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Two workers rescued from Louisiana sinkhole updated: Fri Aug 17 2012 00:31:00

Two workers were rescued Thursday after at least 50 feet of earth collapsed into a sinkhole that appeared nearly two weeks ago in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, officials said.

Louisiana sinkhole expected to keep residents away at least a monthupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 22:03:00

Residents living near a sinkhole in a southern Louisiana bayou are not expected to be allowed to return home for at least another month, officials said Friday.

Louisiana probes cause of massive bayou sinkholeupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:45:00

Louisiana officials are investigating whether an underground salt cavern may be responsible for a large sinkhole that has swallowed 100-foot-tall cypress trees and prompted evacuations in a southern Louisiana bayou.

Sinkhole tested for radioactivityupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:45:00

Scientists took samples from the giant sinkhole in Louisiana to test them for naturally occurring radioactive material.

Louisiana charter school changing pregnancy test requirementupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 14:43:00

A Louisiana charter school is changing a policy that required pregnant students to be removed from class and home-schooled, pending board approval, a school official said Thursday.

Louisiana school reconsiders policy that can force students to take pregnancy testupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 11:40:00

A publicly funded school in Louisiana said Tuesday that it may rethink requiring students suspected of being pregnant to be tested medically and, if pregnant, to be home schooled.

Economy top issue for Louisiana votersupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 11:26:00

Tom Foreman reports on what the Louisiana primary exit polls reveal about voters.

Rains soak, flood southern Louisianaupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 08:21:00

Record floodwaters inundated parts of southern Louisiana early Tuesday after intense rains caused flash flooding and prompted hundreds of rescues.

Intense rains cause flash flooding, spur evacuations in Louisianaupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 21:04:00

A burst of intense rain caused perilous flash flooding Monday in parts of Louisiana, spurring the rescues of hundreds -- from people marooned inside their homes to middle school students stranded on a bus.

Tropical storm batters Louisianaupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 23:19:00

Tropical Storm Lee worked its way over southern Louisiana, drenching some coastal areas and flooding streets.

Gulf coast states prepare as Tropical Storm Lee loomsupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 20:54:00

People in states along the U.S. Gulf coast braced Friday for strong winds and up to 20 inches of rain as Tropical Storm Lee slowly churned towards land.

Louisiana paper mill shuts down during fish kill probeupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 15:10:00

A paper mill in Louisiana is working closely with environmental officials to help determine what caused thousands of dead and dying fish to wash up along the banks of the Pearl River, a spokesman with the state Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

No terrorism link found in Louisiana pipe bomb discoveryupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 13:56:00

Ten homemade pipe bombs found in a pickup truck in Louisiana are not linked to terrorism, the FBI said Tuesday.

Louisiana police recover homemade bombs at accident siteupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:40:00

Ten homemade pipe bombs were found in a pickup truck that wrecked in Louisiana Monday morning, police said.

In Louisiana, Corps closes last bays at Bonnet Carre Spillwayupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:17:00

The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday closed the last floodgates on Louisiana's Bonnet Carre Spillway, which was opened May 9 to prevent the Mississippi River from flooding New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Wildlife rush for high ground in flood areasupdated: Wed May 18 2011 09:43:00

Please don't feed the animals. Or touch them. Or do anything to keep them from crossing levees to escape rising floodwaters.

Louisiana parish evacuates before floodsupdated: Mon May 16 2011 22:45:00

Mandatory evacuations begin in low-lying areas of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.

Flooding worries continue in Louisianaupdated: Mon May 16 2011 11:13:00

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports from Krotz Springs, Louisiana, where residents are being evacuated ahead of flooding.

For Louisiana town, a collective gasp as it braces for floodwatersupdated: Fri May 13 2011 22:09:00

On a two-lane road that cuts through a dense forest of Louisiana cypress trees, intermingled with narrow, dark creeks, sits a small community trapped in the path of a looming disaster.

Louisiana braces for flooding onslaughtupdated: Thu May 12 2011 22:41:00

Residents of the Atchafalaya Basin in south-central Louisiana, already urged to evacuate, late Thursday awaited a formal decision on whether a spillway will be opened, sending millions of gallons of floodwaters their way.

