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News for Monday 080513

By Dave Graichen


Baton Rouge is ranked at the top of a list of American cities with great  economic growth potential. The ranking is from "Business Facilities", a  trade publication. Adam Knapp is president of the Baton Rouge Area  Chamber (of commerce). He says it's nice to see the hard work that's been done to attract  quality business and industry investments to Baton Rouge paying off.  Shreveport ranked 9th highest for economic growth potential in the  report. Business Facilities" has been a major source of information for folks  in the business of project site selection since 1968.


State Police said Union Pacific Railroad crews continue to work at the scene of a train derailment in Lawtell.  26 cars jumped the tracks Sunday afternoon near the small, St. Landry Parish town. State police say There was a possibility that two of the overturned tank cars that contained vinyl chloride were leaking. About 100 residents were evacuated from about 50 homes within a mile of the wreck as a precaution and highway 190 is closed in both direction, is expected to stay that way for another day or so. No one knows what caused the derailment but Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said crews had been working on the track shortly before the derailment. The Union Pacific train, which was coming from Lake Charles and headed to Livonia, had 76 cars.


The long-range hurricane forecast team at Colorado State has reduced its  its forecast numbers slightly, but they still predict an above-average  season with 18 named storms. Phil Klotzbach says their revised forecast  calls for eight hurricanes and three of those will be major storms,  which is a slight reduction from their June forecast.  Four named storms have formed this year, so based on the Colorado State  Forecast team, we'll see 14 more storms. Klotzbach says there's a 40- percent chance a major hurricane will hit the Gulf Coast this year.


State Wildlife & Fisheries are concerned that an invasive species of  shrimp could hurt Louisiana's white & brown shrimp populations. LDWF  biologist Robert Bourgeois says Asian tiger prawns are easy to spot;  some up to a foot long and darker with "tiger stripes." He urges  shrimpers to report any catches of these non-native shellfish. However, There is no evidence that tiger prawns EAT our native shrimp species.


The 13th ranked LSU football team is on the practice field for the first  time today. The season opener against TCU is still over 3 weeks away and  Coach Les Miles will use this time prior to the season opener to  experiment a little bit. The mad hatter says that means some players  will get looks at different positions.


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office says a man who stepped out of his  truck along a road to search for his wife's glasses, was struck and  killed by a hit and run vehicle. Col John Fortunato says 46-year-old  Edward James of Harvey died at the scene. The hit and run driver later turned himself into authorities.


Fire investigators say the  blaze that killed 19 thoroughbred horses at a Haughton stables Thursday  night  was  likely not the result of foul play. Preliminary investigation results  point to an electrical

problem as the source of the fire. The owners and trainers of the 19 horses  that  died  are  devastated  at  the loss of  their  beloved animals.


The town of Clinton in East Feliciana Parish decides to end an adult  curfew that was in place every night from 11 PM to 6 AM. When the curfew  was in place, residents were not allowed outside after eleven o' clock.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit and executive  director Marjorie Esman is glad the curfew has been repealed. Esman says this is the second time the ACLU has filed suit against a Louisiana town for imposing a curfew that's not needed.


On Friday, the eve of the  one-year anniversary of Texas Brine's failed salt cavern in Bayou Corne  that  caused  a  massive 20+ acre sinkhole in Assumption  Parish, Governor Bobby Jindal  announces  the  state  is suing  Texas Brine  LLC  for  environmental  damage  caused  by  the collapse.  Jindal  says  they are staying committed to holding Texas Brine accountable for the  damage  they've caused to Bayou Corne and Louisiana.


St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's  Office  says  the  body  of a 17-year-old boy was has been found in a shallow grave and two people have  been  arrested in connection with the death. Mikivion Anderson went  missing  on  March  24th  and  was  last  seen  in  Garyville.  Authorities  confirm  the  victim was shot to death. Two 18 year olds have been  booked  with  second-degree  murder.




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