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Bernhard Capital Partners purchase to create jobs

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Two companies under Bernhard Capital Partners ownership will combine to form a company that will enlist 6,000 employees throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, The Advocate reports. Wink Engineering firm and KBR Inc., an industrial services group from Houston, will now form Brown & Root Industrial Services in Baton Rouge. The company will welcome 25 executive employees to its Baton ...

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Editorial: Transparency questions surround BP deal

Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico in this file photo taken June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner/Files via NewsCred

We’re pleased this phase of the BP oil disaster is behind us. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood were on the Coast on Thursday to announce they were bringing to the state about $1.5 billion of the latest $18.7 billion settlement with the energy giant. We think Mississippi should have received more than 8 percent of the ...

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Proes hired for marine evaluation of Monkey Island project

A potential layout for the Monkey Island LNG facility. Image via Southern California Telephone & Energy LNG.

As the next step in its Monkey Island LNG Project in Cameron Parish, SCT&E LNG, Inc. recently contracted international company Proes to evaluate the location’s marine infrastructure. Proes, a Spanish marine and environmental consultancy contractor, will develop a Waterway Suitability Assessment, which it will submit to the U.S. Coast Guard upon completion. In addition to the WSA, Proes will draw ...

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Exterran closing Broussard plant, laying off 76

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BROUSSARD, La. — Exterran will begin closing its Broussard Production Equipment Manufacturing facility Aug. 28, when 46 employees will be terminated. That’s according to a letter the company sent the Louisiana Workforce Commission. By the time the plant is fully closed later this year, officials say a total of 76 workers will have lost their jobs. The Advocate reports the ...

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Where They Stand: Bobby Jindal on issues of 2016 campaign

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Where two-term Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stands on various issues that will be debated in the Republican presidential campaign: IMMIGRATION Jindal has expressed support for giving people who are in the country illegally a way to gain legal status through guest-workers visas — once the border is secure. With the same prerequisite of a secure border, ...

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Fracking foes trying a new approach in St. Tammany Parish

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COVINGTON, La. — An environmental group in St. Tammany has launched a new effort to curtail a fracking project, which started last week. The New Orleans Advocate reports Preserve St. Tammany plans to ask the Parish Council to put a referendum before voters on whether to require an “industrial impact bond” for large projects. Preserve St. Tammany spokesman Mike Stagg ...

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Europe needs Pennsylvania’s natural gas

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Thanks to Russia forcing Europe to pay high natural gas prices, Central and Eastern European counties are in need of Pennsylvania’s natural gas. On Monday, speakers at Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce member connection event advocated the idea of exporting Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale gas.  During the discussion, commerce members requested the self-imposed exporting limits on natural gas be put to an ...

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Coastal restoration group announces 15-year achievement

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THIBODAUX, La. — A Baton Rouge-based habitat restoration program says it has restored 4,500 acres of wetlands in south Louisiana over the past 15 years. The Courier reports the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana announced its achievement on Tuesday during a meeting in Thibodaux. Restoration Program Director Hilary Collis says the organization has recruited more than 11,000 volunteers since 2000. The ...

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Unemployment rates fell in 23 US states in April

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, job seekers fill out a job applications at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for April on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states in April as hiring rebounded nationwide from weak job gains the previous month. The Labor Department said Wednesday that 11 states reported a higher unemployment rate than in March, while 16 states saw no change. Forty states gained jobs, and 9 states posted job losses. The drag from lower oil prices ...

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