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Probe of ex-St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain includes allegations he sexually abused teenagers

BY SARA PAGONES, RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS AND GORDON RUSSELL | Advocate staff writers

Federal authorities have already implicated Jack Strain in a kickback scheme while he was sheriff of St. Tammany Parish, but sources familiar with that probe say the FBI is investigating far more serious allegations — that the sheriff sexually abused a handful of teenage victims during his 20 years in office. Read more

Future of Baton Rouge's red light cameras uncertain after Metro Council rejects extending contract

BY LEA SKENE | lskene@theadvocate.com

Baton Rouge's controversial red light camera program faces an uncertain future after the Metro Council failed to renew a contract Wednesday — a decision that could allow drivers to blow through intersections without consequences while officials scramble to fill a void in public safety funding after the current pact expires Dec. 31. Read more

Price tag for paying BRPD officers on par with peer agencies? $20 million a year, experts say

BY LEA SKENE | lskene@theadvocate.com

Paying Baton Rouge police officers at rates comparable to peer agencies would cost more than $20 million a year, according to preliminary findings from an ongoing department pay study.  Read more

Iberville fourth-grader writes, publishes anti-bullying book after she was picked on for wearing glasses

By EMMA KENNEDY | ekennedy@theadvocate.com

Marcayah Carter was teased last school year when she started wearing glasses. Even though she could see better and she picked mint green frames — her favorite color — they laughed. Read more

Baker charter school teacher arrested for alleged battery of students; she's no longer teaching

BY CHARLES LUSSIER and GRACE TOOHEY | clussier@theadvocate.com, gtoohey@theadvocate.com

A teacher at Advantage Charter Academy in Baker has been arrested after allegations that she hit students, according to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn. Read more

Metro Council prepares to go after retaliatory slumlords who run 'deplorable' rental housing

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is preparing to go after slumlords after hearing Wednesday from renters about moldy apartments, cockroach infestations and leaky homes. Read more

Clinton council forced to defer budget adoption; city $150K behind in bills

By JAMES MINTON | Special to The Advocate

CLINTON — The mayor and Board of Aldermen were unable Tuesday to adopt a revised budget for this year and a new budget for 2019 because the documents were not available for public inspection before the meeting. Read more

Parents of former Lusher student accused of wanting to 'shoot up' school sue district, another parent

BY DELLA HASSELLE | dhasselle@theadvocate.com

A year after a Lusher Charter School student surrendered to police following accusations that he had threatened to “shoot up” his campus, his parents have filed a lawsuit in Civil District Court accusing the local school district and a parent of falsely accusing their son and spreading bogus claims. Read more

Grant Delpit named unanimous All-American; ninth LSU player in history to receive the honor

BY BROOKS KUBENA | bkubena@theadvocate.com

LSU strong safety Grant Delpit has joined elite company in Tigers football history. Read more

Saints release Brandon Marshall, claim TE Erik Swoope off waivers

BY NICK UNDERHILL | nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Brandon Marshall is leaving New Orleans without ever having played a snap for the team. Read more

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