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  • Fatal accident during Katrina storm surge project

    March 14, 2015 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a construction worker has died after an accident on a structure to block storm surge from a canal that breached during Hurricane Katrina. The 17th Street Canal is now protected by temporary gates and pumps. The Army Corps of Engineers and Bob Kula of Kiewit... more »
  • Dozens arrested in WBR drug roundup Play Video

    February 19, 2015 11:54 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Authorities accused a former school worker of selling prescription narcotics Thursday and arrested her as part of a drug warrant roundup. Deputies accused Keashu King-Wright of selling drugs such as oxycodone, diazepam, morphine, xanax, and valium among others. A sheriff's office spokesperson said King-Wright used... more »
  • Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

    November 21, 2014 12:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A drilling company says a worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC says another worker suffered "visible injury" and two other workers reported ringing in their... more »
  • Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:12 AM

    FORT KENT, Maine - All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. It was the second time in two... more »
  • Chevron draining natural gas after worker death

    September 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say that Chevron is still releasing natural gas from a pipeline off the Louisiana coast where a Saturday incident killed a maintenance worker. Col. Mike Edmonson, the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said Sunday his agency and the U.S. Coast Guard intend to send a... more »
  • Fast food protests expected in push for higher pay Play Video

    September 4, 2014 2:07 AM

    NEW YORK - Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, according to labor organizers of the latest national protest to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. This time organizers said they... more »
  • Official: North Dakota tornado injured 9 people

    May 27, 2014 2:11 AM

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. - An emergency management official says a tornado that struck a North Dakota oil worker camp injured nine people, one of them critically. McKenzie County Emergency Management Director Jerry Samuelson says the tornado that struck the camp about 5 miles south of Watford City on Monday destroyed... more »
  • Sunshine bridge worker dies from fall

    March 12, 2014 3:17 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A 36-year-old man working on the Sunshine Bridge repair project died Sunday after he fell approximately 100 feet from the bridge, the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office said. Marcos Rodregues, who address was not known, was pronounced dead at Prevost Hospital in Donaldsonville shortly after the 3:45 pm... more »
  • EMS worker hit while working emergency scene

    December 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An emergency worker was hit by a car and taken to the hospital Friday evening. The EMS employee was hit on Greenwell Street near Landis as they were assisting an ambulance backing up. A passing car hit the worker. The person hit was not identified and... more »
  • Divers find body of missing platform worker

    October 29, 2013 9:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Divers have found the body of a missing oil platform worker at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, near the platform that sits in 100 feet of water about 55 miles offshore. The body, recovered Tuesday, is believed to be that of 38-year-old Peter Voces, a... more »
  • State worker layoffs reach 1,900 in fiscal year

    July 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 1,900 state employees received pink slips in the just-ended budget year, nearly as many workers as were laid off during the four prior years of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The layoff figures were released Tuesday by the Department of State Civil Service for the 2012-13 fiscal... more »
  • Plant worker recounts terrifying moments after explosion Play Video

    June 13, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers were still visibly shaken up as a caravan of buses brought them to the Lamar Dixon Expo center after an explosion at the the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar this morning. Heath Young described the terrifying moments following the blast to News 2. ... more »
  • Dock worker's body found after cruise ship incident

    April 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The body of a missing Mobile shipyard worker has been pulled from the Mobile Bay. Authorities say the body of 64-year-old John R. Johnson was recovered Friday morning near the area where he was last seen. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Michael Clausen says authorities found Johnson's... more »
  • Halliburton worker testifies at Gulf spill trial

    April 2, 2013 10:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man who worked for BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he didn't believe the oil giant's employees were risking workers' safety when they didn't follow his recommendations. Halliburton employee Jesse Gagliano began testifying Tuesday at... more »
  • Honeywell contract worker arrested in diesel theft

    February 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    GEISMAR - Deputies arrested a contract worker at Honeywell Chemical Plant in Geismar after he was accused of stealing diesel fuel. Investigators in Ascension Parish said Jerry McBride from Denham Springs stole 300 gallons of off-road diesel from Honeywell's loading dock. Deputies booked McBride into the Ascension Parish... more »
  • Trial set in lawsuit against state retirement plan

    January 24, 2013 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's 401(k)-style retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of Representatives.... more »
  • Burned platform workers to be released from hospital

    December 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three offshore workers, burned in a platform explosion will be released from a hospital's burn unit. The workers, from the Philippines, were being treated after injuries sustained when the Gulf of Mexico platform they were working on exploded in November. "We are inspired by the progress... more »
  • CDC: Language barrier caused chlorine gas leak

