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Morgan City Port
12:36 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Sediment hampers Morgan City port

The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District continues to search for economical ways to keep the Atchafalaya Bar Channel clear of sediment.

The Daily Review reports (http://bit.ly/NlVpSB) dredging is expensive takes three to six months. Ship captains begin reporting new sediment buildup in as little as two weeks after the dredging is completed.

After six to eight weeks, the filling channel becomes a navigational issue, engineer Jonathan Hird of Baton Rouge-based Moffatt & Nichol told the port district this past week.

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12:22 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Lafourche public library opens Wi-Fi Café

More than wireless Internet access is free at the Lafourche Parish Public Library System's new Wi-Fi Café. The coffee's free, too.

The Daily Comet reports the cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the old Thibodaux Library.

Patrons can buy snacks from vending machines or bring their own food. There are tables and easy chairs for individuals and small groups, and larger groups as meeting spaces for groups. And there are places to charge electronics.

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11:32 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Thibodaux board can't act on harassment complaint

The Thibodaux Board of Civil Service has ruled it does not have authority to act on complaints by a police captain who claims Mayor Tommy Eschete and Police Chief Scott Silverii conspired to harass and demote him.

The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/NmD0Fh) the complaint, filed by Calvin Cooks, claims Silverii and other officers spread rumors implicating Cooks in the slashing of tires on police vehicles in 2011.

Libraries
11:07 am
Sun July 15, 2012

$46M budget proposed for Baton Rouge library

The proposed $46 million 2013 budget for the East Baton Rouge Parish library system includes money for 12 new employees, a tracking system for books and a new building.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/NlnMjX) the proposal was given to the Library Board of Control earlier this week.

The expenditures are about $12 million more than what is budgeted in 2012. Several are one-time expenses to upgrade facilities and technology, library officials said.

Sports
11:03 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Ruston High gets new field house

Ruston High School football players will have a new facility to work in this fall.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkP1ew) equipment was being moved into more than 100 lockers at the new 19,000 square-foot field house this past week.

The building is named after coach Jimmy "Chick" Childress.

The school's football coach and athletic director, Billy Laird, said the old field house had been in use since 1952 and was around 1,000 square feet in size.

Fishing
11:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Season closes Monday for red snapper anglers

Monday is the last day this year for recreational anglers to catch red snapper.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. Monday — two minutes before the federal season closes.

State officials say they chose the earlier time for clarity and ease of enforcement.

Federal waters are scheduled to remain closed until June 1, 2013.

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Street Repairs
10:58 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Barriere only bidder for I-10 work

The state is preparing to spend millions of dollars repaving Interstate 10 in Kenner and the Airport Access Road.

The Times-Picayune reports Barriere Construction Co. this week entered the only bid to overlay the highway between the St. Charles Parish line and Williams Boulevard.

Barriere's bid — almost $4.8 million — came in about $500,000 above the state's Department of Transportation and Development estimate of almost $4.2 million.

Construction usually begins two to four months after bids are opened.

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10:50 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Copper thieves hit Terrebonne power substations

Authorities in Terrebonne Parish are on the lookout for thieves who've struck several power substations in search of copper.

The Courier reports someone has been cutting through fences surrounding the substations and stealing copper ground wires, probably for sale as scrap. When the ground wires are cut, electric service generally isn't interrupted.

The thefts began in May, sheriff's deputies said. So far, four substations in Chauvin, Montegut, Dularge and the Houma area have been hit.

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10:49 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Copper thieves hit Terrebonne power substations

Authorities in Terrebonne Parish are on the lookout for thieves who've struck several power substations in search of copper.

The Courier reports someone has been cutting through fences surrounding the substations and stealing copper ground wires, probably for sale as scrap. When the ground wires are cut, electric service generally isn't interrupted.

The thefts began in May, sheriff's deputies said. So far, four substations in Chauvin, Montegut, Dularge and the Houma area have been hit.

Grand Isle Port Commission
10:48 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Jindal fills Grand Isle port post

Perry Chighizola has been appointed to the Grand Isle Port Commission.

Chighizola owns Blue Water Sports, a recreational fishing company. The appointment was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Jindal also renewed appointments for the following port board members: retired police officer Ambrose Besson; charter fisherman Andy Galliano; commercial fisherman Terry Pizani and Bob Sevin, a retired marketing professional.

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