New water system in St. Joseph about ready to come online
Posted on 1/26/2018 10:38:00 AM.
It’s been a year of repairs, replacement and testing for the St. Joseph water system, but it appears it is about ready for public use again. A public health emergency was declared in late 2016 forbidding use of the water from the 90-year-old system after high amounts of lead was discovered. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there has been a complete overhaul since then.More
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St. Joseph mom arrested for allegedly killing newborn and putting him in a dumpster
Posted on 10/5/2017 12:40:00 PM.

State Police has arrested a St. Joseph mother for allegedly murdering her newborn and putting him in the dumpster. The infant was found Monday in front of an elementary school. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says 21-year-old Alicia Richard is charged with first degree murder.

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St. Joe in Tensas Parish to get brand new water system
Posted on 3/6/2017 1:41:00 PM.
The town of St. Joseph is finally getting a brand new water system and Governor John Bel Edwards was on hand today for the groundbreaking. Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Baxter Payer says this was a very important milestone for the Tensas Parish town.
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Water systems increase fees to pay for more state inspections
Posted on 1/4/2017 11:32:00 AM.

Water systems across Louisiana are increasing fees to help with increased state inspections. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there’s always been a fee to pay for state inspections but the legislature and governor agreed to increase the fee by another 75-cents per month starting in January, because health risks are getting higher.

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At least 90 water samples from St. Joseph contain high levels of lead
Posted on 12/30/2016 12:34:00 PM.

Water testing results from more than 400 residences in the town of St. Joseph showed that at least 90 came back positive for levels of lead not safe for consumption. On December 16th, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a public health emergency for the town after two samples showed high levels, and he ordered testing of every household.

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Gov Edwards visits St. Joseph as drinking water mount
Posted on 12/19/2016 11:20:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is meeting with residents of St. Joseph today, after a public health emergency was declared in the small Tensas Parish town. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer, says high levels of lead and copper were found in two water samples in St. Joe.

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Criminal investigation targets St. Joseph mayor
Posted on 6/9/2016 12:57:00 PM.

The mayor of St. Joseph is at the center of a criminal investigation by Louisiana State Police. Earlier this year a legislative auditor accused Mayor Ed Brown of mismanaging St. Joe’s finances, and the auditor outlined several possible crimes he may have committed. But Trooper Michael Reichardt says Brown has not been arrested yet.

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St. Joseph agrees to appoint fiscal administrator
Posted on 6/6/2016 11:53:00 AM.

A small Tensas parish town is one step closer to having clean water after being plagued by murky brown tap water for the better part of a decade. The town of St. Joseph has agreed to appoint a fiscal administrator so audits on the town can be cleared up and work can begin to repair the town’s water system. The governor’s Communications Director, Richard Carbo says getting a fiscal administrator is a step in the right direction.

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Gov Edwards staff in St. Joseph to discuss brown water issues
Posted on 5/9/2016 4:53:00 AM.

Key members of the Governor’s staff are in St. Joseph where brown water is flowing from faucets in the Tensas Parish town. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, says they are there to inform St. Joseph residents about what’s being done to improve the drinking water.

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House committee wants to talk with St. Joseph leaders about brown water
Posted on 4/17/2016 3:17:00 PM.

St. Joseph residents are seeking help from the state about their water, which has been yellow to dark brown for years. They went before the House Natural Resources Committee and gave emotional testimony. Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson says the water is causing health issues in the small Tensas Parish town.

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