A comeback for old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat travel on the Mississippi River continues in New Orleans this weekend with the departure from New Orleans of the Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new, quintuple-decked vessel mixing 19th century trappings meant to evoke the Mark Twain era with modern amenities including internet access, satellite television, an exercise area and a putting green.
American Cruise Lines has set Saturday as the date for its first seven-night round trip to Vicksburg, Miss.
The Civil Service Commission has narrowly agreed to a Jindal administration plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan.
The panel voted 3-2 Wednesday to allow Blue Cross/Blue Shield to run an insurance plan in the Office of Group Benefits that covers more than 62,000 employees and their dependents. The outsourcing will take effect Jan. 1.
The move will eliminate 177 state jobs — 121 of which are currently filled.
A Slidell bar accused of playing songs without paying a standard music licensing is being sued for copyright infringement.
The Times-Picayune reports Broadcast Music Inc., a nonprofit composers' rights organization, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans against Tooloula's Bar.
Federal law mandates that writers and publishers of music are entitled to be paid for the public performance of their music. Bars and other businesses usually pay an annual fee to groups such as BMI for a blanket license to their songs.
The Baton Rouge Metro Airport's budget is projected to increase by nearly 5 percent in 2013 to $13.1 million. That's according to a proposal presented to the Airport Commission's finance committee.
Cary Morgan, the airport's business manager, says the increase from an expected $12.5 million expenditure in 2012 will be funded primarily through non-airline revenue, which is expected to jump $400,000 to $9 million.
Non-airline revenue comes from parking, concessions, rental car companies, leases of airport property and other sources.
Entergy Corp.'s net income rose 16 percent in the second quarter after the power company received favorable tax terms on financing costs for fixing damage to lines and equipment caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The increase also reflected stronger sales to Entergy's utility customers.
The New Orleans-based company reported Tuesday that its net income rose to $365 million, or $2.06 per share, for the three months ended June 30, up from $315.6 million, or $1.76 per share, a year ago.
New Orleans cab drivers say new city rules aimed at improving taxi service are too expensive, and they were given too little time to prepare for them. City and tourism officials say the changes are needed to improve an outdated fleet.
The rules include requirements that cabs be less than 11 years old, able to take credit cards, and have cameras and GPS units.
The Louisiana Technology Council is planning a forum for chief executive officers and chief information officers on Aug. 24. The events will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans.
Among speakers will be Frank DeArmas, vice president and CIO of Johnson & Johnson.
Admission is by fee. More details are available by calling 304-2910.
New Orleans has a long history of being home to artists, including Degas and John James Audubon. Peter's guests on this week's Out to Lunch are artist John Fleming, and arts administrator Mia Volkemmer.
Mia Volkemmer is the Art Market Manager for the Arts Council of New Orleans — a private non-profit organization, also designated as the city’s official arts agency. The Art Market is the monthly gathering of local artists in Palmer Park.