Louisiana doctor describes clusters of ailments among Gulf residentsupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:17:00

Some Gulf Coast residents and former clean-up workers are suffering from an array of mysterious illnesses, according to a Louisiana physician who has treated dozens of patients complaining of similar symptoms.

Decapitated bald eagle found in Louisiana ditchupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 06:26:00

A brutal, fatal case of suspected cruelty to animals is under investigation in Louisiana, the state's wildlife department said in a press release Tuesday.

Tornado shakes Louisiana townupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 18:35:00

A tornado rips through a Louisiana drug store.

Tornado wreaks havoc in Louisianaupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 12:49:00

A powerful storm sweeps across Louisiana, bringing at least one tornado and wreaking havoc on Mardi Gras festivities.

Cleanup work continues in Louisiana city after tornadoupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 12:49:00

Utility companies will return Sunday to restore power in parts of Rayne, Louisiana, after a tornado pummelled the region, killing at least one person.

Mother killed protecting daughter during tornado, mayor saysupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 23:02:00

A mother died trying to protect her daughter when a tornado hit her home, a Louisiana mayor said, one of at least two twisters tied to a weather system that's caused major damage in the state and wreaked havoc on Mardi Gras festivities.

Louisiana officials: Parts of coastline still heavily oiledupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 04:18:00

More than eight months after an oil rig explosion launched the biggest oil disaster in U.S. history, Louisiana officials say they're still finding thick layers of oil along parts of the state's coastline.

Dead birds litter Louisiana roadsupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 06:13:00

State officials are baffled at what could be causing the deaths of thousands of birds. WAFB reports.

At least 2 Louisiana students critically hurt when truck hits busupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 17:46:00

A tractor-trailer slammed into a school bus driven by the mayor of a Louisiana town Friday morning, critically injuring two children.

Lady Godiva arrested after stealing cabupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 10:44:00

A naked woman took a Louisiana cab on a joyride this week, police said.

Louisiana guide charged with hunting threatened alligatorsupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 13:49:00

A licensed Louisiana alligator hunter and guide who took clients on sport hunts has been indicted on three counts of violating federal laws protecting the threatened American alligator.

Money Magazine: Investing for a grandson's educationupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 11:14:00

Q: We'd like to invest $100 a month for our new grandson's education. What's the best way to do it? -- Shari J., New Orleans

Primary voters set to head to polls in Louisiana, West Virginiaupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 17:02:00

Primary voters are set to head to the polls this weekend, this time in Louisiana and West Virginia.

Five years later, Gulf coast gets more help for Katrina damageupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 12:04:00

Just five days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastating assault on the Gulf coast, millions of dollars are heading to public and private projects for Louisianans still trying to recover, two top Obama administration officials said at a news conference Tuesday.

Commercial fishing resumes in some Louisiana parishesupdated: Sat Aug 14 2010 18:15:00

Several commercial fishing areas that were closed because of the BP oil spill had an "emergency reopening" Saturday, Louisiana officials said.

Gulf storm system becomes tropical depressionupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 05:30:00

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico as the fifth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the southeastern Gulf.

'Evacuteers' ready to come to the rescueupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 05:30:00

Tom Foreman reports on group determined to build up a program to help those who need it during emergency evacuations.

Advocates sue Louisiana school officials for handcuffing childupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 13:45:00

Rights advocates filed a class-action lawsuit against Louisiana school officials for repeatedly handcuffing and shackling a 6-year-old boy, attorneys for the advocates said Thursday.

Fortune: The boom and gloom Louisiana economyupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:09:00

The closer you get to the sea in Louisiana, the angrier the rhetoric on the homemade signs posted by the side of the road. From, "BP, your mother nature said to clean your room," to, "Cannot fish or swim, how the hell are we supposed to feed our kids now?"

162 cases of illness linked to oil spill reported in Louisianaupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 19:41:00

Exposure to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in 162 cases of illnesses reported to the Louisiana state health department, according to a report released Monday. Of those cases, 128 involved workers on oil rigs or individuals involved in the oil spill cleanup efforts, the report said.

Pastor walks and prays along Gulf coastupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 10:16:00

A pastor is walking along Mississippi and Louisiana's Gulf Coast praying about the oil disaster. WLOX reports.

Louisiana lawmakers propose prayer to stop oil disasterupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 10:16:00

While cleanup crews and technical teams continue efforts to stop crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana lawmakers are proposing a different approach: prayer.

