Louisiana news briefs
Houma waste well is not likely to produce a sinkhole
HOUMA (AP) — Officials say residents close to the proposed Vanguard Environmental wastewater well in Houma should not fear it will eventually become a sinkhole like the 24-acre one in Assumption Parish.
Two weeks ago, the state Supreme Court rejected Terrebonne Parish’s appeal of a lawsuit that would have stopped Vanguard from drilling.
Parish authorities and neighbors of the proposed well off New Orleans Boulevard just south of North Hollywood Road protested its proximity to local homes, schools and recreational facilities.
Since the court ruling, some residents have suggested Houma could be threatened by a sinkhole similar to the one that opened near Bayou Corne in August 2012.
State officials believe the sinkhole is the result of a failed cavern hollowed out inside the subterranean salt dome beneath the area.
BP seeks rehearing in oil spill settlement
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP on Tuesday asked an appeals court to review a ruling upholding a multibillion-dollar settlement to compensate victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a filing with the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals , BP argued that a divided three-judge panel from the court erred earlier this month when it affirmed a U.S. district judge’s approval of the company’s settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ lawyers. The New Orleans-based appeals court has 14 active judges and eight senior judges who also hear cases.
BP argued that the panel’s Jan. 10 majority decision will force the company to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses that weren’t harmed by the massive spill.
Milburn named registrar of voters in St. Landry
OPELOUSAS (AP) — The St. Landry Parish Council has appointed Cheryl Milburn as parish registrar of voters, replacing John A. Moreau, who retired Friday after he was arrested on accusations of felony offense of criminal damage to property.
Milburn told the council at Tuesday’s special meeting that she has worked in the Registrar of Voters Office since 1977.
On Friday, Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said Moreau was arrested by his officers after Moreau allegedly was seen by witnesses damaging a vehicle in the courthouse parking lot.
According to court records, Susan Gerace, an employee who worked in the courthouse, had filed a protective order against Moreau.
gets 3rd trial date
LIVINGSTON (AP) — Former Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer’s domestic abuse battery trial was postponed Tuesday for the second time and now will be heard in March.
Grimmer, who was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on May 31 on a count of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery after an altercation with his wife, appeared in Walker Municipal Court for a hearing in the case, but his wife, Janet Grimmer, did not show up.
Grimmer told the court his wife had not been served a subpoena to appear in court and he asked for a continuance.
Dr. John headed
to B.R. Blues Fest
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Dr. John & The Nite Trippers will headline the Baton Rouge Blues Festival this spring in Repentance Park and Galvez Plaza.
Although the New Orleans singer-pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee usually appears each spring at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the five-time Grammy winner is not scheduled to perform there this year.
Dr. John is to appear at the blues festival April 12.
Other acts scheduled to appear include Kenny Neal with Henry Gray, Black Joe Lewis, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Little Freddie King, Johnny Sansone, Black Pistol Fire, Chris LeBlanc, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Brother Dege and Baton Rouge Music Studios.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal brought back no announced commitments from business leaders he met during his week in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
But the Republican governor said Tuesday that a number of senior executives from the companies will be traveling to Louisiana within the next six months, to visit sites for possible investment and continue conversations with economic development officials.
Jindal wouldn’t name any of the firms whose leaders were heading to the state.
The Asian trip was Jindal’s first overseas economic development mission since he has been in office.
The governor and Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret met with executives from three companies that have facilities in Louisiana and with leaders of 10 other companies that they wouldn’t name, citing the need for secrecy in economic development negotiations.
From The Associated Press.