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Before Sunshine Bridge crash, operator had 32 collisions, no enforcement action, records show

BY DAVID J. MITCHELL | dmitchell@theadvocate.com

Before ramming the Sunshine Bridge with a barge crane Oct. 12 and shuttering the 1½-mile long span, Marquette Transportation vessels had smashed into, collided with or brushed up against bridges at least 32 times across the United States since Jan. 1, 2013. Read more

Baton Rouge election guide: What's on the ballot, candidates, constitutional amendements, more

Advocate staff report

In the Nov. 6 election, the ballots include the congressional midterm races, as well as other state and local races, state constitutional amendments and local propositions.  Below are some of the races and propositions of note in the Baton Rouge region. Read more

James Carville doubles down on SEC criticism: I'd believe Saudi government before SEC office

Advocate staff report

Political consultant and LSU professor James Carville garnered national attention Monday for his fierce letter to the editor that criticized the Southeastern Conference for its handling of a controversial penalty and suspension assessed to star Tiger linebacker Devin White. Read more

Woman accused in abuse of autistic girl was also forced to live in shed, take drugs, attorneys say

BY CAROLINE GRUESKIN | cgrueskin@theadvocate.com

AMITE — A 20-year-old woman held in jail for two years on an accusation that she took part in the abuse of an autistic relative was herself abused, forced to cook methamphetamine, clean floors with a toothbrush and live in a backyard shack after being taken out of school at age 13, a federal agent has testified.  Read more

Rabalais: LSU coach Will Wade has earned scrutiny, but hardly conviction, in Christian Dawkins case

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

This should be Will Wade’s finest hour. In just a year and a half, he has taken an LSU men’s basketball team that went 10-21 two seasons ago to the second round of the NIT, assembled a top-four recruiting class and has his Tigers ranked No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press poll with the likes of Southeastern Conference heavyweights like Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn. Read more

Livingston man calls 911 to say he choked, killed his father, sheriff's office says

Advocate staff report

A 23-year-old man was arrested Monday after he called authorities to report he had choked his father to death, said Livingston Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Steele.  Read more

Armed man accused of rape in Ascension Parish arrested in Texas following search

Advocate staff report

Authorities arrested a Sorrento man Monday evening in Texas following a search for the suspect after accusations he raped a woman in Ascension Parish a few days earlier.  Read more

Louisiana soldier found with wife's body in trunk and kids in car, sheriff says

Associated Press

A soldier based in Louisiana was arrested in a car with his wife's body in the trunk, their two toddlers in the car, and his girlfriend driving, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said Monday. Read more

U.S. seeking to boost liquefied natural gas exports; $40.5B in LNG projects approved in Louisiana

Advocate staff and wire report

TOKYO — A top U.S. energy official said Monday that Asia is the center of growth in energy demand and offers a great opportunity to expand American liquefied natural gas exports — much of it already flowing out of Louisiana to foreign markets. Read more

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