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Deputy, others rescue man after car goes into canal

Photo provided by EBR Sheriff's Office -- An East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy, with help from several construction workers, carried a driver to safety after the man’s car went into a canal near the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday, Oct. 23.

An East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy, with help from several construction workers, carried a driver to safety after the man’s car went into a canal near the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday afternoon. Cpl. Patrick Roberts was writing a report in his unit under the overpass when several construction workers notified him that a vehicle had run… Continue reading →

Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting; dramatic video shows suspect’s movements

Police officers look for evidence at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday at the National War Memorial by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Government leaders gathered in a show of resolution a day after a deadly attack on Canada’s Parliament, as authorities and everyday Canadians sifted through confounding shards of the gunman’s life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation’s seat of power. The emerging portrait of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is a fragmented… Continue reading →

After first Ebola case in New York City, three others quarantined

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area man at low risk for ebola, being monitored out of 'abundance of caution,' DHH says

In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

State health officials are monitoring a New Orleans area man for signs of the deadly Ebola virus, a Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Continue reading →

State Police recover trash bags full of prescription drugs, six arrested

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Lt. J.B. Slaton, Deputy Commander of Public Affairs for the Louisiana State Police, stands before a press conference at State Police Headquarters Thursday, pointing at medical facility fliers seized along with the prescription medicines and other evidence seized after State Police obtained a search warrant for a 'stash house' storage unit in East Baton Rouge Parish. Valued at at least $1 million, possibly as much as $2-3 million, the pharmaceuticals seizure was the culmination of a near year-long investigation of pharmacy break-ins,  resulting in three burglary ring members being arrested Oct. 10 in East Baton Rouge Parish, along with three others for resisting arrest, before current stash house seizure. The burglaries occurred in several parishes, and the investigation involved a  number of police, sheriff's office and law enforcement agencies.

State Police investigators on Thursday seized roughly $1 million in prescription drugs from a rented storage unit — the result of more than 25 pharmacy burglaries across two states. Shelton Broadway, 41; Keeshla Stagg, 39; and Ladnell Womack, 27, who were all arrested Oct. 10, used tools to break into the pharmacies across Louisiana and Mississippi and… Continue reading →

WBR sheriff’s deputy arrested in Baton Rouge, accused of soliciting prostitute

Florian Deutsch

Police on Thursday arrested a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy accused of propositioning prostitutes for free sex, flashing his badge and threatening to jail them if they refused to comply, Baton Rouge police said. The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office promptly fired Deputy Florian Deutsch, a corrections officer at the West Baton Rouge Parish… Continue reading →

GOP candidates attack opponent in 6th District race

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy in the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District met Thursday in a final scheduled forum sponsored by Leaders With Vision.

In the final scheduled forum for the 6th District congressional race Thursday, Republican candidates turned on Garret Graves, who has raised the most money, sharply questioning him about who contributed to his campaign and how his father’s firm won government contracts while he was a member of the Jindal administration. Paul Dietzel, of Baton Rouge, first… Continue reading →

Group seeks apology from Cooper for ‘black mafia’ comment

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- From left, Jamal Taylor, Chris Williams, Pastor Carl Sonnier and Marja Broussard conduct a press conference on problems in the Lafayette Parish School System Thursday outside the Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette.

Some members of Lafayette’s African-American community Thursday called on Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper to apologize for the “black mafia” comment he made earlier this month, which Cooper has said was a reference to the influence a small faction of the black community has on elections. “We found that comment to be derogatory” and… Continue reading →

Former SLU police officer says complaints of racism led to dismissal

A former Southeastern Louisiana University police officer who alleges retaliation and discrimination led to her termination in April testified Thursday she never had any trouble at her job until she complained of racism in the department. Angela Jones, who was employed with the university’s police department for more than a decade,… Continue reading →

Boil water advisory issued for residents of Ruchon Road in Clinton

Water officials on Thursday issued a boil water advisory for residents of Ruchon Road in Clinton, citing unspecified problems with the water supply. The advisory is in effect until further notice, according to a release from Water District No. 7 of East Feliciana. Residents should boil their water before drinking from it, officials said.… Continue reading →

