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Roundup: Mortgage rates / Visit Baton Rouge / Lottery winners  

Continued decline: The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate declined for the fourth week in a row, a sign of relative stability that could potentially...

Princeton Review ranks LSU’s MBA program among nation’s best

LSU’s Flores MBA Program is among the nation’s best, according to The Princeton Review. 
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Capital Region again leads US in percentage of ‘seriously underwater’ mortgages

The Capital Region in the fourth quarter of last year continued to lead the nation’s large metro areas in the proportion of mortgages that were seriously underwater, new data shows. 

Girl Scouts getting new headquarters near Cabela’s 

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, which governs troops across the region, is building a new headquarters in Gonzales, near Cabela’s.  Part of a national Girl Scouts...

US executives say hiring pressures, employee retention struggles easing 

Managers and executives are starting to feel like they have more authority as the pendulum of who has more leverage swings back toward employers, despite a still-tight labor market, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

BRAC partners on low-carbon tech event series, launch of online community

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Baton Rouge Carbon Reduction Alliance have partnered with a bioeconomy media company to create an online community...

LSU athletic department revenue, spending reach new highs

LSU's athletic budget rebounded in a big way during the 2021-2022 academic year, Sportico reports.

Louisiana US House members back bill to end remote work for federal workers 

Louisiana's Republican U.S. House members are among those demanding America's federal workers return to the office in a bill that cleared the House late...

Roundup: Southern University / Housing assistance / Paid family leave 

Erosion battle: A $7 million project to protect Southern University’s campus from eroding into the Mississippi River got underway this week. The school received...

US initial jobless claims drop to lowest level since April

U.S. applications for jobless aid fell again last week to their lowest level since April, further evidence that the job market has withstood aggressive...

Louisiana counts $21B in announced decarbonization projects since 2020

More than $21 billion in new and expanded industrial projects focused on decarbonization have been announced for Louisiana since 2020, state officials say. 

Bernhard Capital portfolio company Atlas to be acquired for $1.05B

Bernhard Capital Partners announced that its portfolio company Atlas Technical Consultants Inc. has agreed to be acquired by private investment firm GI Partners in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.05 billion.

Roundup: Ehrhardt Group / Construction spending / More layoffs 

Baton Rouge location: Gulf South public relations firm The Ehrhardt Group today announced it has opened a Baton Rouge location, the company’s first outside...

Louisiana company mergers and acquisitions held steady in 2022

Louisiana saw 206 acquisition or merger transactions announced or closed in 2022 that involved a buyer, seller or target company from the state, New...

Only one week left to write in Best of 225 nominations

The first step in 225 magazine’s process of naming this year’s Best of 225 Awards has begun. 

Are grants to bolster roofs part of the home insurance solution?

Louisiana lawmakers are considering a program that would provide grants of up to $10,000 for homeowners to hurricane-proof their roofs as one way to...

Job market remains hot as openings reach 11 million in December 

U.S. job openings rose to 11 million in December, delivering a setback to the Federal Reserve's effort to cool a hot job market.
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Highland mixed-use community deferred as developers update plans

Developers of a mixed-use community planned for Highland Road outside of the Magnolia Woods have requested another two months to update their plans before Planning Commission consideration. 

Perkins office building, future Wendy’s location sell in separate transactions

Perkins office: An 8,385-square-foot office on Perkins Road has sold for $2.1 million, according to documents filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk...

Roundup: College tenure / Pecue Lane expansion / Renewables push  

Lawmaker takes aim: A Louisiana lawmaker staunchly opposed to permanent tenure for college professors says he will not call a meeting of the policy...