Roundup: Old State Capitol / Abraham’s missed votes / Technology Associates expansion

     Top glass: Travel website Matador Network has listed Louisiana’s Old State Capitol as a tourist destination with the most beautiful glass ceilings. The glass-dome ceiling, which dates back to the 1880s, came in at No. 8 out of 11 ceilings, and was listed alongside famous sights like the British Museum in London and Chicago Cultural Center. See the full list. 

    Absent: As he travels Louisiana seeking support for his gubernatorial bid, Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham is spending less time in Washington. GovTrack, an independent clearinghouse for congressional data, shows Abraham missed only 10 roll call votes out of 2,450 from January 2015 through September 2018. But data shows Abraham has missed nearly 39% of votes since he started running for governor in December. Abraham says he’s serving constituents, even if he misses some votes. The Edwards campaign says Abraham isn’t earning his $174,000 salary. Read the full story. 

    Adding jobs: Gov. John Bel Edwards and Technology Associates President and CEO Anil Raj today announced Technology Associates will expand its presence at the University of New Orleans with 70 new jobs focused on marine engineering. With the expansion, the firm will add 70 new direct jobs with an average salary of $85,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 93 new indirect jobs, for a total of 163 new jobs in Louisiana’s Southeast Region. Read the full announcement.  

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