Today’s Business News

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.…