Friday, May 24 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:24:18 GMT
Concealed weapon permits are popular certain parts of Louisiana, though some of locations may surprise you. Louisiana Department of Public Safety officials gave a report to state legislators detailingMore >>
Concealed weapon permits are popular in certain parts of Louisiana, though some locations may surprise you.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:45:03 GMT
Officers are on the scene of a deadly shooting in East Feliciana Parish. There is very little information right now, but we're told it happened around 4 p.m. at a home on Highway 10, near Smith Road, justMore >>
Investigators have arrested a suspect in a murder that happened on Friday afternoon in a small community near Clinton.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:49:23 GMT
A teenager was killed and a second was arrested on DUI charges in an overnight accident, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Investigators say a BMW being driven by 18-year-old Cameron StringfellowMore >>
A teenager was killed and a second was arrested on DUI charges in an overnight accident, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:57 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:57:02 GMT
Friday afternoon's elimination game was a bit of déjà vu with No. 2 LSU (50-9) and Alabama (34-26) colliding once again. Even more so when the Tigers won 3-2 to knock the Tide out of the SEC Tournament.More >>
Friday afternoon's elimination game was a bit of déjà vu with No. 2 LSU and Alabama colliding once again. Even more so when the Tigers won 3-2 to knock the Tide out of the SEC Tournament.More >>
BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -
It took seven months, but Governor Bobby Jindal publicly met with residents
who are affected by the giant sinkhole in Bayou Corne. Tuesday was the first
time Governor Jindal met with the residents since the sinkhole forced more than
300 people to evacuate their homes.
"I've got my life's savings tied up here. Let's keep it," said
resident Dennis Landry.
Jindal talked with state and local officials and then took questions from
residents in a discussion closed to the media. Resident Bucky Mistretta was
satisfied with Jindal's message.
"I was just extremely glad to see him come here and finally address the
people in our community so that we all know what exactly is going on and how
involved he and his administration is," said Mistretta.
In the press conference that followed, Jindal outlined a plan calling for
more venting wells and a mandate for Texas Brine to make an offer to residents
interested in a buyout option. The governor also received some ribbing from
Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack.
"The governor is going to stay with us. He was a little late getting
here and I promise if he ever does that again we're going to make him swim that
sinkhole," said Waguespack.
"Our commitment from that state is we will hold Texas Brine
accountable. We're going to make sure they're responsible for cleaning up mess
they have caused. We are going to do everything we can to make sure that they
truly make this right," said Governor Jindal.
That is a promise the folks in Bayou Corne plan to hold him to.
"If he sticks to his word, he's going to make it right for
everybody," said resident Henry Welch.
Jindal's visit comes 10 days after California based environmentalist Erin
Brockovich visited residents at Bayou Corne with California based attorney Tom
Girardi. Girardi has offered his legal services to any resident who decides to
take further action against Texas Brine and all parties responsible for their
troubles over the past seven months. Brockovich says litigation, if things come
to that, could take months or even years to resolve. She says her role, as it
has been for nearly two decades in dozens of cases like this one, would be to
keep the community united.
On March 13, Texas-Brine, a Houston based company which owns the salt dome
that caused the sinkhole, announced they would begin assessing the homes and
offering buyouts and settlements for the 350 people evacuated.
Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months
later, the ground opened up and left a nine acre sinkhole. Residents were
evacuated and have been for the past seven months. Most affected residents
began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. The
sinkhole is now about 12 acres in size.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:21:27 GMT
Just two days after a federal court approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole, the company responsible for the salt cavern that caused the sinkhole says they'reMore >>
Just two days after a federal court approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole, the company responsible for the salt cavern that caused the sinkhole says they're ready to begin making settlement offers to affected residents.More >>
Transportation officials said enhanced monitoring equipment has been installed near the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana to better detect any changes. The Louisiana Department of Transportation andMore >>
Transportation officials said enhanced monitoring equipment has been installed near the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana to better detect any changes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:50 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:50:35 GMT
A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit over the Bayou Corne sinkhole.The formal order defining the people who are part of the class has not been signed, but it is expected to includeMore >>
A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit over the Bayou Corne sinkhole.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:27 AM EDT2013-05-22 10:27:18 GMT
A federal court has approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole. It's been almost a year since a massive sinkhole near Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou began causingMore >>
A federal court has approved a class-action lawsuit for people impacted by the giant Louisiana sinkhole. A New Orleans attorney is handling the suit.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:23:29 GMT
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in Bayou Corne Monday morning to hold a news conference on the current status of the giant sinkhole in Grand Bayou. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that caused theMore >>
In a statement released after the news conference, Governor Jindal said, "It has become clear that Texas Brine is trying to run out the clock on the citizens of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou by hiding behind insurance companies, lawyers and lobbyists. That is unacceptable."More >>
The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. The sinkhole, or slurry, is consuming land and trees. Many images are from the Assumption Parish Police Jury. Click here to see the photos from August until now. More >>