POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 8:04pm
Baton Rouge (NBC 33) — In St. Tammany Parish, State Fire Marshall’s investigators are looking into a fire at the St. Joseph Abbey Catholic Seminary near Covington. The fire started around 2:30 am, damaging some of the school's dormitories. Investigators say more than sixty people were in the building when fire alarms went off. All escaped safely. The seminary has 105 students in residence, studying for the priesthood.
In Assumption Parish, emergency leaders say another 30 by 50 foot area of land has sunk into that growing sinkhole. Meanwhile, scientist continue to testing bubble sites. There are now over thirty sites along the Bayou Corne-Grand Bayou area. A community meeting is scheduled for 10 am Saturday in Bayou Corne.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, Metro Council members are looking at a proposal that would change the way alcohol is sold in the parish. Council woman Allison Gary introduced the proposal at Wednesday night's meeting. It would remove most of the restrictions on buying alcohol on Sundays. Right now, you can't buy it in the early or mid-morning. And where you can buy alcohol is limited. Gary's proposal would remove those limitations. Not everyone agrees with the proposed change. The Council will vote on the proposal October 10th.
In Caddo Parish, the chimps at Chimp Haven are getting some new friends. Chimp Haven is getting ten new additions, after the federal government declared 110 of them will no longer be used for research. The cost of caring for chimps is no monkey business though. It's about $17,000 a year, just for one. The government picks up 75-percent of the tab for their care. Chimp Haven will have to make up the remainder of the cost.