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Business Briefs for March 29, 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:52 Written by
Export training course scheduled in Lafayette A training course on developing or expanding an export business is being offered to Louisiana companies in Lafayette from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7 and April 8 at the Lafayette International Center at 735 Jefferson St. The program, organized by the Louisiana District Export Council, is designed to train business people in developing an international business strategy while identifying the steps needed to find new
Log export operation at port ended with one shipment
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:52 Written by
Ralph R. Stewart Jr. had been a Louisiana logger for decades before he became an iconic hope for resumption of large pine log shipments last year from the state to foreign markets. Demand for domestic timber dropped dramatically, as home construction dwindled in the years after the nation’s slide into recession in late 2007. Louisiana forest owners collected $558 million from timber sales that year, according to the Louisiana Forestry Association. Sales sank
Wood pellet operations underway at Port of BR
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:52 Written by
For more than a year, many westbound drivers crossing the Mississippi River on the Interstate 10 bridge connecting Baton Rouge and Port Allen may have wondered why two giant, white domes were under construction on the west bank. Last month, large trucks began filling one of the domes with tons of wood pellets. Those two huge eggs are part of Drax Group’s drive to convert its coal-fired power plants in the United Kingdom
Watch Dylan Moses, others receive The Opening 2015 invites at Louisiana regional: Video
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:48 Written by
Thousands show up, few prevail. That's the slogan on this year's golden ticket, also known as an invitation to The Opening, Nike's premiere football camp held annually at it's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Dozens of athletes from Louisiana and
City Council eyes sound levels again
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:15 Written by
Hold onto your horns. The New Orleans City Council could be preparing to wade once again into the fraught topic of regulating sound levels throughout the city. This time, the council will be starting with a version of the measure that in some respects moves the needle closer to the desires of those seeking a more permissive ordinance. There already are signs that some neighborhood groups are pushing back. Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey drafted
Family Justice Center in Lafayete aims to consolidate help for victims of domestic violence
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:09 Written by
An effort is underway to launch a Lafayette center where victims of domestic violence will be able seek help and file police and legal paperwork in one location, helping to keep survivors safe from future violence. The search is on for a site to open the Family Justice Center sometime next year, said Crystal Scrantz, program director at Faith House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children that provides counseling and support
Developer looking to build grocery store in Scotlandville
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:07 Written by
A Baton Rouge developer says he plans to build a new grocery store in Scotlandville by early next year, potentially bringing new supplies of fresh foods to a part of the Capital City with few options for grocery shopping. The proposed grocery store, which would include a pharmacy and sit near the intersection of Harding Boulevard and Scenic Highway — would create more than 100 jobs and boost sales tax revenue coming from
Central baseball player, coaches suspended after incident at Scotlandville game
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:06 Written by
Was it an act of racism or some sort of baseball ritual? There could be room to debate what happened during Thursday’s District 4-5A baseball game between Central High and Scotlandville High. Both schools may be ready to close the books on the incident, which was captured on video by a Scotlandville parent who provided it to WAFB-TV for a news broadcast. The Central player, who was shown with his head wrapped in
Jefferson candidate tired of questions about age
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:01 Written by
Elton Lagasse, who at 75 is running for Jefferson Parish president in the Oct. 24 primary, is tired of hearing about how old he is. That much was clear as the third-term parish councilman hosted his campaign kickoff rally at The Crossing in Kenner on Wednesday night. In addressing the crowd, Lagasse touched on themes that are common parts of political platforms. He vowed to maintain and improve the parish’s drainage canals and
Vietnam vets get welcome home
Saturday, 28 March 2015 19:01 Written by
Forty-six years ago, David Ervin was cursed as a “baby-killer,” he said, upon his return home after serving a 1967-68 tour of duty as a gunner on a river patrol boat in the Mekong Delta. On Saturday, the now gray-haired veteran, 68, and dozens of his brothers in arms were honored and publicly thanked by about 200 people attending the 4th annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day service in downtown Baton Rouge. The

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