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  1. Is the planned Baton Rouge proton therapy center worth the cost?Read the original story

    Friday Sep 28 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Radiation oncologist Dr. Lane Rosen is a big believer in proton therapy-even if not everyone else in Louisiana's medical community shares his view, Over the past four years, Rosen has treated patients with the technology at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, witnessing, he says, its success firsthand. Proton therapy is an advanced treatment for certain cancers that uses beams of protons to deliver radiation directly to tumors, destroying cancer cells while sparing healthy tissues.


  2. AG Jeff Landry sues Gov. Edwards over board appointmentsRead the original story

    Tuesday Sep 25 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is suing to overturn two of Gov. John Bel Edwards appointments to the Red River Waterways Commission, arguing they are illegal. , Edwards' opponents have said the governor declined the nomination of Carolyn Prator to the board because her husband Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator is a critic of the governor's justice reforms.


  3. AG: Governor's Red River appointment illegalRead the original story

    Wednesday Sep 19 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has issued an opinion saying Gov. John Bel Edwards' latest appointment to the Red River Waterways Commission is illegal and puts any business the board conducts in question, the Landry traveled to Shreveport today to announce his opinion at the Caddo Levee District office where the regional appointment has erupted into a statewide controversy. When asked whether he would take action against the governor, Landry said: "I'm prepared to take whatever action necessary to ensure the board is properly represented."


  4. News roundup: Teachers' pension gets top spot for investment return ...Read the original story

    Sep 11, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    The Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana ended fiscal year 2018 with an 11.56% market rate of return, making it No. 1 among public pension plans in the state with assets greater than $1 billion, TRSL announced today.


  5. No. 1 on the List: Abita Brewing CompanyRead the original story

    Sep 6, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Abita, located near Covington and founded in 1986, is also the oldest craft brewery listed. The brewery's top sellers are its Abita Amber, Purple Haze and Turbodog brews.


  6. Louisiana's casino, racetrack revenues rose 0.9% in 2017Read the original story

    Aug 22, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Louisiana's total casino and racetrack revenue cashed in at roughly $2.56 billion in 2017, up 0.9% from the year previous, according to the American Gaming Association's annual state-by-state analysis released this morning. Total tax revenue generated by the gaming sites, however, fell slightly in Louisiana to $602.5 million, down from $604.8 million in 2016.


  7. Optimism among small business owners near record highRead the original story

    Aug 15, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Small business owners in the U.S. and Louisiana are gushing with optimism as the economy surges and last year's federal tax cuts kick in, according to the latest The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index survey clocked in at 107.9 this week, the second-highest mark in its 45-year history and a tick below the all-time record of 108 in 1983. "Small business owners are leading this economy and expressing optimism rivaling the highest levels in history," NFIB President Juanita Duggan says in a statement.


  8. Ochsner deal to takeover two north Louisiana safety net hospitals near completionRead the original story

    Aug 13, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    A deal for Ochsner Health System to take over operation of two north Louisiana safety net hospitals in partnership with LSU could be finalized in September, Matt Block, executive counsel for the administration of Gov. John Bel Edwards, updated lawmakers Friday on the status of the negotiations during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in the Capitol. "During the next six weeks or so we expect to get the deal completed," Block said.


  9. Four Louisiana cities make national ranking for slowest growing wages, two others show big gainsRead the original story

    Aug 8, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    On the flip side, the New Orleans-Metairie , Shreveport-Bossier City , Houma-Thibodaux and Lafayette metro areas found themselves on the paper's Nationally, total personal income in 2016 climbed for the third consecutive year, with the amount Americans took home increasing 1.1% to $14.6 trillion, up from $14.2 trillion in 2015. Factoring in population growth over the same period, per capita income inched up by a relatively modest 0.4%, and now stands at $44,450.


  10. News roundup: Report faults years of neglect for 2017 New Orleans...Read the original story

    Aug 7, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Outside consultants believe long-term neglect of the city's failing drainage system was the cause of widespread flooding last summer. The ABS Group's report, was obtained by news outlets Monday, a year and a day after a storm caused flooding.