    December 6, 2012 12:25 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a chlorine gas leak at an Arkansas poultry plant last year that sickened nearly 200 people occurred because a worker couldn't read English. The CDC said in a report released Thursday that a Spanish-speaking worker at the Tyson... more »
  • Body identified as missing oil platform worker

    November 28, 2012 4:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A body found Monday in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle has been identified as a Filipino worker missing since a Nov. 16 oil platform fire. Lafourche Parish Coroner Dr. John King says the body is 28-year-old Jerome Malagapo. Malagapo had been working for Grand Isle... more »
  • Officials trying to identify body pulled from Gulf

    November 27, 2012 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Jefferson Parish coroner's office is trying to determine whether the decomposed body of a man recovered from the Gulf of Mexico is a worker missing since a fire erupted on an offshore oil platform on Nov. 16. The Coast Guard says the body was spotted Monday... more »
  • Mass. gas firm president: We'll make things right

    November 26, 2012 5:25 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A Massachusetts company whose worker breached a gas line that led to a massive explosion in one of New England's biggest cities says it'll do whatever it takes to return things to normal. Friday's explosion in downtown Springfield damaged 42 buildings housing businesses and residences. The gas... more »
  • Worker injured in platform fire dies

    November 23, 2012 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One of four Filipino workers injured in an explosion and fire on a Gulf oil platform died today, according to the Phillippine Embassy. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., said in a press release that Avelino Tajonera passed away early this morning. He said Tajonera's wife... more »
  • Agency: Company needs to improve offshore safety

    November 21, 2012 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal agency has told the owner of an offshore oil platform where a deadly explosion and fire happened last week to take immediate steps to improve safety at its offshore operations. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Wednesday that Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations... more »
  • Search for final missing platform worker cancelled

    November 20, 2012 10:14 PM

    GRAND ISLE- The search for the last worker missing after an explosion on an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana has been called off. Black Elk Energy owned the platform. One worker was found dead, four others were burned and are being treated in Baton Rouge after the... more »
  • Filipino worker killed in offshore fire identified

    November 19, 2012 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The embassy of the Philippines in Washington has released the identity of a worker killed in a fiery offshore explosion off the coast of Louisiana. In a news release on the embassy website, he was identified as 42-year-old Elroy Corporal. Meanwhile, the embassy said it holds out... more »
  • 2 dead, 1 trapped in Fla. parking garage collapse

    October 10, 2012 4:29 PM

    MIAMI - Authorities say a second person has died in the collapse of a parking garage under construction at a community college in Florida. Roy Rutland of the Miami-Dade Police Department says the second body was discovered Wednesday. A construction worker is also still trapped in the rubble. That worker... more »
  • No pressure: The 200 meters from starter's view

    August 10, 2012 4:46 PM

    LONDON - Track official Gordon Staines has two special words for Usain Bolt: "Thank you!" Staines is the guy who fired the gun to start the men's 200-meter final Thursday night, and he's downright thrilled that Bolt and his other competitors stayed "steady" at the start of the race and... more »
  • Man dressed as construction worker robs bank

    June 28, 2012 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said a man dressed as a construction worker robbed a bank in East Baton Rouge this afternoon. Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said it happened around 2 p.m. at the Whitney Bank on 7890 Jefferson Highway. She said a man came in and gave... more »
  • Worker hurt trying to shut off gas fire

    May 30, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gas meter caught on fire and injured one utility worker this afternoon in Baton Rouge. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said it happened this afternoon behind a home on Madras Drive. Flames from the meter could be seen shooting up behind the... more »
  • State worker retirement contributions could change

    May 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another key component of Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reform package advanced at the Capitol today. Senate Bill 52 by Senator Elbert Guillory, D- Opelousas, could require state workers to contribute more towards their retirement plan. About 47,000 workers could be affected. The list does not include K-12... more »
  • Worker crushed by roll of newsprint

    May 18, 2012 5:42 PM

    KING OF PRUSSIA - A railroad engineer near Philadelphia has been killed by a roll of newsprint that fell out of a boxcar and crushed him. Officials say the death occurred Friday morning at a plant that produces the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. A newspaper company spokesman says the... more »
  • At the Capitol: State employee retirement age Play Video

