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St. Charles to test warning sirens Tuesday

St. Charles Parish officials plan to test two of the parish’s emergency warning sirens on Tuesday. The siren near the pump station at 198 Kerry’s Point in Bayou Gauche will be tested from 9 a.m. to noon, parish spokeswoman Renee Allemand Simpson said. Later, the siren near the Norco Volunteer Fire Department on West B… Continue reading →

House approves highway aid bill 92-5

Trying to help Louisiana’s ailing highways, a bill that would gradually end most of the money transfers from transportation to State Police breezed through the state House on Monday. The vote was 92-5. The proposal, House Bill 208, next faces action in the state Senate. Under current rules, about $65 million to $70 million of… Continue reading →

More severe weather possible in south Louisiana tonight, early Wednesday morning, National Weather Service warns

. The National Weather Service is advising that "another round of severe thunderstorms producing strong winds, hail, isolated tornadoes, and heavy rainfall could impact the (New Orleans-Baton Rouge) area late (Tuesday) evening and overnight." The NWS lists its confidence in that forecast as "moderate." ​(Related: Click here to track the storms on radar.)Continue reading →

EuroChem chooses St. John the Baptist site over Iberville Parish for $1.5 billion plant

EuroChem Group AG chose 915 acres Monday in St. John the Baptist Parish for its proposed $1.5 billion ammonia and urea production plant, a spokesman said. The move means Eurochem will not retain 2,150 acres in state-owned land near Carville in Iberville Parish for the project. Russia’s largest producer of minerals fertilizer now must return… Continue reading →

Mitch Landrieu says commitment to New Orleans will keep him out of governor's race

Advocate staff file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

After criticizing the Jindal administration’s approach to balancing the budget, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu emphatically said Monday he would not run for governor in 2015. “We have made tremendous progress that was admirable of the city, but we have a very long way to go and because of that I don’t intend to be a candidate… Continue reading →

Judge orders Robert Durst held in St. Charles Parish

Robert Durst is headed for St. Charles Parish. U.S. District Judge Helen “Ginger” Berrigan on Monday endorsed a request by the celebrity inmate’s attorneys to move him to the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in St. Charles Parish from a mental health outpost at a state prison in St. Gabriel. The move came after the U.S. Marshals… Continue reading →

Ideas to ease traffic tieups between I-10 bridge and Essen set for August

State officials in August will offer “concepts” on how to improve near daily traffic jams between the Interstate 10 bridge and Essen Lane, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri LeBas said Monday. However, LeBas said any work on tackling the problem would be rolled out in “fundable” stages, and is heavily dependent on an infusion… Continue reading →

Tammany deputy fired, arrested following domestic dispute

A St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy who was stabbed in the back during a domestic altercation was fired Saturday after investigators decided that both husband and wife were partly responsible for the incident. Derrick Torregano, 29, and his wife, Brittany Torregano, 23, were both arrested, St. Tammany Parish spokesman Capt. George Bonnett said in a news release… Continue reading →

10,000 without power in wind-ravaged Kenner

The number of Entergy customers without power in Kenner has climbed to 10,000, while the number for Jefferson Parish stands at about 26,000. Kenner Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Doug Dodt there have been no reports in Kenner of any funnel clouds. Still, the city warned there is still a chance for more severe weather with a… Continue reading →

Slidell issues boil water notice in two subdivisions

The city of Slidell has issued a boil water advisory for parts of Breckenridge and Sterling Oaks subdivisions because of a loss in water pressure from a well pump failure. Samples will be taken Monday and sent to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ lab for analysis, spokesman Alex Carollo said. The results are expected by… Continue reading →

Video shows train cars blown off elevated Elmwood track by storm winds; no injuries reported

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Train Cargo Cars plummeted from the Huey P. Long Bridge to the ground below after high winds and sever weather in Jefferson, La. Monday, April 27, 2015.

Strong winds blew four Union Pacific Railroad cars off a section of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad in Elmwood during what was perhaps the most dramatic moment caused by a line of severe weather that moved through the metro area on Monday morning. The cars — which fell from a height of about four stories —… Continue reading →

UNO, SUNO and Delgado cancel classes because of severe weather

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--University of New Orleans students leave campus as classes are canceled after New Orleans Police and UNO Police put the school on lockdown after a police chase ended and two suspects bailed from the car in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. One suspect is in custody with one still being sought.

