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Report: Governor's office staff member resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

Advocate staff report

A key member of Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff has resigned due to allegations of sexual harassment, WBRZ reported.  Read more

Residents of Lafayette subdivision fear levee erosion will swamp their homes

BY BEN MYERS | bmyers@theadvocate.com

The erosion of a levee that protects 146 townhomes in the Plantation subdivision in Lafayette is creating an emergency for people who live there, as demonstrated by flooding this month that damaged more than one third of the homes, residents say. Read more

Gov. John Bel Edwards spends week touring farms, hears common concerns from vital Louisiana industry

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

EVANGELINE PARISH — Gov. John Bel Edwards has hit the farm circuit — a sharp change in scenery after a first year and a half in office focused on insider issues that kept the governor tethered to the State Capitol or, even worse, the state's disaster command headquarters. Read more

Cajuns surge forward in victory in Cayman Islands Classic

DAN MCDONALD | Special to the Advocate

Louisiana-Lafayette and Richmond swapped long and significant runs in the second half, but fortunately for the Ragin’ Cajun men’s basketball squad its run came near the end. Read more

Hazing deaths at LSU, other colleges this year bring increased scrutiny to fraternities, sororities

By KANTELE FRANKO and DAKE KANG, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The deaths of at least four fraternity pledges this year have helped fuel a re-examination of Greek life at U.S. colleges, which have long struggled with how to crack down on hazing, alcohol abuse and other unwelcome aspects without disbanding organizations that have loyal members and alumni. Read more

Britney Spears raffles tickets to final Vegas show to benefit flood-affected Louisiana schools

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

Pop icon Britney Spears is doing it again: She's giving back to the home state, and one lucky fan will get to spend New Year's Eve in Las Vegas with her -- all to benefit Louisiana schools' recovery from last year's catastrophic floods. Read more

Rabalais: No excuses, LSU fans need to make Tiger Stadium lit vs. Texas A&M

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

LSU is in a fight. A fight for championships and for relevance in a college football landscape chock full with programs thirsting for big-time success. Read more

KamGram? Two Dats? Saints fans give Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram nickname ideas

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have left an impression on fans this season. Now it's time to return the favor. We asked for your best attempt at a nickname for the Saints dynamic duo of running backs. Scroll below for some of the best ones.  Read more

Gov. John Bel Edwards to issue emergency Medicaid deals after GOP lawmakers rebuff extensions

By MELINDA DESLATTE | Associated Press

Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to sidestep lawmakers to enact $15.4 billion in Medicaid managed-care deals using an emergency contracting process, after House Republicans voted twice to block deals to provide services to 1.5 million people. Read more

Latest figures: $91.7M given to homeowners for flood recovery but much more available

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

Louisiana has distributed $91.7 million in recovery assistance to more than 3,100 homeowners affected by last year's historic floods, according to the latest update from Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration. Read more

Cash-strapped Louisiana grad students fearing thousands in tax hikes under House GOP bill

BY BRYN STOLE | bstole@theadvocate.com

WASHINGTON — As a Ph.D. student studying chemical engineering at LSU, Daniel Willis earns a roughly $25,000 stipend from the university to cover his living costs as he pursues research into using sunlight to disinfect water. Read more

Glut of turkey day traffic? Thanksgiving travel hitting highest mark since 2005

BY TIMOTHY BOONE | tboone@theadvocate.com

An improving economy is expected to boost travel over Thanksgiving, so people who are heading out of town for the holiday need to be aware. Read more

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