Boomtown Casino, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, reopened Friday after getting the all-clear from state regulators.
The Pinnacle Entertainment facility had been closed since Tuesday due to Hurricane Isaac. The company also had to postpone the grand opening of its new L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, but now plans to open Saturday, The Advocate reports.
This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The floodwaters have begun to recede in Louisiana and Mississippi as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac move north. Utility companies are scrambling to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers. In some places, floodwaters are hampering the recovery. That includes an area about 30 miles west of New Orleans where we find NPR's Joel Rose.
The following is a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding the return of inmates after Hurricane Isaac:
This morning, the Sheriff's Office initiated the return of 1,064 inmates to the secured facilities of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, in accordance with the Sheriff's Office Hurricane Recovery Plan. The Sheriff's Office is working with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force, and other law enforcement agencies to return these inmates to our custody.
The Mississippi River has reopened to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed on Monday as Hurricane Isaac approached.
The Coast Guard was limiting some traffic as a backlog of vessels —including a cruise ship — waited to enter the river about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Authorities said barges had been stranded on the river bank in places because of Isaac's storm surge, which plowed up the river and effectively caused the Mississippi to flow backward until winds shifted to the north and pushed water back into the Gulf of Mexico.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 25, increased from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,956 from the previous week's total of 2,835. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 3,648.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,055 from the previous week's total of 2,963.