Roundup: Presidential primary / Baton Rouge tops in robocalls / Barnes & Noble deal  

    Mark your calendar:  Louisiana will shuffle election dates in 2020, moving the presidential primary from March to April because of Easter-related scheduling conflicts. Under the change, Louisiana’s presidential and municipal primary will be held April 4 next year, rather than its originally scheduled March 7 date. After 2020, the primary will revert back to the first Saturday in March. Read the full story.

    Don’t pick up: Baton Rouge became the nation’s leader for most robocalls per person, at 48.6 calls, in May—a month when the total number of robocalls nationwide was approximately 4.7 billion, down 9% from the all-time high in March. Robocall blocker YouMail reports health insurance and student loan repayment scams were the most common calls. This comes as the FCC approved a policy allowing phone service providers to use technology to block robocalls for its customers. Read the full report.

    Off the market: Barnes & Noble Inc. agreed to be bought by hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. for $6.50 a share in an all-cash deal valued at about $683 million, including the assumption of debt, the companies announced this morning. The Wall Street Journal reported Elliott was the lead bidder in an auction for the bookstore chain on Thursday. Barnes & Noble had a market value of $436 million as of Thursday’s close. Read the full story.  

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