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Top News & Analysis Louisiana

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The U.S. Energy Department needs to explain how it will determine whether to allow more exports of the nation's bountiful supplies of natural gas, a top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, said on Tue sday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The U.S. Energy Department needs to explain how it will determine whether to allow more exports of the nation's bountiful supplies of natural gas, Senator Ron Wyden, a top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, said on T ues day.

  • *Sluggish demand in China, more stimulus unlikely now. LONDON, Oct 23- Copper slid to a six-week low on Tuesday, giving up more gains from its September rally, as a strong dollar, renewed worries over Spain's sovereign debt and a lack of robust demand from China knocked investor risk appetite.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Oil giant BP has asked a federal judge to disregard objections from a fraction of claimants and give final approval to a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement over economic damages from the Gulf oil spill.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Small Business Administration will close three recovery centers in Louisiana that were opened to help residents affected by Hurricane Isaac.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Dwayne Boudreaux's memories of the Circle Food Store in New Orleans 7th Ward neighborhood are so vivid he can walk through its colonnade of arches into the dark and empty shell and give a guided tour of how it was before Hurricane Katrina.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.

  • September was the second month in a row the unemployment rate dropped in Louisiana, after no improvement since January, when joblessness hit a post-recession low of 6.9 percent. Louisiana had a 7.2 percent unemployment rate in September 2011. In September 2011, the state had 148,000 unemployed people.

  • _ it's billboards to speak out against a Pittsburgh City Council plan to tax the message board. Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge, La., is targeting the council members who are proposing the 10- percent tax, Natalia Rudiak and Darlene Harris.

  • BATON ROUGE, La.-- Technology and engineering firm The Shaw Group Inc. said Friday that it turned a profit in its fiscal fourth quarter. In the recent quarter Shaw agreed to be acquired by Chicago Bridge& Iron NV for about $3.2 billion. In the quarter ended Aug. 31, Shaw Group earned $113.2 million, or $1.68 per share.

  • KEY WEST, Fla.-- Delta Air Lines Inc. and U.S. Airways are planning to begin nonstop seasonal service between Key West and both New York City and Washington D.C. in time for the Christmas travel season. U.S. Airways is a unit of US Airways Group Inc..

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Gamblers lost nearly $199.7 million at Louisiana's state licensed casinos in September, up from $188 million for August and $196.6 million for September of last year.

  • NEW YORK-- Three small, silver spoons elegantly engraved with the words "Waldorf Astoria" have come full circle: Stolen eight decades ago by an employee of the famed hotel, they passed through two Brooklyn homes and another three in New Jersey.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- McMoRan Exploration Co. said Friday its third-quarter loss swelled to $64 million, hurt by a jump in exploration costs and a drop in oil and gas production stemming for Hurricane Isaac. The New Orleans- based company's loss amounted to 40 cents per share and compared with a loss of $9.4 million, or 6 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- A sheen on the Gulf of Mexico likely came from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment that failed to contain BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill, the company and the Coast Guard said Thursday. The Coast Guard said oil samples collected on Wednesday will be analyzed to determine if the container is the source of the sheen.

  • COVINGTON, La.-- Pool Corp., a distributor of swimming pool and backyard supplies, said Thursday that its net income fell 12 percent in the third quarter on an impairment charge related to its U.K. business. Pool wrote down the value of its U.K. business by $6.9 million during the quarter.

  • Go Daddy on Thursday announced it had signed New York agency Deutsch Inc. to produce its two 30- second Super Bowl spots, the first time the website domain provider has gone outside for the ads it has done itself since 2005..

  • BATON ROUGE, La.-- Lawmakers scrapped a planned vote Thursday on Louisiana Gov. The delay was announced a day before the scheduled hearing of the House and Senate budget committees to review the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- A line of severe storms packing strong winds and possible tornadoes swept across the Southeast overnight, injuring four people in Mississippi, downing power lines and trees and damaging homes around the region, authorities said early Thursday. At least six northern counties in Mississippi reported damage, Rent said.