Louisiana News

Despite Disastrous Flooding, Future of Louisiana Project Remains Murky

Despite the flooding that struck south Louisiana in August, prospects for a decades-old project aimed at protecting Baton Rouge, La. area homes remain murky. The 12-mile structure is called the Comite River Diversion Canal. It would siphon high water from …

Unemployment Claims on Rise in Louisiana

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 15 increased from the previous week’s total. The state labor department figures show the initial claims rose to 2,674 from the previous week’s total of 2,558. For the …

Those Affected by Louisiana Flooding Continue to Get Federal Support

Federal agencies, state and local governments continue to support and assist those affected by flooding in Louisiana. Since President Obama’s major disaster declaration to 20 parishes in south Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than 128,000 households have …

Louisiana Officials Tell Drivers Insured by Affirmative to Get New Coverage Now

Louisiana’s Office of Motor Vehicles reminds drivers whose vehicles are insured by Affirmative Insurance or Affirmative Casualty Insurance that they need to have new coverage by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Otherwise, says Commissioner Karen G. St. Germain, they could face a …

Louisiana Court Rules Flood Board Can Hire Outside Lawyers for Oil Suit

A south Louisiana flood board has won a legal round in its fight against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland damage. A state appeal court ruled last week that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East legally hired a team …

New Flood Maps May Aid Big Development in Louisiana Parish

Revised flood maps could aid a developer’s proposal to build on one of Jefferson Parish’s last large undeveloped tracts. Lafayette-based Southern Lifestyle Development says it’s in talks to buy 2,000 acres in Avondale, near the TPC of Louisiana golf course …

Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana to Halt Injection Well Permit

Environmental groups and a Belle River, La. community group have filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources alleging that the departments should never have granted a permit for an injection well. FAS Environmental Services has operated in …

Rideshare Insurance Bill Sent to Louisiana Governor

Drivers for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft will have to carry hefty insurance policies, under a bill headed to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk. Rideshare services, or transportation network companies (TNCs), connect contract drivers, who frequently use their personal …

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Class Action Members Owed $1,640

The Louisiana state treasurer is holding money for more than 4,500 people who participated in a class action lawsuit against the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Treasurer John Kennedy says in a news release that most class action members are owed …

Louisiana Tornado Injures 3, Damages 3 Homes

A 110-mph tornado in Tickfaw, La. injured three people, damaged eight houses and uprooted hardwood trees, authorities said. The twister hit about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Tickfaw, which is about 50 miles northwest of New Orleans, according to the National …