The Interstate 10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center in Butte La Rose has been temporarily closed after a power outage disabled the facility's water system.
The state Department of Transportation and Development and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism announced the closure on Tuesday.
The Advocate reports parking areas will remain open, but the welcome center and restrooms will remain closed until water service is restored. Message boards along I-10 have been activated to notify drivers of the closure.
Ormet Corp. plans to lay off 200 people at its alumina plant in Ascension Parish because of reduced demand caused by rising power rates in Ohio.
The Advocate reports Ormet issued 60-day federal layoff notices Tuesday for the plant in the town of Burnside, which produces the primary raw material used in aluminum production. This comes two weeks after Ormet said it would reduce operations at its aluminum smelter in Hannibal, Ohio, which uses the Burnside alumina.
Ormet reopened the shuttered Burnside alumina plant in late 2011, after the plant had been closed for five years.
State police say a Louisiana National Guardsman from Shreveport was killed in a traffic accident in Natchitoches Parish.
The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 49 five miles north of state Highway 6.
Troopers say Sgt. Kevin Dean Weiner was driving a Humvee northbound when it was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler. The 30-year-old Weiner was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Sgt. John C. Fike of Bossier City, suffered moderate injuries in the accident.
Graduates from Southern University's two-year college in Shreveport will now be able to earn a four-year business degree at Grambling State University.
The two colleges announced this new option Tuesday.
Graduates from Southern's Shreveport campus with an associate's degree in business management, event management or accounting can enroll in Grambling State's four-year bachelor's business degree program.
The colleges say all course credits obtained at Southern will be accepted toward the four-year degree.
Technicians with the Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District spray insecticide in Brentwood, Calif., last month. Workers fogged areas of the county that had an increase in the numbers of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.
The numbers for West Nile virus cases continue to rise, up 35 percent in the last week. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confident the nation has turned the corner on its worst-ever epidemic of West Nile virus disease.
After 52 years in the shipyard industry, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Vice President Larry Vauclin is calling it quits.
Vauclin, vice president for the company's central division, is retiring effective Sept. 21.
Bollinger Executive Vice President Ben Bordelon announced Vauclin's retirement Monday. He says Vauclin has been a critical part of the company's growth and a mentor to many in the industry over the length of his career, which started in 1960 with Main Iron Works in Houma.
A Lake Charles man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million in food stamp benefits.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 46-year-old Vincent Edward DaPrince to 51 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Haik also ordered him to serve 50 hours of community service following his release from prison.
DaPrince pleaded guilty in April to fraud charges.