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Motorist killed in wreck after running stop sign

A man died early Sunday after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 190 and La. 81 in Pointe Coupee Parish and struck an 18-wheeler. State Police reports that shortly after 1:30 a.m., Michael J. Jarreau, 43, of Fordoche, was heading south on La. 81 when he came up to the intersection with U.S.… Continue reading →

Belle Chasse wine importer has global reach

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Sampling the merchandise is all part of the job for Matt Lirette, owner of Lirette Selections, a local wine distributor located in Belle Chasse.

A small warehouse and office building tucked away in a modest Belle Chasse industrial park may seem like the farthest place from the sun-kissed hills that produce the Brunellos and Rossos from Italy’s Tuscany region or the gently sloping valley in the south of France that births Château Miraval’s Rosé. But each year, Lirette Selections imports… Continue reading →

Belle Chasse businessman has global reach with wine

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Sampling the merchandise is all part of the job for Matt Lirette, owner of Lirette Selections, a local wine distributor located in Belle Chasse.

A small warehouse and office building tucked away in a modest Belle Chasse industrial park may seem like the farthest place from the sun-kissed hills that produce the Brunellos and Rossos from Italy’s Tuscany region or the gently sloping valley in the south of France that births Château Miraval’s Rosé. But each year, Lirette Selections imports… Continue reading →

One dead, two injured in Livingston Parish wreck

One person died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle wreck in Livingston Parish on Saturday afternoon, State Police said Sunday. Luke Matthews III, 21, was heading north on La. 16 about 4 p.m. Saturday when his 2013 Chevrolet Impala veered across the centerline for unknown reasons, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said in a news… Continue reading →

People in Business for Sept. 21, 2014

Angela Wales, IberiaBank

Angela Bennett Wales has been named vice president and business banking relationship manager for IberiaBank’s Denham Springs location. Wales was assistant vice president and branch manager for Investar Bank and Capital One in the Baton Rouge market.… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Sept. 21, 2014

Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge is seeking nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards. Nominations must be submitted before 5 p.m. Oct. 3. An awards banquet will be held Nov. 20 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge at… Continue reading →

LSU falls to Mississippi State 34-29 in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Travin Dural (83) has the ball slip through his hands pn a long pass, defended bu Mississippi State defensive back Will Redmond (2) during the first half the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Dak Prescott’s happy homecoming came at the expense of LSU. Prescott, a native of Haughton, accounted for 274 yards and three touchdowns, leading unranked Mississippi State to a 34-29 victory Saturday over No. 8 LSU in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Prescott’s heroics were more than enough to help Misssippi State (4-0,1-0) snap a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area residents check out electric vehicles at event

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Ramin Mani, center, asks questions about Edwin Pezant's, left, self-converted electric truck by the electric vehicle charging station at Whole Foods Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Pezant and other owners of electric vehicles were on hand to answer questions in celebration of National Drive Electric Week.

As the allure of electric vehicles grows in the United States, advocates of the battery-powered automobiles gathered in Baton Rouge on Saturday as part of National Drive Electric Week to tout the advantages over the old gas guzzlers. Lauren Lambert-Tompkins, a Clean Cities co-coordinator with Louisiana Clean Fuels, said Saturday’s gathering in the Whole Foods… Continue reading →

Cassidy speaks on dyslexia

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- The Louisiana State Capitol

​ Amid an under-the-klieg-lights campaign for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., took some time Thursday to address an issue that for him is far more personal than political: dyslexia. In an informational hearing before the U.S. House Science Committee, Cassidy spoke about his experience as a father when he and his wife, Laura, learned a few years… Continue reading →

Hospital deals being renegotiated

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- The Louisiana State Capitol

Two-thirds of the contracts Gov. Bobby Jindal used to privatize the operation of Louisiana’s charity hospitals are being renegotiated. Federal authorities, who are providing most of the dollars the private companies receive, are troubled with the way the finances are organized in the agreements worth more than $1 billion. Taken out of the agreements —… Continue reading →

Two killed in West Baton Rouge crash early Saturday

Two people were killed early Saturday after a man State Police suspect was speeding rear-ended a tow truck, killing the driver and passenger in the car. The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. on U.S. 190, west of La. 983 in West Baton Rouge Parish, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said. The 2003 Acura TL,… Continue reading →

How could LSU save millions, run smoother?

