Industrial customers boost Entergy profit

The manufacturing renaissance underway in Texas and Louisiana helped boost New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.’s second-quarter earnings to $189.4 million, or $1.05 per share, compared to $163.7 million, or 92 cents per share, a year ago. Strong demand from industrial customers and solid performance from the company’s wholesale nuclear power business helped drive results, Entergy … Continue reading →

All EBR school system students to receive free lunch

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will be providing free lunch to its almost 42,000 students, including thousands who in the past had to pay for their meals. The change, announced Monday, takes effect Aug. 11, the start of the 2014-15 school year. The school district plans to take advantage of a new federal … Continue reading →

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Photos: Practice action at N.O. Saints training camp

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints FB Erik Lorig (41) protects QB Drew Brees (9), right  during Saints training camp practice Monday morning in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Photos of the New Orleans Saints practicing at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. … Continue reading →

AG declines request to investigate Gonzales mayor

Advocate staff photo by ELLYN COUVILLION -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux announces his veto of amended budgets, passed by three of the five city councilmen, at a news conference on Wednesday. To the left of Arceneaux is councilman Kenny Matassa and to the right is Police Chief Sherman Jackson, with several police officers also present in a show of support for the veto.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux revealed Monday that Councilman Gary Lacombe recently asked the state to investigate the mayor for malfeasance in office — and that the Attorney General’s Office has ruled there are no valid grounds for doing so. Lacombe alleges Arceneaux is violating a city ordinance by not removing two members from … Continue reading →

Strain whittles down ag department debt

Advocate staff photo by MICHELLE MILLHOLLONState Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Monday that agriculture remains Louisiana's largest industry.

State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain inherited a $98 million debt load from his predecessor when he took office in 2008. Over the course of two terms, he’s whittled the debt down to $34 million. “My whole goal has been to get this agency out of debt. I’ve been at it seven years,” Strain said Monday … Continue reading →

BR, N.O. fare well for recession recovery

New Orleans and Baton Rouge were ranked in the top 25 of a new report that measures how the 150 largest cities in the U.S. have recovered from the Great Recession. New Orleans was ranked 15th in the WalletHub study, released Monday, while Baton Rouge was ranked 25th. The report found that Laredo, Texas, had … Continue reading →

Patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma sought for drug study

Men and women with indolent, or low-grade, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are needed for a clinical trial that evaluates medication of adults previously treated for the cancer. The hospital is seeking adults ages 18 and older with B-cell indolent non-Hodgkins lymphoma for a Phase III clinical trial, a stage of final confirmation of … Continue reading →

East Pont des Mouton widening begins

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Drainage work is taking place Monday on a section of Pont des Mouton Road that is being widened in Lafayette.

City-parish officials on Monday marked the start of a $21.6 million project to widen East Pont des Mouton Road between Louisiana Avenue and Interstate 49, one the biggest projects for north Lafayette in recent years and a road that has seen traffic rise significantly over the past two decades. … Continue reading →

Lafayette budget agenda a surprise to board president

Lafayette Parish School Board members may have thought they were meeting Tuesday to continue their account-by-account review of instructional costs and to hear from supervisors defending their expenses — but the agenda for the meeting dictates otherwise. The board has been holding meetings since mid-May to offset a $23.5 million shortfall. … Continue reading →

Police dog apprehends robbery suspect

Stephen Lavergne

A man suspected of robbing cash and other items from an Opelousas convenience store refused police orders to surrender until a police dog named Zig sank his teeth into the suspect’s left leg and persuaded him to emerge from under a portable building. Stephen Joseph Lavergne, 32, of Lake Charles, was booked … Continue reading →

Unique school start awaits North Vermilion students

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Classrooms at North Vermilion Middle School are nearing completion Monday near Maurice.

North Vermilion High and North Vermilion Middle students may win back-to-school bragging rights for the most unique entrée to the new school year. The students will take turns sharing the high school building in three-day, revolving schedules for the first few weeks of school to allow extra time needed to prepare the … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for July 29, 2014

Police are looking for a suspect in Monday’s early morning shooting that killed a 37-year-old man in east Lafayette. Darrell Shelvin, 23, of Lafayette, is wanted by the Lafayette Police Department on a warrant alleging second-degree murder, Cpl. Paul Mouton … Continue reading →

