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Think you can fix Louisiana's busted budget? Give it a try!

Advocate staff report

Everyone in Louisiana thinks they're smart enough to tackle our state's two most prominent jobs: governor and LSU football coach. We can't help you with your playcalling, but if you think you've got what it takes to be governor, check out our Solve The Budget feature. Read more

Despite Supreme Court rulings, parole opportunities for juveniles convicted of murder in Louisiana uncommon

BY BRYN STOLE | bstole@theadvocate.com

A pair of teenagers walked up to a security guard in a New Orleans East apartment complex on a September night in 2010, scheming to rob him of his weapon. Read more

Governor's bid for major changes in teacher evaluations sparking pushback

BY WILL SENTELL | wsentell@theadvocate.com

Louisiana's 2010 overhaul of annual teacher evaluations was touted as a way to provide a meaningful snapshot of teacher effectiveness and improve student performance in the classroom. Read more

Ella Meaux, a fixture in the Lafayette community, is leaving her job at Borden's Ice Cream Shoppe

BY KAILEY BROUSSARD | Special to The Advocate

After nearly 56 years at Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe serving banana splits, nachos and ice cream, Ella Meaux is hanging up her cherry red apron to spend time with her great-grandchildren and to enjoy her garden. Read more

Thirteen candidates seek Senate District 2 seat

BY ELLYN COUVILLION | ecouvillion@theadvocate.com EMMA DISCHER | edischer@theadvocate.com

Thirteen candidates from seven parishes are vying for the Senate District 2 seat left vacant after second-term state Sen. Troy Brown resigned in February just before the Senate was planning to start expulsion proceedings following his arrests in two separate battery cases against women.  Read more

Aleah Craighton shows off HR power in Cajuns' romp over Georgia State

By Raymond Partsch III | Special to The Advocate

LAFAYETTE — Aleah Craighton can hit home runs too. Read more

Kentucky drills LSU pitching for 10 runs on 18 hits to hand the Tigers a 10-2 defeat and a series loss

BY LUKE JOHNSON | ljohnson@theadvocate.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The rain that blanketed Lexington was not enough to dampen Kentucky’s hit parade Sunday. Read more

Analysis: All talk, little action so far in La. Legislature

MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Spectators watching the public meetings of the Louisiana Legislature since state lawmakers began their work two weeks ago may be tempted to ask why very little seems to be happening. Read more

James Gill: Judge's alchoholism is sad, but will turn ugly if she won't resign for treatment

BY JAMES GILL

The first federal judge to be kicked off the bench was John Pickering in 1803, since when only seven more have met a similar fate. Read more

Jeff Sadow: A road map to transportation fixes without new taxes as speedbumps

Jeff Sadow

Many Louisiana leaders have insisted that only a gasoline tax hike can cure what ails state road construction. They’re wrong. Read more

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