• High-yield bonds are on track for their worst drop in a year and a half after investors dumped risky securities issued by energy companies.
  • Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the seventh straight month in November, and what had been strong growth in employer payrolls waned.
  • North Dakota declined by seven, Oklahoma by six, Texas down four, Louisiana off three, and Ohio and West Virginia each decreased two.
  • Sentences ranging from 3.5 years to almost 10 years were handed down to the six men charged in a synthetic marijuana sales and money laundering scheme operated through Curious Goods stores.
  • Just hours before this issue was going to press, Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate’s Steven Hebert delivered more upbeat news: “With some amazement, I can report that at some point last week, Lafayette Parish real estate sales surpassed last year’s annual record of $674 million."
  • On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister scoffed at the notion of slowing down production, followed the next day by the biggest dip in U.S. crude prices in over five years.
  • Is it the end of the line for former UL Lafayette head football coach Jerry Baldwin and his quixotic quest for money from the university, which in 2001 fired him — three years into a four-year contract and after the then-woeful Cajuns had compiled a 6-27 record under his leadership?

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