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Anglers daily red snapper limit doubling to 4 off Louisiana

Sep. 22, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Anglers off Louisiana will be able to take up to four red snapper a day — double the previous limit — when the recreational season reopens on Friday, the state Department of Widlife and Fisheries said Wednesday. The season will also expand...

Analysis: Ida's destruction may help Hurricane Laura victims

Sep. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's thrashing left homes in mangled heaps across southeastern Louisiana, but in an uncomfortable twist, the storm might have been a boon to southwestern parishes still struggling to recover from last year's Hurricane Laura. Ida's...

Health department: Wells flooded by Ida should be tested

Sep. 16, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Owners of private water wells that might have flooded during Hurricane Ida should have their water tested for contamination, the Louisiana Department of Health said Thursday. The department said in a news release that the wells must be...

2 more deaths from heat attributed to Ida in Louisiana

Sep. 13, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two deaths in the Baton Rouge area have now been attributed to Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Health Department said Monday. That raises the state's death toll from the storm to 28. Ida came ashore in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 29....

State tax relief available in Louisiana after Ida

Sep. 11, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Revenue is granting filing extensions to taxpayers in 25 parishes whose homes and businesses were affected by the impacts of Hurricane Ida. The automatic extension due date is Jan. 3, 2022, for excise, franchise,...

Oil-soaked birds found near oil spill at refinery after Ida

Sep. 09, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana wildlife officials say they have documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds after crude oil spilled from a refinery flooded during Hurricane Ida. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday that a growing number of oiled...

Louisiana elections pushed back 5 weeks because of Ida

Sep. 08, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is rescheduling its fall elections because of Hurricane Ida’s far-reaching damage, estimates of weeks-long power outages and wide displacement of residents across the southeastern parishes. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced...

After Ida deaths, Louisiana revokes nursing home licenses

Sep. 07, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana health officials said Tuesday they are revoking the licenses of nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse where seven residents died amid deteriorating conditions deemed too squalid to be safe after Hurricane Ida. The seven...

Biden tells storm-ravaged Louisiana: 'I know you're hurting'

Sep. 04, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Giant trees knocked sideways. Homes boarded up with plywood. Off-kilter street signs. Less than a week after Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden walked the streets of a hardhit Louisiana neighborhood and told local residents,...

Biden walks storm-ravaged Louisiana: 'I know you're hurting'

Sep. 03, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Giant trees knocked sideways. Homes boarded up with plywood. Off-kilter street signs. Less than a week after Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden walked the streets of a hardhit Louisiana neighborhood on Friday and told local...