LOUISIANA GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers looking for ways to balance the budget

The Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana legislators are throwing out all sorts of ideas to see what sticks in hopes of short-circuiting possible layoffs and deep budget cuts. State government will bring in about $1.4 billion less next fiscal year than is needed to pay for the current level of services. Come Monday, that hole could get much larger. To bring… Continue reading →

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Capitol Buzz: Poll shows uptick in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s approval

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Jerome Zeringue, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club about coastal issues facing Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has seen a slight uptick in Louisianans who view him favorably, according to a… Continue reading →

Thousands turn out for Bobby Jindal's prayer rally at LSU; students, activists protest too

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pro-life supporters exit busses in preparation of Gov. Bobby Jindal's speaking engagement near the LSU Greek Theatre prior to a prayer rally, called

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s day of prayer went off without a hitch Saturday — and without much commotion.… Continue reading →

BR Diocese officials sticking with plan to close Redemptorist

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Redemptorist High and Junior High are scheduled to close in May 2015.

After considering a pitch to keep Redemptorist High School open, the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word… Continue reading →

Sports

LSU stays hot on the road with a 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones (30) is fouled going to basket by LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four of the first five games in Southeastern Conference play were grinders for the LSU men’s basketball team. With the exception of an 18-point bashing of Florida in Gainesville on Tuesday night, the Tigers have had to… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Review: Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

Lionsgate photo by DAVID APPLEBY -- Gywneth Paltrow, left, and Ewan McGregor star in 'Mortdecai,' opening Friday.

Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy. Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy retro feel of a vintage Peter Sellers or Terry-Thomas feature from… Continue reading →

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McCartney recalls ‘My Carnival’ on ‘Venus and Mars’ re-release

Photo by SidneySmithPhotos.com -- Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, dressed as clowns for Mardi Gras, 1975

During the 1975 Carnival season in New Orleans, Paul McCartney celebrated “his Carnival.” Forty years ago this month, McCartney, his wife, Linda, and members of the former Beatle’s 1970s band, Wings, flew to New Orleans to record their fourth album, “Venus and… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

With generous portions, quick service, varied menu, New China hits all the usual bases

Advocate staff photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Singapore chicken at New China restaurant is both sweet and spicy.

One of the joys of dining out is that, apart from chain restaurants, every eatery has its own twist on things. Not every roux is as dark as others. Spice amounts and mixtures vary. Cooking techniques make familiar cuts of meat seem like… Continue reading →

Photos

Photos: Brookstown Middle Magnet School fitness

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Students use a black light to judge how well they wash their hands Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, during the fitness workshop at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy.

This EBR public school is holding a 5K run and health expo with Zumba and fitness classes, student activities and health screenings.… Continue reading →

Columnists

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: For winter blahs, honey works well

On a cold, gray January day, when the sky is the color of ash, and wind whips the camellias to rags, and winter seems like a life sentence, it’s good to look up from your desk and see that a friend has arrived… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Narcotics agents arrest three in Breaux Bridge drug bust

Photos provided by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office -- From left, Christopher Alexander, Christopher Celestine and Damien Joubert.

St. Martin Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents on Saturday arrested three Breaux Bridge men accused of carrying stolen guns and drugs that had an estimated street value of $40,000. Investigators executing a search warrant on Zin Zin Road in Breaux Bridge,… Continue reading →

Business

‘Little things’ could mean state tax savings

Associated Press photo by PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS -- Tax preparer Richard Sowell works with Courtney Mayhew at H&R Block offices in Atlas District in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service started last week accepting electronic returns and processing paper ones.

Although no major changes took place in the Louisiana tax code, accountants and financial advisers want taxpayers to remember the little things, like claiming often-ignored tax credits and exemptions. “Some of the things that people should be aware of that they sometimes… Continue reading →

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