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Frank’s International confirms layoffs in Lafayette

Frank's International

LAFAYETTE, La. — Frank’s International is laying off 150 of its employees in Lafayette, part of the company’s global effort to trim its workforce by 400 to 600 workers. According to local media reports, the layoffs are coming at the company’s Lafayette complex near U.S. Highway 90. Employees were informed Tuesday. Frank’s announced March 31 it would pare its employee ...

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Gulf oil leak records cannot be kept secret, US judge says

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate judge has rejected a company’s bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against Taylor Energy Co., which owned a platform that toppled during Hurricane Ivan in ...

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Gas prices in Texas, nationally up before holiday weekend

COPPELL, Texas — Retail gasoline prices in Texas have gone up heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend. AAA Texas on Wednesday reported the average price at the pump statewide rose 4 cents this week to reach $2.51 per gallon. The travel group’s weekly survey, released a day earlier than usual due to the holiday, shows national prices increased a ...

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Federal study of dolphin deaths after BP spill due

NEW ORLEANS — The results of a federal study into possible links between BP’s catastrophic 2010 oil spill and a spate of dolphin deaths since the spill is set to be released Wednesday. The study is part of a wide-ranging assessment of ecological damage caused by the spill. Federal scientists have indicated that they believe there is a connection between ...

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Train derails in Louisiana; precautionary evacuation lifted

ADDIS, La. — A precautionary evacuation order issued after four chemical tanker cars derailed in Louisiana has been lifted. The cars derailed Tuesday in the West Baton Rouge Parish town of Addis around 1:30 p.m., news media outlets quoted authorities as saying. Parish officials say the evacuation was lifted early Wednesday. The investigation in the incident continues. Officials say they ...

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Corps of Engineers to study deepening Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — With the size of ships growing, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin looking at deepening the lower Mississippi River by as much as 5 feet — a move that would prove costly and carry ecological consequences. On Tuesday the Army Corps said it would hold three public meetings in Belle Chasse, New Orleans and ...

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11-year-old dies in northern Louisiana flash flood

RUSTON, La. — An 11-year-old child from Ruston died in a flash flood after waters swept a vehicle he was in toward a creek in northern Louisiana. The Shreveport Times reports Ruston police were notified of the vehicle being swept down the creek Monday morning. At the time, the vehicle was occupied by an adult, an 11-year-old and a 7-year-old. Rustin ...

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Governor Abbott to sign Denton fracking bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced this morning that he will sign into law a bill that reasserts the state’s control over oil and gas drilling and prohibits cities from banning hydraulic fracturing, giving them only limited control over the oil and gas process within their city limits. Abbott will sign the bill two days after he appeared at commencement services ...

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