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.

Three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

WWMB_carouselMeet ABiz's 2013 Women Who Mean Business honorees

The annual event, which will feature keynote speaker John Georges, will be held at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Cajundome Convention Center.

New Orleans based chocolate shop opens Lafayette location in Oil Center Gardens.

Design Director Geoff Dyer aims to help transform Lafayette's downtown into an urban center that will attract more residents, businesses and investment.

The former Super Taco Buffet on Johnston Street has been razed.

The World Trade Center of New Orleans said Louisiana's principal export markets through the second quarter were Mexico, $3.26 billion; China, $2.58 billion; and Singapore, $1.53 billion.

Louisiana's unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in July.

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