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  • More bodies found after severe Texas storms

    October 31, 2015 1:15 PM

    HOUSTON - The death toll from flooding in Texas has reached at least six after authorities found the body of an elderly woman who had been swept away from her home in the Austin area. Travis County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lisa Block says the woman's body was found Saturday afternoon.... more »
  • Public meeting set for toll road

    September 22, 2015 7:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A public meeting will be held next month on a proposed toll-bypass around Baton Rouge. The proposal comes on the heels of studies showing Baton Rouge has some of the worst traffic in the country for medium-sized cities. The Louisiana Transportation Authority set the public hearing for... more »
  • Calif. company examines La. toll road check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 17, 2013 6:21 PM

    GALVEZ- A Californian company is getting the opportunity to study the feasibility of a toll road connecting LA 42 in Ascension and LA 16 in Livingston. The two parishes handed over the reigns to American Transportation Partners to begin a two year study on the road. If the... more »
  • Parishes partner up for toll road

    October 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Parish Transportation Committee approved plans to build a toll road connecting the Ascension and Livingston parishes. The new road would start at the intersection of Highways 42 and 933 in Ascension, extending to Walker South Road in Livingston Parish. The tollway would cross the... more »
  • Debt for south La. toll bridge being refinanced

    September 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state is reworking its financing plans for a south Louisiana toll bridge that has been riddled with problems, to keep the tolls from rising beyond the current schedule. The State Bond Commission approved the pieces of the $176 million debt restructuring plan Thursday for La. Highway 1... more »
  • Toll confusion on Sunshine Bridge

    September 9, 2013 10:15 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- State Senator Troy Brown is clearing confusion, he said, was spawned by a coincidence of political chatter and highway work. People who use the Sunshine Bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parishes over the Mississippi River believe tolls booths are being installed. "When people drive past and... more »
  • Work continues on traffic plan for CCC toll plaza

    May 7, 2013 8:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - With the Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated, state transportation officials are continuing work on a traffic plan for the toll plaza. Voters rejected a 20-year extension of the tolls Saturday after the second vote on the issue. The Department of Transportation and Development tells The... more »
  • Toll from marathon bombing now more than 120

    April 15, 2013 7:00 PM

    BOSTON - Authorities say bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon have killed two people and injured more than 120. Eight hospitals report that they are treating at least 124 people. Of those, at least 15 are in critical condition. The injuries ranged from cuts and... more »
  • La. seeks federal loan to pay for bridge

    December 21, 2012 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials are trying to negotiate a $174 million federal loan to ease problems in paying for a toll bridge in south Louisiana. The $371 million bridge, which opened in 2009, is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Leeville and crosses Bayou Lafourche, just west of Grand... more »
  • Tolls will stay after final votes counted

    November 13, 2012 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tolls on the Crescent City Connection will continue for another 20 years after elections officials counted and certified final results Tuesday from the highly contested Nov. 6 referendum. The Times-Picayune reports approval of the extension hung on an eight-vote margin until Tuesday, when the final difference rose... more »
  • Bridge toll extension still in question

    November 7, 2012 5:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It could be this weekend before New Orleans area commuters know whether they will have to keep paying tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge. Secretary of State figures show a ballot item extending the tolls for 20 years had eight more "yes" votes than "no" votes.... more »
  • Sandy's death toll climbs

    October 30, 2012 12:29 PM

    NEW YORK - The number of dead from the superstorm that struck the Northeast has climbed to 34 -- with many of the victims killed by falling trees. At least 7.4 million people are without power. Lower Manhattan was among the hardest-hit areas after the storm sent a nearly 14-foot... more »
  • Tolls suspended on 2 bridges for Isaac

    August 27, 2012 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials say toll collection is being suspended on two major bridges in south Louisiana. The suspension affects the Louisiana Highway 1 bridge, an evacuation route for the Grand Isle and Port Fourchon areas along the coast, and the Crescent City Connection, which links the New... more »
  • 2 parishes start process to build new toll road

