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Jindal orders Ebola policy

Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered Monday state agencies to develop policies covering travel to Ebola stricken countries by their employees, students and faculty. The executive order covers those who travel as a result of educational trips or work-related missions to countries identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control as having an epidemic of the deadly virus,… Continue reading →

St. Bernard Council to vote on limiting raises, new hires

The St. Bernard Parish Council is slated to vote Tuesday on imposing a six-month freeze on new hires and salary raises for current employees — moves that would limit the authority of the parish’s embattled first-term president, David Peralta, who faces mounting criminal charges. Both ordinances were introduced earlier this month after a lengthy closed-door session… Continue reading →

Two St. John Parish employees indicted over fake water tests

Two St. John the Baptist Parish employees responsible for testing chlorine levels in the parish water supply — an important safety measure against a potentially dangerous amoeba — were indicted on Monday, accused of faking the results of tests they never actually carried out. Kevin Branch, 54, of LaPlace, and Danielle Roussel, 43, of Paulina, each… Continue reading →

Textron lays off 200 from Slidell military plants

Textron plans to lay off about 200 workers from its two Slidell armored vehicle plants, saying it’s temporarily shutting down production. Workers were told earlier this month that they would be laid off effective Nov. 3. Company spokesman Tom Williams said Textron, an industrial conglomerate based in Providence, Rhode Island, is replanning… Continue reading →

Bill Clinton stumps for Mary Landrieu

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands and works the crowd after joining Senator Mary Landrieu at an Early Voting Rally.

Former President Bill Clinton told a Baton Rouge crowd Monday that U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu should be cruising to re-election with ease, but he thinks she has gotten caught in a difficult political tide. “She’d be winning this race by 10 or 15 or 20 points, but for the difficulty of the moment in which we’re living,”… Continue reading →

TV star Ian Somerhalder shills for DA candidate, but message may be ‘Lost’

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The St. Tammany Parish district attorney’s race may be the highest-profile local election on the local ballot, but it hardly seems like the kind of contest that would draw the eye of Hollywood. But Ian Somerhalder, smoldering star of the “The Vampire Diaries” and “Lost,” is a Covington native, and he’s weighing in on social media with… Continue reading →

Another month, another global heat record broken

FILE - This, Sept. 15, 2014, file photo taken with a fisheye lens, shows beach goers cooling off during the Southern California heat wave,  in Huntington Beach, Calif. It sounds like a broken record, but last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely break it. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a broken record: Last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely, to break it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit… Continue reading →

Claitor parents hospitalized following wreck

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, as mom Nancy Claitor and son Sam Claitor watch, Dan Claitor, right, signs in to qualify to run for office at the Secretary of State's office.

State Sen. Dan Claitor’s parents remained hospitalized Monday after an automobile accident on Airline Highway near Siegen. Nancy Claitor, 80, and Robert Claitor, 88, were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after the collision on Saturday, State Police Troop A spokesman Jared Sandifer said Monday. Nancy Claitor was in serious condition and… Continue reading →

Rouses, Associated Grocers reach settlement in legal dispute

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Thibodaux-based Rouses Supermarket, with one of its 40 stores located in Lafayette, reached an undisclosed settlement in legal dispute with grocery supplier Associated Grocers in Baton Rouge.

Thibodaux retail grocery chain Rouses Enterprises and Baton Rouge-based wholesale grocery supplier Associated Grocers have reached an undisclosed settlement in a legal dispute after three days of trial last week. “The Rouse family is very satisfied with this resolution,” managing partner Donny Rouse said in a statement Monday. He said terms of the settlement are confidential.… Continue reading →

Police ID Baker woman killed in French Quarter by allegedly impaired driver

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The man suspected of killing a woman by hitting a French Quarter balcony pole that fell on her head had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, according to court documents. Police administered a field sobriety test to Tevest Vance after the accident that killed 21-year-old Taylor McGonigle about 5:15 a.m. Sunday in… Continue reading →

Rape victim billing fix proposed

Rape victims won’t get bills from hospitals for exams and tests under a plan unveiled Monday by the state health agency. But the plan requires a change in state law and in some agency regulations, both of which will take months to accomplish, so victims still could receive the bills in the meantime. Legislators… Continue reading →

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, left, speaks as Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, center, and Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Zachary Thompson look on during a news conference Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Dallas. Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a victim of the disease, and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — About 120 people are now being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people in Dallas who had the disease, Texas health officials said Monday. Officials said 43 of 48 people on an original watch list have passed the 21-day maximum incubation period for… Continue reading →

Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring, survey finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and… Continue reading →

Bodies of seven women found in northwestern Indiana

In this Oct. 19, 2014 photo is the back of a house in Gary, Ind., where the body of a woman was found on Sunday. Police said Sunday that a 43-year-old man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a Motel 6 in the neighboring city of Hammond, Ind., and told investigators where the bodies of three other women could be found in abandoned homes in Gary. Police said Monday that the bodies of seven women have now been found in northwestern Indiana.  (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jim Karczewsk) MANDATORY CREDIT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The bodies of seven women have been found in northwestern Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and led investigators to at least three of the bodies, authorities said Monday. The Lake County coroner’s office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night… Continue reading →

Health department seeks end to billing rape victim

Louisiana’s health department said Monday it will seek a ban on billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests, in response to outrage from victims’ advocacy groups and lawmakers that the women were being charged for treatment. The law changes recommended by the Department of Health and Hospitals will be proposed in the legislative session that begins… Continue reading →

Archie Manning leaving College Football Playoff Committee

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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time. Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help… Continue reading →

Man carries Fresno man from burning home

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man ran into a burning home in Fresno and came out carrying a man who lives inside over his shoulder as flames popped and exploded behind him. Beth Lederach of Clovis tells the Fresno Bee that she was driving by when she saw the duplex in flames Saturday. She pulled over, called… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The Saints’ engine blows another rod for a stunning loss in Detroit

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) ORG XMIT: otkco215

Here in the Motor City, where they know about recalls all too well, the New Orleans Saints have a simple question: Can they have a do-over? Hit the reset button? Bring this defective lemon of a team back to the factory and fix the parts that always seem to go… Continue reading →

From verse to worse: Poetry box stirs ire in Mandeville

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- A poetry box, photographed Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, has sprung up on the Mandeville Lakefront between Lafayette and Wilkinson streets. The box, on a wooden pole decorated with fish and

Since the invention of the printing press, literature has at times been deployed as an agent of social and political agitation: The Gutenberg Bible helped foment the Protestant Reformation. “Common Sense” challenged the British monarchy. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” exposed the ugliness of American slavery. None of that is happening in Mandeville. Nevertheless, a 25-line… Continue reading →

Ziggy Marley’s reggae music follows family tradition

Photo by MALIA JAMES -- Ziggy Marley

When Ziggy Marley, son of reggae music’s brightest star, Bob Marley, performs onstage and writes songs that contain meaning and messages, he’s following family tradition. “Most of my family is musicians,” the Kingston, Jamaica, native said last week from his second home, California. “Going back to my grandmother and my grandfather, on both sides of my… Continue reading →

U.S. Senate campaigns in Louisiana relying on social media to deliver messages

While the leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race debated on a stage in Shreveport and on TVs throughout the state last week, their Twitter feeds battled it out online. “Senator Landrieu is clearly desperate. My bill in the state Senate was voluntary and market-based, unlike #Obamacare,” Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s campaign blasted out about… Continue reading →

CDC to revise Ebola protocol

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America's hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of… Continue reading →