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LAGCOE hosting job fair Wednesday at Cajundome in Lafayette

The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is hosting a job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome & Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for oil and gas industry companies looking for qualified employees. Military veterans will get special attention in the form of access to career experts from 8:30 a.m. until… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Oct. 26, 2014

Tom Boon, of Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC

Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC, with seven offices in Louisiana and South Carolina, is opening an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Tom Boon will be senior vice president and general manager, Saudi Arabia, to develop operations there. Boon previously was location manager for Saudi Arabia… Continue reading →

Business Meetings for Oct. 26, 2014

LEGAL SECRETARIES OF NEW ORLEANS & THE RIVER REGION WHEN: Tuesday, 6 p.m. WHERE: Sandro’s Trattoria, 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie SPEAKERS: Paulette Zibilich, law firm administration, Herman Herman & Katz on “Professionalism” COST: $25… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Oct. 26, 2014

Bill Balhoff, of Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC

Adams and Reese received the 2014 Corporate Commitment to Diversity Award from the New Orleans Society for Human Resource Management. The award recognizes outstanding practices of diversity initiatives and awareness in the workplace and the community. The law firm also has received the 2014 Louisiana State Bar Association Human Rights… Continue reading →

Harson, Stutes locked in bitter campaign for Lafayette DA

Mike Harson, left, Keith Stutes

Keith Stutes recalled a meeting with Mike Harson shortly after the FBI searched the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Lafayette in February 2012. Stutes, a retired prosecutor who is the first person to challenge Harson for the District Attorney’s seat in 20 years, said he was shocked to learn federal… Continue reading →

Migrant workers fill the gap on Louisiana farms

Advocate photo by ANNIE OURSO -- Cousins Aurelio, left, and Roberto Nuñez work on a sugar cane cutter on a farm in White Castle during harvesting season on H-2A visas.

Cousins Roberto and Aurelio Nuñez came to Louisiana to find what they couldn’t in Mexico: a way to adequately provide for their families. For up to 10 months each year, the Nuñezes and thousands of other Latinos leave home to work on Louisiana farms as documented temporary agricultural workers — H-2A… Continue reading →

People in Business for Oct. 26, 2014

Bonny Botts, Campus Federal Credit Union

Bonny Botts has been named vice president of marketing at Campus Federal Credit Union. Botts was account executive with GTECH Corp. in Providence, Rhode Island, and previously was vice president of marketing and public relations at Louisiana Lottery Corp. and marketing director and assistant vice president at Union Planters Bank of Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Oct. 26, 2014

Tom Boon, of Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office is accepting nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards. The deadline is 2 p.m. Jan. 5. Award categories are: Small Business Person of the Year; Phoenix Awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery; Small Business… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Oct. 26, 2014

Bill Balhoff, of Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC

Bill Balhoff, managing director and CEO of Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC, has been honored with the Outstanding Visionary Award by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. The award was based on his broad impact in the accounting industry and in the community through his leadership position at P&N and as chairman of the… Continue reading →

St. Mary inmate found dead and other Acadiana area police news

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was… Continue reading →

BR police seeking man in attempted robbery of O’Neal Lane restaurant

Attempted Armed Robbery Suspect

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man in a Ford Explorer who wore blue latex gloves while trying to rob a McDonald’s drive-through window on Saturday morning. When the man stopped at the window of the O’Neal Lane restaurant in a green 1990s-model Explorer at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday, he aimed what looked like a gun… Continue reading →

Jailer finds dead inmate in jailhouse bunk

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was… Continue reading →

Unrestrained Opelousas driver killed when ejected from SUV

An unrestrained Opelousas driver died Friday night when he lost control of his Ford Explorer and hit several objects before he was thrown from his SUV. Nicholas Lafleur, 28, was heading north on La. 105 south of Krotz Springs in St. Landry Parish when he lost control of his 2000 Explorer, State Police Master Trooper Brooks David… Continue reading →

Some LSU Tiger fans smell upset victory over Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Delta Gamma's Kayleigh Spigler, 19, works on adding colorful balls of tissue paper to her sorority's Homecoming decorations behind the Delta Gamma house, Friday, October 24. This year's homecoming theme is

LSU Tigers fans remained optimistic — but more than a little nervous — in the runup to Saturday’s homecoming game against Ole Miss, an undefeated team ranked the third-best in the country. “I’m excited; I’m a little stressed, too,” said Fractyl Mertilus, a 32-year-old LSU graduate student. “If it was last year, I wouldn’t be afraid.”… Continue reading →

Lee High teacher arrested for alleged lewd comments to student

Oscar C. Mays

A Lee High School teacher turned himself in to law enforcement authorities Friday morning after one of his former students accused him of making inappropriate comments to her at school on several occasions. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Oscar C. Mays, 50, on accusations of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from the alleged… Continue reading →

Most BR area charter schools show gains on state scores

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Eighth grade teacher Bernadette Turegano, top right, watches over the end of a math test in her class. One of the charter school's earning a B grade is THRIVE Charter, an inner city boarding school that just started its third year. They have students in sixth to eighth grade.

