BATON ROUGE – Local officials in Louisiana want to retain the ability to audit local taxpayers if the state moves to a more centralized sales tax collection system. State legislators this year created a board to study the issue and make recommendations that could end up in legislation and on...
NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is back to selling smartphones for the first time since it abandoned its mobile business more than four years ago. The company began taking orders Wednesday for the Surface Duo, a new dual-screen Android device that costs $1,399 and begins shipping in September. The high-priced gadget...
NEW ORLEANS — Hogs for the Cause announced it has launched a peer-to-peer socially driven community fundraising platform that can be used nationwide. The nonprofit said that anyone, anywhere can now support families battling pediatric brain cancer. “Our current fundraising methods help support the special work we do,” said...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. and SAN FRANCISCO – New Orleans attorney Joseph M. Bruno is one of the lead attorneys who has filed national class action lawsuits against large pharmacy chains for discrimination for refusing to fill prescriptions for opioid medication. Edith Fuog from Riverview, Fla., filed a nationwide class action...
NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the first time in history, whiskey is being legally produced in the Central Business District of New Orleans and will be for sale at the Sazerac House, the immersive spirited experience which opened in October of 2019. Sazerac Rye, the flagship rye brand of...
NEW YORK (AP) – Behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight have a pact. Every week, the group of 50 people picks one small business in Durham, North Carolina, and each person spends $100 there. A one-time $5,000 infusion wouldn’t make a difference...
NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are moving higher on Wall Street Tuesday, edging the S&P 500 closer to the all-time high it hit in February, before the coronavirus pandemic knocked the market into a steep plunge. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in morning trading, on pace for its eighth...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil companies facing lawsuits that blame them for coastal wetlands loss in Louisiana lost an attempt Monday to move the suits to federal court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a decision keeping the suits in state court, where the six...
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy. Trump’s order allocates $44 billion in federal dollars...
BATON ROUGE – The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.8 points to 98.8 in July, near the survey’s historical average. Overall, four of the 10 Index components improved, five declined, and one was unchanged. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased seven points to 88. Reports...