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Capitol Views: Panel supports bill to shrink EBR school board

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board would go from 11 members to seven under a bill approved by a legislative committee today, despite strong objections from two Baton Rouge lawmakers. HB 1178 by Rep. Dalton Honoré, D-Baton Rouge, would direct...

DATE: April 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

By the numbers

By the numbers

DATE: April 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: News

BR improves to No. 63 on index of US cities' well-being

Baton Rouge has been steadily rising in recent years in the ranking of U.S. cities by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures perceptions of residents’ well-being based on six metrics, including life evaluation, emotional...

DATE: April 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

La. small business tax climate ranked 21st best in the nation

When it comes to the tax system they must negotiate, Louisiana is the 21st best state in the nation for entrepreneurs and small businesses. So says the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy and...

DATE: April 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

La. small business tax climate ranked 21st best in the nation

When it comes to the tax system they must negotiate, Louisiana is the 21st best state in the nation for entrepreneurs and small businesses. So says the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy and...

DATE: April 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: News

Not everybody needs an Easter bunny

Not everybody needs an Easter bunny

Each Easter, some local children receive live bunnies (and/or chicks) along with their eggs and baskets. Many of those animals are impulse purchases from roadside vendors, pet stores, breeders or even feed stores. Few buyers stop to consider the...

DATE: April 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Unleashed

La. slips one spot to No. 29 in states' economic competitiveness report

A new ranking of states' forecasted economic competitiveness released by the American Legislative Exchange Council places Louisiana in the middle of the pack, at No. 29, down one spot from its ranking in the "Rich States, Poor States" report a year...

DATE: April 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

News roundup: Executive pay drops as shareholder pressure rises on oil giants … Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years … US stocks rise after best retail sales data since 2012 is released

The bottom line: Top-shelf executive pay packages at the largest U.S. energy companies shrank in 2012 as activist investors pushed firms to narrow their oil empires and steer more capital to shareholder pockets. As industry...

DATE: April 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Executive Spotlight: Don Champagne

Don Champagne moved to Baton Rouge to become Kean Miller's executive director 14 months ago. "Kean Miller's reputation as an industry leader and a law firm that is continuously 'on the grow' attracted me to the position," he tells Business...

DATE: April 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Don Champagne

Don Champagne

Don Champagne moved to Baton Rouge to become Kean Miller's executive director 14 months ago. "Kean Miller's reputation as an industry leader and a law firm that is continuously 'on the grow' attracted me to the position," he says. The former COO at...

DATE: April 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Executive Spotlight

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