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News in Brief- September 5, 2018

News in Brief- September 5, 2018

$2.5B crude oil export terminal project planned in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say a crude oil export terminal on the Mississippi River and 700-mile pipeline project will be a $2.5 billion investment, creating 35 permanent jobs.

Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy said it and Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners are building the project in Plaquemines Parish.

The Advocate reports the project is designed as a public-private partnership, with multiple deepwater docks along the Mississippi River being provided by the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District.

Louisiana economic development officials say the proposed Plaquemines Liquids Terminal at the mouth of the Mississippi River is permitted for up to 20 million barrels of crude oil storage and could be fully operational by mid-2020.

Tallgrass says it plans to build an offshore pipeline extension to give the terminal the capability of loading very large crude carriers.


Auditions for "American Idol" this month in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — If singing is your thing, prepare for the spotlight.

ABC's "American Idol" will host open call auditions Sept. 9 at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.

The Times of Shreveport reports aspiring singers may submit audition videos online at

Last season, Garrett Jacobs of Bossier City and Cameron Theodus of Shreveport advanced to the televised auditions to sing for the celebrity judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Jacobs made it to the Top 14 before being eliminated.

Chart-topping singers to come from the Emmy-winning reality TV series include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and Fantasia.

Information from: The Times,


Louisiana gets extra $80M in federal highway money

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting $80 million in redistributed federal highway funds that weren't spent by other states.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration announced the extra money Thursday, along with the list of projects slated to divvy up the financing.

The money will be used for projects including road construction in Baton Rouge and resurfacing parts of Interstate 12 and Interstate 20. Money also will be used to make improvements to Interstate 10 in Lake Charles.

When the Federal Highway Administration reshuffles the unspent dollars, the state getting the money must be able to use them quickly to advance projects.

Louisiana's transportation department says this is the 18th year in a row the state has received redistributed dollars, but this is the largest amount ever that Louisiana has gotten.