News roundup: Rep. Paula Davis named Louisiana legislator of the year …US weekly wage gain largest since 2009 … 33 breweries mark Louisiana’s ‘Craft Brewer Week’

    Top notch: State Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge, took top honors as the 2018 LegisGator of the Year for her pro-business policies at the Chamber SWLA’s 13th Annual awards luncheon in Lake Charles last week. Other award winners included Sulphur Mayor Mike Danahay, and state Reps. Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles, and Tanner Magee, R-Houma.  

    Fatter checks: U.S. job growth accelerated in August and wages notched their largest annual increase in more than nine years, Reuters reports. Average hourly earnings increased 0.4%, or 10 cents, in August after rising 0.3% in July. That raised the annual increase in wages to 2.9% in August, the largest gain since June 2009, from 2.7% in July. Nonfarm payrolls surged by 201,000 jobs last month, boosted by hiring at construction sites, wholesalers and professional and business services, the Labor Department says. Read the full story.

    33 flavors: The 33 members of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild are launching a “collaborative brew” to be released on Sept. 24, the first day of what’s being dubbed “Louisiana Craft Brewer Week” in a resolution passed by state legislators. The Brewers Guild says this year’s product will be the first in an annual “ensemble series” commemorating Craft Brewer Week. It will be brewed this year at Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs. The beer will be sold in limited release six-packs around the state, and Abita Brewing will donate $7 from every case sold to the guild. Read the full story.


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