Roundup: Turner Industries / Lafayette plane crash / 2020’s top stories 

    Top private companies: Forbes magazine last week released its annual list of America’s largest private companies. Construction company Turner Industries was the sole Louisiana firm to make the list of 219 firms, coming in at No. 150 with $3.1 billion in annual revenue and 20,000 employees. Kansas-based Koch Industries was ranked first with $115 billion in revenue and 100,000 employees. See the list

    One year later: One year after a Lafayette plane crash killed five of the six people on board, the victims and their families are still waiting for answers about what happened and who is liable, The Daily Advertiser reports. The small, passenger plane crashed on Dec. 28, 2019, shortly after taking off from Lafayette Regional Airport. The five passengers, including one survivor, and pilot were on their way to Atlanta to watch the LSU football team play a semifinal game in the Peach Bowl. The plane climbed about 900 feet before crashing violently. On its way down, the plane hit trees and power lines before landing in a nearby field and catching fire. Read the full story. 

    A look back: Louisiana, like the rest of the country, was hit hard in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also was pummeled by hurricane after hurricane and faced a variety of accusations of racial injustice. See a compilation of the year’s top stories from the Associated Press here.