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  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ PetroQuest Energy Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $37.6 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 19 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $18.5 million.

  • WASHINGTON, May 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans- based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • WASHINGTON, May 2- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans- based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • HAVANA— The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and pulled into Havana Harbor on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility. The ship stopped off the city's cruise terminal and began slowly turning into a docking position, the first U.S. cruise ship in...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 332 rigs sought oil and 87 explored for natural gas. Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia were down two apiece. Alaska, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON— The GOP- controlled House has voted along party lines to overturn new Obama administration rules requiring stricter standards for brokers regarding retirement investments. At stake are about $4.5 trillion in 401 accounts and more than $7 trillion in IRAs. The White House has promised to defend the rules with a threat to veto Thursday's measure.

  • BATON ROUGE, La. _ H&E Equipment Services Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $5.6 million. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana- based company said it had profit of 16 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • BATON ROUGE, La. _ Investar Holding Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $2 million. The holding company for Investar Bank posted revenue of $9.8 million in the period. Investar shares have dropped 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DERIDDER, La. _ Amerisafe Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $24.3 million. On a per-share basis, the Deridder, Louisiana- based company said it had profit of $1.27. Amerisafe shares have risen almost 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ MidSouth Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $2.3 million. The bank, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, said it had earnings of 17 cents per share. Keywords: MidSouth Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ Iberiabank Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $42.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 98 cents per share. Iberiabank shares have climbed 3.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 27- Persistent low oil prices continue to strain budgets in states like Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and North Dakota, which rely on oil production taxes to fill government coffers, Standard and Poor's said in a report on state budgets on Wednesday. New Governor John Bel Edwards and the state legislature agreed in a special session to adopt new...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Brown-Forman Corp., the producer of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, announced plans Wednesday to re-enter the single malt Scotch whisky market with an agreement to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Co. of Scotland along with three brands. As part of the deal, Brown-Forman said it will add The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh single...

  • ANTIOCH, Calif.— There was an emergency in Room 14. Gretchen Medel, an EMT who oversaw the mock exercise during the first responder course she teaches at a health care-focused high school east of San Francisco, told the students. States such as California, Colorado and Louisiana are looking to rebranded "career pathways" that combine technical training with...

  • In 2008, the Coast Guard ordered Taylor Energy Company to conduct daily flights over the site of its leak to visually monitor chronic oil sheens that often stretch for miles off Louisiana's coast. That requirement remained in effect until December, when the Coast Guard amended the order to reduce the minimum number of required overflights to twice a week.

  • LAFAYETTE, La. _ Home Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $3.4 million. Home Bancorp shares have climbed 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Home Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Entergy's first-quarter adjusted profit topped analysts' expectations and it reaffirmed its full-year profit outlook. That easily topped the $1.17 per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research forecast. Entergy Corp. said Tuesday that it still expects full-year earnings in a range of $4.95 to $5.75 per share.

  • ATLANTA— Andra Day wants to inspire people to rise up while drinking a Coke. The Grammy-nominated singer's image and lyrics from her standout single "Rise Up" will appear exclusively on more than 40 million Coca-Cola cups at select McDonald's throughout the country, Coke officials told The Associated Press on Monday. The cups will be available May 2.

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of gasoline has jumped by 8 cents over the past three weeks to $2.18 a gallon for regular grade. In the Lower 48, the highest average price of regular gasoline was $2.79 per gallon in San Francisco. The lowest was $1.82 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.