Today’s Business News

State AG Officials Surveying Citrus Trees

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is checking Plaquemines Parish citrus trees for 13 pests and diseases.          Commissioner Mike Strain says two inspectors began door-to-door surveys on Monday to check all commercial and residential…

Zoning Approved for Water Campus Building

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The first component of the Water Campus, a 33-acre center for coastal education and research between downtown and LSU, has been approved by the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission.          The Advocate’s Timothy Boone reports…

CVS Develops Tobacco-Free Prescription Network

         First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes.          The nation's second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free…

Site Clearance Begins for Sasol Project

WESTLAKE, LA (AP) — Site clearance for Sasol's ethane cracker project in Westlake is underway, as workers begin the task of prepping the land for construction.          Mike Hayes, Sasol's public affairs manager for U.S. megaprojects, tells the American Press…

Kinder Steps Up Blight Fight

KINDER, LA (AP) — The City Council has taken the first steps toward removing several neighborhood eyesores in Kinder.          The American Press reported the council granted owners of two condemned properties time to bring the structures up to code…

In Elton, a Church Struggles to Survive

ELTON, LA (AP) — Elton United Methodist Church, which dates from about 1911, is facing an uncertain future and may close due to financial struggles, a dwindling congregation and an aging structure.          The Rev. Steven Bellard says his church's…

Rouses, Associated Grocers Reach Settlement

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Thibodaux retail grocery chain Rouses Enterprises and Baton Rouge-based wholesale grocery supplier Associated Grocers have reached an undisclosed settlement in a legal dispute.          The New Orleans Advocate reports James Swanson, a New Orleans lawyer for…

Gallo to Lead Foundation Board

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David Gallo has been elected chairman of the board of the Fore!Kids Foundation.          Gallo is CEO of Gallo Mechanical LLC.          The foundation is the producer of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans PGA TOUR…

Fire Protection Tax on Nov. 4 Ballot

HOUMA, LA (AP) — Residents in Terrebonne Parish's Coteau Fire Protection District will vote Nov. 4 on whether to renew of a property tax that pays for their fire protection.          Fire Chief Russell DiSalvo tells The Courier’s Aaren Gordon…

Baton Rouge Library May Buy Building

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Baton Rouge Library Board plans to take a proposal to the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council to spend $1.15 million on a building to house some of its operations.          The Advocate’s Andrea Gallo…

Home Federal Declares Dividend

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) — The board of Home Federal Bancorp Inc. of Louisiana has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 7 cents a share on common stock.          The dividend is payable Nov. 3 to shareholders of record Oct. 20.…

LA Chapter of NYFC to Hold First Meeting

ALEXANDRIA, LA (AP) — The first Louisiana chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition will hold its first meeting at Inglewood Farm in Alexandria on Sunday.          The Town Talk’s Jeff Matthews reports the new chapter aims to connect and…

Local Company Inks Deal with MS Film Studios

BATON ROUGE – Hollywood Trucks has signed an exclusive five-year deal to provide production vehicles at Mississippi’s largest studio facility, Mississippi Film Studios (MFS).          Arthur Vandelay with Scene Magazine reports under the leadership of CEO Andre Champagne and his…

New Orleans Homes To Go On Auction Saturday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 130 homes and residential lots throughout New Orleans will go on auction on Saturday, Oct. 25.          The New Orleans Advocate reports the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will sell the properties with no minimum prices.…

Tulane University Receives $5.7M in Gifts and Grants

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University associated professor Yu-Ping Wang has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health.          Wang is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and biostatistics and bioinformatics.          The…