News roundup: Newly created tax incentive review committee named … Metairie-based Smoothie King chain being sold … New head named to FBI's New Orleans office
Members only: House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, has appointed three of his fellow House members—and himself—to serve on the newly created commission charged with reviewing Louisiana tax incentives. House members appointed are Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro; Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette; and Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans. Also on the commission are Reps. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport; Henry Burns, R-Bossier; and Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia. Its first meeting will be held by September.
Good to go: Metairie-based Smoothie King Franchises Inc. is being sold to a South Korean company. Smoothie King currently has more than 600 units operating in 32 states, the Caymans and the Republic of Korea. The purchase price was not disclosed. Buyer SK USA Inc. is headed by CEO Wan Kim, a Boston University graduate who opened his first Smoothie King in 2003. Since then, Wan's Smoothies Korea has opened more than 100 locations, and Wan says SK USA plans to open more than 1,000 new locations in the United States and worldwide by the end of 2017.
Man with the shining star: An agent with extensive experience in public corruption cases has been named head of the FBI's New Orleans division. Today marked Michael Anderson's debut as special agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans. The 45-year-old native of Alexandria, Minn., joined the FBI in 1995 and has served as a supervisor in the FBI's public corruption unit. The FBI says Anderson rewrote its public corruption field guide in 2003. He also played a supervisory role in the corruption probe of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat serving a 13-year prison sentence. Anderson replaces David Welker, who retired in May.
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