with Jennifer Wadsworth | Assistant metro editor
Good morning and happy Friday! Let's take a spin through some of our latest headlines …
Doesn't pass the smell test
A steady leak turned a St. James Parish iron plant into one of the state's top emitters of flammable, rotten egg-smelling hydrogen sulfide — and neither operators nor regulators knew a thing about it.
It took close to six years before environmental authorities caught on to Nucor Steel's unpermitted gas release. Instead of putting a stop to it, the state let the facility continue spewing the gas, just at lower levels.
Environmentalists balked at the move, calling it another example of the state's weak oversight.
Some hook-and-line alligator traps in a former Louisiana lawmaker's yard have ignited some controversy. Here's what folks are saying about the reptile catchers.
Spike in COVID-sick kids
Local hospitals say they're treating more COVID-sick children than at any other point in the pandemic. Doctors tell us the uptick is largely driven by the more contagious delta variant and anemic vaccination rates. With no statewide mask or inoculation mandate and the new school year coming up, pediatricians say they're afraid it's about to get worse still. Paul Cobler has the story.
Speaking of masks, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says they're now required in East Baton Rouge Parish buildings as the region sees a dramatic uptick in coronavirus infections.
Thanks for reading!