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Leah Chase, Justin Devillier, Alon Shaya honored with prestigious James Beard Foundation awards Monday night

From left: Leah Chase, Justin Devillier, Alon Shaya honored with prestigious James Beard Foundation awards Monday night.

Many familiar names were on the slate of nominees for the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night, and the three who took home medals represented a broad swath of the New Orleans culinary tale between them... Continue reading →

Records: City of New Orleans paid $40,000 to cabbie who videotaped local lawyer’s sex plea

Image from video -- New Orleans taxi cab driver Hervey Farrell shoots video of Jennifer Gaubert talking.

The city quietly paid $40,000 last year to a cab driver who claimed he was jailed on bogus charges based on the word of a local radio show host who had implored the driver to have sex with her in his taxi — an encounter he videotaped on his cellphone. The city cut a check to… Continue reading →

After Louisiana Supreme Court denies appeal of Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson's competency ruling, here's what's next in case

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Tom Benson leaves for a lunch during a break in his trial at civil district court in New Orleans Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday said it will not consider a request from the estranged relatives of Tom Benson to overturn a judge’s ruling last year that the Saints and Pelicans owner was mentally competent when he altered his succession plans. The twice-widowed Benson announced in January 2015 that Gayle, his third wife, would inherit his… Continue reading →

St. Charles Sheriff’s Office: Why mom’s boyfriend believed to be 16-year-old Jorion White's killer

A cross was recently erected near where the body of Jorion White, 16, of Kenner, was found in St. Rose. White's body was found April 24, 2016; the longtime boyfriend of her mother has been booked with murder. (Photo by Matt Sledge of The New Orleans Advocate)

Despite his claims of innocence, the longtime boyfriend of Jorion White’s mother was jailed Monday on suspicion of murdering White, the Kenner teenager whose lifeless body was found April 24 in a remote part of St. Rose. Daniel Lee Beckley, 40, killed White, 16, then used his car to dispose of her corpse about… Continue reading →

Declining bribe, questioning $50K donation fueled firing, ex-band director Roy King says in lawsuit vs. LSU

Photo by RACHEL SALTZBERG -- LSU band director Roy King

Fired Golden Band from Tiger Land director Roy King alleged in a lawsuit Monday that he was axed in part because he objected to how LSU used a $50,000 contribution from a wealthy university supporter after band members played at the donor’s son’s wedding in New Orleans. King, who is seeking monetary damages, claims… Continue reading →

Mayor Mitch Landrieu-endrosed bill aims to free New Orleans police from investigating minor crashes, but there's big opposition

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, watches the voting board in the House Chamber as 'yes' votes light up green for his HB953 Sunday afternoon. The bill, which would soften the impact of the Common Core academic standards, won final legislative approval on a vote of 70-to-17.The bill is likely to be the most substantive legislation on the subject to emerge from the 2014 session.

A bill in the Legislature that would relieve New Orleans police officers of the duty of investigating many traffic accidents in the city is facing fierce opposition from the state’s insurance industry, which says it relies on law enforcement to determine who is at fault in accidents. Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, filed Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Perhaps hard to believe, but there's one set of ex-Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ideas still in play in Louisiana

If there’s one thing that seems to unite the warring factions that make up the state’s political class, it’s the firm belief that many of former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s policies should be undone. Legislators, Republican and Democratic alike, are in the process of enthusiastically passing bills that can be read as direct rebukes to the former… Continue reading →

Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman says he's doing 'best job that can be done,' and federal takeover of New Orleans jail 'not the answer’

Advocate staff photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman announces organizational changes within the agency at a news conference Monday, May 2, 2016.

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman delivered a vigorous defense Monday of his record at the helm of the city’s jail, vowing to resist an attempt by the U.S. Justice Department to hand the keys of the lockup to a third-party administrator. He also announced a reorganization within the highest ranks of the Sheriff’s Office, including the… Continue reading →

Rod Walker: Don't blame LHSAA, but weather rule change a must for baseball playoff series

Newman coach Trey Guillot wasn’t discouraged after his team lost Game 1 of its best-of-three series Friday. “The best thing about a 2 out of 3 series is there is a tomorrow,” Guillot recalls telling his team after the loss. “But then they took our tomorrow.” They, in this case, was the LHSAA.… Continue reading →

Lusher administration calls unionizing drive divisive, power grab

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Lusher Charter School's Alcee Fortier Campus is seen in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 14, 2016.

