Monday, August 19, 2013
Louisiana's environmental department says waste removal at Marine Shale Processors, a St. Mary Parish business that once burned hazardous materials in a huge kiln, will be completed Aug. 23. Vicki Hadwin of the department's remediation services division tells The Daily Review of Morgan City that the completion date was pushed back from late June due to the discovery of additional previously unidentified waste material including asbestos. She says in an email that the material was in a supplemental kiln that had to be cleared out before the kiln could be demolished. The company was at the center of controversies with competing waste handlers and with area residents who said they feared the plant posed a health hazard.
A South African energy company is ready to buy homes in the Mossville area, but homeowners say they want questions answered first. Sasol Ltd. plans a $14.5 billion complex near Lake Charles to turn natural gas into chemicals and fuels. The site includes land in Mossville and Brentwood where homes now stand. The American Press reports that a 76-year-old woman balked at Sasol's statement that prices won't be negotiated.
THERE’S A NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE SEARCH FOR LAFAYETTE TEENAGER DANIELLE WRIGHT AND THE OTHER SIX MEMBERS OF A BOAT THAT WENT MISSING IN JUNE. A SEARCH VOLUNTEER SPOTTED, IN SATELLITE PHOTOS, AN ORANGE, MAN-MADE OBJECT, POSSIBLY A LIFE RAFT, FLOATING IN THE TASMAN SEA IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN, NEAR WHERE THE BOAT DISAPPEARED. RALPH BAIRD, WHO IS LEADING THE TEXAS EQUUSEARCH MISSION, SAYS A PLANE LEFT AROUND 2:30 SUNDAY AFTERNOON OUR TIME, AND IS CONDUCTING A SEARCH IN A 150-BY-100 MILE AREA TO TRY TO FIND THE ORANGE OBJECT. BAIRD SAYS THE LOCATION OF THE OBJECT FITS A SCENARIO OF SOMEONE LEAVING THE BOAT AND GOING INTO A LIFE RAFT.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 10 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,719 initial claims compared to 2,844 a week earlier.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,806 from the previous week's average of 3,068. Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Aug. 10 decreased to 26,891 compared to the previous week's total of 26,907.
LAFAYETTE POLICE NEED YOUR HELP LOCATING A SHOOTING SUSPECT. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
Within the next two to four weeks, officials say the Lafayette Parish school system plans to put a call out for bids for the expansion of the space-strapped Green T. Lindon Elementary School. Kyle Bordelon, the district's facility planning director, tells The Advocate the first of a nearly $9 million project planned at Lindon should be completed by August 2014. The first phase involves the construction of three classroom buildings with about 30 classrooms, including a multipurpose room for physical education and administrative offices.In the second phase, a fourth and final classroom building will be constructed along with an expansion of the cafeteria.
A MOSS BLUFF WOMAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT AROUND TWO O’CLOCK SATURDAY MORNING. INVESTIGATORS SAY 49-YEAR-OLD VICKI A. WINTERS WAS DRIVING ON BELFIELD DRIVE AND FAILED TO STOP WHERE IT ENDED AT PINECOVE DRIVE. SHE DROVE INTO AN ENBANKMENT AND INTO STANDING TREES WHERE SHE WAS KILLED. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN KIM MYERS SAYS THEY DON’T KNOW IF ALCOHOL PLAYED A FACTOR IN THE CRASH BUT A TOXICOLOGY REPORT WILL BE CONDUCTED AS MANDATED BY STATE LAW.
Candidates seeking to run for the open 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana have three days to sign up for the race. The qualifying period opens Monday morning at the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office and runs through Wednesday. At least four state lawmakers have said they intend to run: two Republicans, Sen. Neil Riser and Rep. Jay Morris, and two Democrats, Reps. Marcus Hunter and Robert Johnson. The 5th District covers all or part of 24 parishes across northeast Louisiana, through much of central Louisiana and including all the areas that run along the Mississippi state line.