Louisiana News

Louisiana’s ‘Sobriety Court’ Program Targets Drunk Drivers

State court officials in Lafayette are three months into a program designed to wean habitual drunken drivers off of alcohol. The Advocate reports it’s a program that demands sobriety and discipline from offenders who have been convicted of third- and …

Federal Judge Dismisses Louisiana Levee Board’s Suit against Oil Companies

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority’s lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The lawsuit was filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in 2013 against nearly 100 oil and gas …

$4.2M Traffic Safety Project in Baton Rouge Area Begins

State highway workers will start a $4.2 million safety project for the Baton Rouge, La., region by enhancing the visibility of two intersections in Ascension Parish with new signs and other improvements. Officials tell The Advocate the intersections of Louisiana …

LCTA Workers’ Comp Adds Boudreaux as Loss Control Rep in Louisiana

Louisiana’s LCTA Workers’ Comp has hired Paul Boudreaux as loss control representative. In this position, Boudreaux will perform onsite safety inspections to identify workers’ compensation exposures and will advise members on how to control these hazards. Most recently, Boudreaux served …

Despite Fewer Claims, Louisiana State Employees’ Workers’ Comp Costs Rise

The number of workers’ compensation claims filed by Louisiana state employees dropped by nearly one-third over the last eight years, but claims costs for state agencies continued to surge higher, according to an audit released on Feb. 9. Legislative Auditor …

United Insurance Holdings Completes Family Security Acquisition

United Insurance Holdings Corp., a Florida-based property and casualty insurance holding company, has closed its acquisition of Family Security Holdings LLC (FSH) and its subsidiaries, which have operations in Hawaii and Louisiana. FSH has two wholly-owned subsidiaries: Family Security Insurance …

Consultant: Lafayette Parish Needs 15 Fire Stations

A consultant says 15 additional fire stations are needed in unincorporated parts of Louisiana’s Lafayette Parish to protect citizens and keep insurance costs down. Tom Cassisa, a fire rating consultant hired by Lafayette Consolidated Government, presented the findings Tuesday of …

New Orleans Residents: Police Shortage a Mardi Gras Security Risk

Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read “Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More.” It’s an unsettling message about violent crime in the Big Easy for …

Balvin Joins Louisiana-Based Specialty Risk Associates

Specialty Risk Associates Inc., based in Shreveport, La., announced that Genie Balvin joined the firm as a commercial lines renewal underwriter. Prior to joining Specialty Risk, Balvin worked as a property/casualty field adjuster, a commercial lines CSR and as an …

Bank Customer Car Burglary Ring Busted in Louisiana

Police in Lake Charles, La., say they have broken up a crime ring that would scout banks for people leaving with money, follow them, then burglarize their unattended vehicles. The American Press reports Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon discussed …