Thursday, August 08, 2013
The Energy Department has announced that a Lake Charles liquefied natural gas terminal has been granted conditional approval to export LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. Lake Charles Exports LLC had already been granted authority, in 2011, to export domestic natural gas from its Lake Charles terminal to countries with which the U.S. has free trade agreements for gas. Wednesday's announcement said the conditional authority to export to non-FTA countries is subject to environmental review and final approval. The conditional authorization is for the export of LNG at a rate of up to 2 billion cubic feet per day for 20 years.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SPENT TWO HOURS DISCUSSING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS BUT TOOK NO ACTION. NATIONAL HERITAGE ACADEMIES WANTS TO BUILD A KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE SCHOOL BY NEXT AUGUST AND CHARTER SCHOOLS U-S-A PROPOSES BUILDING A KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE SCHOOL BY 2015 AND A HIGH SCHOOL BY 2017. IF APPROVED, THE SCHOOL BOARD WOULD HAVE OVERSIGHT OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THE NEW SCHOOLS WOULD RECEIVE A PORTION OF THE PARISH’S PER PUPIL FUNDING. SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER TOLD THE BOARD THAT IF THEY DENY THE APPLICATION, HE BELIEVES THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION WILL APPROVE THEM AND THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT HAVE THE OVERSIGHT OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS.
IT’S BEEN FOUR DAYS NOW SINCE NEARLY TWENTY PERCENT OF THE POPULATION OF LAWTELL WAS FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOMES FOLLOWING THE DERAILMENT OF A CHEMICAL TRAIN. JULIE DARCY GIVES US AN UPDATE.
A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with businesses and residents after the oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled Wednesday that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program's third-quarter budget even though BP complains that its administrator, Patrick Juneau, hasn't provided adequate documentation for the requested money. Shushan did say that BP has "legitimate concerns" about Juneau's operation of the program. In a separate action, BP has asked a federal judge to suspend settlement payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who worked on Juneau's staff.
A DEQUINCEY MAN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY MORNING BY THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR THE MARCH 2012 DEATH OF HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND. 53-YEAR-OLD LEO P. THIBODEAUX TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT 37-YEAR-OLD TONI MARIE FRABBIELE (fruh BILL) SHOT HERSELF IN HIS PRESENCE. HER DEATH WAS CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS AT THE TIME AND SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS THAT AFTER AN INVESTIGATION THAT LASTED MORE THAN A YEAR, IT WAS RULED A HOMOCIDE. THIBODEAUX WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
THE NAME OF A LAFAYETTE TEENAGER, WHO DIED FROM A FALL IN ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA, HAS BEEN RELEASED. 17-YEAR-OLD IAN SHANE BLANCO FELL FROM THE FIFTH STORY OF A CONDOMINIUM AND DIED DURING SURGERY ON TUESDAY. ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF GREG DUCK SAYS THEY ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE, BUT BLANCO’S DEATH APPEARS TO BE ACCIDENTAL. BLANCO AND HIS FAMILY WERE VACATIONING AT THE CONDOMINIUM.
A MAURICE MAN IS ON TRIAL IN ABBEVILLE FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS FRIEND DURING A HUNTING TRIP NEAR WHITE LAKE IN FEBRUARY OF 2011. QUINTON MIRE HAS ADMITTED TO SHOOTING AND KILLING 56-YEAR-OLD JULIAN GAJAN (GUY zhahn), BUT HE SAYS HE THOUGHT HE WAS SHOOTING AT A DEER. IT TOOK A COUPLE OF DAYS FOR SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES OFFICIALS TO FIND THE BODY OF GAJAN, WHO WAS SHOT THREE TIMES. IT WAS THEN THAT MIRE ADMITTED TO SHOOTING GAJAN. MIRE’S ATTORNEY, BURTON GUIDRY SAYS MIRE’S HESITATION TO COME FORWARD AND LEAVING GAJAN’S BODY IN THE FIELD WERE THE RESULT OF PANIC.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander is stepping down next month from his congressional seat to run the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Alexander's appointment as secretary Wednesday. The news came a day after Alexander, the state's longest-serving U.S. House member, said he didn't intend to seek re-election next year. He blamed partisan gridlock for his decision to leave Congress.