Baton Rouge authorities expand search for missing 4-year-old boy

Authorities have expanded the search for a missing four year old boy on Monday afternoon, as no new leads have emerged. More than 50 officers have canvassed homes near where the boy was last seen, according to Baton Rouge Police. The FBI, EBR Sheriff’s Office and Center for Missing and Exploited Children are all involved in the search, said… Continue reading →

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Nearly $1 billion in Katrina, Rita housing aid under scrutiny after recipients don't follow rules

Advocate staff photo by Richard Alan Hannon -- Homeowners in St. Tammany Parish rebuild in the months after Hurricane Katrina.

More than nine years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita decimated parts of Louisiana, the state has… Continue reading →

Men accused of selling marijuana from Opelousas snow-cone stand

Authorities said two men arrested last week are accused of selling marijuana out of… Continue reading →

Police seek man who allegedly kidnapped 7-year-old girl from BREC park, sexually assaulted her

Photo provided by BRPD -- Police released a picture of a car relevant to the investigation of a kidnapping on Dec, 13, 2014, at Gus Young Park. The car is described as a golden or tan Nissan Maxima with four doors.

A man who authorities are trying to identify kidnapped a young girl from a BREC park one day… Continue reading →



BRPD, Santa deliver toys to Audubon Elementary students

Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department welcomed Santa Claus to Audubon Elementary Friday and helped the man in red deliver gifts to students.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a… Continue reading →


Video: LSU left tackle La'el Collins says he wants to take everything in when he plays his last game for the Tigers in the Music City Bowl

. LSU left tackle La'el Collins talks about his collegiate career and playing in his last game with the Tigers in the Music City Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →


Southern film critics name ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ top film

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight -- From left, Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori star in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

The Southeastern Film Critics Association named “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” writer-director Wes Anderson’s ensemble comedy set in central Europe between the world wars, its top movie of 2014. Writer-director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” an epic story of a boy filmed over a… Continue reading →


Community column for Dec. 23, 2014

Photo provided by METHA ARNOLD -- WBR Garden and Civic -- The West Baton Rouge Civic & Garden Club held its Christmas luncheon Dec. 9 at The Cabin. Hostesses for this event were, from left, President Lillie Mabile, Ginny LeBlanc, Andrea Normand and Terry Guidry.

AARP Mid-Town holds Christmas social event AARP Mid-Town Chapter 5433 held its Christmas social Dec. 4 at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid-City Senior Wellness Center. President Eileen Kennedy presented appreciation certificates and plaques to Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Chef Sánchez and friends bring new ‘Taco Trip’ series to N.O.

Photo provided by Cooking Channel -- Chefs Aaron Sanchez, right, and John Besh prepare to taste a squash blossom taco, a taco with Burrata cheese, pico de gallo and herb pesto on a flour tortilla, one of the dishes on the menu at Johnny Sanchez, their taqueria in New Orleans.

Tacos trending in New Orleans? Definitely, chef Aarón Sánchez says. Host of the new Cooking Channel show “Taco Trip,” Sánchez heads to his part-time home, the Crescent City, for Tuesday’s episode, visiting taco trucks, taquerias and his new Poydras… Continue reading →


Lafayette temple setting for Hanukkah celebration

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Rabbi Barry Weinstein and Gail Johnson dance to Cajun music during a Chanukah celebration at Temple Shalom in Lafayette Sunday Dec. 21, 2014.

A Hanukkah celebration was held at Temple Shalom in Lafayette Sunday Dec. 21, 2014.Continue reading →


Hillyer: Might Dardenne make a run at Vitter? Race for Louisiana governor could surprise

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne leads a town hall meeting on tourism and economic growth Wednesday at Vermilionville in Lafayette.

Unhatched political chickens? Don’t count them, of course. Especially in a Louisiana governor’s race, like the one about to kick into gear early in 2015. In early spring of 1987, a Tulane law student and former intern in Bob Livingston’s congressional… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Lafayette police look for man who threw lit fireworks at protesters

Authorities are investigating a Saturday afternoon incident in which someone threw lit firecrackers into a crowd of protesters right after a Lafayette demonstration against police brutality. A man got out of a white pickup truck and threw the fireworks — “like Black… Continue reading →


Two Piggly Wiggly stores rebranded as Shoppers Value Foods

Two local Piggly Wiggly grocery stores have been rebranded as Shoppers Value Foods, which sells items for 10 percent above what they cost the supermarket. The stores at 5355 Government St. and 9702 Greenwell Springs Road are the first two in the… Continue reading →

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