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News in Brief- July 28, 2019

News in Brief- July 28, 2019

Chicken company plans $47M expansion in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A chicken producer is planning a $47 million expansion of its Louisiana operations, creating a new feed mill and upgrades to its hatchery and processing plant.

House of Raeford Farms CEO Bob Johnson announced the plans Tuesday in a news release from Gov. John Bel Edwards' office. The northwest Louisiana expansions are expected to create 118 new jobs.

The North Carolina-based company says it'll spend $41 million to build a feed mill in Lincoln Parish, replacing and doubling the capacity of an older mill, and $6 million on improvements to Bienville Parish facilities.

The company distributes chicken products to grocery stores, schools and other businesses, packaged under its own label and other private labels.

Louisiana is giving House of Raeford Farms $1.5 million for the projects, along with tax breaks.


Hepatitis A cases still increasing in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Data from the Louisiana Department of Health shows cases of Hepatitis A have been continuing to increase across the state.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports the number of reported cases since the outbreak began in January 2018 through July 18, 2019, is 375.

Louisiana Bureau of Community Preparedness Medical Director Frank Welch says the outbreak is mostly affecting drug users and homeless people.

Welch says the infection has been making people sicker than normal. About 60% of infected people were hospitalized whereas the typical hospitalization rate is around 25%.

The state bought 15,000 Hepatitis A vaccinations to limit the outbreak among homeless populations and have distributed about 8,000.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that's often spread when people use the bathroom and then don't wash their hands.

Information from: The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate,


Arrest report: Fatal crash suspect says God told him to die

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An 18-year-old Louisiana man told authorities God instructed him to end his life, so he crashed his truck into another vehicle at about 90 mph, killing a driver.

Jack Jordan was arrested for second-degree murder, reckless operation of a vehicle and simple escape in the fiery crash Monday that killed 51-year-old Stephanie Payne.

The Advocate reports one of its employees witnessed the crash and said Payne's car was engulfed in flames and pushed for yards through an intersection.

Jordan's arrest report stated he'd told officers God instructed him to kill himself, so he purposefully accelerated his vehicle to hit another vehicle.

State Police spokesman Taylor Scrantz said investigators don't think Jordan was impaired but did run tests. Jordan was treated for a hand injury.

Information from: The Advocate,


Cafe du Monde to open in City Park next week

CITY PARK, La. (AP) — A famous New Orleans coffee shop is ready to bring their beignets to its new location at City Park.

News outlets report Cafe du Monde announced their new shop will open and begin operating on July 31 at the Casino Building.

The cafe had been operating a food truck in the area since January as the space was being renovated. The new space is inspired by the cafe's original location in the French Quarter.

Cafe du Monde won the bidding process for the space in December. It'd been occupied since 2012 by Morning Call, another coffee shop famous for the powdered sugar confection.

Losing the bid left Morning Call homeless but the owner says the shop could have a new home soon at a location nearby.


$10K Mega Millions unclaimed prize sold in La expires soon

PONCHATOULA, La. (AP) — An unclaimed $10,000 Mega Millions ticket sold in Louisiana is expiring soon.

Lottery officials say no one has claimed the prize won during the Feb. 26 drawing.

WDSU-TV reports the winning ticket was purchased at The Carwash Depot in Ponchatoula and is set to expire Aug. 25. It matched four of the five white-ball numbers drawn and the yellow Mega Ball number to win. The winning numbers were 10-12-14-24-60 and the Mega Ball was 20.

The ticket holder has until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, to claim the prize since the actual expiration date falls on a weekend.

Any prizes not claimed within 180 days are deposited into the lottery's unclaimed prize fund, which is returned to players in the form of increased payouts on scratch-off games and player promotions.

Information from: WDSU-TV,