Brees loves cool training camp temperatures

New Orleans Saints quarterbacks Drew Brees (9) Luke McCown (4) and Ryan Griffin (7) talk during training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.,  Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

Last year the Saints had their training camp at the team facility in Metairie under hot, humid conditions that really took a lot out of players. The temperature was 64 degrees when the team had its first practice on Friday. Quarterback Drew Brees loved the temperature difference. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Lights off! Study: Cancer drugs best in dark

Photo provided by Tulane Public Relations -- Principal investigators and co-leaders of Tulane's Circadian Cancer Biology Group, Steven Hill (left) and David Blask (right), and team members Robert Dauchy and Shulin Xiang. Photograph by Paula Burch-Celentano

Sleeping with just a little bit of light in the room could render the popular breast cancer drug tamoxifen ineffective, according to a new study conducted by doctors at Tulane University School of Medicine. Conversely, sleeping in total darkness boosts the body’s production of melatonin, which by itself retards the growth of cancer cells and, in tandem with … Continue reading →

Edmonson won’t take retirement boost

Advocate staff file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson is seen in this August, 2012 photo.

State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Friday he will not accept the enhanced pension benefits granted as a result of a controversial last-minute law change. Edmonson said he wants the Legislature to revisit the issue in its 2015 session as separate legislation. “It’s been too much of a distraction,” he said. “It takes away from … Continue reading →

New EBR School Board plan muddies electoral, legal picture

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board’s controversial last-minute shift from an 11-member board to one with 9 members has scrambled the election map less than four weeks before qualifying for elections this fall and prompted an almost certain legal fight. The new plan, adopted Thursday, hurts most directly two politicians: Jerry Arbour, who’s currently on the … Continue reading →

Ethics complaints target White, BESE members

A longtime critic of state Superintendent of Education John White said Friday she and others plan to file an ethics complaint next week naming White and four members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. White disputed the comments. Lee Barrios, a former school teacher in St. Tammany Parish who often testifies at BESE … Continue reading →

BR area gains 12,700 jobs over 12 months

The Baton Rouge metropolitan area gained more nonfarm jobs — 12,700 — in the 12 months that ended June 30 than any of Louisiana’s other seven metro areas. Those numbers, reported by the Louisiana Workforce Commission on Friday, were not yet seasonally adjusted, but showed the Baton Rouge area increased its employment by 3.3 percent … Continue reading →

U.S. rig count up 12; Louisiana gains 6

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,562 rigs were exploring for oil and 318 for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for July 26, 2014

A Johnston Street branch of IberiaBank was robbed Friday morning by a man wearing a long black wig, a white blouse and a long floral shirt, officials said. Officers with the Lafayette Police Department were alerted to the robbery about 9 a.m. in the 1000 block of Johnston, Cpl. Nicole Benoit said. … Continue reading →

Fire inspectors still probing 8 June arsons

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- This abandoned home on the 300 block of North Pierce Street was the latest site of string of arson fires in Lafayette.

Though the last known arson fire in Lafayette was more than a month ago, fire detectives continue to look for those responsible for eight fires in nine days in June, officials said. The fires were deliberately set in abandoned homes June 11-19. Investigators have linked four of the blazes by where … Continue reading →

Around Baton Rouge for July 26, 2014

MUDDY WATER PADDLE BATTLE: 8 a.m., BREC Wampold Memorial Park, 901 Stanford Ave. Come participate in a series of races where teams will go through a water course on the lakes using stand-up paddle boards. All levels are welcome. Winners will receive prizes and bragging rights. (225) 620-3080 or SCOTTISH BAGPIPING AND … Continue reading →

Man gets fine, probation in federal insurance fraud case

One of six defendants who pleaded guilty earlier this year to insurance fraud for helping stage accidents was sentenced to probation by a federal judge Friday. Wardell Lockett will spend the next three years on probation and pay more than $2,000 in fines and restitution, U.S. District Judge Richard Haik ordered. … Continue reading →

LSU employees to receive pay bumps

For the second year in a row, employees at LSU’s flagship campus are getting pay raises. LSU’s president and chancellor, F. King Alexander, announced the news Friday afternoon. The campus — which includes the law school and agricultural center — plans to give 3 percent merit pay raises. The pay boosts follow last … Continue reading →

Live After Five fall lineup released

The downtown Baton Rouge Live After Five concert series will kick off the fall session with Louisiana native Marc Broussard on Sept. 5. The free fall concert series, which draws thousands of people downtown, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 in Galvez Plaza. The rest … Continue reading →

Transformer fire behind Matherne’s market on Bluebonnet put out

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. George Fire Dept. Firefighter Chase Cothern carries away a fire hose, as Entergy personnel work behind him evaluating a fallen transformer that caught fire, knocking out electrical power at Mathern's grocery store, and the other businesses in the Bluebonnet Village Shopping Center at Bluebonnet and Perkins Road, Friday around the noon hour. Observers at the scene did not know why the transformer pole fell.

