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Chances of historic Morganza Spillway opening are rising due to weather, officials say

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning stakeholders along the Morganza Spillway that it could be forced to open some of the structure's gates early next month because, based on current forecasts, the Mississippi River would overtop the spillway structure on June 5 and render it unsafe. Read more

In bail hearing, man charged with extorting Tyrann Mathieu alleges NFL star put bounties on his family

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

Attorneys for the man accused of blackmailing New Orleans-born pro football star Tyrann Mathieu tried to turn the tables Wednesday, alleging in federal court that their client fears for his life after the athlete put bounties out on the man's family. Read more

Bayou Country Superfest comes home to Tiger Stadium for 10th anniversary, second impression

BY JAKE CLAPP | jclapp@theadvocate.com

Producer Quint Davis says something clicked when the audience in LSU's Tiger Stadium erupted during Kenny Chesney's closing set at the first Bayou Country Superfest. Chesney was headlining Sunday of the two-day country music festival in 2010 — the night after Taylor Swift performed her first headlining performance in a stadium. Read more

Despite Mayor Broome's pleas, St. George transition bill approved by Louisiana House committee

BY MARK BALLARD | mballard@theadvocate.com

Voting along racial lines, a Louisiana House committee approved legislation to set up a transition should St. George elect to become its own city. Read more

Cheers! New brunch ordinance moves Sunday morning liquor sales up an hour in East Baton Rouge

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

Baton Rouge brunch fans can start ordering mimosas and bloody Marys at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Read more

Photos, video: See new SUV gifted to Slidell woman seen walking 6 miles to job at Walmart

Advocate staff report

52-year-old Anita Singleton has made her last 6-mile walk to work for a while. Read more

After thousands of missed trash pick-up complaints, Baton Rouge council wants an explanation

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is calling the city-parish's trash and recycling company to account for itself at Wednesday afternoon's meeting. Read more

St. Vincent de Paul creating new space to aid Baton Rouge's homeless, particularly in emergencies

BY TERRY L. JONES | tjones@theadvocate.com

The St. Vincent de Paul Society broke ground Wednesday on an expansion to a downtown-area shelter that will provide more beds to those in need during hurricanes, floods, overnight freezes and other foul conditions. Read more

At Owens Grocery & Market, Cynthia Green brings a Baton Rouge neighborhood together over soul food

By Donney Rose | Special to The Advocate

Cynthia Green believes the patrons of her restaurant, Owens Grocery & Market, benefit from taking the time out to enjoy a good meal. Read more

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