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Damages Phase of BP Gulf Oil Spill Trial Set for January 2015

The high-stakes penalty phase of BP’s trial over its role in the 2010 U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start next January, court officials said on Tuesday, and billions of dollars could be on the line. Fines under the …

Louisiana Residents Moving From Coastal Areas Due to Erosion

A new report says commuting statistics indicate that coastal parishes are losing residents because of coastal erosion. And it says those left behind tend to be those who cannot afford to move. The Data Center, based in New Orleans, said …

Meth Found in Fake Fire Extinguishers at Texas Border Checkpoint

Some fake red fire extinguishers have yielded more than $2.7 million worth of methamphetamine at a South Texas border checkpoint. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials late Monday announced details of the bust at the Falfurrias checkpoint on U.S. 281. …

Texas Apartment Complex Fire Damage Tops $100,000

Fire officials in Austin, Texas, say one man has died and damages are more than $100,000 after a blaze broke out an apartment complex. Name of the victim in the fire early Monday in northeast Austin hasn’t been immediately released. …

Pit Bull Owners Sue Louisiana Town Over Ban

A New Llano, La., couple filed suit against the town in federal court, claiming the town’s ban on pit bulls and pit-bull-like breeds violates dog owners’ equal protection, property and due process rights. The American Press reports Christine and Victor …

Texas Agent Faces 10 Years in Prison for Insurance Fraud Conviction

A Fort Worth man faces ten years in federal prison following a conviction for insurance fraud, the Insurance Department of Texas reported. Caleb Deason, an insurance agent for Transamerica Life Insurance Co., was convicted on charges of wire fraud and …

Hospital Outpatient Costs Key Driver of Injured Worker Medical Costs in Louisiana

Payments per claim for the medical care of injured workers in Louisiana were higher and growing faster than in most states, according to a 16-state study by the Cambridge-based Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The WCRI study, CompScope Medical Benchmarks …

4 Years Later, BP Oil Spill Compensation Battle Continues

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last …

Louisiana Sheriff Finds Dead Burglar in Oven Vent

Authorities in a New Orleans suburb say a business owner arrived at work to find the legs of dead man dangling from an oven vent in the building’s kitchen. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says the discovery was made Saturday …

BP Ends Louisiana Shore Clean-up 4 Years After Gulf Oil Spill

Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard moved cleanup of Louisiana’s coast to a new phase Tuesday, allowing BP to end its “active” efforts in the area. The Coast …

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