Three New Orleans universities cancelled classes Monday as severe weather made its way through New Orleans. The University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans and Delgado Community College shut down classes during the day as heavy thunderstorms and high winds continued to threaten the New Orleans metro area. UNO said on its Twitter account… Continue reading →

Heavy street flooding in Plaquemines beginning to subside

Heavy street flooding some areas of upper Plaquemines Parish is beginning to subside while rain continues to pour in the lower part of the parish, officials said around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Areas in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes remain under a tornado watch until 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, although forecasters say a tornado… Continue reading →

Causeway reopens as heavy weather subsides

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway reopened in both directions shortly after noon on Monday as heavy weather moved out of the area. In the Slidell area, lightning struck a house at 309 Highland Bluff Drive. Firefighters from St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 arrived on the scene to find light smoke coming from the attic, spokesman… Continue reading →

Storm knocks out power to thousands in River Parishes

Storm-related power outages in St. John the Baptist Parish are leading to early dismissals at several public schools. The Garyville-Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School, the St. John Child Development Center and West St. John High School will dismiss early at 1:15 p.m., schools spokeswoman Jennifer Bouqet said. West St. John Elementary School will dismiss at… Continue reading →

Winds greater than 40 mph expected in wake of severe storm

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Train Cargo Cars plummeted from the Huey P. Long Bridge to the ground below after high winds and sever weather in Jefferson, La. Monday, April 27, 2015.

The New Orleans area remains under a high wind warning after the bulk of a storm that produced at least one tornado and knocked train cars off their tracks has passed, according to the National Weather Service. Weather Service officials urged residents to continue exercising caution after the worst of the storm passed. A high… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish activates Emergency Operations Center

Jefferson Parish has activated its Emergency Operations Center as a system of severe weather passes through the New Orleans area on Monday morning, Parish Council President Chris Roberts said about 11 a.m. Government employees were sheltering in place at the Yenni Building in Elmwood, Roberts added. There was also a power outage at Louis Armstrong… Continue reading →

New Orleans police seek suspect in Central City attempted murder

New Orleans police are searching for 26-year-old Damond Washington on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, Officer Garry Flot said Monday. Police believe Washington shot a 33-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man in the 2000 block of Danneel Street in Central City around 2 a.m. on Friday, sending both to the hospital with non-life threatening… Continue reading →

Advocate announces exclusive, innovative partnership with national website Sportsmanias

. The Advocate and Sportsmanias, a fast-growing national website featuring news about college and professional sports teams, have announced an exclusive partnership to benefit readers and fans of south Louisiana's most prominent teams. Sportsmanias serves as a one-stop shop for team-specific news. The website compiles headlines across the country about a team and displays… Continue reading →

Key question for Saints to answer: Are they a 3-4 or 4-3 defense? Answer affects draft strategy for defensive tackle

Former Washington player Danny Shelton works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. Potential first-round picks Shelton and Shaq Thompson were among about 20 former Washington players who worked out for NFL officials and others. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The question here is whether you look at the New Orleans Saints as a 3-4 defense or one that plays the majority of its snaps out of a four-man front. By virtue of playing more nickel than base, New Orleans already spends the majority of its snaps in a four-man front, and some of the base packages headed… Continue reading →

18-year-old dies after being shot on Martin Luther King Blvd

An 18-year-old man was shot on Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Johnson Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, the New Orleans Police Department reported The victim, who has not yet been identified, was lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest when emergency personnel and police reached the scene, the NOPD reported.… Continue reading →

Death toll in Nepal quake rises to more than 3,200

Family members break down during the cremation of an earthquake victim in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake rose to 3,218 on Monday, two days after the massive quake ripped across this Himalayan nation, leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. Aid groups received the first word from remote mountain villages — reports that suggested many communities perched on mountainsides were devastated or… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams told wife and kids to 'stay home' because of hecklers during home games

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams signals New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 25, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he is grateful for fans' support through the season, despite the boos he heard when the Pelicans were introduced at two playoff home games. Yahoo Sports reports, Williams told his wife, Ingrid, and their five children to stay at home when he noted the heckling during the regular season. Williams told Yahoo Sports the… Continue reading →