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ACT analysis: Scores same or slightly lower in La.

Average composite ACT scores for students in Louisiana were the same or slightly down from 2013 to 2014, depending on the way they were calculated, state officials announced this morning, while also noting that more students are taking the college...

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Heads up: Hot Off the Press returns next week

Celebrate the release of the September issue of 225, our annual Fashion Issue, in true style next Wednesday at our latest Hot Off the Press party. Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. at Portico in Southdowns Village at

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: (Weekender) Events

Get a taste of Baton Rouge at Fête Rouge

Get a taste of Baton Rouge at Fête Rouge

Capital City's annual culinary festival returns. Fête Rouge kicks off Thursday with the Grace 'Mama' Marino Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner honoring Associated Grocers CEO Jay...

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: (Weekender) Events

Keep cool and carry on

Keep cool and carry on

It's sweltering, y'all. August is easily my least favorite time of year. It's unbearably bright, and uncomfortably hot. Everyone is sticky and sweaty, and makeup seems to slide right off the face. And it's not even technically

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: On Trend

Blue Cross executive VP and COO announces retirement

Peggy Scott, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced today that she plans to retire in July 2015. "We will be sad to see her leave us," says Blue Cross President and CEO Mike Reitz in a...

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

La. GDP growth 4th best in US at close of 2013

Louisiana's real gross domestic product growth between the third and fourth quarters of last year was 5.4%, which was the fourth-best growth by percentage among all states, according to new data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic...

DATE: August 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

La. attorney general sues State Farm over auto repairs

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit today against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety.

DATE: August 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Preston Castille Jr.

Preston Castille Jr.

"If you are willing to embrace it, failure creates endless opportunities for success and innovation. I've heard this advice from many people over the years, but it was best captured by a young businesswoman in a television interview years ago. She...

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

Inside the acquisition

Inside the acquisition

As its name suggests, Business First Bank has positioned and promoted itself since the day it first opened its doors as a commercial lending institution with a focus on business clients.

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

DOA

DOA

Some saw it as a blatant dare when state Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat, suggested in June that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan for national health care reform be put into action in Louisiana.

DATE: August 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

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