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Scott Rogers’ life was unraveling at time of shooting

Scott Rogers

Facing harsh criticism amid allegations that he sexually abused children in England, Scott Rogers fled to Texas in the mid-1990s before settling down in Baton Rouge, building from scratch a reputation as an ebullient local television host known for his extensive work promoting nonprofit organizations and civic agencies. Until Wednesday, when the authorities said Rogers was fatally… Continue reading →

Saints QB Luke McCown, WR Joseph Morgan solid as preseason closes

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Saints quarterback Luke McCown passes against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The fourth preseason game is for the dreamers and schemers. It’s typically a time for the starters to rest and for the backups to make one last push to claim a roster spot. The Saints didn’t completely hand over Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the backups. Several players, including guards Ben… Continue reading →

St. James School Board clears way for new Wildcats stadium

Photo provided by St. James Parish Schools -- The artificial FieldTurf surface at the new St. James High School stadium was cleared for play Thursday, one week before the St. James High School Wildcats play their first game in their new off-campus stadium. The stadium is expected to be declared

The St. James High School Wildcats football team can finally plant its cleats in the FieldTurf at its new stadium near Vacherie. The parish School Board cleared the way Thursday in a special meeting for players to make use of the new synthetic field inside their new off-campus stadium, which is undergoing… Continue reading →

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, local residents stand near the building where they live after a shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said. (AP Photo/Antoine E.R. Delaunay)

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.” The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the… Continue reading →

Baker police investigating homicide

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Ascension School Board member for 37 years calls it quits

A. J. Nickens

After serving on the Ascension Parish School Board for 37 years, A.J. Nickens called it quits Thursday and withdrew from the November School Board election in which he would have faced one opponent. Nickens notified the Secretary of State’s Office of his decision Thursday. Nickens, 76, said it was a difficult decision… Continue reading →

2-year-old drowns in pool at Zachary home

A 2-year-old child drowned in a backyard pool on Thursday morning after the child slipped outside without the mother noticing, Zachary Police said. When the mother found her child in the pool on North Turnberry Avenue, she ran to the front yard with the child in her arms screaming for help, said… Continue reading →

Albany man killed by Livingston deputy had a troubled past

Flanked by brick, single-family homes, the 31000 block of Old Baton Rouge Highway features sculpted shrubs, new-model cars in the driveways and — on Wednesday afternoon — the shooting death of a convicted murderer by a Livingston Parish deputy. Deputies were called to the area around 3 p.m. for an attempted suicide by… Continue reading →

Delcambre woman dies of injuries sustained in crash

Future of ‘Big Oil’ suit at stake as panel meets

It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that’s suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans to fill two expired terms Thursday. But members said a vote cannot… Continue reading →

EBR schools sponsor child care fair at Cortana Saturday

The East Baton Rouge Parish School District is sponsoring a Child Care Fair on Saturday at the Cortana Mall, featuring 30 local private providers. Individual child care providers will be stationed throughout the open areas of the mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering quality care, educational and recreational opportunities for infants through age 5, school… Continue reading →

Rouzan lots sell for $1.4 million

Twenty-one lots in the Rouzan traditional neighborhood development have been sold for $1.4 million. Level Homes bought the lots in deals that were filed Wednesday afternoon in the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office. Twenty of the lots were sold by Glasgow Partners LLC, an entity set up by Rouzan developer Tommy Spinosa and Brian McCullough,… Continue reading →

Acadiana police briefs for Aug. 28, 2014

Police have identified the 92-year-old woman found slain in her house Monday as Mary Terrell, KATC-TV is reporting. Terrell’s body was discovered noon Monday in Village Du Lac on Carmel Drive in Lafayette. Police have not released any details about the cause of death, which they are investigating as… Continue reading →

La. pension systems post big gains

Louisiana’s teacher and state employee pension systems registered investment gains approaching 20 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, nearing record growth levels. The Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana led the way with a market return — net of fees — hitting 19.49 percent. “We are very pleased with our investment performance. TRSL… Continue reading →

Duson businessman sentenced in federal probe

A Duson businessman was sentenced Thursday to one-year probation in a federal bid-rigging probe at the Opelousas Housing Authority. Kendall T. Anderson pleaded guilty in April to misprision of a felony for not reporting a scheme to steer housing authority contracts to his company, Anderson Iron Works.… Continue reading →

Acadiana briefs for Aug. 28, 2014

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is looking for its 2014 Wear Red Champions and encouraging local businesses to wear red on Friday and submit their photos. To compete for the title of 2014 Wear Red Champions, groups are encouraged to wear red Friday… Continue reading →

Honor Guard takes care of its own

Photo provided by TOM GREEN -- Members of the Acadian Honor Guard include, front row from left, Gary Edmondson, James Savoy, Joseph O. Besse Jr., Robert D. Lowe, Bob St.Clair and Adam Mouton, and, back row from left, Miguel Macias, Cal Tabor, Commander Tom Green and John Woods. Additional members are Rick Barber, Daniel Bentley, David Cardosa, Ted Christ, John C. Cormier, Karen Fontenot, Glenn Lambert, Dud LaStrapes, Bob Mathis, Harry McCauley, Charles MacGowen, Aubrey J. Milligan, Phyllis Mouton, John Rougeau, Larry Rowell, Hal Tornroth and James Weber.

