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  • Bills to speed oil and gas drilling considered

    November 20, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Three bills to speed up oil and natural gas drilling are being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the bills that's expected to win approval in the Republican controlled House today would restrict the Interior Department from enforcing proposed rules on hydraulic fracturing, or... more »
  • Facebook ban while driving is among La.'s new laws

    July 31, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Starting Thursday, tweeting while driving can get you a ticket. Posting the names of people who apply for concealed handgun permits can land you in jail. And selling cakes and cookies you bake at home face looser regulation. Those are among nearly 250 statutory changes that hit... more »
  • Higher fees put on hold for fireworks sellers

    June 20, 2013 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge allowed an out-of-state fireworks retailer today to avoid paying a higher permit fee to do business in Louisiana so they wouldn't miss the summer fireworks season. Judge Wilson Fields issued a preliminary injunction to allow C & A Pyro to buy the... more »
  • Jindal orders review of Texas Brine permits Play Video

    May 20, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal today ordered a review for all permits given to Texas Brine, the company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on last year, after he accused the company of dragging its feet in paying costs associated with the cleanup. "It has become clear... more »
  • Lawmaker files bill for parish-issued permits Play Video

    March 12, 2013 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriffs would be allowed to work out agreements for parish-issued concealed carry permits under a bill filed by Representative Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City. The bill would allow parish permit protection to extend to other parishes. It also blocks sheriff's office employees from sharing permit information with the... more »
  • New drilling operation near fiery I-10 blowout site

    November 20, 2012 9:43 PM

    RAMAH- Drilling crews have returned to an area where a drilling disaster happened in 2007. Then, a blowout preventer failed and ignited a fireball. The inferno shutdown the I-10 Basin Bridge for ten days. Since then, rules have been changed. Now, a company has received a permit to... more »
  • Hammond considers new alcohol permits

    October 17, 2012 7:06 AM

    HAMMOND - Police Chief Roddy Devall asked the Hammond City Council to consider rewriting its ordinances regarding the sale of liquor in businesses that are primarily designated as restaurants. Devall's comments came Tuesday as the council was considering its annual approval of High and Low Alcohol Permits for the... more »
  • Proposed swimming pool ordinance in Livingston Parish Play Video

    July 26, 2012 5:51 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Livingston Parish officials say a proposed swimming pool ordinance could mean the difference between life or death for children in the area. If approved, the ordinance would require fences around pools, maintenance of pools and parish permits before new pools can be constructed. This all... more »
  • EBR to consider moratorium on liquor permits, zoning

    July 26, 2011 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people claim alcohol causes crime. Now, there's a grassroots push to better regulate neighborhood stores that sell alcohol in Baton Rouge. It started with a temporary ban on liquor licenses just in South Baton Rouge. But other Metro Council members wanted in, so starting Wednesday, the... more »
  • Judge orders action on 6 deepwater permits

    May 10, 2011 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given the Obama administration 30 days to act on six permits for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued the order Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Ensco Offshore Co. and others. He rejected Interior Department... more »
  • Interior action ordered on two more drilling permits

    March 1, 2011 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge who overturned the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill ordered federal regulators on Tuesday to act on two more drilling permit applications. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled last month that the Interior Department must act within 30... more »
  • Drilling "permit-orium" center of panel discussion

    February 23, 2011 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle says he hopes global factors will influence Washington's drilling permit process. He says a moratorium on deepwater drilling after last year's spill has morphed into a "permit-orium", because the permit process is so difficult that activity in... more »
  • DEQ issues permits for Nucor plant

    January 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued the air quality construction and operating permit for Nucor Corp.'s direct reduced iron plant. This is the first phase of a project that could create over 1,200 jobs and bring in... more »
  • "Clean hands" ordinance seeks to clear unpaid tickets

    November 23, 2010 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council thinks they have a new solution for collecting thousands in unpaid parking fines. Mike Walker, who represents District 8, is introducing what he calls a “clean hands” ordinance. It requires anyone who wants to get a permit in the... more »
  • News media banned from offshore drilling conference

    November 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS--News organizations were barred from a conference over a company's claim that the government has not issued a single drilling permit, even though the moratorium was lifted last month. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the hearing would be held in his chambers, and news organizations had no... more »
  • BP mum on future plans in Gulf

    October 13, 2010 11:48 AM

    BP wouldn't say Wednesday whether it will seek new permits to drill in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico now that the moratorium imposed after its massive spill has been lifted. Other oil companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell, have made clear their intentions to begin drilling as soon as the... more »
  • Gov't to issue more shallow water drilling permits

    June 30, 2010 12:16 PM

    An Interior Department official says the government is expected to issue more permits for drilling in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The decision would not affect the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed in the aftermath of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. While drilling in shallow... more »
  • Rapides commission stops 'FEMA trailer' permits

    June 29, 2010 6:47 AM

    The Rapides Area Planning Commission won't issue permits for house trailers once used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency until legal issues are worked out. Tens of thousands are being sold at auction nationwide. The commission's chief building official, Lee Lemoine, tells The Town Talk that some have been put... more »
  • Obama extends stop on deepwater wells

    May 27, 2010 6:08 AM

    President Barack Obama is expected to announce Thursday that a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits will be continued for six months while a presidential commission investigates. Controversial lease sales off the coast of Alaska will be delayed pending the results of the commission's investigation, and lease sales planned... more »
  • La. man arrested in illegal dumping case

    February 19, 2010 5:09 AM

    The director of a company that operates several wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana has been arrested on charges he allowed untreated wastewater to be illegally dumped. Joseph L. Jones of Opelousas faces 12 felony charges involving alleged violations of Plaisance Development Corp.'s water discharge permits. Jones was arrested at his... more »

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