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  • New facility to create & retain jobs in Livingston

    March 21, 2015 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A food distribution company plans a $16 million capital investment to build a new facility in Walker. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Larry Daigle, general manager of Louisiana operations for The Martin-Brower Company, say the project will help retain 160 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs. Martin... more »
  • 3 hospitalized following St. Gabriel Chlorine gas leak

    December 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Representatives from Olin Chlor Alkali confirmed an early morning leak of chlorine gas from a product storage tank at the company's St. Gabriel facility. According to the statement Olin Chlor Alkali's Tony Zagora, the release of the hazardous gas has been stopped. All employees at the... more »
  • New glass manufacturing facility announced for BR

    August 15, 2014 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new glass manufacturing facility is coming to Baton Rouge. Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced Glaz-Tech will make a $4 million investment to bring their new facility to the capital city. The new facility will create 50 direct jobs and 97 indirect jobs. Glaz-Tech recently... more »
  • St. Helena to get new school facility check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 24, 2014 5:24 PM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena College and Career Academy is gearing up for the school year by working to complete construction on a brand new facility. The building will have classrooms, a science lab, and administrative offices. It will hold between 700 and 800 students. The school was... more »
  • Ribbon cutting for Food Bank facility

    January 14, 2014 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank cut the ribbon on its new facility Tuesday. The new location in the Fraenkel Center at 10600 South Choctaw gives the food bank three times the square footage of its previous home. The food bank moved from its warehouse... more »
  • Money issues continue for Livingston animal facility check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A facility to house dangerous dogs in Livingston Parish has become what parish leaders call a "doggie hotel." "I tell everybody we don't have a shelter," said facility director Sam Digiralamo. "We have a shelter - a hotel - it's turned into a hotel." Digiralamo... more »
  • Jindal, BASF announce $42M investment in new facility

    September 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    GEISMAR - Governor Bobby Jindal, along with BASF officials have announced the company's plans for another major expansion in Louisiana. A new polyurethanes blending facility is set to be built in Geismar. The $42.6 million project now makes more than $350 million that BASF has invested in the... more »
  • New facility to help New Orleans jail reform plan

    August 23, 2013 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a planned Sept. 30 hearing on jail reforms in New Orleans, while the city advances plans for a new building to hold inmates who should not be mixed with the general jail population. Those plans were outlined in court papers... more »
  • All roads open after chemical leak prompts scare Play Video

    August 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The state Department of Environmental Quality said a leak at a chemical plant in West Baton Rouge has been stopped by emergency crews, and a recommendation for people in downtown Baton Rouge to shelter in place was lifted. The leak at ITC on River Road in... more »
  • An inside look at ExxonMobil check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- ExxonMobil opened its doors to local officials and the media today to give a first-hand look at their operations. "These kind of events are important to us because it gives us an opportunity to share with you about what we do," said plant manager Paul Stratford. ... more »
  • Privatization deal set for north La. LSU hospitals

    August 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Management of two LSU hospitals in north Louisiana will be turned over to a nonprofit foundation that has never run a patient-care facility, raising concerns about whether it has sufficient experience and financing to oversee the hospitals. The privatization of university-run hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe is... more »
  • Site of deadly explosion plans restart check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    GEISMAR - Operators of a chemical plant which exploded last month, killing two workers, announced plans today to reopen the facility by April 2014. On June 13 the Williams Olefins plant exploded after investigators said a catastrophic failure occurred in one of the heat exchangers associated with the propylene... more »
  • Bids received for St. Tammany crime lab

    May 3, 2013 9:08 AM

    SLIDELL- Five contractors have submitted bids on the proposed new St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office crime lab facility. The Times-Picayune reports the sheriff's office has 30 days to decide whether to accept the lowest bid. Officials say McMath Construction, LLC of Mandeville, submitted the lowest bid of $8.34 million on... more »
  • Council approves facility project in Gonzales

    April 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    GONZALES- City leaders approved plans for Emerson Process Management to build a new headquarters in Ascension Parish. It will be built on West Edenborne Parkway, off I-10 and adds about 60 jobs. It was briefly stalled because city leaders could not agree on zoning change until late last... more »
  • Council backs zoning change for Emerson project

