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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017



Human Interest

  • Louisiana House speaker hopes to have tax plan by January

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With the ever-nearing expiration of more than $1 billion in temporary taxes, the leader of the Louisiana House said he expects lawmakers in his chamber to rally around tax ideas by January to close the shortfall.House Speaker Taylor Barras struck an optimistic tone about the chances of reaching consensus in a majority-GOP chamber that has been reticent to support any taxes, saying he expects enough agreement to have a special session on taxes early in the new year.H...

  • Nicholls’ president resigning at end of year

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A Louisiana university president is leaving at the end of the year.The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors says Bruce Murphy told the board he's resigning from Nicholls State for other work in higher education.The board announced Murphy's resignation on its website Thursday.System President Jim Henderson says that student success improved and the university's accreditation made "extraordinary progress" improved under Murphy.Offici...

  • La. attorney general urges caution in post-storm car buying

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry is telling Louisiana residents to be careful when shopping for cars after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Landry has released a public service announcement warning about flood-damaged vehicles, saying Harvey flooded an estimated 1 million vehicles and Irma damaged other cars and trucks in the Southeast.The attorney general says when shopping for a used vehicle, people should be suspicious of unrealistically low prices; check for musty smells ...

  • Report shows area’s job losses continue

     New labor department figures recently released show the Houma-Thibodaux area continues to lose jobs, having lost 200 last month and 1,200 since August 2016.If the preliminary data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission hold until revised figures are released Friday, it would mark a second straight month of job losses across Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.It would also bring the estimated number of jobs lost since the bust began to just under 17,000.Oil prices have slid to less than hal...

  • Flood insurance participation drops locally

    Terrebonne and Lafourche are among parishes seeing the biggest declines in the number of homeowners who have flood insurance, new figures show.In Terrebonne, homeowners with flood insurance dropped by 17 percent in the past five years. It’s the seventh greatest percentage decline among Louisiana’s 64 parishes.Lafourche’s flood insurance policies dropped by just over 10 percent, the 13th greatest decline.The Associated Press analyzed the figures for all of the nation’s cou...

  • Nicholls to perform ‘Nutcracker Suite’ at Ninth Annual Monster Piano Concert

    THIBODAUX, La. -- The Nicholls State University Department of Music will host the Ninth Annual Monster Piano Concert at 7 p.m., September 19 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall.More than 35 pianists - including Nicholls faculty, alumni, community members and local high school students - will perform “Concerto for Four Pianos” by J.S. Bach, the “Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as well as works by American and European composers in various setting...

  • Sixty-five individuals honored at Lafourche Pride Awards

    Courtney Curole Prevost, who passed away in December 2016 after a battle with leukemia, was posthumously honored by Sheriff Craig Webre as this year’s recipient of the Sheriff’s Star at the 2017 Lafourche Pride Awards on Saturday.Prevost’s husband, Sergeant Todd Prevost, and their children accepted the award, considered one of the highest honors at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Prevost, who was also meritoriously promoted to the rank of Captain, was one of 65 ind...

  • New freshmen, graduate students boost Nicholls enrollment

     THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls State University welcomed 6,366 students to campus for the fall 2017 semester, an increase of 99 students or 1.6 percent over last year. This marks the second consecutive year enrollment has grown at Nicholls, which is up 3.4 percent since Fall 2015. Keying that growth is the largest incoming freshman class since 2013. The 1,222 freshmen make up a 7.4 percent increase from last year. The incoming freshmen class is also one of the best prepared...

  • Ghost stories and swamps inspire woman's jewelry

    HOUMA, La. (AP) — Ever since Nell Bentz was a young child growing up on the bayous around Thibodaux and Schriever, she's been a sucker for ghost stories, especially Louisiana folklore.The Lafourche native's love for ghost stories would eventually draw her into Manchac Swamp, where the hurricane-summoning voodoo priestess Aunt Julia Brown is rumored to reside.Armed with her boat and a sturdy pair of boots, Bentz began exploring the swamp, and ultimately fell in love with the place, ...

  • SLLD discusses Harvey’s local impact

    To say the least, members of the Board of the South Lafourche Levee District are quite proud of the system they have built and maintained to protect the population of Lafourche Parish’s 10th Ward from flooding.Their system ranges from the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose to the Leon Theriot Floodgate and Locks just below Golden Meadow on both sides of Bayou Lafourche.Success and history have been on their side, especially when compared to the failures of the New Orleans Sewage and Water Boa...

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