Explosion at Minden (NEW ONE)

The AdvocatePossible explosion reported at Camp Minden, State Police say; no injuries reported

MINDEN (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a hazardous materials unit is on the scene investigating a possible explosion in northwest Louisiana at the same site where a company was previously accused of abandoning 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant.

Lt. Jeff White says the Troop G office in Bossier City started receiving calls around 5 a.m. Thursday. . . (more)

Explosive Services International of Baton Rouge is working at Camp Minden on the burn operation to destroy millions of pounds of improperly stored M-6 propellant.


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Is State Board of Commerce & Industry defying governor’s executive order curbing runaway industrial tax exemptions?

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PBS – The Business of Disaster [VIDEO]

Louisiana Voice

Less than three months ago, on June 24, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order in which he mandated more scrutiny over how significant industrial property tax breaks are doled out to manufacturers. http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2016/06/john_bel_edwards_signs_executi.html

Theoretically, the order gave local governments that would lose out on property taxes a say in approving exemptions for heavy industry, and companies applying for five-year renewals of five-year tax breaks totaling $11 billion would be required to prove the breaks would create and/or retain jobs.

But the Commerce and Industry Board may be trying an end run around Edwards’ order.

The board waited until late Friday afternoon (one of Bobby Jindal’s favorite tactics of making announcements as the week’s news cycle winds down) to give public notice of a Monday board meeting during which it is scheduled to vote on redirecting millions in local property tax revenue from disaster-affected parishes to corporate tax exemptions, without any…

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Look Out, Louisiana – Storm forming in the Gulf

Washington PostHurricane Watch issued along Florida Gulf Coast

This is a new one.

USA Today – Tropical depression forms near Carolinas; other system threatens Gulf Coast

The AdvocateTropical depression 9: See forecast track, current location, latest info

arrowDOWNThis track is just the CONE — the storm is much WIDER:

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About Lake Peigneur

Gas storage company donates Lake Peigneur property

“Jefferson Island Storage & Hub this week announced a deal worked out with the Save Lake Peigneur citizens group to donate 23 acres of property near the lake for use as a possible environmental education area.”

The AdvocateFilm recalls Katrina’s ‘Cajun Navy’: Heroic, unselfish despite orders to turn away
By Patricia Gannon

The Advocate‘Shelter at Home’ program seen as key to Louisiana recovery; New York version drew criticism

” . . . .”Shelter At Home” was unveiled this week as a key component of the state’s plan for addressing the needs of thousands of flood victims who have been displaced from their homes, while also lessening the burden on an already squeezed housing market. The idea is to get homes into a habitable state, so people can live there while they make more permanent repairs on their own dime.

The state and federal partnership will be the first time that such a program has been used in Louisiana – though a similar effort faced mixed reviews when it was used in New York following Superstorm Sandy and faced criticism over questionable repair quality.”

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There is also recent news and some articles on the flood in the COMMENTS in earlier posts – F.C.

Louisiana Officials Demand That Self-Reliant Locals Stop Surviving the Flood Without Permission

Gulf coast depopulation under way …

Dublinmick's Breaking News

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Around the world, governments have recently been issuing an unsettling call for their citizens to become more self-reliant. Just this week, the governments of both Germany and Czechoslovakia warned that people should be prepared for ““be prepared for the worst case possible scenario.”

But here in the United States, just the opposite is happening. Our government seems to have an unquenchable thirst for cracking down on those who take responsibility for themselves. There is an abundance of evidence of this in Louisiana.

The southern state has been hit with the worst flooding in over 500 years.

While the final numbers won’t be known for some time, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has estimated 60,646 houses were damaged and 30,000 people rescued; other people escaped on their own.FEMA says 109,398 people or households have applied for housing help, and 25,000 National Flood Insurance Program claims have been filed…

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Louisiana’s Coast Is Sinking, State Is Disappearing – Business Insider

AGR Daily News Service

It’s becoming harder and harder to communicate the most urgent crisis facing Louisiana.According to the U.S.G.S., the state lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000. This is the rough equivalent of the entire state of Delaware dropping into the Gulf of Mexico, and the disappearing act has no closing date. If nothing is done to stop the hemorrhaging, the state predicts as much as another 1,750 square miles of land  —  an area larger than Rhode Island  —  will convert to water by 2064.An area approximately the size of a football field continues to slip away every hour. “We’re sinking faster than any coast on the planet,” explains Bob Marshall, a Pulitzer-winning journalist in New Orleans. Marshall authored the series “Losing Ground,” a recent collaboration between The Lens, a non-profit newsroom, and ProPublica, about the Louisiana coast’s epic demise.

Source: Louisiana’s Coast Is Sinking – Business Insider

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