Firefighters extinguished a fire that started behind Matherne’s Market at the corner of Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard late Friday morning. The fire was reported at 11:29 a.m. and when firefighters got to the scene minutes late they found a downed power pole and three transformers burning behind the building, the St. George Fire Department repoted. … Continue reading →


Analysis from Saints’ first practice of training camp

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) runs as safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) and outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) defend during the Saints' first practice of training camp Friday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill go over the highlights from the opening practice of the Saints’ training camp. … Continue reading →

Investar earnings rise

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Investar Bank went public two weeks ago and CEO John D'Angelo rang the opening bell for Nasdaq on Tuesday. D'Angelo talks about the growth of the company.

Baton Rouge-based Investar Holding Corp., the holding company for Investar Bank, reported second-quarter earnings dipped to $1.1 million, or 26 cents per share, compared to $1.7 million, or 44 cents per share, a year ago. However, the 2013 results included a $900,000 “bargain purchase gain” recorded in connection with the acquisition of First Community Bank in May … Continue reading →

Beer educators granted tax-exempt status

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Pints of beer are lined up for the

Beer education, it turns out, is a worthy cause for charity. The Bayou Beer Society, a Houma-based group that promotes zymurgy, or brewing, has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. This means contributions to the society are tax-deductible. The group’s goals include preserving the cultural and historical beer recipes of south Louisiana … Continue reading →

St. Mary’s deputies announce drug bust

Photo provided by St. Mary's Parish Sheriff's Office -- St. Mary's Parish sheriff's detectives say they discovered a illegal drugs in a car stopped on U.S. 90.

St. Mary Parish sheriff’s detectives discovered a lode of illegal drugs in a car they stopped on U.S. 90, finding bags of methamphetamine and LSD, and the syringes, spoons and a tourniquet used in injecting drugs, officials said. Brady Broussard, Stacey Grubb and Scott Dehart were booked into the St. Mary Parish … Continue reading →

Chemical company looks to Ascension for $70 million plant

Specialty chemicals maker Stepan Co. announced plans to complete front-end engineering and design work for a potential $60 million to $70 million chemical production facility in Ascension Parish’s industrial corridor. The company, headquartered near Chicago, recently authorized the feasibility work and will make a final investment decision on the project in the second quarter of 2015. … Continue reading →

Plaquemine man dies after pickup hits tree

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A 64-year-old Plaquemine man died late Thursday after his pickup ran off of La. 75 and hit a tree south of La. 3066 in Iberville Parish, State Police said. Winsley J. St. Pierre Jr., who was unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries, Trooper First Class Jared L. Sandifer said in a press release. Troopers began investigating shortly before … Continue reading →

EBR School Board agrees to downsize to 9 members

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members, from left, Connie Bernard, Jerry Arbour and Jill Dyason participate in the meeting scheduled Thursday for members to vote on redistricting plans that would reduce its size.

Shrugging off threats of litigation, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday narrowly approved a new map that reduces from 11 to nine the number of representatives serving on the School Board starting Jan. 1. The winning plan, known as Freeman 9 Member 7, one of six introduced, was approved in a 6-5 vote after … Continue reading →

SU faculty spar with Mason over college finances

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University Faculty Senate President Thomas Miller, right, announces the Southern University Faculty Senate's plans to return Southern to 'fiscal solvency and academic excellence' Thursday in front of the John B. Cade Memorial Library. Miller is an associate professor of French and German. Listening, from left to right,  are Irma Cobb, professor of Spanish and Chair of Foreign Languages, Don Hernandez, an assistant professor of History, and Faculty Senate vice-president Albert Samuels, professor and Chair of SU'svDept. of Criminal Justice and Political Science.

The leaders of Southern University’s Faculty Senate say system President Ron Mason is to blame for the cash-strapped school’s financial woes and other problems. The group went public with its complaints on campus Thursday in front of the library, raising questions over Mason’s latest proposal to merge the president and campus chancellor jobs, which he says will … Continue reading →

Jurors find Richardson guilty in 2012 shooting death

Marcus Richardson

A West Baton Rouge Parish jury deliberated for approximately two hours before convicting a 24-year-old Port Allen man of second-degree murder Thursday in the May 2012 fatal shooting of a Brusly High student. Marcus Richardson, 24, Freeman Lane, was found guilty as charged after two days of testimony in … Continue reading →

Feeling jilted, Livingston council sends attorney packing

The Livingston Parish Council sent the parish’s arbitration attorney packing back to Washington, D.C., on Thursday night after refusing to go into executive session with him to discuss what options the parish might have after losing a $59 million case over Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. A three-judge panel of the Continue reading →

Man accused in cyclist hit and run out on bond

The man accused in a hit-and-run that killed 30-year-old Youngsville cyclist Lon Lomas is out of jail on bond — a bond the victim’s family says was set far too low. Troopers arrested Fitzpatrick Doucette, 42, of Kaplan, Sunday night on charges of negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, driving under suspension and failure to follow state … Continue reading →

Street name motion stirs strong emotions at WBR Council

Pointe Coupee board approves plan for alternative school

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board on Thursday approved a plan from School Superintendent Linda D’Amico to create an off-site alternative school — an endeavor most of the board has wanted for several years. The new school, which will consist of a modular building housing two double classrooms with restrooms, will … Continue reading →

Nearly 300 dead after cluster of plane crashes

Associated Press photo by /Wally SantanaA forensic team recovers human remains among the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.

Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. Industry analysts and … Continue reading →