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Opelousas Police Department
4:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Opelousas police creating stolen items website

The Opelousas Police Department is seeking the rightful owners of everything from bicycles to television sets.

Sgt. Jody White tells The Daily World police often recover stolen property during the course of their investigations but can't always locate the rightful owners.

To make it easier for victims to recover their property, police are posting pictures of the recovered items on its website at www.opelousaspd.com.

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Nicholls State University
4:03 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Anti-blowout technology in lab at Nicholls

A new laboratory at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux will give students hands-on experience with the kind of equipment used to prevent blowouts and other catastrophes on oil rigs.

Nicholls officials and industry executives last week unveiled the lab, which is named after Johnson L. "Bubba" Hale Jr., a Nicholls alumnus and oil industry executive. The Daily Comet reports the Friday ceremony was one of the last formal steps before students in petroleum services and safety technology courses start using the equipment.

Politics
3:27 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Five named to state cosmetology board

Five appointments have been made to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The board regulates the cosmetology in the state.

Appointed to the board were:

— Frances Hand of Denham Springs, owner of Denham Springs Beauty College.

— Michelle Hays of Pineville, owner of Meshelz Hair Salon and Pineville Beauty School.

— Lora Moreau of Lafayette, owner of Cosmetology Training Center.

— Carolyn Robichaux of Baldwin, owner of Carolyn's Friends and Company Salon.

Flood Protection
3:24 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Corps awards $14.7M drainage contract

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to improve drainage at the Trapp Canal on the west bank of Jefferson Parish.

Corps officials say the project, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, will reduce the risk of damage from a 1-in-10-years rainfall.

The $14.7 million contract to was awarded to Hamp's Construction LLC. Under the contract, 7,400 feet of the canal will be widened and other improvements made between Bayou Fatima and Bayou Barataria.

Ascension Parish Development
3:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tax doubt could hurt project in Ascension Parish

A land owner in Ascension Parish worries that a local sales tax dispute could force a Fortune 500 company to abandon its development plans in Gonzales.

Nolan "Sonny" Lamendola has an agreement to sell 18 acres to Emerson Process Management.

Emerson has been in Ascension Parish for 40 years and plans to build a $10 million expansion to consolidate six of its operations or subsidiaries, including two elsewhere in the parish.

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Ouachita Parish Drainage
3:17 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Ouachita Parish seeks money for drainage projects

Ouachita Parish officials say they're seeking more than $165,000 in state funding for drainage improvement projects.

The News-Star reports that the parish typically receives $145,000 a year from the Local Government Assistance Program.

However, the Police Jury only gets $60,000 because the rest is divided among the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the towns of Richwood and Sterlington.

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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

LSUS feels continued pinch of state budget cuts

The budget has gotten so tight at LSU-Shreveport that three retired professors have offered to teach without pay so the university could save money.

The Shreveport Times reports that the LSU System approved about $1.9 million in cuts to LSUS this past Friday.

Since 2008, state funding has been cut more than 45 percent at LSUS, causing the university to reduce its staff by about 20 percent.

Flood Protection
3:07 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Levees to be raised in two northeast Louisiana parishes

Existing levees will be raised in two northeast Louisiana parishes starting in the next few weeks.

The levees held during the Mississippi River flood of 2011, but have settled gradually since being built in 1973.

Reynold Minsky is president of the 5th Louisiana Levee District board. He tells The News-Star of Monroe the changes will bring all of East Carroll Parish and most of Concordia Parish to 500-year flood protection levels.

Environment
2:54 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Deaf dolphin rescued near Grand Isle is going to Gulfport

A deaf dolphin found stranded in March near Grand Isle is heading for Gulfport, Miss.

Suzanne Smith, rescue coordinator at the Audubon Nature Institute, says the 2 ½-year-old dolphin will be taken Tuesday to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies because he would be unable to survive in the wild.

She says deafness is probably the reason the 6 ½-foot-long marine mammal was stranded on a mudflat where researchers found him on March 6. He was deaf in the frequencies of dolphin sonar and was severely sunburned.

Hurricane Isaac
10:04 am
Tue September 11, 2012

11,000 in St. John seek FEMA help

About 11,000 St. John the Baptist Parish residents have asked FEMA to inspect their homes for flood damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Michael Byrne, a manager with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Monday $13 million has been approved for residents affected by the flood as part of $45 million in aid approved statewide. Byrne says about 6,500 inspections have been completed.

Parish President Natalie Robottom tells The Times-Picayune she will ask the Parish Council Tuesday night to allow campers and mobile homes to be placed in front of homes under repair.

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