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  • 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 »
  • Louisiana companies gain, lose on Fortune 500 list

    June 4, 2014 12:49 PM

    MONROE- The Fortune 500 company based here, one of only two in Louisiana, dropped in the rankings when the 2014 list was released. CenturyLink fell from 150th to 158th. Its revenue was in the ball park of $18 billion. But, New Orleans' Entergy Corp. grew in the rankings.... more »
  • OSHA cites Oakdale company for health violations

    February 10, 2014 2:12 PM

    OAKDALE- A flavoring manufacturer in Oakdale has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a fire last year severely burned a worker. OSHA cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious violations at the facility, totaling $91,000 in proposed penalties. ... more »
  • 3 dead, 2 wounded in Fla. truck company shooting

    August 24, 2013 5:25 PM

    LAKE BUTLER - Authorities say a longtime employee of a Florida trucking company killed himself after fatally shooting his former boss and a coworker and wounding two others. A news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office says gunman Hubert Allen Jr. drove to several locations Saturday morning and shot... more »
  • Lawmakers support $257M deal for Sasol fuel plant

    August 15, 2013 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reversed course and backed a $257 million agreement with a South African energy company to build a multibillion-dollar fuel plant in southwest Louisiana. A week after delaying a vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the contract with Sasol Ltd. without objection.... more »
  • La. explosives company officials plead not guilty

    July 31, 2013 12:32 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Six executives of a Louisiana company that recycles explosives have pleaded not guilty as part of an investigation into the improper storage of millions of pounds of military propellant. The Webster Parish district attorney's office says they pleaded not guilty on Monday. A status conference is scheduled for... more »
  • Pie company: rebirth hope in penguin name

    July 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans snack pie company says it's honored to have an endangered penguin chick named "Hubig" after the company. The chick is one of three that had to be helped out of their shells in March after pipping, or cracking the shells, in an incubator. Simon... more »
  • Company seals leak at gas well off Louisiana coast

    July 12, 2013 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A gas well that started leaking several days ago in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast has been sealed. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said Friday that Energy Resource Technology, LLC, a day earlier began the sealing... more »
  • Russian company plans $1.5 billion fertilizer plant Play Video

    July 10, 2013 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Russian chemical company announced plans today to build a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant and distribution center in southern Louisiana which would bring thousands of jobs to the region. State officials said the EuroChem plant would create 200 permanent jobs and support 1,300 indirect jobs, as... more »
  • California company acquiring Richard's

    July 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    CHURCH POINT - Richard's Cajun Foods will be acquired by Altamont Capital Partners, a San Francisco area private investment firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, The Advocate reports. The company had been owned by Atlantic Premium Brands. Richard's which has operated since 1981, produces smoked sausage, frozen Cajun... more »
  • Justice Department sues La. pharmaceutical company

    June 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The Justice Department has sued to block a Louisiana pharmaceutical company from distributing drugs that the government claims are misbranded and haven't been approved by regulators. The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court says the Food and Drug Administration inspected facilities of Sage Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Shreveport... more »
  • 6 arrested in La. for improper explosives storage

    June 19, 2013 1:34 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Six executives of a Louisiana company have been arrested on charges of improperly storing explosives. Among those arrested Tuesday were 65-year-old Explo Systems President David Fincher of Burns, Tenn.; 57-year-old Vice President David Smith of Winchester, Ky.; and 67-year-old Vice President of Operations William Terry Wright of... more »
  • Insurance company blamed for sinkhole buyout holdup

    May 20, 2013 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on blamed their insurance carrier today for the holdup in buyouts for nearby property. Texas Brine, LLC released a statement which said their carrier hasn't approved any money for buyouts just yet, and they're working with the... more »
  • Oil company offers compensation for tank fire

    May 3, 2013 3:31 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The company responsible for an oil well which caught fire overnight in Livingston Parish offered to compensate people evacuated from the area, according to the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. Denbury's corporate office released several numbers for people to call and arrange payment for expenses they... more »
  • CNSI official defends Medicaid contract award

    April 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A top official with a Maryland company whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state has been cancelled says the company has never been contacted as part of the ongoing federal probe into the contract award. Larry Iversen, the CNSI executive who oversaw the company's Louisiana... more »
  • Houston company sued over oil discharged in Gulf

    February 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department filed suit against a Houston-based company it accused of illegally dumping oil from a Gulf of Mexico platform. The federal suit filed Monday in New Orleans against ATP Oil & Gas Corp. says an Interior Department inspection last year uncovered violations of the Clean... more »
  • Govt appeals judge's contraceptive mandate ruling

    January 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order that is temporarily preventing the government from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. In November, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House... more »
  • Startup auto company moving into former GM plant

    January 3, 2013 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A startup car company called Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, where it would build three-wheeled, low-price vehicles. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday that Elio is buying part of the plant to assemble its unusual-looking car. The company says the two-seat... more »

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