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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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Mortgage companies accused of 'robo-signing'

    October 13, 2010 10:08 PM

    The Attorney General's Office in Louisiana is now investigating whether mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke the law foreclosing on homes. The mortgage companies are accused of robo-signing. That’s when they fail to verify the accuracy of foreclosure documents and have them improperly notarized. It’s illegal and may be... more »
  • Justice Department sues three major credit card companies

    October 4, 2010 2:33 PM

    The Justice Department is suing credit card companies American Express, Visa and MasterCard for anticompetitive practices. The lawsuit says the card companies are impeding merchants from promoting the use of competing credit or charge cards with lower acceptance fees. In papers filed in federal court in Brooklyn, the department and... more »
  • 3 squabbling companies must cooperate to plug well

    August 1, 2010 10:22 AM

    On shore, BP, Halliburton and Transocean are engaging in a billion-dollar blame game over the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. At sea, they're depending on each other to finally plug up the environmental disaster. Workers say the companies' adversarial relationship before Congress, in public statements and maybe... more »
  • Some Ascension citizens face sewer rate hikes

    July 12, 2010 8:45 AM

    Two interrelated sewer companies that serve subdivisions in Ascension Parish are seeking rate increases that would as much as double monthly residential bills. Ascension Wastewater Treatment Utilities Inc. and Wastewater Treatment Utilities Inc. each want to raise monthly sewer rates to a $41 flat fee for residential and commercial users.... more »
  • 3 companies plan to apply for license

    June 10, 2010 7:30 AM

    Three companies are interested in obtaining the gaming license that was relinquished by Pinnacle Entertainment in April. The Louisiana Gaming Commission received letters of intent to apply for the license from Tomorrow Investors in Lake Charles, Saint Gabriel Downs in Lafayette and Peninsula Gaming in Dubuque, Iowa. The gaming commission... more »
  • Senate hearings prompting spill blame game

    May 11, 2010 6:42 AM

    The finger-pointing has started as Congress begins hearings today on the massive oil spill in the Gulf. Executives of the three companies involved in the drilling activities are trying to shift responsibility to each other in Testimony prepared for a pair of hearings. Lawmakers are expected to ask BP why... more »
  • Companies to pay in Superfund Settlement

    April 3, 2010 8:01 PM

    Two companies have agreed to pay at least $4.8M of the $7.5M superfund cleanup of radioactive soil and debris near St. Gabriel. Exxon-Mobil Corporation in Baton Rouge and Holcim Incorportated were involved in sending the soil to Coastal Radiation Services, between 1973 and 1978. The public has until... more »
  • Companies fined $22,000 each in cattle deaths

    March 26, 2010 8:34 AM

    Two energy companies must each pay $22,000 for violating state law in connection with the deaths of 17 cows at a natural gas well site almost a year ago. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality mailed identical letters spelling out the settlement agreement with Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its contractor Schlumberger... more »

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