Louisiana News

Louisiana Parish Says Hazard Plan Update Nearly Complete

Officials in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish are completing their latest plans for dealing with dangerous situations the area could face. In a 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan update, a committee focused on levee failure, flooding, hurricanes and tropical storms, saltwater intrusion, tornadoes, …

Louisiana AG: Law not Followed in Changing State Employee Health Insurance Plan

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration skipped required legal steps in making changes to the health insurance plans that cover state employees, teachers and retirees, the state attorney general’s office said. In a legal opinion, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office said modifications …

$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

Louisiana Public Worker Health Insurance Program Hemorrhaging Cash

Despite sweeping changes enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, the health insurance program for state workers and public school employees will have to use $88 million from its reserve fund to cover its costs this year. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal …

Slight Decline in Work-Related Deaths in Louisiana in 2013

The number of work-related fatalities in 2013 in Louisiana declined to 114, according to a preliminary count by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported. The figure was …

After Worker Dies Chevron Drains Natural Gas Pipeline Off Louisiana Coast

Authorities said that a Chevron Corp. subsidiary was still releasing natural gas on Sept. 14 from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where an incident killed a maintenance worker. Col. Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said his …

Industrial Boom Driving Louisiana’s Ascension Parish

More than 2,000 construction workers are building a $2.1 billion expansion of CF Industries’ nitrogen complex in Louisiana’s Ascension Parish. The 100-acre addition to the nation’s largest nitrogen plant is expected to be completed in 2016. More than 17,000 pilings …

Hohensee Named VP, Commercial Underwriting at Lane & Associates in Louisiana

Kenner, La.-based Lane & Associates Inc. announced that Marie Hohensee has joined the managing general agency as vice president of commercial underwriting. Hohensee has over 30 years of experience in commercial underwriting and was most recently the branch manager of …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

Trying to Summon Ghosts, Men Destroy Vacant Louisiana Mansion

Seven men have pleaded guilty to arson or trespassing in a fire that destroyed the vacant LeBeau Plantation mansion in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish last November. The sheriff said when they were arrested that the men told investigators they were …