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  • Limit on La. lobbyist spending edges up to $58

    April 29, 2014 3:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a little bit more wining and dining legislators and others they seek to influence. Starting in July, the dollar amount that can be spent per person for an occasion is increasing to $58. The per-event limit had been $57. The limit applies to... more »
  • Chimp sanctuary spending cap may be lifted

    November 13, 2013 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Congress may lift the federal spending limit for the national federal research chimpanzee sanctuary in Caddo Parish. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., added a plan to lift the current $30 million cap on spending at Chimp Haven to an unrelated Senate health bill. It returns... more »
  • Possible cap on TOPS Scholarship check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While college students are enjoying Spring Break, state lawmakers are crunching numbers for the upcoming school year, thinking of ways to help the higher education institutions become financially independent. "Currently Louisiana is one of only three states where you have to come to the state legislature... more »
  • House speaker talks of capping TOPS program

    April 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says lawmakers need to find a way to control the costs of the state's free college tuition program known as TOPS. Kleckley says colleges need to be able to raise their tuition rates, but he says the state can't afford to continue increasing... more »
  • Source: Salary cap increases to $123 million

    March 1, 2013 10:35 AM

    NEW YORK - An NFL Players Association official familiar with the league's salary-cap negotiations tells The Associated Press the figure for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because no formal announcement... more »
  • NO likely to cap emergency OT pay

    December 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies. It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during... more »
  • Va. inventor claims design for BP well cap stolen

    June 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    ATLANTA - An inventor claims his design was the basis for the cap used to choke off the flow of oil to the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months after BP's undersea well blew in 2010. And he says it was stolen. Charles Adams of Radford, Va., filed a federal... more »
  • Six months after oil spill, much remains unknown

    October 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    The crude has stopped gushing and coastlines are largely clear of the thick goo that washed ashore for months, but the impact of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history will linger for years. Six months after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the environment and economy of the... more »
  • Blown Gulf well could be capped by Sunday

    September 15, 2010 12:53 PM

    The U.S. government's point man on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Wednesday that BP's blown-out well is expected to be permanently sealed and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five months after a rig explosion set off the disaster. National Incident Commander Thad Allen told reporters gathered at a... more »
  • Temporary cap that stopped oil gusher removed

    September 2, 2010 4:41 PM

    Engineers have removed a temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown-out well in mid-July. More oil is not expected to leak into the sea, but crews are on standby with collection vessels just in case. The cap was removed Thursday as a... more »
  • Feds downplay risk of oil leak when cap removed

    September 1, 2010 11:32 AM

    The federal government's point man on the Gulf of Mexico spill response says there is no "significant risk" that more oil will leak into the sea when engineers remove the temporary cap Thursday that first contained the gusher in mid-July. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Wednesday that vessels... more »
  • Gulf well temporary cap to be removed Monday

    August 27, 2010 11:32 AM

    The federal government says it will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap keeping oil from gushing out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that it can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man for the spill... more »
  • Oil spill work on hold as TS Bonnie approaches

    July 23, 2010 4:53 AM

    Work to permanently cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is at a standstill after ships were ordered to evacuate because of Tropical Storm Bonnie. There had been worries that the cap that has mostly contained the oil would have to be reopened and left gushing if... more »
  • Feds let BP keep oil cap closed for another day

    July 19, 2010 6:24 AM

    Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says he's authorized BP to keep the cap on its busted well for another 24 hours after the company pledged to closely monitor the seafloor for signs of a new leak. Allen says a federal science team held a conference call with BP representatives Sunday... more »
  • Obama says cap on Gulf oil spill is 'good news'

    July 16, 2010 9:28 AM

    President Barack Obama says BP's successful capping of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is "good news." The President says testing continues to determine whether the temporary cap can stay in place and be used to permanently stop the flow of oil. If not, Obama says the cap and other... more »
  • BP: No signs of underground leak

    July 16, 2010 7:45 AM

    BP says it is encouraged by early results from the latest cap on the Gulf well. At this time there is no sign of an underground leak. Over the next two days, BP will take regular pressure readings. A drop might indicate that oil is leaking somewhere else, such as... more »
  • LSU scientist explains well cap testing

    July 15, 2010 10:13 PM

    There's no oil leaking into the Gulf for the first time since April. BP closed all three valves on a new cap over the blown-out well. Engineers are checking pressure readings every six hours to make sure the cap and well hold up. If it works, it's not clear... more »
  • Testing to resume on cap

