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News in Brief- August 25, 2019

News in Brief- August 25, 2019

Louisiana State Parks offering seasonal discounts

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana State Parks will be offering additional discounts on overnight facilities at the 21 parks located through Louisiana. Following the MILITARY and BADGE discounts for active/retired military and first responders, two discounts will be offered seasonally with third discount offered year-round.

62PLUS – 50% off campsite stays year-round for customers age 62 and over.

SNEAUX – Customers age 62 and over are eligible to book 4 consecutive campsite nights and receive the next 3 nights free; valid annually October 1 – January 31.

GETOUTSIDE – 15% discount on overnight stays in cabins Mondays – Thursdays only; valid annually September 1 – January 31.

The discounts are valid using the Louisiana State Parks online reservations system at These discounts cannot be used with other discounts. Identification for the 62PLUS and SNEAUX discounts will be required at check-in.

For more information about Louisiana State Parks visit, or follow Louisiana State Parks on Facebook and Twitter.


Shrimping in Louisiana opens at Wedell-Williams Museum

PATTERSON, La. – The Louisiana State Museum will unveil From Berwick Bay to Étouffée: Shrimping in Louisiana, a new exhibition exploring the history of the shrimping industry in St. Mary Parish at the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson.

The exhibition traces the history of the shrimping industry in St. Mary Parish from its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s through the challenges of the present era, including recent efforts to help local shrimpers cope with flooding and compete with cheaper shrimp imported from other countries.

From Berwick Bay to Étouffée: Shrimping in Louisiana will be on display in the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum through September 2020. The museum is located at 118 Cotten Road in Patterson and is open between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Admission to the museum is free and school groups are welcome. Visit for more information.


Crude oil to be sold from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal regulators plan to draw down and sell crude oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve sites in Texas and Louisiana.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy on Wednesday announced a Notice of Sale from sites in Bryan Mound and Big Hill, Texas, and West Hackberry, Louisiana.

Department officials say the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 directs the energy secretary to sell 5 million barrels in fiscal year 2020. Last year's Consolidated Appropriations Act directs the secretary to sell 10 million barrels in 2020 and 2021.

Up to 10 million barrels will be sold from Bryan Mound and up to 5 million from Big Hill and West Hackberry.

Bids are due Aug. 27. Companies registered in the SPR's Crude Oil Sales Offer Program are eligible. Others can register online.


Louisiana: 9 West Nile cases include 5 dangerous infections

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health reports the first nine human cases of this year's West Nile virus season, including five dangerous infections of the brain and spinal cord.

Those five cases include two in Washington Parish and one each in East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes.

Two cases of flu-like West Nile fever were reported; one each in East Baton Rouge and Washington parishes.

Blood donations turned up two people who contracted the virus without symptoms — one each in Caddo and Washington parishes.

Last year, Louisiana's first cases were reported during the first week in July. By this time last year, 53 cases had been reported, including 31 dangerous cases and 13 of West Nile fever.

The department recommends that everyone take precautions against mosquitoes. To keep mosquitoes off your skin, use mosquito repellant, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts outdoors, and avoid perfumes and colognes when spending a long time outdoors.

Protecting your home includes eliminating any standing water, including even bottle caps, and regularly cleaning roof gutters.

More details are available at