    March 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Changes to state worker retirement plans proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal could undergo changes today. Sen. Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas), who chairs the Senate Retirement Committee, said there are discussions to slowly introduce the age requirement depending on how long someone's been employed. The more years someone... more »
  • Employees advised they can oppose pension changes

    March 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The civil service department is advising Louisiana's state employees that they can talk with lawmakers, testify at legislative hearings, attend public rallies and otherwise express their views on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to change their retirement benefits and contributions. The Advocate reports that the department issued a memo... more »
  • Council urged to settle school worker suit

    February 16, 2012 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council's Finance and Executive Committee has recommended that the full council settle with a former elementary school employee who sued the city-parish seven years ago over toxic-mold issues at the school. Richard Brown, a former custodian at LaBelle Aire Elementary School, said... more »
  • Coffee Pot stops Robbery

    December 14, 2011 7:47 PM

    A worker at a coffee shop near Pittsburgh smashed a glass pot over the head of a man as he tried to climb through the drive-thru window to rob the place. Police are looking for the would-be thief and have the encounter recorded on surveillance video. Police say one worker... more »
  • Iberville Parish plant worker's death under investigation

    November 1, 2011 3:26 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A 15 ton crane ran over and killed a worker at the Shintech manufacturing facility this morning making it the third death at the plant in past six months. Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office haven't released the man's identity yet as they, OSHA, and Shintech are still investigating... more »
  • La. groups seek to block immigrant wage increase

    September 14, 2011 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana seafood and sugar cane processors, hotel owners and operators of amusement parks are among the business interests who hope a federal judge will block new federal rules that they say could increase the wages they are required to pay to temporary foreign workers by as much... more »
  • Camera found in government restroom, worker fired

    July 18, 2011 2:18 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - Lafayette's city-parish government has fired an employee accused of secretly recording video in a men's restroom of the planning and zoning department. Police said 38-year-old Jeffery Larcade, of Lafayette, was arrested Friday and booked with video voyeurism after a co-worker discovered the camera. He had... more »
  • Worker dies after fall on abandoned gas platform

    April 18, 2011 5:20 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A worker sealing off an abandoned natural gas well in the Gulf died this morning after a fall, according to authorities. A spokesperson with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said the worker with Alliance Oilfield Services died when he fell through a... more »
  • Worker dies after being found in nitrogen trailer

    January 11, 2011 4:22 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – A truck worker has died after passing out in a tanker trailer that had contained nitrogen, according to city police. St. Gabriel Police had been called out around 3:45 p.m. Monday to Quality Carriers on LA Highway 30. The victim was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital... more »
  • Daycare worker arrested in Baker baby death

    January 7, 2011 5:34 PM

    BAKER – A daycare worker has been arrested and accused of murder in the October death of an infant under her care, according to authorities. Baker Police arrested 22-year-old Ashley Reifer this evening after autopsy results showed that the child had died from traumatic brain injury, caused by being shaken.... more »
  • Fate of worker that sent Obama email undetermined

    December 1, 2010 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana Senate employee has been suspended and an investigation launched after an email was sent to state workers that depicts President Obama as a white person and is labeled a “racism test”. Senate researcher Tammy Crain-Waldrop was suspended without pay after she sent the email to... more »
  • Citing deficit, Obama freezing federal worker pay

    November 29, 2010 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has announced a two-year pay freeze for federal employees, saying the step is necessary to help bring the federal deficit under control. The freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees but would exclude military personnel. Obama says the sacrifices of limiting government spending must... more »
  • Midyear cuts force 420 state worker layoffs

    November 20, 2010 10:01 AM

    More than 400 state workers are expected to be laid off because of Gov. Bobby Jindal's midyear budget cuts. Ray Stockstill, one of Jindal's top budget advisers in the Division of Administration, told lawmakers Friday that an estimated 420 layoffs were expected after Jindal cut $107 million in state... more »
  • Thibodaux man arrested after flinging fast food

    October 29, 2010 1:07 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - Police arrested a man in Thibodaux last night after they said he demanded free food at a fast food restaurant he used to work at, then made it himself when workers refused. 25-year-old Terrance Shepard faces charges of disturbing the peace and remaining after forbidden from the... more »
  • Husband sues La. firm in wife's death

    October 27, 2010 7:22 AM

    The husband of a Baton Rouge construction company worker shot to death at the business Dec. 23 claims the firm ignored a threat that the alleged shooter made when he was fired. James Coutee, whose wife Dianna Tullier was a clerical worker at Grady Crawford Construction Co., is seeking damages... more »
  • La. hospital worker acquitted on battery

