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New Orleans: Flames shoot up side of Superdome roof, put out

Sep. 21, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Smoke and flames shot up the side of the Superdome's roof on Tuesday after a pressure washer being used to clean the roof of the New Orleans sports and entertainment arena caught fire. The New Orleans Fire Department confirmed firefighters responded...

After Ida outages, utility proposals include city takeover

Sep. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid calls for investigations following major power losses during Hurricane Ida, the power company subsidiary that provides electric service to New Orleans said Tuesday it's ready to discuss having the city assume control of the municipal power system. ...

Police: Man who made threat over no trash pickups in custody

Sep. 21, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man frustrated with slow trash collections after Hurricane Ida remained in custody Tuesday after he allegedly threatened the city's mayor, authorities said. The 59-year-old man was arrested last weekend after he called the city's 911...

Ida recovery meeting Thursday for agricultural producers

Sep. 21, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is holding an in-person and online meeting Thursday morning for southeastern Louisiana producers who suffered agricultural losses from Hurricane Ida. AgCenter agent Anna Timmerman says state and federal help is available. ...

Louisiana middle school to remain closed Tuesday after fire

Sep. 21, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana middle school will be closed Tuesday as crews repair damage from a fire. Monday’s fire was sparked by a transformer at Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge, WBRZ-TV reported. The blaze cut...

Lawsuit: Ida outages due to 'gum and super glue' at utility

Sep. 20, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that Louisiana's largest electric utility used a “bubble gum and super glue” approach to maintenance and construction that left customers sweltering in the dark without adequate sewage treatment after Hurricane Ida. The suit was...

Seafood, doughnuts at stake in 2 cities vaccine competition

Sep. 20, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The mayors of two Louisiana cities have announced a friendly competition aimed at bolstering efforts to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. Adrian Perkins, the mayor of Shreveport in northwest Louisiana, and Nic Hunter, the mayor of...

Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

Sep. 20, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. ...

Class action for lawsuit claiming abuse at a Lousiana prison

Sep. 20, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal lawsuit in which several inmates at a north Louisiana state prison allege harsh treatment of the mentally ill was granted class action status on Monday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote's decision means the criminal...

Pedestrian from Colorado hit and killed on I-10 in Louisiana

Sep. 20, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

SULPHUR, La. (AP) — A Colorado man walking across Interstate 10 at night in southwest Louisiana was hit and killed by an SUV, Louisiana State Police said Monday. David Joseph Williams, 48, of Aurora, Colorado, was hit about 7:45 p.m. Sunday — about a half-hour after...