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Man shot dead in Violet after allegedly attacking woman

Ricky Moser

A man was shot dead in Violet late Wednesday night, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. Ricky Moser, 49, of Slidell, was killed just before midnight after going to the home of his estranged wife and allegedly striking the woman’s daughter in the head. Moser was killed by the daughter’s boyfriend, Sheriff James Pohlmann… Continue reading →

Bragging rights and more at stake in St. Charles Parish football rematch

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --With the sun setting, Alfred Smith (1), Isaiah Sterling (6), and Brandon Scott (40) storm onto the field at Wildcat Stadium in Destrehan on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 before a week five matchup between the undefeated Destrehan Wildcats and the Hahnville Tigers.

When the 2014 high school football schedules came out in August, folks across St. Charles Parish circled the date of Oct. 3. That’s the day the two local teams, Hahnville and Destrehan high schools, would clash on the gridiron in the annual battle for district standing. For the parents and grandparents and aunts and… Continue reading →

Bogalusa civil rights leader, Deacon for Defense Bob Hicks, honored

Photo provided by Olivia McClure -- From left, State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, Jackie Hicks with an unidentified granddaughter , and Elder Christopher Matthews of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Bogalusa during a march last weekend commemorating 1960s civil rights leader Robert Hicks.

In Bogalusa, a mill town once ruled by white law enforcement and saturated with the Ku Klux Klan — often one and the same during the 1960s — a National Register of Historic Places marker now stands in front of a modest, aging gray house. There, in 1965, Robert “Bob” Hicks rallied African-Americans to take up the fight… Continue reading →

Catholic Charities program seeks to reduce unnecessary ER visits

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Elliott Major is a client of the archdiocese's Health Guardians program, represented by Ben Wortham, left, which provides health care and housing services to individuals with low incomes who previously frequented the emergency room seen here in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

After Elliot Major’s wife, son and grandson were killed in a car accident in 2003, he stopped working, gave away most of his money and eventually ended up sleeping on the streets. He also got sick. Major, 54, would have painful episodes of labored breathing. “I felt like I was going to die. Sometimes… Continue reading →

Saints’ nose tackle Bunkley heads to season-ending IR

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- New Orleans Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) is tended to after being injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

As has been suspected, Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley will miss what’s left of his team’s season because of a leg injury, New Orleans coach Sean Payton announced Thursday. Bunkley injured a quadriceps in Monday night’s 34-27 loss at home to Baltimore and is now on year-ending injured reserve. Payton said the roster spot freed up by… Continue reading →

No jackpot winners in big Wednesday games

The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says nobody won three big mid-week drawings, so the jackpots are growing. Estimated jackpots Saturday are $290,000 for Easy 5, $500,000 for Lotto and $90 million for the Powerball. The biggest prize won in Louisiana for Wednesday night’s drawings was $10,000. The lottery corporation says one ticket matched four of the five… Continue reading →

Millions in U.S. expected to shop on Thanksgiving Day

Advocate file photo -- Shoppers stand in line outside Old Navy next to Cortana Mall on Thanksgiving Day in 2013. Old Navy is among a group retailers that occupy the Florline Commons shopping center on the mall's ring road. Florine Commons was sold to a California investor..

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what’s quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when a few stores started opened late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day… Continue reading →

Changes to State Capitol traffic plan put on hold

Advocate Photo by MARSHA SHULER -- Visitors to the State Capitol this holiday season are in a construction zone with chain-link fences, ripped up pavement and materials stacked all around. It's part of a $4.37 million project.

Major traffic pattern changes planned as part of a State Capitol security upgrade are being delayed, the state’s construction manager said. The Louisiana Legislature begins its 2015 session in April, and there is a concern that the road work would not be completed in time, State Office of Facility Planning and Control Director Mark Moses said. Rather… Continue reading →

Louisiana college students carry lower loan costs, but the load is growing

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A national report showing Louisiana students graduate with debt below the national average supports LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander's oft-repeated contention that LSU is a bargain.

Louisiana college students continue to graduate with lower average debt loads than graduates in most states across the country. A new report from the Project on Student Debt at The Institute for College Access & Success, or TICAS, also found fewer than half of the students graduating from Louisiana colleges and universities… Continue reading →

New Orleans mulls a smoke ban in public places

Advocate file photo -- The New Orleans City Council is considering an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cigarette with that Sazerac cocktail at a French Quarter bar might become a thing of the past in one of America’s most famously libertine cities. In a move surely to divide opinions, the New Orleans City Council is considering an ordinance to make it illegal to smoke in bars, casinos, parks, at… Continue reading →

DHH head: ‘alarming rate’ of ADHD medication in La.

Louisiana Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert

Louisiana’s health secretary says the state has an “alarming rate” of medicating kids for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Secretary Kathy Kliebert will hold a free symposium about the syndrome in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Dec. 9. She says parents, teachers, health care professionals and others are welcome. Topics will include frequency of diagnosis, medication rates, and… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Jindal comments on Ferguson, Politico reports

Associated Press photo by MELINDA DESLATTE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the potential contenders for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination who Politico.com sought out comments from on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the announcement that a grand jury opted not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown. To read the complete… Continue reading →

Presidents pick up the check for their meals

FILE - This Aug. 14, 2012, file photo shows President Barack Obama paying for his coffee and muffins at the Coffee Connection, Tuesday, in Knoxville, Iowa. Theres no free lunch, or breakfast or dinner, for the president on Thanksgiving day. Or any other day for that matter. He has to dig into his pocket to pay for the holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes, and six different kinds of pie. Its a longstanding practice that presidents pay for meals for themselves, their families and personal guests. Obama also pays for other basics, everything from toothpaste to dry-cleaning. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter. He has to dig into his pocket to pay for his holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes and six different kinds of pie.… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Jindal’s chief of staff makes local 40 under 40 list

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kyle Plotkin

Kyle Plotkin, who became Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief of staff earlier this year, has been named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” list for 2014. To read the complete blog post, please click here.… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Nov. 27, 2014

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman’s work appears in The New Orleans Advocate four days a week. Follow this link to the cartoon.Continue reading →

Questions raised about Bill Cassidy’s part-time teaching

Associated Press Photo by Gerald Herbert --  Republican U.S. Senate candidate  Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, addresses supporters during his Nov. 4. election night watch party.

