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State’s coastal agency asked to come up with potential budget cuts

theadvocate.com — For the first time, the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will be asked to join other state agencies in coming up with budget cuts to deal with a state shortfall, raising concerns among environmentalists and groups representing interests along the Louisiana coastline.

Patriots LB Jonathan Casillas credits former Saints for turning him into a professional

blogs.theadvocate.com — PHOENIX - The official game book for Super Bowl XLIV credits Jonathan Casillas with recovering Thomas Morstead's onside kick to start the second half, which helped the New Orleans Saints earn a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. But in his book, "Recovery of a Lifetime," another member of the Saints, Chris Reis, claims that ...

New Orleans smoking ban prompts debate in Baton Rouge

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/: Less than a week after New Orleans passed a local law to ban smoking in bars and casinos, some Baton Rouge medical professionals and local leaders are pushing the Capital City to strike while the iron's still hot. On Tuesday, Mayor-President Kip Holden a

Advocate reporter named one of Louisiana, the country’s top political writers

theadvocate.com — The Washington Post on Tuesday named The Advocate's Elizabeth Crisp one of the best state capitol reporters in Louisiana and the country. The newspaper asked readers to name the best statehouse reporters focused on governors and state lawmakers. The results were announced on the Post's "GovBeat" blog.
Jan 27, 2015

Advocate reporter named one of Louisiana, the country’s top political writers theadvocate.com/news/11445122-…

Jan 27, 2015

Congrats to our @elizabethcrisp, named by Washington Post as one of nation's top state capitol reporters. theadvocate.com/news/politics/…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @theadvocatebr: Advocate reporter @elizabethcrisp named one of Louisiana & country’s top political writers. bit.ly/1tm7LSO http:…

LSU defensive back Jalen Mills headed to trial in early April for simple battery charge

theadvocate.com — LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will head to trial on April 8 for a charge of simple battery. A trial date was set during a status hearing last week, court records show. Richard "Chip" Moore will preside over the trial of Mills, a rising senior on the football team who allegedly struck a woman in a May incident at his apartment complex.
Jan 27, 2015

PM RT: #LSU DB Jalen Mills’ case sent to trial (simple battery). It will start April 8. Tigers' spring game April 18 bit.ly/1uYYilj

Jan 27, 2015

RT @DellengerAdv: #LSU DB Jalen Mills’ case sent to trial (simple assault). It will start April 8. Tigers' spring game April 18 - bit.ly/1uYYilj

Jan 27, 2015

RT @DellengerAdv: #LSU DB Jalen Mills’ case sent to trial (simple assault). It will start April 8. Tigers' spring game April 18 - bit.ly/1uYYilj

Jan 27, 2015

#LSU defensive back Jalen Mills headed to trial in April for battery, could face 6 months in jail theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/114… via @theadvocatebr

Jan 27, 2015

In that story: Mills' trial to start during #LSU spring prax, but Tigers won't practice April 3-13 bc of spring break bit.ly/1uYYilj

No more ‘Johnny Wholestaff’: LSU relievers hope to develop roles with addition of rookie starters

theadvocate.com — Alden Cartwright actually enjoyed when he didn't have a specific role in LSU's bullpen last season. He never knew when coach Paul Mainieri would suddenly turn to him and say those five words. "I kind of like when Coach Mainieri is like, 'Hey, Cartwright, go warm up,' and two minutes later I'm in the game," the former Runnels High star said.
Jan 27, 2015

PM RT: Is "Johnny Wholestaff" gone? #LSU’s relievers hope to all have consistent and specialized roles this season - bit.ly/15Gpqtv

Jan 27, 2015

RT @DellengerAdv: In that story: Alan Dunn said he’s never entered #LSU preseason practice with completely healthy staff - until now. bit.ly/15Gpqtv

Jan 27, 2015

In that story: Alan Dunn said he’s never entered #LSU preseason practice with completely healthy staff - until now. bit.ly/15Gpqtv

Jan 27, 2015

Is "Johnny Wholestaff" gone? #LSU’s relievers hope to all have consistent and specialized roles this season - bit.ly/15Gpqtv

Jindal considering cuts to college fund he pushed to create

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/NewOrleans/: When it was created last year, a $40 million incentive fund to pay for college programs that fill high-demand jobs in Louisiana was hailed as critical to both higher education and the state's workforce needs. Now, with the state grappling with deep budget

Magellan relationship brings ethics charges

theadvocate.com — The Louisiana Board of Ethics filed conflict-of-interest charges against a state health agency employee overseeing Magellan Health Services' state contract. The board alleges that Michelle Barnett violated state ethics law by receiving a "thing of economic value" by virtue of her husband's employment by Magellan, a behavioral health management firm.

