Louisiana News

Industrial Boom Driving Louisiana’s Ascension Parish

More than 2,000 construction workers are building a $2.1 billion expansion of CF Industries’ nitrogen complex in Louisiana’s Ascension Parish. The 100-acre addition to the nation’s largest nitrogen plant is expected to be completed in 2016. More than 17,000 pilings …

Hohensee Named VP, Commercial Underwriting at Lane & Associates in Louisiana

Kenner, La.-based Lane & Associates Inc. announced that Marie Hohensee has joined the managing general agency as vice president of commercial underwriting. Hohensee has over 30 years of experience in commercial underwriting and was most recently the branch manager of …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

Trying to Summon Ghosts, Men Destroy Vacant Louisiana Mansion

Seven men have pleaded guilty to arson or trespassing in a fire that destroyed the vacant LeBeau Plantation mansion in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish last November. The sheriff said when they were arrested that the men told investigators they were …

Louisiana’s Homeowners Market Stronger 9 Years after Katrina

Louisiana’s property insurance market is vastly improved nine years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state on Aug. 29, 2005, largely due to the implementation of statewide building codes and strategies that have helped create a more competitive marketplace, according to …

Surveys Aim to Find Out Extent of Feral Hog Damage in Louisiana

Feral hogs are rooting up levees and snarfing down crops all around Louisiana, but nobody’s sure just how much damage they’re doing. The LSU AgCenter is working to get a handle on that with a pair of surveys. Forestry economist …

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 …