Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Cabot Corporation, the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on technology to control air pollution at its three facilities in Franklin and Ville Platte, and Pampa, Texas. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the agreement is the first to result from a national enforcement initiative aimed at bringing such manufacturers into compliance with the Clean Air Act's New Source Review provisions. The settlement requires that each facility optimize existing controls for particulate matter or soot, operate an "early warning" detection system that will alert operators to any releases, and comply with a plan to control "fugitive emissions" which result from leaks or unintended releases of gases.
Federal prosecutors say two men from Georgia have been sentenced for defrauding several retail businesses nationwide out of hundreds of thousands of dollars through identity theft and wire fraud. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik sentenced Derrick Hartfield, of Smyrna, Ga., to seven years in prison and Rico Carty Clemons, of Riverdale, Ga., received 10 months behind bars. The two were arrested in July of 2012 at a Lake Charles Walmart, and they reportedly had several credit and debit cards in other’s names. According to evidence presented at the May plea hearing, Hartfield and Clemons admitted using illegally obtained retail store gift cards and applied for credit/debit cards using other peoples' identities.
Edmund Reggie, a former Crowley judge who managed John F. Kennedy's Louisiana campaign, has died at his home in Lafayette. He was 87 years old.
His family issued a statement saying Reggie died Tuesday morning, without providing further details. Reggie spent his life in politics, working as a city judge for 25 years, serving as executive counsel to former Gov. Edwin Edwards and holding other appointed positions in government.
Three Louisiana lawmakers are traveling to Nashville this week to talk about the impact of rate hikes in the federal flood insurance program on homeowners and businesses. Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish of Jennings, Sen. Ronnie Johns of Sulphur and Rep. Greg Cromer of Slidell are attending the National Conference of Insurance Legislators meeting. The Advocate reports that Morrish says he's going to ask the conference to support a resolution seeking to delay the impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. The law was aimed at shoring up the federal flood insurance program, but the changes are raising premium prices, in some areas by thousands of dollars, particularly on properties considered flood-prone that were built before the program was instituted.
FORMER ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JOHN MILLER WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY AFTER PLEADING GUILTY IN AUGUST TO FEDERAL CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BRIBERY. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
A WELSH POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN PUT ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AFTER HE WAS INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING MONDAY NIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF BEAUFORT AND NORTH ADAMS STREETS. POLICE CHIEF MARCUS CROCHET SAYS THE OFFICER HAD MADE A TRAFFIC STOP AT AROUND 11:30 MONDAY NIGHT AND THE OCCUPANT IN THE VEHICLE PRODUCED A HANDGUN. THE OFFICER THEN PULLED OUT HIS WEAPON AND SHOT THE SUBJECT, WHO WAS TAKEN TO AN AREA HOSPITAL AND LATER TRANSFERRED TO THE L-S-U HOSPITAL IN SHREVEPORT. STATE POLICE SERGEANT JAMES ANDERSON CONFIRMED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED TO INVESTIGATE.
LAFAYETTE SINGER RAY BOUDREAUX CONTINUES TO DO WELL ON “THE VOICE”, A NATIONALLY BROADCAST SINGING COMPETITION. TWO MORE CONTESTANTS WERE ELIMINATED LAST NIGHT AND BOUDREAUX MADE THE TOP 8. HE WAS THE THIRD COMPETITOR TO MAKE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND. ALSO MAKING IT INTO THE FINAL EIGHT IS COLE VOSBURY, WHO IS FROM SHREVEPORT.
Louisiana's education chief says the Justice Department is attempting a "power grab" in a court case surrounding a state-funded private school tuition program.
John White said Tuesday the department wants to impose bureaucratic burdens on the voucher program. For instance, the department has asked that the state provide information on students it intends to assign to voucher schools 45 days before finalizing the assignments and notifying families. A hearing is scheduled Friday on whether an existing desegregation order in a 1970s case requires court authorization for vouchers.