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26 years later, uncompleted road plan helps shape Louisiana transportation spending

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The newly renovated and expanded Huey P. Long bridge in Jefferson parish Thursday, June 13, 2013.

More than a quarter of a century after Louisiana voters approved funding for 16 road and bridge projects, the list is far from done. In addition, the costs of the work will take an increasing bite of Louisiana’s key transportation fund amid constant bickering over shrinking resources and demands for improvements. The overhaul, which voters… Continue reading →

Louisiana governor candidates address local government officials at forum — and some hand out personal cell numbers

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle, center, address the Louisiana Municipal Association 78th Annual Convention during a gubernatorial forum Friday July 31, 2015 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.. Seated at he head table from left to right are John Bel Edwards, candidate for governor, Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, US Senator David Vitter, candidate for governor, David Camardelle, LMA President, Carroll Breaux, 1st Vice President LMA, Jay Dardenne, candidate for governor, and Barney Arceneaux, 2nd Vice President LMA.

Two of the four major candidates for governor gave out their personal cellphone numbers to local government officials Monday, saying it’s important to have direct contact with the state’s top elected official. U.S. David Vitter, R-Metairie, did so first, followed by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, attracting much applause from the audience attending the candidate… Continue reading →

State revokes license of Baton Rouge child care center after reports of child left behind on field trip

The state has launched action to revoke the license of a Baton Rouge child care center after a complaint that its employees left behind a 2-year-old at a restaurant during a field trip, officials said Friday. The facility is the Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center, 9835 Old Hammond Highway. Officials of the state Department of… Continue reading →

New state law increases cost of buying auto insurance

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- North and southbound traffic on Bluebonnet backs up at 5:45pm, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

An innocuous bill got an expensive hitchhiker during the 2015 session of the Louisiana Legislature: a fee increase generating $21.8 million for State Police operations that some say will add to the cost of buying car insurance. The rider allowed the Office of Motor Vehicles to increase by $10 the cost of a report on a… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle helps secure vehicle, escort unconscious driver to hospital

While Friday’s gubernatorial forum at the Cajundome was fairly exciting, for Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, it paled in comparison to the ride home. His opponents headed off to the campaign trail after the Louisiana Municipal Association forum. But, Angelle ended up jumping up on the running board of an out-of-control pickup, stopping it before the vehicle crashed, then accompanied the… Continue reading →

Poll backs up Bobby Jindal’s claims of noticeable Iowa surge

A new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers appears to back up Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign’s claims that he’s gaining momentum there. Gravis Marketing surveyed 227 Republican Caucus participants and found Jindal in fourth place, at 7.2 percent and trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10%), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (15.4%) and Donald Trump (30.9%). The poll, released… Continue reading →

Salvation Army, Baton Rouge organizations to assist families Saturday preparing for school year

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge, with the help of other local service organizations, will provide backpacks stuffed with school supplies Saturday to families preparing for the new school year. The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Bash will distribute resources and health information from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Corps Community Center, 7361 Airline Highway.… Continue reading →

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce program ranks No. 1, again, by Business Facilities magazine

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce development program has been ranked No. 1 for state workforce programs for a sixth straight year by Business Facilities magazine. The Business Facilities 2015 State Rankings Report placed Louisiana among the Top 10 in seven categories of economic competitiveness, with Louisiana ranking as the No. 3 business climate in the U.S. Five… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge General buys remaining stake in imaging centers

Baton Rouge General has purchased the two Baton Rouge Radiology Imaging Center clinics for $4.5 million. Baton Rouge General has had a 50 percent stake in the clinics at 5422 Dijon Drive and 2550 O’Neal Lane since 2011, said Meghan Parrish, a hospital spokeswoman. The purchase, which was filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk… Continue reading →

$1 million donation from Louisiana boatbuilder Gary Chouest boosts Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential run

Washington — Louisiana boatbuilder Gary Chouest contributed $1 million to an outside group backing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a federal fundraising report filed Friday shows. That helped boost the total received by the Believe Again political action committee, a single-candidate super PAC, to nearly $3.7 million in the first half of the year. Although… Continue reading →

New La. law taking effect Saturday targets ‘revenge porn’

