Lafayette judge rules board members can vote at Cooper hearing

Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley, Tehmi Chassion

A district judge denied a request from Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Pat Cooper to ban three board members from voting in his upcoming administrative hearing and declined to intervene in the board’s budget process. Cooper wanted the judge to disqualify board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion from voting… 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.

Video: The Spirit of 45

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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Here are 10 new ways to try butternut squash

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Butternut Squash With Dried Cranberries and Honey-Infused Vinaigrette is a takeoff on the popular carrot and raisin dish.

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and… Continue reading →

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Gourmet Galley: Pimento cheese makes a comeback

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS  -- Pimento Cheese Spread can be served on a sandwich, crackers, a vegetable round or celery sticks.

Southerners have always liked a well-seasoned pimento and cheese spread. Each family had its favorite way of mixing the spread and what went into it. Some families liked it creamy with lots of homemade mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish, others only liked it… Continue reading →

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IberiaBank earnings rise, beat expectations

Lafayette-based IberiaBank Corp. said its third-quarter earnings climbed to $29.7 million, or 89 cents per diluted share, compared to $23.2 million, or 78 cents per share, during the same period in 2013. The holding company for IberiaBank said Wednesday the results… Continue reading →