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The Jefferson Parish Council voted Wednesday to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an environmental impact study and hold public hearings on a controversial coal-handling project in a neighboring parish.

To be sure, the public outcry in Jefferson Parish is not dying down, because trains carrying coal would run through Gretna.

"When other states reject dirty coal, Louisiana should not consent to be the cesspool of the nation," said Gretna resident Sevilla Finley to the council.

City agency OKs lease plan for St. Roch Market
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:03

A city agency Wednesday approved a lease agreement that will allow Bayou Secret LLC to operate a fresh-foods market and restaurant at the long-dormant St. Roch Market.

The New Orleans Building Corp., which operates as the city’s real estate development arm, agreed to allow its acting CEO, Cedric Grant, to enter into a 10-year agreement with Bayou Secret, whose owners include the founding members of the downtown collaborative workspace Launch Pad.

The company will pay the city a fixed rent of $3,500 per month for the first three years.

Work begins on St. Tammany Parish development site
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:03

A real estate company has started work on a long-discussed 848-acre mixed-use development in St. Tammany Parish that will contain a technical college campus, retail town center, business offices, apartments, town and garden homes, single-family home sites and a community recreation center

Tamanend, proposed by Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Co., would be north of LaCombe and Interstate 12, putting it within a 15-minute drive to Mandeville, Slidell and Covington and 45 minutes from New Orleans.

“Years of planning have gone into Tamanend and Weyerhaeuser couldn’t be more excited to see this community begin to take shape in St.

US House approves Obama Syria plan
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:03
18 September 2014Last updated at 00:47
Congressional leaders in White HouseCongressional leaders gathered at the White House for talks on IS

The US House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State.

The vote passed by a large majority in the Republican-controlled House and is expected to be adopted in the Senate.

Feeling a noticeable lack of Jennifer Lawrence in your life lately? The Dior team feels your pain — and released her latest ad campaign just in time to stave off any withdrawal. Check out the beautiful photos, below, as well as a video Lawrence filmed taking us behind the scenes of the shoot.

Jennifer Lawrence Dior adsCourtesy Dior

True to the vibe of her past Dior campaigns, Lawrence rocks a slightlyandrogynous vibe, posing with her pixie gelled and combed back away from her face.

  • Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy warms-up before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in this file photo taken January 5, 2013.

Kaplan man faces charges in bicyclist death
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:46
Advocate story

LAFAYETTE — A Kaplan man was charged this week in the July death of bicyclist Lon Lomas, who was killed as he peddled along La. 92 near Mermentau Road.

Fitzpatrick Francois Doucette has been charged in a bill of information with one count each of negligent homicide, felony hit and run, and two traffic violations, Mike Harson, district attorney for the 15th Judicial district, said Wednesday.

Advocate business staff report

Elio Motors Inc., which plans to make a three-wheeled vehicle at former General Motors manufacturing facility in Shreveport, said Wednesday that it will work with manufacturing partner Comau to sell surplus equipment from the plant.

Advocate business staff report

An online auction of the Baton Rouge Marriott ended Wednesday afternoon with a high bid of $21.4 million.

Officials with Auction.com, which had the listing for the 299-room hotel and the 5.5 acres of land it sits on, would not disclose who the winning bidder was.

Advocate staff report

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings next week on plans to tweak the way the Morganza flood control structure is operated during floods.

Built in 1955, the Morganza flood control structure north of Baton Rouge diverts water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya floodway to help prevent too much water from getting downriver.

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