AROUND BATON ROUGE

BASIC BRIDGE CLASS: 10:30 a.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Library Scotlandville Branch. Registration is required. (225) 354-7540. LSU SCIENCE CAFE: 5 p.m., Chelsea’s Cafe, 2857 Perkins Road. Rebecca Saunders, associate curator of anthropology at the LSU Museum of Natural Science and associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, will discuss Poverty … Continue reading →

Police identify suspect in Foch Street shooting death

Darrell Shelvin

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Grease left on stove causes Firelight Ave. blaze

Advocate Staff file photo by Kerry Maloney

Grease left on a hot stove caused a kitchen fire that spread into the attic at 10410 Firelight Ave. on Sunday evening, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced. Firefighters arrived at 5:15 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 5:27 p.m., according to a press release. The home suffered moderate fire damage and heavy smoke … Continue reading →

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Video: Warren turns heads, Lewis excels Monday

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISSaints receiver Joe Morgan stretches for an overthrown pass from Drew Brees during practice Sunday as Champ Bailey and Keenan Lewis defend.

Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill go over the highs and lows from the Saints' second training camp practice in pads on Monday. Continue reading →

Crown expands infant bedding line with Carter’s

A subsidiary of Gonzales-based Crown Crafts Inc. has expanded its licensing agreement with Carter’s Inc. to offer infant bed sets and decor and also announced an acquisition of the Kidsline and CoCaLo brand names from subsidiaries of Kid Brands Inc. for $1.35 million in cash. Crown Crafts Infant Products Inc.’s acquisition of the Kidsline and CoCaLo … Continue reading →

MidSouth second-quarter earnings rise

Lafayette-based MidSouth Bancorp Inc. reported its second-quarter earnings rose to $3.9 million, or 34 cents per share, compared to $3.3 million, or 29 cents per share, a year ago. President and Chief Executive Officer C.R. Cloutier said strong loan growth and improvements in efficiency and operating earnings helped drive the second-quarter results. The majority … Continue reading →

Scott man wanted in stabbing at strip club

Jermaine Pete

LAFAYETTE — A Scott man is being sought by police in an early Monday stabbing at a south Lafayette strip club. Lafayette police said Jermaine Pete, accused of stabbing a person twice at Lipstick, a strip located in the 6100 block of Johnston Street, is wanted on one count of attempted second-degree murder, Cpl. Paul Mouton said. … Continue reading →

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

Associated Press photo by John Minchillo -- The U.N. Security Council, convening Monday at United Nations headquarters, calls for 'an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire' in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting early Monday morning. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite back-and-forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks … Continue reading →

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Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks makes steaming early impression

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints rookie receiver Brandin Cooks, right, tries to slip past cornerback Champ Bailey during Saints training camp Friday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W.Va. — Going in blind, it would be difficult not to notice him. Something about the way he moves about the fields, even on this day, with the grass soaked from a heavy downpour, catches your eye and forces you to pay attention. Brandin Cooks isn’t big in stature. … Continue reading →

Man booked on rape after Tinder app date

Jacob Hirsch Witz

Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday evening arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman after having just met her through a popular social media dating application called Tinder. The woman told a detective with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office that she met Jacob Hirsch Witz, whom she knew only as “Jake,” on Tinder, … Continue reading →

Retired Ascension deputy dies trying to rescue his dog

Sam Vitter

An Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputy who retired less than a year ago drowned Sunday morning after he dove into a pond, trying to rescue his Yorkshire terrier. Retired Lt. Sam Vitter, 56, of Prairieville, was looking for his dog after it escaped from under his backyard fence, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, … Continue reading →

Death row heat suit attorneys seek $775,000 in fees, costs

The Louisiana State Pennitentiary at Angola.

Attorneys for three condemned killers who filed suit last summer successfully challenging the hot conditions on Louisiana’s death row are asking a federal judge to order the state to pay the lawyers more than three-quarters of a million dollars in fees and costs. But attorneys for Louisiana corrections officials contend the request, for more than $687,000 … Continue reading →

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

Ukrainian Ministry Emergency officer, left, Donetsk People's Republic fighter, 2nd left, and members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examine a map as they discuss the situation around the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Ukraine Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. The U.S. State Department, meanwhile, released satellite images that it says back up its claims that … Continue reading →

Fatal shooting in Central appears justifiable

Evidence reviewed so far during an investigation into a Saturday night fatal shooting in Central indicates the killing was a justifiable act of self-defense, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. A woman told investigators that she shot her fiancé, Reedus McAllister, 39, after he attacked her at a home in the 21000 block of … Continue reading →