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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.

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. 

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,

OLOL to build $100M cancer institute on Hennessy

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center plans to build the main building of its reported $100 million Our Lady of the Lake...

FranU receives $1M donation for chapel in St. Francis Hall 

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University today announced it has received a $1 million monetary gift from the FMOL Sisters
LSU leadership

Shell donates $27.5M to LSU energy research initiatives

Shell USA is donating $27.5 million to LSU to create the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation and support the construction of the previously announced Our Lady of the Lake Interdisciplinary Science Building, the school announced at an event today.

News alert: Gov. Edwards asked to appear before legislative committee investigating Ronald Greene incident

What did Gov. John Bel Edwards know about the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene by Louisiana State Police and when did he know it?

News alert: Judge rules against St. George incorporation

A judge has ruled that the incorporation of St. George is “unreasonable” under state law.

Children’s hospitals in Baton Rouge, New Orleans to explore partnership

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health and Children’s Hospital New Orleans, part of the LCMC Health system, have signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore opportunities to collaborate.

News alert: Attracting talent, diversifying economy key to BRAC’s five-year strategic plan 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released its new five-year strategic plan, Bring It! Baton Rouge, which focuses on growing the region’s talent pipeline, diversifying the economy, increasing inclusivity and enhancing the area’s livability to help attract and retain people.