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Strain: Farmland preservation key to continued agricultural success in La.

As the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry announced earlier this year, the state's agriculture industry has doubled in just under...

DATE: July 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Donelon cautions prospective rideshare drivers to double-check insurance policies

Donelon cautions prospective rideshare drivers to double-check insurance policies

Two weeks after Uber began offering its UberX ridesharing service in Baton Rouge, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging potential drivers to carefully review their insurance policies before signing up with the company or other prospective...

DATE: July 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Evolution of an idea

Evolution of an idea

Louisiana has a serious problem: an eroding coastline. One Baton Rouge firm, Martin Ecosystems, has developed a unique technology to reverse it: floating islands made of a matrix material derived from recycled plastic drinking bottles. With native...

DATE: July 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

Albemarle's record deal on lithium triggered by smartphones, Teslas

Surging demand for high-performance batteries led Baton Rouge-based Albemarle to complete the largest-ever deal for lithium, the lightweight metal that's a key component of the power systems in smartphones, electric cars and cordless screwdrivers,...

DATE: July 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

News roundup: BR area Lemonade Day winners announced … Port of Lake Charles expects traffic to double over next 10 years … 'Duck Dynasty' boosts Ouachita Parish tourism

Sweet success: More than 20,000 youths across Louisiana participated in the fourth annual Lemonade Day event in early May, setting up lemonade stands to learn about entrepreneurism, make a little money and have some fun. Awards are...

DATE: July 09, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

News roundup: BR woman named FHL Volunteer of the Year … Jackson, Miss., models new crime-fighting initiative after BR program … La. voucher program enrollment again on the rise

Top honors: Sue Ellen Graham of Baton Rouge has been named the Foundation for Historical Louisiana Volunteer of the Year, and she'll be honored along with seven other "outstanding preservationists" at an event in Baton Rouge next...

DATE: July 09, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

State Farm homeowners rates going up in La.

It's a double whammy of sorts for Louisiana's 308,000 State Farm policyholders. As Gannett Louisiana reports, the company's homeowner insurance rates are up an average of 8.7% across the state—at a time when the company's hurricane deductibles...

DATE: July 08, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Southern, ULL named among nation's most affordable colleges

Southern, ULL named among nation's most affordable colleges

Southern University at New Orleans and UL Lafayette are among several public and private higher education institutions in the state recognized as having the lowest net prices in the country by the U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability...

DATE: July 07, 2014 | CATEGORY: Daily Report

Spencer Watts

Spencer Watts

"A former boss told me, You can have the greatest collections and the types of services that librarians absolutely love, but if we're not making the right connection with the customers and giving them what they need and delivering it to them in a...

DATE: July 07, 2014 | CATEGORY: Current Issue

Tribe & True

Tribe & True

Ethnic prints have been back on trend for a while now, but, like all trends, it has taken them a while to trickle down to the masses.

DATE: July 01, 2014 | CATEGORY: Think Twice Style

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