This year could go down as the third best for the residential real estate market, says Coldwell Banker’s Steven Hebert.

As ABiz predicted Monday, Van Eaton & Romero and New Orleans-based Latter & Blum made it official Wednesday morning: the two real estate firms are now one.

The deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, to RSVP for the Mickey Edwards luncheon lecture on Dec. 19.

The explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town has come under scrutiny for explosions and its handling of dangerous materials before, and it was so far behind on its rent that the Louisiana National Guard refused to lease it more space.

Exxon says the energy renaissance in the U.S. has staying power and predicts that North America will become a net exporter of oil and gas by the middle of the next decade.

A massive downsizing of University Medical Center will be avoided thanks to a public-private partnership announced Monday afternoon between LSU and Lafayette General Medical Center.

Amid conflict of interest charges, Chip Groat, the lead author of a report that found no link between hydraulic fracturing and water contamination retires from the University of Texas.
Months of speculation about talks between Van Eaton & Romero and Latter & Blum will come to an end at a press conference Wednesday morning. And while no one is releasing details at this point, the deal does NOT involve a sale of the locally based company, according to one of VER’s top execs.

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.

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