BP failed to implement a new safety plan on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig even though the company realized a blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was its greatest danger, an expert witness for people and businesses suing the company testified Tuesday.

Lafayette Parish taxable sales in 2012 were $5.71 billion, 6.5 percent more than 2011 and 5.7 percent higher than the previous record set in 2008.

John Finley, head of the LSU AgCenter department of food science, said the industry represents a major economic sector for Louisiana with significant growth potential.

The McIhenny Company CEO died Saturday at his home in New Orleans of an apparent heart attack.
South side mall returns to its original name amid multi-million-dollar renovation.
Once again, IND Monthly and ABiz will recognize the best in local residential and commercial architecture and design.
For the next two years the Moody Company chief will chair the organization charged with turning the 100-acre Horse Farm into a passive public park.

abiz_YellowjacketA new device born locally transforms the smart device into a weapon of self-defense.

A federal judge on Tuesday approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP acknowledged Tuesday it had failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster.

An expansion is under way for New Iberia-based American Pollution Corp. — one of the environmental remediation companies hired to clean up after such massive catastrophes as the 9/11 attacks and the BP oil spill.
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