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Larose French Food Festival
1:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Larose gears up for French Food Festival

Planning is under way for the French Food Festival, which will feature the musical groups Boston, Bad Company and Amanda Shaw.

The Courier reports the festival is set for Oct. 25-28 at the Larose Regional Park and Civic Center.

There's no charge to attend the festival, but tickets for the Boston and Bad Company concert, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25, are $20 each.

The event will feature more than 20 local food dishes, live music and folklife demonstrations.

More details are available by calling 985-693-7355.

Convention Center
1:34 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Berger named to Convention Center board

Brandon Berger has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority.

The board oversees convention facilities in New Orleans.

Berger is the owner of The Berger Co.

The appointment was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum
1:32 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Mound officials hope to keep museum

With the grand opening of the Southern Heritage Air Foundation Museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport about two months away, airport officials hope an agreement with the owner of the hangar housing the museum will keep it in the north Louisiana town of Mound.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/PFG0Pa) that the airport's board this week approved an agreement with Vicksburg business owner and foundation president Dan Fordice, who owns the hangar. The agreement allows the airport to buy the hangar and keep the museum.

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Southeastern
1:28 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

SLU seeks oldest living graduate

The Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association is searching for the university's oldest living graduate.

Alumni Association director Kathy Pittman said the search is part of the group's 85th anniversary and SLU's 2012 homecoming festivities.

Deadline to submit names for consideration is Oct. 2. The person identified as the oldest living graduate will be recognized at the alumni association's awarded ceremony on Oct. 26, Pittman said.

More details on submitting names can be obtained by calling the alumni association at 985-549-2150.

White Castle Ferry
1:21 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

White Castle ferry out of service 4-6 weeks

State officials say the White Castle ferry is expected to be out of service another 4-6 weeks.

The state Department of Transportation and development said repairs to the vessel's propeller shaft were expected to be completed by mid-September. But delays in dry docking, the discovery of the need for additional repairs and the landfall of Hurricane Isaac have pushed the estimated return of the ferry to mid-to-late October.

The ferry crosses the Mississippi River between White Castle and Geismar, upriver from New Orleans.

Northwestern State University
1:13 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Northwestern State updates historical website

Northwestern State University has added new information on the university's history to its Traditions website.

The Times reports the Traditions site was set up earlier this year to recognize Northwestern State's heritage.

The new page — at traditions.nsula.edu/collections/our-heritage — has information on the legend of Isabella, the campus ghost; the Alma Mater; the Demon Fight Song; Vic the Demon and more.

West Nile Virus
1:09 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

39 new West Nile cases adds up to 215 total in Louisiana

The number of West Nile virus infections in Louisiana has reached 215, with 39 new cases reported this past week.

No new deaths were added in the latest report. The death toll from the virus so far this year stands at 10.

Louisiana's health department says the state is experiencing its highest number of West Nile cases in years. And Hurricane Isaac is getting some of the blame. The storm left behind a lot of standing water, providing breeding areas for mosquitoes.

Humans are infected when they are bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Hurricane Isaac
1:06 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

St. Tammany waives Isaac repair fees

St. Tammany Parish officials say fees will be waived for residential and commercial building permits obtained to repair damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Authorities said documentation will be required at the time of application, and includes such items as an insurance claim or photos of the damaged property.

More details on documentation required for permits can be obtained at the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive, Suite 1B, Mandeville, phone 985-898-2574 or at the Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 2F, Slidell, phone 985-646-4166.

Science & Health
1:01 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

LSUHSC: Ginkgo doesn't help brain in MS patients

A study at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has found that the popular dietary supplement ginkgo biloba doesn't improve mental function in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Neurologist Jesus Lovera did the study on 120 people because an earlier, smaller study had seemed promising. Ginkgo is taken by many people who have the disease, which attacks the myelin that insulates nerve fibers. About 40 to 60 percent of multiple sclerosis patients develop problems with memory or other cognitive functions.

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Ameristar Casino
12:58 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Ameristar: Casino project on schedule

Officials of Ameristar Casino say construction of a $500 million casino is moving ahead on schedule and the development should open in 2014.

The American Press reports that since July, Ameristar has removed trees, set a building foundation and completed a road that allows construction workers access to the site of its casino hotel in south Lake Charles.

Ameristar Vice President Jack Mohn said the new casino's neighbor — Pinnacle Entertainment, owner of L'Auberge Casino Resort — has been accommodating.

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