Roundup: Louisiana sake / Formosa pushback / Vaccination milestone

    Rice wine: A member of the New Orleans Commander’s Palace restaurant family is brewing Japanese rice wine from grain grown at LSU, the LSU AgCenter announced. Brennan family member Lindsay Beard and business partner Nan Wallis say they want to change the image of sake from that of an exotic drink paired with Asian food with their new company Wetlands Salke and plan to distribute it across the state. Read the full story. 

    Controversy: A new feature from The Washington Post details the circumstances surrounding the stalled Formosa Plastics project in St. James, which faces pushback from environmentalists and community leaders. Wedged in between other industrial sites along the Mississippi River, the facility would cover an expanse big enough for about 1,200 football fields. Read the full story. 

    More work ahead: Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. See the report