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News in Brief- August 19, 2018

News in Brief- August 19, 2018

Utility wants lost revenue from 2016 Louisiana flooding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A major electric utility wants to recover nearly $6 million in revenue lost in the flooding in Louisiana in 2016.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported that Entergy has asked Louisiana regulators to allow it to impose a surcharge on the bills of nearly 468,000 customers in 20 parishes even if they never missed a payment.

The surcharge would recover the amounts not collected because of state orders not shut off the lights or assess late fees on people flooded out of their homes.

More than 20 inches of rain fell over two days starting Aug. 12, 2016. Several rivers and bayous backed water into about 109,000 homes and 6,000 businesses.

The Public Service Commission prevented utilities from disconnecting service for nonpayment because of the flooding.

Information from: The Advocate,


Top 4 bids 30 percent of Gulf of Mexico lease sale's $178M

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas companies made $178.1 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. That's about 28 percent above the last gulf-wide sale in March.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 29 companies bid on 144 tracts Wednesday.

High bids averaged $1.2 million, up from $939,000 in March.

Regional Director Michael Celata says there's clearly continued interest in deep water.

Spokesman John Filostrat says the four highest bids were in water more than 1,600 meters (about a mile) deep. They added up to $53 million, nearly 30 percent of Wednesday's total.

The highest were Hess Corp.'s $25.9 million and Chevron USA's $11.1 million.

Exxon-Mobil Corp. had 25 high bids for $40.5 million, including the day's third- and fourth-highest, at $8.5 million and $7.5 million.


Clemson, LSU to play home-and-home series in 2025, 2026

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson and LSU have agreed to play a home-and-home football series in 2025 and 2026.

The schools announced the games on Wednesday. The teams will meet at Clemson's Death Valley on Aug. 30, 2025 with a return trip to LSU's Death Valley on Sept. 5, 2026.

The games will be the first played between the schools in the regular season. Both sets of Tigers met in bowl games — the Sugar Bowl after the 1958 season, the Peach Bowl after the 1996 season and the Chick-fil-A Bowl after the 2012 season.

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich says he's excited about his team facing a school with "LSU's rich football tradition."

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Medical marijuana in Louisiana expected to be planted Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's first legal crop of medical marijuana can be planted this week.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose agency regulates the burgeoning industry, loosened a regulatory logjam that created a months-long delay.

The Monroe News-Star reports that Strain's team met with LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson and the head of LSU's marijuana contractor GB Sciences Wednesday to clear the path for production.

Marijuana takes about three months to mature, so the first product isn't expected to be available to patients until November, months later than originally projected.