More or less? Jail costs at issue in East Baton Rouge jail proposal

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Unit 2 entrance gate at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

At any given time, between 400 and 700 East Baton Rouge Parish inmates are housed in jails across the state — some as far-flung as East Carroll Parish in Louisiana’s remote northeast corner. It’s a less than ideal situation for law enforcement and criminal defense attorneys but necessary, as East Baton Rouge Parish Prison just doesn’t… Continue reading →

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Declining interest leads LSU to look at cutting costs

Advocate staff file photo by Richard Alan Hannon -- The LSU Law Center

LSU’s Law Center is offering an incentive to seven professors if they retire next summer as it looks… Continue reading →

Louisiana rice farmers could benefit from normalized Cuba relations

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Rice farmer Allen McLain, left, watches his son, Allen McLain Jr., load rice into a truck at their drying station Wednesday in Abbeville in this December 2013 Advocate file photo.

The prospect for normalized relations with Cuba could be good news for Louisiana rice farmers, who… Continue reading →

Louisiana oil service companies expected to cut back in face of falling crude prices

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Brock Investor Servcies' Dale Doucet looks over the downward trend in oil prices on his computer Thursday at his office in Lafayette.

The financial pain felt by Louisiana’s oil patch from falling crude prices could… 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 →

Associated Press photo by Mark AlmondLSUs Jordan Mickey looks to shoot in front of UABs Tosin Mehinti during the second half of Thursday's game. LSU won 79-70.

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says the Tigers' adjustments paid off against Alabama-Birmingham

. LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click… Continue reading →


From the ice rinks of north Alabama to Death Valley, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors is all about playing aggressively

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors celebrates on his way to the locker room, after the second  half of the UL-Monroe game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. LSU won 31-0. LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander is in the background.

Somewhere in his apartment, Logan Stokes can find a pile of hockey gear: a puck, stick, helmet with a facemask, shoulder pads, shin guards and gloves. They belong to his roommate, LSU fullback Connor Neighbors, one of the biggest Southern-born hockey fans —… Continue reading →


‘Annie’ star Quvenzhané Wallis talks about acting, school and future dreams

Invision/AP photo by EVAN AGOSTINI -- Actress Quvenzhane Wallis attends the world premiere of  'Annie' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York Dec. 7.

Quvenzhané Wallis, the 11-year-old actress who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the Louisiana-set fable “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” wants to make acting a career. An animal lover who travels with her tiny Yorkie poodle, Sammie, she wants to be… Continue reading →


Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

The Plant: Whimsical name, seriously good food

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Plant restaurant in Plaquemine offers a whole new take on shrimp and grits.

First, a confession: We’re kind of partial to businesses with a hint of cleverness in their names. Not having been to The Library bar off LSU’s campus, we still can’t help but enjoy the wry joke as students tell others of their evening… Continue reading →


Cajuns battle the Wolf Pack

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   The Nevada Wolf Pack take the field against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The University of Nevada (7-5) takes on Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. I’s the first bowl game of the season.… Continue reading →


Quin Hillyer: Race for governor could bring surprises

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

Family escapes but dog dies in house fire

Two people escaped an Erie Street house fire Saturday night, but the family dog fell victim to the blaze. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2331 Erie St., about 10:50 p.m. Saturday and found flames engulfing the front of the house,… Continue reading →


Analysts say banking industry ripe for consolidation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- IberiaBank in Lafayette has grown to be the largest bank based in Louisiana with more than $15 billion in assets, primarily by acquiring other institutions. Its latest in-state acquisition was Teche Federal in nearby New Iberia, but its also been aggressively acquiring out-of-state banks to become a regional player in the industry.

Rising costs and stiff competition have sparked a wave of mergers through the national banking industry, and as the activity ripples through Louisiana, it could substantially alter the landscape for small financial institutions around the state. Forced to comply with expanding… Continue reading →

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