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News in Brief- September 12, 2018

News in Brief- September 12, 2018

Agreement halts pipeline on 1 Louisiana tract

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The company building an oil pipeline through environmentally sensitive south Louisiana has agreed to halt the project on one piece of private land while a legal dispute plays out.

Landowner Peter Aalestad filed a state court lawsuit saying evidence showed Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC had already begun tree-clearing and other construction preparation without obtaining consent.

Environmentalists hailed Monday's agreement, saying it will delay completion of the pipeline until after a November hearing on company efforts to obtain the property through a process called expropriation.

Energy Transfer Partners in Dallas, the majority owner of the project, said in an email that the agreement will not affect the timing of the project's completion. It has said in court records it expects to complete construction by October.


German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and he's already learning some English.

Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes.

He'll travel 5,000 miles from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he will join three females: Reese, Feliz, and Feliz's daughter, Menari.

The species has been drastically reduced, both by hunting and devastation of its habitat from illegal logging and the conversion of rainforests into palm oil plantations.

Jambi will be behind the scenes for a while at Audubon as he is introduced to the females.

Menari, who was born at Audubon, and Reese, born at Albuquerque BioPark Zoo in New Mexico, are both 9 years old. Feliz is 29.

Orangutans can live into their 50s.


Mayor: Catch 'culprits' who hoist Confederate-themed flag

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of a majority-black Mississippi town says he wants to know who keeps hoisting the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

Officials in Magnolia removed the Mississippi flag from public display in July 2015, weeks after a white gunman killed black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Critics say the flag represents slavery, segregation and white supremacy.

Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon tells the Enterprise-Journal that someone has raised the state flag on a pole in the town park three times recently, and he's had enough.

Witherspoon says he intends to put up a surveillance camera and "the culprits will be prosecuted."

Magnolia has a population of about 2,300. It is in southwestern Mississippi, just north of the Louisiana state line.

Information from: Enterprise-Journal,