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  • Garbage rates may drop for Sulphur residents

    May 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Waste collection charges could be reduced for residents of Sulphur. The American Press reports the City Council has accepted a bid for waste collection from Progressive Waste Services that would cut the current rate for the service. The council also introduced an ordinance to set garbage/trash... more »
  • Unemployment rates in Southern US states, cities

    August 2, 2012 3:35 AM

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in June, mostly because of seasonal trends. Many young people launch job searches in the summer post-graduation, and that can push up unemployment rates. The metro data isn't seasonally adjusted for such trends. Here are unemployment rates for states... more »
  • Drug court program rates high

    April 9, 2012 9:24 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Ask anyone associated with the 4th Judicial District Court's drug court program and they will say its success has been overwhelming. The News-Star reports the drug court program, which was started in Ouachita Parish in June 1998, consists of judicially supervised court dockets that handle the... more »
  • Alexandria council votes to increase utility rates

    April 4, 2012 9:55 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Alexandria City Council has voted to increase utilities rates to help pay for future infrastructure improvements. The Town Talk reports those two items were among the big-ticket changes in the 2012-13 budget approved by the council Tuesday by a 6-1 vote. District 1 Councilman Ed... more »
  • Monroe airport increases rates

    January 13, 2012 11:10 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Regional Airport is increasing rental rates, landing fees and baggage conveyor fees charged to airlines. On Tuesday, The News-Star reports the Monroe City Council introduced three ordinances for the city to approve the airport's new lease agreements with Delta Air Lines, United-Continental and American Airlines.... more »
  • Graduation Rates Up in Acadiana

    December 3, 2010 7:47 PM

    High school drop-out rates are on the decline in Acadiana. A nationwide study found from 2002 to 2008 the number of high school graduates is rising. In Acadiana, the parish with lowest graduation rate is Evangeline with just 55% of students receiving diplomas. Vermilion Parish with the highest graduation... more »
  • Some LA Homeowners Will See Insurance Rates Increase

    August 18, 2010 5:08 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 »
  • Weaker Fed Forecast Sends Interest Rates Lower

    July 14, 2010 8:52 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Interest rates are falling in the Treasury market as a weaker economic forecast from the Federal Reserve boosts buying of safe-haven assets. The Fed says it expects the economy to grow between 3 and 3.5 percent this year. That's down from the 3.2 percent to 3.7... more »
  • Interest Rates Extend Drop on Fears of Slowdown

    June 28, 2010 8:49 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Interest rates have fallen to new lows for the year in the bond market after concerns grew that a global rebound is stalling. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note maturing in May 2020 has fallen Monday to 3.03 percent from 3.11 percent Friday. That... more »
  • Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Increase Rates

    April 1, 2010 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The board of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has decided to increase rates for its homeowner policies. Citizens originally proposed a 10 percent increase last year but after further review by the state Department of Insurance, the suggested increase was cut to 7 percent on... more »

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