    March 25, 2013 7:56 PM

    GONZALES - City leaders were able to agree on a zoning change, paving the way for a planned Ascension Parish headquarters for Emerson Process Management. Monday night, the city council was able to settle a disagreement by making changes over the type of special use permit the facility would... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan gets commission approval check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 12, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Civil Service Commission approved a play to layoff 350 employees at the state-run Southeast Louisiana Hospital, a mental facility located in Mandeville. The state is closing the hospital and allowing it to reopen under the control of private contractors. State health leaders say it's no... more »
  • Warehouse destroyed during chemical fire

    November 19, 2012 8:09 AM

    SLAUGHTER - An early morning fire has destroyed the Monolyte Laboratories, Inc. facility in Slaughter. Police Chief Walter Smith says one of his officers was flagged down around 1:30 a.m. Monday and told of what appeared to be fire and smoke coming from the Monolyte facility. Smith says no one... more »
  • Tulane's new football home will be Yulman Stadium

    November 2, 2012 10:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tulane says its new campus football facility will be known as Yulman Stadium. Richard Yulman is the owner of the mattress manufacturing company Serta International and a member of the Tulane board. He and his wife, Janet, donated $15 million toward construction of the $55 million... more »
  • Report: Isaac damaged 2 tanks, chemicals leaked

    September 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A chemical storage facility southeast of New Orleans that flooded during Hurricane Isaac reported to state officials that no more than about 38,700 gallons of chemicals leaked from two tanks damaged by storm surge and that an underdetermined amount of chemicals flowed off the facility's grounds. The... more »
  • Senator asks for legal opinion on hospital closure

    August 14, 2012 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is asking for an attorney general's opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal can close a state-run mental health facility in St. Tammany Parish without legislative approval. Sen. Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, says closing Southeast Louisiana Hospital in a... more »
  • State: 350 new jobs coming to Camp Minden site

    July 30, 2012 4:05 PM

    CAMP MINDEN - A planned maintenance facility for military vehicles at a north Louisiana National Guard training site is forecast to create 350 new jobs. Tiburon Associates Inc. and the state economic development department announced the plans for the facility at Camp Minden in a news release Monday. The state... more »
  • Evacuation, road closure in WBR continues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An evacuation and road closure in West Baton Rouge Parish after a chemical fire will continue into Wednesday, according to authorities. The Louisiana State Police said a fire that started yesterday morning at the storage facility was mostly out, with a few "hot spots" still burning.... more »
  • Woman's Hospital delays move into new facility

    April 13, 2012 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Woman's Hospital says it will delay the opening of its new Baton Rouge hospital and moving its patients because the building is not complete. Woman's had scheduled the patient move for June 3. Woman's President and Chief Executive Officer Teri Fontenot said Thursday staff training was set... more »
  • Head Start facility to reopen after mold found check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 24, 2012 2:58 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Workers gave the all-clear today for the largest Iberville Parish Head Start center to re-open after a small amount of mold caused supervisors to close it. The mold was found in a classroom on Monday, and officials chose to close the center today so a remediation specialist... more »
  • "Barre and Pilates" studio comes to Baton Rouge

    September 1, 2011 5:07 PM

    If you're busy and on the go, we have a low-impact fitness routine that may spark your interest. Instructor Erin Douglass with Baton Rouge's newest "Barre and Pilates" studio, called "Purely E" joined us on News 2 at 4:00 today to show the different way to workout. The class... more »
  • Final space shuttle launch bittersweet for NASA employees

    July 8, 2011 6:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As employees at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans watched and listened as the 135th space shuttle took off, there weren't cheers... At least for the first few minutes. For 30 years, NASA crews have built every external fuel tank right here in Louisiana. The... more »
  • Shaq' statue to be unveiled at LSU facility

    May 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will soon have a permanent fixture of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal executing one of his rim-rocking dunks. Herb Vincent, LSU associate vice chancellor for communications, tells The Advocate that the university plans to unveil a bronze, life-size statue of a young "Shaq" dunking in his... more »
  • Audit targets juvenile justice contracts

