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Judge decries 'lousy leadership' of Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office in sentencing seven former deputies

BY RICHARD BURGESS | rburgess@theadvocate.com

Seven former deputies who agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a broad federal probe of abuse and coverup in the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were sentenced yesterday in a case that missed its main target: Sheriff Louis Ackal. Read more

Photos: Firefighters respond to Coastal Bridge Company fire

Lafayette firefighters responded to a fire at a Coastal Bridge Company asphalt plant on Perimeter Road, near the Lafayette Airport, just before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Department Spokesman Alton Trahan said the fire originated in heat transfer equipment used to heat asphalt. Some of the machinery, which is located away from buildings, was damaged. There were no injuries. Read more

Louisiana House members begin budget talks with eye on cuts

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday kicked off the process of crafting next year's budget, with several Republicans pushing back against calls for more revenue to fund state services. Read more

Louisiana GOP director leaving to join Trump administration

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

The executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party is joining the Trump administration. Read more

Truck driver OK after crashing through I-10 railing, onto ground at Butte La Rose

KATC-TV report

An 18-wheeler drove through the railing of Interstate 10 westbound and crashed to the ground near the Butte La Rose rest stop, state police said. Read more

Lanny Keller: 'Lame excuse' by Gov. John Bel Edwards for ditching tax reform

BY LANNY KELLER | lkeller@theadvocate.com

Has Gov. John Bel Edwards misread the public mood about tax reform? Read more

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