The Hill: Scalise to meet with black leader over speech controversy

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /Home/: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will meet with the head of the National Urban League in the wake of a revelation that the Louisiana Republican spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002. Marc Morial, a former Democratic New Orleans mayor, publicly quest
Jan 27, 2015

RT @elizabethcrisp: .@SteveScalise will meet with black leader, former NO Mayor Marc Morial, over EURO speech controversy bit.ly/1CdqPFU

Jan 27, 2015

.@SteveScalise will meet with black leader, former NO Mayor Marc Morial, over EURO speech controversy bit.ly/1CdqPFU

In new court docs, Saints owner Tom Benson: Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, Renee Benson incapable of managing $1.7B empire

theadvocate.com — Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson argued in a civil court filing on Tuesday that he has ample justification to make his wife Gayle the inheritor of his teams instead of relatives he had previously tapped for that role.
Jan 27, 2015

In new court docs, Saints owner Tom Benson: Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, Renee Benson incapable of managing $1.7B empire theadvocate.com/multimedia/pho…

Al Jazeera questions building $1.85 billion plant in St. James Parish

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/Legislature/: The head of a company building a $1.85 billion plant near Vacherie is a Chinese Communist Party leader who is under fire for environmental problems with a chemical plant in that country, Al Jazeera reported. In what represents the first major direct inves
Jan 27, 2015

Al Jazeera questions building $1.85 billion plant in St. James Parish theadvocate.com/news/legislatu…

‘We’ve never had anything like this’ - Ascension deputies still working to solve two shooting deaths in Donaldsonville

theadvocate.com — DONALDSONVILLE - The stepfather of the man slain in his front yard Monday said Ascension Parish Sheriff's detectives told him they feel confident the perpetrators will be caught. Marvin Gros, stepfather of Chad Nichols, said Tuesday that detectives are in touch with him regularly.
Jan 27, 2015

‘We’ve never had anything like this’ — Ascension deputies working to solve two shooting deaths in Donaldsonville theadvocate.com/news/11446188-…

Twitter Mailbag: You asked about baseball's lineup, the Jordan twins and football contracts

blogs.theadvocate.com — Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers' questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question. @DellengerAdv What would be your opening day lineup for the baseball season?
Jan 27, 2015

#LSU Twitter Mailbag: It's full of baseball questions and baseball answers - bit.ly/1tmMKHD http://t.co/GCl5xKnzrP

Denham Springs malfunctioning tapes mystery still unsolved

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/: DENHAM SPRINGS - By the time the last legal bill is paid, Denham Springs will have spent somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 on an investigation of the city police chief and captain, Mayor Gerard Landry said Monday evening. The city's civil service boa

Bike sharing offered at Baton Rouge, New Orleans developments

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/: Residents of mixed-use developments in Baton Rouge and New Orleans can or will soon be able to take advantage of a bike-sharing program through Zagster. The High Grove in Baton Rouge -- 192 apartments and more than 25,000 square feet of retail space -- ha

Bayou Corne’s collapse among sinkholes examined by NOVA

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/Acadiana/: As Jeffrey Bush slept in his Florida home, a sinkhole opened beneath his bed one night in February 2013 and pulled him into the depths, never to be seen again. An entire community was abandoned in Pilatos, Spain, in the 1970s because of the continuing ris

Ascension Parish escapee recaptured

theadvocate.com — Baton Rouge, /News/: A man who escaped Monday while in the custody of an Ascension Parish deputy and still in handcuffs was recaptured Tuesday. Ricard Rodriguez, who is accused of sex crimes in Georgia, ran from a deputy with his hands cuffed behind his back near Airline Hig

Louisiana adds 29,000 jobs over 12 months through December

theadvocate.com — Louisiana's nonfarm employment totaled more than 1.99 million in December - just 7,800 shy of the never-reached 2 million mark. Seasonally adjusted records released Tuesday by both the Louisiana Workforce Commission and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the state gained 29,000 jobs for the year ended Dec. 31.
Jan 27, 2015

Louisiana adds 29,000 jobs over 12 months through December, comes up just short of big record theadvocate.com/home/11443318-…

LSU DB Jalen Mills’ trial set to begin April 8

theadvocate.com — LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will head to trial on April 8 for a charge of simple battery. A trial date was set during a status hearing last week, court records show. Richard "Chip" Moore will preside over the trial of Mills, a rising senior on the football team who allegedly struck a woman in a May incident at his apartment complex.
Jan 27, 2015

#LSU DB Jalen Mills’ case sent to trial (simple assault). It will start April 8. Tigers' spring game April 18 - bit.ly/1uYYilj