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.

Until now, commercial licenses could be renewed only by mail or in person at the department's office in Baton Rouge.

Named development director, local techie in charge of foundation's fund-raising efforts.

Two Louisiana companies are Weeks Marine Inc. of Covington and Mike Hooks Inc. of Westlake.

Weeks after a critical West Coast port complex was crippled by a few hundred striking workers, the East Coast is bracing for a possible walkout numbering thousands that could close 15 ports from Massachusetts to Texas.

“We’ve transitioned into land sellers,” says John Montesano’s son Bruce.

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