Herbert S. “Steve” Fouke pleads guilty in investment fraud that cost clients $8 million.

Stephen_Waguespack2Gov. Jindal’s former chief of staff takes over top post at statewide business organization.
Despite decades of resistance, bridge has been economic boom for city.

Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP following the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's approval of the deal.

Oil Center prepared meals shop to add second location.


Despite good works, the public trust's decision that put one its own in business could more than taint its reputation for years to come.

Geoff Morrell, BP's vice president of U.S. communications, responded Thursday to comments made a day earlier by Jindal and his top coastal official, Garret Graves, during and after a meeting of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

The groups say contributions from the oil industry influenced Jindal's harsh criticism of the lawsuit.

A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 12 companies have submitted 61 bids on 53 offshore blocks out of the 3,864 offered.

About $2.3 million will resolve violations from 2008 into this year at four plants, including the company's Baton Rouge refinery.

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