Two-thirds of the charter schools in the Baton Rouge metro area improved academically during the 2013-14 school year, with three improving to B grades, according to school performance scores released earlier this week. Still, about half managed to earn only Ds and Fs, roughly equivalent to the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, their main competition… Continue reading →

Two more stars of canceled ‘Sons of Guns’ show arrested

Stephanie Hayden Ford

Two more stars of the canceled TV show “Sons of Guns” were arrested Friday. Kris Ford, 31, was booked on a count of cruelty to juveniles, while his wife, Stephanie Hayden Ford, 29, faces a count of being a principal to cruelty to juveniles, according to Livingston Parish jail records available online. Both offenses are felonies.… Continue reading →

Suspect in rape shot, killed by Iberville sheriff’s deputies

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL BETHENCOURT -- Emergency personnel line the street where a Iberville Sheriff Deputy shot and killed a person.

Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man in a rural area near Bayou Pigeon on Friday night after the man confronted deputies with a rifle in the woods behind his mother’s house, authorities reported late Friday. Shaun Wilson Ramo, 36, surprised two deputies when he aimed a rifle at them as they were searching… Continue reading →

Motorcyclist killed in Livingston Parish crash

A motorcyclist was killed when he ran off the road shortly after 6 p.m. Friday on La. 22, east of La. 16 in Livingston Parish, according to State Police. James B. Geter, 46, of Maurepas, was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on La. 22 when he ran off the roadway to the left as he was… Continue reading →

Seven Louisiana metro areas post job gains

Seven of Louisiana’s eight metropolitan areas gained nonfarm jobs over the year ended Sept. 30, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Numbers for metro areas’ job categories were not seasonally adjusted, but they showed gains in all but the Alexandria area, which lost 700 work slots. The… Continue reading →

Woody Jenkins backs Rob Maness

Woody Jenkins, who came within a few thousand votes of beating U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in the 1996 race, threw his support Friday to Rob Maness, the tea party-backed Republican in the Senate race. The other major Republican in the Nov. 4 election is U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who, like Jenkins, is from Baton Rouge. Maness, who… Continue reading →

14 constitutional amendments on ballot

Fourteen proposed constitutional amendments go before voters on the Nov. 4 ballot dealing with topics ranging from state budget and health care policy to blighted property and creation of a new state department dealing with elderly affairs. Others would eliminate mandatory retirement at age 70 for judges; allow Orleans Parish voters to increase property taxes… Continue reading →

Medicaid contract awards announced

The state health agency late Friday named the five companies to provide health insurance for some two-thirds of the state’s 1.4 million Medicaid recipients. The lucrative contracts will go to Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, Amerigroup Louisiana Inc., AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana Inc., Louisiana Healthcare Connections and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. Four of the five companies participated in the… Continue reading →

Hollingsworth Richards Ford begins renovations

A $2.1 million renovation of the Hollingsworth Richards Ford dealership on Florida Boulevard is underway. Crews are modernizing the exterior, showroom and service areas of the business at 7787 Florida Blvd. The dealership will remain open during the renovations.… Continue reading →

U.S. rig count up 9; Louisiana down 1

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,595 rigs were exploring for oil and 332 for gas. A year ago there were 1,738… Continue reading →

Dangerfield’s revocation hearing postponed until after election

Eric Dangerfield

A probation revocation hearing for former Tangipahoa Parish School Board member Eric Dangerfield, who is seeking election to his former seat, was continued at the state’s request Friday until after the Nov. 4 primary election. Dangerfield and his wife, Cassandra, each received suspended sentences in May after pleading guilty in a Medicaid… Continue reading →

‘Science Day’ gives students taste of campus life at UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Computer Science student Jacob Lecoq assists a high school student learning the basics of a comptuer language Friday during the University's Science Day in Lafayette. High school students from around Acadiana were given the chance to see many different aspects of science study that the university offers over the course of the day.

