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Baton Rouge-Area Among Top Gainers for New Construction Jobs

Large amounts of construction in the Baton Rouge, La.-area has led the region to be named among the top gainers in the nation for new construction jobs. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the recognition was announced on July 30 in a report …

Louisiana Clinic Worker Arrested for Prescription Drug Fraud

Baton Rouge, La., police have arrested one man accused of being part of a prescription drug ring in which more than 200 fraudulent prescriptions for the powerful pain-killing drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone from a Baton Rouge clinic. The Advocate reports …

Report: Louisiana Could Have More Than 2M Jobs in 2015

Growth in the Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, La., areas is expected to help boost employment in Louisiana to an all-time high of more than 2 million jobs in 2015 in spite of plodding national growth, a new report said. …

Red Light Cameras Up for Renewal in Baton Rouge

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is set to decide whether to kill or renew Baton Rouge, La.’s red light camera program, which has been panned by detractors as unevenly enforced but is credited by supporters with reducing dangerous crashes. …

Study: Red-Light Cameras Reduce Crashes in Baton Rouge

It’s been five years since Baton Rouge launched a traffic light camera program, and data released recently shows drops in both traffic crashes and violations at the selected intersections. The Advocate reports Baton Rouge’s Department of Public Works evaluated intersections …

Louisiana Ex-Furniture Store Operator Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

A former operator of a Baton Rouge, La., furniture store destroyed by a fire in 2006 pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge stemming from the blaze and was put on probation. The Advocate reported that Ron Henderson, who managed …

A.M. Best Downgrades Rating of LEMIC Insurance Co.

A.M. Best Co. announced it has downgraded the financial strength rating to B (Fair) from B+ (Good) and issuer credit rating to “bb” from “bbb-” of workers’ compensation insurer LEMIC Insurance Co. (LEMIC) of Baton Rouge, La. Both ratings have …

Barge Spills Oil after Collision on Lower Mississippi River

A collision involving a barge Thursday night resulted in an oil spill near Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the Mississippi River, the United States Coast Guard said on Friday. The amount of oil spilled was unknown, but the accident was not …