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  • Crown signs licensing deal, acquires product lines

    August 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - A subsidiary of Crown Crafts Inc. has expanded its licensing agreement with Carter's Inc. to offer infant bed sets and decor. The Advocate reports Gonzales-based Crown Crafts also is acquiring the Kidsline and CoCaLo brand names from subsidiaries of Kid Brands Inc. for $1.35 million. Crown... more »
  • AAR says air carrier deal means up to 175 jobs

    July 27, 2014 7:19 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - AAR Corp. says its Lake Charles aircraft maintenance shop has signed with a major carrier and will begin employing up to 175 mechanics within the next two months. Technical services vice president Danny Martinez tells the American Press that he cannot release the customer's name... more »
  • Entergy Gulf States Louisiana inks deal with Sasol

    December 10, 2013 7:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Entergy Gulf States Louisiana has signed a six-year power supply deal with the South African energy company behind a planned $7 billion petrochemical project in Westlake. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana said Monday that it has agreed to supply up to 200 megawatts of electricity to keep... more »
  • Alleged Rape Victim Upset with District Attorney

    January 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    A woman claiming to have been raped is livid the Jeff Davis Parish District Attorney is reducing the suspect's charges. Gerald Johnson was accused of raping his step-grandaughter more than twenty-one years ago. He was initially charged with aggravated incest rape and he pleaded to the lesser charge of... more »
  • Farmers Looking for Long-Term Farm Bill

    January 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    Late Tuesday night, Congress passed part of the Farm Bill, keeping many of the existing farm programs in place, including direct payments and crop insurance. The extension passed, keep things in tact this year, but farmers still have some concerns. Dane Hebert is a third generation rice farmer.... more »
  • Avis buying Zipcar in deal worth nearly $500M

    January 2, 2013 7:00 AM

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - Avis is buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car sharing services. Avis Budget Group Inc. will pay $12.25 per share, which is a 49 percent premium to the company's Friday closing price. The companies put the total value of... more »
  • Hornets Sign Deal for Games' Radio Broadcast

    August 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets say they've signed a multi-year deal with Entercom Communications to broadcast all Hornets games live on WWL radio, beginning with the upcoming 2012-13 season. The broadcast team is anchored by Sean Kelley, who will begin his eighth season as the team's play-by-play... more »
  • Woman takes plea deal in toddler's death

    April 18, 2012 7:30 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Prosecutors say a 29-year-old woman facing prosecution in the death of her 2-year-old godchild has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. The Advocate reports Shantell Watts Donahue and her husband, 29-year-old Terrell Devon Donahue, both of Gonzales, were indicted in May on charges of first-degree murder... more »
  • Couple decline deal in Baton Rouge cruelty case

    April 4, 2012 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says a man and woman accused of abusing their 20-month-old son in 2009 have rejected the state's offer to plead guilty in exchange for 25-year prison terms. The Advocate reports 29-year-old Steven Staggs, the boy's father, and... more »
  • Seafood officials: naming-rights deal smells fishy

    January 30, 2012 10:54 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Some trade groups and industry officials say they disapprove of a proposal being considered by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to buy the naming rights to the New Orleans Arena. They tell The Courier it would use about 17 percent of the $30 million... more »
  • Preliminary deal reached in health care cutbacks

    January 13, 2012 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attorneys say a preliminary settlement has been reached in a dispute over cutbacks in state funding for home health care for disabled Louisiana residents. Nell Hahn, an attorney for the nonprofit Advocacy Center, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady on Thursday that the state... more »
  • Opposition grows to Toledo Bend water deal

    January 9, 2012 10:03 AM

    MANY, La. (AP) - Opposition is growing to the proposed contract to sell water from Toledo Bend Reservoir to a private company in Texas. More than 500 people have submitted comments to the Sabine River Authority of Louisiana. The newspaper reports only a dozen lean toward support should the contract... more »
  • Deal Hasn't Closed on Sale of Alexandria Arena

    October 15, 2011 10:18 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Nearly nine months after an agreement was reached to sell the closed Cowboy Town arena, the deal still has not been completed. Paul Maxwell, a local real estate broker handling the transaction, told The Town Talk (http://bit.ly/pAkypM) the sale is still in process. Maxwell - to... more »
  • Some faculty renege on SU furlough deal

