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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Aug. 12, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Advocate on the U.S. Department of Agriculture purchasing shrimp from Gulf Coast fishermen in an effort to aid the seafood industry: There is never, in our view, a bad time to buy shrimp caught fresh in the Gulf of Mexico, but this is a particularly...

Maintaining proper social distancing and while mostly wearing face masks, legislators listen as House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, explains the business of overriding several bill votes by Gov. Tate Reeves, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. In order to lessen the possible impact of COVID-19 on the legislators, most wore masks during their hours at the state building as well as socially distanced themselves in the chamber, in the gallery and in adjacent committee rooms at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi lawmakers leave without Marine Resources budget

Aug. 11, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators left the Capitol on Tuesday without setting a budget for the state Department of Marine Resources. The agency will continue to operate by using federal money, as it has since the state budget year started July 1. Talks between the House and Senate stalled over...

USDA to buy $30M in shrimp to aid Gulf seafood industry

Aug. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Gulf of Mexico seafood industry is getting help from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will buy $30 million worth of shrimp from Gulf Coast fishermen in an effort to stabilize the industry. The announcement comes after Louisiana and Mississippi...

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, members of the Coast Guard rescue a family of four, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, from a vessel taking on water 17 miles south of Southwest Pass near Venice, La. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Family of 4 rescued, found clinging to overturned boat

Aug. 6, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

VENICE, La. (AP) — Two children and their parents clung to their overturned boat in the Gulf of Mexico until the Coast Guard could rescue them Wednesday afternoon. The children, aged 8 and 11, and their parents all were in good shape when they were rescued, Petty Officer Sydney Phoenix said. The family...

In this frame grab from NASA TV video, astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley wave during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Houston. The two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown carried out by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. (NASA TV via AP)

Astronauts: SpaceX Dragon capsule 'came alive' on descent

Aug. 4, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts on SpaceX’s first crew flight said Tuesday that their Dragon capsule “came alive” and sounded like a beast as it descended through the atmosphere to a smooth splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico. Two days after returning from the International...

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' much smaller this year

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais said the area where there’s too little...

Appeals court: NOAA can't make rules for offshore fish farms

Aug. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a decision that throws out rules regulating fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico. The law granting authority over fisheries to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not also let the agency set rules for offshore fish...

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program was the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley returned after spending 64 days in space. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

Aug. 3, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years, with the...

SpaceX capsule with two NASA astronauts makes dramatic splashdown in Gulf of Mexico to end test flight

Aug. 2, 2020 2:49 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX capsule with two NASA astronauts makes dramatic splashdown in Gulf of Mexico to end test flight.
In this image from video made available by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken prepare for undocking from the International Space Station, aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (NASA via AP)

NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

Aug. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company departed the International Space Station on Saturday night for the final and most important part of their test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken bid...