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.