Lafayette board approves budget that Cooper claims is illegal

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper, left, speaks with school sytem CFO Billy Guidry, right and Finance Director Matt Dugas before a budget adoption meeting Monday in Lafayette.

The Lafayette Parish School Board adopted a nearly $430 million budget Monday despite Superintendent Pat Cooper’s warnings that those who voted in support of the plan “are knowingly breaking the law.” Cooper said the board’s version of the budget violates portions of a state law, known as Act 1, that gives school boards… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

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The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the… Continue reading →

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Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging… Continue reading →

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Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Honey Applesauce Snack Cake With Orange Glaze has loads of fiber, healthy whole grains and a good taste.

My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it. My mom loved honey,… Continue reading →

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