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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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10:43 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Two injured in Bay St. Louis truck-train collision

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Two people have been hurt after their truck collided with an eastbound CSX train.

The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of City Park Avenue and Toulme Street in Bay St. Louis.

Deputy Chief Christine Johnson told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/NoWdUO) that Kenneth and Deborah Kennedy, both 52, from Waveland, were apparently going over the track and possibly tried to back up to get off the tracks when the accident happened.

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Sports
10:40 am
Sun July 15, 2012

USA Swimming, Sigma Gamma Rho encourage swimming

USA Swimming is partnering with Sigma Gamma Rho, a historically black national sorority, as it continues its campaign to increase participation in the sport and help counter staggering drowning statistics in minority communities.

The new partnership was announced Saturday as the sorority gathered in New Orleans for its biennial conference, meeting through Tuesday.

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Louisiana Peach Festival
11:23 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Peach fest impact grows

RUSTON — The 2012 Louisiana Peach Festival pumped a record of about $5.3 million into the Lincoln Parish economy, according to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkX2jt) the economic impact estimate tops the previous high of $4.6 million set in 2006.

Figures released by the chamber, which produces the festival, show attendance rose to 19,837, a slight increase over 2011.

State Capitol Renovations
11:14 am
Sat July 14, 2012

State Capitol gets a facelift

The closing of the Legislature in June was just the beginning for construction crews at the state Capitol.

The Advocate reports workers are ripping up floors, breaking through walls and removing ceilings to give the 80-year-old building a facelift.

The work is expected to be completed in January 2013.

A $14.7 million upgrading of the heating and air conditioning system is well under way as is a $1.4 million project to repair the breezeway under the Capitol's front steps.

The Capitol was authorized under Gov. Huey P. Long and opened in March 1932.

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