Air quality concerns surface after chemical explosion.
The sight of smoke billowing over three separate explosions in south Louisiana within a week may have caused some concern about air quality. Officials are confident that there was no health danger. Others aren’t so sure.
State plans to restore the coastline are trying to mimic the way the Mississippi built the coast. Thousands of years ago the river dumped sediment from the plains upriver into the marsh. But some fishermen are worried the plans will displace the saltwater fish they catch to make a living.
The city of Lafayette has launched its eat local campaign. EatLafayette is in its ninth year of promoting the mom-and-pop restaurants that have put Lafayette on the map as a foodie town. Ben Berthelot, executive director of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, has found that over the years more and more local restaurants have pulled together for this campaign.
State Supt. John White wants to reallocate $2 million from a state education trust fund to pilot the “Course Choice” program. The program will let students take individual classes elsewhere if their public school is underperforming or doesn’t offer the course they want. The state’s top school board will consider the alternative funding request Tuesday.
The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.
So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.
About 200 teachers from 42 schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish district have signed up for workshops this summer to learn how to start chess clubs and use the game in their classrooms. The first batch of teachers capped off their training with a mini tournament Thursday.
View from the top of the newly expanded bridge. The gray steel is the expansion.
Credit Frank Relle
The newly expanded Huey P. Long Bridge maintains its two train lines down the middle of the span, and has expanded lanes for cars and trucks, widened to 11 feet. This Sunday pedestrians will get a unique chance to walk across the bridge.
Credit Frank Relle
The bridge can now accomodate modern, bigger vehicles.
A worker paints the underside of the bridge.
Painting supplies get organized for the final touches.
This Sunday is a big day in the history of a Louisiana landmark. The Huey P. Long Bridge is scheduled to re-open, with three wider lanes of car traffic on each side, and two rail lines running down the middle.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Louisiana State Police and other officials say a reported explosion touched off a fire at the Williams olefins petrochemical plant in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar Thursday morning. One fatality has been confirmed, and 73 people have been transported from the site with injuries.