In local news:

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Eastman will make a $70 million capital investment over the next three years to expand and modernize its manufacturing operations in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, including a new Chemical Intermediates production facility. While retaining 106 existing jobs, the project will create five new direct jobs with an average salary of $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 24 new indirect jobs, for a total of 29 new jobs in Iberville Parish and the surrounding region.

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