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Monday, 12 September 2011 13:39
Louisiana Business: Fitch, IABC, Secretary Of State Debate, PAR, LA/SPCA
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Fitch Ratings expects to rate Entergy Louisiana Investment Recovery Funding I, L.L.C. as detailed below.

Fitch's stress and rating sensitivity analysis are discussed in the presale report titled 'Entergy Louisiana Investment Recovery Funding I, L.L.C.', dated September 12, 2011, which is available on Fitch's web site.

 Fitch expects to assign the following rating:

Entergy Louisiana Investment Recovery Funding I, L.L.C.

--$207,100,000 class A bonds 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Lunch With the League: Secretary of State Debate
WHERE?  at Drusilla Seafood,
3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, La 70809
WHEN?    September 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Doors open at 11:00 AM - Debate starts at NOON - Lunch served at 11:45 AM
Reservations Required to guarantee seating
Sponsor: The League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge

Secretary of State Debate             

Tom Schedler and Jim Tucker


Twitter News


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Today is the first day of the LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter's We Live to Eat: Louisiana Seafood Restaurant...http://fb.me/1aHAVSnGX


Louisiana Entrepreneurship Day featured Redbox founder Mike DeLazzer at LSU: http://ow.ly/6rQdD




Pasta With a Purpose at Semolina to benefit the LA/SPCA will be held at Semolina located at 4436 Veterans Blvd. (near the Palace Theatre), from 5:00-9:00.  The Louisiana SPCA has invited you to join them for dinner, which will help raise money for the organization, when you come and dine-in (or carryout), Semolina will donate 10% of the proceeds from your visit to the Louisiana SPCA.  You must present the Pasta With A Purpose invitation to your server (available by download at www.la-spca.org).  Call 454-7930 to make a reservation or visit www.la-spca.org for more information.


Gulf Coast Energy


Gulf Coast Energy Network invites its members and affiliates to the E3 Summit: Energy, Economics, & the Environment. The E3 Summit promotes input from all sectors regarding the current and future challenges facing our nation in an effort to identify the resources and strategies necessary to build a resilient Gulf Coast. This serves as a forum to promote the sharing of information that will serve as the foundation for future initiatives to REenergize the Gulf Coast!


Last year the event was held in conjunction with the Energy Team at Hurlburt Field in recognition of Air Force Energy Awareness Month. The event returns to Okaloosa County, Florida on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Click on the registration link below for more information.


E3 Summit: Energy, Economics, & the Environment DRAFT Agenda

  • Registration/Coffee: 7:30-9:00
  • Welcome Address: 8:25-8:45
  • Opening Plenary Session: 8:45-10:00
  • Networking Break: 10:00-10:30
  • Presentations: 10:30-12:30
  • Expo and Lunch: 12:30-4:00
  • Social Offsite: 5:30-7:30

NOTE: This venue for the E3 Summit is at an access-controlled facility so advanced registration is mandatory. We will not be able to accommodate on-sire registration. Please click on the link to register or for more information. Seating is limited to the first 200 participants. Registration closes on Friday, October 7th.


Click Here to Register



In just over a month, IABC New Orleans is hosting the 2011 IABC Southern Region Conference with  top-notch speakers.  

More than 25 speakers will present on topics such as employee communication, media relations, public relations, marketing communication and much more. The conference speakers represent companies from throughout North America and the UK, including Cisco Systems, Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, Chevron and Royal Caribbean Cruises.


Oct. 12-14 at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center. Visit the website for more information.




The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) today released its “Guide to the 2011 Constitutional Amendments” for the upcoming ballots on Oct. 22 and Nov. 19.


The “Guide” explains the potential impact of the six Constitutional amendments that the public will consider in the two upcoming elections. The objective analysis will help voters understand the issues and the potential changes so they may develop their own positions on each proposition.


The propositions on the ballot for the October election are complicated and raise questions about how Louisiana organizes and manages the state budget. Issues addressed include changes to rules for paying back money withdrawn from the “Rainy Day” Budget Stabilization Fund, a new dedication to fund TOPS and paying down state retirement system debt. The single proposition for the November election is for a significant restriction on taxing authority.


“Constitutional amendments are often difficult to understand even by people who follow legislative events,” says Robert Travis Scott, president of PAR. “The PAR Guide provides voters with the fundamental knowledge needed to grasp the complex issues and make informed voting decisions.”


The amendments would:

                Redirect proceeds from tobacco settlements into the TOPS Fund and establish a 4-cents per pack cigarette tax permanently in the Constitution;

                Require the Legislature to appropriate a designated percentage of nonrecurring revenue to retiring the unfunded accrued liability of two state employee retirement systems;

                Restrict the use of monies in the Patient’s Compensation Fund for use only to benefit medical malpractice claimants and qualified health care providers;

                Set rules for replenishing the state’s Rainy Day Fund after a withdrawal has been made;

                Change the way New Orleans is identified in one section of the Constitution in order to retain an exemption in the bidding requirements for sales of properties with a tax lien;

                Prohibit new taxes or fees on the sale of immovable property (real estate).


The Guide gives background for each amendment, describes the current situation regarding the issues, offers commentary on each proposed change and provides the arguments of proponents and opponents.


Excluding the proposals to be considered this year, Louisiana voters have considered 233 amendments and approved 163 of them since the 1974 Constitution was adopted.


PAR’s “Guide to the Constitutional Amendments” is available for free download on PAR’s Web site at www.la-par.org. The Web site also has a complete list with explanations of all amendments that have been proposed and adopted since 1974.

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