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News in Brief- March 3, 2019

News in Brief- March 3, 2019

Sheriff: Toddler found floating in Louisiana pool has died

CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — The sheriff's office of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, says a toddler found unresponsive in a Chauvin pool has died.

The Courier reports the sheriff's office says the 2-year-old boy died Tuesday morning. Deputies say the toddler was found floating in the pool Saturday morning during a family gathering.

The toddler was taken to a hospital and placed on life support. He was later flown to a New Orleans medical center, where he died. The sheriff's office says the death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

Information from: The Courier,


More than 170 state troopers headed to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 170 Louisiana state troopers are headed to New Orleans as the city prepares for the final and busiest weekend leading to Mardi Gras.

Gov. John Bel Edwards committed the manpower from across the state to supplement troopers already working in the city. Troopers will be assigned to the French Quarter and surrounding metro area, primarily focusing on patrols, criminal investigations, crowd control and traffic control.

The weekend parades, including Endymion, Bacchus and Orpheus, draw huge crowds to the city and officials say extra help is needed.

The non-stop party culminates on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on March 5.


Industrial gas company to build hydrogen plant in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An industrial gas company says it will build a new hydrogen plant in Louisiana and be one of the largest hydrogen production units in the country.

The Advocate reported Thursday that Praxair Inc. says it signed a long-term contract with a major refinery and that the new plant will start up in 2021.

It's unclear where the plant will be located. Praxair says it will be integrated with the firm's "already extensive Louisiana production network via its Mississippi River Corridor hydrogen pipeline system."

Petroleum refiners use hydrogen to produce transportation fuels. Hydrogen is also used by chemical companies to make some specialty chemicals and intermediates. Praxair recently started a new carbon monoxide unit at is Geismar manufacturing site.

Information from: The Advocate,