Business & Industry

Don Ames
July 19, 2018 - 4:39 pm
Renewed trade tensions weighed on investor sentiment today and stocks were lower at the market close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 134 points to close at 25,064. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 29 points. The S&P 500 lost 11 points. Oil prices rose 1% for a second day in a row. Crude...
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July 19, 2018 - 3:17 pm
(WWL.com) - Eyebrow threaders no longer have to spend 750 hours in order to receive an esthetician license. Institute of Justice attorney Renee Flaherty says the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology is now allowing eyebrow threaders to work without having to undergo irrelevant and burdensome...
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July 19, 2018 - 7:46 am
Jennifer Kushinka reporting... Economic activity in Louisiana expanded modestly over the past 12 weeks, according to the latest regional report from the Federal Reserve. The labor market remained tight, while wage growth was mixed. Consumer spending improved, manufacturing activity grew,...
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July 17, 2018 - 6:57 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Offshore services provider Tidewater Inc. has agreed to buy Houston-based GulfMark Offshore Inc. in a $340 million stock deal. A statement released Monday says the combined company will operate under the Tidewater brand and be led by Tidewater CEO John Rynd. Tidewater was based in...
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July 17, 2018 - 12:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely. Tennessee has narrowly edged out Louisiana for the top spot with an average state and local combined sales tax rate of 9.46 percent. That's according to the latest data available from...
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SIPA USA
July 17, 2018 - 6:38 am
Jennifer Kushinka reporting... Amazon’s Prime Day didn’t get off to the start the company was hoping for, as some shoppers got snagged on the website just as the hyped sales were supposed to begin. When shoppers visited Amazon's website yesterday afternoon, many saw a photo of the “dogs of Amazon”...
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FILE- In this May 17, 2018, file photo, an American flag hangs above the bell podium on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 16, 2018 - 10:01 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets fell on Tuesday as mounting tensions over U.S. tariffs overshadowed data suggesting global growth was still on track. KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi lost 0.2 percent to 2,297.64 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.0 percent to 28,247.53 in morning trading. The...
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FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages pass through a scanner at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products. (Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
July 16, 2018 - 3:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's website ran into some snags quickly Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created. Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links got only an abashed-looking dog with the words, "Uh-oh. Something went wrong on our...
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SIPA USA
July 16, 2018 - 7:44 am
Jennifer Kushinka reporting... Today is Amazon Prime Day, and this year it’s being extended to 36 hours to try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. This year's sales event, which starts this afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products. Amazon...
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July 15, 2018 - 12:39 pm
(WWL.com) - This past week at a public meeting New Orleans dove deep into questions about the effects of short-term rentals, like Air BnB on the local housing market. Housing rights activists have been increasingly concerned that the proliferation of STRs is partially responsible for the exploding...
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