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US economy grew in Q4 but at a slightly slower pace than originally estimated

The U.S. economy grew at a robust 3.2% annual pace from October through December, propelled by healthy consumer spending, reports The Associated Press.  The figure...

The Baton Rouge mayoral race is heating up

With Baton Rouge’s 2024 mayoral election fast approaching, it seems that a couple of potential candidates are gearing up to throw their hats in...

Roundup: Concealed carry / Mitch McConnell / Faster drug testing 

Locked and loaded: A bill that would remove the permit requirement for concealed handgun carry in Louisiana has received final approval from the Legislature...

Louisiana lawmakers briefed on carbon capture issues

Residents vomiting in the street, and others unresponsive, while emergency vehicles stalled due to a lack of oxygen, is how Jerry Briggs described the...

Why colleges are bringing back standardized test score requirements

The pandemic spawned a number of social experiments by necessity. One of them was a profound change in higher education: Schools stopped requiring applicants...

Jude’s closes Burbank restaurant but plans to reopen at a new location

Jude’s Hot Chicken and Shrimp on Burbank closed its doors Wednesday, the restaurant announced on Instagram. The restaurant opened in the former Off the Hook...

Marem shifting to online-only sales

The owners of Baton Rouge-based Marem announced they will close their storefront this fall and shift sales of the boutique online.  Marem was launched in...

Desk workers are increasingly turning to AI

The interest and adoption of AI tools in the workplace have skyrocketed over the last year, and recent surveys indicate that the growth has...

Colleges turn to ‘no loan’ policies as cost of education rises

Amid the growing college affordability crisis, a handful of the nation’s most prestigious schools are working to eliminate education debt from the start of...

DSLD just bought these subdivision lots for $10M

Private homebuilder DSLD Homes has purchased 149 lots in the Atwater Villas subdivision for $10.728 million, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk...

Roundup: Supreme Court districts / Government shutdown / Apple car 

Let’s look at this later: A legislative committee on Tuesday tossed aside a map that would create a second majority-Black seat on the Louisiana...

More than a quarter of Louisiana’s rural hospitals are vulnerable to closing

A new report has identified more than 25% of Louisiana's rural hospitals as "vulnerable to closure," reports WBRZ-TV.   The analysis by healthcare consulting firm Chartis...

Louisiana on track to overhaul criminal justice system

Louisiana, a state grappling with one of the highest rates of incarceration and violent crime in the country, is on the cusp of overhauling...

Understanding the massive LSU-led FUEL partnership

In January, it was announced that a statewide team led by LSU had secured a $160 million National Science Foundation grant in support of...

Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Do I need a...

A heart scan is a specialized CT scan that looks for calcium deposits in the arteries and gives you a score that can help...

Metro Council to consider extending police recruitment incentive payments

A pair of proposals aiming to better recruit and retain city police officers and staff for the Juvenile Detention Center will be introduced to...

Cox acquiring government software provider OpenGov

Cable giant Cox Enterprises announced it is buying OpenGov, a software provider for cities and state governments, in a $1.8 billion deal, reports The...

ExxonMobil buys site of former funeral home off Scenic Highway

Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil purchased the site of a former funeral home off Scenic Highway in north Baton Rouge last week.  ExxonMobil bought more...

Despite positive economic numbers, Americans still fear a recession 

U.S. consumers remain worried about a possible recession despite recent data pointing to a healthy economy, The Associated Press reports. The Conference Board, a business...

See what economists say is driving the nation’s economic rebound

Immigration was the key factor in driving the U.S. job market over the past year, reports The Washington Post, helping cement the country’s post-COVID...