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US budget deficit drops to lowest level since 2008

The government says the deficit for the just-completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says it's an indication the economy is far healthier than when Obama...

DATE: October 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

State tax amnesty program kicks off Wednesday

State tax amnesty program kicks off Wednesday

Beginning tomorrow, Louisiana taxpayers who are delinquent on their state tax bills will have a 30-day amnesty period to pay up, during which...

DATE: October 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Case Study

Case Study

Kenilworth was one of the Baton Rouge area's lowest-scoring schools when it became a state-sanctioned charter school starting in the 2009-2010 school year.

DATE: October 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

RDA board to tackle issue of permanent funding today

Walter Monsour, president and CEO of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, is presenting to his board this morning a series of options for a permanent source of funding for the agency. For more than two years, Monsour has been talking up the...

DATE: October 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

LSU College of Engineering thriving despite budget cuts, dean says

LSU College of Engineering thriving despite budget cuts, dean says

The LSU College of Engineering has grown and is thriving despite budget cuts in recent years caused by decreasing state funding, Dean Rick Koubek told a meeting of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge today. Koubek has looked to private investments and...

DATE: October 08, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

In the know

In the know

Reading has always been more than just a subject in school for Maggie Stewart and her little sister Mei. Now 12 and 10, respectively, the girls love to root around local libraries to find favorite new books. They also offer their top picks to others...

DATE: September 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: News (inR)

Borné says 'tsunami of investment' in La. may be biggest in US history

Borné says 'tsunami of investment' in La. may be biggest in US history

By now, you've certainly heard of the "tsunami of investment" that's beginning to storm Louisiana's shores due to the "fracking miracle," as Dan Borné, president of both the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry...

DATE: September 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Henry Hub not the king of US natural gas trade it once was

For nearly a quarter-century, traders around the world have looked to a spot in Louisiana for the best price of U.S. natural gas. But now, Reuters reports, they're looking east. The Henry Hub in southern Louisiana—which connects to more than a...

DATE: September 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

US household wealth rises 1.7% in Q2 to record level

Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June period to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending. The Associated Press reports US households also took on the most new debt in five...

DATE: September 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Shooting tragedy affects us all

Shooting tragedy affects us all

Last month the Coleman family of Baton Rouge was on its way home from a family reunion. Everything seemed normal as they made their way down Prescott Road at about 11 p.m. But then, tragedy struck, and it will change their lives forever.

DATE: September 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Rolfe McCollister

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