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Rain continues in north Louisiana, flooding moves south

Rain continues in north Louisiana, flooding moves south

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Torrential rain pounded Louisiana for a fourth day Friday, leaving roads impassable, submerging cars and forcing people from their homes overnight. The Bossier City area across the Red River from Shreveport has taken the brunt of the storm that began saturating northern Louisiana late Tuesday. At least three people have died, and mandatory evacuations have ...

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Porter Ranch gas leak dampens local businesses

Porter Ranch gas leak

It’s a Sunday afternoon and the NFL season is in high gear. But Wines of the World in Porter Ranch, a popular spot for locals to pick up football party supplies, is quiet. No customers are dropping by. A pall has settled over the tiny North San Fernando Valley community as a massive leak at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso ...

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Invenergy experts grilled on power plant pollution

JESSUP — Citizens grilled Invenergy experts Monday on just how much pollution the company’s proposed plant will produce and how it will affect the town. The panel, which included a meteorologist, an epidemiologist and a sound expert, assembled to explain the specifics on the Chicago-based company’s 1,500-megawatt, natural-gas-fired power plant to borough council members during a five-hour hearing on the ...

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Demand for rental apartments boosts U.S. housing starts

WASHINGTON – U.S. housing starts rose solidly in September on soaring demand for rental apartments, a sign that the housing market continues to steadily improve even as economic growth has slowed. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday groundbreaking increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units. It was the sixth straight month that starts were ...

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BUSINESS Midland home prices on the rise again

Rye Druzin | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) Midland’s real estate prices have risen again after a one-month drop, according to data released by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Median home prices rose $2,400 year-over-year for August, from $246,800 in 2013 to $249,200 in 2014. The number of homes sold also rose by 29, and the overall dollar value ...

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