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Hurricane Isaac
11:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Residents urged to report fish kills

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking residents in areas that may be affected by Hurricane Isaac to be on the lookout for fish kills.

The department said kills should be reported to 1-800-442-2511.

Large amounts of rainfall across south Louisiana may erode organic matter and carry it into bayous and canals. Fish can be killed if organic matter sucks high quantities of oxygen from water.

Hurricane Isaac
11:50 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Nicholls State cancels classes through Thursday

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux has canceled classes and all on-campus events through Thursday.

University officials say students are not being evacuated from campus but residence hall students have been encouraged to leave.

Those who cannot leave will be permitted to remain in the residence halls, university officials say.

Hurricane Isaac
11:46 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Oil industry told to monitor sites for safety

The state Office of Conservation has ordered petroleum exploration and production companies to take necessary precautions to ensure their sites are secure as Hurricane Isaac nears.

Conservation Commissioner James Welsh said operators of oilfield and related structures as well as pipelines have been directed under the state's emergency declaration to ensure wells and other facilities do not create environmental threats.

Business & Technology
11:41 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Rare metals plant may be built in Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish has been chosen as the site for an Avalon Rare Metals Inc. plant that will refine elements used in televisions and hybrid vehicles, if the company decides to build the $300 million facility.

The Louisiana Department of Economic Development announced Monday that Avalon chose the Geismar site for its possible refinery, with a final decision planned for 2013.

If built, LED says the plan would create 175 new jobs.

Hurricane Isaac
11:37 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Assumption Parish announces mandatory evacuation

Assumption Parish officials have announced a mandatory evacuation of the parish in advance of Hurricane Isaac's landfall.

The parish has reportedly banned the sale of alcohol, and has announced a curfew.

Assumption has also opened a shelter of last resort, at Belle Rose Middle School (7177 Highway 1). Officials say the school will be running off of generator power; however, all evacuees are required to bring all necessary items with them, including food, water, toiletries, bedding and medicines. No cots will be provided.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
11:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

St. Mary Parish prepares for Isaac

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office says the state transportation department has barricaded some intersections along Highway 90 to let traffic flow more smoothly through the parish.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Traci Landry says the traffic is probably people evacuating from parishes east of St. Mary Parish as Tropical Storm Isaac gets closer. The storm is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

State closes oyster harvest areas

Effective at sunset Tuesday, oyster harvest areas 1-28 — from Lake Borgne in St. Bernard Parish to Vermillion Bay in Vermilion Parish — will be closed.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced the precautionary closure because Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, could cause flooding in coastal parishes that would cause natural contaminants to be washed into rivers, bayous and streams and possibly into oyster-growing areas.

The areas will stay closed until such time as state health officials determine the waters are safe.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
11:11 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac threatens record corn harvest in Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter says Tropical Storm Isaac could wreck what was looking like an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture.

AgCenter cotton and feed grain specialist John Kruse says cotton is at the same stage it was when Hurricane Gustav destroyed the 2008 crop.

And he says about two-thirds of a record 560,000-acre corn crop was still in the field Monday because the low Mississippi River has slowed shipping.

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:09 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Floodgate closes in Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish officials say they have closed the Empire floodgate as Tropical Storm Isaac nears.

Authorities said no boat traffic will be permitted through the gate until further notice.

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac closing at least six Louisiana casinos

Tropical Storm Isaac is closing at least a half-dozen casinos in Louisiana — four in the New Orleans area, one in Baton Rouge and one in Morgan City.

The Treasure Chest in suburban Kenner closed Monday afternoon, and Boomtown New Orleans was closing at 10 p.m. Monday. Harrah's Casino, the only state-regulated land casino in Louisiana, was closing a minute before midnight, and the Amelia Belle in Morgan City at midnight.

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