All give some and some give all. Regardless, the Acadiana Honor Guard’s mission is to make sure local veterans receive the final measure of their nation’s gratitude. Commander and former Marine Staff Sgt. Tom Green initiated the concept. Nearly four decades after his retirement from active duty, he is still military-precise. “My name is on all… Continue reading →

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

Associated Press provided photoGovernment soldiers captured near Tabqa, Syria, were stripped to their underwear and marched in the desert. The Islamic State said more than 150 men were killed.

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside. The images of the slayings that emerged Thursday were the latest massacre attributed to the extremist group, which has… Continue reading →

Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

In this Sunday, March 2, 2014, file photo, Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jolie and Pitt were married Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in France, according to a spokesman for the couple. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a… Continue reading →

Crest Industries acquiring Eunice company, adding 20 jobs

Crest Industries is acquiring the assets and will expand the workforce of Eunice-based Precision Cutting Specialties Inc. Crest, based in Pineville, will invest $5 million to develop a new cutting, machining and fabrication facility in Eunice and add new machining centers to existing PCS equipment. Crest will retain 18 PCS jobs, and the expansion… Continue reading →

U.S. economy grew at brisk 4.2% rate in Q2

Associated Press photo by MATT ROURKE -- A worker assembles construction supplies at Northeast Building Products in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department on Thursday revised the second-quarter U.S. economic growth rate to 4.2 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. The upward revision supported expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than the first half.… Continue reading →

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

In this Dec. 6, 2013, file photo, Eastside Catholic quarterback Harley Kirsch, right, winces moments before being hit by Bellevue's Ryan Bowman, left, in the second half of the Class 3A high school football championship in Tacoma, Wash. Nearly half of parents say theyre not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. A majority, however, say they havent prevented their child from playing the game they love. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions. In the… Continue reading →

U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

This Aug. 12, 2014, file photo shows a healthcare worker walking near an Ebola isolation unit wearing protective gear against the virus at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agencys National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. They will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. It will test 20 healthy adult… Continue reading →

Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think the recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey being released Thursday by… Continue reading →

White House preps legal case for immigration steps

This Aug. 2, 2014, file photo shows demonstrators protesting at Freedom Plaza in Washington asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportations policies. The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expect onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that by failing to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, lawmakers have ceded wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what theyve deemed an egregious presidential overstep. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. The argument… Continue reading →

No big winners in Wednesday’s lottery drawings

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says nobody won the two major jackpots in the Louisiana Lotto and multistate Powerball drawings on Wednesday night. Louisiana Lotto players matching all six numbers drawn would have won or shared a $1.05 million prize, which will rise to an estimated $1.1 million for Saturday. Players matching all five numbers and the… Continue reading →

School fires teacher accused in tryst with two students

Ashley Dowden

Riverdale Christian Academy administrators fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to sheriff’s deputies last week that she had sex with a 16-year-old student. The Rev. Preston Thompson, pastor of Redeemer Baptist Church, which is affiliated with Riverdale Christian Academy, said Wednesday that Dowden originally was placed on administrative leave following her arrest Friday.… Continue reading →

BR General, Jindal administration reach deal to keep ER open

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Baton Rouge General Medical Center midtown emergency room slated for closure will now remain open because funding money was found.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center reversed plans Wednesday to close its Mid City emergency room, which would have left much of the city without close access to treatment for life-threatening medical calamities, after the Jindal administration agreed to come up with funding to cover the uninsured patients entering its doors. “We began this day with heavy hearts,… Continue reading →

Livingston deputy shoots, kills man brandishing a gun

Cliff Vannoy named LSU Alumni Association leader

Cliff Vannoy, who has been serving as acting head of the LSU Alumni Association in recent weeks, has been named the new president and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit alumni group. “The LSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors is pleased that Cliff has accepted the position of president and CEO,” board Chairman Gil Rew said… Continue reading →

Livingston proposal calls for strict regulation of gravel pits

Livingston Parish gravel pits could face heavy regulation under a proposed permitting process slated to be introduced at Thursday’s Parish Council meeting. The proposed ordinance, sponsored by Parish Councilman Jim Norred, of Watson, would require all mining operations not already in production to pay hefty permit fees, perform impact studies, extend their buffer zones, restrict their… Continue reading →