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Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

(AP) - Leucadia's Clean Energy is making progress on its $2.5 billion facility and plans are on schedule, a company spokesman says.

Rick Richard tells The American Press that $19 million has been invested in site preparation.

In October, Lake Charles Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Leucadia, secured agreements with BP Products North America, Air Products and Chemicals and Denbury Offshore to buy products that will be produced at the facility. It will be on Port of Lake Charles property along the Calcasieu Ship Channel near the Citgo Refinery.

Port Executive Director Bill Rase said the port received a 25-year operating contract with Clean Energy for the site. Besides drainage improvements, Rase said Clean Energy is also raising the property 10 to 12 feet.

(AP) - Federal prosecutors are seeking to seize Desperado's Gentlemen's Cabaret as part of the case against the Carencro club's owner, who was arrested earlier this month in an investigation of drugs and prostitution at the business.

The Advocate reports 54-year-old James Panos was booked Dec. 5 on a federal complaint charging him with "maintaining drug-involved premises" in connection what federal agents have alleged was open drug dealing by dancers and other employees at the club.

A federal grand jury last week indicted Panos on the charge.

Panos' attorney disputes whether the club's owner had direct knowledge of an illegal activity at the club. Panos is set for arraignment on Jan. 17.

(AP) - The Lafayette city's bus service has been recognized by federal officials for a 3.6 percent increase in bus ridership from 2010 to 2011, the City-Parish Traffic and Transportation Department said.

The Advocate reports the Federal Transit Administration Award of Achievement comes after Lafayette saw the largest percentage increase in bus ridership over that period for small urban areas in Louisiana, including Monroe, Alexandria, Lake Charles and Houma.

Ridership in Lafayette increased from 1,423,573 in 2010 to 1,474,650 in 2011, according to city-parish government figures. Ridership has increased by 29 percent since 2001, Transit Manager Mike Mitchell said. He attributed the increase in part to a growing population and to expanded service areas.

(AP) - A funeral and mass for a 20-year TV anchor and reporter in Beaumont who was killed in a car crash will be held in his hometown of Kinder, La.

KFDM anchorman Bill Leger was killed around 1 a.m. Saturday while driving south on Louisiana 93, north of the town of Scott. Police say the 48-year-old failed to negotiate a curve.

The network says a wake will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25 at Ardoin Funeral Home in Kinder, where Leger was born. A funeral service will be held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Leger is survived by his wife Patricia, two daughters, Tatum and Tori, and his parents, Stanley and Kathryn Leger.

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