    July 15, 2010 9:03 AM

    BP says it hopes to restart the testing process on the cap it put on top of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, now that a leak in the machinery has been fixed. Testing of the cap's capabilities could begin later today. The work was interrupted after a leak was... more »
  • Delay on containment cap

    July 14, 2010 11:48 AM

    Oil will continue to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration has ordered BP to stop work on its plans to control the leak in order to answer questions from government scientists. An administration official, who doesn't want to be identified, says the government is acting... more »
  • BP to start testing new cap on Gulf oil well

    July 13, 2010 7:29 AM

    A new, tighter cap will be tested today to see if it can stop spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP plans to gradually shut the valves to see if the oil stops or if it starts leaking from another part of the well. BP robots finished attaching the... more »
  • Oil unleashed temporarily in attempt to contain it

    July 11, 2010 9:14 AM

    Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are being allowed to spew into the fouled waters of the Gulf of Mexico while BP engineers prepare to install a new containment system they hope will catch it all in the coming days. Officials say there's no guarantee for such a delicate... more »
  • Tricky operation in plan for this weekend

    July 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    It's going to get worse, before it gets better in defending our coast. Workers at the BP site will try a tricky operation this weekend, that they hope will eventually capture more oil from the spewing well. But for possibly a couple of days, more oil will gush... more »
  • Containment cap delayed

    July 6, 2010 11:32 AM

    Bad weather conditions strike the Gulf again, this time delaying the hookup of a new containment vessel to the gushing well head. The Helix Producer was hoped to be hooked up to the cap tomorrow. Now, it won't be for at least a few more days; a spokesman for... more »
  • Cap again collecting oil from Gulf leak

    June 23, 2010 9:55 PM

    The logistics coordinator on board the ship that's been siphoning oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico tells the Associated Press that a cap on top has been reattached and is again capturing some of the crude. The on the bridge of the Discoverer Enterpriser says the... more »
  • Containment dome: capturing 630,000 gallons per day

    June 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    The oil containment process in the Gulf of Mexico is capturing up to 630,000 gallons of oil a day, and that amount could double by next week, according to Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. He acknowledges that the amount of oil being contained is close to exceeding the capacity on... more »
  • Allen: Containment cap continuing to show promise

    June 8, 2010 9:29 AM

    Adm. Thad Allen says a containment cap installed on the BP rig is helping to limit the leak. Allen says more than 14,800 barrels of oil have been kept out of Gulf waters in the last 24 hours. Allen also says the amount of oil kept from spilling into the... more »
  • BP plans to replace containment cap next month

    June 7, 2010 3:00 PM

    BP says it is planning to replace a cap over the blown out oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico with a slightly bigger cap next month. Company officials believe the bigger cap will fit over more of the outflow pipes than the current cap. ... more »
  • Coast Guard says more oil being captured

    June 7, 2010 9:32 AM

    Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the cap on the damaged oil well is now keeping up to 462,000 gallons of oil a day from leaking into the Gulf. Allen says crews hope to increase the amount that's collected at the surface. He says BP is anticipating moving another ship... more »
  • BP exec says cap is collecting some oil in Gulf

    June 4, 2010 6:34 AM

    BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says a cap that's been placed atop a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been collecting some oil but he doesn't know how much. Suttles says oil has started flowing up the pipe from the cap. It will be later in... more »
  • Cutting pipe "significant step forward"

    June 3, 2010 11:52 AM

    The government's point man for the Gulf oil spill says it's "a significant step forward." BP has used giant shears to cut off part of a leaking oil pipe so a cap can be placed over the gusher. The shears succeeded where a saw failed Wednesday. But Coast Guard... more »
  • BP may cap well with dome if "Top Kill" fails

    May 24, 2010 2:32 PM

    BP officials say that if their attempt to plug the leaking Gulf of Mexico well by injecting it with heavy drilling mud fails, they will likely try to cap it with a small containment dome. They are hoping to launch the massive "top kill" maneuver Wednesday. BP officials... more »
  • BP to permanently cap leaking Gulf oil well

    May 17, 2010 2:53 PM

    BP says it is not try to produce oil through a blown-out well that's been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico ever again. Officials say the right thing to do is just plug the well for good. However, BP officials did not rule out drilling elsewhere to tap the... more »

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