NOLA Business Insider: Waitr Expands Services Menu; Find the next governor |

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Waitr, the online and mobile food ordering and delivery company, ventures beyond meals. Timothy Boone details how the Lafayette-based company is shifting from delivering food and groceries to a “deliver anything” model. What other things will the company bring to your home? Clothing, luxury items, sporting goods, auto parts, electrical products are among them.

WHO’S IN THE GOV RACE?: Louisiana Democrats are looking for a strong candidate to run in next year’s gubernatorial race, and New Orleans City Councilwoman Helena Moreno is a possibility. Political journalist Tyler Bridges explains how having to compete with a top Democrat could ultimately deter a race for Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, who would need Democratic support to win.

OIL UP: Louisiana’s crude oil and natural gas production has increased slightly in recent months, at a time of turmoil in energy markets. The latest available statistics show producers in the state extracted an average of 103,000 barrels of oil per day in April, up 4.3% from March. The gain was the second highest among all states. Louisiana saw similar gains in natural gas.

SHOPPING CENTER LABYRINTH: The bustling commercial district that encompasses Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie presents motorists with a maze of traffic cones and construction equipment as a nearly $14 million highway project enters its third year. Traders in the area say they and their customers are annoyed by the long-delayed road works.

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