Six-term 5th District U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander won’t run for re-election next year, the congressman told The News-Star in an exclusive interview Wednesday afternoon.
Company plans to build new production facility and create more than 150 jobs.

Tony Carroll was named VP and commercial loan officer by Farmers Merchants Bank of Lafayette, and Global Data Systems has promoted Scott Louviere to VP of operations.

BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents.

Workers have started drilling a relief well to permanently seal a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana.

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.
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