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News in Brief- Oct. 24, 2018

News in Brief- Oct. 24, 2018

BP starts expansion to Thunder Horse deep-water Gulf field

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Energy giant BP says it's added the equivalent of 30,000 barrels of oil a day to production at its largest Gulf of Mexico platform, called Thunder Horse.

A news release Thursday from Houston-based BP United States says that brings the field's gross output to more than 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. The field is about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans, in more than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) of water.

BP says the expansion started four months ahead of schedule and 15 percent under budget.

The company did not give the cost of adding a new subsea manifold and two wells tied into existing lines.

BP operates the platform and has a 75 percent working interest in it. ExxonMobil holds the other 25 percent.

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Louisiana spends $120K on state lawmakers' travel this year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's lawmakers have traveled the country to meet with colleagues and attend conferences since their legislative sessions ended, trips that have cost taxpayers nearly $120,000.

Twenty-four of 105 House members and 17 of 39 senators attended events in a dozen states, including Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada.

Lawmakers went to gatherings of the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.; the Southern States Energy Board in Biloxi, Mississippi; the National Conference of Insurance Legislators in Salt Lake City, Utah; the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Boston; and the Council of State Governments in Kentucky, among others.

Data provided to The Associated Press by the Legislature showed the trips cost the House nearly $58,000 and the Senate just under $60,000 for expenses like airfare, hotel rooms, taxi fare, meals, registration fees, parking charges and the daily per diem paid to lawmakers for attending work-related meetings.

The most popular events to attend for Louisiana's lawmakers were the annual gatherings of the Southern Legislative Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and the National Conference of State Legislatures in Los Angeles. That California trip was also among the most expensive for lawmakers, because of the cross-country travel.

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Louisiana Supreme Court denies appeal by death row prisoner

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has denied an appeal from a man sentenced to death for the slaying of 4-year-old girl in 2001.

The American Press in a Friday report quotes the court as saying 43-year-old Jason Manuel Reeves had claimed his attorneys provided ineffective counsel during the penalty phase of his trial. But the court said he was trying "to re-litigate an issue upon which he has already sought review."

The court says it's not clear that his lawyers failed to present evidence about his troubled upbringing because Reeves himself didn't disclose evidence to help explain his difficult childhood and the history of sexual abuse he suffered.

Reeves has been on death row since 2004 for the abduction, rape and killing of Mary Jean Thigpen from Moss Bluff.

Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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Young sons, ages 10, 12, 14, help save mom from dad

MOSS BLUFF, La. (AP) — Three Louisiana boys — ages 10, 12 and 14 — helped save their mother after their father threatened to shoot her.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the man dropped the pistol while wrestling with his wife in their yard, and one boy grabbed the gun and unloaded it. Another boy went into the house, got another gun and ordered her husband to get off of her.

The statement says the man then ran into his house and the woman and boys ran to a neighbor's, where they stayed until deputies arrived. The man led a car chase and had to be subdued with stun guns after getting out of his pickup truck.

The Associated Press is not using his name to protect the children's identities.

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Sheriff: Man found with wife's body in trunk, kids in car

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Authorities say a soldier based in Louisiana was arrested in a car with his wife's body in the trunk, their two toddlers in the car, and his girlfriend driving.

A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office statement says 22-year-old Logan Kyle was turned over to Army investigators at Fort Polk; 24-year-old Sarah Parker of Lake Charles was arrested on charges including failure to report a homicide; and the 1- and 2-year-old children are in state custody.

Fort Polk spokeswoman Kim Reichsling says Kyle is in custody. She says she cannot release his wife's name until Tuesday because Army regulations require a 24-hour wait after notifying next-of-kin.

The sheriff's office says deputies got a tip about a woman with a dead body in her trunk and stopped Parker's car Sunday night.

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Doggy bag: Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Agriculture Detector dog named Hardy alerted to the baggage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. CBP agriculture specialists then discovered a 2-pound (1-kilogram) cooked pig's head, which was seized and destroyed.

The agency says pork and pork products from other continents are not allowed into the United States in an effort to avoid introducing foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and other animal diseases.

CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis hailed Hardy's work as illustrating "the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States."