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News in Brief- July 21, 2019

News in Brief- July 21, 2019

77.8M acres in Gulf of Mexico for August oil, gas lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government will offer 77.8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development on Aug. 21.

An Interior Department statement says the lease sale will include 14,585 tracts. They're in water 3 to 231 miles offshore and in water from 9 feet to more than 2 miles deep.

Until August 2017, the Interior Department held separate lease sales for the Gulf's most active area and tracts off Texas. They were consolidated under an Obama administration plan created because bidder numbers were dwindling.

In March, 78.5 million acres were offered and about 1.3 million acres drew $244.3 million in high bids. The high bid total was about 37% above the previous sale's and nearly double the March 2018 figure.


7 years after fire, a comeback for Hubig's Pies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A favorite New Orleans confection is making a comeback seven years after a devastating fire ended production.

Hubig's Pies will be produced again next year in suburban Jefferson Parish, the Louisiana Economic Development agency said in a news release.

Hubig's made hand-sized turnovers with a glazed crust and fillings of chocolate, coconut or a variety of fruits. Sealed in waxy white and yellow paper wrappers, each emblazoned with a caricature of a chef known as Savory Simon, the pies were prominent for decades at retail checkout counters, including grocery outlets, drug stores and hardware stores.

A 2012 fire gutted Hubig's longtime bakery in New Orleans' Marigny neighborhood. Production will resume in Jefferson Parish after a $1.37 million investment in a manufacturing facility, the Louisiana Economic Development news release said.

"We've been a New Orleans company since the 1920s. We buy local, hire local, and our main market is Louisiana," owner Andrew Ramsey said in the release.


No retrial for man officers threatened to beat during arrest

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial for a Louisiana man who was filmed being detained by officers screaming and threatening to fight him.

The Houma Courier reports Christopher Verdin Jr. also was ordered to pay about $2,100 in court costs. Cellphone video of the 2017 arrest was posted online and showed Verdin being threatened while handcuffed. He was arrested on charges including aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said deputies Joseph Cehan III and Charles Cook Jr. were fired and a third officer was reprimanded for not reporting the behavior.

Verdin has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and faces criminal charges in a burglary during which a pet dog was killed. He unsuccessfully sued the sheriff's office. It was dismissed on grounds of qualified immunity.

Information from: The Courier,


Louisiana WWII vet receives France's highest honor

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana veteran of World War II has received an award from France for his actions during the war.

News outlets report 97-year-old Lawrence Boudreaux received a French Legion of Honor medal Tuesday for his service at Normandy.

France's new ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, bestowed France's highest order of merit to Boudreaux at a veterans home in Jennings.

Etienne says France wanted to pay tribute to Boudreaux and "all American veterans who liberated France and Europe."

Private First Class Boudreaux was inducted into the Army on February 9, 1943. His battles and campaigns include Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Among Boudreaux's other medals are the Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star Medal.


It's an orangutan! Endangered species born at Audubon Zoo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's an orangutan! The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan to longtime inhabitant Feliz and Jambi, a male brought from Germany last fall.

The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and by destruction of the forests where they live. Fewer than 14,000 are believed to exist in the wild, and "overall numbers continue to decline dramatically," according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Veterinarians don't yet know the baby's sex, zoo spokeswoman Lauren Messina Conrad said in an email.

Zookeepers are keeping a close eye on mother and baby because the first 72 hours are when orangutans learn to nurse, a news release said. But they're not yet looking closely enough to tell whether it's a boy or a girl.

The baby was born early Wednesday and Feliz is an attentive mother, according to the statement. The zoo hopes she'll be able to do everything needed for the baby.

This is Feliz's second baby. She gave birth in 2009 to a female named Menari, who is out in public with Jambi and another young female named Reese.