Monday, August 12, 2013
The number of passengers flying out of Lake Charles Regional Airport increased 20 percent in July compared to the same month a year ago. Executive director Heath Allen tells The American Press it was the airport's best performance since 2009. The combination of business in June and July was the best two-month showing since 2000, he says. Allen attributes the performance to more competitive fares by airlines and an uptick in the local economy.
A proposal to replace the board of trustees of the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority was pulled from the Lafayette City-Parish Council agenda Tuesday night. But Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux tells The Advertiser that the council still has questions about the authority's operations. The proposal was pulled, Boudreaux says, because he has not yet received legal opinions he requested. The LPTFA came under scrutiny recently after the Louisiana legislative auditor issued an advisory report that recommended policy and procedure changes, some dealing with budgeting, open meetings laws and ethics.
Some Iberia Parish residents are back home after briefly evacuating for a chlorine leak from a railroad car. Iberia Parish Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Turner says the Union Pacific Railroad notified local authorities of a leaking tank car about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. Turner says three homes were evacuated after local police and fire agencies responded to the train, which was stopped on the north side of New Iberia. A response team from Olin Corp., under contract with the railroad, sealed the leak and the train resumed its westbound journey.
A legislative committee has delayed approval of incentives for a huge fuel plant planned for southwestern Louisiana, with some members complaining they don't have enough information about the cost of tax incentives used to lure the facility.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's economic development chief, Stephen Moret fought the delay.
Moret said the project by South African energy company Sasol. will — from the beginning — create more tax revenue than the state grants in incentives. But the Joint Budget Committee delayed the project until its next meeting — likely in two weeks. Some members complained that a lack of information on the cost of incentives make the creation of an annual budget difficult.
LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE ARMED ROBBERIES SATURDAY NIGHT OF TWO CONVENIENCE STORES LOCATED ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER ON AMBASSADOR CAFFERY. AT AROUND 6-45 SATURDAY NIGHT, A BALD, BLACK MAN, BELIEVED TO BE IN HIS FIFTIES AND CARRYING A HANDGUN, ENTERED A CONVENIENCE STORE AT 23-OH-1 AMBASSADOR CAFFERY, AND DEMANDED MONEY. ABOUT FIVE MINUTES LATER. A BLACK MAN WHO WAS BELIEVED TO BE IN HIS FORTIES, AND DRIVING A WHITE S-U-V, HELD UP A VALERO STORE at 23-OH-2 AMBASSADOR CAFFERY. NOBODY WAS INJURED IN THE ROBBERIES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 232-TIPS.
THREE PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL FOR ATTACKING AND ROBBING A VICTIM NEAR VILLE PLATTE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's office has rebuilt its website. The American Press reports the site now allows easier access to information, including the names of registered sex offenders, outstanding warrants and recent arrests. The new website will provide most of the information — including a map to locate where sex offenders are living — on one page, he said. Residents can also click on a list of offender names to view profile information, photos and physical descriptions.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Department has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the money will be used to train St. Landry deputies and officers in small police departments in the region that work with the Sheriff's Office. The foundation, originally known as the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation in Omaha, Neb., has distributed grants since 1959 in communities served by the company.