    October 14, 2010 7:59 AM

    A state district judge has acquitted a state hospital worker accused of restraining a brain-injury patient without authorization in 2009. Linda Thompson was originally charged with cruelty to the infirmed, but District Attorney Kathryn Jones amended the charge to simple battery before the trial of the Villa Feliciana Medical Complex... more »
  • Chalmette refinery leak temporarily solved, one worker killed

    October 8, 2010 10:31 AM

    State Police say a hydrogen sulfide gas leak at Chalmette Refining LLC's Chalmette plant has been contained, but not completely sealed. Trooper Melissa Matey said Friday that workers are waiting for a part needed to finish closing the leak. She says the leak is being monitored and has not affected... more »
  • Transocean ordered to pay $4M for worker's injury

    October 8, 2010 7:30 AM

    A federal jury has ordered Transocean to pay more than $4 million in damages to an oilfield worker injured in an offshore rig accident. The judgment entered Tuesday capped a trial for the lawsuit that 32-year-old Dan Averette filed over the July 14, 2007, accident aboard the Amirante, a rig... more »
  • Construction worker dies at Baton Rouge park

    September 30, 2010 2:41 PM

    A construction worker in Baton Rouge is dead after falling on the job. Police say Thomas LeDuff Jr. fell through a rooftop skylight of a maintenance building at Forest Community Park, in the 13000 block of South Harrell's Ferry Road. They say he was trying to remove a... more »
  • Fire rages in Bossier, Webster parishes

    September 20, 2010 7:52 AM

    A state forestry worker was burned while bulldozing a firebreak against a woods fire that started near Doyline and spread toward Haughton. Bossier and Webster parish firefighters and state forestry workers spent more than seven hours containing the fire. The Webster Parish Sheriff's Office believes the fire may have started... more »
  • Sixth worker pleads in fraud probe

    August 11, 2010 8:46 AM

    A sixth person has pleaded guilty in the federal government's ongoing investigation into disaster food stamp fraud. Dorothy Reedom, who had worked for the Department of Social Services' Office of Family Support in St. Mary Parish, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of public money, property or records. Reedom is one... more »
  • $15 million settlement for injured worker

    June 20, 2010 4:36 PM

    An oil field rigger severely injured in a post-Hurricane Katrina salvage job has agreed to settle his court claims for $15 million. A trial for Randall James Wooley's lawsuit against his employer, Longnecker Properties Inc., and several other companies was scheduled to start July 18 in a Lafourche Parish... more »
  • Cafeteria worker faces indecency charge

    May 19, 2010 8:37 AM

    A 40-year-old cafeteria worker at Green Oaks High School is behind bars for propositioning a 12-year-old girl over the telephone. Quenton Washington was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for indecent behavior with a juvenile. Deputies say Washington posed as a 15-year-old boy and talked with the girl on the... more »
  • Ex-state worker pleads guilty

    May 12, 2010 6:35 AM

    A former state social service worker has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal food stamp fraud investigation that has resulted in charges against 13 people. Andrea Broussard admitted to getting $345 in federal disaster assistance in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She once worked for the state Department... more »
  • Worker gets caught in equipment in Fordoche

    March 24, 2010 1:03 PM

    An accident involving injuries took place this morning in Fordoche as workers were preparing for upcoming fair. Around 11:15 a.m., Pointe Coupee Sheriff's deputies responded to the community park in Fordoche, after a worker who was setting up for the fair got caught in a piece of equipment. The... more »
  • Parent arrested after dog attacks foster care worker

    March 23, 2010 4:47 PM

    Louisiana Department of Social Services secretary Kristy Nichols said Tuesday that the parent of a foster child was arrested following an incident in Ouachita Parish on Monday. Nichols said a foster care worker sustained multiple injuries after being attacked by a dog during a visit to the parent's home.... more »
  • Monroe city worker fired, arrested

    February 4, 2010 8:44 AM

    A Monroe city employee has been fired from her position as account clerk after being arrested on suspicion of felony theft in the amount of $2,200. Police say 32-year-old Karmenista K. McGuire admitted to taking $1,000 from the cash drawer on January 28 but said she had brought that back... more »
  • State worker pay change approved

    December 9, 2009 1:13 PM

    The Louisiana Civil Service Commission has officially signed off on a new pay plan for most state employees. The plan involves a three to six percent pay raise based on employees' job performance. Most workers have been receiving an almost automatic, four percent merit raise in recent years. ... more »

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