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  • ACT scores lower, but more students college-ready

    August 21, 2013 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The average composite score for Louisiana students taking the ACT college readiness test dropped from 20.3 in 2012 to 19.5 for 2013, but the number of students who scored well enough to attend college without remedial work increased by 3,600. The figures show results for the... more »
  • German experts lower growth forecast, urge cuts

    November 7, 2012 6:37 AM

    BERLIN (AP) - The German government's independent economic advisors are lowering their growth forecast for next year and urging the government to reduce spending. The experts said Wednesday the economy will grow by only 0.8 percent next year as the European debt crisis weighs on the outlook of the bloc's... more »
  • Southern Baptists elect 1st black president

    June 20, 2012 9:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - At the end of the day Wednesday, the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass to an African American pastor for the first time. The nation's largest Protestant denomination voted Tuesday to elect the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. to lead them. It's an important step... more »
  • Lower Gas Prices Means Travel is Up

    June 12, 2012 3:26 PM

    Instead of pain at the pump, how about a little relief for a change? Gas prices have been steadying falling, down 28 cents in just the last month. And just about everyone likes lower gas prices, especially if you're in the RV-ing world. "If they can put less... more »
  • Jurors lower fine for sign violations

    March 22, 2012 10:34 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury has reduced the fine for violations of an ordinance requiring property owners to mark occupied buildings with green-and-white reflective address signs. The Advocate reports the ordinance approved by the jury Tuesday, which takes effect April 1, originally imposed a fine... more »
  • East Feliciana panel considers lower fine

    March 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury is considering a revision in its address-sign ordinance to lower the fine for not installing the required signs. The Advocate reports the police jury is scheduled to vote on the ordinance Tuesday. The ordinance, similar to others across the country,... more »
  • Unemployment Benefit Claims Lower

    November 17, 2011 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is offering some fresh economic numbers today. The Labor Department says first time claims for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 388,000 last week. That's the lowest level since April. The less volatile four-week average dropped below 400,000 for the first time... more »
  • National Birth Rate Lower

    November 17, 2011 12:53 PM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say the national birth rate continues to drop. Declines were seen in most age groups and for all races, with the rates for teens and women in their early 20s at the lowest point since record-keeping began in the 1940s. U.S. births have been dropping since... more »
  • New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward: 6 Years After Katrina

    August 30, 2011 2:39 AM

    Monday marked a somber anniversary in Louisiana; the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. "Six years ago today, we were actually floating on the roof of our house," said Robert Green, a resident of New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Hurricane Katrina not only swept away Green's... more »
  • Mississippi Crests in Vicksburg Lower than Feared

    May 20, 2011 8:04 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Eddie Simmons was relieved to hear that the Mississippi River crested slightly lower than expected north of him in Vicksburg, confident his house would survive the flooding that is plaguing many states. Simmons, a retired logger, is recovering from hip-replacement surgery and can barely leave his... more »
  • July video game retail sales inch 1 percent lower

    August 12, 2010 9:45 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. retail sales of video game systems, software and accessories slipped 1 percent in July according to market researcher NPD Group. A lackluster summer game launch schedule partly offset strong sales of the Xbox 360. Total industry sales slid to $846.5 million last month from $850.6... more »
  • Weaker Fed Forecast Sends Interest Rates Lower

    July 14, 2010 8:52 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Interest rates are falling in the Treasury market as a weaker economic forecast from the Federal Reserve boosts buying of safe-haven assets. The Fed says it expects the economy to grow between 3 and 3.5 percent this year. That's down from the 3.2 percent to 3.7... more »
  • BP Cuts Pipe, Plans to Lower Cap Over Gulf Spill

    June 3, 2010 10:58 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - BP used giant shears to slice off a pipe Thursday in the company's latest bid to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil, but the cut was irregular and placing a cap over the gusher will now be more challenging, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said. BP... more »
  • Tips to lower your heating bill

    January 6, 2010 12:44 PM

    With every weather forecast calling for bitterly cold temperatures in Acadiana over the next few days, take time now to minimize the effect the weather will have on your utility bills next month. "Everything we recommend to our customers in the summer to lower their cooling bills, we recommend... more »

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