First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 25, increased from the previous week's total.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,956 from the previous week's total of 2,835. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 3,648.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,055 from the previous week's total of 2,963.
The state Department of Transportation and Development says the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry landing has returned to service.
The ferry was closed Tuesday afternoon due to deteriorating weather conditions caused by Hurricane Isaac. The operating hours for the Plaquemine/Sunshine ferry landing are 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week.
The two remaining landings, White Castle and Edgard/Reserve, will remain closed until further notice.
The state health department has issued boil advisories for 320 water systems in 28 parishes around Louisiana.
They range from parish and municipal systems to apartment complexes, truck stops, trailer parks, industrial plants and individual bars and restaurants. Some of those include Magoo's Bar in Ascension Parish and Gators Den Cajun Cafe in St. John the Baptist Parish. Em's Blue Diner is among 166 systems listed in St. Tammany Parish.
The superintendent of the Louisiana State Police says there will be few state troopers helping with security and traffic at the LSU football game Saturday.
Col. Mike Edmonson says the state police's priority isn't the LSU game — it's Hurricane Isaac recovery and flood response efforts.
Edmonson says the state police normally stations 50 to 80 troopers at an LSU game. He says it'll be a far smaller group, about 15 troopers, for the No. 3 Tigers game against North Texas in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.
Drivers patrolled streets looking for gas and faced long waits at stations that had power to pump Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Some stations were out of gas, but at others clerks said they had gas but no power to pump it.
At the Magnolia Discount Gas Station in New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood, employee Gadeaon Fentessa said up to 50 drivers an hour were pulling in, hopeful they could pump. He had the gas, but no power.