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Bill Clinton stumps for Mary Landrieu

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands and works the crowd after joining Senator Mary Landrieu at an Early Voting Rally.

Former President Bill Clinton told a cheering crowd of Mary Landrieu supporters on Monday that voter turnout and early voting will be key to Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race this fall. “I’m fixing to make an argument, and I love to do that, but it won’t matter to a hill of beans if you don’t show up,” Clinton… Continue reading →

Jindal orders Ebola policy

Associated Press file photo by Molly Riley -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered Monday state agencies to develop policies covering travel to Ebola stricken countries by their employees, students and faculty. The executive order covers those who travel as a result of educational trips or work-related missions to countries identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control as having an epidemic of the deadly virus,… Continue reading →

Shell Midstream Partners files for $750 million IPO

Shell Midstream Partners LP filed for an initial public offering that could be worth about $750 million before expenses and discounts. Shell Midstream was formed by Royal Dutch Shell, and it will focus on acquiring pipelines and other midstream assets. Shell Midstream’s assets include stakes in Zydeco Pipeline Co., Mars… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Oct. 21, 2014

A Lafayette man wanted on an attempted second-degree murder count in the Oct. 12 shooting on Clara Street was taken into custody over the weekend. Police say 30-year-old Rondell Derouen, of the 400 block of Eighth Street, was arrested Sunday in the shooting and also booked with one count each of misdemeanor marijuana… Continue reading →

Justices won’t revive Louisiana parish claims

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and… Continue reading →

Airline Walgreens building sold

The Walgreens Pharmacy building at 5955 Airline Highway has been sold for $5.5 million. Penn 1031 LLC sold the building to ARCP WG Portfolio I LLC in a deal that was filed Monday with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office. The buyer is connected to American Realty Capital Properties, a real estate investment trust that… Continue reading →

Agency approves Water Campus building

The first component of the Water Campus, a 33-acre center for coastal education and research between downtown and LSU, was approved by the City-Parish Planning Commission Monday. Commissioners also approved a rezoning request from the Tipitina’s Foundation to turn two buildings at 5049 Melrose Blvd. and 5069 Melrose Blvd. into office/classroom space, audio and video recording studios,… Continue reading →

Professor tells Press Club it’s unknown how much scandal hurt district attorney

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross talks about the upcoming elections Monday during a meeting of the Acadiana Press Club in Lafayette.

Lululemon opening in Acadian Village

Rendering provided by Lululemon -- Lululemon will occupy a stand-alone store at the Acadian Village shopping center at Perkins Road and Acadiana Thruway.

Lululemon, the trendy manufacturer of yoga apparel, is set to open a stand-alone store in the Acadian Village shopping center. Plans are to open a 3,200-square-foot store by fall 2015. The store will be built on a parcel between Galatoire’s Bistro and a Shell station, near the Perkins Road-Acadian Thruway intersection. This… Continue reading →

Dan Claitor’s parents involved in car crash

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, as mom Nancy Claitor and son Sam Claitor watch, Dan Claitor, right, signs in to qualify to run for office at the Secretary of State's office.

State Sen. Dan Claitor’s parents remained hospitalized Monday after an automobile wreck on Airline Highway near Siegen Lane. Nancy Claitor, 80, and Robert Claitor, 88, were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after the collision on Saturday, State Police Troop A spokesman Jared Sandifer said Monday. Nancy Claitor was in serious condition and… Continue reading →

OLOL to monitor critical patients at Woman’s Hospital

Critical adult patients at Woman’s Hospital will be monitored through specialized equipment by critical care physicians at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in a partnership between the two hospitals. A nationwide shortage of critical care physicians — also known as intensivists — has made it difficult for hospitals around the country to recruit the… Continue reading →

Lambert wins Ascension School Board race after opponent withdraws

GONZALES — One of two candidates for Ascension Parish School Board District 6B has withdrawn from the race, leaving his opponent, Louis Lambert, as the winner. Chad Bourgeois, a Libertarian candidate, officially withdrew from the race on Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Lambert, of Prairieville and not affiliated with… Continue reading →

Five candidates seek judicial office in 19th JDC

Jamie Morain Zanovec 19th JDC Campaign Announcement photo

Four Republican lawyers and a Democratic law professor are vying for the Division M seat on the 19th Judicial District Court that Judge Kay Bates is relinquishing at year’s end after nearly two decades. Longtime Southern University Law Center associate professor Cleveland Coon, the lone Democrat in the race, contends he possesses the character, integrity, courage… Continue reading →

Textron lays off 200 from Slidell military plants

Textron plans to lay off about 200 workers from its two Slidell armored vehicle plants, saying it’s temporarily shutting down production. Workers were told earlier this month that they would be laid off effective Nov. 3. Company spokesman Tom Williams said Textron, an industrial conglomerate based in Providence, Rhode Island, is replanning… Continue reading →

Woman found in St. Helena burned home identified Monday

A woman found dead in a burning house on Oct. 11 has been identified as 39-year-old Marsha Allen, St. Helena Parish Coroner Jimmie Varnado said Monday. The Sheriff’s Office suspects foul play, Chief of Detectives Joe Chaney said. On Monday, he declined to discuss specifics of the case, saying it was still under investigation by his… Continue reading →

National firm ranks Louisiana business climate 10th in U.S.

