In a move that aims to up Lafayette’s “cool” quotient, DDA has hired an urban design professional with a law degree and real estate background to help Lafayette’s downtown realize its full economic potential.

Federal legislation dictates that 80 percent of the civil penalty be used for environmental and economic recovery projects in the Gulf states.

Regulators found flood-related pipeline spills since 1993 in California, Texas, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kentucky.

Elio Motors is moving into the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, where it will build three-wheeled, low-price vehicles.

Proposed settlement resolves the department's civil and criminal probe of Transocean's role in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster.

Louisiana Economic Development says the state announced dozens of company expansions or relocations in 2012, launching projects that will create more than 24,000 new jobs and $22.3 billion in new capital investment.

Shipments of products as varied as flat-screen TVs, sneakers and snow shovels could sit idle at sea or get rerouted, at great time and expense, if more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened — a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

Chevron CEO John Watson notices something important as he visits his company's operations around the globe: Governments everywhere find high energy prices much scarier than the threat of global warming.

The White House is urging dockworkers and shipping companies to reach agreement "as quickly as possible" on a contract extension for East Coast and Gulf Coast dockworkers whose existing pact expires this week.

It's not a typo. Lafayette Parish's unemployment rate is the lowest in the state for the 10th time this year.

Federal mediators seeking to avoid a walkout of thousands of East Coast and Gulf Coast dockworkers from Massachusetts to Texas have called a meeting of them and shipping companies.

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