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Louisiana troopers arrest Houston man with 11 kilos of cocaine
LAKE CHARLES -- A Houston man is in the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center after Louisiana troopers found about 24 pounds of cocaine in his car in a traffic stop on I-10 near the Texas line.

Trooper assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Interstate Highway 10, 3 miles east of the Texas state line for a traffic violation on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 4:18 a.m

A computer check of the driver, 35-year-old Alphonse Carl Trahan, Jr. of Houston, Texas, revealed that a warrant existed for his arrest out of Harris County, TX for felony criminal mischief.

Troopers requested and received permission to search the vehicle Trahan was driving.  During a search of the vehicle, 11 kilograms (approximately 24 pounds) of cocaine with an estimated value of $275,000 was located in hidden compartments.

Trahan was charged with failure to keep right on a multi-lane highway and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.  Trahan was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center for the charges as well as the warrant out of Harris County.  Bond was set at $30,100.

If convicted, Trahan faces up to 30 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur contributes $10,000 to LSC-PA foundation

PORT ARTHUR  -- For the third consecutive year, Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur has invested in the students of Port Arthur through scholarships at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.  


Flint Hills Resources presented a $10,000 contribution to the Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation to be used for scholarships in the Process Technology and Instrumentation programs at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. 

This is the third allocation by Flint Hills Resources, bringing its total contribution to the college to $26,000.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with Flint Hills Resources," LSC-PA President Dr. Betty Reynard said. "Their generous investment helps improve Southeast Texas and positively impacts the lives of our students and their families."

On Friday, April 24, Flint Hills Resources Plant Manager Denny Wiseman presented the scholarship funds to Dr. Reynard and the President of the Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation, Dr. Sam Monroe.

"The history of Southeast Texas is intimately connected to the region’s refineries and today, Flint Hills Resources has made yet another substantial investment in the future of our area’s young residents," Dr. Monroe said.


The scholarships are presented each semester to deserving and dedicated students from the Port Arthur Independent School District. Recipients must be full-time students in the Process Technology or Instrumentation programs and exhibit a history of strong academic performance.

 Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is an industry leader in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients, with operations primarily in Texas and the Midwest. 

Flint Hills Resources’ subsidiaries produce and market gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, asphalt, ethanol, biodiesel, liquefied natural gas, olefins, polymers, intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils, inedible corn oil and distillers grains. 

The Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur facility is a U.S. producer of ethylene and propylene, which are basic building blocks used to manufacture a variety of components from medical devices to appliance components.

 Lamar State College-Port Arthur is in the process of advising and registering students for the Summer I, Summer II and Fall 2015 semesters. Visit the college'€™s website at www.lamarpa.edu for information regarding admissions or stop by the campus at 1500 Procter Street in Port Arthur. 

To apply for the Flint Hills scholarship, please contact Stephanie Broussard at 409-984-6184 or via email at bankettsy@lamarpa.edu.

Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after government pushback

NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.

A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.

Competitors, consumer groups, and politicians have criticized the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices and less choice.

"The proposed merger would have posed an unacceptable risk to competition and innovation, including to the ability of online video providers to reach and serve consumers," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a written statement.

The Justice Department said that Comcast dropped its bid because of regulators' concerns that the Philadelphia-based cable giant would become an "unavoidable gatekeeper" for Internet services.

One of the concerns consumer advocates and competitors had with the Comcast deal was that it could undermine the streaming video industry that is reshaping TV. Comcast could, for example, require onerous payments from new online-only video providers for connecting to its network. Dish, the satellite TV company behind the new Web video service Sling TV, and Netflix opposed the deal.

"It goes to show you how important broadband is," said Amy Yong, a Macquarie analyst.

Regulators have taken other steps that signal how important they consider Internet access. The Federal Communications Commission in February released new "Net Neutrality" rules meant to keep broadband providers from charging Internet companies for "fast lane" access or favoring some content. The broadband industry has sued to stop the rules.

"We have to live with it, and respect that, and move on," Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said in an interview on CNBC, referring to the government's opposition to the deal. "We always structured this deal in a way that would enable us to walk away."

Comcast doesn't owe Time Warner Cable a breakup fee because the deal didn't work out.

With the deal between Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. called off, a transaction with Charter Communications Inc. aimed at smoothing the way for regulatory approval also falls apart.

Even with the Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal being nixed, cable companies are likely to keep combining as costs rise for the shows, sports and movies they pipe to subscribers and video customers decrease.

Many analysts expect that Charter Communications could resurrect its own effort to acquire Time Warner Cable.

A combined Charter and Time Warner Cable would have 15 million video customers and 16.5 million Internet customers. That's still smaller than Comcast alone, which has 22.4 million video subscribers and 22 million Internet customers.

And the $48.5 billion combination of DirecTV and AT&T is still expected to go through.

Shares of Time Warner Cable Inc. rose $2.74 to $151.50 in morning trading while Comcast shares slipped 8 cents to $59.18.

Second company recalls ice cream products because of Listeria

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second ice cream company has recalled all of its products after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio said on its website Thursday that it recalled its frozen products after the listeria discovery. The action follows a similar recall by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries Monday. Blue Bell's ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths, and listeria was found in several of the company's products.

The recalls are uncommon: Listeria isn't usually found in ice cream, since the bacteria can't grow at freezing temperatures.

A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the agency has no evidence, for now, that the listeria found in Jeni's ice cream and the listeria found in Blue Bell ice cream are connected.

"At this time, the FDA does not believe that the finding of listeria in one sample of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is related to the outbreak and recall associated with Blue Bell Ice Cream," said spokesman Jeff Ventura. 

"We are continuing to investigate both situations and will provide updated information to consumers as we learn more."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are no known illnesses linked to Jeni's products. In an online statement, Jeni's said it is recalling all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches and closing retail stores until its products are "ensured to be 100 percent safe."

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture found the listeria in a sample of Jeni's ice cream it had randomly collected at a Whole Foods in Lincoln, Nebraska.

"We will be working with our suppliers to determine if the bacteria was introduced by one of the ingredients we use," said John Lowe, the company's CEO. "We will not reopen the kitchen until we can ensure the safety of our customers."

Jeni's said the recalled ice cream was distributed in the United States to retail outlets, including food service and grocery stores, as well as online at jenis.com. The recall includes all products bearing the brand name "Jeni's."

Also Thursday, Blue Bell Creameries said it will close its facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning. The creameries will be closed next week and possibly into the following week.

The FDA said it still has open investigations in all three plants and will evaluate Blue Bell's progress in removing listeria from the plant and its products.

Blue Bell did produce some ice cream in its plants this week, but that product will be used for testing and data gathering and won't be sold to the public, the company said.

Listeria generally only affects the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and their newborn infants. It can cause fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms. The worst cases are fatal.

The bacteria is found in soil and water that can be tracked into a facility or carried by animals. It can be very difficult to get rid of once it contaminates a processing facility, partly because it grows well in refrigeration. 

It is commonly found in processed meats, unpasteurized cheeses and unpasteurized milk, and it is sometimes found in other foods as well — listeria in cantaloupes was linked to 30 deaths in a 2011 outbreak.


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