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  • US executions drop by 12 percent in 2010

    December 20, 2010 9:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of executions in the United States dropped 12 percent in 2010, and the number of people sentenced to die is nearing historic lows, a report from an anti-capital punishment group says. The Death Penalty Information Center attributed the reductions to changing attitudes toward capital punishment,... more »
  • Coca-Cola 3Q net income rises 8.4 percent

    October 19, 2010 7:57 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - Coca-Cola says its net income rose 8.4 percent as it sold more of its soft drinks and juices around the world and U.S. sales extended their rebound. The world's largest soft drink maker said Tuesday it earned $2.06 billion or 88 cents per share in the three... more »
  • 1 Cent Sales Tax Hike Approved in Iberia Parish

    October 14, 2010 4:19 PM

    A sales tax hike is on the way for those who shop the US-90 corridor in Iberia Parish. The Iberia Council voted to levy a one-percent sales tax on the economic development district. It did not need a vote of the people because it does not include residential properties.... more »
  • Ford says its U.S. sales rose 46 percent

    October 1, 2010 12:48 PM

    DETROIT (AP) - Ford says its U.S. sales rose 46 percent in September as it saw strong sales of redesigned cars and trucks. Ford had expected sales to rise significantly from September of 2009, when sales dropped as last summer's Cash for Clunkers program came to an end But Ford... more »
  • LA's Unemployment Rate Rose to 7.6 Percent

    September 21, 2010 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in August from 7.2 percent in July. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says that Louisiana was one of 27 states that recorded an increase last month, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The agency says there were 8,600... more »
  • McNeese State Enrollment Grows by 3.4 Percent

    September 21, 2010 7:59 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Officials say McNeese State University has reached its second-highest enrollment in the past seven decades 8,941 students, a growth of 3.4 percent this semester. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president of academic affairs, says this is the third consecutive enrollment increase. Enrollment for the fall... more »
  • Mariner Energy Shares Dropped Nearly 3 Percent

    September 2, 2010 1:35 PM

    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 »
  • LA Unemployment Rate Crept up to 7.2 Percent

    August 20, 2010 12:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New federal statistics show that Louisiana added more than 3,000 non-farm jobs last month, but the state's unemployment rate still crept up, from 7 percent in June to 7.2 percent in July. Despite the overall increase in non-agricultural employment, the number considered unemployed in the state... more »
  • Global Vaccine Sales Rose by 16 Percent Last Year

    August 13, 2010 12:06 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A healthcare market research publisher says global vaccine sales rose by a healthy 16 percent last year. Kalorama Information reports that sales shot up to $22.1 billion, from $19 billion in 2008. The firm's researchers are forecasting vaccine sales will rise at a compound annual rate... more »
  • July video game retail sales inch 1 percent lower

    August 12, 2010 9:45 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. retail sales of video game systems, software and accessories slipped 1 percent in July according to market researcher NPD Group. A lackluster summer game launch schedule partly offset strong sales of the Xbox 360. Total industry sales slid to $846.5 million last month from $850.6... more »
  • BP has paid less than 12 percent of claims

    June 18, 2010 1:42 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Judiciary Committee says data it has collected shows that BP has paid less than 12 percent of claims submitted by people and businesses arising from the Gulf oil spill. The committee said in a statement Friday that only $71 million out of an estimated $600... more »
  • Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in May

    June 18, 2010 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in May. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday, at the same time, the state added 11,100 jobs last month, one of the best numbers on a percentage basis in the United States. The April unemployment rate... more »
  • Unemployment Claims in Louisiana Rose 11.2 Percent

    June 4, 2010 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time unemployment claims in Louisiana rose 11.2 percent last week. The Louisiana Workforce Commission blames the jump on a typical seasonal pattern involving educational services, health care and social assistance. The agency says there were 5,166 initial claims for benefits for the week ending May... more »
  • Fishing Restrictions Expanded: More than 77 Percent Remains Open

    May 26, 2010 7:30 AM

    NOAA has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to match the Louisiana state waters closure west of the current boundaries, and to incorporate an area reportedly with oil in the southwest. Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the... more »

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