A national location marketing firm has ranked Louisiana as having the nation’s 10th-best business climate and tied for the second best state economic development agency. The Development Counsellors International report polled 356 corporate executives and site-selection consultants. Louisiana jumped 20 spots from the last time the report was done in 2011 when the… Continue reading →

Arson suspected in fire at vacant house

Arson is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house Monday morning on Riley Street, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at 10:07 a.m. at 3131 Riley Street to find the middle to rear of the structure engulfed in fire. The fire destroyed about 60 percent of the home before it was… Continue reading →

Chamber, teacher group announce more endorsements

The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee and the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators recently announced more endorsements of candidates for the upcoming Nov. 4 Lafayette Parish School Board races. The groups have not endorsed any of the same candidates. The chamber’s Empower PAC endorsement is for Erica… Continue reading →

Another month, another global heat record broken

FILE - This, Sept. 15, 2014, file photo taken with a fisheye lens, shows beach goers cooling off during the Southern California heat wave,  in Huntington Beach, Calif. It sounds like a broken record, but last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely break it. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a broken record: Last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely, to break it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit… Continue reading →

Rouses, Associated Grocers reach settlement in legal dispute

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Thibodaux-based Rouses Supermarket, with one of its 40 stores located in Lafayette, reached an undisclosed settlement in legal dispute with grocery supplier Associated Grocers in Baton Rouge.

Thibodaux-based retail grocery chain Rouses Enterprises and Baton Rouge-based wholesale grocery supplier Associated Grocers have reached an undisclosed settlement in a legal dispute after three days of trial last week. “The Rouse family is very satisfied with this resolution,” managing partner Donny Rouse said in a statement Monday. He said terms of the settlement are confidential.… Continue reading →

Rape victim billing fix proposed

Rape victims won’t get bills from hospitals for exams and tests under a plan unveiled Monday by the state health agency. But the plan requires a change in state law and in some agency regulations, both of which will take months to accomplish, so victims still could receive the bills in the meantime. Legislators… Continue reading →

Natalbany man flees after high speed chase, search continues, deputies say

A Natalbany man escaped capture after leading deputies on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash, according to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office. Now authorities are asking the public for help bringing him in. On Saturday, deputies pulled over a blue Chevy Caprice on New Gennessee Road for a traffic violation, the Sheriff’s Office wrote… Continue reading →

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, left, speaks as Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, center, and Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Zachary Thompson look on during a news conference Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Dallas. Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a victim of the disease, and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — About 120 people are now being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people in Dallas who had the disease, Texas health officials said Monday. Officials said 43 of 48 people on an original watch list have passed the 21-day maximum incubation period for… Continue reading →

Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring, survey finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and… Continue reading →

Bodies of seven women found in northwestern Indiana

In this Oct. 19, 2014 photo is the back of a house in Gary, Ind., where the body of a woman was found on Sunday. Police said Sunday that a 43-year-old man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a Motel 6 in the neighboring city of Hammond, Ind., and told investigators where the bodies of three other women could be found in abandoned homes in Gary. Police said Monday that the bodies of seven women have now been found in northwestern Indiana.  (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jim Karczewsk) MANDATORY CREDIT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The bodies of seven women have been found in northwestern Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and led investigators to at least three of the bodies, authorities said Monday. The Lake County coroner’s office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night… Continue reading →

Health department seeks end to billing rape victim

Louisiana’s health department said Monday it will seek a ban on billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests, in response to outrage from victims’ advocacy groups and lawmakers that the women were being charged for treatment. The law changes recommended by the Department of Health and Hospitals will be proposed in the legislative session that begins… Continue reading →

Archie Manning leaving College Football Playoff Committee

Archie Manning

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time. Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help… Continue reading →

Man carries Fresno man from burning home

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man ran into a burning home in Fresno and came out carrying a man who lives inside over his shoulder as flames popped and exploded behind him. Beth Lederach of Clovis tells the Fresno Bee that she was driving by when she saw the duplex in flames Saturday. She pulled over, called… Continue reading →

Henderson Bayou floodgate nears completion

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Newly constructed Henderson Bayou Flood gates in Gonzales.

Mitchell Epps kept a worn, well-thumbed-through copy of Ascension Parish’s landmark drainage plan in the back office of his house during the last few years of his life. Created by Prescott Follett and Associates for Ascension Parish in the early 1980s, the plan was the basis upon which the old Ascension Parish Police Jury convinced voters to… Continue reading →