State coastal restoration officials will be holding a public meeting September 11 in Houma to review spending plans for fines linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Houma Courier reports projects will be funded through the Restore Council.
The money will come from criminal fines paid by Transocean, the owner of the Deeepwater Horizon drilling rig. It was working at the site of BP's Macondo well when the underwater well blew out in April 2010.
The disaster killed 11 workers and created the nation's largest offshore oil disaster.
A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore.
The first Rougarou Fest — named for a beast in Cajun folklore — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race.
In the "Rougarou Run," participants will be outfitted with a flag football belt. Then they will have to protect their flags from zombies, swamp monsters and members of the Cajun Rollergirls roller derby team.
Houma police say a 24-year-old man is accused of driving a shopping scooter while drunk.
Police say Thomas J. Phillip's breath tested at more than double the amount considered legal proof of intoxication under Louisiana law when he was pulled over Sunday.
Police say they got a call about a motorized scooter pulling a wheelchair, and found Phillip on the scooter and a friend of his in the wheelchair. They say Phillip was arrested after allegedly telling police he'd been at a Wal-Mart store and decided to take the scooter for a joyride.
HOUMA — Terrebonne Parish voters will be asked this fall for permission to use taxpayer money to build a new Terrebonne Parish Health Unit. The Parish Council has unanimously agreed to add the measure to the Nov. 6 ballot.