State's unemployment rate down to 6.6 percent, compared with 7.1 percent a year ago.


A new campaign aims to sell Lafayette as a shopping destination.
Lafayette store is New Orleans jewelry designer’s fifth.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain will borrow $7 million to take control of a defunct sugar cane mill in southwest Louisiana that was built with state tax dollars and only operational for 90 days.

Citing sources, Daily Report says Jindal’s former chief of staff will be special counsel and director of the New Orleans-based firm’s multi-state governmental relations practice.
Atlanta company investing $8 million in student housing complex on Coolidge Street at General Mouton.

Local officials, in their search for a funding mechanism to pay for the completion of I-49 South, and the costly elevation of the Evangeline Thruway, look to the successes of Lafourche Parish, where a similar project is under way.
While the state's total rig count has been stable for the past two weeks, activity is down significantly from this time last year.

oil_carouselA report released Monday says by 2017 the U.S. will be producing more oil than Saudi Arabia and Russia and well on its way to energy self-sufficiency.
Citing complex regulatory issues and a more modernized industry, LSU creates a specialized energy law program.

Lafayette-based home health provider earned $6.3 million in the third quarter, compared to a $38 million loss in the comparable quarter last year.
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