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Top News & Analysis Louisiana

  • An Alpha Oil & Gas crew building a 10-inch gas pipeline near Watford City, N.D.

    When we launched Top States for Business in 2007, North Dakota was nowhere on the list. Now it's growth and employment numbers are the envy of the nation.

  • An explosion rocked a Louisiana chemical plant on June 13, 2013.

    A large explosion and fire hit a Williams Olefins chemical plant in southern Louisiana, injuring at least 30 people, authorities said.

  • Chemical Plant Explosion in Louisiana

    There has been an explosion at a chemical plant in Southern Louisiana, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, with CNBC's Tyler Mathisen.

  • Gulf Region Preps For Hurricane Season

    Louisiana's "Refinery Row" is getting ready for this year's hurricane season, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • CNBC has been ranking all 50 states for competitiveness since 2007. This year's report comes as states continue to get back in fighting shape—fighting for jobs, that is.

  • CNBC scores all U.S. states on 55 measures of competitiveness and 10 categories, from the cost of doing business to technology and innovation.

  • A New York Federal Reserve report suggests that college grads swamped by debt may be victims of forces greater than their willingness to pay.

  • The boom in new oil and natural gas flowing through U.S. pipelines is beginning to ripple through the wider American economy.

  • The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    As if audits aren't painful enough -- there's a lot the IRS won't tell you. Check out these tips from a former IRS agent.

  • Auto insurance rates vary according to how many drivers are on the road, how safe they are, even who decides lawsuits.

  • The White House issued more dire warnings about the harm the cuts will do to Americans, breaking down the loss of jobs and services to each of the states.

  • The Superdome's power company, New Orleans-based Entergy, took the blame Friday for the Super Bowl blackout. Company officials said the faulty device performed without problem during previous events.

  • New Orleans Now and Then

    CNBC's Brian Shactman takes a look at what has changed since New Orleans last hosted the Super Bowl in 2002.

  • Smoke rises from a controlled burn May 19, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A U.S. judge accepted an agreement by BP to plead guilty for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

  • Republican governors are moving to cut income taxes, including proposals that would increase reliance on state sales taxes, setting up ambitious experiments in tax reform that could shape what is possible on a national level.

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal on '08

    Hopes for overhauling the federal tax system are fading in Washington, but in some state capitals, tax reform experiments- some far-reaching- are fast taking shape.

  • Oil rigs in the South China Sea.

    A Shell oil drilling rig grounded off an Alaska island since a New Years Eve storm has suffered damage from waves and flooding but has spilled none of the 155,000 gallons of fuel and other oil products aboard, officials managing the incident said on Thursday.

  • President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents in Congress enter a crucial week in the "fiscal cliff" impasse with more than just differences over taxes to bridge.

  • The Case For School Choice

    The Teachers Union is trying to stop school choice and competition that will give kids a far better education. Kevin P. Chavous, American Federation for Children, shares his opinions.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- Traders and investors were in agreement on one thing as voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's U.S. presidential election: The markets want a clear winner by Wednesday morning.