Nebraska's the best place to be, but apparently Louisiana's not so shabby either. The Web site MainStreet.com has devised its new Happiness Index, and out of the 50 states (and Washington, D.C.) Louisiana ranked the fifth happiest place.
The Happiness Index (not to be confused with Gross National Happiness) might seem like a silly notion, but we value it enough to put it right up there with life and liberty (not necessarily the attainment of it but certainly the pursuit of it). And the index isn't a measure of some subjective intangibles like joy or laughter; it's "all about which states are best weathering the current economic storm." The index takes into account a state's number of foreclosures, non-mortgage debt as a percent of annual incomes, and unemployment rates.
So what are the top five unhappiest places in the nation? Oregon, Florida, California, Nevada, and Rhode Island. But that all could change soon. MainStreet.com intends to update its list every month.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.