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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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  • Scientists: Surprisingly small 'dead zone' off Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is surprisingly small, but the oxygen-depleted water rose higher toward the surface than usual, scientists said Tuesday.Dead zones are areas in which water at and above the sea floor holds too little oxygen to support marine life. This dead zone is the fourth smallest ever measured in Louisiana, and is only about 40 percent the average size predicted earlier this year based on nitrogen and other nutrients flowing down ...

  • Condemning property can be a lengthy process

    At least 12 properties in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have been condemned and authorized for demolition this year.The condemnation process differs in each parish, with parish council approval required at different phases.When a property or structure is reported to the parish as a derelict, nuisance, haven for drug or crime activity, or eyesore, it is turned over to parish officials to investigate and determine if any codes have been violated.Each parish has its own set of codes, or rules, ...

  • Concrete dream: Some envision new I-14 route through South

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed new interstate that would connect communities in five southern states say it would reduce poverty and improve the lives of residents along the route.The proposed Interstate 14 would run from west Texas across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.A map showing a route for the concept being promoted by its supporters shows it running through the central portions of all five states.It would run from Interstate 10 in west Texas through the K...

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, Aug. 1-5

    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. AUGUST 1, 2018Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s OfficeJoshua Freeman, Bourg.

  • Analysis: Officials weigh in on marijuana permit applicants

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's burgeoning medical marijuana industry could be a booming future business for some entrepreneurs, so when pharmacists and their business partners were vying for the state's limited dispensary permits, they sought to leverage their relationships.Pharmacy permit applicants provided letters of recommendation from a U.S. senator, state lawmakers, sheriffs, high-profile community members, health professionals, and anyone else they thought could help ma...

  • Inside race to save Louisiana's first line of storm defense

    Editor’s note: This is the final segment of a three-part series on the importance of restoring the state’s barrier islands. More than 20 state-managed barrier island restoration projects have been undertaken over the past two decades, re-creating 9,300 acres of sandy, sea-facing beach and back-island marsh on the Louisiana coast.The projects have gotten a lot bigger than they were back in the 80’s."But we're using the same principles," said Darin Lee, a coast...

  • US employers add 157,000 jobs, jobless rate hits 3.9 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July, adding 157,000 jobs, a solid gain but below the healthy pace in the first half of this year.The Labor Department said Friday the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9 percent from 4 percent. That's near an 18-year low of 3.8 percent reached in May.Employers added an average of 224,000 new workers in the first six months of this year, a faster pace than in 2017.

  • Effort to end Louisiana split-jury law gets bipartisan push

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An unlikely, bipartisan coalition is working to win voter support for a proposal ending Louisiana's Jim Crow-era law that allows split juries to convict people of serious felony crimes, a former district attorney said Monday.Voters will decide the fate of the constitutional change on the Nov. 6 ballot.Currently, serious felony trials in Louisiana, including some murder cases, can be resolved when 10 out of 12 jurors agree on a person's guilt.

  • Lafourche School Board reduces member pay

    The Lafourche Parish School Board on Wednesday cut its members’ monthly compensation to save $72,000 a year.The vote was 13-2 with Ray Bernard and Marian Fertitta dissenting.The members agreed to reduce their compensation from $800 to $400 and the president’s pay from $900 to $500.Collectively, the School Board members are paid $145,200 a year. When the new compensation goes into effect for the next board, the members will collectively make $73,200, which results in savings of $72,00...

  • Burglary at Cut Off Daiquiri Shop under Investigation

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a burglary at a daiquiri shop in Cut Off.On the morning of Monday, July 30, investigators responded to a burglary complaint at Royal Daiquiris, located at 387 Highway 3161.Upon entering the business that morning, the owner discovered a window had been busted. The owner also discovered poker machines and an ATM machine were damaged and money had been removed from the poker machines. The power ...

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