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Photographer Sues Over Texas Mascot’s Pre-Sugar Bowl Charge

AUSTIN, Texas — A photographer is suing the owners and handlers of the University of Texas’ live mascot for negligence, saying he suffered permanent neck and back injuries when the longhorn steer charged out of its pen and plowed into …

4 Charged in Allegedly Staged Crash Settled for $4.7M

NEW ORLEANS — Four people have been charged in what prosecutors say was a staged wreck that was settled for $4.7 million. The indictment brought the total to 32 people accused of faking accidents with tractor-trailers to get insurance money, …

Dredge Scarcity Could Make Rebuilding Coast Slower, Costly

NEW ORLEANS — Just as Louisiana begins an ambitious slate of projects to rebuild its crumbling coastline, the essential ingredients — sea sand and river silt — will be harder to come by. That’s not because these materials are rare; …

State Takes Over Houston’s Harvey Home Repair Program

HOUSTON — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again. But when her mother, Dolores Torres, …

In Hurricane-Ravaged Louisiana, Residents Dig Out, Again

LAKE CHARLES, La. — First, Hurricane Laura roared ashore with its staggering, 150 mph (241 kph) winds. Then Hurricane Delta followed, with less wind but with ferocious downpours. The two back-to-back hurricanes in the space of six weeks have left …

Louisiana Bracing for 6th Hurricane to Make U.S. Landfall This Year

MORGAN CITY, La. — Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Forecasters …

Boil-Water Notice Lifted From Texas City Where Microbe Found

LAKE JACKSON, Texas — A boil-water notice was lifted Tuesday from the drinking-water system of a Houston-area city where water tainted with a deadly, microscopic parasite was blamed for the death of a 6-year-old boy. In a statement, the Texas …

Race Track Settles With Feds For Manure, Urine Discharges

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend …

Arkema, Executives Acquitted of Charges From 2017 Chemical Fire

HOUSTON, Oct 1 — A Texas judge on Thursday acquitted the U.S. arm of French chemical maker Arkema SA and a top executive of criminal recklessness stemming from a 2017 blaze that injured 21 people, a verdict that ended all …

$215M in BP Oil Spill Money to Restore Louisiana Marshes

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than 4,600 acres of marsh and other habitat in the New Orleans area, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. …

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