Getting a fresh look

Advocate staff photo by Andrea Mabry -- Kentrell Veal, far left, and Natasha Howard from the Vanguard School of Cosmetology give Deville Gordon, a maintenance worker at the New Orleans Mission, a haircut on April 16, 2014. Gordon says he was laid off in March and has been living at the Mission so he won't have to sleep under the bridge anymore. The New Orleans Mission encourages its residents to renew their lives and become contributing citizens of the community, so students donate their time to give hair cuts, which the Mission says are

Residents of the New Orleans Mission received haircuts Tuesday. The mission, which works with homeless people, encourages its residents to renew their lives and become contributing citizens of the community, so students donate their time to give haircuts, which … Continue reading→

Westwego renews contract for traffic cameras

The Westwego City Council has renewed its contract with the controversial Arizona traffic camera company Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., with officials arguing the program’s success in curbing speeding is more important than the $625,000 it puts in city coffers each … Continue reading→

Bill would allow nativity scenes at public schools

Louisiana’s public schools would be given explicit authority to put up nativity scenes and Christmas trees as part of a holiday display, under a proposal that received the backing of the Louisiana House Education Committee.State Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, said … Continue reading→

School switch possible under bill

Students at poor-performing public schools could have the possibility of switching to higher-performing schools, under a bill that received the unanimous support Wednesday of the Senate.State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he proposed Senate Bill 61 to offer choice to … Continue reading→

Bill would remove legislative OK for commissioner

Efforts to get state lawmakers out of decision-making over the salary for Louisiana’s higher education commissioner are advancing in the Legislature.The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Tuesday for a proposal that would repeal the law requiring approval of the … Continue reading→

Speed enforcement device shot down

A Louisiana House-passed measure that would ban use of photo speed enforcement devices on Louisiana’s interstate highways neared final legislative passage Wednesday.The Senate Transportation and Public Works Committee - without objection - sent House Bill 896 to the Senate floor … Continue reading→

LSU student named as a Truman Scholar

LSU junior Marlee Pittman, of Baton Rouge, has been awarded the nationally prestigious Truman Scholarship. The scholarship is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential and a commitment to public service. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards … Continue reading→

Adoption records bill amendments target medical info

Adults who were adopted as children would get a glimpse into their birth family’s medical history under legislation that advanced Wednesday.The Louisiana House tackled the thorny issue after delaying debate just a day earlier. State Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, stepped … Continue reading→

Eardrum patch startup company wins $44,00000

Tympanogen LLC, a New Orleans startup company with a nonsurgical patch for treating holes in the eardrum, has won $44,000 in a major graduate-level student startup competition.More than 500 startups from around the world applied for the Rice University Business … Continue reading→