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Capital Region home sales rise 2% in July

Home sales in the eight-parish Capital Region rose 2% in July compared to the same month last year. According to the latest monthly report from the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, released this afternoon, home sales totaled 856 last month, which was 17 more than were recorded during the month last year. The average sales price declined 2.9% to $196,914. Home sales in East Baton Rouge Parish were up 1.5% last month—at 688, compared to 678 in July last year. Ascension Parish saw its sales climb by 36% last month, with 248 total sales compared to 179 during the month in 2013. Livingston Parish home sales declined 7.2% during the month, with 192 sales compared to 207 last year in July. Seven months into 2014 sales in the eight-parish region are tracking 3.2% better than they were last year. A total of 5,262 homes have been sold in the Capital Region this year, compared to 5,097 in 2013 through July. The year-to-date average sales price is $199,879 this year through...

Tax-free weekend for La. hunters set for Sept. 5-7

If you're scoping out a way to save a little cash as you prepare for hunting season, the state has something for you. As Gannett Louisiana reports, during the weekend of Sept. 5-7, hunters can purchase guns, ammo, archery equipment, clothing and even a new ATV without paying state or local taxes. Because state and local taxes won't be assessed, in some places that's roughly a 10% savings. The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday applies to a wide range of hunting gear, including camouflage and other hunting clothing, socks, sweaters, jackets, hats, face masks, insulated underwear, gloves and mittens. Safety equipment, knives, game bags and other items are also exempt from taxation. The Department of Revenue says you can purchase tax-free off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting. You can even buy a pirogue or airboat to get to the new blind or tree stand you purchase tax-free. But the Department of Revenue notes...

A Day in the Life of a Top 100 Private Company

Photographer Don Kadair spent a day each with three of the firms on our list of Top 100 Private Companies to capture the essence of their success.

The Slumber Queen

Kim Brecheen's favorite color is red. Her favorite author is Danielle Steel, and her favorite food is chocolate. When you walk into her $2.4 million Central home, there is a large painting of a sexy red dress that hangs on the wall directly across the front door.

No money necessary

A Baton Rouge entity is showing the rest of the country how to make virtual currency work in the real world.

Spreading the message

As the longtime publisher of Tiger Bucks—a coupon booklet targeted to LSU students that offers discounts and deals at local restaurants, shops and service providers—Carol Thomas has a unique perspective on small businesses. Not only does she operate a small business herself, so do most of the clients who advertise in her publication.

U.S. trade deficit falls to lowest level in four years

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign that economic growth in the final three months of the year was stronger than analysts had forecast. Gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high. The trade gap dropped 12.9% in November to $34.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported this morning. That's the lowest monthly trade deficit since October 2009. Exports rose 0.9% to a record $194.9 billion. The gain was aided by a 5.6% rise in petroleum exports. Imports dropped 1.4% to $229.1 billion. A decrease in demand for foreign oil offset a record level of imported autos. A smaller trade deficit can boost economic growth. It typically shows that American companies are earning more from sales overseas, while U.S. consumers are buying fewer products from foreign companies. Economists raised their growth forecasts for the October-December quarter after...