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New Orleans breast surgeonaccused of rape back in court; attorneys want judge to review evidence of past sexual history

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans plastic surgeon Alireza 'Ali' Sadeghi leave jail after making bond Monday, May 16, 2016.

Attorneys for noted local breast surgeon and alleged rapist Dr. Alireza “Ali” Sadeghi asked an Orleans Parish judge on Tuesday to hold a closed-door hearing over the past sexual history between the doctor and his accuser, some of which he allegedly videotaped. Sadeghi’s attorneys said Tuesday they are pressing toward a quick August trial date for Sadeghi… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: Tigers catching plans are on an ‘earn it’ basis

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU catcher Michael Papierski (2) waits for the sign from LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn in the second inning against New Orleans, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Catching LSU’s regional games will come on an ‘earn it’ basis. Though he and his coaching staff discussed numerous scenarios Tuesday morning, coach Paul Mainieri was still unsure how he’d juggle Mike Papierski and Jordan Romero in advance of the Tigers’ regional opener against Utah Valley on Friday. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do,”… Continue reading →

14-year-old wanted in shooting of fellow teen in New Orleans East

Tyrone Walton

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a 14-year-old who officers allege shot another boy of the same age in New Orleans East on Thursday. Police allege Tyrone Walton, who is three months shy of his 15th birthday, shot the other teen in the 8900 block of Morrison Road around 11:30 a.m. after an argument.… Continue reading →

Three armed robberies reported in New Orleans Monday, bringing total to 26 over Memorial Day weekend

Three more armed robberies happened in New Orleans on Memorial Day, capping a long weekend in which 26 stick-ups and carjackings in total were reported to police. A 25-year-old man putting out trash in the 2100 block of Cobblestone Lane in Algiers around 8 p.m. was approached by a gunman in a white Toyota Corolla… Continue reading →

Louisiana approved for first-in-the-nation Medicaid enrollment plan

Louisiana is set to become the first state in the country that will use food stamp enrollment to also enroll people in the newly-expanded Medicaid health care program. Enrollment for Medicaid expansion officially kicks off on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the state was notified that the federal government has approved plans to use information from the Supplemental… Continue reading →

Tolls a possibility to fund major road projects as state faces $12.7 billion backlog, DOTD leader says

Tolls are an option worth considering to finance major road projects, state Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said Tuesday morning. Wilson told a House committee Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is “very supportive of tolling as an option to fund transportation and to fund projects that are significant. “No major infrastructure in this country… Continue reading →

Sazerac signs Canada-wide distribution agreement

The Sazerac Co. in New Orleans has entered a long-term agreement for the distribution of its liquor products across Canada through Charton Hobbs Inc. Previously, the Montreal company represented Sazerac’s brands in western Canada and part of its portfolio in eastern Canada. Family owned Sazerac’s products include Fireball, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon, Southern… Continue reading →

Education Superintendent John White’s ‘somewhat peculiar’ absence noticed at Capitol after years of higher profile

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White

State Superintendent of Education John White used to be one of the most high-profile officials in state government. However, since January he has been far less visible, works on a month-to-month contract and serves as public schools lieutenant for a governor that has made no secret of wanting him replaced. “The absence of the… Continue reading →

‘It was immediately on fire’: Witnesses describe head-on crash that killed 1-year-old, 3 others near Clinton

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A burnt spot on the side of the road marks the fatal wreck site on La. 67 just north of Clinton. A 1-year-old and three others were killed in the crash, State Police said.

Update, 7:20 a.m. Tuesday
A 1-year-old infant and three others were killed in a fiery crash near Clinton Monday, officials said. The four people killed were identified as Brandon Temple, 22, of Norwood; Holley Thomas, 19, of Denham Springs; Hazel Temple, 1, of Denham Springs; and Jakyle Hall, 24, of Norwood, Louisiana State Police said. An initial investigation showed that Brandon Temple was… Continue reading →

Gov. Edwards, AG Landry in uneasy alliance to find coastal settlement as football field of land disappears every hour

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signs a bill to expand and jump-start Louisiana's medical marijuana program, on Thursday, May 19, 2106, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry are engaged in an uneasy alliance to try to achieve a major and long-lasting goal: a settlement with oil and gas companies to help restore Louisiana’s eroding coast. Billions of dollars are at stake — as well as the coastline. Landry and the governor’s executive counsel, Matthew… Continue reading →

Fire damages historic Uptown school building under renovation as apartments

Photo Courtsey of Karen Lozinski --  Firefighters battled a blaze Monday afternoon that badly damaged the former New Orleans Free School, a historic structure in the Touro neighborhood.

Firefighters battled a blaze Monday afternoon that badly damaged the former New Orleans Free School, a historic structure in the Touro neighborhood. The three-alarm fire remained under investigation, and authorities did not rule out lightning as a cause. No one was injured in the fire. The structure at 3601 Camp St. was built more than a… Continue reading →

Senate panel returns many state construction projects to capital outlay budget

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Louisiana Sens. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, left, and Eddie Lambert, R-Prairieville, both members of the Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs committee await staff to finish copying changes to the legislation that authorizes spending for state construction projects.

