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Hurricane Isaac
4:38 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

FEMA to open disaster office for St. Helena

St. Helena residents affected by Hurricane Isaac soon will be able to apply for disaster assistance at a recovery center in Greensburg.

Jessica Strickland, Office of Emergency Preparedness director, says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will set up a disaster recovery center at Charlie Overton Park within the next few days.

Until then, Strickland says residents may apply for FEMA assistance by calling 800 621-FEMA or visiting the agency online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.

Latest News
4:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

National Guardsman killed in traffic accident

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.

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Airports
4:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

FAA giving $9.4M to Louisiana regional airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving $9.4 million for repairs and other work to improve the safety at 10 regional airports around Louisiana.

Congressman Charles Boustany Jr. says the Lafayette Regional Airport Commission is getting $5.8 million to improve runway safety.

Sen. Mary Landrieu says another $1.2 million will pay to repair the runway at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.

Higher Education
4:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Southern business grads have new option

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.

Shots - Health Blog
4:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Worst Of West Nile Epidemic Appears To Be Over

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.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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.

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Bollinger Shipyards
4:27 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bollinger VP Vauclin to retire after 52 years

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.

Environment
4:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cause of whale deaths still unknown

State officials are still working to determine what killed two whales found on Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac.

They also are trying to determine the whales' species.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in an email Tuesday that both whales were badly decomposed, making it difficult to tell the species.

One whale, found at Belle Pass, was more than 8 feet long. The one at Grand Isle was about 10 feet long. Samples were taken from both whales in hopes of determining what killed them.

Food Stamps
4:23 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

La. man gets prison for $1.2M food stamp theft

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.

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Schools
4:19 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Schools closed by Hurricane Isaac begin to reopen

Schools closed by the drenching rains and gusty winds of Hurricane Isaac are beginning to reopen.

Officials say nine schools within the St. John the Baptist Parish School District reopened Monday with at least a 92 percent student attendance rate. District-wide attendance increased to almost 95 percent by Tuesday.

Superintendent of Schools Herbert Smith said employees have been "working tirelessly" to ensure a quick return to schools.

Hurricane Isaac
4:18 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

After Isaac exposes oil, BP aims to dig it out

BP PLC says it wants to aggressively clean up buried oil exposed on Louisiana's beaches by Hurricane Isaac's churning waves.

The company wants to dig deep into beaches and remove oil buried since a BP well blew out on April 20, 2010, leading to the nation's largest offshore spill.

But digging deep can bring its own problems — it can be harmful to creatures that live on beaches or feed on them and it also may lead to erosion by loosening up sand. Erosion is a constant worry in Louisiana because the state is losing land at an alarming rate.

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