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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.