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12:11 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Salt water moving up Mississippi River

With the Mississippi River running at low levels, salt water is moving up from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Times-Picayune reports that denser, heavier saltwater flows upriver beneath fresh water flowing downstream when the river's flow drops below normal. The Army Corps of Engineers says salt water is not yet considered a threat to water supplies in the New Orleans area.

Environment
12:03 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

DNR geologist: Gas may be bubbling from salt dome

ASSUMPTION PARISH — A top geologist at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says bubbling gas in bayous in Assumption Parish may be connected to a salt dome deep underground.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/LsftDK) that Madhurendu Kumar, director of DNR's geological oil and gas division, told residents last week that gas that has collected in pockets of a fault along the Napoleonville Dome could be being released naturally.

Ferries
11:46 am
Mon July 16, 2012

White Castle ferry may shut down permanently

The ferry that carries passengers across the Mississippi from White Castle to Carville ferry has been temporarily docked since June due to a mechanical malfunction, but state transportation officials say it will be shut down permanently by year's end to save $800,000 annually.

It is a plan that U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond hopes the state will reconsider. Richmond has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his proposal to shut down the White Castle and Reserve-Edgard ferries.

Latest News
11:43 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Two dead in latest New Orleans area shootings

Authorities are investigating the latest deadly shootings in the New Orleans area.

Sunday night, Jefferson Parish deputies received a call about a shooting at an intersection in Harvey. Responding deputies found the body of a 34-year-old man in a parking lot.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood, police responded to a call about shots being fired. They found a 37-year-old man who had been shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

No arrests have been reported in either shooting.

Latest News
11:40 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Biloxi may ease horse ownership restrictions

The Biloxi City Council is being asked to make a zoning change that could allow more horses in the city.

Community Development Director Jerry Creel says the city's current land development ordinance requires horse owners to have property zoned for agriculture. And it requires at least three acres for ownership of one horse.

Food
11:38 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Louisiana produce growers have new marketing group

Produce growers in Louisiana have a new organization for marketing, lobbying and providing information about production.

LSU AgCenter gardening specialist Kiki Fontenot says a vegetable growers' group stopped functioning a few years ago. She says the same people usually grow both fruits and vegetables, so the new organization is the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers.

Officers elected at the first meeting represent growers from each area of the state.

All Things New Orleans
11:35 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Retired hoopsters to raise money for Children's Hospital

Moses Malone, Spencer Haywood, Cazzie Russell and Mark Eaton are among retired professional basketball stars offering their company in an Aug. 17 fishing tournament to benefit Children's Hospital of New Orleans.

For $2,000, each three-angler team gets a boat, a local guide and a big-name angler to fill out the team. They also can attend an Aug. 18 gala with more than 100 former NBA players.

The tournament will be at Joe's Landing in Lafitte.

Lincoln Parish
11:33 am
Mon July 16, 2012

New tax in effect in Lincoln Parish

RUSTON — Lincoln Parish shoppers will find they are paying a little more at the checkout as a new quarter-cent sales tax to support the Sheriff's Office went into effect in July.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkZ8Qw) Sheriff Mike Stone says revenue from the tax would pay for technology, continuation of services and to help offset a $100,000 deficit from the previous fiscal year.

Jerry Smith, the sheriff's chief civil deputy, says the sales tax affects all purchases and is in effect throughout Lincoln Parish.

Terrebonne Parish Rebranding
11:31 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Terrebonne Parish to present new logo, slogan

Terrebonne Parish is keeping a tight wrap on the new logo and slogan it plans to unveil Thursday, but the director of the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center says they won't be surprising.

Janel Ricca tells The Courier that's because the new rebranding reinforces the parish's natural identity.

In Ricca's words, "It's going to be obvious, but it should be because it is authentic."

The new brand was created with part of the parish's $2.1 million share of $78 million that BP PLC gave Louisiana for tourism after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Environment
11:12 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Tree-loving Mandeville tallies every tree

There are 151,347 trees, more or less, within Mandeville's city limits, and only about 7 percent of them are live oaks.

Those are among the findings of a study done for the city by two graduate students and their professors at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center.

Maggie Trenary, an inspector in the city planning department, tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/NrgLj5) that the low number of live oaks was a surprise. She says the city will have to plant more.

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