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Equity firm buys Opta Minerals, and New Orleans yard, for $6.6 million

A New York investment fund will buy industrial minerals company Opta Minerals, including its New Orleans operations, in a deal valued at $6.6 million. Speyside Equity Fund I LP expects to close the deal for Ontario-based Opta in April. Opta Minerals has locations in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to its New… Continue reading →

Gov. John Bel Edwards lays out plan to combat budget crisis: 'I don’t say this to scare you'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Governor John Bel Edwards speaks during a forum hosted by Louisiana Association of Educators -- teachers and other public school employees sounding off on their education needs.

. In a rare statewide television address, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday night Louisiana’s budget crisis requires sweeping action to avoid closing colleges and universities and watching the state’s health care system implode. “I don’t say this to scare you,” Edwards said. “But I am going to be honest with you.… Continue reading →

Why New Orleans-area home prices continued climbing in second half of 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans skyline and the French Quarter.   File photos of aerials of New Orleans area and landmarks shot July 23, 2013.

Rising demand for homes in the most sought-after New Orleans neighborhoods shows no sign of abating. A trend that already had lifted average home prices by nearly 50 percent since just before Hurricane Katrina — a boon for many homeowners that also has brought pain in the form of rising tax bills and rents — continued… Continue reading →

Louisiana halts TOPS payments in face of budget crisis but governor says colleges, universities will absorb loss, not students

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Memorial Tower, or Campanile, as it is sometimes called. It's a 175-foot tall clock tower near the Student Union.

In an unprecedented move, the state’s student financial aid office on Thursday notified Louisiana’s colleges and universities that it had stopped TOPS payments because of the uncertainty related to the state budget crisis. “Due to the possibility of state budget cuts, all TOPS payments are being suspended until further notice,” said an email from the Louisiana… Continue reading →

City Hall says Mardi Gras was bigger, safer — though parking violations spiked 65 percent

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER --  The Krewe of Proteus parades on Napoleon Ave in New Orleans, Monday, February 8, 2016. The second-oldest parading krewe, the Krewe of Proteus has 230 men and 20 floats with the theme "The Hindu Heavens."

Early statistics paint a mixed picture of the 2016 Carnival season in New Orleans. Flights were up, but hotel occupancy rates were down. Police had fewer calls for service, but Emergency Medical Services was nearly as busy as last year. The city undertook a massive effort to clean parade routes in what officials… Continue reading →

Helen Koenig, who sold materials for Mardi Gras Indian costumes and Zulu coconuts, dies at 94

Helen Koenig

Helen Amber Koenig, who for decades provided the raw materials for elaborate Mardi Gras Indian costumes, died Monday. She was 94. “Miss Helen,” as her customers knew her, co-owned Broadway Bound, a Mid-City store that sells gems, feathers and fabric — all things that go into the costumes of Mardi Gras Indians and mainline krewe members… Continue reading →

Photos, video: Donald Trump leads 'L-S-U' chant, brings out massive crowd -- including baby with Trump-stamped pacifier

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs the hand of unofficial "Trump Baby" Curtis Ray Jeffrey, 19 months old, as he walks the rope line following speaking at a campaign rally, Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Baton Rouge River Center.

. Donald Trump, the often-controversial candidate who won the New Hampshire primary earlier this week and finished second in last week’s Iowa caucuses, visited Baton Rouge to hold a campaign rally at the River Center on Thursday. The rally jammed traffic and drew thousands to downtown Baton Rouge. One of those in attendance -- 19-month-old Curtis… Continue reading →

New Orleans inmate awaiting trial in ’08 killing faces new charges in deputy attack

Dayshawn M. Celestain

A man who has been awaiting trial for more than seven years over an execution-style murder is facing new charges that he attacked a deputy at the Orleans Justice Center last week. The incident highlighted the continuing violence at the city’s new $150 million jail despite a federally supervised reform effort that has foundered amid chronic… Continue reading →

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's blunt style fires up massive, 'amazing' Baton Rouge crowd

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Baton Rouge River Center.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump fired up a rowdy crowd of thousands of supporters in Baton Rouge on Thursday night. The boisterous New York billionaire had nearly 10,000 people rolling through a steady cycle of waving signs, cheering for veterans and tax cuts, and booing politicians — in particular, Trump’s rivals for the GOP nomination. “Politicians… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish father and stepmother to be booked on murder in death of son

The father and stepmother of a Waggaman teenager who was severely beaten last week will be booked on second-degree murder charges in the wake of the boy’s death, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Jalen Daniel, 14, died Monday from injuries caused by head trauma, Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Mark Bone said. The… Continue reading →

Ending impasse, Attorney General joins governor on Common Core lawsuit

A dispute between Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican state Attorney General Jeff Landry ended Thursday when Landry joined Edwards’ bid to drop an anti-Common Core lawsuit. The legal challenge was filed in 2014 by former Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Edwards said last week he ordered his legal counsel to ask the U. S. 5th Circuit Court… Continue reading →

Juniors flock to LSU this weekend for ‘Boys From The Boot’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Les Miles addresses the crowd last week during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash, which celebrates LSU's incoming recruiting class.

Catholic High running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wants to feel needed when LSU’s junior day ends Saturday night. Madison Prep defensive end Bryan Jones just wants a scholarship offer. About 40 players are expected at LSU’s junior day event Saturday dubbed “Boys From The Boot,” a day-long, invitation-only affair for Louisiana-only 2017 recruits. These current high school juniors from around… Continue reading →

Lawsuit: New Orleans deputies called suicidal inmate ‘rapist and pedophile,’ left him alone for hours before jailhouse hanging

Ryan Miller

A young man who hanged himself last year at Orleans Parish Prison had been called a “rapist and pedophile” by a ranking deputy at the jail and was left unsupervised for hours even after warning guards that he felt suicidal, a new lawsuit claims. The wrongful-death suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court, claims deputies… Continue reading →

Pen, pencils out: NCAA football rules proposals would allow coaches to use tablets, replay officials to call targeting

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Deion Jones was called for targeting late in LSU's game against Auburn.

College football coordinators can do away with those oversized, cumbersome laminated playsheets — at least in the press box. The coaches’ booth is indeed evolving. The NCAA football rules committee approved a proposal this week allowing coaches in the press box booth to use tablets, computers and other electronic devices during games and in locker rooms at halftime.… Continue reading →

Charter operator starting seasonal New Orleans to Destin-Fort Walton flight

This Tuesday, March 29, 2011 photo shows hotels along the beach in Destin, Fla. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson)

New Orleans-based regional charter operator GLO will begin seasonal nonstop service in March to Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. GLO said it will offer one round-trip flight from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the Emerald Coast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The flights will run March 26 to Sept. 5. One-way introductory fares… Continue reading →

New Orleans health care technology firm gets $500,000 in funding

Compliance Partners, a New Orleans-based health care and compliance service technology firm, is in line to receive $500,000 in seed money. The money will be from the Lafayette General Foundation’s Healthcare Innovation Fund, which funds new products and services that can help improve the health care industry. Compliance Partners is the only professional services firm in… Continue reading →