The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,293 from the previous week's total of 2,312. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,844.

New federal data show personal spending in Louisiana grew slightly during the Great Recession but has lagged behind growth in other states since then.

LUS Fiber announced Tuesday afternoon it has reached an agreement to carry the new SEC Network for its cable subscribers.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week's total of 2,543. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,627.

The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.

The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.

1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.

rideshare carouselMost personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.

Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.

The company currently has 10 branches throughout Louisiana, including an Ambassador Caffery location which opened last year.

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