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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.

Hurricane Season
5:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen: National Guard To Mobilize; Entergy Prepares

Louisiana's National Guard says Gov. Bobby Jindal has authorized mobilization of 650 guardsmen as Tropical Storm Karen swirls in the Gulf.

Thursday's Guard news release also says 520 Louisiana National Guard technicians are being recalled from furlough to deal with the storm.

Meanwhile, utility company Entergy has issued a statement saying it is preparing for the possibility of outages accompanying high wind, heavy rains and thunderstorms from Karen.

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BP Oil Spill
4:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Judge Suspends Some BP Settlement Payments

A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company's 2010 oil spill cost them money.

U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday's order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute between BP and plaintiffs' attorneys over the settlement's formula for compensating businesses.

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Hurricane Season
2:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gov. Jindal Declares State Of Emergency In Preparation For Tropical Storm Karen

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to come ashore over the weekend along the Gulf coast.

The declaration authorizes the state Office and Homeland Security and other state agencies to activate emergency plans for the tropical storm's possible impact on Louisiana parishes.

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Hurricane Season
2:22 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Takes Precautions For Tropical Storm Karen

Authorities in Plaquemines Parish say they are taking early precautions as Tropical Storm Karen moves northward in the Gulf of Mexico.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says residents are being asked to clear drainage basins and secure loose lawn items and garbage cans.

Nungesser says all pump stations in Plaquemines are operational and crews on stand-by for possible operations because of the storm.

Hurricane Season
2:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Nicholls State University Eyes Tropical Storm Karen

Officials at a university in the coastal Louisiana Parish of Lafourche are keeping an eye on tropical weather.

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux issued a statement Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed.

The university said it has begun early-stage hurricane emergency preparations while monitoring the strength, speed and path of Karen.

The university remained open and classes were continuing.

Museums
1:39 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Fed. Government Shutdown Prompts WWII Museum Invitation To Veterans

The head of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is extending an invitation to veterans groups that might find themselves unable to hold planned events at federal memorial sites or parks due to the government shutdown.

Museum chief executive Gordon H. Mueller notes in an emailed statement that the museum — an independent nonprofit operation — is not subject to the federal government shutdown.

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Latest News
10:33 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State Wildlife Refuges To Remain Open During Govt. Shutdown

State wildlife and fisheries regulators say Louisiana's wildlife management areas and refuges will remain open during the federal government shutdown that affects similar federal properties.

As deer and resident small game hunting seasons open this week, state officials say Louisiana hunters can access nearly 1.5 million acres of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries-managed public hunting areas.

To learn what is available, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .

BP Oil Spill
10:20 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Levee Panel Wants Oil Suit Back In State Court

The New Orleans-based flood control board that sued dozens of oil and gas companies over the erosion of coastal wetlands is trying to get that lawsuit put back in state court.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's board of commissioners filed the suit in state civil district court in New Orleans on July 24. Last month, it was transferred to federal court at the request of Chevron U.S.A., one of the defendants. The company argued that federal laws govern many of the suit's claims.

College Football
9:25 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Kansas State Bounces Back To Beat ULL 48-27

Tramaine Thompson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, Ty Zimmerman took an interception 32 yards for another score and Kansas State rebounded from a season-opening loss to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 48-27 Saturday night.

Thompson also returned a punt 61 yards to the 1-yard line in the third quarter to set up a touchdown by Jake Waters. Zimmerman's interception moments later gave Kansas State touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a span of minutes.

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