Honeywell to build new plant in Geismar
GESISMAR, La. (AP) - Honeywell says it will build a new auto-refrigerant manufacturing plant at its Geismar facility.
The plant, whose size has not been determined, is part of $300 million the company is investing to increase production of HFO-1234yf, a new refrigerant for automobiles with a global-warming potential of less than 1.
The company says the new product's global-warming potential is 99.9 percent lower than that of HFC-134a, the current refrigerant in use, and even lower than carbon dioxide.
The Geismar plant is expected to begin operating in 2016. The exact size of the plant will depend on supply agreements that Honeywell makes with major customers.
GULF OIL SPILL-INDICTMENT
Defense seeks mistrial for former BP engineer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys for former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix have asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial.
In a filing Tuesday, Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's line of questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.
A hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr.
Mix is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The questioning of witness Wilson Arabie centered on allegations Mix ordered copies made of spill-related documents for improper purposes. Defense attorneys argued in their request for a mistrial that an earlier court order precluded prosecutors from raising the document-copying issue.
Judge denies motion to toss ex-mayor's conviction
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a motion to throw out the conviction of a former south Mississippi mayor sentenced to probation in a Hurricane Katrina fraud case.
Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr pleaded guilty to one count on Sept. 25, 2009, more than four years after the August 2005 storm devastated parts of the Gulf Coast.
Warr was accused of seeking a homeowner's assistance grant for a storm-damaged house he owned but did not live in.
He petitioned the court to vacate the conviction based on the argument that FEMA never determined he was ineligible to receive the funds and that new information showed he pleaded guilty to a crime he didn't commit.
U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III in Gulfport denied the motion in a ruling last week.
Man wanted in Miss, La, captured in St. Tammany
COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A man wanted in three jurisdictions is in custody after a brief pursuit in western St. Tammany Parish.
The sheriff's office says 42-year-old Shane Richey, of Maurepas, tried Monday to cash a stolen check. When en route to the Covington area bank, deputies discovered Richey was driving a stolen car.
Richey was spotted heading north on Louisiana Highway 59 and a spike strip was deployed just south of Interstate 12. Richey drove over the strip and then onto the interstate. The vehicle then lost one of its wheels and careened into the tree line.
Richey faces two counts of possession of stolen property and one count each of forgery and aggravated flight. He also faces charges of being a fugitive from Ascension Parish, Baton Rouge and Harrison County, Miss.
The Flaming Lips to headline 2014 Buku music fest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Flaming Lips, rapper Pusha T and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding are among the acts headlining next year's Buku music festival in New Orleans.
The festival, officially known as the Buku Music + Art Project, is in its third year. As in past years, it will be held at Mardi Gras World, the massive studio and warehouse where the city's Carnival floats are made.
The festival's inaugural year featured about 30 acts on two stages. In 2014, it will have nearly 50 acts on four stages set up among Carnival floats and props inside the space, as well as stages outside along the bank of the Mississippi River.
The lineup includes a host of electronic music acts, among them Zedd, Kaskade and Chromeo.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22.
Jury to get case against ex-cop in Katrina case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury is set to hear closing arguments in the retrial of a former New Orleans police officer charged with fatally shooting a man without justification outside a strip mall after Hurricane Katrina.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Tuesday in the case against David Warren, who shot and killed 31-year-old Henry Glover less than a week after the 2005 storm's landfall.
Warren testified Monday that he feared for his life when he shot Glover because he thought he saw a gun in his hand.
Warren was sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison after a different jury convicted him of manslaughter in 2010. But an appeals court overturned his convictions last year, ruling Warren should have been tried separately from four officers charged in an alleged cover-up.
Louisiana-Monroe tops Thomas University 84-61
MONROE, La. (AP) - Tylor Ongwae scored a career-high 22 points, leading four Warhawks in double figures, as Louisiana-Monroe beat Thomas University 84-61 Monday night.
Justin Watkins hit a jumper with 9:09 left in the first half to pull the Night Hawks within two, but ULM (3-1) closed out the half with a 27-5 run and went into the break with a 46-22 advantage.
Louisiana-Monroe out-rebounded Thomas 41-23 and hit 28 of 47 (59.6 percent) field goals to overcome 20 turnovers. The Warhawks, which came into the game ranked 4th in the nation in 3-point field goal defense (24 percent), limited Thomas to 3-of-20 3-point shooting.
Marvin Williams scored 12 points, DeMondre Harvey added 11 and Jayon James had 10 in the win. Ongwae also had game-highs with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Justyn Watkins led TU (7-3) with 29 points.
The game served as an exhibition for the Night Hawks.
Pedestrian critical after being hit by train
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette man is in critical condition after police say he was struck by a train.
Police say it happened Monday about 12:30 p.m. at the railroad crossing at North Loop.
Authorities say the 59-year-old man was trying to cross the tracks, but was struck by an Amtrak train traveling west. The impact threw the man about 50 feet.
An Amtrak spokesman did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
Witnesses say all of the warning devices at the crossing appeared to be operating correctly at the time of the accident.
Police say the man was transported to an area hospital where he's listed in critical condition.
No one on the train was injured.
The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.
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