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La. ranked No. 5 in exporting states

Louisiana’s worldwide exports jumped to a record $16.5 billion in the first quarter, up 15.6 percent over the same period in 2012, according to figures released by the World Trade Center in New Orleans.

05/22/2013 | Read Story »

St. Bernard Parish Council discusses new Nunez Community College program

At a St. Bernard Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, the parish administration and Nunez Community College, along with GNO Inc., announced an initiative to provide local high school students with college-level technical training. The program, financed with $500,000 in parish Community Development Block Grant funds, will help develop and buy equipment for the advanced manufacturing classes and would pay tuition for 140 students, ages 16 to 24, to participate in the two- to three-year program.

05/21/2013 | Read Story »

Seven state high schools make Newsweek’s top list

Seven Louisiana high schools rank among the top 2,000 public high schools in the United States with one Jefferson Parish school landing in the top 100, according to a new ranking published Monday by Newsweek.

05/20/2013 | Read Story »

10 best states for retirement

Besides jazz and beignets, Louisiana offers retirees an excellent combination of low taxes (the Tax Foundation ranks it as the fourth lowest in the nation)

05/19/2013 | Read Story »

Fight continues on multiple fronts to block large flood insurance premium hikes

The fight to block sharp increases in federal flood insurance premiums continues.

05/17/2013 | Read Story »

Parish presidents band together to fight against Biggert-Waters, flood insurance rate hikes

Five area parish presidents will gather Friday morning at the home of St. Charles Parish residents Lisa and Robert Taylor in Bayou Gauche to discuss the anticipated ramifications of the Biggert-Waters Act on local communities, and lay out a road map for fighting against the implementation of the controversial law.

05/17/2013 | Read Story »

Residents, leaders fight proposed massive flood insurance hike

Being next to the water is one of the pleasures of life in Louisiana. But alarm is spreading over the potential for massive flood insurance hikes. “It’s my house,” said tearful Bayou Gauche homeowner Lisa Taylor.

05/17/2013 | Read Story »

Cassidy, Vitter, Richmond, Grimm, Pascrell, Palazzo Start Home Protection Caucus To Make Flood Insurance More Affordable

“Flood insurance is critical not only to South Louisiana but to coastal communities across the country. This is why I am working to make it both available and affordable. The Biggert-Waters Act was the only way to make it available. Unfortunately, it has been implemented in a way by FEMA to make the insurance unaffordable,” said Cassidy.

05/17/2013 | Read Story »