  11. Riverboat casino policies for moving on land will be set by 2019Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 6, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    The state's Gaming Control Board is still drafting its policy for riverboat casinos to move onto land, with the group aiming to have regulations in place by the end of year. The rules won't set a hard line, says Ronnie Jones, head of the board, because the gambling industry markets around the state are so diverse.


  12. Contract terms for Louisiana hospitals deal still incompleteRead the original story

    Jul 30, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    Contracts remain unfinished for a deal to transfer management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana, a deal announced more than seven months ago. Southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System has agreed to take over day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe facilities from BRF, which has managed the hospitals for five years.


  13. Five Baton Rouge airport director candidates interviewing todayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    The committee leading the search for the next director of the Baton Rouge Metro Airport is conducting interviews today with The group of candidates, which includes four out-of-state applicants and one local, were scheduled to begin meeting at 8 a.m. for one-hour interviews with the seven-member search committee. The interviews, which will last through mid-afternoon, are being held in the Metro Council chambers at City Hall.


  14. 'A significant step': FranU physical therapy doctorate awarded accreditation candidacyRead the original story

    Jun 27, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    FranU gained another pedigree today as it continues to expand its degree offerings as a fully fledged university, less than two years after The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education has granted FranU candidacy for its new doctor of physical therapy program, the university announced today. The decision from the CAPTE allows FranU to admit its first group of students for the program this fall, and is a big step toward full accreditation of the program.


  15. News roundup: Bossier City grows while Shreveport shrinks a Boeing...Read the original story

    May 29, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Shreveport is losing residents while Bossier City continues to grow, reports. The data released May 24 shows that Shreveport lost an estimated 2,358 residents from July 2016 to July 2017, a 1.2% decline.


  16. Re-Bath corporate team taking over Baton Rouge locationRead the original story

    May 24, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    "The opportunity for corporate to get in on the ground level will aid in our understanding of franchisees and their needs", said Brad Hiller, CEO of Re-Bath. Christy Beard, the franchise owner, will stay at the Baton Rouge location during the transition of creating a new showroom and sales team.


  17. 2018 Influential Women in Business: Sheri H. LeBasRead the original story

    May 23, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    In the late 1980s, Sherri LeBas was a young engineer at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, 26 years old and fresh off maternity leave for her first child, when she was tapped to oversee a major project: the Interstate 49 interchange in Shreveport. LeBas spent 10 years of her DOTD career managing that project, which required construction of a new interstate from the Bert Kouns Industrial Loop to I-20.


  18. Federal judge in Shreveport reverses DEA suspension of Louisiana drug wholesalerRead the original story

    May 21, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has reversed an order that halted a Louisiana drug wholesaler's opioid sales over allegations it failed to report suspiciously large orders by pharmacies, In an effort to battle the national opioid crisis, the DEA suspended Shreveport-based Morris & Dickson Co's operations on May 2. Morris & Dickson immediately disputed the charge and a U.S. District Court Judge in Shreveport entered a temporary order that blocked the DEA from enforcing its suspension. "This is a striking vindication for our family company," Paul Dickson, president of Morris & Dickson, said in a statement posted on the company's website after the ruling was made on Friday.


  19. LongHorn opening in former Logan's space at Mall of LouisianaRead the original story

    May 15, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    At 5,850 square feet, the restaurant will accommodate more than 200 guests and employ more than 70 people, according to a release by the chain.


  20. News roundup: Advocacy group encourages Louisiana women, minorities...Read the original story

    May 9, 2018 | Baton Rouge Business Report

    An industry advocacy group called Women Grow encouraged women and minorities to explore careers in the medical marijuana field at a marijuana business convention in New Orleans on Tuesday evening, WRBZ-TV reports. "We want them to have an equal opportunity to become the next billionaires in this industry," says Chanda Macias, the group's chairperson and a dispensary owner from Washington D.C. Women Grow hopes to bolster public support for Louisiana's emerging medical marijuana business and recruit the next leaders in the industry.


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