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Roundup: Gambling surge / LSU football / Howell Place

Betting: Revenue from video poker machines at truck stops and racetracks was up by over 30% in June when compared to the same time...

LSU Greek recruitment week will go virtual this fall

LSU’s Panhellenic Council announced last week via Instagram post that recruitment week for the sororities, Aug. 16-24, will be fully virtual due to the...

Gov. John Bel Edwards urges feds to pay full cost of deploying National Guard

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging the federal government to pick up the full cost of deploying the National Guard in Louisiana to help...

Virus roundup … 

• The U.S. added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June. Even counting the hiring of the...

‘LaPolitics’: Is a generational change underway in lobbying industry?

Jason DeCuir, a trusted ally of the business lobby and the chairman of the Legislature’s recovery task force, has acquired a 50% ownership stake...

Low interest rates continue to prop up Baton Rouge home sales

While the coronavirus pandemic has done damage to many sectors of the economy, it hasn’t had a negative effect on residential real estate, at least not yet. On the contrary, home sale activity in East Baton Rouge Parish through July is slightly higher than it was for the same period in 2019 or 2018, according to an analysis of MLS data compiled by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors and provided by local real estate agents.

Louisiana lawmakers hopeful Congress will find solution to dwindling unemployment fund

State legislative leaders are hoping Congress will give states flexibility to use some federal pandemic relief money to help bail out their unemployment compensation...

Louisiana’s weekly initial unemployment claims drop by more than 5,100

Louisiana’s initial unemployment insurance claims dropped to 13,402 last week, down from 18,511 the week before, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.  For comparison, during...

WAFB-TV doubles length of evening news broadcast 

WAFB-TV has expanded its weekday 6 p.m. broadcast from 30 minutes to one hour, a decision made partially in response to the uptick in...

Virus roundup …  

• Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just...

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