OMV offices testing days for seniors only

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is testing a program that could help seniors renew their driver’s licenses and register vehicles without the long wait times they may currently face. “Senior Day” will be tested at select locations throughout the state, one Saturday a month beginning next month, as a time for only Louisianans older than… Continue reading →

7th annual Boudin Cookoff is Saturday in Lafayette

Photo provided by Robert Carriker -- Samples of boudin wait to be taken by attendants of the 2013 Boudin Cook Off at Parc Sans Souci in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — The seventh-annual Boudin Cookoff at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette on Saturday promises a chance to sample from a selection of some two tons of the classic Cajun treat, whether stuffed in a traditional sausage casing or unlinked on a boudin sandwich. The event, which will run from 10 a.m.… Continue reading →

Jury convicts man of theft, crashing into police cruiser

It took less than an hour for a jury to deliver a guilty verdict for a man who stole a former police officer’s insignia and crashed into a cruiser while trying to escape, 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said. Maurice Anderson, 45, of Milley Lane in Hammond, was found guilty Wednesday before Judge Bruce Bennett… Continue reading →

Smoke from small fire closes Donaldsonville Primary Thursday

A small morning fire inside a classroom at Donaldsonville Primary School on Thursday forced the evacuation and closure of the Ascension Parish public school for the day, parish school officials said. Johnnie Balfantz, public school spokesman, said Thursday that 570 prekindergartners to second-graders were taken to the cafeteria at Lowery Middle School… Continue reading →

Crawfish processors to get compensation for Chinese dumping

— Louisiana crawfish processors will collect nearly $20 million from the federal government under an agreement announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that compensates the industry for illegal market “dumping” by Chinese importers. “When I think of Louisiana, I think of crawfish and seafood,” Landrieu said. She described the efforts to extract… Continue reading →

15-year-olds admit to cellphone thefts

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two 15-year-olds after they admitted to stealing a booksack full of cellphones owned by high school football players visiting Donaldsonville for a game Friday night. The sack of 15 cellphones had been taken from a Centerville High School bus at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium on Clay Street… Continue reading →

Traffic stop turns up crystal meth, other illegal drugs.

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Gary D. Martin

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Bayou L’Ourse man, who was out of jail on bail, on drug distribution and weapons counts after a traffic stop turned up crystal methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The sheriff’s narcotics agents stopped Gary D. Martin, 58, in a white Ford Focus on Honey Lane… Continue reading →

New York City doctor back from West Africa has Ebola; 1st case in city

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. The doctor had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and was taken Thursday to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents not to be alarmed… Continue reading →

Zachary woman dies from injuries in Oct. 16 crash

State Police said an 83-year-old Zachary woman was killed in a crash when she turned her car into the path of an oncoming Dodge truck on Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road. Cherry Boudreaux had come to a stop on Joor road on Oct. 16 and was turning onto Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road when she drove into the path… Continue reading →

SLCC receives grant for workforce training program

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- South Louisiana Community College Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development Willie Smith.

South Louisiana Community College received $1.5 million of the $40 million set aside in the state’s competitive grant program to fund workforce training programs at the state’s college’s and universities. The WISE — Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy — Fund was created in the 2014 legislative session as… Continue reading →

Elio Motors passes first phase of government loan process

Elio Motors Inc., which proposes making an enclosed, three-wheeled vehicle in northwest Louisiana, said Thursday its application for a $185 million U.S. Department of Energy loan has passed the first of three phases of review. Elio said its application was deemed “substantially complete” and moves to the due diligence phase. “While this is just one… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man arrested after four-month undercover drug investigation

After a four-month undercover investigation, Ascension Parish deputies arrested a Donaldsonville man Thursday on multiple drug counts involving marijuana, cocaine and heroin, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. Romel Julien, 29, 306 W. Seventh St., Donaldsonville, was the target of the undercover investigation, Bacala said. Over the course of the operation, Bacala… Continue reading →

Westlake Chemical plans $330 million expansion in Sulphur

Westlake Chemical will spend $330 million to expand its Sulphur plant, a move that will create 25 jobs. The move will increase the plant’s capacity to produce ethylene, a building block for plastic products, by 250 million pounds annually, the company said Thursday. This will increase Westlake’s global ethylene capacity to 3.6 billion pounds a year.… Continue reading →