    February 11, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A recent state performance audit shows expensive problems within the Office of Juvenile Justice. Most of the issues deal with a lack of scrutiny for contracts, which amount to 40 percent of the office budget or $62 million dollars. Auditors say there is a good review... more »
  • Retired archbishop may get out of hospital

    December 27, 2010 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond says retired Archbishop Philip Hannan is expected to be moved from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility. The 97-year-old Hannan was hospitalized Dec. 19 because of shortness of breath, after more than a week in bed because of pneumonia. Aymond says... more »
  • Toys made by prisoners ready for delivery

    December 20, 2010 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dressed in military fatigues, inmates from the IMPACT group delivered boxes of hand-made toys today that will wind up with underprivileged children on Christmas. The wooden gifts were designed, built and paid for by inmates at the Hunt Correctional Facility. Catholic Charities selects families to receive... more »
  • Fire at storage facility in Baton Rouge

    December 6, 2010 6:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at a storage facility. It started around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning at 1800 Cedarcrest Avenue near Old Hammond Highway. News 2 has a crew on the scene and will update you with the latest information. more »
  • Fire destroys Bastrop manufacturing facility

    November 7, 2010 4:40 PM

    BASTROP, La.- A fire has destroyed one of the main industries in Bastrop. The News Star reports that a fire spread through Southern Plug and Manufacturing on Friday, burning for nearly 12 hours. General Manager Bob Green says that roughly 90 percent of the facility was gone, and... more »
  • La. plant foes petition EPA to block construction

    October 29, 2010 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, LA - Opponents of a proposed 10 million-barrel oil storage facility have filed a petition asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block construction of the project pending further regulatory review. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Community Strength claim the Petroplex International LLC facility near Vacherie would... more »
  • Lawmakers delay Jindal plans for juvenile prison

    October 21, 2010 4:31 PM

    Lawmakers have slowed Jindal administration plans to build a new juvenile prison facility in East Baton Rouge Parish, questioning its cost and impact on state debt limits. The Bond Commission delayed a vote Thursday on the $25 million borrowing plan for the Baker facility after legislators on the panel raised... more »
  • Ex-sheriff pleads guilty to Clean Water violation

    September 23, 2010 5:32 AM

    Former Iberia Parish sheriff Sidney Hebert has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by negligently operating a water treatment facility. Hebert was part-owner and president of Environmental Compliance Solutions LLC when state regulators inspected a company facility in 2009 and found wastewater bypassing the filtration system and flowing... more »
  • Judge vacates permit for saltwater disposal plant

    August 24, 2010 6:53 AM

    A state judge has vacated a Lafayette oil company's permit to create a saltwater disposal facility just south of Gueydan. The judge ruled the state Department of Natural Resource's Office of Conservation failed to adequately review Toce Energy's application to redrill a saltwater disposal facility in what had been an... more »
  • Gulf claims facility begins operating today

    August 23, 2010 5:47 AM

    Operations begin today at the new claims facility for damages from the Gulf oil spill. Ken Feinberg, the administrator for claims, says it was his idea, not BP's, to require that anyone who receives a final settlement from the $20 billion fund give up the right to sue. Feinberg also... more »
  • Bird rehab center moving out of hurricane zone

    July 5, 2010 9:38 AM

    A center where birds are cleaned of oil is moving about 100 miles inland to Hammond, La. Officials of the oil spill joint command center said the move will put the facility out of the coastal hurricane danger zone. Hammond is in Tangipahoa Parish, about 100 miles northwest of the... more »
  • Miss. firm expands its La. facility

    April 8, 2010 6:44 AM

    Daily Equipment Co., based in Jackson, Miss., will build an 11,000-square-foot heavy equipment dealership in Baton Rouge and increase its staff from 18 to 23 people. The Advocate reports Daily has operated in Baton Rouge since 1991 and has six sites and 168 employees from Biloxi, Miss., to Shreveport. The... more »
  • Petroplex facility permit upheld

    February 23, 2010 7:58 AM

    A Baton Rouge judge has affirmed the state Department of Environmental Quality's decision to grant an air permit for a planned petroleum storage facility along the Mississippi River in Vacherie. An attorney for a group called Community Strength, which had asked state District Judge William Morvant to overturn DEQ's decision... more »

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