Concrete crushing equipment recycles building foundations once part of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Karnack, Texas. About 7,000 acres has been transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is returning the land to old growth forest.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
The Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Karnack, Texas, is midway through a project of busting up 90,000 tons of concrete slab. Building foundations are some of the last remnants that remain of the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant. The land is being turned into old growth forest by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Refuge manager Mark Williams says the contractor's biggest customer is the State of Louisiana, which wants all of the fill for the construction of I-49.
Thousands of people are expected to stroll through Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport Wednesday night. The walking path will be lined with 1,000 carved pumpkins. The event, Pumpkin Shine on Line, is in its 21st year. It's headed up by the Southfield School Parent's Association.
Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive is making stops around the country to celebrate 150 years of railroad history. The 1940s-era locomotive, dubbed the "living legend," will depart Shreveport' Hollywood Yard on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. destined for Timpson and Lufkin, Texas.
Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services has received a $50,000 grant to purchase a vehicle for its staff to deliver HIV testing and prevention education to rural parts of its eight-parish region. The grant, announced this week, was made possible by the Community Foundation of Central Louisiana. The Community Impact endowment underwrites one project each year that demonstrates an ability to make a substantial impact on central Louisiana.
An explosives recovering and recycling business at the Camp Minden industrial site has not released details about what caused a Monday night magazine explosion that rocked northwest Louisiana. Jimmie Oxley, co-director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Explosives at University of Rhode Island, says TNT is no longer manufactured in the United States. Oxley says few companies specialize in extracting it from weapons, and government inspections are rigorous at such plants.