The Lafayette-based ambulance company said its acquisition of StarPlus EMS in McKinney, Texas, took effect on Saturday, adding 50 full-time employees, eight ambulances and three wheelchair vans.

Exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel, according to a study commissioned by the Energy Department.

A public forum Thursday will address the future of powering Lafayette, which will require a new plan going forward, says one of the event's organizers, who points to the fact that 60 percent of the area's electricity comes from an aging coal-fired plant.

Broussard native John Ducrest will have to prove that the regulatory agency he heads did not turn "a blind eye to the Stanford scheme," as the class action suit alleges.

Mining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia.

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