June 13, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- At least one person died and another is missing and presumed dead after an explosion Thursday at a petrochemical plant in the central Louisiana town of Geismar, authorities said. Another 49 people were removed from the plant by ambulance, according to Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the state's department of environmental quality, which responded to the explosion. She said 300 workers were evacuated at the time of the blast. The explosion occurred at about 8:37 a.m. CDT at the Williams Geismar Olefins plant, leading officials to notify local emergency managers, activate emergency shut-down valves and isolate the unit, according to a company statement . After the explosion, a boiler at the plant caught fire, according to a statement on the Iberville Parish Facebook page.
April 25, 2012 |
In Texas, there is a special opprobrium reserved for a man who would steal another man's horse. In Louisiana, the same can be said for a crawfish thief. The Bayou State's criminal code, in fact, specifically addresses the pilfering of mudbugs, in Title 14, Chapter 67, Part 5. Make off with enough of the tiny crustaceans and you could find yourself, at least theoretically, doing a 10-year prison sentence, "with or without hard labor," the law states -- and with a low likelihood of earning the respect of your bunkmate when you tell him how you ended up in Angola.
October 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors told the Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey in southern Louisiana they could not sell their handcrafted caskets to the public, the normally peaceful order took the fight to court. Hurricane Katrina had wiped out the order's traditional income from selling timber, so the brothers decided to market the simple cypress boxes they had long built to bury monks who died. They were priced at $1,500 or $2,000, far less than a funeral home would charge.
May 28, 2010 |
The oil spill disaster off the coast of my home state of Louisiana is stark evidence that humans have an awesome power to change the natural landscape, often for the worse. But landscapes also have the power to change us, as John James Audubon was reminded when he arrived in Louisiana in 1821. In Louisiana, Audubon encountered a biblical abundance of wildlife that transformed him and his bird art, enlarging his sense of possibility and refining his genius as an observer of the natural world.
March 5, 2011 |
A tornado reportedly damaged more than 100 homes in southwest Louisiana Saturday, killing one woman, authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing houses completely ripped from their foundations. Eleven people were reported injured. The 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house, said Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish sheriff. Debris was littered throughout Rayne, the town of about 8,500 people, after a line of violent thunderstorms moved through the area and left behind a swath of damage about a quarter of a mile wide to three miles long.
March 24, 2012 |
Louisiana holds its Republican primary today in a race that is mostly about building momentum, as the winner can collect no more than 20 of the state's 46 delegates, and the results will have little impact on the fight for the nomination. It has turned out to be a bad week for Republicans to hold the primary. Louisianans have been spent the week obsessed with the New Orleans Saints, the state's NFL franchise, which was hit with unprecedented penalties by Commissioner Roger Goodell for running - and repeatedly lying about - an illegal "bounty" program that for three years rewarded defensive players with extra cash payments if they injured opponents.