot that affects their employment. State law prohibits using public funds to urge anyone to vote for or against... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health department confirms three new cases of West Nile virus - two serious infections that can damage the brain or spinal cord, and one without any symptoms. The Department of Health and Hospitals says that brings the year's total so far to three serious... more »
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its actions in taking steps toward a rule-making process that could create new restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions.
In a letter to the EPA, Angelle calls on the EPA... more »