Wednesday, January 16, 2013
G2X Energy Inc. of Houston says it plans to build a $1.3 billion plant to turn natural gas into gasoline at the Port of Lake Charles. Louisiana Economic Development said Tuesday it would create 243 jobs averaging $66,500 a year.
They say G2X will lease 200 acres at the Industrial Canal where it can ship gas by pipeline or sea. However, a final decision is waiting on more feasibility analysis.
15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE HARSON RESPONDED TO THE PRESS YESTERDAY AFTER HIS LONG TIME PERSONAL SECRETARY PLEADED GUILTY TO A FEDERAL CONSPIRACY CHARGE. BARNA HAYNES WAS ACCUSED OF WORKING WITH A CO-CONSPIRATOR AND ACCEPTING UP TO 55 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BRIBES FOR FAVORABLE TREATMENT IN CRIMINAL CASES. HARSON TOLD
K-A-T-C T-V THAT THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT CORRUPTION 100 PERCENT IN HIS OFFICE IS FOR HIM TO FOLLOW EVERY CASE TO ITS CONCLUSION, AND HIS OFFICE TAKES IN 18 THOUSAND CASES A YEAR. U-S ATTORNEY STEPHANIE FINLEY ON MONDAY SAID THE D-A’S OFFICE HAD A LACK OF OVERSIGHT AND SAFEGUARDS WHICH ALLOWED HAYNES TO DECIDE WHO WOULD GET FAVORABLE TREATMENT.
The leader on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed tax code rewrite, Tim Barfield, says the administration wants to keep most of the state's economic development incentive programs as part of the revamp. Many of the programs give credits or exemptions to income taxes. Though Jindal is proposing to eliminate state income taxes in exchange for higher sales taxes, Barfield says the governor's proposal will keep modified versions of most of the incentive programs overseen by the Department of Economic Development. That will involve coming up with some other mechanism to pay for them.
THE ACADIAN BAPTIST CENTER IN RICHARD IS THE TEMPORARY HOME FOR A VOLUNTARY DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATION.
THE FLOODING THIS PAST WEEK HAS PROMPTED THE VERMILLION PARISH POLICE JURY TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY. THE DECLARATION MEANS RESIDENTS WHO SUFFERED FLOOD DAMAGE COULD POSSIBLY GETTING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE. IF YOU ARE A VERMILLION PARISH RESIDENT WHO HAS NO FLOOD INSURANCE AND YOU SUFFERED FROM FLOOD DAMAGE, YOU CAN CALL THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY AT 898-43-OH-8. THE AREAS SOUTH OF KAPLAN AND THE GUEYDAN AREA GOT THE WORST OF THE FLOODING.
AN EARTHEN LEVEE PROTECTING THE TOWN OF LAKE ARTHUR FROM THE RISING MERMENTAU RIVER IS STILL HOLDING UP, ACCORDING TO MAYOR ROBBIE BERTRAND. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS EXPECTING THE MERMENTAU TO CREST AT ELEVEN FEET TODAY AND REMAIN AT THAT LEVEL FOR A FEW DAYS. MEMBERS OF THE BROADMOOR GRAVITY DRAINAGE DISTRICT HAVE USED SANDBAGS, PLASTIC SHEETING AND DIRT TO SHORE UP WEAK SPOTS IN THE LEVEE. THE WATER FROM THE MERMENTAU RIVER IS CLOSE TO THE TOP OF THE LEVEE CAUSING CANALS TO OVERFLOW AND FLOODING SOME STREETS AND SURROUNDING HOUSES.
A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION HIRED BY THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS WILL BEGIN OPERATING AT N-P MOSS PREPARATORY SCHOOL ON FEBRUARY FIRST. LAST WEEK, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED PAYING HALF OF A 368 THOUSAND DOLLAR CONTRACT TO TRY THE PROGRAM WITH A-M-I KIDS THROUGH THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR. THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT WILL PAY THE REMAINING HALF. THE ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM WILL BE LIMITED TO THIRTY STUDENTS, THE ONES MOST AT RISK OF BEING EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL.
Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers have lodged a legal challenge against the state's budget, asking a judge to declare its financing a violation of Louisiana's Constitution. Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry, both Republicans, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state district court in Baton Rouge. The lawsuit is part of continuing criticism from conservative House Republicans about GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics, specifically his use of one-time, patchwork funding to pay for ongoing programs and services. The lawsuit says the budget is unconstitutional because it spends more than the amount recognized by the state's income estimating panel.