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Eardrum patch startup company wins $44,000

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:50

Tympanogen LLC, a New Orleans startup company with a non-surgical patch for treating holes in the eardrum, has won $44,000 in a major graduate-level student startup competition.

More than 500 startups from around the world applied for the Rice University Business Plan Competition, with 42 startups from eight countries selected to compete in the program in Houston.

Tympanogen won three prizes totaling $44,000 after being named one of six finalists.

The company also won a $25,000 first prize on April 11 in the Tulane University Business Model Competition.

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Family settles over inmate death at Angola
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:49

A $24,000 settlement was reached Wednesday in a lawsuit that accused two now-former Louisiana State Penitentiary guards of trying to cover up an inmate’s 2007 strangulation death.

The wrongful death suit also alleged the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections was responsible for Jonathan Stevenson’s death.

“It wasn’t about money,” Ralph Fletcher, who represents Stevenson’s two children, said outside state District Judge Wilson Fields’ courtroom. “They wanted someone to take a stand and say this was a homicide.

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LAFAYETTE — Seventy-six Comeaux High School juniors and seniors applied theories and testing skills learned in the classroom to a real-world environment on Wednesday, testing the Vermilion River for pollution.

Sitting down in the middle of Vermilionville on a fine, cool day, the students were guided in their work by Lisa Ranney, a science and chemistry teacher.

The students used testing tools to measure temperature and oxygen levels and look for polluting nitrates and phosphates that might be present in the water.

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An altercation between two step-brothers turned deadly with one shooting the other Tuesday night, the East Baton Rouge Sherrif’s Department announced.

Jeremy Gray, 52, died at the scene, 252 Dotson Avenue in north Baton Rouge, sheriff’s office spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a press release Wednesday morning.

Deputies responded to the call at 9:25 p.m.

“The shooter called us and remained on scene until we arrived,” Hicks said, adding the shooter described the shooting as self-defense, but the investigation is ongoing.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal would get sweeping power to remove members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authorities under legislation approved Wednesday by a state Senate panel.

Opponents said the move injected politics into the authorities’ operations and was designed to remove people whose actions the governor does not like. The authority filed suit against 97 oil and gas companies for coastal damages - a move that irked Jindal and sparked retaliation for what he considers an illegal action.

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Albemarle selling three business sectors
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:43

Baton Rouge specialty chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. is selling its antioxidants, ibuprofen and propofol businesses and assets to New York-based SI Group.

The deal includes manufacturing sites in Orangeburg, S.C., and Jinshan, China; and Albemarle’s antioxidant product lines. Certain applications and technical support capabilities in Baton Rouge and Shanghai, China, are also included.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed Wednesday.

“With this transaction, we are placing the antioxidants, ibuprofen and related businesses in the hands of a company with a long history and a proven record of successful integrations and growth,” Luke Kissam, Albemarle’s president and CEO, said.

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CROWLEY — Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents this week arrested a Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond, Acadia Sheriff Wayne Melancon said.

Jason Paul Mire, 39, of the 2700 block of Crowley Eunice Highway near Crowley, faces up to 10 years in prison at hard labor and a fine up to $3,000, Melancon said in a news release.

Melancon said state wildlife agents saw Mire in a crawfish pond that does not belong to him.

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Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would create what they are calling the “Parents’ Bill of Rights for Public Schools,” which is essentially a list of actions parents can take to stay engaged in the education of their children.

Senate Bill 312 sponsored by A.G. Crowe, a Slidell Republican, would give parents the right to examine textbooks, lesson plans, curriculum and their child’s medical and mental health records.

The bill would also require that parents be notified when the child is taken away or removed from campus, if medical services are being offered to their child, if a criminal act has been committed against their child and before the school allows law enforcement to question their children.

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St. George election window narrows
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:31

Legislators agreed Wednesday to narrow the window of time for St. George organizers to hold an election on creating a new city from the unincorporated southern sections of East Baton Rouge Parish.

State Sen. Ben Nevers proposed Senate Bill 674 to suspend the incorporation of new municipalities until the issue can be studied. “What I’m trying to do is what’s best for our state,” he said.

The original legislation would have been a blow to St.

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