Today’s Business News

Fired Contractor: Indictment Didn't Disrupt Case

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The company whose $200 million Medicaid contract was canceled by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration says the indictment of Louisiana's former health secretary won't harm its wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. Michael McKay, lawyer for Maryland-based…

Supporters Pitch Terrebonne School Tax Proposal

HOUMA, LA (AP) — Supporters of a sales tax that would increase Terrebonne public school workers' salaries have pitched the proposal to parents. The system's Parent Representative Committee is made up of parents from public schools. Assistant Superintendent Carol Davis…

New Arraignment Date for Ex-BP Exec

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted a delay in his arraignment on recently updated charges in the case. David Rainey's court…

ATM Fees Keep Climbing, Survey Says

         No one likes ATM fees, and they seem to keep climbing.          According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, the cost of doing business with an ATM that’s not within your bank’s network has risen 5% in the past…

31st Aegis Destroyer Being Built at Ingalls

PASCAGOULA, MS (AP) — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula is starting fabrication work on its newest Aegis guided missile destroyer. Warren Kulo with The Mississippi Press reports Paul Ignatius, the ship's namesake, and his wife, Nancy Ignatius, the ship's sponsor, visited…

LSU Board Approves Rewritten Hospital Contracts

BATON ROUGE (AP) — New hospital privatization contracts won backing Wednesday from LSU's governing board, enabling hospital managers to leave the deals more easily and imposing fewer restrictions about services they must offer patients. The Board of Supervisors approved the…

US consumer confidence slides in September

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.…