Louisiana cleanup crews trampled pelican nests, official saysupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 09:55:00

Crews cleaning up the oil in one Louisiana parish have trampled the nests and eggs of birds including the brown pelican, which came off the endangered species list last year, the head of the parish said Wednesday.

Brown pelican long a symbol of survivalupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 08:03:00

Long before the brown pelican came to symbolize the tragedy of the Gulf oil spill, the giant bird stood for something much greater: survival against all odds.

Louisiana demands justice, not charityupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 07:24:00

Henry Ford once described history as "one damned thing after another." And he didn't even live in Louisiana.

Louisiana fighting the flow of oil with sandbagsupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 15:43:00

There's a constant thunder of helicopters this weekend around Scofield Island and Pelican Island on the Louisiana coast.

Birds scrubbed clean at rescue stationupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 09:58:00

CNN's Brian Todd visits a pelican rescue station in Louisiana, where the number of birds treated continues to grow.

At wildlife rehab center, oiled pelicans get a second chanceupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 09:58:00

The sign out front points the way: birds, please enter to the right; humans, enter on the left.

Louisiana gets White House OK for dredge planupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 18:35:00

The White House has ordered BP to fully fund Louisiana's plan to dredge up walls of sand to protect coastal marshes from the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday.

States change applications for Round Two of Race to the Topupdated: Mon May 31 2010 18:12:00

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again -- especially if the end result is a portion of $3.4 billion to be used for education in your state.

Investigation under way into sick oil workersupdated: Fri May 28 2010 08:43:00

Seven oil spill recovery workers who were hospitalized in New Orleans after complaining of feeling ill were properly trained and had protective gear on, according to the the federal on-scene coordinator for the oil spill response effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

Feds give partial OK to Louisiana dredge planupdated: Thu May 27 2010 17:40:00

The federal government gave partial approval Thursday to Louisiana's plan to keep oil out of coastal estuaries by dredging up new barrier islands, the official leading the government's response to the Gulf of Mexico spill said.

Louisiana demands federal action on dredge planupdated: Sun May 23 2010 19:27:00

Frustrated Louisiana officials Sunday demanded the federal government approve their plans to dredge up walls of sand to protect delicate inland estuaries from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Wind shift threatens Louisiana coast with oil slick, governor saysupdated: Tue May 11 2010 06:51:00

A wind shift could push more oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon gusher into the Mississippi Delta and areas west of the river, which is "bad news for Louisiana," Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday afternoon.

Saving a business from oilupdated: Mon May 03 2010 12:35:00

One Mississippi businessman fears the oil spill will kill his seafood business. CNN's Sarah Hoye reports.

Oil spill changes everythingupdated: Mon May 03 2010 07:32:00

The oil disaster plaguing the Gulf of Mexico and our coastal states puts our desperate need for a new clean energy economy in stark relief. We need to move away from dirty, dangerous and deadly energy sources.

Fishermen help along Louisiana coastupdated: Sat May 01 2010 15:35:00

Fishermen are getting hit hard after the oil spill but are offering help to clean up. WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto reports.

Oil slick's impact on animalsupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 17:46:00

CNN's Ali Velshi speaks to Zoo Atlanta's Sam Rivera about what happens to birds during and after an oil slick.

Gulf Coast birds in dangerupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 17:46:00

Humans have always looked to birds for joy, inspiration and comfort, but if we look toward the birds of the Gulf Coast today, we feel no comfort, only a deep and growing unease.

Removing a justice of the peace in Louisiana no cakewalkupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 02:33:00

Two disgruntled Louisiana newlyweds have called for the dismissal of a justice of the peace who refused to marry the interracial couple, and have even been joined in their fight by the governor, who said the official's license should be revoked.

Louisiana barge workers find wreck; 5 boaters deadupdated: Thu May 21 2009 17:54:00

Five people were killed when their boat struck a barge in southern Louisiana, the Terrebonne Parish sheriff said Thursday.

Noose found on desk of Louisiana homeland security employeeupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 15:35:00

A noose was found Wednesday on the desk of an African-American supervisor at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, according to the agency's director.

It's Election Day in Louisianaupdated: Sat Dec 06 2008 22:06:00

Four weeks and four days after the November 4 elections, it's Election Day all over again in Louisiana.

