WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. retail sales declined in April and May, pulled down by a sharp drop in gas prices. But even after excluding volatile gas sales, consumers increased their spending only modestly. The Commerce Department says retail sales dipped 0.2 percent in May. That followed a revised 0.2 percent... more »
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - It's not unusual for people to drop coins in a Salvation Army red kettle to help those in need, but some coins are worth a lot more than others. On Friday morning, when Alexandria Salvation Army officials were going through Thursday's kettle donations, they discovered a... more »
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A judge dismissed a drug paraphernalia possession charge against former talk show host Montel Williams, who was briefly detained at a Milwaukee airport in January after a search of his luggage turned up the type of pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana. Williams, who says he legally... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Board of Ethics has dismissed charges that former Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus retaliated against three employees because they were "whistle-blowers." According to Saturday's Times, Mike Dupree, deputy general counsel for the board, said a higher standard of proof required for convicting public officials... more »
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shriners Hospital in Shreveport has dropped plans for a partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, now that the national nonprofit has decided to bill insurance companies.
The Shreveport hospital began the talks with LSU after the Shriners announced in 2009 that it was among six... more »
NEW YORK (AP) - Mariner Energy shares dropped nearly 3 percent Thursday following news that one of it's production platforms exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Mariner shares lost 69 cents, nearly 3 percent, to $22.66 in midday trading. The Houston independent oil and gas company is a relatively small... more »
A No True Bill for aggravated rape was filed by the Grand Jury, determining that the evidence did not support a criminal charge against Jockque Ewing Randell, 29, Opelousas LA.
On August 24, 2010, the St. Landry Parish Grand Jury reported to and filed the following with the 27th... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March. The federal Labor Department says Louisiana was among 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia, that saw seasonally adjusted jobless rates drop from February to March. Louisiana's jobless rate for February was 7.3 percent.... more »