From dissecting cats and turning gummy bears into jet fuel, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ray P. Authement College of Sciences hosted more than 500 high school students in its inaugural Science Day on Friday. Science-minded high school juniors and seniors from across the state converged on UL-Lafayette’s campus… Continue reading →

Husband of St. Helena fire victim found Friday, dead of apparent suicide

A suspect in a murder investigation out of St. Helena Parish was found Friday — dead from an apparent suicide, the State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced. On Oct. 11, investigators found the “charred remains” of 39-year-old Marsha Allen inside a home on La. 1043 in Greensburg. According to her autopsy, she died hours before the… Continue reading →

State to continue working with company on NW La. expansion

The state will work with a northeast Louisiana aviation business on continuing an expansion that was approved for a $575,000 grant just hours before the Oct. 17 death of one of Flying Tiger Aviation LLC’s executives, the state’s economic development secretary said Thursday. Longtime legislative, education and aviation figure Edwards Barham helped secure the state performance-based grant… Continue reading →

Search for Lafayette airport director down to five candidates

Hundreds without power in Denham Springs after accident

Hundreds are without power in Denham Springs after a delivery truck brought down power lines around 12:45 p.m. The truck snagged three lines and uprooted a utility pole at the corner of 4-H Club Road and Florida Avenue, said Denham Springs Police Capt. Steve Kistler. The cause of the wreck has not been determined. As… Continue reading →

Two more New Orleans-area residents being monitored for Ebola

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden provides an update on the latest developments involving the deadly Ebola virus and its infection of a Texas health care professional as he addresses the media during a briefing at CDC headquarters Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. Frieden said the CDC is working to improve protections for hospital workers after a nurse caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas became the first person to become infected with the disease inside the U.S. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, David Tulis) MARIETTA OUT, GWINNETT OUT

The number of people being monitored for Ebola symptoms in Louisiana jumped to four on Friday, with the addition of two more residents from the New Orleans area, the state health agency said. One man and one woman — both considered “low risk” — have been added to the two men already being watched, said Olivia Watkins,… Continue reading →

Cooper to ask judge to reconsider ruling on school budget

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper speaks at a budget adoption meeting in September..

Superintendent Pat Cooper said Friday that he’ll ask a district judge to reconsider a denial of his request to force the board to continue operating with last year’s budget. Cooper said his decision is based in part on information he received from Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White and an attorney for… Continue reading →

LSU lists Top 100 Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses

Global Commerce and Services LLC, an information technology company in Harvey operated by entrepreneur Joaneane Smith, tops the list of LSU’s 100 Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses for 2014, university officials announced Friday. Other companies at the top of fastest-growing Tiger-led business list in order are: Audubon Engineering, Metairie, provides design and management services… Continue reading →

Tax preparer sentenced after filing hundreds of fraudulent returns, prosecutors claim

The owner of several eastern Louisiana tax preparation businesses was sentenced to slightly more than seven years in prison and ordered to pay $148,673 in restitution by a New Orleans federal court judge. Prosecutors have said she raked in more than $100,000 in fees from clients in 2011 and 2012 while filing fraudulent tax returns for… Continue reading →

University sends out warning text Friday morning, Lafayette police respond

University of Louisiana at Lafayette police sent an emergency notification to students Friday morning that a suicidal man suspected to have a gun was reported near campus.

LAFAYETTE — An unarmed man claiming to be suicidal near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Friday morning was admitted to a mental health facility for evaluation, authorities said. The university sent text alerts to students around 11 a.m. about a suicidal man “suspected to have a gun,” who was reported driving near McDonalds on Johnston… Continue reading →

Van carrying accused child sellers spotted in Texas

Tangipahoa Parish authorities launched a search for blue van Friday morning after getting a report that a woman tried to sell a child, believed to be about 10 years old, to patrons at a Hammond gas station. By late Friday afternoon, it was believed that the woman, child and others in the van had fled Louisiana to… Continue reading →

Deputy, others rescue man after car goes into canal

Photo provided by EBR Sheriff's Office -- An East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy, with help from several construction workers, carried a driver to safety after the man’s car went into a canal near the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday, Oct. 23.

An East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy, with help from several construction workers, carried a driver to safety after the man’s car went into a canal near the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday afternoon. Cpl. Patrick Roberts was writing a report in his unit under the overpass when several construction workers notified him that a vehicle had run… Continue reading →

Jealous of the Holloways? They have indoor, outdoor kitchens; brick fireplace in pool house

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Derrick and Tessa  Holloway enjoy their pool house, which contains a large brick fireplace, several seating areas, a modern kitchen and a marble-topped island with seating on one side.

Derrick and Tessa Holloway started with the idea of adding an outdoor bathroom by their pool so their two little boys wouldn’t have to come into the house in their wet bathing suits. By the time they finished, they had a large pool house with both indoor and outdoor kitchens, a brick fireplace,… Continue reading →

New Orleans-area man at low risk for ebola, being monitored out of 'abundance of caution,' DHH says

In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

State health officials are monitoring a New Orleans area man for signs of the deadly Ebola virus, a Department of Health and Hospitals spokeswoman confirmed Thursday. Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman: Canadian Terror

Walt Handelsman is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator whose work appears in The Advocate four days a week. Follow this link to the cartoon.… Continue reading →