Angola Prison Rodeo returns plus other state news

Prison Rodeo Returns after Pandemic Hiatus

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — A popular rodeo held each year at the Louisiana State Penitentiary will be held again next month after a two-year hiatus prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Angola Prison Rodeo is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24.

The state corrections department says all seats will be reserved. The $20 tickets can be purchased at angolarodeo.com, or by calling (225) 655-2030 or (225) 655-2607. The department says rodeo proceeds go toward programs to help freed inmates reenter society.

In addition to rodeo events featuring inmates, the event includes bands, food and arts and crafts made by the incarcerated. Jewelry, leather crafts, paintings, woodwork, lawn and garden furniture, and toys are among the items to be offered for sale.

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Cheniere’s Louisiana, Texas LNG OK’d for more experts

(AP) The U.S. Department of Energy has given a liquefied natural gas exporter operating in Louisiana and Texas permission for additional sales to every country entirely in Europe as they seek to move away from Russian oil and gas because of that country’s war on Ukraine.

As Europe works to phase out its reliance on Russian energy, “the world needs every molecule it can get” from other sources, said Dustin Meyer, the American Petroleum Institute’s vice president for natural gas markets.

Cheniere Energy Inc. said its Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana and its Corpus Christi plant in Texas have been improved and are making more gas than covered by previous export permits. Wednesday’s orders “will allow for additional operational flexibility for us and our customers during this pivotal time and for decades to come,” it said in a statement released by a public relations firm.

U.S. companies are already exporting at or near their maximum capacity and Wednesday’s orders mean “every operating U.S. LNG export project has approval from DOE to export its full capacity to any country where not prohibited by U.S. law or policy,” the energy department said in a news release.

It increased the amount of liquid natural gas that Cheniere’s plants may export by the equivalent of 0.72 billion cubic feet (20.4 million cubic meters) of natural gas per day. The gas may be sold to any country with which the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement— including, the department noted, all of Europe.

That increase works out to about 5.2 metric tons (5.7 tons) a year for Cheniere; total U.S. exports are set to run about 86 metric tons (95 tons) this year, Meyer said.

The department said the U.S. is the world’s top exporter of liquified natural gas, with exports expected to grow 20% this year as additional capacity comes online. Half of Europe’s imports in January came from the United Staets, it said.

Four applications from other facilities have been pending for more than a year, said Marty Durbin, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. They “should also be approved expeditiously,” he said in a statement released by a public relations firm.

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Sheriff’s Office Lowers Age Requirements

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana sheriff’s office is lowering the age requirement aimed at increasing the department’s ranks.

Now individuals ages 18 and older can apply to join the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office, Sheriff Steve Prator said Wednesday.

“If you can join the military and fight a war, you can serve in your own community,” said Prator.

Previously, applicants had to be at least 21 years old to apply to become a P.O.S.T. certified or corrections deputy. The sheriff’s office implemented changes to its hiring requirements to reach a wider pool of potential applicants.

The change in age requirement also comes in response to a staff shortage that is plaguing law enforcement agencies nationwide, The Times of Shreveport reported.

Prator said, “Right now we are hurting, we are in survival mode. We need people to come work for us.”

The sheriff’s office is currently looking for 93 new employees. The vacant positions are for deputies, nurses, mechanics and other fields.

 


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