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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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Louisiana Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday
4:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Tax free shopping for guns, ammo this weekend

Hunters and campers will pay no sales tax on firearms, ammunition and hunting and fishing supplies during this weekend's Louisiana Second Amendment sales tax holiday.

Beginning Friday, eligible purchases are exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax and all local sales taxes. The exemption runs through Sunday.

The exemption applies to a variety of supplies including shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, all ammunition, hunting or fishing accessories, apparel such as safety gear and camouflage clothing and off-road vehicles designed for hunting.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:07 am
Thu September 6, 2012

State offices still closed in St. John, Plaquemines

Because of continued safety concerns after Hurricane Isaac, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says state government offices will remain closed in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.

The offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

State offices in other parishes have reopened since the storm.

Latest News
6:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

BP Says Oil From 2010 Spill Washing Ashore After Isaac

BP says oil that gushed from its undersea well two years ago is washing up along the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Isaac is being blamed for churning up the sludge.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

'Spawn of Isaac' moves into the Gulf

Satellite image of the storm system.
National Hurricane Center

A remnant of Hurricane Isaac, drawn back to the Gulf of Mexico after an odyssey through the Midwest, hovered Wednesday off the Gulf Coast.

Meteorologist Shawn O'Neill of the National Weather Service in Slidell called it the "spawn of Isaac."

The National Hurricane Center gives the disturbance a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next two days. If it does develop, O'Neill says it probably would get a new name, but that's a matter for the hurricane center to decide.

Alligator Bandits
1:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Alligator buyers held up: lose $6500, cell phones

St. Mary Parish sheriff's investigators are looking for three men accused of taking $6,500 and cell phones from alligator buyers in Morgan City.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Traci Landry says three alligator buyers were winding up a day of purchases shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday when a dark gray four-door car arrived. Two passengers, one armed with a gun, got out and ordered the buyers onto the ground. Both wore blue jeans and had blue bandannas over their faces.

Hurricane Isaac
1:22 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Tar balls on coast part of Isaac's aftermath

Lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana include more than 20,000 electric customers still without power, an estimated 700 people still in shelters and gobs of weathered oil washing ashore along a stretch of coastline.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has approved more than $10 million in individual and housing assistance for more than 4,800 families as of Wednesday morning.

Power outages were down from more than 900,000.

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BP Oil Spill
1:18 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Feds vow to prove gross negligence by BP

The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill.

In a strongly worded court filing Friday, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in gross negligence or willful misconduct leading up to the deadly rig explosion that killed 11 workers and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill. BP could be liable for billions of dollars in fines if U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sides with the government.

Defibrillators
1:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Hammond gets $100K defibrillator grant

The City of Hammond has won a grant that will buy 25 defibrillators for the city and another 25 for Tangiaphoa Parish.

Mayor Mayson Foster tells The Daily Star that the city began pursuing the $100,000 grant after someone collapsed in City Hall and needed resuscitation.

He says rescue crews were able to save the person, but the city decided it would be good to have a defibrillator in the City Council Chambers.

Hurricane Isaac
1:13 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Port of New Orleans back on schedule

Port of New Orleans officials say all terminals are operating on normal schedules as the port gets back to customary routines after Hurricane Isaac.

Since the Mississippi River fully reopened on Sept. 1, port terminal operators have handled 19 ships. Another six are due in port on Wednesday.

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