Emergency food stamp aid is available starting today for residents in nine parishes damaged by Hurricane Isaac.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the disaster food stamp program for Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes.
The program will provide aid to households who don't normally get food stamps but need help buying groceries after Isaac.
State officials say the last evacuees that were being housed in state-run shelters have returned to their home communities.
Officials say the final 48 evacuees from the mega-shelter in Alexandria and the last five evacuees from the Jewella shelter in Shreveport returned home Tuesday or to shelters closer to their communities. Most were from St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.
As the city of New Orleans finds itself in the midst of new initiatives aimed at reforming corruption and improving morale in the New Orleans Police Department, top civil rights lawyers and judges from throughout the region will gather at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law to demonstrate the best practices and information on filing civil rights class actions in federal court.
Alligator hunters are now free to pursue their quarry across the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season opened in the state's West Zone today, following the East Zone opening this past Saturday. However, due to the impact of Hurricane Isaac, hunters in some areas may have to wait until floodwaters recede and power is restored, the state said.
Alligator hunters are advised to verify their buyers have opened before actually taking any alligators, and to use extreme caution when hunting in flooded areas.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is closing off 13 miles of waters off Port Fouchon after a tar mat and tar balls surfaced. The Coast Guard is not yet ready to say it’s oil from the BP spill two years ago.
Join Frank James, with help from Elise Hu, as they host an online chat featuring Neal Carruth live at the Democratic National Convention. They'll be joined by special guests, and will take comments and questions from our audience throughout the evening.