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Landry announces appointments to the LSU Board of Supervisors

Governor Jeff Landry today announced his appointments to the LSU Board of Supervisors. Named to the governing board are John “Scott” Ballard, Rebecca F. Boniol, John H....

BRAC names new CEO

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today named Lori Melancon as its new president and CEO. Melancon, who started her economic development career at BRAC in...

News alert: Blue Cross Blue Shield names new CEO

Baton Rouge-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana announced Tuesday morning that its board of directors has named Bryan Camerlinck as President and...

Louisiana congressional map thrown out by federal judges

After nearly three weeks of deliberations, a trio of federal judges on Tuesday rejected the new congressional district map that would have given Louisiana...

Gov. Landry signs executive order killing ITEP job creation requirements

During his keynote speech at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s annual meeting today, Gov. Jeff Landry signed an executive order aimed at streamlining participation in the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

Blue Cross Blue Shield withdraws its plan of sale, again 

On the eve of its scheduled public hearing, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana informed Louisiana officials it was withdrawing its plan of reorganization...

Federal lawsuit filed to overturn Louisiana’s new congressional district map

A group of 12 plaintiffs is suing Louisiana Secretary of State Nancy Landry over the state’s new congressional district map, alleging the map violates civil rights protected by the 14th and 15th amendments.  

Louisiana, Amtrak sign agreement for passenger rail between Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Amtrak Chief Executive Officer Stephen Gardner joined other officials to sign a service development agreement that will advance the return of intercity passenger rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
industry

Loren Scott projects 24,500 new jobs for Capital Region over next two years

The Baton Rouge metro area could gain 11,500 jobs next year and 13,000 in 2025, according to the latest version of the Louisiana Economic Forecast led by economist Loren Scott, which would represent local employment growth of 2.7% and 3%, respectively.
health care

Woman’s Hospital to open mental health unit for pregnant and postpartum women

Woman’s Hospital will open Louisiana’s first inpatient mental health unit dedicated to serving pregnant and postpartum women, hospital officials announced this morning. 

LABI calls for phaseout of personal income tax, higher local collections

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says the state’s personal income tax should be phased out.

Ochsner Health partnering with MD Anderson for cancer treatment

Ochsner Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will partner to create the Ochsner MD Anderson Cancer Center in south Louisiana, the companies announced today. 

Postlethwaite and Netterville agrees to become part of global advisory firm EisnerAmper 

Baton Rouge-based accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville is being acquired by global business advisory firm EisnerAmper, the companies announced today. 
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Former DOTD secretary Shawn Wilson enters governor’s race 

Former transportation secretary Shawn Wilson is officially joining the race to replace term-limited Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to be acquired by Elevance Health 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Indianapolis-based Elevance Health Inc., the companies announced...

Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Accutane users report ‘free...

Social media is full of before and after photos of people claiming that the acne drug isotretinoin, or Accutane, gave them a free nose...

Construction poised for a big year, according to BRAC 2023 Economic Outlook

The construction sector, responsible for most of the Capital Region’s recent job losses, is poised for a big comeback next year, according to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Mayor Broome announces Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis as new CAO 

In a significant shake-up of her administration, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome today announced that former Louisiana National Guard leader Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis will replace Darryl Gissel as the city’s chief administrative officer.  

Loren Scott projects 12,400 more jobs for Capital Region over the next two years

Economist Loren Scott projects the Baton Rouge metro area will add about 4,500 jobs next year and 7,900 in 2024. 

Kenilworth Science and Technology School will build new campus

Building Hope, the nonprofit organization behind charter school Kenilworth Science and Technology School,