Louisiana News

Monroe, Louisiana, Gearing Up to Maintain Class 1 Fire Rating

The Monroe Fire Department is spending millions to add new fire trucks, better equipment and improve communication in hopes of keeping its Class 1 fire rating when recertification rolls around in 2016. The News-Star reports the department plans to spend …

Feds to Loan $2.1M to Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish for Flood Upgrade

State officials say they’ve received approval of a $2.1 million low-interest, energy efficiency loan to support Jefferson Parish’s efforts to upgrade its flood-protection system. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says the loan is funded through the U.S. Department of …

Improved Fire Rating to Cut Home Insurance Costs in Louisiana Town

Homeowners in the Grand Chenier area will be paying less for fire insurance starting in August because of a higher rating awarded to the local fire district. The American Press reported the rating for Cameron Parish Fire District 9 was …

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 …

Dhandho Acquiring Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance

Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance Holding Co. announced it has agreed to be acquired by Dhandho Holdings LP and Dhandho Holdings Qualified Purchaser LP, based in Irvine, Calif. Stonetrust is a Louisiana-based mutual insurance holding company and the parent company of …

Louisiana Parish Audit Finds Most School Bus Drivers Not Drug-Tested

An internal audit has found that the Caddo Parish school system has been testing far fewer bus drivers than it should for drugs and alcohol. Federal regulations require random testing each year of at least half the employees with a …

Louisiana Private, Non-Farm Employment at All-Time High

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state in June set records for both private sector and total nonfarm employment, according to seasonally adjusted employment data released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private sector employment reached a record 1,635,600 …

Assessors in Louisiana Seek Updated Valuation Rules for Oil Wells

A group of Louisiana tax assessors is advocating for a series of property valuation changes that, if approved, could significantly increase property tax rates for oil and gas well operators, as well as revenues for local governments. The proposed rules …

Improvements to Lafourche, Louisiana Levee System Underway

The South Lafourche Levee District in Louisiana plans to finish raising the levees protecting Larose to Golden Meadow in the coming year. The district began raising the system’s levees to 16 feet in the more vulnerable southern sections and 13 …

Some in Louisiana to See Lower Fire Insurance Rates

Louisiana insurance regulators say St. Charles Parish homeowners can expect significant rate reductions in their fire insurance premiums, effective Aug. 11. Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon says the new rates will affect those in Fire District 8 — the Destrehan and …