Sending “revenge porn” can land you behind bars, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday. The provisions of more than 260 bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year kick in Aug. 1. Many of the… Continue reading →

Replacement sought for retiring U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger

Attention all lawyers with at least five years of experience who are looking for a demanding full-time job that pays $185,012 annually for eight years. The Baton Rouge-based U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana is looking for a new magistrate judge to replace the retiring Stephen Riedlinger. The application deadline is 5… Continue reading →

More workers could boost sales tax collections and bolster auditing of businesses, Lafayette tax official says

In the past 10 years, sales tax collections in Lafayette Parish have mushroomed from $152.9 million to $261.3 million — but the staff overseeing the collection of taxes hasn’t grown. Sales tax Director Bob Simpson proposed an addition of six staff positions to help increase sales tax collections and provide support to the department… Continue reading →

Land acquired for memory care facility at Perkins and Pecue

Two Georgia companies plan to build a memory care facility on a 2.8-acre site purchased for $1.6 million near the intersection of Perkins Road and Pecue Lane. Perkins Road Memory Care LLC bought the land at 14443 Perkins Road in a deal that was filed Friday with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office. The seller… Continue reading →

Lafayette’s charter schools have three years until they must provide transportation for students

Three years from now, more school buses will be on the road in Lafayette Parish once its charter schools are required to transport their students. Unlike their traditional public school counterparts, certain charter schools previously weren’t required to provide free transportation to students. The new state education policy requires charter schools currently operating to begin… Continue reading →

Super PAC backing David Vitter bills state taxpayers almost $70,000 for legal fees

Critics came out swinging Friday against a super PAC backing David Vitter’s campaign for governor that has billed the state for costs associated with its legal challenge of state campaign contribution limits. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman, of New Orleans, had agreed with the Fund for Louisiana’s Future that the state’s contribution… Continue reading →

First Guaranty Bancshares post quarterly profit

First Guaranty Bancshares Inc. in Hammond reported second-quarter net income of $3.9 million, or 60 cents per share, compared to $2.7 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. First Guaranty is the parent company of First Guaranty Bank, with branches across portions of south and north Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Paul Byrd suggests son Grayson's transfer from LSU involved relationship with coach Paul Mainieri

Infielder Grayson Byrd’s transfer from LSU surprised just about everyone, including coach Paul Mainieri.

It was an abrupt departure that left swirling questions about a player who was one of LSU’s top reserves last season, a guy many felt would challenge for one of the four open infield spots.

Byrd offered his first public comments on his transfer Friday, emailing… Continue reading →

Diapers to legal briefs: Mom to let attorney-obsessed toddler meet Morris Bart as reward for potty training

Photo provided by L'ERIN DOBRA -- When one of Morris Bart's television commercials comes on, Grayson Dobra gives it rapt attention.

L’erin Dobra, the Prairieville mother who threw what may be history’s first Morris Bart-themed party for her 2-year-old son’s birthday, is taking the toddler’s fascination with the personal injury attorney to the next level. In the midst of a viral media run that has gone nation- and worldwide, Dobra told the New York Daily News… Continue reading →

Louisiana man’s highly quotable obit makes us wish we knew him

Friends mourning Jim Groth’s death, as well as celebrating his life, say he was a thoughtful and unique individual. Anyone reading his self-written obituary, now making the rounds on social media, would agree. Groth, of the Calcasieu Parish town of Moss Bluff, died on July 28 at the age of 52. While his obit tells the story… Continue reading →

Letter: Student journalists a crucial voice in future of industry, must drive decisions on LSU Reveille

The Reveille Alumni Association has been flooded with comments about the potential of new revenue streams and the impending reduction of print publication for The Daily Reveille. LSU Student Media alumni worldwide have varying opinions on each one of the difficult issues spelled out in Elizabeth Crisp’s story, but we all agree on one thing: Students,… Continue reading →

‘Revenge porn’ can now lead to prison as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday

Sending “revenge porn” can land you behind bars, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday. The provisions of more than 260 bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year kick in Aug. 1. Many of the… Continue reading →

LSU's new 'We Geaux 25/7' ticket-selling campaign features basketball's Ben Simmons, football's Leonard Fournette

LSU is thrusting its two star athletes into the spotlight more than ever.