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Commons area at the West Campus Apartments to the right of Edmund Kirby Smith Hall.

LSU could save millions by overhauling its parking system, outsourcing the operation of its power plant and potentially partnering with a private developer to replace aging on-campus student housing, according to a private consultant the university hired. Based on Huron Consulting’s analysis of university operations, a parking revamp that isn’t just an across-the-board increase for… Continue reading →

LSU game day traffic, parking plan gets biggest test yet; let us know how it works for you

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eric Fasbender, LSU Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Grounds, sprays gold paint as he and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday's Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The 90-year-old stadium's new south end zone expansion and scoreboards loom behind him. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and color, but also to allow as much light as possible to pass to the plant, allowing the photosynthesis that keeps the grass alive. His crew battled intermittent rain showers Thursday as they painted the Eye, all the numbers, hash marks and SEC logo. Tiger Stadium is unique in that it paints numbers in five yard increments, not the usual 10, he said. 'But without the Eye of the Tiger,' it wouldn't really be Tiger Stadium,' he said.

LSU’s 2014 game day traffic and parking plan is set to get its biggest test yet, as fans converge on campus for Saturday’s 6 p.m. contest against SEC opponent Mississippi State. The 2014 plan includes double-lane contraflow on Nicholson Drive southbound after the game, a post-game pedestrian buffer zone on Nicholson… Continue reading →

NFL Commissioner Goodell promises sweeping personal conduct policy changes

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014:

NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning. "Unfortunately,… Continue reading →

Convicted teen killer’s sentence upheld by Baton Rouge appellate court

G’Quan “Tuttie” Baker, who last year became the first Baton Rouge convicted killer to benefit from a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the sentencing of teens, failed to persuade a state appeals court Friday to overturn his second-degree murder convictions and life term with the possibility of parole after 35 years. Baker, who authorities claim was… Continue reading →

Gonzales man, 71, accused of threatening judge, attorney

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Paul Cleveland

A 71-year-old Gonzales man was arrested Friday after telling a clerk of court official in Baton Rouge that he was going to kill an Ascension Parish judge, district attorney and then himself, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Paul Cleveland made the comments in Baton Rouge, when he was leaving the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal… Continue reading →

Sugar Cane Festival organizers dispel rumors of cancellation

The president of the association putting on the 2014 Sugar Cane Festival said there is no truth to rumors that the festival would be canceled. Jessie Breaux, president of the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association, said the rumors had become “rampant and detrimental to the success of our upcoming festival.”… Continue reading →

Police shooter booked into Lafayette jail and other Acadiana area police news

The man accused of trying to kill a Lafayette police officer last week was released from medical care Friday and placed in jail, officials said. Chase Chaisson, 23, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count each of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, convicted felon in possession… Continue reading →

Demolition of Coburn’s Building put on hold

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- The Lafayette Downtown Development Authority is opposing plans by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to demolish a disused building on the corner of 2nd and Cypress Streets.

A historic building in the path of a downtown interchange for the planned Interstate 49 Connector will not be demolished — at least for now. The state Department of Transportation and Development has canceled a contract to tear the building down, DOTD spokeswoman Deidra Druilhet confirmed this week. DOTD had been… Continue reading →

Whole Foods has preview tour on Friday ahead of planned Wednesday opening

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Whole Foods is opening in Lafayette on Ambassador Caffery Parkway on September 24.

Within the recycled, barn-wood walls, the new 36,200-square-foot Whole Foods Market on Ambassador Caffery Parkway includes 300 locally sourced products, a coffee bar, a smokehouse and a pizza “parlor.” Resting amid the gluten-free breads and organic bananas is a sit-down bar with 16 beers and three wines on tap, a daiquiri machine… Continue reading →

Army opens Ranger school to women

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Friday that he believes he will be able to put women in the Ranger course next… Continue reading →

Wait time complaints to bring change to state OMV

Changes are coming to the Office of Motor Vehicles to reduce wait times, including the addition of express lanes and incentive pay for employees who provide expedited services, the official who oversees the agency said Friday. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson, who is deputy secretary of the Department of Public Safety, told the Joint Legislative Committee… Continue reading →

Foul play not suspected in woman’s death, St. Mary officials said

Detectives do not suspect foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday on the La. 182 bridge that crosses the Atchafalaya River and connects Berwick and Morgan City, officials said. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said the body was identified and the woman’s family… Continue reading →