BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Shell says it is scrapping a proposal to build a $12.5 billion natural gas-to-liquids plant in Ascension Parish. The company announced today it is suspending further work on the project, which would have created 740 direct jobs and thousands more in spinoff employment.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors have called their final witness in the retrial of a former New Orleans police officer who shot and killed a man four days after Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Advocate reports that defense testimony for David Warren will begin tomorrow.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork. National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Kazmierzak says the U.S. officer who oversees federal property for the state National Guard will move some workers to federal status - so federal employees will handle the enrollments.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder visited New Orleans for the ceremonial swearing-in of the region's new top federal prosecutor. A crowd of elected officials, judges and attorneys watched U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) Jr. take the oath of office today at a New Orleans school.
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