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Environment
11:04 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Officials say diesel found in liquefied swampland

State officials say preliminary slurry water samples pulled from the acre of swampland that liquefied into muck over the weekend indicate the presence of small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons.

The pond of muck, located in Assumption Parish, first appeared Friday night and grew quickly, bending a 36-inch natural gas pipeline buried 16 feet in the ground as the muck expanded. About 150 homes and several businesses were ordered to evacuate after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the parish when the slurry area appeared to be expanding.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Summer Exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

White Linen Night may be over for another year, but the new exhibits at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be open to the public through the end of September. For more information on the museum, or on any of the exhibits, visit the Ogden’s website.

Louisiana Contemporary, presented by Regions Bank 

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Business & Technology
11:56 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Stirling will manage Taylor Energy Building

Stirling Properties has been awarded a contract to manage the Taylor Energy Building on Lee Circle. The 30,000-square-foot building is owned by the Taylor Foundation.

Terms were not disclosed in the announcement on Monday.

Latest News
11:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

State auditor takes second look at Jefferson Parish health clinics

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says a second review of financial records at Jefferson Community Healthcare Centers has uncovered illegal use of public money and transactions involving former Jefferson Parish Councilman Byron Lee and his family.

The auditor found that more than $200,000 in clinic funds was transferred the personal bank account of former chief financial officer Ebony Williams and that $135,000 in public money was used for unearned benefits as well as political donations, a for-profit business investment and a Christmas party.

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Higher Education
11:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Summer enrollment drops at NE La. colleges

Colleges and universities across northeastern Louisiana have seen decreases in summer enrollment this year. Officials believe it's likely because of the economy and the loss of certain federal grant funding offered during the summer.

Summer Pell Grants, which provided need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students, were eliminated from last year's federal budget because of financial constraints.

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ULL Student Union
11:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

ULL student union project begins soon

The long-awaited renovations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student union are scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

By the time the semester starts Aug. 20, William Crist, campus facilities manager, tells The Advocate the only service open in the building will be the bookstore.

Crist says construction will start around Aug. 15 and the completion date as of right now is August of 2014.

Students gave their support to the update and expansion of the building about 10 years ago when they approved a $55 fee per semester dedicated to the renovation project.

Marsh Liquefies
11:32 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Highway 70 reopens near acre of liquefied swampland

NAPOLEONVILLE — Ascension Parish officials have reopened a four-mile section of highway near an acre of swampland that liquefied into soupy muck, toppling tall bald cypress trees and bending a 400-foot-long section of a natural gas pipeline toward the liquid acre.

Marine Corps Support Facility Opening
10:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Marines to mark new command in New Orleans

The Marine Forces Reserve plans ceremonies on Monday to formally activate the Force Headquarters Group.

The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. at the Marine Corps Support Facility in New Orleans.

Force Headquarters Group was formed July 18 and is commanded by Maj. Gen. Tracy Garrett. The organization handles administrative and operational command of six Marine Reserve units.

Garrett will be transferring command to Brig. Gen. Paul Lebidine.

West Nile Virus
2:30 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Two West Nile deaths reported in Louisiana

Two people have died in Louisiana as a result of West Nile Virus infections.

Louisiana's health department confirmed this week's deaths, the first West Nile deaths in the state since 2008, when one person died.

The health department also said the number of overall West Nile infections in the state this year rose by 21 this week for a total of 53.

West Nile infections usually cause no symptoms or relatively mild flu-like symptoms. But, in some cases, the mosquito-borne virus causes life-threatening brain or spinal cord diseases.

Environment
2:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Gas bubbles-up in Bayou Corne community

Officials in Assumption Parish say gas bubbles in Bayou Corne are producing a diesel-like odor.

An area of slurry was found Friday in a swampy area between Grand Bayou and Bayou Corne, about a half mile from Louisiana Highway 70. The area is at least 2,500 feet from the nearest home, officials say.

State police are monitoring the area, seeking possible additional bubbling sites.

Officials say they don't expect any highways to be closed or evacuations ordered as a result of the increased monitoring.

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