The head of Lusher Charter School and her administrative team have come out swinging against the push to unionize teachers at the high-performing New Orleans magnet school, calling the move a divisive power grab that won’t benefit students. It’s the first big showdown between school managers and the union that used to represent local educators before… Continue reading →

At Baton Rouge events, John Bel Edwards attempts to build support for budget changes, Medicaid expansion

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. John Bel Edwards, third from right, and Dr. Rebekah Gee, DHH Secretary, second from right, discusses Medicaid expansion at an event. From left, Rodrick Perkins, BR council member Donna Collins-Lewis, Loretta Robillard, Originae Brown, Edwards, Gee and Linda Simms. The event is the first in a series from Gov. Edwards and Dr. Gee in the state on this topic. Gov. Edwards and Dr. Gee met with new enrollees of the Medicaid expansion program and made an announcement regarding the June 1 enrollment start date, including providing new information for the public.

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday made back-to-back appearances in Baton Rouge to appeal to supporters and community leaders on two of the key issues he’s facing — the state budget shortfall and expansion of the Medicaid health care program. The effort to plug a $600 million gap in the state budget that begins… Continue reading →

‘It’s a possibility’: Former LSU DT Travonte Valentine says he could potentially return to the Tigers

Champagnat's Nathaniel Holloway (31) and Travonte Valentine (75) chase after Victory Christian quarterback Caleb Lewis (2) during their high school days in 2013. Lewis, a walk-on, is now LSU's fourth-string quarterback. Valentine says he could rejoin the Tigers.

Travonte Valentine, a once-highly touted high school star who was dismissed last summer from LSU, said he has a “50 percent chance” to rejoin the program and play this season. The LSU staff, specifically coach Les Miles, has not made a decision on Valentine’s future on returning, but the team has been in contact with… Continue reading →

Meet 19 undrafted rookie free agents Saints add to squad

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Dominique Tovell runs the forty yard dash during Pro Day on Wednesday at the Moncla Indoor Practice Facility. Pro Day allows NFL team scouts to check out the abilities hopeful Ragin' Cajun football players looking to get drafted.

The Saints worked the market of undrafted players hard to acquire a handful of players to compete for roster spots during training camp. The team announced on Monday it signed 19 rookie free agents following the draft. The largest areas of focus were on the offensive line and the defensive backfield. On the offensive line, the team added BYU… Continue reading →

New Orleans police academy gets new director, bigger class of trainees

A fresh crop of New Orleans Police Department recruits stood at attention Monday morning in front of their mayor, their chief and a new Training Academy commander as officials inaugurated the largest recruit class since the city resumed hiring police in 2013. Police said 39 recruits from around the country are members of NOPD Recruit Class… Continue reading →

Louisiana congressman John Fleming: Voters frustrated by both Republicans and Democrats' leadership

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, addressed the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday.

The frustration being voiced by the electorate this year is rooted in a Democratic Party trending toward socialism and Republicans who won’t do anything about it, U.S. Rep. John Fleming said Monday. “The Democratic Party has moved so far to the left that it’s fully aligned with socialism,” Fleming, a Minden Republican who is running for the… Continue reading →

Supreme Court reaffirms decision that amendment blocking convicted Louisiana felons from running for office is unconstitutional

The Louisiana Supreme Court has reaffirmed its January decision that a constitutional amendment barring convicted felons from running for state and local office for 15 years after their terms end is itself unconstitutional because of a technical error. The state’s high court had granted state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s request for a rehearing on… Continue reading →

Federal jury convicts New Orleans woman in health care fraud scheme

A federal jury in New Orleans on Saturday found the owner of a local health care company guilty on 18 counts from a 2013 indictment accusing her and another woman in a $3.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. Tracy Richardson Brown was found guilty on all counts following a five-day trial. Brown, 46, was convicted on a charge… Continue reading →

SBA honors New Orleans’ Perez APC and owner as runner-up U.S. Small Business Person of the Year

Angela O’Byrne, owner of New Orleans-based construction firm Perez APC was the runner-up for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year Award. Perez provides design and construction services and specializes in housing, government, education, recreation, hospitality and health care facilities. The company has more than 50 employees and 15 branch locations in the… Continue reading →

Grand Isle molestation cover-up suit settled in Louisiana state court

David Camardelle, mayor of Grand Isle

A lawsuit alleging Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle and Police Chief Euris Dubois intentionally botched the investigation into whether an elderly boat captain with ties to both men had molested a 6-year-old boy in 2010 has been settled in state district court. The trial was supposed to get underway Monday before Judge Stephen Grefer in 24th… Continue reading →