The biggest impact in Louisiana was felt in Alexandria, where 200 people lost their jobs at Cotton Brothers/Holsum Bakery. Hostess' liquidation caused the layoffs of more than 18,000 workers nationwide, leaving employees without severance pay or pay for accrued vacation days.

The Lafayette-based ambulance company said its acquisition of StarPlus EMS in McKinney, Texas, took effect on Saturday, adding 50 full-time employees, eight ambulances and three wheelchair vans.

Exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel, according to a study commissioned by the Energy Department.

Broussard native John Ducrest will have to prove that the regulatory agency he heads did not turn "a blind eye to the Stanford scheme," as the class action suit alleges.

A public forum Thursday will address the future of powering Lafayette, which will require a new plan going forward, says one of the event's organizers, who points to the fact that 60 percent of the area's electricity comes from an aging coal-fired plant.

Mining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia.


Local chamber will fight efforts to repeal the state’s suspension of severance taxes on production from horizontal and deep wells.
Louisiana’s top school board approved nearly four dozen organizations on Tuesday to offer courses to public school students through online classes and other nontraditional means, despite a judge’s ruling that the program’s planned financing is unconstitutional.

Last year UL sold approximately 18,900 tickets through its on-campus ticket office; at an average cost of $50 per ticket, that was a nearly $1 million boon to the Cajun athletic department.

Lafayette-based home health and hospice provider says the SEC staff won't recommend any action against the company.

An exhaustive state-by-state examination of tax credits, rebates and other incentives state governments use to lure new businesses and to keep existing businesses from relocating elsewhere suggests that all incentives are not created equal and, further, that states often do not get a good return on their investment.

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