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Latest News
10:40 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Freezing Rain Closed Schools, Canceled Flights

Tuesday's freezing rain and sleet closed Grambling State University early, canceled flights, sent drivers skidding and broke power lines in north Louisiana.

Police in both Shreveport and Monroe closed ramps onto Interstate 20.

Grambling sent students home at noon Tuesday but Louisiana Tech stayed open. Northwestern State canceled evening classes but said it would open Wednesday. Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Union, West Carroll, Morehouse parishes and Monroe city schools were closed Tuesday.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Terrebonne Council Puts Property Tax on May Ballot

Terrebonne Parish voters will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax to pay for water service or risk higher water costs under a new contract.

The Parish Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies the parish with 80 percent of its drinking water.

Street Lights
7:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New Orleans Light Repair Proposal Includes Utility Fee

Officials with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration have made their pitch to City Council members about a possible funding source to address a problem the city has struggled with since Hurricane Katrina: broken street lights.

The source would be an increased franchise fee charged to Entergy New Orleans — a fee that would be passed on to customers.

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Weather
4:13 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Storms Giving Way to Colder Weather

Utility companies reported thousands of power outages scattered around Louisiana as a cold front brought morning storms and colder temperatures to the state.

Entergy electric power companies reported more than 17,000 without power Thursday morning. Cleco in central Louisiana had more than 6,000 without power as of 9 a.m.

Latest News
7:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

New Orleans Council Considering Major Rate Hike For Sewerage and Water Board

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote later today on a proposed rate hike for the Sewerage and Water Board. Political muscle is being flexed to get it passed.

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Latest News
5:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Boil-Water Advisory Lifted

It’s safe to drink the water again in New Orleans. The boil-water advisory is now canceled.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Boil Water Advisory in Effect For 300,000 on East Bank of New Orleans

Thousands of New Orleans residents may be skipping their morning shower, due to a boil-water advisory that remains in effect for most of the city.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

NOLA Wise Program Designed To Retrofit For Energy Efficiency

Temperatures are starting to dip, but high power bills are still looming for many in New Orleans. The city is offering low-cost evaluations on how to retrofit homes for energy efficiency.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million

Entergy Corp. says its estimated damages from Hurricane Isaac range from $400 million to $500 million, and the storm is expected to reduce the utility's third-quarter revenue.

In a news release on Tuesday, Entergy said it will pursue all reasonable avenues to recover storm costs, including using its storm reserves, borrowing, additional charges for customers, and insurance.

Entergy said it is unable to predict the degree of success it may have in these initiatives, the amount of restoration costs it may recover or when it may recover them.

Public Service Commission
12:06 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Utilities Commission to conduct outages hearing

The state's public utilities commission has decided to conduct an investigative hearing on the power outages that plagued Louisiana for days after Hurricane Isaac lashed the state with wind-driven rains.

Commissioner Eric Skrmetta said Wednesday it was the duty of the Public Service Commission to ask hard questions of the utility companies after more than 900,000 residents were left without electricity.

He said the utility companies performed well at restoring power to consumers once the storm had abated but he had questions about their pre-storm response.

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