kwalker_oldJFFbldgLong vacant Johnston Street building set to house multiple tenants, including the Vitamin Shoppe and a second location of Mattress Firm, and Legends is opening its sixth Lafayette bar and restaurant.

trader_joes_2The popular California-based natural foods grocer that has been scouting locations in Lafayette for more than a year will open its first Louisiana location in Baton Rouge on Perkins Road this fall. Could Lafayette be next?

The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,027 initial claims compared to 3,026 a week earlier.

The company that bought the Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group is expanding its presence in the capital city, moving 400 jobs there from out-of-state locations.

The number of U.S. phone lines peaked at 186 million in 2000. Since then, more than 100 million copper lines have already been disconnected, supplanted by cellphones and Internet-based phone service offered by way of cable television and fiber optic wiring.

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