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Entergy
5:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Leonard to retire as Entergy chair, CEO

J. Wayne Leonard will retire Jan. 31 as chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corp., the parent company of major electric providers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The corporation also announced Wednesday that Leo Denault, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, will succeed Leonard.

Andrew Marsh, currently vice president for system planning, will succeed Denault.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole
5:06 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac has little impact on Bayou Corne sinkhole

Despite the tropical storm force winds and rains heavy enough to force a mandatory evacuation of all residents in Assumption Parish, officials say Hurricane Isaac had no impact on a sinkhole near Bayou Corne.

But after the storm trudged past the parish, three new bubbling gas sites were discovered Tuesday in Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Triche Canal. Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality are currently testing the air and water at the three new sites and they say preliminary tests indicate no abnormal readings.

Harvey Murder
5:03 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Marrero man booked in funeral home worker's death

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man has been booked with second-degree murder in the death of a funeral home employee whose decomposing body was found in the apartment where he lived in the funeral home.

The sheriff's office says Alfred R. Scott of Marrero was arrested Wednesday and booked in the stabbing death of 51-year-old Noah Stoute.

Stoute was a caretaker and embalmer at Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey. His body was found Tuesday, but he apparently was killed Aug. 28, as Hurricane Isaac was approaching.

Tour Guides
1:41 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

New Orleans tour guides ask judge to block license rules

Several New Orleans tour guides have asked a federal judge to bar the city from enforcing licensing regulations requiring them to pass a history exam, drug test and criminal background check.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan didn't immediately rule Thursday after hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed on behalf of four guides who claim the rules violate their free speech rights.

A city attorney asked Morgan to dismiss the suit, arguing the regulations are designed to protect the public.

Kenner Police
10:57 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Man allegedly asked cop to find his marijuana

Police in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner say a traffic stop led to two arrests after a passenger allegedly asked an officer to find some marijuana he had dropped on a levee bank.

The Times-Picayune says 18-year-old driver Chad Nicholson of Reserve and 21-year-old Jason Ray Sr. of LaPlace were booked on marijuana charges.

Police said the car smelled of marijuana when they stopped it Aug. 27 near businesses that closed ahead of Hurricane Isaac.

Keithville Chimp Haven
9:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

California woman sponsors surprise baby chimp

A surprise baby at the national sanctuary for research chimps in Louisiana has a lifetime sponsor and a name.

Chimp Haven spokeswoman Karen Allen says a southern California woman, Anita Hirsh, pledged $13,000 a year to "adopt" the baby, now named for Hirsh's late mother, Natalie.

The federal government covers three-quarters of the cost for animals used in federal research, but not for babies or chimps that were privately owned before coming to the sanctuary near Keithville in northwest Louisiana.

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Interstate Widening
8:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Work resumes on I-10, I-12 in Baton Rouge, Livingston

Work to widen Interstates 10 and 12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes has resumed.

The state Department of Transportation and Development had suspended construction on the interstates as Hurricane Isaac approached last week to speed evacuation and help emergency workers.

With activities beginning to return to normal, DOTD said Wednesday that it had instructed construction contractors to resume work.

The widening project is expected to be complete by mid-2013.

Hunter Hayes
8:29 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Country music's rising star returns to Louisiana

Hunter Hayes knows a thing or two about hurricanes.

The south Louisiana native has seen his share of storms and even named his breakout country music single "Storm Warning" — about a beautiful girl he compares to a "Cat 5" hurricane.

On Friday, the accordion-playing, harmonica-blowing singer returns to Louisiana as the area cleans up from Hurricane Isaac for a concert benefiting a New Orleans hospital. He's also scheduled to sing the national anthem at the New Orleans Saints football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday — his 21st birthday.

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Hurricane Isaac
7:48 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac: dead nutria, other creatures wash ashore

The Mississippi Gulf Coast isn't the only place dead nutria washed ashore after Hurricane Isaac. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere says debris on the Lake Pontchartrain lakefront included a thousand dead nutria and some other animals.

He tells The Times-Picayune those included dead fish, a dead alligator and some feral hogs.

Villere says the city got state permission to dump the dead animals in a closed parish landfill. He says city crews dug a hole, dumped in the bodies, and filled the hole back in.

Latest News
6:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Suggests Reviewing Hurricane Isaac Responses

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city responded well to the crisis posed by Hurricane Isaac. But he has some suggestions for improvements — especially regarding power outages.

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