DOTD says I-49 Connector likely will be interstate; citizens who want alternative should step down

Advocate file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Motorists travel along the Northeast Evangeline Thruway, along a small patch of green space between the Thruway and North Magnolia Street, near the Second Street intersection Friday, February 19, 2016, in Lafayette, La.

Members of an I-49 Connector citizens committee who want to discuss alternatives to an interstate through the middle of the city have been asked by the state Department of Transportation and Development to consider stepping down. In an email sent Tuesday to members of the I-49 Connector Community Working Group, DOTD project manager Toby Picard said the… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Elijah Malik, 4, honks of the horn of a construction vehicle during the Junior League of Baton Rouge's Touch-A-Truck event held at BREC's Fairgrounds at Airline Highway Park on Saturday. The interactive event allowed children to to see, touch and explore their favorite big vehicles and heavy equipment as well as meet local law enforcement.

Photos: Touch a truck

Junior League of Baton Rouge hosted an interactive, one-day event that allowed children to see, touch, and explore their favorite big truck, vehicle, heavy equipment and more, as… Continue reading →




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Woodlawn High team shows off robot at State Capitol

The Panther Robotics team of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge was invited to participate in NASA Day at the State Capitol. The team, which regularly competes in regular competitions, recently returned from Huntsville, Ala. In the events, the team is given… Continue reading →


Smiley: They were very attached

Earl C. Johnson, of Baton Rouge, adds to our “funny funerals” collection: “At the end of my uncle’s funeral, the casket sat at the front of the church. The pallbearers then carried the open casket to the side door, where the… Continue reading →

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