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Oil companies ask court to reconsider sending the cases to state court

Oil and gas companies are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its previous decision that parish lawsuits alleging damage of coastal wetlands should be heard in state court.
A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in August unanimously rejected the companies’ argument that the case belongs in federal court. The defendants are asking the panel and the court as a whole to review that decision.

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Acadia Parish to seek new mosquito control contract

After heaping praise on the efforts of Mosquito Control Services and its consultant, Glenn Stokes, in the wake of Hurricane Laura, the Acadia Parish Police Jury voted 6-2 Tuesday to advertise for a new contract.
“This is not about the storm,” said Juror Steve Comeaux. “I’m happy with Mosquito Control and Mr. Stokes, but no one in my district is happy.”
“This has nothing to do with the storm. This all started before the storm,” added Jury President Chance Henry. “This has been in the works since probably April.”

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Edwards moving state to Phase 3

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday the state will move to Phase 3 for the reopening of its economy amid an improving picture in the fight against the deadly virus.
Edwards said he would provide details about Phase 3 Friday afternoon.
A question remained what would the move to Phase 3 mean for public schools.
St. Landry Parish public schools opened on Sept. 8 with a virtual plan. Instruction was provided online.
The school district’s plan is to move instruction to in-person when the state goes into Phase 3 of the coronavirus response.

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LSU researchers to test campus wastewater for COVID-19 cases

For the last several months, researchers from the LSU College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine have tested wastewater in various areas around East Baton Rouge Parish to track cases of coronavirus. What they have found, thus far, is that cases increased soon after Louisiana moved into Phase 2 and dropped after the city-parish instituted a mask-wearing mandate.
Now they will implement that research on the LSU campus to help determine numbers and location of cases.

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Horses with coverings to protect them from mosquitoes graze in a pasture at Iowa, Louisiana. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Hurricane Laura exacerbates livestock mosquito problems

Hordes of mosquitoes pushed out of the marsh by Hurricane Laura continue to menace livestock.
“The population just exploded in the southwest part of the state,” said Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish.
Spraying programs in several parishes have made a big difference. “The spraying has dropped the populations tremendously. It’s made a night-and-day difference,” Hebert said.
Jimmy Meaux, AgCenter agent in Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis parishes, said mosquitoes remain a severe problem, but spraying programs have started to control the pest.

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