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Legislation Could Cut Louisiana Food Inspections Posing Health Risk

More people could be exposed to foodborne illnesses in Louisiana if lawmakers approve a provision in the governor’s 2017 budget proposal which would lead to fewer inspections of the retail food industry, officials said Monday. The Department of Health and …

Feds Relax Pollution Monitoring of Decade-old Gulf Oil Spill

Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a slow-motion spill that could last another century. In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to …

Damage Estimates Rise for Houston-Area Flooding

Authorities say flooding that’s claimed eight lives and displaced thousands of people in the Houston area has caused more than $14 million in damage and inundated more than 1,700 homes. They said Friday the damage figures from unincorporated areas of …

Not Enough House Support for Louisiana Motorcycle Helmet Repeal Bill

A bid to repeal Louisiana’s motorcycle helmet requirement narrowly failed in the state House. The measure fell shy Wednesday of the 53 votes needed to advance to the Senate for consideration. Lawmakers voted 49-46 in support of the measure. Rep. …

Ammonium Nitrate Still Located Near Texas Schools, Houses

A newspaper analysis has found that while some safety steps have been taken across Texas following the deadly 2013 explosion at a plant in West, tons of the same kind of fertilizer that exploded there can still be found near …

Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen Sentenced to Nearly 2 Years’ Jail

The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck must serve nearly two years in jail, a judge ordered Wednesday. Ethan Couch, who turned 19 Monday, was making his first appearance in adult court. Initially, state …

New Orleans Developers Want to Revive Katrina-Damaged Theme Park

Developers want to bring life back to a former Six Flags theme park at the edge of New Orleans, La., a tourist attraction long rusting away into an overgrown and ghostly spot of abandoned and vandalized amusement rides. In 2005, …

Oklahoma High Court Strikes Down Workers’ Comp Rule Deferring PPD Payment

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down part of the state’s workers’ compensation law, saying the provisions deprived workers of their due process rights and created a subclass of workers. The 7-2 decision invalidates a portion of the law, …

The Emerged Hail Risk: The Balanced Solutions

It has been a busy week. Again, not surprisingly, my article last week entitled “The Emerging Hail Risk: What The Hail Is Still Going On and Getting Worse” generated a lot of discussion. Mostly positive (even Chip Merlin has nice …

Less Risk of New Orleans Flooding According to New FEMA Maps

New federal maps say New Orleans is much less vulnerable to flooding than it was before Hurricane Katrina struck more than 10 years ago. As a result, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says, half of the city’s properties will see a big …

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