NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A South African energy and chemical company says it's dropping plans for an $11 billion to $14 billion U.S. plant to convert natural gas to liquid fuels because of low oil prices, and is also pulling out of Canadian shale. Sasol made the announcement Thursday in a news release posted on its website. The plant would have been near the city of Lake Charles. A parish government official says it's a minor setback in $100 billion in development in southwest Louisiana.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A pedestrian struck by a pickup truck in a hit-and-run in Louisiana has died. The Advocate reports that Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. says 42-year-old Derrick Dewayne Gardner, of Baker, was crossing the street Thursday afternoon in an area that wasn't an intersection and didn't have a crosswalk when he was struck.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A staff member in Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' office is denying any wrongdoing after being accused of sexual harassment. Johnny Anderson told The Associated Press that he resigned as deputy chief of staff for programs and planning to avoid becoming a "distraction" to the governor. He intends to fight the allegation.
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A Louisiana bishop celebrated a memorial Mass for victims of a massacre of African-American Louisiana residents 130 years ago. The Most Rev. Shelton Fabre, bishop of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese, decided to celebrate a special memorial Mass in Thibodaux on Thursday after learning that the city had declared the day "1887 Memorial Day," honoring 30 to 60 people killed Nov. 23, 1887 to end a strike by sugar plantation workers.
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