The History Channel TV show "Swamp People" is looking for new alligator hunters. They can be individuals, groups or families, but must have a license and at least 50 tags for the September alligator season in Louisiana.
The show is going into its fourth season, and has featured different hunters each year.
It held casting calls Sunday at restaurants in Baton Rouge and in Beaumont, Texas. Others are scheduled this Saturday in Houma and in Webster, Texas, and on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Lafayette.
Almost 60 years since it opened, the Southeast Louisiana Hospital — a psychiatric facility that gained national notoriety in 1959 when then-Gov. Earl Long was briefly committed there — is preparing to close down its daily operations.
The Times-Picayune reports that the hospital's closing is part of an $859 million cut to the state's federal Medicaid program.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hopes to send all 176 beds occupied at the hospital to other public and private hospitals in the state.
The idea of creating a statewide DWI tracking system is gaining steam again.
The Advocate reports that the 2004 death of an ambitious Louisiana project called the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System dashed hopes for a statewide DWI tracking system that was to be tied to it.
But interest in reviving that program may be growing.
The state Legislature recently requested that the mothballed Integrated Criminal Justice Information System policy board reconvene and report its progress to state lawmakers during the 2013 regular session.