    September 16, 2011 8:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With just more than half of the Southern University faculty slated to accept voluntary employee furloughs, some tenured faculty are beginning to bail. Southern Faculty Senate President Sudhir Trivedi told The Advocate Thursday he is inclined to withdraw the furlough agreements for the nearly 20... more »
  • Plea Deal Reached in 2006 Murder, Family Speaks Out

    August 24, 2011 11:31 PM

    A five-year-old murder case comes to a close in Lafayette. Relatives of Ashley Barker, who was found shot to death in 2006, speak out for the first time about the murder and the plea deal that was reached. "If there is such a thing as closure, I think this... more »
  • Boustany, Landry Differ on Debt Deal

    August 1, 2011 11:45 PM

    Even though congressmen Jeff Landry (R-LA 03) and Charles Boustany (R-LA 07) share the same political party, they don't share the same feelings on the recent debt deal. And that could have implications in 2012. "When you look at the vote on the debt ceiling and you look at... more »
  • British Library, Google in deal to digitize books

    June 20, 2011 10:02 AM

    LONDON (AP) - A treatise on a stuffed hippopotamus, an 18th-century English primer for Danish sailors and a description of the first engine-driven submarine are among 250,000 books to be made available online in a deal between Google and the British Library. The agreement, announced Monday, will let Internet users... more »
  • Northrop Grumman Returns $35M in Failed LA Deal

    June 4, 2011 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A $35 million slice of cash shoring up next year's budget was available for spending only because poor employment performance forced a Louisiana shipbuilding company to return state economic incentive dollars. Northrop Grumman Corp. didn't keep the number of workers it had pledged as part... more »
  • Louisiana, Placid Refining Reach Deal

    April 28, 2011 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities and Placid Refining Company LLC have reached a deal settling alleged violation cases dating back to 2004. The agreement announced Wednesday calls for the company to reduce emissions at its Port Allen refinery and pay $675,000 to the state. Placid also will implement... more »
  • 'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown

    April 8, 2011 11:59 PM

    Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders forged an agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut about $38 billion in federal spending and avert the first closure in 15 years. Obama hailed the deal, a bit more than an hour before a... more »
  • Kansas guarding details of aviation job deal

    October 6, 2010 9:20 PM

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials hoped Wednesday to thwart new attempts to lure aviation jobs away from Wichita by withholding details of an agreement between the state and manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft. Gov. Mark Parkinson hints that the deal might involve helping the company provide additional training for workers or... more »
  • Children Deal with Gulf Oil Spill Stress Too

    August 6, 2010 8:56 AM

    GALLIANO, La. (AP) - Nine-year-old Zack Wilkerson spent a good chunk of his summer on the computer watching video of undersea robots try to fix the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It wasn't his first choice, but the oil that spewed into the Gulf about 100 miles from... more »
  • Spill Claims: Tough Issues To Deal With

    June 30, 2010 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of a program set up to compensate Gulf oil spill victims, tells Congress that some of the claims he'll be asked to decide will involve tough calls. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican, told Feinberg he was worried about hotels and restaurants on... more »
  • Rapper Lil Wayne Enters Plea Deal in Arizona Case

    June 21, 2010 8:24 PM

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Rapper Lil Wayne could avoid jail time in Arizona on drug and weapon charges after entering a plea agreement with Yuma County prosecutors. During a change of plea hearing Friday in which he appeared via video from a New York jail, the 27-year-old Grammy winner pleaded... more »
  • Jindal Making Money On Book Deal

    May 20, 2010 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has started making money from his recent book deal. On his 2009 personal financial disclosure report, Jindal reported income of between $50,000 and $99,999 last year from the contract with Regnery Publishing to write his memoir - tentatively titled "On Solid Ground."... more »
  • Acadiana Residents Deal With Morning Power Outages

    January 11, 2010 10:07 AM

    Residents in the town of Scott are dealing with power outages at this time. According to Entergy official Liz Duhon, the outage is limited to customers north of Hwy 90. Crews are working on the problem and look to restore complete power within the next 2-3 hours. Local schools... more »

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