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  • AG: 5 drug companies to pay $18.6M to La.

    October 25, 2012 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says five pharmaceutical companies will pay the state more than $18.6 million to resolve allegations they misreported drug price information to the state's Medicaid program. Caldwell's office says it has recovered a total of more than $83.8 million... more »
  • Goverment Ask Food Companies to Limit Youth Marketing

    April 28, 2011 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is planning to ask food companies and restaurants to cut back on advertising unhealthy foods to children. Under guidelines obtained by The Associated Press, companies would be urged only to market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats,... more »
  • Oil & Gas Companies Required To Dismantle Platforms Not In Use And Plug Nonproducing Wells

    September 15, 2010 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it will require oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico to plug nearly 3,500 nonproducing wells and dismantle about 650 production platforms that are no longer used. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said a formal notice issued Wednesday would make energy... more »
  • State Court Order Requiring Tobacco Companies To Pay $270 Million Blocked

    September 14, 2010 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has temporarily blocked a state court order requiring tobacco companies to pay $270 million for a smoking cessation program in Louisiana. Scalia granted a request from the companies on Tuesday, but said he would reconsider his order later this month after hearing... more »
  • BP: Multiple Companies, Teams Contributed to Spill

    September 8, 2010 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil giant BP PLC said in an internal report released Wednesday before a key piece of evidence has been analyzed that multiple companies and work teams contributed to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months. In its 193-page report posted... more »
  • Allstate Companies Get Homeowner Rate Hikes

    August 18, 2010 11:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana homeowners who get their insurance coverage from five companies owned by Allstate Corp. will start paying higher rates in either November or December. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon recently approved rate increases ranging from 2.9 percent to 11.6 percent, depending upon which of the Allstate umbrella... more »
  • Electric Companies are Urging Customers to Conserve Energy

    August 2, 2010 4:10 PM

    Electric utilities in the Acadiana region are currently experiencing heavy demand for electricity which is causing congestion on the transmission system in the Acadiana area. Because of generation and transmission constraints and the increased demand, the regulatory authority over the transmission system may direct the utilities to interrupt customers' electric... more »
  • Amendment Would Ban Companies With Significant Violations Offshore Drilling Permits

    July 14, 2010 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee wants to put BP in a penalty box of sorts. The Natural Resources Committee approved an amendment Wednesday that would ban companies with significant workplace safety or environmental violations over the preceding seven years from new offshore drilling permits. The California Democrat who sponsored... more »
  • Companies Speak Out Against Oil Moratorium

    July 12, 2010 7:37 PM

    The drilling moratorium has already been rejected once by a Federal Appeals Court, but the Obama Administration isn't backing down. Congressmen Charles Boustany said, "They are still throwing up barriers and making it difficult on both our shallow water drillers as well as our deep waters. So everything is... more »
  • 5 largest oil companies response plans unprepared

    June 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two congressmen reviewing oil spill response plans of the nation's five largest oil companies say they are nearly identical - and are all unprepared for an oil spill. Rep. Ed Markey, chairman of a House Energy panel, said the plans "cite identical response capabilities and tout identical... more »
  • Time To Roll Back "Billions Of Dollars In Tax Breaks" For Oil Companies

    June 2, 2010 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says it's time to roll back "billions of dollars in tax breaks" for oil companies and use the money for clean energy research and development. Obama made the comments Wednesday in prepared remarks for a speech at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He said... more »
  • Stupak: How did oil spill companies get permits?

    May 13, 2010 9:04 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a subcommittee delving into what happened at BP's blown-out oil well says he wants to talk with the federal service that is supposed to oversee drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Rep. Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, told ABC's "Good Morning America" he wants... more »

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