EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH GOVERNMENT

Some on Baton Rouge Metro Council look at jail privatization

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Main entrance gate near administration Building at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

A brand-new Parish Prison is an expensive proposition and likely a tough sell for tax-fatigued voters, but a handful of Metro Council members say they think there’s a way to build it without a tax increase. Several of the Republican members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council are floating privatization as a possible solution… Continue reading →

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Metro Buzz: Pointe Coupee fuel card probe proves money saver

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Baton Rouge City Hall

Pointe Coupee Parish employees are charging a lot less on parish-issued fuel cards at local gas stations… Continue reading →

New EBR website provides public access to data on crime, employee salaries and more

Finding out where crimes and fires occur in Baton Rouge just became much easier thanks to a… Continue reading →

Battle over Redemptorist High now focusing on what to do next with the campus

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Redemptorist High and Junior High are scheduled to close in May 2015.

Built in the late 1950s, Redemptorist High School’s north Baton Rouge campus has been just that — a… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

Baby goat found beheaded at Algiers park

Authorities are investigating the beheading of a baby goat found slain Thursday morning at Brechtel Park in Algiers.… Continue reading →

Mormon leaders call for gay rights protections

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting people who assert their religious… Continue reading →

Sports

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Tom Benson is 'energetic' and 'in complete control' of the Saints

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014:

PHOENIX — If it were up to Roger Goodell to determine whether Saints owner Tom Benson is mentally fit to make his own decision, the NFL commissioner would give him his stamp of approval. At his Super Bowl news conference, Goodell was… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Review: Standoffs between Costner, Spencer are ‘Black or White's' strong suits

Photo by TRACEY BENNETT -- Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in 'Black or White.'

Star performances propel the made-in-New Orleans “Black or White.” A script that has an identity crisis, however, weighs the movie down, pulling it into messy dramedy. Kevin Costner stars as the well-meaning, well-to-do guardian of his biracial… Continue reading →

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First Methodist pitching in to improve homes of needy with ‘Revive 225’

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Christine Wesley, left, watches volunteers from First United Methodist Church rake leaves and clean out her Sycamore Street home before renovations begin as part of the church's Revive 225 mission project.

Christine Wesley leaned against a neighbor’s house, a cane in one hand, her phone in the other and a smile on her face. Wearing a warm, black jacket and hat to ward off the early Saturday morning chill,… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Downtown’s Aztecas stays a step above typical Tex-Mex

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- The shrimp El Paso featured eight jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeno, wrapped in bacon and charbroiled.

The pulse of downtown Baton Rouge seems to beat faster each time we visit. A new park here, a new grocery store there and a large building going up right where The Advocate once stood. It’s probably a good thing the… Continue reading →

Photos

Photos: Rev. Than Vu through the years: From leading mass to serving Baton Rouge community

Advocate file photo by Liz Condo. -- Father Than Vu, right, pastor of Christ the King Catholic church, washes the foot of Chukwudi Chukwudozie, left, with the help of Kathy Screen, center, during Holy Thursday mass. The tradition of foot washing on Holy Thursday is drawn from a Bible story in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Father Matt Lorrain of Christ the King says the Holy Thursday mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood in the Catholic faith.

Baton Rouge’s Rev. Than Vu died early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Vu spent about 30 years in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He was 56.… Continue reading →

Columnists

Smiley: Tale of two Jimmies

Dear Smiley: Recent references to Jimmie Davis brought to mind the most unique day of my life, which involves a bit of Louisiana history: In Natchitoches, after a round of golf on a Saturday in 1971,… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Six hours after release from jail on a DWI count, Duson man is arrested again after fatal car crash in Evangeline Parish

Six hours after he was released from jail on a DWI count, a Duson man believed to be drunk drove into another car Friday, killing its 52-year-old driver, State Police said. Michael Fontenot, 47, was arrested on vehicular homicide in the… Continue reading →

Business

Jobs increase in metro areas

The Baton Rouge and New Orleans metropolitan areas were pacemakers as nonfarm employment increased in seven of Louisiana’s eight metros in December, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday. Those numbers, which are not seasonally adjusted, also show statewide nonfarm employment edged past… Continue reading →

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