Police: Papers seized from Klan leader accused of murderupdated: Wed Nov 12 2008 19:12:00

Authorities say they confiscated documents related to the Ku Klux Klan from the Louisiana home of a man accused of killing a woman who tried to join the group.

People.com: Britney Spears Brings Her Boys to Louisianaupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 08:39:00

For the first time since losing custody, the pop star takes Preston and Jayden out of state

People.com: Dad Testifies Britney Spears's Home Is Louisianaupdated: Fri Oct 17 2008 10:37:00

Jamie Spears insists in his daughter's driving-without-a-California-license trial that she plans to return to the South

Time.com: Ike Spills Half a Million Gallons of Oilupdated: Sun Oct 05 2008 14:00:00

The environmental damage of Hurricane Ike is only now becoming apparent: At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico

Lack of electricity may complicate new evacuationsupdated: Fri Sep 05 2008 16:14:00

The federal government is "working with great urgency" to restore one-third of the households in Louisiana that still have no power days after after Hurricane Gustav, the chief of Homeland Security said Friday.

Louisiana governor: Speed up power grid repairsupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 19:36:00

The governor of hurricane-battered Louisiana said Wednesday that the prospect of some areas of the state being without electricity for weeks, as power company officials have warned, is unacceptable.

Time.com: La. Hospitals Could Be Evacuatedupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 19:00:00

The Associated Press has learned that some 800 patients in a dozen Louisiana hospitals may have to be evacuated in the next three days because the facilities do not have air conditioning

Louisiana delegation torn between family, dutyupdated: Sun Aug 31 2008 18:46:00

With Hurricane Gustav bearing down on their state, Louisiana delegates to the Republican National Convention on Sunday were torn between party duty and concern for family back home.

Time.com: Can Louisiana Take Gustav's Punch?updated: Fri Aug 29 2008 10:00:00

As another storm heads its way, New Orleans is still vulnerable -- but not quite as vulnerable as it was before Katrina

Time.com: Fay's Remnants Spread Across Southupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 13:00:00

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay spread over a wide swath of the South on Monday, bringing heavy rain and wind as forecasters warned of possible flash flooding and tornadoes from Louisiana to Georgia

FEMA gives hurricane supplies back to Louisianaupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 20:06:00

Some of the $85 million in hurricane relief supplies given away as federal surplus will be sent back to Louisiana and given to nonprofit agencies for distribution, the state's hurricane recovery office said Tuesday.

Time.com: The Gulf's Growing 'Dead Zone'updated: Tue Jun 17 2008 12:00:00

Fertilizer and other agricultural waste pouring into the Gulf of Mexico creates a larger and larger patch of lifeless ocean each year. Finally, the EPA has a plan of attack. Is it enough?

Crowds cheer Obama in Virginiaupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 10:28:00

Sen. Barack Obama campaigns Sunday in Alexandria, Virginia, two days before the state's primary.

Analysis: Obama has advantage in weeks aheadupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 10:28:00

Sen. Barack Obama's dominant coast-to-coast performance this weekend set a new tone for the post-Super Tuesday phase of an unprecedented struggle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Louisiana voters have their say in primaryupdated: Sat Feb 09 2008 23:10:00

Louisiana Republicans looking for a candidate who shares their values or says what he believes cast their ballots for former Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee during Saturday's GOP primary, exit polls showed.

People.com: Alleged Teen Hijacker Targets Hannah Montana Concertupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 15:02:00

A Louisiana teenager was arrested Tuesday for allegedly planning to hijack a Southwest Airlines jet and crash it into a Hannah Montana concert scheduled for Friday night in Lafayette, Louisiana, CNN reports.

Teenager arrested in suicide hijacking plotupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 11:24:00

Authorities have charged a teenage boy who said he planned to hijack a commercial jetliner in an attempt to commit suicide, an FBI spokesman told CNN late Thursday.

Noose incidents: Foolish pranks or pure hate?updated: Thu Nov 01 2007 07:26:00

The media spotlight might have shone most intensely on Jena, Louisiana, but a symbol of racial violence has been hung across America lately, spurring anger, resentment and a big question.

Time.com: Jindal Triumphant in Louisianaupdated: Sun Oct 21 2007 13:00:00

The young Republican Congressman cruises to victory as the nation's first Indian-American governor

Indian-American to lead Louisianaupdated: Sun Oct 21 2007 09:01:00

Son of Indian immigrants is poised to become the youngest U.S. governor and the state's first minority chief since Reconstruction.

