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Dangerous amoeba found at three sites in St. Bernard Parish water system

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on Wednesday reconfirmed that the Naegleria fowleri amoeba is present in the St. Bernard Parish water system. After last week’s positive sample results at two sites, DHH resampled water in the area near the main initial positive finding. All three follow-up samples tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, a potentially… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: Trial begins for man suspected in Lundi Gras beating death

. Conrad Blanchard lay on the floor of a 6th Ward home late Lundi Gras 2012, his face and clothes bloodied after a savage beating. Blanchard's roommate, Mark Luzzo, said he wrapped his friend in a blanket, put a space heater next to him and said he would see him in the morning. But Blanchard never… Continue reading →

Prosecution attacks defendant’s story in trial over 2013 double killing in Harvey

Prosecutors used cellphone tower tracking information and surveillance video Wednesday to attack Tavis Joseph’s claim that he was neither at the scene of a double murder in Harvey in August 2013 nor in the car that delivered his injured cousin to West Jefferson Medical Center. The jury also heard the woman Joseph said he was with… Continue reading →

Residents offer ideas for new uses for vacant Carrollton Courthouse

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- The Carrollton Courthouse  photographed in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Carrollton Courthouse has been nominated to the list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. A public forum was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church to discuss the building's future. The forum included presentations from the Orleans Parish School Board, historians and preservation architects about the potential reuse.

The local campus for a French university. A library. A museum. A community center. Those were among the ideas offered by New Orleans residents Wednesday night for redeveloping the vacant Carrollton Courthouse, which is scheduled for auction and, according to preservationists, at risk for demolition. Last month, the Carrollton Courthouse was named to the National… Continue reading →

Two men robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night in Uptown

. Two 23-year-old men were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday while Uptown, according to New Orleans police. The victims were in the 8000 block of Spruce Street just before 10 p.m. when an armed man approached them and demanded their money. The robber fled after they complied.… Continue reading →

Woman carjacked in the Marigny neighborhood on Tuesday night

. A woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the Marigny neighborhood on Tuesday night, according to New Orleans police. Two men approached the 27-year-old woman about 10:30 p.m. as she was getting out of her car at Marigny and Chartres streets and demanded her belongings. Police said the men fled in her 2013 blue Hyundai… Continue reading →

Congress remembers Hurricane Katrina

U.S. House members from southeast Louisiana paid tribute to the resilient spirit of New Orleans and the state in speeches on the House floor Wednesday marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “The good thing about the people of New Orleans is we always pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and continue… Continue reading →

LSU student media leaders consider cutting Reveille print frequency

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- People walk by a Daily Reveille newspaper bin in LSU quadrangle. LSU's Daily Reveille student newspaper may discontinue its printed edition.

LSU student media leaders are weighing proposals for potentially drastic changes to campus news offerings, including possibly cutting the print frequency of LSU’s Daily Reveille student newspaper. Steve Buttry, who became LSU’s student media director in May and is leading the ongoing discussion, said the ideas are being driven by an industrywide shift toward digital… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish councilman defends plan to use BP money to pay for parish employees’ raises

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Ben Zahn, Jefferson Parish Councilman

Money from the recent oil spill settlement with BP could fund raises for Jefferson Parish employees almost to the end of 2019, with money left over for improvements throughout the parish, according to the parish councilman behind the plan. Councilman Ben Zahn introduced an ordinance earlier this month that would lift parish employees’ salaries by 5… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison tells City Council department ranks are no longer shrinking

The depleted ranks of the New Orleans Police Department may not be growing just yet, but they are at least no longer shrinking, Superintendent Michael Harrison told a City Council committee on Wednesday. That’s a departure from the past few years, when the department saw midcareer officers walk out the door and wasn’t able to replace… Continue reading →

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo awards ceremony reset for Aug. 13 after postponement

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance  --  Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo's 1st tarpon weighted in at 99 lbs 6ozs caught by Kurt Cheramie of  Houma Louisiana. Cheramie's son Corey caught the biggest tarpon in the 2013 Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

After severe weather and power outages forced its postponement Saturday, the awards ceremony for this year’s International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo will be Thursday, Aug. 13, in Harvey, officials said. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will start an hour later at Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road. The awards were supposed… Continue reading →

Group urges spending on infrastructure, highlighting job losses in New Orleans

Federal and state governments need to boost infrastructure spending to preserve jobs in the flagging construction sector, officials with the Associated General Contractors of America said during an appearance in New Orleans on Wednesday. The group, which represents the construction industry, pointed out that the New Orleans metro area has lost 2,700 construction jobs in the… Continue reading →

UNO to outsource janitorial and grounds work, saving money but putting 80 jobs in jeopardy

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- University of New Orleans students walk the quad. in this file photo.

