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  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 874.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Louisiana gained two and North Dakota, Ohio, Texas and Wyoming each gained one. Kansas lost four rigs, Utah declined by three, Alaska and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Court papers filed Thursday show attorneys are working toward a Nov. 16 date but may seek to push the trial back to Nov. 30. Federal prosecutors say Mix deleted text messages about the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 30- Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday. Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for...

  • Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. Elizabeth McCourt, a headhunter and executive coach with her own company, McCourt Leadership Group, is a foodie who loves trying great restaurants when she travels, from Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, to Paul Prudhomme's K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans.

  • H&E Equipment posts 2Q profit Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 8:36 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La. _ H&E Equipment Services Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $11.5 million. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana- based company said it had profit of 33 cents per share. H&E Equipment expects full-year revenue in the range of $1.03 billion to $1.05 billion.

  • LAS VEGAS— A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere. Fremont Street is the original Vegas gambling hotspot, where casinos got their start before the Strip grew...

  • Amedisys beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La. _ Amedisys Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $10.6 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Amedisys shares have risen 50 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • House votes to provide money for highways, transit Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House backed a bill that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29, and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. The Senate plans to take up the House bill before a midnight Friday deadline, when authority for the Transportation Department to...

  • 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...

  • Home Bancorp posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    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...