Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty’’ Kimball is on the fast track to recovery after suffering a stroke, according to an update posted on the court’s Web site last week. The first woman elected to the state’s highest court and consequently the first to serve as chief justice, the 64-year-old Kimball was rushed to an emergency room Sunday, Jan. 10, to remove the blockage. Three days later she was out of intensive care and talking “extensively” with family and physicians. Kimball’s stroke came almost a year to the day she was sworn in as chief justice; she had served as an associate justice since 1992. The state Supreme Court said Kimball’s condition “continues to improve rapidly” and that there are “no known remaining blockages.” Her doctors, meanwhile, are excited about her prospects. That’s one tough lady. We wish her the best.
What was this guy really up to? A 27-year-old New Iberia man was cuffed and stuffed last week by St. Martin Parish deputies who say they spotted him parked alongside La. 347 in Parks in an SUV bearing official-looking law enforcement decals. The vehicle also had functioning police lights and a siren. And the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Cody Theriot, was wearing clothing common to cops — tactical-style pants, whatever those are, and a reflective “K-9 Search and Rescue Team” jacket. Also in his possession, according to the sheriff’s officer, were badges, handcuffs, a police scanner and a riot baton. The one thing Theriot didn’t have was gainful employment by a law-enforcement agency. This would be sad if it wasn’t so scary.
It’s a toss up this week between two characters who played roles in the story of a bomb found planted last week in a portable toilet at a construction site at River Ranch: the malcontent who manufactured the crude bomb, or the dunderhead who discovered it. Sources tell us the bomb was probably a dud, constructed through a poor reading of Cliff’s Notes for Bombers. But a bomb is a bomb. What’s astonishing, according to one of those same sources, is that a plumber discovered the bomb when he stepped into the porta-potty. Rather than alert authorities, he sat down and tended to his own plumbing while handling the explosive device, even cutting one end and pouring the material into his hand, at which time he realized it was indeed a BOMB. His business still unfinished, he remained for a while — bomb now back down at his feet, before finally taking the device to the construction company’s office trailer to show everyone else! Only then were police alerted.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
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Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
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Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
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Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
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An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.