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Flood Protection
12:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Reversible diversion project proposed for Ascension, St. James Parishes

Ascension Parish government officials say a proposed Mississippi River diversion project in St. James Parish may be a way to blunt the kind of high storm surge seen after Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports parish officials would like the diversion project planned near Romeville to be reversible as part of a broader flood protection plan in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

Under that concept, water would flow not only from the Mississippi into the Maurepas Swamp, but also from the swamp into the river in times of high water in the lake basin.

Houma Halloween Parade
12:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Houma center plans zombie flash mob dance for parade

Braaains. Daaance.

The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center is looking for people who want to unleash their inner zombie for a flash mob dance in Houma's Halloween parade.

The Courier reports that would-be zombies will learn a simplified dance of the undead to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." They'll shamble and dance in Houma's Krewe Ga Rou Halloween Parade Oct. 26.

The parade is part of the first Rougarou Fest from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 26.

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Illegal Fish Sales
12:12 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

3-year probe of illegal fish sales ends in arrest

State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a Bridge City man for alleged commercial finfish violations, ending a three-year investigation into the illegal sale of red snapper.

Agents cited 26-year-old Yoan C. Hernandez on Sunday.

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Food Stamps
6:30 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Hours extended to apply for food assistance

State officials say hours have been extended in Orleans and Jefferson parishes for residents seeking disaster food assistance following Hurricane Isaac.

Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, says both UNO's Lakefront Arena in Orleans Parish and the Alario Center in Jefferson Parish will process applications from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday for those whose last name begins with A through M; on Thursday, applicants N through Z will be processed.

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Latest News
6:05 am
Wed September 12, 2012

America's Wetland Foundation Lobbies in DC for Coastal Restoration

Members of the America’s Wetland Foundation and a bipartisan group of Southern lawmakers are in Washington, D.C. today, making the case that coastal restoration along the Gulf of Mexico is a national issue.

America's Wetland Managing Director Val Marmillion says projects must be coordinated and strategic.

Hurricane Isaac
6:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

BP Wants To Deep-Clean More Beaches of 2010 Oil Uncovered by Hurricane Isaac

BP says Hurricane Isaac pushed sand off of patches of hidden oil from the 2010 spill. The company now wants to dig deeper to clean some beaches.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Pearl River WMA fully reopened after Isaac cleanup

All of the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in St. Tammany Parish is now open but access via Old Highway 11 will remain closed until Thursday because of flooding and damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened areas north of Interstate 10 on Tuesday.

It had reopened areas south of I-10 earlier.

The department says it is repairing Old Highway 11.

Elm Hall in Assumption Parish and Elmer's Island in Jefferson Parish remain closed because of debris removal and storm damage affecting vehicle access.

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Hubig's Pie Factory Fire
4:51 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hubig's bakery weighs options after July fire

Firefighters battle the Hubig's Pie factory blaze on the morning of July 27.

A demolition project has started at the site of an iconic New Orleans bakery gutted by a fire in July.

Drew Ramsey, operations manager for the Simon Hubig Pie Co., tells WDSU-TV that the company hasn't decided where to rebuild the bakery that churned out roughly 100,000 fried snack pies every week.

A demolition crew used a crane Monday to pick through the wreckage of the company's building in the city's Marigny neighborhood.

West Nile Virus
4:49 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

31 new West Nile cases and 1 death

Louisiana's 31 latest West Nile infections included one death, bringing Louisiana's total this year to 176 reported infections and 10 deaths from the virus.

State health officials say the latest cases are unrelated to Hurricane Isaac because it takes weeks for an infection to be reported. There also was a delay in reporting because the storm closed health care facilities and pushed public health laboratory staff into hurricane response activities.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Maurepas Swamp WMA reopens after Isaac cleanup

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, which closed before Hurricane Isaac's landfall.

The area in Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes reopened Monday.

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