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Rabalais: 2017 LSU baseball team has already delivered its 'big diamond moment'

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com:

OMAHA, Neb. — In the convention hall rising behind TD Ameritrade Park’s center-field stands is a cross section of memorabilia from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, a movable feast of the game’s greatest feats and most memorable players. It's making a layover here during the College World Series. Read more

LSU vs. Florida in College World Series finals: Game times, scouting the Gators, more

Advocate staff report

So they meet again ... the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators. Read more

Despite bipartisan support, some challenges remain as lawmakers wrestle with flood insurance proposals

BY TED GRIGGS | tgriggs@theadvocate.com

While Louisiana has just lived through Tropical Storm Cindy and the anniversary of last August's devastating floods is fast approaching, Congress is wrestling with proposals for revising the flood insurance program that have cost-saving measures clashing with fears of skyrocketing premiums. Read more

Here's how expanding Baton Rouge's city limits could spell trouble for the St. George Fire Department

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

As Baton Rouge considers expanding its city limits to envelop more businesses in the southeastern part of the parish, St. George firefighters saying they are the ones feeling the squeeze. Read more

Should Gov. Edwards punish uncooperative Republicans for thwarting his initiatives? Here's how he can

BY TYLER BRIDGES | tbridges@theadvocate.com

Gov. John Bel Edwards is facing the first of several key decisions centered on a single question: Should he try to gain more leverage over the Legislature by selectively punishing several of the lawmakers who thwarted his initiatives on the budget and taxes this year? Read more

Got flood insurance? You might be eligible after all for Louisiana disaster aid, thanks to changes

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL | dmitchell@theadvocate.com

Pat Forbes, a top state official behind Louisiana's 2016 flood recovery program, broke the bad news at meetings in late 2016 and early 2017. Read more

Baton Rouge among 12 cities tapped in Justice Department partnership aimed at violent crime

BY BRYN STOLE | bstole@theadvocate.com

Baton Rouge is among a dozen U.S. cities that authorities said has been selected to take part in a U.S. Justice Department program aimed at tackling violent crime. Read more

Contractor accused of taking $5,000 from elderly Baton Rouge flood victim, failing to finish job

Advocate staff report

An Alabama man was arrested Friday after deputies say he failed to complete more than $5,000 of flood repairs and remodeling for an elderly man, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.   Read more

New law requires signs warning drivers within 500 feet of Lousiana speed cameras

The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders will soon have to post signs notifying drivers about the monitoring. Read more

Council on Aging supporter funded buses that shuttled hundreds of seniors to Metro Council meeting

BY ANDREA GALLO | agallo@theadvocate.com

A Baton Rouge businessman and longtime Council on Aging supporter says he paid for buses that delivered seniors en masse to the June 14 Metro Council meeting, where they persuaded council members to levy a dedicated property tax for the agency that provides meals on wheels, bingo games and more. Read more

Man killed during Gonzales house party after argument with accused shooter's sister

BY GRACE TOOHEY | gtoohey@theadvocate.com

GONZALES — A 19-year-old man was arrested in Thibodaux on Saturday morning hours after fleeing an overnight shooting at an Ascension Parish house party that left another Thibodaux man dead, sheriff's deputies said. Read more

Report: Louisiana company behind Trump's 'Make America Great Again' swag raking in millions

Advocate staff report

Few have utilized swag as well as President Donald Trump, and the Louisiana woman behind his iconic "Make America Great Again" hats is happy to help — one million times and counting. Read more

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