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News in Brief- August 12, 2018

News in Brief- August 12, 2018

13 years after Katrina, Dixie Beer returning to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A warehouse in eastern New Orleans will be the new home of Dixie Beer, a nostalgia-evoking New Orleans brand that has been brewed out of state in the nearly 13 years since Hurricane Katrina laid waste to its landmark brewery near the city's business district.

Dixie was established in 1907, survived prohibition and remained a New Orleans commercial icon over the decades despite financial troubles, a "bad batch" that damaged the brand in 1975 and the levee failures and flooding that followed Katrina in 2005.

It was brewed in Wisconsin, and, later Memphis after the storm. Previous owners Joe and Kendra Bruno were never able to fully revive the brand and restore the old brewery. But Dixie has enjoyed a resurgence in the city since Saints and Pelicans owners Tom and Gayle Benson purchased majority ownership of the Dixie Brewing Company last year.

In addition to the brewery, Dixie plans to establish a brewpub and will hold tours of the site. It was touted as a $30 million investment.


Construction on bridge replacement set to begin next year

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is moving forward with plans to replace a bridge.

Transportation spokeswoman Brandie Richardson tells The Courier of Houma that construction of the Bayou Chevreuil Bridge just north of the Lafourche Parish line is expected to begin in February. Last week, transportation officials held a meeting to solicit comments from the public.

Richardson says a wider concrete bridge will improve safety by increasing the shoulders and reducing the steepness to improve sight lines. A diversion bridge will be built for traffic to continue passing through the area. While traffic passes on the diversion structure, crews will remove the existing bridge and install the new one.

The $8 million project is being funded through the department's Bridge Preservation Program.

Information from: The Courier,


Trump, state officials discuss efforts to help ex-inmates

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday.

The White House said the officials represented states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump.

The mostly Republican group included Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Doug Burgum of North Dakota and John Bel Edwards, a Louisiana Democrat. Also attending were Republican attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida and Ken Paxton of Texas.

The administration has been pressing Congress to send Trump legislation that would provide the Bureau of Prisons with $50 million over the next five years for drug treatment, education and job skills programs.

Trump said the administration feels "very, very strongly" about helping former inmates find jobs.