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  • Bayou Companies to expand at Port of Iberia

    August 27, 2015 9:56 AM

    NEW IBERIA- Another oil and gas service company will expand operations at the Port of Iberia. Bayou Companies is embarking on $39 million in upgrades to the pipe-coating facility at the port. The upgrades will provide specialty anticorrosion coating for deepwater pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. David Taldo, director... more »
  • Dozens missing in massive Chinese port blast

    August 13, 2015 2:22 PM

    TIANJIN, China - A port company says dozens of its employees are unaccounted for in the aftermath of the fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals in a Chinese port city. The company says a search is under way. The official death toll stands at 50, with more than... more »
  • Bridge over Little Sandy Creek reopens after repairs

    July 24, 2015 1:04 PM

    ZACHARY - City workers reopened a bridge in East Baton Rouge Parish Friday, one month ahead of schedule. The Department of Transportation reopened the Port Hudson Pride Road Bridge over Little Sandy Creek near Zachary Friday morning. In June, Engineers said some of the support timbers were rotting,... more »
  • Offshore oil port leasing space to traders

    April 4, 2015 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's offshore oil port, with huge underground storage caverns, was built to handle imported oil but is now leasing space to traders who need to store U.S. crude. Sources report that the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port recently auctioned 11.3 million barrels of monthly storage space and has... more »
  • American Cruise Lines to base new boat in New Orleans

    February 20, 2015 3:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - American Cruise Lines later this month plans to introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. Timothy Beebe, the company's vice president, said Thursday the new boat will help meet the growth in demand for river cruises. Construction of the 150-passenger American Eagle was recently... more »
  • Norwegian Cruise, Port of NOLA reach 4-year deal

    November 24, 2014 3:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Port of New Orleans president and CEO Gary LaGrange says Norwegian Cruise Line will keep at least one cruise ship sailing from New Orleans for the next four to seven years. New Orleans CityBusiness reports that the port and Miami-based cruise line signed a contract last week,... more »
  • Report: ship's crew member has malaria

    September 17, 2014 6:03 PM

    MARRERO - Four crew members of a Liberian-flagged cargo ship are being treated at a hospital here after becoming ill Wednesday. A few hours after one crew member arrived at the hospital, WWL TV reported a Jefferson Parish government official said federal health officials informed leaders that the patient... more »
  • Port Allen mayoral candidate released from jail

    March 14, 2014 2:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A candidate in the upcoming race for mayor of Port Allen, is out of jail this afternoon. Larry Bell was arrested on an outstanding warrant, after being accused of mistreating animals. Bell is among five candidates for mayor including Deedy Slaughter, who is fighting to get... more »
  • Obama to pitch US exports at New Orleans port

    November 8, 2013 8:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast to make the case that more exports equals more jobs. On Friday, he will tour the Port of New Orleans, where he'll speak about the need to boost exports and spend more on U.S. infrastructure projects like ports, roads... more »
  • Signatures certified for recall election of Port Allen Mayor

    September 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
  • Port Allen man arrested on attempted murder charges

    August 26, 2013 11:44 AM

    MARKSVILLE - A Port Allen man is in custody in Avoyelles Parish after he allegedly tried to run over sheriff's deputies and then led officers on a vehicle chase that went through two parishes. The Town Talk reports 45-year-old Kenneth Adams was arrested early Friday in Point Coupee Parish after... more »
  • Electrical fire reported at grain elevator

    June 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Firefighters responded to what is described as a small electrical fire at the grain elevator at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon. Emergency crews were dispatched around 1:30 a port spokeswoman said. She said the fire was minor and quickly dealt with, although firefighters in... more »
  • Disabled Carnival ship leaves Alabama port

    May 8, 2013 3:20 PM

    MOBILE, Ala.- The Carnival Triumph is headed back to sea three months after limping into port following an engine room fire. The cruise ship left the Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile under its own power Wednesday after extensive work to repair damage from the fire. Triumph is now headed to... more »
  • Carnival to keep sailing out of Orleans port

    February 28, 2013 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Port of New Orleans says Carnival Cruise Lines has signed a three-year extension of its current berthing agreement with the port. Port officials say there will be two Carnival cruise ships sailing year round from New Orleans through at least Feb. 12, 2016. Carnival has two ships... more »
  • Little time left to head off longshoremen's strike

    December 28, 2012 9:08 AM

    NEW YORK - Commerce could be brought to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston if a walkout by thousands of dockworkers takes place. More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday - a wide-ranging work stoppage would close cargo ports on... more »
  • Bond Commission backs loan for coal port facility

    November 15, 2012 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An Ascension Parish coal port facility has received permission from state officials for a $130 million tax-exempt borrowing plan that will be used to expand the plant. The Bond Commission approved the bond sale without objection Thursday, despite requests for postponement from New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy,... more »
  • Port may end sand company's lease

    November 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is considering whether to terminate the lease of a start-up company that was going to dry and sort sand at the port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen. The $10 million facility, which was going to prepare sand to barge out... more »
  • Report shows challenges for Miss. port