The University of New Orleans plans to outsource its building services work this fall, a cost-cutting measure that the cash-strapped Lakefront school expects will save more than $1 million in five years at the expense of nearly 80 workers whose jobs are thrown into question. It’s the latest in a series of moves that UNO has… Continue reading →

Louisiana pays David Vitter aligned Super PAC legal fees

Donors can make unlimited contributions to a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. David Vitter for governor. But it came at a financial cost to Louisiana taxpayers. The Fund for Louisiana’s Future challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law limiting contributions in federal court last year and won. The victory led to Louisiana taxpayers paying $69,336 in attorney fees and other legal… Continue reading →

Scott McKnight challenges Dan Claitor for Senate District 16 seat

Baton Rouge state Sen. Dan Claitor’s attracted opposition Wednesday in his bid for re-election to the Senate District 16 seat. Businessman M. Scott McKnight announced that he’ll be a candidate in the Oct. 24 primary election. The 34-year-olf McKnight is vice president and director of business development for BancorpSouth Insurance. He is a reserve deputy for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Veterans would get help as entrepreneurs via bill by U.S. Senator David Vitter that wins committee approval

. Washington – Veterans would get help starting businesses after they leave military service, under a bill by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that won committee approval Wednesday. The Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act of 2015 authorizes federal programs to assist veterans become entrepreneurs. Its unanimous approval by the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee advances the measure… Continue reading →

Five state college institutions removed from negative credit watch

As a result of increased higher education funding recently approved by the Louisiana Legislature, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, one of the big three rating agencies, on Wednesday removed many of the state’s public universities from its credit watch. Standard & Poor’s lifted the negative fiscal connotation on bonds issued by several Louisiana universities, including the University… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office seeks suspect for shooting in Terrytown last Thursday

Keith Michael Frank of New Orleans is wanted in connection with a shooting in Terrytown.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking a suspect in a Terrytown shooting that happened Thursday evening, Sheriff Newell Normand said Wednesday. An arrest warrant has been issued for 21-year-old New Orleans resident Keith Michael Frank for the incident, which happened in the 900 block of East Monterey Court. Frank and another person were involved in… Continue reading →

Junior Galette booked for driving with an expired license, no brake tag in early July

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- New Orleans outside linebacker Junior Galette

About three weeks before Junior Galette was released by the Saints on Friday, the embattled pass-rusher was busted for allegedly driving with an expired license and no brake tag on his car. A Causeway Police Department officer pulled over Galette’s green Mercedes-Benz at 2:49 p.m. July 7 at the corner of Jefferson Highway and… Continue reading →

Slidell man gets 25-year sentence on child porn charges

A Slidell man will spend 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to 35 counts of possession of child pornography as well as two counts of production of child pornography, according to Lisa Page, a spokeswoman for St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery. Patrick Emerson, 56, offered his plea to ad hoc 22nd… Continue reading →

Saints sign long snapper Chris Highland, filling final spot on 90-man roster

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The New Orleans Saints have filled the roster spot left open by Tuesday’s decision to cut defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley.

New Orleans has signed Chris Highland, a long snapper from Illinois State, according to Highland’s agent. Highland fills the final spot on the 90-man roster before the first training camp practice Thursday morning.

Highland… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles to district attorney: 'I'm on your schedule'; DA suggests charges against players could be dropped

LSU coach Les Miles speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) ORG XMIT: ALBA122

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore suggested the charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other football players could be dropped. And Les Miles added some fuel to the fire regarding the arrests during his yearly speech to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. Miles spoke directly to one of the guests, Moore, at the Rotary Club meeting held in the… Continue reading →