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Drying up and overgrown, LSU lakes project hitting a snag as it nears key milestone

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www.wbrz.com – Bess Casserleigh – 2023-08-29 12:43:31

SUMMARY: Water hyacinth, an invasive aquatic plant, is causing harm to the University Lakes in Baton Rouge. The plant has always been present in the lakes, but this year it has become more abundant due to ongoing construction work. Crews working on the lakes and the construction of a weir under the interstate have stirred up the water hyacinth, preventing it from flowing downstream. The ongoing Lakes Project aims to improve the lakes’ health by dredging them, but a low water level caused by drought and high temperatures has slowed progress. Despite the setback, dredging is set to begin after Labor Day.

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Sempra working to reduce LNG carbon intensity – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rita Lebleu – 2024-02-22 10:52:23

SUMMARY: Sempra Infrastructure is taking steps to lower the carbon intensity of their LNG production at facilities like Cameron LNG in Hackberry. Despite concerns about President Biden's halt on new LNG projects, this will not affect Cameron LNG. The company is pursuing carbon sequestration projects near the Cameron and Port Arthur LNG sites. It has also entered a non-binding preliminary memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japan Bank for International Cooperation to collaborate on energy transition projects, including LNG and hydrogen, to enhance the energy supply chain in the U.S. and Japan. The progress of the projects depends on various approvals and financial decisions.

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Come out and get some gumbo and a gumbowl, too – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Rita Lebleu – 2024-02-22 09:58:14

SUMMARY: The Gumbowl event on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Shearman Fine Arts Annex Atrium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offers the public a unique opportunity to acquire original pottery and savor chicken and sausage or seafood gumbo for $20. Organized by art professor Ken Baskin, the biennial student-driven fundraiser, running for over 25 years, supports student attendance at the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts conference. Ticket sales are on a first-come, first-served basis, with no pre-sale available. Aside from serving delicious food catered by Brick House Catering and Events, the event showcases artistic craftsmanship and aids students' educational pursuits.

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Monroe woman accused of stealing nearly $20K from handicapped victim; arrested

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www.myarklamiss.com – Trish Parker – 2024-02-22 09:46:08

SUMMARY: Sharmeke Johnson Byrd has been accused of stealing funds from a victim’s bank account over a two-and-a-half-year period. The victim, who suffered from strokes and required assistance, hired a company to help. Byrd, an employee of the company, was tasked with taking care of the victim and handling her bills. However, the victim discovered that funds were being transferred from her account into Byrd’s account each month. Records from Byrd’s account confirmed the transfers, which were then used to pay for her car loan. Byrd admitted to moving the funds but claimed it was to cover expenses for the victim. She has been charged with Exploitation of the Infirmed.

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