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A state audit finds an amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up the cash they owed for Crescent City Connection toll violations cost Louisiana almost $225,000 more than it brought in.

The state Legislative Auditor's report, which examined how funds from the CCC tolls have been used since the tolls ended last year, also found nearly $6.6 million remained unclaimed in an account set up to refund money to motorists who used Geaux Pass toll tags at the end of December.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at La. 1 in Leeville in response to the mandatory evacuation of Grand Isle, the agency announced this afternoon.

DOTD says the tolls have been suspended in order to facilitate emergency and protective services and evacuation as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the coast. The agency will make an announcement when tolls are scheduled to resume.

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Considering that the Algiers ferry has been a fixture on the river for years, its demise seemed to come suddenly. The ferry lost its main source of funding, the Crescent City Connection tolls, earlier this year. No private company stepped in to take it over.Dreams to turn it into a party boat foundered.

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This story was reported by Della Hasselle of The Lens, and produced by Janaya Williams.

The Algiers Ferry was hit with a reduction in hours last week. Ferry riders and small business owners say they’re already feeling the effects, and with major funding lost and no clear plan in place for the ferry’s future operations, West Bank commuters are looking for answers.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has campaigned in favor of keeping the $1 tolls on the Crescent City Connection.

But he says now that he probably won’t win that fight, considering Jazz Fest and other events may prove more inviting than the polls.

A Baton Rouge judge has nullified the election results for the 20-year renewal of the tolls for the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans and has ordered a new election in May.

WWL-TV reports state District Judge William Morvant ruled Tuesday that several eligible voters were given provisional ballots that only included federal races and not the local measures.

The local toll renewal passed by just 36 votes in a November election.

A partial recount in the November referendum that extended tolls on the Crescent City Connection for 20 years has been set for Feb. 16.

The Times-Picayune reports state District Judge William Morvant ordered the review after Mike Teachworth of Harvey, director of Stop the Tolls, filed suit in December. The proposal was approved by 18 votes out of more than 308,000 cast.

An East Baton Rouge Parish judge has ordered a recount of the vote that extended tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge for 20 years.

The vote passed by a margin of 16 votes out of 308,000 cast on Nov. 6 in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

State Representative Pat Connick tells WWL-AM that officials won't recount every vote — just the absentee votes in Orleans Parish.

He opposed renewing the tolls, which bring in more than $20 million a year.

An opponent of tolls on the Mississippi River bridge into New Orleans has sued for a recount of the vote extending the tolls for 20 years.

The Times-Picayune reports that Attorney G. Patrick Hand III of Gretna filed the suit Tuesday in state court in East Baton Rouge Parish for Michael Teachworth, director of Stop the Tolls.

Teachworth says in a news release that the suit alleges that Orleans Parish's handling, timing and transmittal of early voting and mail-in ballots was highly suspect.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development resumed toll operations on the La. 1 Expressway in Leeville this morning at 10 a.m.

DOTD is conducting manual toll collections, and automated tolls will be collected by Geaux Pass toll tags. The in-lane cash and charge machine was severely damaged when a large truck struck it last month, but DOTD expects to have a replacement installed sometime this fall.

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