Georges Media Group – the parent company of The Advocate & The Times-Picayune – announces it is expanding to Shreveport-Bossier City with a new digital news service. Teiko Foxx has more.
A Danish development company proposes building a $4-billion eco-friendly ammonia plant in St. Charles Parish. Kevin Gallagher reports…:
A bill to legalize the practice of having the cremated remains of pets buried with their owners’ advances from House Commerce. Brooke Thorington has more
The parent company of The Advocate and The Times-Picayune will expand its reporting duties to Shreveport-Bossier City with a new digital news outlet – The Shreveport-Bossier Advocate. The Georges Media Group publishes print and digital news products in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Publisher of The Advocate and Times-Picayune Newspaper Group Judi Terzotis says their goal is to cover every area of the state.
From 2000 to 2020, newspaper circulation fell from 55.8 million households to below 25.6 million and since 2004 more than 1,800 local newspapers across the nation. Terzotis says expanding to Shreveport is about filling a gap in local news.
Terzotis says the digital news outlet will cover general topics like city government, education, health care, sports, culture, and entertainment, and spotlighting local restaurants.
A new bureau of a dozen journalists and local sales staff will begin producing content in July.
A Danish-based energy investments group proposes building a $4-billion reduced-carbon ammonia plant in St. Charles Parish. The company, called St. Charles Clean Fuels, is exploring the ammonia production and export facility near St. Rose. Company project director Ramesh Raman (rah-MESH ROM-un) tells LRN they plan to create over 200 new direct jobs manufacturing so-called “blue ammonia”…:
Blue ammonia is reduced-carbon ammonia; a product that will be in increasing demand as more and more industries seek to lower carbon emissions. Raman says their process captures greenhouse gasses while producing their product…:
Louisiana Economic Development confirms the St. Charles Clean Fuels facility would mean 216 new direct jobs, at salaries over $90-thousand. But it will also mean over 900 new indirect jobs for St. Charles Parish and the surrounding area. Raman says tax incentives from the state was one reason to choose Louisiana, but they also were drawn to the existing ports and infrastructure St. Charles Parish offers…:
Legislation to make it legal to have cremated pet remains buried with their owner advances from House Commerce. Minden Representative Wayne McMahen filed the legislation last year but pulled the bill after pushback from the Cemetery Association.
The bill makes it legal to have cremated animals’ remains declared as personal property and it’s still up to each individual cemetery to allow the practice or not. Boyd Mothe of Mothe Funeral Homes opposes the legislation on the grounds that cemeteries are dedicated properties for human remains only and are considered sacred.
Despite opposition from Mothe, McMahen reminded committee members that each cemetery could opt to either allow pet remains or not, the bill only makes it no longer illegal to do so.
The bill passed without opposition and moves to the House floor.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Sportsman’s Paradise is $3.25. Usually, at this time of the year, the price at the pump is rising, but it’s actually fallen a nickel in the last week. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says lower crude oil prices are driving prices down.
In terms of the economy and demand and supply, the country’s inventory of crude is up by 51 million barrels compared to this time last year. Redman says the decline at the pump is due to a combination of weather, ease in demand, and crude oil costs.
Redman says crude oil is selling for about $79 a barrel, at this time last year it was selling for $102 a barrel, so gas prices are significantly cheaper…
Redman says prices are stabilizing but forecasts a continuous drop in prices to as low as $3.15 a gallon. Oil refineries are expected to wrap up the transition of winter-grade gasoline to summer-grade by May 1st.
It’s a question mark on whether LSU running back John Emery will play this season as he needs to handle his academics first. Josh Williams and Armoni Goodwin did not participate in spring practice, because of injuries. So the only experience back in the spring was Noah Cain, who rushed for 409 yards and ten touchdowns last season. Coach Brian Kelly says don’t sleep on Cain…
Damian Ramos was 10-of-14 as the team’s primary field goal kicker last season. Sophomore Nathan Dibert completed with Ramos last fall and this spring and Kelly says that competition continues…
The top-ranked LSU baseball team hosts Nicholls tonight. Third baseman Tommy White, who is tied for third in the nation in RBIs with 66, is questionable after leaving Sunday’s win with soreness in his upper leg. Coach Jay Johnson says White is day-to-day…
Little-used third-string catcher Hayden Travinski was the hero in Sunday’s come-from-behind win over Ole Miss. Travinski hit a three-run homer in the ninth to stun the Ole Miss fans and give the Tigers a win. Johnson says Travinksi has been the ultimate team player, even though he’s seen limited action…