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  • Construction to begin on sports complex

    August 2, 2014 1:21 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Officials in Terrebonne Parish say work on a long-discussed park and sports complex will begin in September and the first fields should be ready for play in 2015. The Courier reports the 100-acre Bayou Country Sports Park, known locally as the Field of Dreams, will include... more »
  • New Orleans to begin replenishing Esplanade oaks

    March 13, 2014 8:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is looking for a contractor to start replenishing the diminished canopy of oak trees along the Esplanade Avenue neutral ground between North Rampart and North Miro streets. The New Orleans Advocate reports the city plans to spend about $450,000 in... more »
  • Charter school sign-up to begin

    January 20, 2014 8:08 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Applications for a new charter school planned for Lafayette will be accepted beginning in late January. The Advocate reports Willow Charter Academy is expected to open in August. Enrollment will be limited to 492 students in grades kindergarten through fifth. The school is part of Louisiana... more »
  • Street work set to begin in N.O.

    July 9, 2012 5:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state is set to begin reconstruction work on Monday on several New Orleans streets in areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. All are in the city's 9th Ward. Barrier Construction Co. is the contractor for the $2.4 million project, which involves segments of Forstall,... more »
  • Breakwater work to begin near Manchac

    May 30, 2012 7:50 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - Construction of a $5.9 million stone breakwater to help halt coastal erosion in the Pass Manchac area could begin as early as August. The Advocate reports the Tangipahoa Parish Council received a report Tuesday that outlined plans and a timetable for the coastal barrier. Public works... more »
  • Jazz Fest set to begin Friday

    April 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jazz horns, Cajun fiddles, zydeco washboards and rock guitars - they'll all be heard at the same place when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Friday. Performances by soul singer Irma Thomas, the Beach Boys, the rock band Zebra, jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin,... more »
  • Bicentennial Commemoration of War of 1812 begins in New Orleans

    April 17, 2012 9:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Navy is kicking off its celebration of the War of 1812 in New Orleans in a big way. The event, which is the first of four years of festivities around the nation, begins Tuesday with a parade of tall ships and modern Navy... more »
  • Senators begin their 2012-13 budget review Tuesday

    March 13, 2012 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State senators are getting their first in-depth look at the governor's budget proposal for closing an $895 million shortfall next year. Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012-13 spending plans involve the hiring of private companies to handle more state services, the layoff of up to 2,700 state... more »
  • Twin NASA probes begin studying the moon's gravity

    March 7, 2012 6:18 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twin NASA probes in orbit around the moon have begun mapping the lunar gravity field in hopes of figuring out why Earth's only natural satellite is shaped the way it is. The campaign kicked off late Tuesday, two months after the spacecraft arrived back-to-back at the... more »
  • 2 drainage projects begin in Ascension Parish

    August 15, 2011 10:15 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - More than 30 years after Amite River floods swamped eastern Ascension Parish, the parish is now embarking on the second major leg of flood-control projects financed solely with local funds. The Advocate reports the idea is to build a series of levees, floodgates and pump stations... more »
  • Senators Begin Combing Through $25B Budget Plan

    May 30, 2011 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Senate's budget-crafting committee is beginning its review of next year's nearly $25 billion budget, with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration angling to reverse House-backed cuts. The House stripped more than $230 million in state spending sought by Jindal in the 2011-12 budget. Jindal says... more »
  • Horror-Thriller "Escapee" to Begin Shooting in Alexandria

    September 14, 2010 12:36 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Actress Faith Ford says she's dreamed of making a movie in her home town for a long time, and couldn't be more excited that it's about to begin. The horror-thriller "Escapee" is to begin a three-week shoot in Alexandria, where Ford was born; Pineville, where she... more »
  • Final Plugging of Well Will Begin After Labor Day

    August 19, 2010 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON — BP aims to permanently seal the ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well in the second week of September, a US official said Thursday, as pressure concerns further delayed final "bottom kill" operations. "We should be looking somewhere in the week after Labor Day," US spill chief Thad... more »
  • Street Repairs Will Begin on Admiral Doyle at Weeks St. on July 26th

    July 26, 2010 12:39 PM

    Concrete street repairs will begin on Admiral Doyle Drive at Weeks Street on Monday, July 26th with completion expected by August 13th, weather permitting. The southbound lane will be closed to traffic during this time and flagmen will be there to assist. Drivers are asked to avoid this road, take... more »
  • Opelousas Housing Effort Begins in Fall

    July 26, 2010 6:55 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A $1.5 million housing rehabilitation effort will begin in Opelousas this fall. Joe Sandley, a housing specialist with the Shaw Group that will oversee the program, said only owner-occupied houses that were damaged during either hurricanes Gustav or Ike will qualify. For the first round of... more »
  • Street Repairs Will Begin on Admiral Doyle Drive

    July 22, 2010 2:47 PM

    Concrete street repairs will begin on Admiral Doyle Drive at Weeks Street on Monday, July 26th with completion expected by August 13th, weather permitting. The southbound lane will be closed to traffic during this time and flagmen will be there to assist. Drivers are asked to avoid this road, take... more »
  • National Guard Will Begin Heading For The Border

    July 19, 2010 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say National Guard troops will begin heading for the southwest border Aug. 1 to help secure it. The troops will train and be fully deployed by September and should be on the border for a year. They will be stationed in Arizona, California, New Mexico... more »
  • Oil Claims Will Soon Begin Receiving Six-Month Emergency Checks

    July 12, 2010 1:43 PM

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The head of the $20 billion oil spill compensation fund says individuals filing claims will soon begin receiving six-month emergency checks instead of monthly payments. Appearing in Pensacola Beach on Monday, fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg said the company will start paying individuals in six-month payments... more »
  • LEAP Standardized Test Begin Today

    March 23, 2010 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Public school students in Louisiana are getting ready to take standardized tests. Beginning Tuesday, fourth- and eighth-grade students participate in the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program exam, better known as the LEAP test. It determines whether they are promoted to the next grade level. Students in... more »

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