Live updates from Nevada vs. the Ragin' Cajuns in the New Orleans Bowl, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

. Advocate sportswriters are on hand for live stats and updates from the Nevada-Ragin'Cajuns game in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

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Lafayette policy change helping to fill school bus driver slots

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO - Children depart a bus on the first day of school at LJ Alleman Middle School in Lafayette August 12, 2014.

A new Lafayette Parish school system policy designed to help fill bus driving jobs… Continue reading →

‘Today is a milestone day’ for graduates of UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Students recieving their Doctoral Degree return to their seats after being honored during the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Commencement Ceremony in the Cajundome on Friday.  The Commencement Address was delivered by the recipient of the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, Dr. Darrell Bourque.

More than 1,300 graduates from the University of Louisiana at… Continue reading →

Opelousas residents rally against police brutality and racial profiling

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO -- Taneisha Richard holds a sign as she prays during a demonstration in solidarity with police brutality protests nationwide on the courthouse steps in Opelousas on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!” “Enough is enough!” “Every life… 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 →


Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the… 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 →


Dads and their children build mangers for Christmas lesson

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Sawyer Earnest, 7, pounds in the nails to hold the legs on a manger she and her father Todd built during a Manger Build family-bonding activity at Parkview Baptist Church.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ… 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 →


Edward Pratt: A little girl’s Christmas letter

Maybe, just maybe, she’s doing something right, Qiana Thomas-Armstead thought when she saw a Christmas letter that her 7-year-old daughter wrote to a terminally ill little girl. “It brought tears to my eyes,” Thomas-Armstead said. “It got me over a tough period… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Two booked in rape of intoxicated woman

Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested two men accused of raping an intoxicated woman. Readd Paul Lacoste, 23, and Damian Jefferson, 25, were drinking vodka Sunday at the victim’s apartment, according to an arrest report. Once the woman… Continue reading →


Louisiana adds 21,800 jobs over past 12 months

Louisiana added 21,800 nonfarm jobs over the past 12 months, while the state’s unemployment rate edged up for the seventh straight month in November to 6.5 percent as even more people sought work. “The sustained growth in Louisiana’s labor force is dramatic,”… Continue reading →

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