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  • Florida woman found dead with arrows in head

    November 30, 2014 5:12 PM

    MARY ESTHER, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man told police he shot his mother with a gun and a bow-and-arrow and then stabbed her Sunday because he claimed she "stole his diamonds and also gave his father cancer," authorities said. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office received a call at 2:48... more »
  • Investigators head to site of deadly chemical leak

    November 15, 2014 10:56 PM

    LA PORTE, Texas (AP) - A federal agency that investigates chemical accidents has announced that it will send a team to a Houston-area industrial plant where a chemical leak killed four people. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said Saturday night that it is sending seven people to the DuPont plant... more »
  • La. State Fair head arrested on marijuana charge

    September 14, 2014 2:36 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The State Fair of Louisiana's president and general manager is facing a drug charge following an arrest early Saturday morning. 43 year-old Chris Giordano was arrested for possession of marijuana according to the Shreveport Police Department. KTBS-TV reports Giordano was initially pulled over for failing to... more »
  • Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

    June 29, 2014 10:43 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in... more »
  • Fla. detectives head to La. To interview teen

    June 28, 2014 5:49 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Florida detectives are heading to Louisiana to interview a missing teenage girl who was found travelling with a registered sex offender. The two were found earlier last week after a sighting by a Louisiana truck stop cashier triggered a lengthy police chase where authorities threw down... more »
  • Smith resigns as head of seafood board

    August 23, 2013 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Ewell Smith has tendered his resignation as executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. Smith's resignation is effective Friday. According to a news release, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne accepted Smith's resignation Thursday and asked board chairman, Chef John Folse, and the board... more »
  • New hurricane center head turned fear into career

    June 11, 2012 5:29 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - When the National Hurricane Center's new director was growing up on the Florida and Texas coasts, tropical storms frightened him. Decades later, Rick Knabb understands storms better, but he still doesn't like them. "I'm still very scared of hurricanes," says Knabb, who left The Weather Channel to... more »
  • Coroner: Baby died from head trauma

    May 30, 2012 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says final autopsy results show the 2-month-old infant found dead April 10 in a puddle of water in Zachary died from blunt force trauma to the head. Clark tells The Advocate Tuesday Prince Javeion Deshaun Brown suffered... more »
  • Cab company head not liable in death case

    May 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A court has ruled that the head of a Bossier City taxi cab business cannot be held personally liable in a lawsuit over the death of a 12-year-old boy. The victim in the case was Justin Bloxom, whose body was found two years ago in DeSoto... more »
  • Miller to start job as BRCC head

    February 9, 2012 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor Andrea Lewis Miller is taking over the job next week after interim Chancellor Jim Horton wraps up his duties on Friday. Miller, who is moving from her job heading SOWELA Technical Community College, tells The Advocate she is "extremely... more »
  • East Feliciana names interim assistant school head

    January 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish School Board has named Edna Lusk Thomas, interim assistant superintendent with a Feb. 1 start date. The board also approved Tuesday an application deadline and selection process for hiring a new superintendent to replace Douglas Beauchamp, who plans to retire in June.... more »
  • 6 semifinalists named for Baton Rouge school head

    January 11, 2012 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has narrowed the list to six semifinalists in its search for a new superintendent. The list includes two candidates, Herman Brister Sr. and Maria Pitre-Martin, who are either working or have worked for the parish school system; two... more »
  • Sentencing postponed for ex-N.O. railroad head

    January 11, 2012 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the sentencing hearing for a former general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad who pleaded guilty to misusing the agency's money. James Bridger was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. delayed the hearing... more »
  • Southern University head see challenges

    July 8, 2011 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Upcoming university layoffs and academic program cuts are looming over this week's Southern University National Alumni Conference in Baton Rouge. New Southern Chancellor James Llorens, who has been on the job one week, said Thursday that declaring a state of financial emergency, called exigency, is... more »
  • Obama Expected to Name New Joint Chiefs Head

    May 30, 2011 8:07 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is expected to introduce Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as his choice to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a Rose Garden announcement Monday. Dempsey is an accomplished veteran of the Iraq war. He would succeed Navy Adm. Mike Mullen as the president's top... more »
  • A Baby is recovering from a head injury in Sunset

    October 26, 2010 6:47 AM

    A baby is recovering from a head injury in Sunset today. Her mother, Ashley Huval is charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile. She's accused of negligence that caused bodily injury to her 8-month old daughter who struck her head against the wooden part of the sofa. Huval... more »
  • Robert Travis Scott appointed PAR head

