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8:50 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Crews Working At Hammond Airport Find Underground River

The City Council has authorized expenses for unexpected work at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport after crews working there dug into what is believed to be an underground river.

The Daily Star reports the council approved an emergency change in the contract for the work to allow for about $25,000 of culverts to be installed underground to get around the river problem.

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8:39 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Ascension, St. James Want To Be Part Of Levee Plan

Residents and parish officials are lobbying the Army Corps of Engineers to include Ascension and St. James parishes in a massive hurricane protection project.

The Advocate reports the Army Corps met this past week with local interests as part of a public-comment process associated with the hurricane and storm damage risk reduction study.

A draft report on the project was released in August.

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Tropical Storm Karen
8:28 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Some Oyster Beds Re-Opened As Tropical Storm Karen Threat Lessens

Louisiana health officials say they are reopening some oyster harvest areas where the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Karen has diminished.

Louisiana harvest areas 13 to 23 will open Sunday morning. They were among the areas ordered closed because of the possibility of contamination from flood waters.

Saturday's announcement said a precautionary closure of oyster harvest areas one through 12 would remain in effect until health officials determine the waters meet standards set by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

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3:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

NOPD Arrests 2 Teens In Double Shooting

New Orleans police have arrested two teenagers accused of opening fire on a 31-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter as they walked in a neighborhood with a man thought to be the target.

A third suspect remains at large.

Officer Frank Robertson, a police spokesman, says 19-year-old Cornell Williams and 18-year-old Shannon Cooks were arrested early Friday on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.

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1:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

'Angola 3' Member Dies After Release From Prison

A 71-year-old man who was convicted in the slaying of a prison guard has died less than a week after a judge freed him from a Louisiana prison after he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement.

Herman Wallace's attorneys said he died Friday at a supporter's home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment.

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11:38 am
Fri October 4, 2013

State Continues WIC, Despite Federal Budget Battle

Louisiana will continue operating a nutrition program for more than 140,000 low-to moderate income women and children even though the federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown.

The Department of Health and Hospitals said Thursday that Louisiana's Women, Infants and Children Program, commonly called WIC, will be funded until the end of October, using money set aside from the prior fiscal year.

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11:28 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Plant Explosion Preliminary Findings Released

An internal investigation finds the June 13 fire and explosion at the Williams Olefins' Geismar plant was the result of a vapor cloud released after a reboiler ruptured.

The company said in a news release Thursday received by The Advocate that, once the vapor cloud was released, it ignited within seconds from an unknown heat or flame source.

Investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board continue. The incident killed two men and injured more than 100 others.

Tropical Storm Karen
11:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Stops River Traffic At Southwest Pass

Traffic at the mouth of the Mississippi stopped Friday as coastal Louisiana prepares for a possible strike by Tropical Storm Karen, which is churning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Karen is forecast to hit the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand Isle to west of Destin, Fla. A tropical storm warning was issued from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River, including the New Orleans area.

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9:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Grand Jury Re-Indicts Released 'Angola 3' Inmate

A West Feliciana Parish grand jury has re-indicted New Orleans resident Herman Wallace for the 1972 murder of a prison guard just two days after a federal judge overturned the terminally ill man's conviction and ordered him released from prison after serving more than 46 years for armed robbery and murder.

U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson ordered Wallace released Tuesday and ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the fatal stabbing of Brent Miller.

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Tropical Storm Karen
10:38 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen Prompts Voluntary Evacuation For Grand Isle

The mayor of Grand Isle declared an emergency and called for voluntary evacuations as Tropical Storm Karen moved through the Gulf of Mexico.

Mayor David Camardelle's Thursday afternoon statement urged people to pick up loose items in their yards and tie down boats.

Grand Isle is an inhabited barrier island and a tourist attraction on the southeast Louisiana coast. It is often evacuated when tropical weather threatens.

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