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The Advocate, KATC challenge sealing of Iberia Parish sheriff's settlement over gun death in patrol car

BY JOHN SIMERMAN | jsimerman@theadvocate.com

The sealing of a settlement between Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal’s office and a family member of a man who was shot dead while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car in 2014 violates the First Amendment and state public records law, according to a legal filing Thursday by The Advocate and its Acadiana television partner, KATC. Read more

LUS chief bows out earlier than expected amid Lafayette mayor's privatization push

BY BEN MYERS | bmyers@theadvocate.com

Lafayette Utilities System director Terry Huval has abruptly departed city-parish government, three months earlier than expected. Read more

DIY couple tackles two-part addition to transform their cottage in Mid City Baton Rouge

BY CAROL ANNE BLITZER | Special to The Advocate

There are DIYers and then there's Sarah Kracke and Michael Book. Read more

Walt Handelsman's latest animation offers up a list of fun (?) political summer camps

BY WALT HANDELSMAN | whandelsman@theadvocate.com

Advocate cartoonist Walt Handelsman's "Political Summer Camp Guide" imagines summer camps the two political parties might hold. Spoiler alert, one of them had to close. Read more

Saints training camp preview: Burning issues, sleepers, bubble watch, more

BY NICK UNDERHILL | nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Here are some things to keep an eye on when the Saints open training camp next week:  Read more

Like father, like son: Drew Brees' sons, father show off trick shot skills in Dude Perfect video

Advocate staff report

It appears Drew Brees' passing and trick shot making ability runs in the family.  Read more

Gov. John Bel Edwards, AG Jeff Landry continue spat over death penalty

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

The spat between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over Louisiana's long-stalled use of capital punishment continued to play out on Thursday, as Edwards accused Landry of "deliberately misrepresent(ing) the facts" about why the state will not resume the death penalty at least for another year. Read more

Louisiana sugarcane farmers focus on trade, transportation in meeting with governor and AG commissioner

BY TERRY L. JONES | tjones@theadvocate.com

PLAQUEMINE — The region's sugarcane farmers took center stage Thursday as they grilled Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain on issues affecting their $1 billion industry.  Read more

Stephanie Grace: Disgraced New Orleans prosecutor's commenting storm sets off a real one

BY STEPHANIE GRACE | sgrace@theadvocate.com

Sal Perricone, the tough-talking former federal prosecutor whose insatiable need to go online and comment on his office’s cases triggered an epic scandal, should have known that “his actions had the potential to wreak havoc,” the state attorney disciplinary board told the Louisiana Supreme Court in its recommendation that Perricone be disbarred. Read more

Scalise, Graves, Higgins pick up more opponents as qualifying for Louisiana November elections continues

BY MARK BALLARD | mballard@theadvocate.com

Incumbent Congressmen Steve Scalise, Garret Graves and Clay Higgins picked up more opponents Thursday in what was a relatively quiet day for candidates to officially sign up for the November elections. Read more

Commission's routine bond vote becomes field for debate on Louisiana capital outlay process

BY MARK BALLARD | mballard@theadvocate.com

In an apparent statement on how Louisiana selects and funds construction projects, the State Bond Commission on Thursday took a routine vote that ensured contractors get paid and turned it into a debate on the capital outlay process. Read more

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