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Corps to Receive $2 Billion for Louisiana Flood Protection

The Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $2.6 billion for Louisiana under the infrastructure and supplemental disaster acts, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Jan. 19. The disaster bill to help recovery from Hurricane Ida includes over $2 billion for …

Texas AG Sues Google Over Local Radio Ads for Its Smartphones

Texas’ attorney general on Jan. 19 sued Google, alleging the company asked local radio DJs to record personal endorsements for smartphones that they hadn’t used or been provided. In the lawsuit filed in Montgomery County, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton …

Texas Rolling Pines Wildfire 70% Contained, Some Evacuations Lifted

A wildfire in a central Texas state park is no longer growing and no injuries were reported after the blaze, suspected to have been caused by a prescribed burn, charred 1.2 square miles (3.2 square kilometers), officials said. Texas A&M …

Appeals Court Clears The Hartford on Most BP Oil Spill Cleanup Workers’ Injury Claims

Navigators Insurance, part of The Hartford, does not have to cover most medical and injury claims from 2,000 workers who cleaned beaches after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday. In …

Alera Group Acquires Texas-Based Heritage Risk Management

Alera Group, a national insurance and wealth services firm, has acquired Amarillo, Texas-based Heritage Risk Management, a network of independent risk management agencies which serve clients throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Heritage Risk Management’s network of independent risk …

Louisiana Food Preparer Settles $67K Racial Harassment Suit

A food preparer and retailer in Scott and Carencro, Louisiana, has agreed to pay a former employee $67,500 to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was resolved through a consent decree, which U.S. …

Houston Oil and Gas Exploration Companies to Settle $54,500 Disability Claim

Two oil and gas explor¬≠ation companies — Vantage Energy Services, Inc. and Vantage International Management Company Pte. Ltd. — will pay $54,500 and provide training to its managers and human resources staff to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by …

Controlled Burn Likely Source for Bastrop County, Texas Wildfire

A wildfire burning east of Austin, Texas was likely the resulted of a planned burn, officials said. The Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop County had burned through more than 780 acres and was 30% contained as of the morning of …

Fire at Louisiana Church Causes $150K in Damages

An early morning fire on Jan. 14 at a church in Louisiana’s capital left $150,000 worth of damages but no injuries, authorities said. The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded about 5:30 a.m. to a fire in North Baton Rouge at …

Report: Louisiana Seafood Industry Saw $580M in Losses From 2020-21 Hurricanes

Louisiana’s fisheries and seafood businesses experienced approximately $580 million in total losses resulting from four hurricane between August 2020 to August 2021, according to a new report by the Louisiana Sea Grant and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. …

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