    August 27, 2012 10:07 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston and Ascension parishes are forming a toll road authority in an attempt to get a toll road built between the two parishes. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says the toll road would run between La. Highway 447 in Livingston Parish and Highway 42 in Ascension Parish,... more »
  • Vote on Livingston-Ascension toll route scheduled tonight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 23, 2012 5:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Parish Council is scheduled to vote tonight on creating a toll authority for the Livingston Ascension Throughway. The project would provide drivers with an alternate route between Airline Highway and Interstate 12. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks is optimistic the council will back the plan.... more »
  • Audit reveals problems with Leeville toll bridge

    July 30, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State auditors say an electronic toll collection system implemented on the LA 1 Bridge in Leeville three years ago continues to struggle with glitches that have been preventing it from collecting some toll violations. In a financial report released Monday, the state auditor's office said the Louisiana... more »
  • Toll payment lane on La. 1 bridge boosts payments

    July 18, 2012 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer of the Department of Transportation and Development says a troubled toll bridge in coastal south Louisiana has increased its collections by adding a payment lane on site. But DOTD Undersecretary Michael Bridges acknowledged the change last month also has encountered problems, including equipment... more »
  • 2 accidents raise US storm, blackout toll to 26

    July 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    BLUEMONT, Va. - The death toll blamed on storms and the ensuing blackout across the eastern U.S. is now at 26 after two accidents in Virginia. The sheriff's office in Loudoun County, on the Maryland border, said Wednesday a utility worker from Florida crashed after her truck had brake problems.... more »
  • Toll road proposed between Ascension and Livingston Parishes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 12, 2012 5:40 PM

    GONZALES - The proposed toll road connecting Livingston and Ascension Parishes is gaining steam, and construction could become a reality a year from now. An elevated toll way would connect Highway 42 near 933 in Ascension and Highway 447, commonly known as Pete's Highway in Livingston. Parish leaders... more »
  • Westbank Expressway gets support from Ascension Parish

    January 23, 2012 10:23 PM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council is supporting an idea that would create an expressway on the Westbank of the Mississippi from I-10 in Port Allen to I-310 in Boutte. Highway 3127 currently starts at Highway 70 in Donaldsonville and runs south to Boutte. Parish leaders and lawmakers say the... more »
  • Death toll rises in Baghdad explosions

    December 22, 2011 7:31 AM

    BAGHDAD (AP) - A series of explosions rocked Baghdad Thursday morning, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds more. Iraqi officials say the death toll has climbed to 57 and nearly 200 people were wounded in the attacks. Two roadside bombs exploded in western Baghdad while another blast... more »
  • Holden: Loop moving forward

    July 11, 2011 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden said planning for the loop is moving forward, yet Iberville, Ascension and Livingston Parishes have pulled out. The next phase of planning includes a "northern bypass" between the two remaining parishes on board, East and West Baton Rouge. West... more »
  • La. construction budget: No money for BR toll loop

    June 24, 2011 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The legislature dealt another blow to the proposed toll loop around Baton Rouge. Funding for the project was not included in the $2.7 billion construction budget. Iberville, Ascension and Livingston Parish Presidents opposed to loop for various reasons. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden... more »
  • Explosion at Japan nuke plant, disaster toll rises

    March 12, 2011 11:11 AM

    IWAKI, Japan- An explosion shattered a building housing a nuclear reactor Saturday, amid fears of a meltdown, while across wide swaths of northeastern Japan officials searched for thousands of people missing more than a day after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The confirmed death toll from Friday's twin disasters... more »
  • N.O. tolls used to pay Leeville bridge bill

    January 5, 2011 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas (luh-BAH) says toll revenue from the Crescent City Connection was improperly used to pay nearly $60,000 in bills for the toll bridge in Leeville. LeBas says the New Orleans bridge's account will be repaid from the state transportation trust fund. The... more »

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