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  • New report takes a look at Louisiana tax structure Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:05 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- Louisiana state agencies have released a 43- page report that provides an overview of the state's tax structure and the $6.8 billion in tax breaks on the books. The report, released Monday, was put out by the Department of Revenue and Department of Economic Development. Bobby Jindal has said a revamp of Louisiana's tax code will be his top priority.

  • $1.4T in states' pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • 10 states where the public pension fight is fierce Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jerry Brown last month signed legislation expected to save billions of dollars in coming years by increasing the retirement age for new employees, limiting annual pension payouts to $132,120 and requiring workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more.

  • $1.4 trillion in pension fights foreshadowed in RI Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. He and other retirees are challenging the pension changes in a court battle that's likely to have national implications as other states follow Rhode Island's lead.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure that any legal settlement for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill does not undermine a recently passed law that would funnel billions of dollars worth of fines to their states.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure that any legal settlement for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill does not undermine a recently passed law that would funnel billions of dollars worth of fines to their states.

  • US drops 11 to 1,837 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,398 rigs were exploring for oil and 437 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 10 rigs, Louisiana and North Dakota each dropped by three and Alaska and Oklahoma were down two apiece.

  • Travel Picks: Top 10 U.S. destinations in October Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. natural gas futures mostly edged up slightly on Friday, backed by cold U.S. weather forecasts for the next week that should stir more demand despite early pressure from Thursday's bearish weekly inventory report and a mild mid-month outlook. I don't see how you get bullish here, "a Texas- based cash trader said.

  • Deeper cuts coming to LSU public hospitals Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.-- The LSU governing board backed a plan Thursday to deepen cuts to $152 million for the university-run public hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured, eliminating dozens of inpatient beds, clinic services and nearly 1,500 jobs.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.

  • Feds charge 91 people in $429M Medicare fraud Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings. The law enforcement effort focused on fraudulent Medicare schemes in Baton Rouge, La.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.

  • Starbucks to allow 'digital tipping' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Starbucks is making an app for that. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.

  • Spill reported from oil platform in Gulf Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:19 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- The Coast Guard says an estimated 76 gallons of crude oil spilled from an oil platform operated by Apache Corp. off the coast of southeast Louisiana. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough said the spill was reported to authorities on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. natural gas futures edged higher early on Thursday ahead of weekly storage data, resuming a run up that earlier in the week brought the nearby contract to its highest mark this year. As of 9:49 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange. were at $3.416 per mmBtu, up 2.1 cents.

  • Katrina victims take on hurricane tour operators Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:57 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.

  • Stein Mart key revenue measure up 2.4 pct in Sept. Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:38 AM ET

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Discount retailer Stein Mart Inc. said on Thursday said that a key sales figure rose 2.4 percent in September, hurt in part by stores closing in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Stein Mart operated 262 stores at the end of September, one more than it had a year earlier. Its shares rose 5 cents to $8.65 in morning trading.

  • Clothing retailer Cato says Sept. sales down 4 pct Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Cato Corp., a women's clothing store, said on Thursday that a key measure of September revenue fell 4 percent, and it said its third-quarter earnings will be at the low end of its guidance.

  • Rush, Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame noms Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:20 AM ET

    They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry.

  • Oct 3- American Airlines and its pilots union resumed contract talks Wednesday, but other problems continued to beset the bankrupt carrier. "I will never ride on American Airlines ever again," said Tony Palm, who was stranded when a connecting flight on American from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia airport was canceled last month.