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Jonesville ex-clerk arrested for stealing utility payments

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JONESVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Jonesville utility clerk has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in electricity payments by town residents. Attorney General Jeff Landry says Leigh Ann Ingram was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, malfeasance in office and computer fraud. Landry says the 47-year-old Jena resident diverted cash from the Catahoula Parish town’s ...

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AAA: Texas, nationwide retail gasoline prices up this week

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COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas are up 3 cents this week to reach an average $2.04 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump nationwide rose 2 cents this week, to reach $2.22 per gallon. Corpus Christi has the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $1.95 per gallon. The association survey ...

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The Latest: Dismal oil tract sale results due to low prices

oil lease sale, Louisiana, offshore drilling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on federal oil lease sale (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal official says low oil prices are the reason few companies were interested in bidding in the latest oil lease sale for the Gulf of Mexico. The regional director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Michael Celata (sel-AH-tuh), says the $18 million ...

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Feds to livestream Gulf oil and gas lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five months after protesters disrupted an oil and gas lease sale for tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is livestreaming a lease sale but closing the site in New Orleans where bids are read. Wednesday’s sale, offering all 23.8 million acres available for drilling and exploration off of Texas coast, will be the first ...

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‘Act of God’: Ruinous flooding catches Louisiana off guard

Louisiana weather, flooding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An act of God is how some are describing it, a catastrophic 48-hour torrent of rain that sent thousands of people in Louisiana scrambling for safety and left many wondering how a region accustomed to hurricanes could get caught off guard so badly. At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 have ...

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Judge denies tugboat owner’s effort to sue government

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that a tugboat company can’t countersue the government for payment for cleaning up a 2013 oil spill on the Mississippi River. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves refused to allow a challenge to an earlier U.S. Coast Guard administrative decision denying a request by Nature’s Way Marine to be reimbursed up to ...

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Louisiana politicians go to court blaming Big Oil for coastal ruin

big oil, louisiana coast

ALLIANCE, La. (AP) — The oil industry has left a big footprint on Louisiana, but its legacy is being questioned like never before with Democrat John Bel Edwards in the governor’s mansion. Turning state politics upside-down, leaders of both parties are taking Big Oil to court, seeking billions in damages for making the coast sink into the sea. Industry lawyers ...

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Coast Guard: Well leaks up to 4,200 gallons of oil

oil spill, Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says an oil well leaked up to 4,200 gallons of crude oil near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard says the spill on Tuesday came from a well owned by the Texas Petroleum Investment Co. The spill is close to Main Pass, which is in the area where the Mississippi ...

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Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law as courts across the U.S., with only months before the November election, are blocking Republican-controlled states from imposing polling place restrictions that critics say target minorities and the poor. The changes must still be approved by a federal judge. But the looser rules have the important blessing ...

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NC toxicologist: Water near Duke’s dumps not safe to drink

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when it’s contaminated with a chemical known to cause cancer, a state toxicologist said in sworn testimony. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 220-page deposition given ...

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