The school announced Friday that it’s beginning a new ticket-selling marketing campaign – called “We Geaux 25/7″ – based on the jersey numbers of basketball player Ben Simmons and football player Leonard Fournette. Both standouts were ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation –… Continue reading →

Pleasure boat carrying seven, including three children, towed to safety after taking on water off Louisiana

CAMERON (AP) — The Coast Guard says a boat reported sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana late Thursday was safely towed to shore and one passenger was treated for minor injuries. Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega in Houston said another private boat located the 31-foot pleasure craft around 10 p.m. Thursday. The second… Continue reading →

Louisiana Bancorp profit rises slightly

Metairie-based Louisiana Bancorp Inc.’s second-quarter profit inched upward to $552,000, or 20 cents per share, compared to $519,000, or 20 cents per share, a year ago. Louisiana Bancorp is the holding company for Bank of New Orleans. Although net interest income jumped $325,000 to $2.8 million for the quarter, those gains were largely offset by… Continue reading →

Videos and 911 tapes offer chilling glimpse into Lafayette shooting

Recordings of 911 emergency calls and police-radio traffic released Thursday depict the fear and adrenaline among moviegoers and officers after a gunman opened fire 20 minutes into a screening of the film “Trainwreck” at a Lafayette theater. In response to a number of records requests from media outlets, Joy Rabalais — a Lafayette attorney representing city-parish… Continue reading →

Man wanted in murder killed himself after Wednesday night shootout with U.S. Marshals Task Force in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE      Residents await answers as members of the Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement personnel continue to investigate an officer involved shooting Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the corner of Prescott and West Brookstown.

A suspect in a Lafayette murder died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after a shootout in Baton Rouge with a U.S. Marshals Task Force, authorities said Thursday. U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said Lawrence Lynel Blackburn, 37, of Morgan City, died and a woman was wounded when a U.S. Marshals Task Force attempted… Continue reading →

Rabalais: At No. 13 in preseason, is LSU football similar to 2003 title team? And why Alabama so high?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talks with quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) after a series, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

First impression of the USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday, which starts LSU squarely at the tipping point at No. 13: The Tigers draw more respect nationally than they do at home. At home there are concerns aplenty in the wake of an 8-5 season, which ended with a frustrating loss to Notre Dame in the… Continue reading →

Before brain-eating amoeba found in rural water district, Ascension Parish was attempting to boost chlorine elsewhere in parish

The day after a brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a rural water district in Ascension Parish, the state rejected a previous request by the parish to proactively boost the level of disinfectant in the system. The state Department of Health and Hospitals discovered the deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba in a water sample it took Tuesday in… Continue reading →

‘These wounds are deep, but they will heal in time’ — Lafayette holds ceremony one week after theater shooting

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Members of local law enforcement agencies greet community members following the "Lafayette Strong: Unite. Honor. Heal"  event in response to last Thursday's shootings in Lafayette Thurs. July 30, 2015.

A week to the day after a gunman opened fire in a theater and cast a pall over Lafayette, the community came together in a ceremony sometimes wrenching and sometimes filled with joyous music in an event organizers hoped would help start the healing process. “This incident will not overshadow this wonderful community we call home.… Continue reading →

Coroner identifies 37-year-old man killed in house fire early Thursday on Carlotta Street, near LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Baton Rouge fire investigators check out the upstairs window of a house on Carlotta Street where a fatal fire occurred.

The blackened walls of an upstairs room could be seen Thursday morning through the shattered windows of a Carlotta Street house where a fire killed one man and seriously injured another. James Mobley, 37, died from high levels of carbon monoxide toxicity, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark, who ruled his death… Continue reading →

Lightning strike starts attic fire, displaces two families

A lightning strike hit a Baton Rouge duplex Thursday afternoon in the Gardere area, sparking a fire in the attic and displacing two families, St. George Fire Department Eldon Ledoux said. The fire department received a call around 4:40 p.m. about a fire at 8301 Ned Ave., Ledoux said. The fire was brought under control by 5:06… Continue reading →