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Business & Technology
10:56 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Chevron completes storage facility in Terrebonne

Chevron has completed construction on a 150,000-square-foot storage facility in Terrebonne Parish to support its operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The facility, located on Louisiana Highway 24 in Gray, will employ 25 people and serve as the storage hub for materials essential to Chevron's oil and gas exploration activity in the Gulf.

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Healthcare Cuts
10:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Senator asks for legal opinion on hospital closure

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is asking for an attorney general's opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal can close a state-run mental health facility in St. Tammany Parish without legislative approval.

Sen. Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, says closing Southeast Louisiana Hospital in a parish that has one of the state's highest suicide rates is unwise. He's pushing to keep the facility open.

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LSU Hospital
10:26 am
Tue August 14, 2012

LSU seeking hospital partners amid funding woes

The head of the LSU System, William Jenkins, says he's talking to private hospital leaders about ways to partner and keep the university-run hospitals open despite ongoing budget woes.

But he acknowledged Monday that with shrinking funding and large numbers of uninsured patients, LSU will have a lot of persuading to do.

Jenkins said LSU will need to bring in private health care facilities to operate some of the public hospitals, if all will be able to remain open.

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Environment
10:24 am
Tue August 14, 2012

In Henderson area, gators destroying hoop nets

Fishermen in the Henderson area said their hoop nets were falling victim to alligator overpopulation. The gators were finding easy prey in the fishermen's catch.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says that after Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette explained the problem at a July town hall meeting in St. Martin Parish, he asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to check.

He says the corps found too many gators on some of its land and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries increased the number that could be killed there next year.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole
10:23 am
Tue August 14, 2012

State approves permit for sinkhole relief well

The state Department of Natural Resources says is has approved a drilling permit for a relief well near a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

DNR Secretary Stephen Chustz says Houston-based Texas Brine Co. will drill into a brine cavern the company owns in the Napoleonville salt dome.

Scientists believe the cavern may be the cause of the sinkhole, which opened 10 days ago. Officials say they hope the relief well will reveal possible structural damage to the cavern.

Budgeting For Outcomes
6:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Hears Budget Ideas at Community Meetings

Mayor Landrieu says using a refurbished Charity Hospital as a new City Hall is a good idea.
Erin Krall WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has begun his annual round of community meetings to set budget priorities for the coming year. Some suggestions range from fixing streets to using the shuttered Charity Hospital as a new City Hall.

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Real Estate
12:01 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Land prices booming on Jefferson strip

The cost of land along Veterans Memorial Boulevard — east Jefferson Parish's main commercial corridor —has reached historic highs indicating a strong retail market, according to SRSA Commercial Real Estate of Metairie.

SRSA partner Donald Schwarcz tells New Orleans CityBusiness his figures show the strip's most valuable property costs as much as $60 per square foot, six times as much as land in eastern New Orleans, four times the cost along Lapalco Boulevard in west Jefferson and nearly twice as much as the most expensive commercial areas of St. Tammany Parish.

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Rank Wildcat Spirits Distillery
11:53 am
Mon August 13, 2012

New rum in Louisiana called 'Sweet Crude'

Two oil company landmen have an off-hours business in Broussard as the Rank Wildcat Spirits Distillery, crafting a rum they named Sweet Crude.

The Advertiser reports that 26-year-old Cole Leblanc welded the still together, and 35-year-old David Meaux — who also is a lawyer — dealt with all the paperwork.

They monitor the distilling, they bottle and label the rum, and even went to a sugar refinery and shoveled 1,600 pounds of raw sugar into huge barrels to bring back to Broussard.

Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Work moving ahead on Hungarian museum

ALBANY, La. — The first segment of work to set up the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum is complete and work is proceeding on the next phase.

Alex Kropog of Holden, president of the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society, tells The Advocate the initial work focused on the interior of the 75-year-old former school building that will house memorabilia of the cultural influence of Livingston Parish's Hungarian population.

The second phase includes installing a restroom, a small office, a meeting room and additional exhibit space, Kropog said.

Coast Guard Rescue
10:16 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Coast Guard rescues five from Southwest Pass

VENICE — The Coast Guard says it rescued five boaters from a 26-foot pleasure craft that was taking on water near the Southwest Pass jetties.

Petty Officer Jonathan Lally says that after emergency signals from a satellite GPS system early Sunday, the Coast Guard found the owner's cell phone number, called him, and sent out a helicopter and boat.

He says a helicopter crew remained until a Coast Guard boat arrived to take the boaters to Cypress Cove Marina in Venice.

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