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Wednesday, March 20, 2019



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  • Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina's muck in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck.The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house looks, again, as though head-high floodwaters had only just receded.It's just an illusion, however, created by volunteers and theater artists who've turned two rooms in the house n...

  • Louisiana borrowing $185M to start interstate projects

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will borrow $185 million in April to finance highly sought roadwork across the state, ranging from the widening of Interstate 10 in the capital city to a new Interstate 20 access for Barksdale Air Force Base.The Bond Commission, a panel of statewide elected officials and legislative leaders, quickly agreed to the plans Thursday without objection, the final approval needed.Louisiana will sell bonds to investors for upfront cash, repaying the debt with inter...

  • Federal Medicaid agency: Louisiana audit 'deeply troubling'

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The federal Medicaid agency described a November audit that said Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program may have spent as much as $85 million on ineligible enrollees as "deeply troubling" and said it could seek repayment of misspent money.The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will include Louisiana in a future review of how "high risk states" determine eligibility for government-financed Medicaid benefits, in response to...

  • Edwards proposing $19M more for Louisiana higher education

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking lawmakers to spend $19 million more this year on higher education than was budgeted, to fill gaps in the TOPS college tuition program, help schools facing accreditation reviews and pay for boosted online resources for students.The items are included on a list of additional spending requests for the budget year ending June 30 that the Democratic governor is asking lawmakers to finance in their upcoming legislative session.

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, Mar. 18-20

    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.

  • 44,000 checks in the mail to Louisiana residents owed money

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents will be receiving checks in the mail from the state, not tax refunds, but other unclaimed property dollars collected by the treasury.Treasurer John Schroder's office said Tuesday that more than 44,500 checks, totaling $4.2 million, started going out this week. The maximum check is $1,500.Schroder wants to make sure people don't think it is part of a scam and throw the checks away.

  • Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say

    The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday.More than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring weather outlook . About 41 million people are at risk of moderate flooding.Major flooding now occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and other Midwestern states is a pre...

  • Other action taken at Lafourche Parish School Board, March 13, meeting

    Here is a rundown of action taken during tonight’s Lafourche Parish School Board meeting. All votes were unanimous unless indicated, and all members were present.ACTION: Approved the Land and Facilities Committee recommendations to select Weimer-Gros-Flores as the architect for the East/West Thibodaux Middle School Project. Board members Cheryl Thomas, Mary Breaud, Dennis Guillot, Clyde Duplantis, Randy Schouest and Al Archer voted against and Tina Babin abstained.ACTION: Authorized the ad...

  • Officials clash over pump station work

    A series of testy emails were exchanged between the Lafourche Parish president and district attorney last week over the ongoing Cyprien Pump Station project.In a letter to District Attorney Kristine Russell and the Parish Council, Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said contractors attempted to cut an old pipeline on the property last Monday when alarms for explosive chemicals went off and workers “scrambled out of the pit to safety.”The pipeline is the last remaining obstacl...

  • News in Brief- March 20, 2019

    Louisiana abortion rate continues to fall

    NEW ORLEANS – The number of abortions performed in Louisiana dropped 8 percent from 2017 to 2018, and the abortion rate is at a 10-year low, according to numbers provided by the Louisiana Department of Health.Unofficially, 8,048 abortions were performed in Louisiana in 2018. In 2017, 8,706 unborn babies were killed by abortion.This is the fourth consecutive year abortion numbers have fallen in Louisiana.While the total number of abortions has been m...

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