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Initial unemployment claims drop
BATON ROUGE (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 28 decreased from the previous week’s total.
The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,577 from the previous week’s total of 2,604. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,027.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,791 from the previous week’s total of 2,891.
Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending June 28 decreased to 20,876 compared to 21,837 the previous week.
The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 21,259 from the previous week’s average of 20,934.

Plan targets sprawl as Lafayette grows
LAFAYETTE (AP) — The comprehensive plan endorsed by the City-Parish Council last week is a list of some 400 separate strategies to address Lafayette’s growth in the coming decades. But one clear theme emerges: Sprawl is the enemy.
The plan, which has been in the works for two years, is a guidebook for new policies, regulations and initiatives on a wide range of issues, from public safety and parks to economic development and education.
But the issues likely to be the most difficult and controversial in the coming years are those touching on residential and commercial development.
Councilman Don Bertrand said people are starting to realize that this is a real issue.
Consultants estimate there will be 90,000 more residents in Lafayette Parish by 2030, pushing the population up to 310,000.

Dow chemical gives $1M
more to LSU
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Dow chemical is increasing its contributions and donating an additional $1 million to establish a student leadership center at the Patrick F. Taylor Hall for the LSU College of Engineering.
The center will house up to 15 engineering student organizations.
In February, LSU announced it had met its $50 million fundraising goal for the college renovation and expansion, prompting the state to match the privately-raised funds. The expansion will add nearly 80,000 square feet to Taylor hall, doubling the space for the College of Engineering.
More than 450 private individuals and corporate donors have pledged about $52.5 million. Dow’s contribution will receive the one-to-one state match.

Culinary firm adding 2nd New Orleans-area outlet
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Hammond company with one New Orleans-area culinary supply store is adding a second in New Orleans itself.
Alack Culinary Equipment and Supplies Superstore plans to renovate a vacant and blighted former car repair shop into a retail showroom.
Parent company Alack Refrigeration of Hammond also operates Lotz Culinary Equipment in Harahan.
Chief Operating Officer Greg Alack says they’re getting permits to replace the roof and renovate the interior of the former Fleet Tire Service Center.
He says other work has begun, and they hope to open in the fall.
Alack plans a 25,000-square-foot retail showroom and a demonstration kitchen where customers can take classes and attend demonstrations by guest chefs.

Miss. brewery must sell new beer out of state
HATTIESBURG, Miss.(AP) — A Mississippi brewery is partnering with Louisiana businesses to sell its new beer, which has an alcohol-by-volume level too high to be sold in the Magnolia State.
After months of sitting in a large whiskey barrel, the new brew, Barley Legal, registered with an alcohol-by-volume (ABV) level of 11.4 percent, making it illegal to sell in Mississippi.
“Mississippi’s cap is 10.2 percent ABV,” Emily Curry, Southern Prohibition sales and marketing director, said.
State law allows beer with 8 percent alcohol by weight, or 10 percent by volume, to be sold in Mississippi. The law was changed in 2012.
“We are somewhat stifled in our creativity because we can’t brew just anything in Mississippi,” Curry said.
Southern Prohibition’s head brewer Ben Green the company has a business plan in place with its partners in Louisiana.
From the Associated Press.

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