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Hess employee sent to prison for $1M fraud

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HOUSTON — An employee of Hess Corporation has been sentenced to just more than a year in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to a company credit card. Monica Causgrove of Lafayette, Louisiana, was sentenced during a court hearing in Houston federal court on Monday. Causgrove was also ordered to pay more than $1 million ...

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Chemical dispersant still wreaking havoc in Louisiana

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard used a chemical dispersant called Corexit—the same chemical used during the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989—to break down oil slicks. The dispersant then caused those slicks to sink below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, oil is still washing up ...

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Oil services company laying off 60 in Houma

HOUMA, La. — Oil services company Baker Hughes is closing a wireline facility in Houma and laying off 60 people. The Advocate reports the layoffs were scheduled to take place this week. Brandy Brandon, a spokeswoman for Baker Hughes, says the layoff is expected to be permanent. She says the affected employees will be paid for a 60-day period and benefits ...

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Louisiana environmental lobby gains prominent ally

BATON ROUGE, La. — Environmentalists have always had a tough slog in Louisiana, where the oil and gas industry provides tens of thousands of jobs and chemical plants dot the landscape along the Mississippi River. But the cause has picked up a high-profile sponsor in the last few years, retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, the military leader who won ...

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Plan calls for expanding Gulf of Mexico reef sanctuary

NEW ORLEANS — A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to enlarge ...

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Lafayette Chamber reaches fundraising goal for One Acadiana

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LAFAYETTE, La. — The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has reached the $15 million fundraising goal to operate the Campaign for One Acadiana for the next five years. The Advocate reports the One Acadiana campaign is an effort to form a multi-parish economic development agency that will combine resources to recruit industry, attract talent and speak to Washington, D.C., and Baton ...

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Jindal proposes mix of cuts, one-time fixes to close deficit

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to use $43 million in stopgap funds and nearly $61 million in cuts to close the state’s latest budget deficit this year. The Jindal administration released its budget rebalancing plan Friday. Lawmakers will consider the recommendations on Feb. 20. Jindal wants to shift dollars from a gaming enforcement fund to plug ...

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Army Corps eyes new navigation lock in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — After years of delays and legal wrangling, the Army Corps of Engineers is once again looking at replacing a historic navigation lock inside New Orleans with a new lock to help speed up barge and maritime traffic moving through the city. Under a court order, the Army Corps is doing a new environmental study of a controversial ...

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