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Thousands of oil and gas industry operators are filing through the Shreveport Convention Center for a trade show that is focused on serving the oil patch.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo has 364 exhibitors packed into a 95,000 square-foot exhibit hall. The expo relocated from Longview this year due to growing demand.

The expo is put on by Longview-based Texas Classic Productions. Creative director Amy Double says the environment is ripe for business deals, especially at a time when operators are cutting costs.

Oil Companies Told To Stay United

Jan 30, 2015

The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has been told that oil companies need to stick together to survive.

Gregory Hill is president and chief operating officer of the Hess Corporation. He told the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans that there is now uncertainty in the short-term cycle.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Hill says the Obama Administration’s plan to possibly offer areas on the Atlantic Coast for drilling doesn’t go far enough.

Hill outlined a glut in the world oil market that’s driven prices down 60 percent in six months.

These 'Little Ponies' Draw Out The Bronies

Sep 20, 2014
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Bronies — members of an unexpectedly vibrant culture celebrating the animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” — will tell you that New Orleans got 20 percent cooler this weekend thanks to DerpyCon South.

Why 20 percent? Because that’s how Rainbow Dash, a character in the Hasbro toy company’s animated series, would describe it. The show has spawned an Internet phenomenon.

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Jeanie Riess, feature writer for the Gambit, tells us all about the world of Bronies, a subgroup of fans, largely male, who will be celebrating the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic this weekend at the Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans Convention Center.

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New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

General Motors plans to display nearly 100 vehicles at this year’s Greater New Orleans International Auto Show that begins Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 

GM’s regional spokesman Craig Eppling passed through Shreveport yesterday, on his way to New Orleans. He says GM will be featuring its 2015 models of the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Yukon. These are massive, gas-guzzling vehicles. But he says demand for them is still strong.

The nation's largest Protestant denomination is set to take its biggest step yet toward resolving its troubled racial past.

On Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention plans to vote on whether to elect an African-American president for the first time in the denomination's 167-year history. The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is so-far unopposed for the position.

Seventeen years ago, Luter was one of the authors of an SBC resolution that apologized to African-Americans for perpetuating racism and resolved to strive for racial reconciliation.