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Louisiana DOT Finalizes $72M Highway Expansion Plans

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:29:29 GMT

Construction is set to start sometime in early 2018 and is expected to take about two and a half years to complete, DOTD, said. The $72 million project, which has been contracted to James Construction Group LLC, will widen the road from four lanes to six east of Highland Road to the LA 73 interchange and will replace the LA 42 overpass structures.

Louisiana deficit plans: Cut list devised for possible gap

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:01:54 GMT

Louisiana's safety-net hospitals, public colleges and local sheriffs housing state prisoners could face cuts, while the opening of Louisiana's new youth prison facility could be delayed, if the state's income projections come up short this year. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration presented its first ideas for up to $60 million in cuts it would suggest if Louisiana faces a midyear deficit.

Louisiana Installing Barriers to Help Stem Fatal Highway Crashes

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:21:23 GMT

To help prevent fatal crashes more than 600 miles of cable barriers will be installed in highway medians across Louisiana through state and federal funding totaling more than $100 million. KTBS-TV reports crews will begin installing the barriers for 41 miles on Interstate 49 in Caddo and DeSoto parishes this month and that a $1.3 million project was recently awarded to install barriers along 16 miles of Interstate 220 in Caddo and Bossier parishes.

Michigan crawfish invasion? Louisiana experts come to the rescue, and to feast

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:02:12 GMT

Jesse Guidry, vice president of communications for Lafayette Travel, picks up plastic crawfish, crawfish beads and other items from the Breaux Bridge Visitor's Center Wednesday, August 16, 2017, in Breaux Bridge, La. Guidry, along with Cajun chefs, musicians and crawfish experts will host an educational crawfish-themed mini-festival in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that will give residents an opportunity to learn about the crawfish invasion happening in their waterways and how Louisiana could offer help.

Watching the eclipse in south Louisiana

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:36:06 GMT

NASA/Goddard/SVS/Ernie Wright This NASA graphic shows the expected cloud cover Monday, the day of the solar eclipse.

Summer temperatures dipping slightly this year in south Louisiana, thanks to summer showers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:22:08 GMT

Wearing a rain poncho as rains from weather related to Tropical Storm Cindy arrive in Baton Rouge in the mid afternoon, West Monroe's Hartley Waldrop, 14, left, tries to time her run through a fountain on Lafayette Street to avoid a dousing, on June 20, 2017. While her mother was at a business meeting in Plaquemine, Hartley was on a visit to downtown Baton Rouge with sister Olivia Waldrop, 14, right, and their grandmother Mary Martin, all of West Monroe.

As Charlottesville controversy swirls, Louisiana leaders condemn hate groups but largely dodge Trump

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:17:00 GMT

As President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism over his comments on deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Republicans representing Louisiana in Washington condemned racism and violence while largely sidestepping the controversy around the president. Louisiana's congressmen and senators blasted the hate groups who marched in the Virginia town as "reprehensible," "completely disgusting" and "beneath real Americans" in written statements Wednesday.

Is the Trump administration "turning a blind eye" to Louisiana's storm season?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:03:52 GMT

It's been over six months since Donald Trump became President of the United States, and the new administration and agencies have yet to get on their feet. And for Louisiana in particular, the lack of federal aid and hurricane response leaders has chipped a subtle crack between the state's unwaveringly loyal congressional delegation and increasingly fatigued locals.

Miracle wildlife agent back on the job

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:35:56 GMT

UPDATE: Miracle wildlife agent back on the job Tyler Wheeler was shot four times, including once in the head, during a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Check out this story on LDWF Agent Tyler Wheeler and his wife Haley were invited by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the opening of the legislative session in the Capitol in April. Wheeler was shot four times in January while making what he thought was a routine traffic stop.

Jones Walker Expands Environmental Litigation Practice in Louisiana

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:01:11 GMT

"We are glad to welcome Chris and Meghan to the firm -- they are both excellent lawyers with extensive experience," said Bill Hines , Managing Partner of Jones Walker. "Their arrival further expands our robust environmental litigation capabilities for the firm's clients."

2017 Louisiana High School Essay Contest winners announced

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:43:02 GMT

Blake Ziegler of Holy Cross School in New Orleans has been named first place winner of the 2017 Northwestern State University Louisiana High School Essay Contest. Ziegler won the honor for his essay "Chevra Thilim."

New Medical Certification Now Available for High School Students

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:31:24 GMT

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the medical assistant is a key component in today's medical workplace. In Baton Rouge, Glen Oaks High School is the medical magnet school for students in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Betsy DeVos approves Louisiana's new education plan, under Every Student Succeeds Act

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:21:19 GMT

A released statement from State Education Superintendent John White Tuesday called Louisiana's new education policy "a starting point" in the improvement of state education. A released statement from State Education Superintendent John White Tuesday called Louisiana's new education policy "a starting point" in the improvement of state education.

Louisiana's new poet laureate wants to shine light on 'great poetry being produced all over' state

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:34:02 GMT

Through a process coordinated by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Gov. John Bel Edwards tapped Bedell to succeed Professor Peter Cooley, of Tulane University, who served in that position since 2015, according to SLU's Communications and Creative Services. Nominees must have published works in books, anthologies, literary journals or magazines.

Man stuffs puppy in trunk of car after beating, kicking it in Louisiana Walmart parking lot

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:53:29 GMT

A Mississippi man has been arrested after he spent 10 minutes beating and kicking a puppy in the parking lot of a Louisiana Walmart. Witnesses called police when they saw 39-year-old Louis Ladner attacking a pitbull puppy around 4 p.m. on August 10, according to the Slidell Police Department.

Appeals court reviews Louisiana governor's LGBT-rights order

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:29:45 GMT

Lawyers for Louisiana's Democratic governor and Republican attorney general head back to court Tuesday to argue the constitutionality of an order aimed at protecting LGBT rights in state government. Gov. John Bel Edwards is hoping an appeals court will reinstate his executive order banning discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

HUD Sec. Dr. Ben Carson praises Louisiana's recovery efforts; some residents remain critical

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:15:11 GMT

It's been a while since Dr. Ben Carson has visited south Louisiana, but he returned to the area Monday to tour areas hit hard by last year's historic flood and check in on how the state is handling the HUD dollars allocated to help. Dr. Carson actually hasn't been in the Capital area since 2015, which was before he was named secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development .