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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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Oscar maker plans layoffs in Chicago

    December 7, 2012 11:59 AM

    CHICAGO - The Chicago company that makes the familiar gold-plated Oscar statues is laying off almost 100 employees. R.S. Owens & Co. Inc. said this week in a notice to the Illinois Department of Commerce that it will lay off 95 workers on Dec. 17. The notice says the layoffs... more »
  • Beach Boys to headline free pre-bowl concert

    November 30, 2012 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Beach Boys and English rock band Bad Company are headlining a free concert the night before next month's New Orleans Bowl game. It'll be The Beach Boys' second show in New Orleans this year. The "Good Vibrations" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band performed at... more »
  • Former Dillard administrator facing theft charge

    November 28, 2012 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former Dillard University administrator faces a Jan. 7 trial on a charge that he overbilled the school for repairs performed by a company he owned. The Times-Picayune reports that a one-count federal theft indictment alleges that Matthew Gardner, Dillard's former facilities director, concealed his role in... more »
  • Mass. gas firm president: We'll make things right

    November 26, 2012 5:25 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A Massachusetts company whose worker breached a gas line that led to a massive explosion in one of New England's biggest cities says it'll do whatever it takes to return things to normal. Friday's explosion in downtown Springfield damaged 42 buildings housing businesses and residences. The gas... more »
  • Port may end sand company's lease

    November 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is considering whether to terminate the lease of a start-up company that was going to dry and sort sand at the port's Inland Rivers Marine Terminal in Port Allen. The $10 million facility, which was going to prepare sand to barge out... more »
  • Virginia company chosen for debt collection work

    November 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has chosen a private company to help devise a strategy for improving collection of millions of dollars in unpaid debts owed to state agencies. Jindal's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, announced Thursday that CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. will do... more »
  • Emerson announces plans for new Gonzales headquarters

    October 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    GONZALES - Emerson Electric Co. says it will build a $10 million regional headquarters in Gonzales, creating 50 new jobs. The company announced its Ascension Parish plans Friday with Gov. Bobby Jindal. The new jobs will have salaries averaging $49,000, plus benefits. Residents living in the area the company... more »
  • Senate rejects Democrats' business tax cut bill

    July 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Democratic bill providing tax breaks to companies that enlarge their payrolls or make major purchases or plant improvements. The vote was 53-44, seven short of the 60 votes required to overcome GOP procedural hurdles. The roll call came after senators voted 73-24 against... more »
  • Company pleads guilty in seafood mislabel case

    June 6, 2012 7:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An Illinois-based seafood distributor has pleaded guilty in Louisiana to conspiring to mislabel commercially-sold shrimp. Federal prosecutors say Worldwide Shrimp Company, of Highland Park, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Court documents say the company distributed shrimp to supermarkets, retail... more »
  • Investors watching Facebook's debut on Wall Street

    May 18, 2012 11:14 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is updating its status to "public company" as its stock jumps in its debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock opened at $42.05 on Friday morning. It later settled at $39. CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiled as rang the opening bell from Facebook's headquarters in... more »
  • Texas company recalling some sausage products

    March 23, 2012 6:47 AM

    ELGIN, Texas - A Central Texas company has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says no reports have been received of anyone getting sick from eating items recalled by Southside Market & Barbeque of Elgin, about 20... more »
  • Steel company relocating to Livingston Parish

    March 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A steel manufacturer is relocating to Livingston Parish. Superior Steel Inc. purchased nearly 20 acres on the site of the former Vulcan Foundry/East Jordan Ironworks on Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs. The company plans to have the plant operational by September. The company currently employs 85 workers,... more »
  • Netflix strikes movie deal

    February 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Netflix will stream certain movies from the Weinstein Company including "The Artist" under an exclusive licensing agreement. The agreement covers foreign-language movies, documentaries, and other films in the Weinstein vault which will become available for instant viewing on Netflix. Netflix said it would get some... more »
  • Ascension Water Co. asks rate hike

    February 15, 2012 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Public Service Commission will consider rate increases for Ascension Water Co. that would boost a variety of customers' monthly bills by about 19 percent. Commission staff and water company officials reached a joint agreement last month on rate increases on residential and commercial customers as... more »
  • LSP releases photos of gas line break check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2012 4:55 PM

    PRIDE - State Police released pictures of the site of a gas line break this morning in East Baton Rouge Parish that led to a mile-wide evacuation of the area. Capt. Doug Cain said troopers with the HazMat unit are still investigating the site of the rupture, which happened... more »
  • Company sued over 2004 oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    February 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An environmental watchdog group is suing the company it blames for an oil spill 11 miles off the coast of Louisiana that allegedly has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for more than seven years. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New Orleans, the Waterkeeper... more »
  • Murdoch company to pay hacking damages in 36 cases

    January 19, 2012 6:38 AM

    LONDON (AP) - Rupert Murdoch's media company has agreed to pay damages to 36 high-profile victims of tabloid phone-hacking, including actor Jude Law, soccer player Ashley Cole and former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. They are among dozens of people who were suing News Group Newspapers after their mobile... more »
  • Phone trouble leaves North BR neighborhood on edge

