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Alligator Hunting
9:53 am
Wed September 19, 2012

State extends east zone alligator season

State wildlife and fisheries officials have extended the East Zone wild alligator harvest season through Oct. 4.

Robert Barham, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, approved the extension Tuesday.

The scheduled opening of the East Zone season was delayed from Aug. 29 until Sept. 1 due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached hurricane strength before landfall. Resulting flooding and displacement of residents prompted the extension.

Small Business Assistance Fund
9:46 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Business loan fund announced in New Orleans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office and the city's Office of Economic Development have announced a new program to encourage small business expansion and job creation.

The new financing program is called the New Orleans Small Business Assistance Fund. A City Hall news release Tuesday said it's a $2 million fund that will provide 8 percent interest rate loans to for-profit and nonprofit businesses for operating capital and equipment purchases.

SBAF loans are expected to range from $10,000 to $100,000. The maximum term of the loan is up to 84 months.

BP Oil Spill
9:43 am
Wed September 19, 2012

BP agrees to relax requirements for claims

BP has agreed to relax several documentation requirements regarding the submission of claims filed after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Plaintiffs' attorney Steve Herman and Jim Roy said in a statement Tuesday that the changes will speed the processing of claims and "get the people and businesses of the Gulf paid quicker."

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Stolthaven Fine
9:39 am
Wed September 19, 2012

DEQ fines company over leaks in Isaac

State regulators say they are issuing a $12,189 fine against a chemical terminal flooded during Hurricane Isaac because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said it issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, a company that operates a chemical terminal along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

NOLA Wise Program Designed To Retrofit For Energy Efficiency

Temperatures are starting to dip, but high power bills are still looming for many in New Orleans. The city is offering low-cost evaluations on how to retrofit homes for energy efficiency.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million

Entergy Corp. says its estimated damages from Hurricane Isaac range from $400 million to $500 million, and the storm is expected to reduce the utility's third-quarter revenue.

In a news release on Tuesday, Entergy said it will pursue all reasonable avenues to recover storm costs, including using its storm reserves, borrowing, additional charges for customers, and insurance.

Entergy said it is unable to predict the degree of success it may have in these initiatives, the amount of restoration costs it may recover or when it may recover them.

LSU Bomb Threat
1:11 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

LSU back to normal after bomb scare

Louisiana State University officials say everything is back to normal a day after a bomb threat spawned an evacuation of the Baton Rouge campus.

University spokesman Herb Vincent said Tuesday LSU police are leading the investigation into the caller who phoned in a bomb threat Monday morning.

Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said the caller will be arrested and prosecuted.

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Health Care
1:09 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Health groups sue Donelon over Isaac action

Two health care groups have filed a lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, over an insurance coverage change he made after Hurricane Isaac.

The lawsuit by the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Hospital Association was filed in Baton Rouge district court late Monday, challenging an emergency rule Donelon issued on Sept. 4.

The emergency rule affected health insurance policies in 23 parishes.

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Bridge City Center for Youth
1:07 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Jefferson Parish youth center counselor arrested

A 32-year-old counselor at the Bridge City Center for Youth has been arrested after authorities discovered she had improper contact with one of youths held at the facility.

The Times-Picayune reports Shantel Fitzgerald of New Orleans was booked Friday with sexual malfeasance in a prison after it was determined she had a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility. Fitzgerald was taken into custody after an investigation by the state Department of Juvenile Justice, but has since been released.

Delta Community College
1:05 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Enrollment declines at Delta CC

Louisiana Delta Community College saw an 8 percent decrease in total enrollment this fall, largely because of a 21 percent decrease in students enrolled in technical programs.

The news came as an unfortunate surprise to Delta's Interim Chancellor Jerry Ryan. He said he was disappointed and stunned.

The total fall enrollment for Delta decreased by about 8 percent from last fall, going from 4,509 students in fall 2011 to 4,150 in fall 2012.

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