A Louisiana Senate committee rewrote the House’s version of legislation that provides spending authority for state construction projects. The Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs committee returned many of the projects that had been eliminated by the House, and then in a rare Memorial Day meeting advanced House Bill 2 to the full Senate… Continue reading →

Mandeville gas station fatal shooting legally justified, DA Warren Montgomery says; see surveillance of violent encounter

The is a still image made from a video of a man shooting another man in a Mandeville gas station.

No one will be prosecuted for the fatal shooting of Shawn Breland, a 41-year-old Army veteran who was killed April 4 after an altercation with a clerk and another customer at a Shell station in Mandeville. District Attorney Warren Montgomery said in a news release that his office will not pursue criminal charges based on the… Continue reading →

Key players, broadcast info, more: LSU, UL-Lafayette lead historic group of Louisiana teams into NCAA baseball tournament

Louisiana Tech, Southeastern, UL-Lafayette, LSU and Tulane will all be represented in the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament. (Advocate file photos)

Mark 2016 down as a special year for Louisiana college baseball as five state teams are headed to the NCAA baseball tournament... Continue reading →

Bill aimed at ending legal battle over World Trade Center project, motion to dismiss losing bidder’s case both up for consideration Wednesday

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has taken its courtroom spat with a losing bidder on the World Trade Center redevelopment to the Legislature, working with a state lawmaker on a bill that could make lawsuits over such public development projects financially risky.

The city’s legal spat with a losing bidder on the World Trade Center redevelopment project is expected to come to a head Wednesday as state lawmakers consider the final draft of a bill originally designed to foil a lawsuit over the project. Separately, an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge will consider whether to… Continue reading →

Latest Edwards, Landry skirmish: Oil spill recovery money

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards. ORG XMIT: BAT1601051615460496

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry are clashing over how to handle millions in BP settlement money from the massive Gulf oil spill, the latest skirmish between the statewide elected officials. The issue, which had been the subject of quiet dispute and a flurry of letter-writing over the past month, spilled into public… Continue reading →

Louisiana congressmen have impact on Puerto Rican debt crisis

Two Louisiana Republican congressmen are playing key roles — on opposite sides — in legislation aimed at addressing the looming $70 billion default by the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. HR5278, on which the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote as early as Wednesday, essentially would establish an oversight board to help Puerto Rico manage… Continue reading →

Kenner could soon join the rest of Louisiana in offering 2-year brake tags

Drivers in Kenner soon may be able to take advantage of a convenience already available in most other parts of Louisiana: two-year brake tags. Right now, motorists living in Kenner have to get vehicle inspection stickers every year. But the City Council is scheduled to discuss approving the two-year option at a meeting Thursday.… Continue reading →

TOPS, hospitals cut in Senate panel’s proposed budget; medical waiver program funding restored

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- House Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, presented the Louisiana House's version of the state budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1 to the Senate Finance committee on Memorial Day. House Fiscal Division Director Patrick Goldsmith sits to Henry's left.

Senate finance leaders on Monday reprioritized items in the latest version of the state budget to put money back toward services for programs that benefit the elderly and disabled — largely at the expense of safety net hospitals and the popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. Lawmakers likely are still weeks away from finalizing a state spending… Continue reading →

Violent holiday weekend in New Orleans includes double murder in Broadmoor, string of armed robberies

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Two men were shot to death on Gen Taylor Street Monday, May 30, 2016 around midday.

Two men were slain at a Broadmoor house late Monday morning during a violent Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans. Over the course of the holiday weekend, dozens of New Orleanians had a gun pointed at them in robberies and carjackings, and a 35-year-old man was shot Monday afternoon in the 7th Ward. From Friday… Continue reading →

Marvelous May gives LSU baseball No. 8 national seed; Baton Rouge regional to be shown online-only

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU baseball player Jared Poche' applauds during the announcement of the teams ranking on Monday morning during an NCAA selection show watch party at Alex Box stadium club house.

While Clemson flashed as the No. 7 national seed inside the Alex Box Stadium Champion’s Club, a nervous hush enveloped those assembled. “I thought we were going to get that seven-spot,” Kramer Robertson said. “They got it I was like ‘Oh man.’” Paul Mainieri kept a tight eye on his cell phone… Continue reading →

Tulane leaving Louisiana, headed to Ole Miss for baseball regional (with video)

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane bench erupts in celebration after Tulane's Jeremy Montalbano (33) hit a walkoff homer in the 9th inning against Cincinnati at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 16 2016.

With the Baton Rouge regional bracket already having come and gone, the sense of anticipation at Tulane’s watch party reached a crescendo as the Lafayette pairings were revealed. To everyone’s surprise, the Green Wave’s name did not appear. But second-year coach David Pierce was OK with missing out on potential rematches with LSU or Louisiana-Lafayette. Seconds… Continue reading →