Vacant jobs eliminated to help balance the state budget

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols announced Friday the elimination of 167 vacant positions as part of a mid-year budget reduction plan that addresses the state’s $171 million mid-year deficit. Getting rid of those jobs will save $12.17 million. “None of the positions that were taken were filled,” Nichols said. The reductions don’t include front-line providers,… Continue reading →

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Obama: Target ‘felons, not families’

President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy, affecting as many as 5 million people. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday… Continue reading →

Jury finds Monique Kitts, Karl Howard guilty in murder-for-hire case

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Monique Kitts sits in the back of a police unit after being found guilty Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Port Allen courthouse.

The monthlong trial for a woman accused of killing… Continue reading →

Adding on over the years, the Posts have doubled the size of their Fairway Drive home

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Bryan and Skipper Post, from left, enjoy entertaining family and friends in their large combination dining room-den, which is also open to their kitchen.

Skipper Post was a young architect in 1964 when he and his wife, Bryan, bought a lot off… Continue reading →

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Video: Highlights from the final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet

South Louisiana teams dominated on the second and final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet in Natchitoches, La. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes new sand tiger shark

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the addition of its newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Caroline, a 3-year-old sand tiger shark, arrived on Nov.… Continue reading →

Sports

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings says he ignores fan criticism

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is sacked by Arkansas linebacker Keegan Heller during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 17-0 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Anthony Jennings is taking the blame for LSU’s passing woes, but he’s not paying attention to the criticism. The Tigers’ starting quarterback is ignoring the season-long wave of criticism from fans. It crashed down on him the hardest following LSU’s… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Review: Jennifer Lawrence shines in ‘Mockingjay’

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Gamers: Mockingjay -- Part 1.'

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” bides its time. In doing so, the film diminishes the impact of its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and mutes the urgency in Suzanne Collins’ futuristic “Hunger Games” novels. Breaking book No. 3 of the… Continue reading →

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Adding on over the years, the Posts have doubled the size of their Fairway Drive home

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Bryan and Skipper Post, from left, enjoy entertaining family and friends in their large combination dining room-den, which is also open to their kitchen.

Skipper Post was a young architect in 1964 when he and his wife, Bryan, bought a lot off Fairway Drive for their first home. Over the decades, the Posts’ home has grown right along with their family. “I designed this little… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro hits the mark from start to finish

Photo by Tim Arnold -- The fig cobbler with brandy sauce at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro was outstanding.

Sometimes eating out is about sustenance, and sometimes it’s the night’s main event. Our party enjoyed the latter recently at Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro in Lafayette. Elegant yet relaxed, we enjoyed good food and good conversation with charming service. The… Continue reading →

Photos

Gallery: Tulane women hold off LSU in 51-45 victory

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Anne Pedersen fouls Tulane's Jamie Kaplan Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Green Wave was quicker to the basket than the Tigers Wednesday night, producing enough clutch offense to slip out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a 51-45 victory.… Continue reading →

Columnists

Stephanie Grace: Is the good fight enough anymore?

You could say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bid to get the lame-duck Democratic Senate to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline was a Hail Mary. Or maybe the whole episode seemed like a vintage Keystone Kops movie.… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Teens arrested in bomb hoax at Comeaux High School

Two Comeaux High School students were arrested Thursday morning after allegedly posting sticky notes that warned there was a bomb on campus, KATC-TV reported. School administrators and the campus resource officer identified the students through video surveillance and… Continue reading →

Business

EBR mortgage agency investing in The Palms at Juban Lakes

The Palms at Juban Lakes, a new Denham Springs apartment complex, is getting a $1 million investment from the East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority — the first time the organization has teamed up as an equity partner on a development. The… Continue reading →

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