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News in Brief- January 29, 2020

News in Brief- January 29, 2020

Katrina levee failures subject of new book

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The founder of an organization dedicated to educating the public about levee failures in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina has written a book.

A news release from activist Sandy Rosenthal says the book is entitled "Words Whispered in Water: Why Levees Broke in New Orleans." Florida-based Mango Publishing said in an email publication is set for Sept. 15.

Rosenthal is a founder of The group's focus is educating the public that catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was caused by failure of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' poorly designed and constructed flood walls.


Huey Long-era time capsule extracted at Louisiana Capitol

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A decades-old time capsule buried in the walls of the Louisiana Capitol building by former Gov. Huey Long has been uncovered.

The state Senate said Long and architect Leon Weiss concealed a copper box behind the cornerstone in the northwest corner of the Capitol building in 1931. The box was found during research for rehabilitation of the nearly 90-year-old historic landmark.

The building's current architects said planned construction would make accessing the capsule in the future impossible, so Senate officials decided to extract the time capsule.

But the box will remain sealed for now — until it is analyzed and a plan is decided for where and how to display the time capsule and its contents, according to the Senate.


Brewery to reopen for first time since Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dixie Brewery, a historic New Orleans brewery that's been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina, officially reopened in a new location Saturday.

It originally opened in 1907. Floods and looting after the hurricane contributed to its closure, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.

The new facility is open to the public and boasts a bar, cafe, outdoor space, museum and games. The brewery will also offer tours showing parts of the production process, according to news outlets.

The brewery has created jobs for more than 40 people, WVUE-TV reported. The general manager said he hopes the facility becomes a landmark for people visiting New Orleans.

"I mean, if you go to Café Du Monde for a beignet, you have to come to Dixie for a beer," Jim Birch said.


Police: Driver, bicyclist killed in drag racing crash

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two brothers crashed while drag racing on a road in Louisiana, killing one brother and an innocent bicyclist, police said.

Lattimore Brock, 57, and Christopher Brock, 56, were racing Saturday evening in Baton Rouge when the younger brother crashed into the driver's side of the older brother's vehicle, Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said in a news release.

Both cars veered off the road, hit a utility pole, struck Deondrick Rudd, 24, who was on a bicycle, and then came to a rest against a tree, according to Coppola.

Both Rudd and Christopher Brock were pronounced dead at the scene.

Rudd's mother told WAFB-TV that her son enjoyed photography and was planning to propose to his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

"Deondrick was just so humble. He had a great personality... He never got into no trouble, drama or anything because he just loved getting along with people," Dionne Harris said.

Lattimore Brock has been charged with several charges including two counts of vehicular homicide, police said. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. It's unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak for him.


Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism opens 2020 Tourism Investment Program

RACELAND, La. - Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism (LCBT) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Tourism Investment Program.

The goal of the program is to support tourism developments efforts within Lafourche Parish that can attract more visitors to the destination and increase the economic value of tourism for the local economy.

The Tourism Investment Program guide and application can be found on LCBT's website,, under the "About" section. The deadline to submit applications is February 14.

LCBT will host an informational session for anyone interested in applying for funding from the program on Tuesday, February 4, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Louisiana's Cajun Bayou Tourism Visitor Center, 4484 Hwy. 1 in Raceland.