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Ouachita Correctional Center
12:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Police: man allegedly tried to get drugs to inmate

Richwood police accuse a Marrero man of trying to slip marijuana to an inmate in the Richwood jail.

The News-Star reports that 36-year-old Davion Matthews was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on Saturday on charges of possessing marijuana and bringing contraband into a penal facility.

An arrest affidavit says a guard at Richwood Correctional Center called police after allegedly seeing Matthews slide something under a cell door. It says police searched the cell and found a bag of suspected marijuana.

Bond was $750 on the marijuana charge.

12:21 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

DHH probes Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens

State investigators say one client of the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens developed a bowel obstruction and another developed an antibiotic-resistant staph infection because association employees did not administer medicine properly.

The Advertiser reports that the association had a Feb. 19 deadline for correcting problems found in December by the health standards section of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

It says neither DHH nor association Director Glenn Weber would comment on whether LARC met that deadline.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole
12:18 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Crosstex moving pipeline near huge sinkhole

Crosstex Energy LP of Dallas will reroute its 36-inch natural gas pipeline away from a sinkhole in south Louisiana.

The company tells The Advocate that the project will cost $20 million to $25 million and take about a year.

It has had to close part of the pipeline and find other natural gas supplies for its customers since the sinkhole was discovered Aug. 3 in Assumption Parish near Bayou Corne. The company says that's costing around $250,000 to $300,000 a month.

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12:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

News-Star sues education department for information

The News-Star newspaper in Monroe has sued the Louisiana Department of Education over a denied Freedom of Information request.

The News-Star reports that it took the legal action after the Education Department first ignored and then denied the request, claiming the governor's exemption of deliberative process.

The complaint was filed Friday. It gives only one side of the legal argument.

Hurricane Isaac
12:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

LSU-Alexandria seeks funding for drainage

LSU-Alexandria Chancellor David Manuel says heavy rains from Hurricane Isaac have exposed drainage problems on campus.

Manuel tells the Town Talk that a drainage collection system has been estimated to cost up to $5.4 million.

He canceled classes Friday because of the standing water across the campus.

The classes missed by students Friday were in addition to the classes missed when officials closed school Tuesday afternoon through Thursday because of Isaac.

Brake Tags
12:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Two-year car inspections now available

Louisiana motorists, except for those in three New Orleans-area municipalities, now have the option of getting their vehicles inspected every two years instead of annually.

The new law took effect Saturday.

The Times-Picayune reports that drivers can buy a one- or two-year safety inspection sticker. The annual sticker costs $10; the two-year version costs $20.

But drivers in New Orleans, Kenner and Westwego will not have that option. They will have to get an annual inspection and a yearly tag.

Hurricane Isaac
11:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Some Louisiana oyster beds reopen

Louisiana's health department has reopened some of the oyster harvest areas that were closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac.

The state said Saturday that oyster harvesting resumed in areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located in the coastal areas of St. Mary and Vermillion parishes.

Consent Decree
11:36 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Groups denied say in NOPD reforms

A federal judge has denied petitions from four groups seeking to have a say in an agreement New Orleans has reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Friday denied requests from two police association organizations, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and nonprofit Community United for Change.

Latest News
11:33 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Judge orders psychiatric exam in airport incident

A psychiatric exam has been ordered for a Baton Rouge man who locked himself in the cockpit of an unoccupied plane at Metro Airport in August.

The Advocate reports that the order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady at the request of J. David Bourland, Alessi's attorney.

Alessi has been held at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison since he surrendered to authorities at the airport.

No one was injured during the Aug. 22 incident.

11:25 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Shaw sells energy, chemicals unit

The Shaw Group Inc. has completed the $290 million sale of its Energy and Chemicals business to Technip.

The Energy and Chemicals sale, which was completed on Friday, also helps Baton Rouge-based Shaw meet one of the requirements for Shaw to eventually be acquired by CB&I -- having at least $800 million in cash.

Shaw and Technip announced their deal on May 21, and the sale of the Energy and Chemicals unit was expected to close by the end of August.

The company said the sale will give Shaw an adjusted cash balance of around $1.3 billion.