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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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  • Lawyer: 13-year-old oil leak remains 'long-term problem'

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico remains a "long-term problem" without a clear solution for eliminating chronic slicks that often stretch for miles off Louisiana's coast, a government lawyer recently told a federal judge.Up to 16 oil wells are possibly leaking at the site where a company's platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Justice Department attorney John Roberson said during a court proceeding in Washington last Friday. R...

  • Louisiana's latest special session on finances opens Monday

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Mired in continued budget troubles, Louisiana lawmakers are opening another acrimonious debate over taxes, returning Monday for their fifth special session about the state's financial instability since 2016.The legislative session centers on whether to replace $1 billion in expiring taxes enacted by lawmakers two years ago, or to allow deep cuts to fall across Louisiana's government-financed programs and services.Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes to persuade the m...

  • Nicholls enrollment growth trend continues

    THIBODAUX, La. -- Enrollment at Nicholls State University continued its upward trajectory with a fifth-consecutive semester of student population growth.Overall enrollment, including undergraduate and graduate students, increased by 82 students to 5,845.“It’s encouraging to see that Nicholls is an appealing option to students during one of the most competitive higher education environments in Louisiana history,” said Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls President.

  • Layoffs possible in Lafourche Parish schools

    The Lafourche Parish School Board is set to consider a host of cuts to address the financial problems facing the school district.Because of a decrease in sales and property taxes, the district must come up with $6 million in spending cuts before the next school year, Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews told the board’s Finance Committee last month.The committee will consider Matthew’s options for layoffs and other cuts before taking its recommendations to the full School Board.Matthews to...

  • Larose woman charged with 4th DWI

    A Larose woman, Dana Bouzigard, (age 48), has been charged with her fourth DWI offense.Just after 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, deputies traveling along LA Highway 308 in Larose observed a truck traveling across the center line.When deputies initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Dana Bouzigard, they detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath.She submitted to a field sobriety test on which she performed poorly. A breathalyzer test showed her ...

  • Fourchon Swing Bridge to be removed

    Officials with Lafourche Parish Government and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) announced the upcoming closure and removal of the Fourchon Swing Bridge over the Pass Fourchon waterway in Port Fourchon, set for Monday, Feb. 19.“After a recent inspection of the bridge and its movements, we were advised by a team of experts that it is no longer safe to continue opening and closing the bridge to allow vessels to pass, so it has remained in the closed position since this inspection,...

  • Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

    NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office.There's only been one other time in the last decade when the flu vaccine did a worse job.Most illnesses this winter have been caused by a nasty kind of flu called Type A H3N2....

  • Detectives investigating burglary at Cut Off lumber company

    The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a recent burglary at a lumber company in Cut Off.On the morning of February 6, deputies and detectives responded to Dufrene Building Materials at 14502 West Main Street in Cut Off in reference to an overnight burglary.Investigators determined entry was made into an office on the property. Several items were stolen including tools, communication d...

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, Feb. 8-14

    The following information is based on reports from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • A surprise no one wants: Big medical bill even with coverage

    This winter's nasty flu season may smack patients with a financial side effect: surprise medical bills.People who wind up in the emergency room or need an ambulance can be blindsided by hefty, unexpected charges. This often happens after patients visit a doctor or hospital outside their insurance network so coverage was limited. Insurance deductibles that reset every January and must be paid before coverage begins can make these invoices even more painful.Here's a look at the issue and s...

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Sunday, February 18, 2018