A big box home improvement chain along with a motel company and two other private companies are seeking reductions in their property tax burden and will ask the City-Parish Council Tuesday night to lower the assessed value of their land and/or buildings.

Halliburton Energy Services and Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to approve a plea deal that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A committee representing good government groups, science and engineering societies and academics is preparing to meet in New Orleans to discuss vacancies on a flood control board that created a political uproar this year by filing a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies.

BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's board of commissioners filed the suit in state civil district court in New Orleans on July 24. Last month, it was transferred to federal court at the request of Chevron U.S.A., one of the defendants. The company argued that federal laws govern many of the suit's claims.

HUD spokeswoman confirms three agencies were asked to look into allegations of theft at publicly funded north Lafayette development six days after The IND's Sept. 3 story, "The House that LPTFA Built?"

Upscale clothing store, national pizza joint may be looking to settle in Lafayette.

Lafayette man pleads guilty to peddling counterfeit Apple products, faces decade in slammer.

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.
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