    December 26, 2011 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A North Baton Rouge neighborhood has been sitting in silence for more than a week. That's because many in East Fairlane subdivision have been without phone service, despite paying for service from different companies. Neighbors say without the connection, fire and police alarms don't function, and... more »
  • Judge approves multimillion-dollar fine for La. refinery

    December 16, 2011 8:47 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The U.S. Justice Department has slapped Louisiana with the largest criminal fine the state has ever received for violating the Clean Air Act. A federal judge approved Thursday a $10 million fine and an additional $2 million in community service payments to be paid by the Pelican... more »
  • Shipping company pleads guilty in pollution probe

    December 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Greek shipping company has pleaded guilty in New Orleans to federal charges that crew members aboard one of its cargo ships covered up illegal discharges of oil waste. The terms of Tuesday's plea deal call for Ilios Shipping Company to pay a $2 million criminal... more »
  • Tin Roof Brewing Company set to release Bandit Blonde

    November 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, LA, - Tin Roof Brewing Co. has announced the launch of the highly anticipated Bandit Blonde Ale on draft in the Baton Rouge area market. Bandit Blonde Ale will be available at many local bars and restaurants starting Wednesday, November 9th, just in time for homecoming. ... more »
  • An electric car for an electric company

    October 2, 2011 9:32 AM

    PINEVILLE, La.- An electric company in central Louisiana is testing its first all-electric vehicle. Cleco Corp. unveiled its first all-electric vehicle, a $60,000 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric, on Thursday. George Bausewine, Cleco Power president, said the Connect is part of Cleco's "Green Smart Program." Cleco currently... more »
  • New shrimp company announced for Baton Rouge

    September 26, 2011 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden and members of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced the opening of a new company today that would process and market gulf-caught shrimp in the U. S. and abroad. Baton Rouge Shrimp would create 38 direct and 54 indirect jobs, and hopes to... more »
  • Startup company to create 43 jobs

    August 3, 2011 4:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - CAP Technologies, a metal coating company, said Wednesday that it will spend $8.1 million on a facility in Denham Springs, creating 43 jobs. The company developed its concept at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center in Baton Rouge. CAP has renovated and constructed a 50,000-square-foot headquarters... more »
  • Auditors investigating state pension fund investments

    July 29, 2011 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An auditor is combing through records at an investment firm to find out what happened to $100 million in state pension fund money. Three pension plans, the state's retirement system for firefighters and another for city workers, as well as the New Orleans Firefighters' Fund, invested in... more »
  • LSU football coaches meet with NCAA investigator

    July 14, 2011 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU athletics officials met with NCAA investigators recently as part of an inquiry into questionable activities by a scouting company the school employed. Herb Vincent, the Senior Associate Athletic Director, said in a press release today that members of the coaching staff answered questions and supplied... more »
  • Streaming video game company moving to Baton Rouge

    May 25, 2011 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A company that streams video games over the Internet announced today they will be relocating to Baton Rouge. Gov. Bobby Jindal and leaders from around East Baton Rouge Parish welcomed BitRaider CEO Royal O'Brien to the Louisiana Technology Park this afternoon. O'Brien announced that his... more »
  • Houston company aids La. oil spill cleanup

    March 23, 2011 6:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Houston company is helping the Coast Guard clean up oil that has reached the shores of Louisiana even though the company doesn't believe it was responsible for the spill. A statement issued Wednesday by Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners says the company was surprised to learn that... more »
  • Baton Rouge contractor to remain independent

    February 18, 2011 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Managers with the Turner Industries Group announced today that they would continue to remain an independent, family-owned company. "Insuring the long-term legacy of the Turner name, as well as maintaining the company's commitment to its employees, clients and the community, led to the decision," said CEO... more »
  • Founder intended to eventually sell Zapp's

    February 4, 2011 11:55 AM

    GRAMERCY - The head of the manufacturer of Zapp's potato chips says its recent sale to a Pennsylvania snack food company follows the intentions of its late founder. Zappe Endeavors general manager Ron Olson says founder Ron Zappe wanted to ensure that the brand would enjoy future production - and... more »
  • Lethal injection drug out-of-stock in Louisiana

    January 28, 2011 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Death to the death drug is on the way. The first needle used on inmates in the death chamber in Louisiana contains sodium thiopental to put the person to sleep. That's the drug company Hospira says it won't make anymore because of what it's used for. It's... more »
  • Lawsuit over drilling bans returns to court in La.

    January 12, 2011 3:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An offshore drilling services company is asking a federal judge to rule that government regulators have unreasonably delayed action on deepwater drilling permit applications in the aftermath of the massive Gulf oil spill. Ensco Offshore Company is seeking a preliminary injunction that would require the Interior Department... more »
  • Zapp's potato chips merging with Pa. company

    January 6, 2011 11:31 AM

    GRAMERCY – The president of Zapp’s potato chips says they will stay in Gramercy after the company agreed to join with another snack food company out of Pennsylvania. Rod Olson told News 2 that they signed a letter of intent to combine Zappe Endeavors, LLC with Utz Quality Food, Inc.... more »

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