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Watchdog estimates pandemic unemployment fraud exceeded $60B

The Government Accountability Office says in two recent reports that unemployment insurance fraud during the pandemic may top $60 billion, reports Route Fifty.

Louisiana’s corporate income tax highest in region

Louisiana’s corporate income tax rate is the 15th highest in the nation, according to an analysis released this week by The Tax Foundation.  Vance Ginn,...

EBR assessor wants to explore Ascension’s pending software upgrades 

The Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office reportedly is planning a $440,000 software upgrade to streamline the appraisal process. 

Roundup: Washington Mardi Gras / Oil reserves / West Baton Rouge bridge 

Event update: The Washington Hilton lobby was wall-to-wall with Louisiana elected officials, lobbyists, and business leaders Thursday afternoon as more Washington Mardi Gras attendees...

Southern Cofe reopens original location near Southern 

Southern Cofe reopened its original Scotlandville location this month after being closed for nearly two years for renovations.  Founded by Horatio Isadore, Southern Cofe offers...

More businesses moving away from remote work 

At the start of 2022, workers were in a strong position to ask for higher pay and better working conditions as employers scrambled to...

Effort to offer sports betting at kiosks in bars and restaurants scrapped 

Louisiana's sports betting industry is booming on mobile apps and in casinos, but the plan to make retail sports wagering kiosks available to local...

A&B Labs moving satellite facility from Prairieville to Baton Rouge 

Houston-based A&B Labs is moving its Capital Region presence from Prairieville to Baton Rouge. 

First-year profitability key for sustaining Baton Rouge-to-DC direct flights

Profitability during the first year of service will likely be the deciding factor in whether American Airlines continues making direct flights between Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C.

Crumbl Cookies will open two more Baton Rouge-area locations

Crumbl Cookies is set to open new locations in the Baton Rouge market in April.

Roundup: Dearman’s owner dies / Student loan forgiveness / Pharmacist shortage 

Diner open: David Van Gelder, owner of Baton Rouge staple Dearman’s Diner and Soda Fountain, died Wednesday, Jan. 18. Van Gelder, 70, owned the...

Inflation eases in December as consumer spending drops 

The Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge eased further in December, and consumer spending fell—the latest evidence that the Fed's series of interest rate hikes...

‘LaPolitics’: Will hemp law be repealed?

Legislators are working quietly behind the scenes to potentially repeal all or part of a law that was authored by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder to promote the production and sale of industrial hemp and related products.

PJ’s Coffee partnering with high schools for franchises

Louisiana-based PJ’s Coffee is looking to the youth for future franchise growth, reports Fast Company. 
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Louisiana businesses have a new tech-based flood insurance option

London-based company FloodFlash is now offering its data-driven flood insurance coverage to Louisiana businesses.

Baton Rouge-based online home sales platform expands to Mississippi

Baton Rouge-based Falaya, an online home-selling platform, is expanding into Mississippi, the company’s founder and CEO says. 

Roundup: Pregnancy expenses / Lee Michaels / Mortgage rates  

Cost-sharing bill: State Rep. Larry Frieman, R-Abita Springs, has filed a bill to make fathers pay at least half of pregnancy-related expenses in Louisiana....

Sick days are going the way of the dodo 

While the pandemic has killed the notion of encouraging sick employees to show up and power through, it's become more commonplace for them to stay home but log on, Inc. reports. 

What the NFL playoffs have in common with tech layoffs 

To understand the forces behind the recent layoffs that have ravaged the tech industry, it helps to start with a surprising decision by one...

Washington Mardi Gras has Louisiana politicos partying in DC 

Ahead of a state special session on insurance next week, many of Louisiana’s elected officials, business leaders and state lobbyists decamped to Washington, D.C.,