In local news:

The National Federation of Independent Business’ small-business optimism index remained unchanged and below average for last month, according to a Biz Magazine review of the data. The index remained 96.1 in October after a gain of only 0.2 points in September and an increase of 0.5 points the month before. The index’s 42-year average is 98. State-specific data is not available, but Dawn Starns, state director of NFIB/Louisiana, told Biz that small businesses in Louisiana are just as uncertain about the future of the economy as are those in other parts of the country. Analysts were hoping to see stronger numbers ahead of the holiday shopping season.

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