LRN PM Newscall August 24

Foster Farms announces a $30 million upgrade to its Union Parish poultry processing plant. Don Molino has more…

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Hurricane Harvey is expected to become a category three storm when it makes landfall in Texas and southwestern parishes are gearing up…

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Foster Farms in Union Parish announces a $30 million investment to expand and upgrade the poultry processing facilities in Farmerville. Louisiana Economic Development expects this will create 50 new direct jobs. Farmerville Mayor Stein Baughman says the town has a good relationship with the company.

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The expansion will maintain the more than 1,000 existing jobs at the facility. LED estimates it will also result in an additional 42 indirect jobs for a total of more than 90 new jobs in North Louisiana. Baughman says this is huge for the town and the parish.

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Foster Farm will receive a $500,000 Modernization Tax Credit, and it’s expected the company will utilize the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. The company received financial help from the state in 2009, which helped grow the Farmerville plant to what it is today. Baughman says the town is grateful for that investment because it resulted in 1,000 jobs for the area.

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The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is now a hurricane and is expected to become a Category 3 tomorrow before hitting Texas. Eric Blake with the N-H-C says the storm is quickly strengthening.

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Blake says Harvey will intensify into a category three on Friday. He says the hurricane isn’t expected to move far inland, as it makes landfall early Saturday morning.

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Blake says Louisiana faces the potential for 6 to 15 inches of rain, the heaviest in the southwest part of the state and some coastal flooding. He says there are lots of hazards that come along with Harvey but as of right now Texas will get the worst of it.

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As Hurricane Harvey is predicted to be a category 3 hurricane by Saturday, Cameron Parish officials are preparing for the extreme amount of rain expected to hammer the southwest Louisiana coast. Ashley Buller with the parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office says they aren’t calling for evacuations now but they are monitoring the situation closely.

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Buller predicts rain to be the biggest problem with this hurricane. She says Harvey’s path is hard to predict…

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Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as the state prepares for potential impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Extensive rainfall is the major concern as the storm is expected to linger and possibly turn towards Louisiana next week. Edwards says citizens need to prepare as well…

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Edwards says this is a serious storm that everyone should take seriously.

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Edwards says the biggest concern is in southwest Louisiana, where the most rainfall will happen and the greatest storm surge affects will occur, but the entire state could see high rainfall totals. He says the National Guard has over a half million sandbags available and agencies are ready to conduct water rescues…

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Walmart announces Louisiana customers now have access to the Express Money Services. Walmart spokesperson Erin Hulliberger says this new feature will help shoppers save time when they’re making money transfers in stores.

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Hulliberger says with Express Lanes in the majority of Walmart stores, this new feature is available to all Louisiana customers. She says customers can fill out money transfer paperwork using the Walmart app.

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Hulliberger says saving receipts electronically will make future transactions even more convenient. She says customers no longer need to fill out lengthy money transfer paperwork in stores; now, this work can be done at home or on-the-go using the Walmart App..

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