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Rabalais: Once the LSU Tigers were just playing around, but now they couldn't be playing better

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

HOOVER, Ala. — Mercy, mercy. Read more

Alton Sterling shooting: Key questions to answer as AG weighs charges against officers

BY BRYN STOLE | bstole@theadvocate.com

After the U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, his family members and others turned their attention to state charges, citing new details of the encounter revealed by federal authorities. Read more

Drainage woes frustrate East Baton Rouge residents -- and policy makers looking for fixes

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

Over a lunch of fish and grits Thursday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome addressed three of Baton Rouge's professional engineering organizations. She spoke of efforts to fill potholes and continue longstanding work on improving the parish's sewer system. Read more

Everything you need to know about Louisiana's possible special session

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

With less than two weeks left in the regular session, legislative leaders and Gov. John Bel Edwards now say another special session is all but inevitable, as the state braces for a $1 billion budget shortfall next year. Read more

Ed Price wins special election run-off to fill Troy Brown's state senate seat

BY GRACE TOOHEY | gtoohey@theadvocate.com

Edward "Ed" Price captured 63 percent of the vote Saturday in a special election run-off to fill the state senate seat vacated by former Sen. Troy Brown Saturday. Read more

'We're all in this together' is message at conference of law enforcement leaders in Baton Rouge

BY ROBERT STEWART | Special to The Advocate

The heads of Baton Rouge’s major law enforcement agencies gathered under one roof Saturday to preach a sermon bearing the same message: without each other, we are nothing. Read more

Despite losses due to flooding, East Baton Rouge schools opting against job cuts

BY CHARLES LUSSIER | clussier@theadvocate.com

Even as neighboring Livingston Parish is planning to cut 40 positions to deal with the loss of students after August's flooding, East Baton Rouge Parish, which lost an even greater percentage of its students, is opting to draw from budget reserves to avoid job cuts. Read more

Angola corrections officer arrested Saturday after authorities say she tried to sneak in drugs, contraband

Advocate staff report

A 26-year-old corrections officer was arrested Saturday after a routine shakedown found drugs and contraband in her car inside the Angola state penitentiary, Louisiana Department of Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick said.  Read more

Task force says end tax exemptions, lower rates. Legislators say not so fast

BY TYLER BRIDGES | tbridges@theadvocate.com

A profusion of tax breaks and giveaways in Louisiana’s tax code means tax rates are too high. That’s a major reason why a task force appointed by the Legislature last year declared the system “broken and inefficient.” Read more

From LSU football to full-time artist: Brandon Surtain has graduated and is painting 'real life' stories

BY ROBIN MILLER | romiller@theadvocate.com

While some of his teammates concentrated on the NFL draft, Brandon Surtain devoted his time to his memories of New Orleans' 9th Ward. Read more

Been there, done that: With LSU's season on the line, Allie Walljasper's calming presence pays dividends

BY JAMES BEWERS | Special to The Advocate

Compared to fellow LSU pitcher Carley Hoover, Allie Walljasper’s subdued personality in the circle may make even her most impressive outings appear uneventful. Read more

Bud's Broiler bringing signature charcoal burgers to Baton Rouge: 'It's a great market'

BY MATTHEW SIGUR | msigur@theadvocate.com

Hey burger fans, Bud's is coming back to Baton Rouge.  Read more

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