530PM LRN News

The Westwego City Council votes unanimously to not allow any permitting of a proposed 500 million dollar Wanhua chemical storage and distribution facility in it’s suburban New Orleans city limits. Councilmember Glen Green says the public and council had serious concerns about the flammability and combustibility of the facility, it’s emissions and the potential for leaks…

Cut 12 (11) “…anyway.”

The site selected was directly across the river from the Audubon Park and Zoo, formerly used by KinderMorgan.

About 260 miles of fiber optic rural broadband cable is set to be run through areas of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Landry parishes thanks to 15 million dollars from the USDA. USDA rural development state director Roy Holleman says it was a collaborative process…

Cut 10 (12) “…profitable for Star.” 

Environmental groups are raising concerns that Formosa Plastics is seeking to build a chemical plant in St. James Parish on top of a slave cemetery, but a private archaeologist says he’s not sure who is buried at the site. Co-owner of TerraXplorations Paul Jackson says they’ve looked at old newspapers, diaries and personal land records in an effort to establish who might be buried there, but they have not found any conclusive indications…

Cut 7 (08) “…is protected”

18-year-old Daniel Smith of Homer is under arrest for the alleged killing of a bald eagle in Claiborne Parish, one of the most heavily protected species in the country. Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says Smith’s loose lips ultimately did him in and pointed authorities in his direction.

Cut 4 (11) “…eagle”


Shooting a bald eagle is a serious offense that can land you jail time and up to 100,000 dollars in fines.