    August 7, 2012 10:56 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A report says the Port of Gulfport faces numerous challenges as it tries to capitalize on $570 million in federal money it was given after Hurricane Katrina. A report dated July 30 says the 36-foot channel depth limits the vessels that can use the port. Other challenges... more »
  • Report: Southeast, Gulf need deeper port harbors

    June 21, 2012 2:32 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal agency says seaports in the Southeast region need the most help getting ready to trade with supersized cargo ships expected to arrive soon through an expanded Panama Canal. A report to Congress released Thursday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says ports on the... more »
  • Grambling gears up for Port City Classic

    June 21, 2012 7:11 AM

    SHREVEPORT - The 2012 Port City Classic featuring the Grambling State University Tigers and the Alcorn State University Braves will be held Saturday, September 1, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kick-off for the game is set for 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at all Shreveport Federal... more »
  • Former officer accused of choking suspect

    March 7, 2012 7:12 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A former Port Allen police officer has been charged with choking a suspect during a traffic stop. A West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Jasmione Clark Tuesday on charges of second-degree battery and malfeasance for the Sept. 24 incident that prosecutors said left Port Allen resident... more »
  • Port Allen men arrested for extortion, theft

    March 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    Belle Rose- Authorities in Assumption Parish have arrested two men accused of extorting a large sum of money for an unwanted paint job at an elderly man's home in Belle Rose. The victim said the men asked to paint his home. The elderly man said he did not need... more »
  • Disabled cruise ship docks in Seychelles port

    March 1, 2012 4:12 AM

    VICTORIA, Seychelles - A disabled cruise ship has docked in a Seychelles port after three days at sea without power. Passengers lined the railings and a few began to clap as the Costa Allegra drew close to the crowded dock Thursday morning. The Seychelles Red Cross has set up several... more »
  • Port approves bond issue for improvements

    February 29, 2012 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Port of Greater Baton Rouge's board has voted to begin the process of issuing $200 million in bonds, backed by its grain elevator operator's letter of credit, for improvements to the grain facility. The Port Commission held a special board meeting Tuesday to consider Louis Dreyfus Corp.'s... more »
  • Coastal work set to begin on Caminada headland

    December 20, 2011 4:38 AM

    PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Officials say a $29 million project getting underway to rebuild beach, dunes and marsh along West Belle Pass near Fourchon Beach will help protect the oil and natural gas hub of Port Fourchon, an important port for the Gulf of Mexico oil fields. The Courier... more »
  • Illegal Christmas bonuses? check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 15, 2011 7:31 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The fallout from former Port Allen mayor Derek Lewis's corruption scandal has trickled down to city officials. And now, the city council has uncovered financial wrongdoings stemming back to 1994. An audit recently revealed that employees unknowingly received thousands of dollars in Christmas bonuses that... more »
  • Jeanerette company gets $192M Coast Guard contract

    November 7, 2011 4:54 PM

    JEANERETTE - Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette has a $192 million contract to replace the Coast Guard's fleet of small port security boats. The company will build up to 500 of the boats, which are about 28 feet long, for the Coast Guard, president and co-owner Chris Allard said... more »
  • Jury selected for Port Allen police chief trial

    October 20, 2011 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 12 jurors and four alternates who will deliver a verdict in the former Port Allen Police Chief's trial have finally been selected Thursday afternoon after almost two days of debating. Fred Smith is accused of violating the Rico act, mail fraud, wire fraud and racketeering... more »
  • Official fuming over Port Allen chemical incident

    July 19, 2011 7:20 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Acting Mayor R. J. Loupe is raising a stink after he says there was a communications breakdown during a chemical leak in Port Allen. It happened last night when asphalt was being loaded into a storage tank at the Center Point Terminal. A water-based additive was... more »
  • Port plans new building

    May 1, 2011 9:53 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- The Port of Lake Charles will build a new administrative headquarters so that federal law enforcement agencies can take over the current building. Port Director Bill Rase says the move to accommodate U.S. Customs and the Border Patrol at the port will take several years. He says... more »
  • Family and friends mourn crash victim

    February 28, 2011 6:03 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The mother of 18-year-old Trent Smith said she knew something was wrong when he didn't come home when he was supposed to Saturday night. Then, Tammy Bolden got a call no mother wants to hear: her son had died after losing control of his car and... more »
  • Fatal shooting in drug investigation ruled justified

    January 21, 2011 5:09 PM

    PORT ALLEN – A grand jury ruled today that a West Baton Rouge deputy was justified when he shot and killed someone during an undercover drug investigation. The shooting happened two weeks ago at the Motel 6 in Port Allen. Sheriff Mike Cazes said the deputy arranged to buy drugs... more »
  • One person shot, killed in undercover drug operation

    January 12, 2011 7:35 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An undercover drug operation in Port Allen ended with a fatal shooting, according to the sheriff of West Baton Rouge Parish. Sheriff Mike Caze confirmed to News 2 that an undercover operation involving his deputies and Louisiana State Police was taking place at the Motel 6... more »
  • Port Allen driver seriously injured in I-10 wreck

    January 10, 2011 2:16 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A woman from Port Allen was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash on I-10 in Ascension Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. Investigators say 42-year-old Tammy Taylor was driving east on I-10 this morning when her car ran off the road, crossed the median... more »

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