U.S.: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

In this Dec. 1, 2011, file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a day just from black market oil sales. The official who leads the department’s effort to undermine the group’s financial strength says IS also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. David Cohen,… Continue reading →

Gauge of U.S. economy posts solid 0.8 percent gain

In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Perry Loyola sorts apples before they are pressed for juice and used for cider at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y.  The Conference Board on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, said that its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent in September following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent gain. It was the best showing since a 1.1 percent advance in July. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent last month following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent… Continue reading →

Join a live chat now with Michelle Singletary

Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary is holding a live chat at 11 a.m. March 27 with with Crystal Paine, author of 'Say Goodbye to Survival Mode' and operator of

Syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary is hosting an online chat at 11 a.m. today with Robert Maurer, a clinical psychologist at UCLA and author of the book “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way.” They will be talking about how small steps can be used to accomplish large goals, including tackling debt. Continue reading →

Xavier in New Orleans earns $19.6M grant from National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The money from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically black university. Xavier announced the grant in a Wednesday news release. It says the… Continue reading →

Two tickets win Lotto jackpot Wednesday

Louisiana Lottery officials say two tickets won the $325,000 jackpot in Wednesday’s Louisiana Lotto drawing. They were purchased in Baton Rouge and Houma. Lottery officials say the winners will recieve $162,500 each. There were no jackpot winners for the multistate Powerball jackpot or the Easy 5 drawing. The multistate Powerball jackpot goes to an estimated $125… Continue reading →’s EZ form not for legal immigrants

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI, left, and Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions, listen to questioning during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites  in Washington. It turns out HealthCare.govs new EZ application for coverage cant be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens. Slavitt, now the top technology official for, said there have been several improvements to make things easier for immigrants, including expanding the list of documents that people can use to establish eligibility and updating the computer system so it wont get hung up on certain special characters used in some names.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) —’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. The Obama administration has placed a high priority on signing up more Latinos under the health care law for 2015. As… Continue reading →

Man apprehended after jumping White House fence

Secret Service respond on the North Lawn of the White House after a man jumped the White House fence, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. The Secret Service apprehended the man who jumped over the White House fence. This latest incident comes about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 23-year-old Maryland man is in custody after he climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper carrying a knife sprinted across the same lawn,… Continue reading →

Canada’s PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

In this frame grab taken from video, Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a televised address to the nation in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canadas war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when he was shot to death by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms. Harper called it the countrys second terrorist attack in three days. (AP Photo/APTN, Pool)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Two deadly attacks in three days against members of the military stunned Canadians and raised fears their country was being targeted for reprisals for joining the U.S.-led air campaign against an extremist Islamic group in Iraq and Syria. “We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed… Continue reading →

Metro Council annexes L’auberge Casino and Hotel into Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso, left, asks questions of Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson during the East Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting Wednesday. Listening are Councilman Joel Boé, center and Councilwoman Tara Wicker, right.

L’auberge Casino and Hotel officially joined the city of Baton Rouge on Wednesday night after the Metro Council voted to approve its petition for annexation. The move ensures that the proposed city of St. George, should it come to pass, will not have access to the $7 million in gaming taxes provided by the… Continue reading →

Louisiana public school teachers improve in job reviews, but superintendent of education notices issue with evaluations

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- State Superintendent of Education John White

Amid less rigorous reviews, public school teachers showed gains Wednesday in their annual job evaluations. A total of 43 percent of teachers landed the top rating — “highly effective” — compared to 32 percent last year. State Superintendent of Education John White, who spelled out the results, said there were other signs… Continue reading →

Three Central School Board members in races against political newcomers

CENTRAL — A majority of incumbents will return to the seven-member Central Community School Board next year, but three board members are facing challengers for the Nov. 4 election. Jim Lloyd, Roxanne Atkinson, David Walker and Jim Gardner were each re-elected without opposition when qualifying ended in August. But the incumbent members of… Continue reading →

US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, passengers stand, most waiting for incoming flights, in the arrivals area at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Starting Monday, Oct. 27, travelers and from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day. If not, they'll be tracked down. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

ATLANTA — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country. Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with health officials daily… Continue reading →