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Politics
5:50 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lafayette Republican drops out of PSC race

The pool of candidates seeking an open seat on the state's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission, has gotten smaller.

Republican candidate Ed Roy, a private investigator and former TV and radio weatherman from Lafayette, said Friday that he has withdrawn from the race. He said he dropped out of the contest because of difficulties raising enough money to run a competitive campaign.

Five other candidates remain in the race for the south central Louisiana seat left open by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

The Plight of the Powerless

Although Hurricane Isaac blew out electricity for the entire New Orleans metro area, do we collectively understand what it means to be powerless? For too many residents, neither Isaac nor Entergy will prevent electricity from returning; powerlessness will. The silver lining to our temporary blackout should be that it illuminated our awareness to the day-to-day conditions of the poor in New Orleans. 

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Entergy
5:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Leonard to retire as Entergy chair, CEO

J. Wayne Leonard will retire Jan. 31 as chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corp., the parent company of major electric providers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The corporation also announced Wednesday that Leo Denault, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, will succeed Leonard.

Andrew Marsh, currently vice president for system planning, will succeed Denault.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Suggests Reviewing Hurricane Isaac Responses

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city responded well to the crisis posed by Hurricane Isaac. But he has some suggestions for improvements — especially regarding power outages.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:14 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Orleans substation outage affects thousands

As Entergy New Orleans works to restore power after Hurricane Isaac, an outage at a substation Tuesday is affecting nearly 11,000 customers in the city.

The outage happened about 3:30 p.m. and is affecting the Central Business District and the Mid-City and Uptown neighborhoods.

Before the failure, WWL-TV says Entergy reported the number of customers without power in Orleans Parish at about 5,000.

Entergy told WWL-AM they are trying to reroute power through another substation, but does not yet have an estimate of when the new outages will be restored.

Hurricane Isaac
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Some St. Tammany boil-water advisories lifted

St. Tammany Parish officials say boil-water advisories have been lifted for 8 areas after tests showed no contamination of drinking water for customers of Tammany Utilities Water Systems.

Included are water systems for the following communities:

— Lake Hills (Lake Hills Village, Lake Hills Village Shopping Center).

— Madisonville (Madisonville Woods).

— St. Gertrude (St. Gertrude Heights).

— St. Joe (St. Joe Estates, Salvation Manor).

— Bedico Creek (Bedico Creek, Cedar Creek).

— Pineland Park (Pineland Park Estates subdivision).

Hurricane Isaac
4:36 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Cable TV service coming back on

Cox Communications, which provides cable television service in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, says its crews are working 24-hour shifts to restore service.

The company said an estimated 98 percent of customers in Baton Rouge and 88 percent of customers in the New Orleans area had service on Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Isaac
2:42 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Power outages drop to two percent of customers

The widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Isaac have nearly all been repaired.

The Public Service Commission says nearly 38,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity Tuesday. That's about 2 percent of customers.

The largest remaining outages were in the two parishes hardest-hit by Isaac's flooding: Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist parishes. Plaquemines had 47 percent of its utility customers without power, and St. John had 25 percent waiting to be restored, according to the PSC data.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:00 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Entergy: Power Could Be Out Several More Days

Hundreds of utility trucks were staged in New Orleans East, two days after Hurricane Isaac passed through the city.
Erin Krall WWNO

Pressure is mounting on the main power company in the New Orleans region to restore service knocked out by Hurricane Isaac. Relief may take several more days.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Entergy Nuclear shuts Waterford 3 plant, continues to monitor conditions

Officials at Louisiana’s nuclear power plants are monitoring the progress of now-Tropical Storm Isaac, but say there have been no problems thus far.

Mike Bowling, spokesman for Entergy Nuclear, says the Waterford 3 plant, located in Killona, La. came offline at 5 p.m. yesterday, and has a core team of about 100 employees remaining on site.

The River Bend plant, located in St. Francisville, remains 100% operational, with a sequestered team on site as well.

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