A spokesman for U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu’s campaign says documents posted by bloggers raise questions about U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s part-time teaching at the old charity hospital in Baton Rouge. Cassidy refutes the allegations, saying they’re based on an incomplete set of documents. Cassidy had worked for two decades at the LSU Earl K. Long Medical… Continue reading →

Cassidy fundraising outpaces Landrieu in run-up to Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff

Leading in the polls heading into the Dec. 6 runoff for the U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, also led in fundraising over his Democratic opponent, incumbent Mary Landrieu, in the latest filing period, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Cassidy reported taking in $2.2 million from Oct. 16 through Nov. 16. He… Continue reading →

Justice Department blasts Kurt Engelhardt in Danziger appeal, requests new judge in the event of retrial

FILE - In Jan., 2007 and June, 2011 file photos, five New Orleans police officers are seen in a combination of photos, in New Orleans. From left:  Robert Faulcon Jr., Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Arthur Kaufman. A federal judge on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013ordered a new trial for the five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled Tuesday that the

In their bid to restore the convictions of five New Orleans police officers in the Danziger Bridge shooting, federal prosecutors have taken aim at the judge who ordered a new trial in the notorious case, accusing him of overstepping his bounds and exaggerating the impact of an online commenting scandal that roiled the U.S. Attorney’s Office.… Continue reading →

Jaguars, Tigers, fans flock to New Orleans for annual Bayou Classic rivalry

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND Lois Turner cheers on the Southern University Jaguars during first half action of the State Farm Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

They won’t face each other on the football field until Saturday afternoon, but Jaguars and Tigers already are prowling the streets of New Orleans as the annual Bayou Classic kicks off its 41st year with a parade Thursday. About 200,000 visitors are expected to descend on the city to take in… Continue reading →

Group hopes to restore long-vacant Leon Godchaux High in Reserve

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- The old Godchaux Grammar school in Reserve on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

Efforts are underway to restore a nearly century-old high school building in St. John the Baptist Parish that has fallen into disrepair — a project that could cost close to $5 million. The two-story Leon Godchaux High School, near the intersection of West 10th Street and River Road in Reserve, has been sitting vacant since the… Continue reading →

DA candidates take off the gloves before runoff

Brian Trainor; Warren Montgomery

Reform has been a familiar campaign theme this year in St. Tammany Parish, where voters saw their longtime coroner packed off to federal prison and are now weighing which candidate should succeed 30-year incumbent Walter Reed, who chose not to seek another term amid revelations that a federal grand jury and the legislative auditor were scrutinizing the… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish School Board unsuccessful so far in luring Recovery School District charters back

Coleman Ridley

If the Orleans Parish School Board wants to draw academically successful charter schools back into its folds, those sought-after schools have a bit of advice: Polish your sales pitch, and explain what’s in it for us. The board of Crescent City Schools, which operates three charter schools in New Orleans, last week chided an OPSB… Continue reading →

Mayor Mike Yenni takes initial steps to create Kenner sewer department

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni

Kenner has taken the initial steps to create a city sewer department, a move that could bring the service, which is currently outsourced to a private contractor, in-house. Sewer services are now provided by Veolia Water North America, but Mayor Mike Yenni said the charter allows the city to create any department it deems necessary, and an… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish School Board asking voters to approve rededication of existing tax for upkeep of new school buildings

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A group called

The Orleans Parish School Board will be asking local voters on Dec. 6 to approve a proposition allowing the board to use some of the tax dollars it already collects to pay for long-term upkeep of the city’s new school buildings. None of this seems controversial, at first. In fact, the proposition would not even change… Continue reading →

Investigators: Algiers woman emailed, texted illicit video to embarrass teen

Jasmine Simonson

An 18-year-old Algiers woman was arrested in Plaquemines Parish on suspicion of distributing a sexual video involving two juveniles in an effort to embarrass one of them, the Sheriff’s Office said. Jasmine P. Simonson was booked on three counts of distribution of child pornography, said Commander Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The investigation began Nov.… Continue reading →

Teen, 17, wanted for auto theft

Cody Hunter

Police are trying to find a 17-year-old boy who is suspected in a recent auto theft. Cody Hunter allegedly stole the vehicle from the 200 block of South Dorgenois Street about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. The victim told police he saw an unknown man get in his car and drive away in it. The victim… Continue reading →

Presidential primary poll: Bobby Jindal far behind competition, but U.S. News analysis has good news for him

Gov. Bobby Jindal is shown in this June 2, 2014, Advocate file photo.

The good news for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is that, if he decides to run for president, his seat as the state's leader could aid him, according to a new U.S. News and World Report analysis. The bad news, according to a new presidential primary poll, is that Jindal trails Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov.… Continue reading →