LOUISIANA CAMPUS-BOMB SCARE
Suspect arrested in bomb scare on Louisiana campus
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of making a bomb threat that shut down the University of Louisiana last week also is believed to have tried unsuccessfully to rob a bank.
An FBI agent's affidavit says 30-year-old Devin Haywood of Lafayette made the telephoned bomb threat early last Wednesday, then hid outside a bank before it opened.
The affidavit says Haywood pointed a gun at an employee outside the bank.
According to the affidavit, two employees spotted the suspect outside the bank and escaped in their cars after he pulled a gun.
Public defender Wayne Blanchard is defending Haywood. He declined comment Tuesday.
Lawsuit filed against Gov. Jindal over Common Core
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal because of his actions against the multi-state standards.
The lawsuit - filed Tuesday in Baton Rouge - accuses the governor of violating Louisiana's constitution by suspending testing contracts to undermine Common Core.
The lawsuit says Jindal's actions don't comply with constitutional provisions that give education policy-setting authority to the Legislature and implementation authority to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Jindal issued a statement saying the lawsuit has no merit and citing a law that gives his administration the authority to oversee contracts.
On Monday, 17 state lawmakers who oppose Common Core lodged their own legal challenge against BESE and the state education department, saying they didn't properly enact the standards.
Body of La teen located on Ala coast
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a Louisiana teen missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast.
Gulf Shores police say a person riding a personal watercraft found the body in the water on Tuesday and brought it ashore near the public beach.
Police still aren't identifying the victim. But friends and a brother have identified him to media on the scene of the search as 17-year-old Chaston Brown of Ponchatoula, La.
Searchers have been looking for a distressed swimmer since he was reported missing Sunday afternoon. He was visiting the area with friends.
The weather service was reporting dangerous rip currents in the surf at the time.
GULF OIL SPILL-DELETED TEXTS
Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.
Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt Mix illegally deleted text messages to obstruct an investigation involving the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.
Mix, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted in December. But U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ordered a new trial, saying the verdict had been tainted by remarks the forewoman made to other jurors.
Federal prosecutors have appealed Duval's decision. So, Duval canceled the August trial date Tuesday, saying trial will be rescheduled "at the appropriate time."
Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic
MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days.
The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were 35 mph. Little change is strength is expected Tuesday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night. The depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.
The depression is centered about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at about 18 mph.
New Orleans hotel sells for $10.75M
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New York real estate investment firm has made its first foray into the New Orleans market with the purchase of a downtown hotel.
New Orleans CityBusiness reported Tuesday that the Garrison Investment Group purchased the O'Keefe Plaza Hotel on July 11 for $10.75 million from the Chauhan and Kansagra families.
The six-story property at 334 O'Keefe Ave. has 129 rooms.
Orleans Civil Court records show a city lien had been placed on the property in May for unpaid sales and use taxes dating back to 2006. Laxmi Hotel LLC, the ownership entity, owed $58,250 in taxes. With interest, penalties and audit costs added, the debt comes to $108,815.
A representative with Garrison did not return messages, and the sellers could not be reached for comment.
ASIAN CARP PROCESSOR
Chinese aim for big Asian carp catch in Miss.
BAIRD, Miss. (AP) - If you can't beat them, eat them.
That's Mississippi's approach to invasive Asian carp, trying to turn the fish into a job-creator by catching them, slaughtering them and exporting them to China.
Moon River Foods said Tuesday that it would invest $3 million and hire up to 100 people to harvest the fish, filleting and packaging them at a plant in Baird, near Indianola.
But Roger Liu, a representative of the Chinese company planning the plant, says Moon River hopes to process 50 tons of Asian carp each day.
Those who study the carp and Mississippi fisheries question whether carp stocks would hold up if fished so heavily, or even if Moon River could find enough fishermen. In 2010, Mississippi estimated 285 tons of carp were caught in the state.
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