Roundup: Sprouts / Louisiana exports / Council shenanigans  

    One week: Sprouts Farmers Market is set to open its first Louisiana store Baton Rouge next Wednesday, June 26, adding to the growing number of grocers in the city. The retailer says it’s committed to “zero waste,” and as part of that, the store will donate unsold, edible groceries to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, WAFB-TV reports. The location, initially scheduled for an April opening, is located in the Rouzan Traditional Neighborhood Development Village Center.  

    Growing: The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is becoming a major world source of exported crude oil and has more than doubled the number of oil tankers loaded for crude export in the first six months of the year. The major force behind the surge is the lifting of a 40-year ban on crude exports that ended in 2015. And after four decades of declines, U.S. crude production has increased from 5 million barrels per day in 2010 to 12.4 million per day in May. Read the full story.

    A Metro Council idea: The provincial government of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has found a way to increase the ratings of their press conferences, BoredPanda reports. The Facebook live stream of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai speaking with journalists went viral on Friday after somebody filming the live stream forgot to turn off the cat filter. As a result, Yousafzai and a few other politicians grew pointy ears and whiskers, prompting one alert Daily Report reader to write, “This might make the Metro Council more bearable.” Read the full story.  

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