Coastal Desk

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Voters in south Louisiana are electing a new public service commissioner Saturday. The commission regulates public utilities including electric, water, wastewater, natural gas, and telecommunication services.

Elections for the five members are staggered, and they serve six-year terms. Two seats were up for election this year. Foster Campbell won a fourth term in northern Louisiana during the primary.

Jason Saul / WWNO

A few dozen oil and gas companies bought new leases to drill in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. Industry representatives say it’s a sign that business is good.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The state has spent more than $50 million to house evacuees after Hurricanes Delta and Laura, but thousands remain without long-term housing as officials phase out the hotel shelter program set up as a COVID-19 alternative to big congregate shelters.

www.shell.us

A major Shell oil refinery in Convent is closing this month because the company failed to sell it.

sunshineprojectla.com

Work must be paused on a contentious plastic manufacturing mega-plant in St. James Parish after a motion in district court.

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