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  • 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 »
  • Troopers searching for person involved in hit and run

    December 21, 2010 5:54 PM

    PORT VINCENT - Louisiana State Police are investigating a hit and run crash that left an Ascension Parish woman brain-dead, according to her family. 22-year-old Crisy Hadley is on life support at a local hospital after the incident Monday night. Her brother Matthew said he was walking with her... more »
  • 5-year-old dies from injuries in school bus wreck

    December 6, 2010 5:10 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Louisiana State Police say a 5-year-old girl has died from critical injuries suffered last week when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a school bus. State police said Karen Stoute of Port Barre died Monday morning at Lafayette General Medical Center. The little girl was among three... more »
  • Mayor, children hospitalized after school bus accident

    December 3, 2010 10:43 AM

    PORT BARRE - Louisiana State Police say a tractor-trailer smashed into the back of a school bus driven by a local mayor after he stopped to pick up children, injuring 21 kids. Three of the children were hurt critically in Friday's wreck. The kids on board ranged in age from... more »
  • Victim identified in deadly interstate crash

    November 15, 2010 4:41 PM

    PORT ALLEN – State Police have identified the driver who was killed in a crash on I-10 that tied up traffic throughout Monday morning. 32-year-old Victoria Archangel of Lafayette was killed after investigators said she rear-ended a pickup while heading east on I-10, spinning out of control across the median... more »
  • Norwegian Spirit headed to new homeport in NO

    November 5, 2010 5:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Spirit will arrive Sunday in New Orleans, where it will be homeported. The 2,000-passenger vessel will do weekly cruises to the western Caribbean through April 2012. The ship will call at ports in Mexico, Belize and Honduras. more »
  • Port Hudson Mill to get $300 million upgrade

    October 20, 2010 3:51 PM

    The Port Hudson Mill in East Baton Rouge Parish is getting a $300 million upgrade that will create hundreds of new construction jobs and keep its current workforce busy. Governor Bobby Jindal and officials with Georgia-Pacific announced today that the mill was one of two sites picked to receive upgrades... more »
  • Port wants to attract casino development

    September 18, 2010 4:10 PM

    The Port of Lake Charles wants Louisiana's 15th and final riverboat casino allowed by law to locate on its property. The American Press reported that the port wants the casino to have a minimum $350 million investment and include a hotel, meeting rooms, entertainment facility, restaurants and amenities including a... more »
  • Spider-infested ship turned back from Guam landing

    July 20, 2010 6:06 AM

    A ship was turned away from the U.S. territory of Guam after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo. The Guam Department of Agriculture says hundreds of large spiders and thousands of smaller ones were seen when dockworkers began offloading insulation and beams for housing units from the ship, the... more »
  • Buy from the boat program up and running

    June 2, 2010 6:08 AM

    Folks in Delcambre with a taste for fresh seafood will like a new program set up by the port. An internet link will allow consumers to place their orders with commercial fishermen while the boats are still out at sea. According to the LSU AgCenter, in less than a month... more »
  • Arrest made in Port Allen Hit and Run

    May 14, 2010 2:32 PM

    Authorities in West Baton Rouge Parish have made an arrest into a Hit and Run involving a pedestrian. Port Allen Police say Tyrone Beard hit Carlos Edwards, of California, with his car. Edwards was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Beard was booked on one count... more »
  • Makeshift locks used to keep oil out of port

    May 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Officials at one of the nation's busiest ports are hoping that a simple wash-and-go system will keep out the oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Floating balls of tar already are showing up at the mouth of Mobile Bay. So authorities are setting up makeshift locks... more »
  • New company will create bio fuel in BR area

    April 21, 2010 10:12 AM

    A new company is coming to the Baton Rouge area and will create wood pellets used for bio fuel. The move is expected to create 100 jobs and more than $100 million in capital investments. The company, called Point Bio Energy, will start construction by the end of this... more »
  • Man wanted for robbery of video store

    January 15, 2010 2:39 PM

    Deputies in West Baton Rouge Parish are on the lookout for a man wanted for robbing the Adult Video Store in the 2800 block of Court Street. They say he walked into the store, walked around and then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and robbed the clerk. Anyone... more »
  • WBR deputies investigating trailer theft

    September 17, 2009 3:45 PM

    A retired couple from Tennessee says someone broke into their RV early this morning while they slept in the back of the camper. The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating. The crime happened at a campground off Highway 76 near Port Allen. The couple claims someone... more »
  • West Baton Rouge RV break-ins

    September 17, 2009 9:58 AM

    People in a RV park near Port Allen tell News 2 their campers were broken into overnight. They say it happened while they slept. We are looking into this developing story. more »

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