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NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana.
JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Specialty chemical maker Albemarle Corp. said on Wednesday that its third-quarter net income fell 14.5 percent and warned that the fourth quarter will be even more difficult. The company said it earned $99.3 million, or $1.10 per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That was down from $116.1 million, or $1.28, during the same period last year.
NEW ORLEANS-- The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool.
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Most property owners whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have approaching deadlines for filing claims for their flood-related losses. Hurricane Isaac made first landfall in Louisiana Aug. 28.
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DALLAS-- Federal health officials say a Dallas- based meat distributor is recalling about 8,200 pounds of beef and pork products because they weren't inspected and were improperly labeled.
NEW ORLEANS-- A federal magistrate judge has ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said league officials have already discussed the order with Knowles and have agreed to comply.
A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Press the Grammy-winning diva will take the stage at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The 31- year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Homeowners and renters have been approved for $105 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since Hurricane Isaac. Another $19 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA. FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday.
NEW YORK-- Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP said Monday that a subsidiary has purchased the remaining 65 percent equity interest in PL Midstream LLC from Boardwalk Pipelines Holding Corp. for $269 million. The holding corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corp. and the parent of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners' general partner.
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana's state-run property insurer of last resort says it's settled 85 percent of the more than 17,000 claims it received about damage from Hurricane Isaac. The company _ Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation _ said Monday that it expects Isaac to cost between $75 million and $100 million.
NEW ORLEANS-- A colorful and musical New Orleans neighborhood is marking the 200th anniversary of its origins as an early melting pot for the city and the nation. It was born from immigration that followed the Haitian revolution of the early 1800 s and named for French milliner and property owner Claude Treme.
Shares of Amedisys Inc. sank in premarket trading Monday after the home health care provider said its annual revenue from health insurer Humana Inc. will shrink. Amedisys, based in Baton Rouge, La., said a new agreement with Humana will generate about half of the roughly $65 million to $70 million it has produced.
Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,411 rigs were exploring for oil and 422 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained four rigs while Alaska, New Mexico and Oklahoma gained one apiece. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming lost one rig apiece.
NEW ORLEANS-- All four players punished in the NFL's bounty investigation have filed appeals with the league. One of the people also says New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma expects to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 21 while his appeal is pending.
Oct 12- Shares of LinnCo LLC, a company set up to buy a stake in U.S. oil and gas producer Linn Energy LLC, rose as much as 3 percent on their debut, a day after the company priced its offering at $36.50 per share.
NEW ORLEANS-- A landfill executive awaiting trial on charges he conspired with his brother-in-law to embezzle nearly $1 million from a New Orleans- based construction management company was indicted Thursday on new charges stemming from an alleged tax fraud scheme.
*Coming up: Baker Hughes gas drilling rig data Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. natural gas futures edged lower early on Friday, which traders blamed on some profit taking after the front month rose to a fresh 2012 high in electronic trade. As of 9:51 a.m., front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City. The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana.