News roundup: Listening room and record store to pop up in Mid City on Friday morning … Maryland firm acquires four operating units of Baton Rouge industrial contractor … Federal lawyers ask for a $20B-plus settlement agreement to resolve fighting over 2010 Gulf oil spill
Music in the morning: Mid City will play host to a pop-up listening room and record store from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday. WHYR Community Radio and the Mid City Studio are partnering to present the popup at the station’s headquarters, 1623 Main St. The studio also hosts Coffee on the Porch, a free event held on the last Friday of every month that will coincide with the listening room and the record shop pop-up. Coffee on the Porch, a partnership between Mid City Studio and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance takes place in front of a decommissioned fire station at 1801 Laurel St. Mid City Studio is a partnership between the LSU School of Architecture and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance.
Done deal: Columbia, Maryland-based Structural Group Inc. has acquired four of the operating units of Baton Rouge-based industrial contractor Topcor Companies. The operating companies acquired by Structural Group are: Topcor Services, Topcor Offshore, Topcor Augusta and Topcor Mechanical. As part of the deal, which closed in January, Topcor Companies founder and CEO James Baker has joined Structural as vice president of a new division that includes Topcor’s offices in Baton Rouge; Augusta, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina; as well as Structural Group’s Baton Rouge office. In a statement, Structural Group President and CEO Peter Emmons says the acquisition will provide the company with 230 additional technicians.
Seeking approval: Federal lawyers on Tuesday formally asked a New Orleans judge to approve a record-breaking $20 billion-plus settlement agreement announced last July by the Department of Justice and five Gulf Coast states to resolve years of legal fighting about the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The Associated Press reports the settlement included $5.5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the states and local governments. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier had found BP “grossly negligent” in the offshore rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the 134 million gallon spill. Barbier did not immediately rule on the government’s motion. The justice department has said the agreement would be the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history as well as the largest-ever civil settlement with a single entity. Read the full story.