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  • Louisiana billboard company buys Philadelphia company

    August 5, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana billboard company says it has bought one based in Philadelphia. Lamar Advertising Co., of Baton Rouge, says it paid an undisclosed amount of cash for Steen Outdoor Advertising. Lamar said in a news release Friday that the purchase adds more than... more »
  • Civil rights group's lawsuit targets bail bond companies

    June 19, 2017 6:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A civil rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against a New Orleans bail bond company and related businesses, alleging they violated federal lending and racketeering laws by charging hidden and illegal fees. The Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit also claims the defendants resorted to... more »
  • LSU Ag Center selects company to grow medical marijuana

    June 14, 2017 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The LSU AgCenter has requested its board of supervisors to approve the university to enter into a contract with a company to produce medical marijuana. The company chosen by the university is GB Sciences, Inc. Seven businesses, including GB Sciences, Inc. submitted offers to... more »
  • Man arrested for illegally issuing driver's licenses

    May 17, 2017 3:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Police have arrested a Metairie man who's allegedly responsible for selling more than 400 illegal driver's licenses from two branches of a title and notary company. Authorities say 27-year-old Alex Medina was arrested Tuesday on 420 counts each of computer fraud and filing false public... more »
  • Louisiana ends insurance-related contract for cost concerns

    May 14, 2017 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Because of cost concerns, Louisiana has scrapped plans for an outside company to develop a computer platform to handle enrollment for the state employee health insurance program. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration hired insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to develop the enrollment tool... more »
  • $4.2 million penalty in deadly 2012 platform fire

    May 12, 2017 8:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An energy company has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, avoiding manslaughter charges and agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers. Court documents show Houston-based Black Elk Energy pleaded guilty Friday to nine criminal... more »
  • Louisiana picks contractor to manage flood aid program

    April 13, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company chosen to manage Louisiana's $1.3 billion flood aid program for homeowners is the same firm that was earlier selected for the work and then saw its contract scrapped and the bid process redone. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that IEM was selected to oversee... more »
  • Change-of-plea hearing set in deadly 2013 offshore fire

    April 10, 2017 9:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal criminal charges filed against an energy company over a deadly 2012 offshore oil platform fire may be headed for a resolution. Three Filipino workers died in the Nov. 16, 2012, fire on the platform operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations. Black Elk has pleaded not... more »
  • Woman says alarm company made promises it didn't keep Play Video

    March 27, 2017 5:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A woman says the customer service she's received is alarming. She bought a home security system from Vivint Home Security, but says the work to install was never completed. After going back and forth with the company since January, Teresa Clement says promises have been broken... more »
  • Ochsner buys urgent and occupational health care company

    January 12, 2017 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System says it has bought a company that owns 12 urgent care and four occupational health clinics in the greater New Orleans area. It says all 14 Millennium Healthcare Management Inc. locations will become part of Ochsner Health System. A news release Tuesday announced the... more »
  • East Baton Rouge prison to get private health care company

    November 23, 2016 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A private company will start running the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison's health care operations next year. The Advocate reports the possibility of privatizing the prison's medical operations has been on the table for months now, but a group of prison health care workers helped to stall... more »
  • Twitter exec heading out as company falters

    November 9, 2016 8:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter's chief operating officer is leaving the company, the latest high-profile departure from the troubled communication service. San Francisco-based Twitter said Wednesday that Adam Bain is stepping down and will be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. It says it will now look for a new... more »
  • Drug makers spend big on Louisiana candidates, lobbying

    September 18, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Companies that make prescription painkillers and their allies have contributed more than $1 million to Louisiana candidates and hired an average of 40 lobbyists yearly in the state since 2006 to push their policies. The findings are part of a joint investigation by The Associated Press and... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Disaster restoration company under microscope for questionable actions Play Video

    September 12, 2016 4:55 PM

    ***Disclaimer: A number of businesses are named in a public document released to the Investigative Unit by the Ascension Parish School Board. Only Wallace, Rush and Schmidt Inc. (WRS) is the subject of this report. Blackmon Mooring/BMS has no affiliation with WRS.*** BATON ROUGE- There are serious allegations of... more »
  • Tinder to block minors from using app

    June 9, 2016 2:06 PM

    Tinder users under the age of 18 will no longer be able to use the dating app, according to company officials. Since the founding of Tinder in 2012, the app has allowed users from ages 13 to 17 to use its app for matches within their age groups. However, starting... more »
  • Brown water in North BR blamed on firefighter training, nothing to worry about

    April 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Water Company blamed complaints of brown water in part of North Baton Rouge on a fire department training program that involves opening and closing fire hydrants quickly. Hayes Owen told News 2 that stirs up "natural minerals" in the line, like manganese, which... more »
  • Twitter purging 336 workers as new CEO slashes costs

    October 13, 2015 9:58 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Twitter is laying off 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey's resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to make money. The cutbacks announced Tuesday translate into about 8 percent of Twitter's workforce of 4,100 people. The purge comes two weeks after Twitter brought back one of its... more »
  • Port Allen trucking company fined for safety hazards

    August 7, 2015 12:40 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Federal safety officials fined a Port Allen trucking company $156,000 for more than 30 safety violations, including refusing to install proper guardrails on their tanker trucks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the fine against Transporter Maintenance and Inspection LLC on Aug. 6. They said... more »
  • Baton Rouge company objects to delay as it seeks to drill near Glacier

    July 15, 2015 12:38 PM

    BILLINGS - A Louisiana company seeking to drill for natural gas on land in Montana held sacred by some American Indians is objecting to a 75-day review period sought by a federal panel considering the proposal. Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wanted to begin drilling this summer on its 6,200-acre... more »
  • Oil group hosting job fair Wed. in Lafayette

    October 27, 2014 6:03 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is hosting a job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome & Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for oil and gas industry companies looking for qualified employees. Military veterans will get special attention in the form of access to career experts... more »

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