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News in Brief- November 7, 2018

News in Brief- November 7, 2018

Japanese to build $70M vegetable oil plant in Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — A Japanese company has broken ground for a $70 million vegetable oil plant in the New Orleans area.

A news release from the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission on Friday says Fuji Vegetable Oil Inc. plans to process palm oil, palm kernel oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil at the plant. The complex will also include storage and distribution facilities.

The project is expected to create 39 jobs with an average annual salary of $77,000. Fuji expects to begin hiring in late 2019, and the plant is expected to be complete in June 2020.

Fuji Vegetable Oil Inc. is the U.S. arm of Fuji Oil Holdings Inc. of Osaka, Japan. The U.S. subsidiary was founded in 1987 in Savannah, Georgia, where its other plant is located.


LSU-Alabama on CBS draws best TV rating of college season

CBS says LSU-Alabama in prime time Saturday drew the best overnight television rating for any college football game this season.

The top-ranked Alabama’s 29-0 victory against the Tigers, who came into the game ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25, earned a 6.7 rating. That was up 81 percent from last season's 3.7 rating in prime time.

CBS says the game peaked with an 8.0 rating between 9-9:30 p.m. Eastern.

The previous highest rated game this season was Ohio State at Penn State on Sept. 29, which drew a 5.3 rating on ABC.

Georgia at Kentucky, the first half of CBS' SEC doubleheader, drew a 2.8 rating.


$10M donated to Louisiana State University veterinary school

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A married couple is giving $10 million to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, the largest donation in vet school history.

Herman C. Soong committed $8 million from his estate to the veterinary school, and his wife Connie Soong pledged $2 million from her estate.

The money will be used to care for injured, homeless animals, pay for scholarships, support oncology research and fund forensic training to help veterinarians and law enforcement identify animal abuse.

In a statement, the Soongs say their donation was inspired by a desire to help abused and injured animals.

Herman Soong is an assistant professor of adult psychiatry and forensic neuropsychiatry at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He works closely with LSU on animal abuse issues.


Python presents slithery situation at Texas Goodwill store

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Goodwill worker collecting clothes and other items at a Texas sorting center was surprised to find an albino python clinging to the side of a bin.

The python was huddled in a pile of clothes when the worker discovered it Thursday at the center in Fort Worth.

Manager James Murphy says it's not clear if the snake slithered away from its owner and was accidentally dropped off or if its donation was intentional.

The python had a serpentine journey: It arrived at one of nearly 40 Goodwill donation drop-offs in the area before being transported to the Fort Worth sorting center.

Goodwill staffers will care for the python until the owner claims it or a permanent home is found.