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  • WASHINGTON, July 28- Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to pass a three-month extension of federal transportation funding before leaving Washington on recess, which they could do as early as Wednesday, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday. After a meeting with Republican leaders, Representatives John Fleming of Louisiana and Todd Rokita of...

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ Home Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $2.8 million. Home Bancorp shares have risen 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Home Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Investar posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La. _ Investar Holding Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.8 million. The holding company for Investar Bank posted revenue of $9.8 million in the period. Investar shares have increased 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TULSA, Oklahoma, July 28- The rebound in U.S. jobs, limited in the early part of the recovery to a handful of booming industries such as oil, has broadened across the country as old-line industrial areas such as Michigan and sun belt hubs like Florida pick up the slack. Riding the shale oil and gas boom, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and three other states made an outsized...

  • MidSouth posts 2Q profit Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La. _ MidSouth Bancorp Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $5.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Cleco posts 2Q profit Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    PINEVILLE, La. _ Cleco Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $30.2 million. The Pineville, Louisiana- based company said it had net income of 50 cents per share. Cleco shares have fallen nearly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island, July 27- Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind began installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but still struggling with opposition in the United States. "Our belief is once Block Island is up and running, it will...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. July 15 was the deadline for roughly 500 local governments in five states to decide whether to accept BP's settlement offers as...

  • NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island, July 27- Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States. "Our belief is once Block Island is up and...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 26- Adam Sandler's star appears to have dimmed significantly, after "Pixels," a slice of arcade game nostalgia that recruited the likes of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to appear alongside the funnyman, opened to a disappointing $24 million at the domestic box office. That marks the weakest chart-topping performance since April 24 when "Furious 7," then...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- American high school students walk through metal detectors each day. The Metropolitan Opera in New York searches the bags and purses of patrons each night, and air travel involves long lines and security checks. "Owners do not want the experience at their theater to be a negative one, and going through a metal detector and having their bags checked...

  • BOSTON— A day after the country's second major theater shooting in recent history, some rattled observers shunned future movie outings, but others on Friday kept lining up at box offices around the country and vowed not to be kept away by fear. "You can't live your life like it's always going to happen," said Aaron Dicks, 31, who was at an AMC theater in Roseville,...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- French oil major Total S.A. is selling a 50 percent stake in its sole U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, and has retained investment bank Lazard to advise on the deal, according to a source familiar with the matter. Lazard and Total both declined to comment. In June, Exxon Mobil Corp and Petroleos de Venezuela SA sold their 192,500 bpd Chalmette,...

  • Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week. Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The New Orleans- based federal judge...

  • LAFAYETTE, La.— CORRECTS: Police: Louisiana movie theater shooter identified as John Russel Houser.

  • LAS VEGAS— A deal involving Pinnacle Entertainment is the latest example of a casino company separating its gambling operations from its real estate to generate cash. Las Vegas- based Pinnacle announced this week it would sell most of its casino-hotels to a real estate investment trust, Pennsylvania- based Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc., in an all-stock...

  • The Small Business Administration's 7 loan reached the limit set by Congress on the amount of money it can guarantee in a fiscal year. At midday Thursday, the agency reached the $18.75 billion limit set by Congress on the amount of 7 loans it can guarantee in a fiscal year, with more than two months to go before the year ends Sept. 30. Congress must raise the 7 ceiling...

  • LONGVIEW, Texas— The biggest shipment ever received at the Port of Caddo- Bossier in Louisiana has reached its destination— a chemical plant in East Texas. An official with Eastman Chemical Company says the 303- ton piece of equipment arrived Thursday afternoon in Longview. The unit was made in Asia and hauled by barge from the Port of New Orleans to Shreveport, via...

  • Senate panel would allow marijuana vendors to use banks Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 3:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers. The language had passed the House last year but was taken out during talks with the Senate but has yet to consider the underlying spending bill this year. Three Republicans on the...

  • Culinary tourists driving growth in US tourism Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    MILAN— Culinary tourists are pushing growth in foreign tourism to the United States, which is transforming its image as a fast-food mecca to a land of regional tastes and dishes, said officials visiting the Expo 2015 world's fair focusing on food this week. Foreign tourism to the United States in 2014 rose by 7 percent to over 75 million, contributing $221 million...