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5 ways to celebrate Independence Day in Louisiana

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5 ways to celebrate Independence Day in Louisiana Take a special Fourth of July tour on the USS KIDD in Baton Rouge. The historic battleship will play host to face painting, an inflatable obstacle course and concessions at its Freedom Festival. The family-friendly event is free to everyone and will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will ...

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Top 5 Haynesville stories of the week

5. Oil field job cuts cross 150,000 Job slashing from the oil bust reached a staggering 150,000 at the end of May, according to energy recruiting firm Swift Worldwide Resources. In a recent Fuel Fix publication, Swift elaborated that when compared globally, the United States has seen the “the fastest and steepest decline.” Layoffs have slowed dramatically as oil prices have ...

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After downward slide, Hercules to file for bankruptcy

Hercules Offshore has long been struggling to stay afloat, and now the company has announced that it will be filing for bankruptcy in the coming weeks. As the Houston-based company moves through the process of reorganization, it stressed that its operations will continue normally and maintained that there are no plans for layoffs at present. By filing for Chapter 11 ...

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Louisiana initial unemployment claims fall

BATON ROUGE, La. — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 13 decreased from the previous week’s total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,888 from the previous week’s total of 3,368. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,691. Health care and social assistance had ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo campaign for clean energy

NEW YORK — Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo have teamed up in a bid to widen access to clean energy. The movie stars launched “100%,” a campaign aimed at making energy from renewable sources available to everyone — and making it affordable. DiCaprio has spent much of the last few years toward environmental and animal conservation efforts. At Thursday night’s ...

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New Jersey company to buy Chalmette refinery

CHALMETTE, La. — ExxonMobil and its partner, the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, will sell the Chalmette oil refinery for $322 million to a New Jersey energy company. Multiple news outlets report Friday PBF Energy Inc., based in Parsippany, New Jersey, and one of the largest independent oil refiners in North America, has agreed to purchase the 189,000-barrel-per-day refinery as well ...

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$718M St. John Parish levee project heads to Congress

CONVENT, La. — A $718 million hurricane protection project for the east bank of St. John the Baptist Parish will be recommended to Congress for federal funding consideration. Parish President Natalie Robottom tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune she was notified Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers “chief’s report” has been approved, a move that advances the long-awaited project from the drawing ...

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Pope’s climate change encyclical causing a whirlwind of praise

4:04 p.m. (1404 GMT, 10:04 a.m. EDT) Not only environmental activists and renewable energy advocates are celebrating Pope Francis’ strong message on climate change. Even the coal industry found something they like. The World Coal Association highlighted the pope’s emphasis on helping the poor as a crucial part of the fight against climate change. WCA chief executive Benjamin Sporton told ...

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With claims deadline past, BP to close claims centers

Now that the window has closed to submit claims relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP is officially closing its claims centers. The Times-Picayune reports that the remaining 10 claims offices in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida will permanently close Friday, bringing to an end three long years of operations. The claims centers advised those interested in ...

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EPA defends controversial biofuels program at U.S. Senate hearing

WASHINGTON – The U.S. environmental regulator on Thursday defended its handling of the nation’s controversial renewable fuels program at a congressional hearing, the first since its new biofuels targets last month provoked a furor among corn farmers and oil refiners. At the hearing by the Senate subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management, U.S. lawmakers criticized the agency for years-long ...

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