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  • Local shoppers support small businesses

    November 29, 2014 5:59 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit the local businesses every year the day after Black Friday. The day was started in 2010 by American Express Credit Cards as an effort to promote shopping at independent businesses. Susan Longmire, a small business owner in Denham... more »
  • Obama wants large companies to help small businesses

    July 11, 2014 5:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says companies like Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small business. President Barack Obama will launch an initiative Friday called SupplierPay. Twenty-six companies have agreed to participate. The companies are committing to pay... more »
  • Towing home for the holidays check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local companies are getting behind the wheel this Christmas, so others won't drink and drive. Roadrunner Towing says they'll have eight people on hand for the holidays. They're towing drivers and the vehicles home for free. Roadrunner is available starting Christmas Eve, through New Year's... more »
  • Delay issued in tax assessment Play Video

    December 17, 2013 5:53 PM

    GONZALES - Schools in Assumption Parish may pay the price for some companies not paying enough taxes. A recent audit revealed close to $15 million in undeclared taxes, of which $5.5 million is supposed to go to schools. On Tuesday, though, the tax commission delayed a decision on whether... more »
  • La. insurance companies stonewall on enrollee data

    October 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The three companies offering health insurance plans to Louisiana residents on the federally-run online health marketplace won't say how many people have been able to sign up. The marketplace website has been plagued with computer problems. Though the problems are not of their own making, representatives of... more »
  • 4 chemical companies agree to clean Bayou d'Inde

    October 13, 2013 5:10 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - The state Department of Environmental Quality says four petrochemical companies have agreed to clean pollution from more than 700 acres of Bayou d'Inde in southwest Louisiana. Administrator Tom Harris says CITGO Petroleum Corp., PPG Industries, Axiall Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. agreed to what is expected to... more »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    September 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
  • Flood official: oil companies 'trashed the hotel room'

    August 14, 2013 11:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control official is likening the oil and gas industry in coastal Louisiana to rock stars who bring a lot of money to the area but, in his words, "trashed the hotel room." Stephen Estopinal was speaking in defense of an unprecedented lawsuit filed against... more »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
  • Feds propose fee on health insurers in new market

    November 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Health insurance companies will have to pay to play in new health insurance markets coming under President Barack Obama's health care law. The federal Health and Human Services department said Friday it is proposing a "user fee" amounting to 3.5 percent of premiums for health insurers who want... more »
  • Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

    November 27, 2012 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge is ordering tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and to disclose smoking's health effects, including the death of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler had already said she wanted the industry to... more »
  • Administration joins insurers to hit health fraud

    July 26, 2012 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is launching an ambitious new drive against health care fraud by mining claims data from insurance companies and government programs in hopes of ferreting out bogus billing. Details of the plan are being announced Thursday at the White House by Health and Human Services Secretary... more »
  • WF Fire looks to add on amid parish growth

    June 21, 2012 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The West Feliciana Parish Fire Department is growing, along with the number of people living in the parish. Fire Chief James Wood says a full time technician is needed to keep up with 12 engine companies, 10 tankers, 2 rescue trucks and various other equipment. He says... more »
  • Obama: Insurance companies will pay for contraceptives

    February 10, 2012 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama introduced a revamped birth control policy Friday morning that he says will protect both religious liberties and women's access to contraception. Speaking at the White House, Obama announced changes that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees. Instead,... more »
  • Cancer drug shortage cuts into treatments in BR

    August 23, 2011 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Drugs used for years to fight cancer, and make treatments less damaging long-term, are in short supply. That leaves hundreds of cancer patients turning to what's left, but sometimes it's not what's best. Doctors say the shortage is spawned by drug-makers. The claim is, they're not... more »
  • Some production closed off in Don's approach

    July 28, 2011 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two major petroleum companies have evacuated offshore operations in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico with the approach of Tropical Storm Don. The storm is expected to make landfall Friday in southeastern Texas. Royal Dutch Shell said it planned to have 195 workers evacuated from its... more »
  • House passes bill making it easier to drill

    May 5, 2011 2:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has passed the first of three bills aimed at making it easier for oil companies to drill offshore. The House passed the first measure 266-149 Thursday. It would force the government to conduct three lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one off... more »
  • Motorola Splits into 2 Companies

    January 3, 2011 7:39 PM

    On Tuesday, Motorola splits into two companies marking the final step in the breakup of a pioneer in the consumer electronics industry. Motorola is splitting its consumer-oriented side, which makes cell-phones, from the professional business of selling police radios, barcode scanners and government and corporate consumers. The two companies will... more »

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