    October 5, 2010 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Robert Travis Scott has been named president of the Public Affairs Research Council, an independent, nonprofit research and public policy organization in Louisiana. Scott is currently chief of The Times-Picayune's Baton Rouge bureau. He replaces Jim Brandt, who announced in July that he will retire... more »
  • Sentencing Delayed for Head of Defunct Movie Studio for Selling Nonexisting Tax Credits to Members of the Saints

    September 29, 2010 1:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sentencing is being delayed until Jan. 19 for the head of a defunct movie studio who pleaded guilty to selling $1.9 million in nonexistent tax credits to members of the New Orleans Saints. On May 13, Wayne Read pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen funds... more »
  • Audit Finds Former Head of LA High School Athletic Assoc. Fraudulently Spent Thousands of Dollars

    September 28, 2010 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A legislative audit finds the former head of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association may have fraudulently spent thousands of dollars of association money including as much as $50,000 on cigars. The audit claims Tommy Henry, who served as LHSAA commissioner from 1983 until he... more »
  • Former ATC head investigated on stalking claim

    August 18, 2010 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Investigators searched the office of the recently resigned commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, indicating in a warrant they sought evidence of allegations that Murphy Painter had stalked and harassed a former assistant. Painter, who served in the ATC post for 14 years, resigned Friday,... more »
  • Head of Alcohol and Tobacco Suddenly Leaves Post

    August 16, 2010 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the state's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control left his post after Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff confronted him about an ongoing investigation into the office. Jindal's spokesman, Kyle Plotkin, says the governor agreed with Murphy Painter's decision to resign from the commissioner's... more »
  • Veron Foods Recalls Sausage, Hog Head Cheese

    August 15, 2010 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's agriculture department says Veron Foods LLC of Prairieville is recalling 250 tons of ready-to-eat sausage and hog's head cheese because of possible contamination by bacteria. The Department of Agriculture and Forestry says investigation of an illness revealed a sample contaminated with Listeria bacteria, which... more »
  • Man Who Held Gun to Boy's Head Convicted

    July 3, 2010 4:50 PM

    MARRERO, La. (AP) - A jury has convicted a man of holding up a Marrero barber shop by putting a gun to the head of a 9-year-old boy in the barber's chair. The Times-Picayune reports that a jury on Friday convicted 23-year-old LilRonald Williams, of Marrero, on two counts of... more »
  • New Gulf Spill Cleanup Head Says Job is to Listen

    June 23, 2010 11:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man who inherited the Gulf oil spill response from BP's embattled CEO said Wednesday that Americans have been too quick to blame his company for the environmental disaster now in its third month. "I'm somewhat concerned there is a bit of a rush to justice... more »
  • Head of Spill Claims Back to Gulf

    June 22, 2010 12:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man in charge of a $20 billion fund to compensate people whose livelihoods have been ruined by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill headed back to the coast Tuesday to talk with officials about the claims process. Kenneth Feinberg, tapped by the White House to... more »
  • Head of Spill Victims Fund Pledges Fast Payments

    June 21, 2010 8:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion fund to compensate Gulf oil spill victims pledged Monday to speed payment of claims as a federal judge considered whether to lift a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling. Kenneth Feinberg, who has been tapped by the White House to... more »
  • Remembering Coach Stokley

    June 7, 2010 7:32 PM

    Friends are remembering former UL Lafayette Head Football Coach, Nelson Stokley. He died Saturday at the age of 66. Stokley was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease over three years ago. Friends say, although the disease became more present in his final days, they're focused on remembering the great life he lived.... more »
  • Woman Killed in Car Jacking

    May 11, 2010 10:01 AM

    COVINGTON, La. - A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for his role in the killing of a Mandeville woman during an aborted carjacking. Jason Gainey pleaded guilty earlier to armed robbery. Authorities allege that he and Dominic Robinson followed Samantha Jaume and her four children... more »
  • State Head Republican Running For Lt. Governor

    March 30, 2010 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the state Republican Party announced Tuesday that he is running for lieutenant governor this fall. Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere said he was launching a campaign focused on economic development, tourism promotion and conservative values. "We need strong, principled leaders who... more »
  • Head Of NOLA NAACP Chapter Resigns From Police Chief Search

    March 29, 2010 3:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This city's incoming mayor, the first white mayor in three decades, ran into his first hurdle on Monday when black community leaders said his handling of a police chief search was overly secretive. Until Monday, the election and transition work of Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu had... more »

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