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BGR report questions $330M incentive deal tied to proposed New Orleans convention center hotel

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | rthompson@theadvocate.com

A local government watchdog group is urging officials to take a more critical look at a request for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of public subsidies for a proposed high-rise hotel adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Read more

Jefferson Parish officials insist they are working to find the source of odor problems

BY CHAD CALDER | ccalder@theadvocate.com

Jefferson Parish residents plagued by roving clouds of stench will have to wait until at least next week for more answers from state and local officials. Read more

Dangerously hot temperatures for south Louisiana this weekend, Weather Service says

Advocate staff report

It’s going to be hot and humid in south Louisiana, and it’s going to last all weekend. 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

How unequal is New Orleans? See where city, Louisiana fall on income inequality rankings

BY KAT STROMQUIST

Who is the "1 percent?" In Louisiana, it's a household earning at least $318,393 per year.  Read more

Did New Orleans City Council violate state transparency laws during Entergy power plant hearings? Decision expected next week

BY JESSICA WILLIAMS | jwilliams@theadvocate.com

The fate of Entergy New Orleans' controversial $210 million power plant proposal rests for the moment with an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge.  Read more

Attorney for woman accused of murdering her JPSO husband details why he believes death was suicide

BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | rvargas@theadvocate.com

A sergeant with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office had expressed suicidal thoughts and was dealing with a crumbling marriage and financial strife before he was found with a gunshot would to the head last month, according to new court documents filed Thursday on behalf of his wife, who is accused of killing him. Read more

St. Tammany School Board approves cell phones in schools for emergency use only

BY ANDREW CANULETTE | acanulette@sttammanyfarmer.net

The St. Tammany Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to allow students to bring cell phones to public schools but said they can be used only in case of an emergency. Read more

'Huge challenge' lies ahead for Orleans Parish schools after systems' reunification, superintendent says

BY JEFF ADELSON | jadelson@theadvocate.com

The return of all of New Orleans’ public schools to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board is a “major milestone” that nonetheless presents a “huge challenge” for the system as it battles slipping test scores and disparities in achievement, Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said Thursday night. Read more

Rabalais: Is the SEC East finally ready to measure up against the West once again?

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

ATLANTA — Once upon a time, the Eastern Division was the Southeastern Conference’s Camelot. Its power base. Its football fortress. Read more

In case of alleged sex crimes against 3 teens, St. John Parish judge pleads not guilty

BY MATT SLEDGE | msledge@theadvocate.com

The suspended St. John the Baptist Parish judge accused of sex crimes against three teenage girls pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday. Read more

Judge halts life insurance suit as wife investigated in Baton Rouge man's suspicious death

BY JOE GYAN JR. | jgyan@theadvocate.com

A state judge Thursday placed on hold a lawsuit that aims to resolve who is entitled to $750,000 in life insurance proceeds on a Baton Rouge man whose charred body was found in the rear seat of his burned truck in New Orleans in 2016. Read more

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