Humberto wanes, leaving floods and damage behindupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 02:04:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared Galveston, Jefferson and Orange counties disaster areas Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Humberto, a quick-forming storm that hit the state with surprising intensity.

CNNMoney: Fastest-growing housing marketsupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 22:59:00

Pinal County, Ariz., was the fastest-growing housing market in the nation last year, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday.

Nukes flown across U.S.updated: Thu Sep 06 2007 01:47:00

Nukes flown across U.S.

Fortune: New Orleans: Where's the money?updated: Wed Aug 29 2007 06:17:00

Ask New Orleanians how their city is faring these days, and their responses follow an eerily consistent arc. They begin with gratitude that you bothered asking and then move on to recitations of all the good that's going on.

Cities look at banning saggy pantsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 23:25:00

Hike up those pants. Droopy drawers that bare skin or underwear might soon be forbidden fashion on the streets of several cities, and violators could be forced to part with some cash.

FSB: A solution to the insurance crisis?updated: Wed Aug 22 2007 01:37:00

As Louisiana insurance commissioner, Jim Donelon has heard it all - the stories of quadrupling premiums, abrupt cancellations, disappearing carriers, denied claims. Consumers and business owners in this hurricane-battered region can recite all the reasons they want him to make property coverage more affordable, more available, and more effective. Donelon favors solutions that encourage competition, including adding Louisiana to the growing list of states that permit businesses to band together to create their own locally based "captive" insurance companies. Louisiana's enabling legislation is scheduled to be introduced next spring.

Fortune: The next energy crisisupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 23:29:00

Port Fourchon feels like the edge of the world. As you drive south on Louisiana Highway 1 through Bayou Lafourche, open marshes seem to stretch endlessly until you reach this spot, 60 miles below New Orleans. There, the marsh once known as trembling prairie meets the Gulf of Mexico.

Fortune: New Orleans: Risky business for insuranceupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 00:50:00

Silver-haired and 62, Jim Donelon has never worked so hard. The New Orleans-born lawyer and politician has suddenly become a traveling salesman of sorts. His pitch: "Come sell insurance in New Orleans."

Time.com: Could Jefferson's Fall Be Nagin's Gain?updated: Mon Jun 18 2007 13:45:00

The New Orleans mayor could fill a vacuum if the state's most influential African-American politician goes down

New Orleans mayor: Where is the promised money?updated: Mon Jan 29 2007 19:16:00

About half of New Orleans' residents have returned since Hurricane Katrina, but red tape and race and class issues have held up recovery efforts, Mayor Ray Nagin said Monday.

Flocking to Louisianaupdated: Thu Jan 25 2007 10:36:00

They don't make a sound. They just appear as a burst of pink. But in this flat world of tan grasses and steel-gray water, a wave of roseate spoonbills against a bright blue sky sets off visual alarms as arresting as lightning flashes.

Tornadoes strike Texas, Louisianaupdated: Mon Oct 16 2006 11:13:00

At least four tornadoes were reported to have touched down Monday morning in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana, the National Weather Service said.

Fortune: The long, strange resurrection of New Orleansupdated: Tue Aug 29 2006 12:38:00

Ruthie Frierson's dining room does not look like the birthplace of a populist rebellion. The room is quiet, insulated from any street noise, with treatments in heavy fabric around the windows.

Fortune: How the energy business is drowning Louisianaupdated: Mon Aug 14 2006 14:03:00

The swampland of coastal Louisiana, often thought of as a folkloric backwater, is in fact the nation's most important petrochemical complex: an archipelago of some 4,000 oil and gas platforms.

Fortune: New Orleans' biggest problem isn't failing leveesupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 11:57:00

Generally speaking, Foster Creppell is not out to change the system. His main gripe about corporate America is that not enough of it stays at Woodland Plantation, the antebellum mansion in Plaquemines Parish that he has transformed into an elegant country bed-and-breakfast. (You may know what Woodland looks like: Its portrait adorns the label of Southern Comfort liqueur.)

showbuzzupdated: Fri May 12 2006 14:28:00

Leif Garrett was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years' probation after opting out of a drug treatment program.

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