Louisiana News

Louisiana Bill Would Force ‘Speed Trap’ Towns to Be Labeled as Such

Tiny towns across Louisiana that get more than half their annual income from speeding citations would be labeled “speed traps” with blinking signs posted to warn drivers, under a proposal heading to the full House for debate. Rep. Steve Pylant, …

Louisiana Parish Denies FEMA Fraud Allegations in Gustav Cleanup

Attorneys say the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s threat to have Livingston Parish’s Hurricane Gustav debris removal monitors investigated for fraud is “gratuitous” and “improper.” FEMA has alleged that monitors hired by the parish to oversee the removal of leaning trees …

Grant to Help Raise Houses in Louisiana; Flood Insurance a Requirement

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a grant to help pay for the elevation of 16 houses Jefferson Parish. The grant covers about $2.1 million of the estimated $2.7 million total cost of the project. FEMA officials say elevating …

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud

A resident of New Orleans, La., is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple arson-for-insurance fraud schemes Anthony R. Thomas had been charged with multiple criminal counts for his involvement in a 2007 scheme to burn his rental property for …

USI Insurance Services Names Daigle President of Louisiana Operations

USI Insurance Services (USI) announced that Edward J. Daigle has been promoted to president of USI’s Louisiana practice. Daigle will be responsible for growing USI’s middle market brokerage practice in Louisiana and will be located at USI’s Houma, La., office. …

Louisiana Health Insurers OK Third-Party Payers Through Nov. 15

The three major companies in Louisiana offering coverage through the federal insurance exchange have agreed to continue to accept premium payments through Nov. 15 from a program that helps HIV/AIDS patients cover their health care costs. The Advocate reports the …

Auto Fatalities Fell but Bicycle Crash Deaths Rose in Louisiana in 2012

More Louisiana bicycle riders died in crashes in 2012 than in any year in the preceding decade. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says 24 bicycle riders died that year, even as the number of people who died in motor vehicle …

Insurers to Accept Premium Payments from Louisiana HIV Patients, for Now

A federal judge in Louisiana received assurances that three insurance companies won’t immediately stop accepting premium payments from a program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover health care costs. After receiving the pledge that no payments would be rejected …

Louisiana Company Fined $91K for Safety, Health Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious safety and health violations at the Oakdale, La., facility. The citations stem from an August 2013 chemical fire in …

Louisiana Group Sues to Force Insurers to Take Federal AIDS Money

An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients. Lambda Legal filed the suit in a Baton Rouge federal court saying …