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Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Company Social

Peter, with guests Megan Hardgroder and Will Scott.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter's guests address the philosophical Cartesian conundrum, "I Tweet therefore I am." If your business is not on Twitter or Facebook, do you really exist?

Megan Hardgroder is the founder of Conversations, focused on using social media to make small businesses effective online.

Will Scott is the founder of Search Influence, the largest online marketing firm on the Gulf Coast, working with over 1,000 local businesses.

Economy
4:55 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Weekly claims for unemployment insurance rise

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 25, increased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,956 from the previous week's total of 2,835. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 3,648.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,055 from the previous week's total of 2,963.

Around the Nation
3:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty

Grimes Sweetcorn worker Paulette Vandyke waits to sell fresh corn in Grimes, Iowa. The drought has pushed the price of corn per bushel up nearly 40 percent in the past two months.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:18 pm

For every farmer who is hurting this year during the drought, others are benefiting. Many fields in the South, Northwest and Upper Midwest are producing bountiful corn crops. And because the drought has pushed prices to record highs, farmers who have corn to sell expect a terrific payday.

"The corn has actually really, really taken off all the way through season. It's grown fast. It's been accelerated. The corn looks really good now," says John Scott, whose family farm in Sargeant, Minn., is just bursting with corn.

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Business
12:25 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

La. company has $11.9M beach contract in Va.

A Louisiana company has won an $11.9 million contract as part of a project to add sand to Virginia Beach, Va., for hurricane protection.

A news release from the Pentagon says Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, was one of four bidders on the project in support of the Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection Beach Re-Nourishment.

Work will be done in Virginia Beach, with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2013.

Business & Technology
11:41 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Rare metals plant may be built in Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish has been chosen as the site for an Avalon Rare Metals Inc. plant that will refine elements used in televisions and hybrid vehicles, if the company decides to build the $300 million facility.

The Louisiana Department of Economic Development announced Monday that Avalon chose the Geismar site for its possible refinery, with a final decision planned for 2013.

If built, LED says the plan would create 175 new jobs.

Business
6:13 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Oil Refineries Wait For Isaac To Pass

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an eye on oil prices.

Isaac is not expected to grow beyond a Category 1 hurricane and that is easing some concerns it could damage oil and gas refineries along the Gulf Coast. Still, several have shut down operations and will probably be offline for a couple days. Depending on Isaac's severity, analysts say gas prices could go up by about 10 cents or so in the coming weeks. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Better To Give Than Receive

Peter with Jason Nicosia and Michael Angle.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Jason Nicosia founded Connect for a Cause, which allows you to make a networking connection with someone you would like to meet by winning an auction to have lunch with them. Your winning bid goes to a charity.

Michael Angle is the founder of Giftmeo, which brings people together online to chip in and give a gift to a friend or loved one.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:39 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Grand opening for new Baton Rouge casino postponed

The opening of Baton Rouge's new $368 million casino has been delayed because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

L'Auberge Baton Rouge was scheduled to open Wednesday, but Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. announced Monday that it was postponing the grand opening. No rescheduled date was immediately announced.

Pinnacle says the storm has scrapped plans to do a mock cruise and diverted Louisiana State Police employees needed for the final inspection and for issuance of the final regulatory approval to open the casino.

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Business
12:14 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Halliburton plant ramping up in Lafayette

Halliburton's new 200,000-square-foot plant in north Lafayette is ramping up operations.

The company says the $65 million facility manufactures equipment for the oil and gas industry.

The Advocate reports the plant opened earlier this summer and has about 135 employees.

Halliburton spokeswoman Tara Mullee-Agard says employment at the plant should reach 160 by the end of the year.

Tropical Storm Isaac
6:59 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Jefferson Parish Businesses Encouraged to Review Re‐Entry Placards

Jefferson Parish is reminding all Jefferson Parish businesses to review or renew their re‐entry placard inventory, to ensure their staff can return as quickly as possible following an evacuation.

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