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10:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

French Market Cookbook Fair

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will host a brand new cookbook fair at the French Market this Sunday, September 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Hurricane Isaac
9:18 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State reopens oyster beds

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened some of the oyster beds that were closed Aug. 28 as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac.

Oyster harvesting areas located in coastal areas of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes reopen Monday.

Some harvest areas in those parishes will remain closed, however, until health officials determine the waters are clear and within approved area criteria established by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, which is part of the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Hurricane Isaac
7:52 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Isaac cleanup begins in Ascension Parish

Hurricane Isaac cleanup has begun in Ascension Parish.

Parish officials say contractor DRC begins storm debris pickup Monday, beginning with vegetative debris only on the first collection pass through the parish.

An area encompassing all of unincorporated Ascension, the city of Donaldsonville and the town of Sorrento has been broken up into five zones to organize debris removal following Hurricane Isaac.

Official say crews will work from the edges of those zones toward the center of the parish.

Shootings
7:22 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Two killed in New Orleans shootings

New Orleans police are investigating two shooting deaths.

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in the city's Hollygrove neighborhood around 11 p.m. Sunday. Police say the victim had gunshot wounds to the head and body.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, another man was found dead near the intersection of Music and Urquhart streets. Police say the victim was shot multiple times and was found lying next to a bicycle.

Police have not released the names of the two victims.

Louisiana Racing Commission
4:02 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Grimstad named to La. Racing Commission

Metairie business executive Thomas Grimstad has been appointed to the Louisiana Racing Commission.

Grimstad, president of Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Co., was named to the post by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The commission enforces rules and regulations and develops policies for the Louisiana racing industry.

University of Louisiana-Monroe
3:18 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

ULM gets contract for insurance research

The University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Business has been awarded a research contract from the Louisiana Department of Insurance to study and provide support for proposed legislative insurance reforms.

The News-Star reports the research is designed to provide support for proposals to improve the Louisiana insurance market, making insurance more widely available and rates more affordable.

The college has done work on the subject for several years under state contracts.

Hurricane Isaac
3:01 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Center opens to help business recovery

A business recovery center to help companies deal with the impact of Hurricane Isaac has been set up in Jefferson Parish.

The center is a joint venture of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers. It is operating at JEDCO's facility in Avondale.

The center will provide a range of services and counseling.

A full list of services is available online at www.jedco.org.

Marigny Development
12:31 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

City Council rejects proposal for Marigny apartments

The New Orleans City Council has rejected a 25-foot height waiver sought by a developer who wants to build an apartment building in Faubourg Marigny.

The Times-Picayune reports developer Sean Cummings said the decision "kills the project."

Without the ability to build the modernistic, six-story building to a height of 75 feet, he said the $20 million project isn't viable.

The council rejected the waiver on a unanimous vote.

Hurricane Isaac
12:11 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

NOMA plans to reopen Tuesday

The New Orleans Museum of Art expects to reopen on Tuesday after a clean-up necessitated by Hurricane Isaac.

Museum director Susan Taylor tells The Times-Picayune that water seeped into the museum's administrative offices. However, except for the swampy basement, the museum suffered minimal damage from Isaac.

Some rain intruded through the sills of the plate glass windows around the café area and an ornamental plaster truss in the museum's atrium was dampened by a leak.

Taylor said no artwork was affected.

Hurricane Isaac
12:06 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Isaac delays opening of Raceland market

The opening of the Lafourche Central Market, which had been delayed by Hurricane Isaac, has been rescheduled for Sept. 15.

The Daily Comet reports the market is an open-air pavilion equipped with about 30 booths for local farmers and fishermen to sell their wares.

The market is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Raceland.

More details about the market are available by calling Brandi LeCompte at 985-438-1231.

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