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Ragin' Cajuns defeat Nevada 16-3 in the New Orleans Bowl

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Terrance Broadway passed for 227 yards and a touchdown, Hunter Stover kicked three field goals and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Nevada in the New Orleans Bowl 16-3 on Saturday. Stover kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal in the first half and added kicks of 35 and 30 yards for the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-4), who completed… 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 →

Opinion

Video

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 →

Sports

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 →

Entertainment

‘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 →

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Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes… 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 →

Photos

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 →

Columnists

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Man accused of attacking girlfriend and other Baton Rouge area police news

Authorities on Friday arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of attacking his longtime girlfriend in front of her children and later challenging sheriff’s deputies to find him. Carlton Taylor and his girlfriend were arguing at their apartment in the early… Continue reading →

Business

Analysts say banking industry ripe for consolidation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- IberiaBank in Lafayette has grown to be the largest bank based in Louisiana with more than $15 billion in assets, primarily by acquiring other institutions. Its latest in-state acquisition was Teche Federal in nearby New Iberia, but its also been aggressively acquiring out-of-state banks to become a regional player in the industry.

Rising costs and stiff competition have sparked a wave of mergers through the national banking industry, and as the activity ripples through Louisiana, it could substantially alter the landscape for small financial institutions around the state. Forced to comply with expanding… Continue reading →

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