Last week's blowout on a natural gas rig off the Louisiana coast could shift regulators' focus to shallow-water drilling and make an overhaul of safety equipment regulations more likely.

Crews are expected to begin drilling a relief well Thursday at the site of a gas well that blew wild July 23 off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment.

Brandon Lee Landry, 31, of Maurice pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to counterfeiting $100 bills and using them to buy goods services from local businesses.

Apex Freight Services Tuesday announced its acquisition of a Colorado-based company specializing in transporting refrigerated goods.

Entergy Corp. says it plans to cut 800 jobs — nearly one-third of them in Louisiana, where the bulk of its employees live.

LWCC recognizes Lafayette company for superior safety.

The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,035 initial claims compared to 3,764 a week earlier.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it will work closely with the Coast Guard to determine the cause, and ways to prevent such accidents.

Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico.

Some experts say a lack of transparency and poor communication on the part of the drilling industry have helped fuel public anger over the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.

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