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Hurricane Isaac
12:01 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Biologists study Isaac's impact on deer

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are assessing the impact of Hurricane Isaac on deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

Biologists say flooding killed some deer. Aerial, waterborne and ground surveys of the storm's overall impact on deer will continue through September.

Data collected will be used to develop recommendations for possible changes to the upcoming deer season. Such proposals would be presented to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for consideration at its Oct. 4 meeting.

Hurricane Isaac
11:34 am
Sun September 9, 2012

More parishes added to Isaac aid program

Workers and self-employed individuals in Iberville and St. Mary parishes have been approved to receive disaster unemployment because of Hurricane Isaac.

Officials of the Louisiana Workforce Commission said the following parishes are now eligible for the program.

— Assumption, Iberville, St Helena, St James, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Washington, deadline to file Oct. 8.

— St. Charles and Tangipahoa, deadline to file Oct. 5.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:31 am
Sun September 9, 2012

All bridges operating at Port of New Orleans

Authorities of the Port of New Orleans say all bridges operated in the harbor have returned to service following Hurricane Isaac.

Some phone communication problems were reported at the Florida Avenue Bridge over the Industrial Canal and vessel captains were asked to contact the bridge tender by radio.

Coast Guard Rescue
6:37 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Five rescued after boat hits river jetty

Five fishermen have been rescued by the Coast Guard and group of good Samaritans after their boat struck a jetty at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard says all five men were wearing lifejackets and didn't sustain any injuries in the collision early Saturday morning.

The crew of a 40-foot pilot boat arrived at the scene and brought the men aboard their boat before a Coast Guard helicopter responded to a distress call.

The rescued men had boarded a raft after their 65-foot vessel started taking on water.

Hurricane Isaac
6:12 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Water pumping continues in Plaquemines

Efforts to pump water out of low-lying areas of Plaquemines Parish continued Saturday and officials said they expected to have state Highway 23 clear enough for cars to pass by Monday.

Plaquemines was among the parishes hit by severe flooding when Hurricane Isaac struck more than a week ago.

Full-size trucks were able to traverse the highway Saturday, according to a parish news release. Cars were escorted in convoys on the nearby Mississippi River levee.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
5:44 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Suspected murder-suicide in Jefferson

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the community of Jefferson.

A statement from Sheriff Newell Normand reports said the shooting was reported Saturday morning after a man found his parents at their home.

Homicide investigators said it appears that 89-year-old Branighan shot his wife, 89-year-old Clara Branighan then turned the gun on himself.

Algiers Murder
12:47 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Man fatally shot in Algiers

Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting death in the city's Algiers neighborhood.

A city news release says the shooting happened around 9:20 p.m. Friday. The victim, whose identity was not available, was a man found with a gunshot wound to the head. The body was found on the ground, lying a bicycle.

Lafourche Parish
4:31 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Garbage trucks at work in Lafourche

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph says contractor IESI/SWDI will work through the weekend to collect garbage.

Crews have been attempting to resume normal collection routes but have had difficulty with the high volume of garbage in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, she said.

Additional trucks are being brought in and normal garbage pickup routes are expected to resume on Monday.

Oyster Season
4:11 am
Sat September 8, 2012

State reopens more oyster beds

State health officials are reopening some of the oyster beds closed as a precaution before Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says oyster harvesting areas 19, 21 and 23, which are located in coastal areas of Terrebonne Parish, will reopen half an hour before sunrise on Saturday.

Oyster harvesting areas 1-28 were closed on Aug. 28. Last week, the state reopened areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located along the coastal areas of Vermillion and St. Mary parishes.

Hurricane Isaac
4:06 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Wildlife management areas reopen Saturday

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reopening three wildlife management areas that were closed in advance of Hurricane Isaac's landfall.

Officials say Joyce, Manchac and a portion of Pearl River will reopen Saturday. Due to flood water preventing full site access, only that part of Pearl River WMA south of I-10 will be opened, until further notice.

Additionally, the Swamp Walk on Joyce WMA will remain closed until further notice.

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