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Yes, that's Joe Burrow in that Baton Rouge mural

Dec. 8, 2019 12:02 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow doesn't quite look like himself — yet — but it doesn't matter. Drivers along Government Street know who he is, and they're even slowing their vehicles to get a look at the emerging mural highlighting LSU's Heisman Trophy hopeful on the side of Lemoine's...

The girl who dreams to live on Mars

Dec. 7, 2019 3:00 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — For Alyssa Carson, colonizing Mars is just the first step in saving the human race. The 18-year-old astrobiology student at Florida Tech remembers when she was nine years old, she had the opportunity to meet and speak to former NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus at the Sally Ride Science...

Fiery crash closes Interstate 10 in Louisiana

Dec. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

A fiery crash involving a car and an 18-wheeler led to a shutdown of Interstate 10 in southeast Louisiana on Friday afternoon. State police social media posts said all lanes were closed at the Grammercy exit between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. There were no immediate reports of injuries. But The Advocate of...

Louisiana state dog handler arrested after animal's death

Dec. 6, 2019 10:51 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A deputy with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office was arrested Friday on charges that include animal cruelty following the death of a working dog. News outlets reported that Robert Fain, 28, of Haughton was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish. Officials said Fain was a deputy...

Column: Coach O turns out to be the perfect choice for LSU

Dec. 5, 2019 4:26 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — He comes at you with that raspy Cajun timbre, his words delivered from deep in the throat in rapid-fire succession, often requiring subtitles for those not raised in the backwaters of southern Louisiana. Ed Orgeron's portly, weathered face reveals every line and wrinkle of a man who would...

LSU fans invited to grab a grassy gift ahead of championship

Dec. 2, 2019 7:10 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University fans will have a chance to take home an unusual souvenir as the football team heads to the SEC championship -- free slabs of Tiger Stadium sod. LSU Athletics announced that fans can claim their grassy gifts on Monday at the bullpen lot at Alex Box Stadium...

Burrow wants big home finale when No. 1 LSU hosts Texas A&M

Nov. 29, 2019 12:57 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU’s regular season finale against Texas A&M has deep personal meaning for Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow. It goes beyond any desire to avenge last year’s seven-overtime, 74-72 loss in College Station. It’s about more than the opportunity for No. 1 LSU...

Baton Rouge sees big drop in AIDS diagnosis rates

Nov. 29, 2019 11:54 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Baton Rouge no longer leads the nation for its rate of new AIDS diagnoses, and officials are crediting the increased use of HIV testing at hospitals. In 2016 Baton Rouge held the top spot for the rate of new AIDS diagnoses, but now ranks number 10. That’s according to the...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Nov. 27, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Nov. 27 The Advocate on regulating emissions: In Louisiana’s economy, it’s about oil and gas. That may seem obvious, but the phrase typically conjures up mental images of oil rigs, the exploration and production segment of the industry. A huge...

Red light cameras to remain in Baton Rouge through 2023

Nov. 27, 2019 1:39 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Those pesky red light cameras aren't going away any time soon in Baton Rouge. WAFB-TV reports the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has voted to extend the program’s contract until 2023. Tuesday’s vote comes after Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s push...