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The American Family Association will pay LSU an estimated $18,500 to hold a prayer rally, featuring Gov. Bobby Jindal, in the campus arena that’s home to the Tiger basketball teams. The Advocate obtained a copy of the contract between AFA and LSU through a public records request.

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Water leak shorts power
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:39

The Lafayette Parish Courthouse is scheduled to reopen Thursday after an electrical short left the building without power and forced its closure all day Wednesday.

Construction crews have been renovating the top floors of the courthouse, and power went down Tuesday afternoon. A worker draining a sprinkler line leaked water onto the floor and into a piece of electrical equipment that reaches down to the basement, City-Parish Facilities Manager Jim Gros said.

He said the water caused a short in one of the main electrical distribution panels and tripped a main breaker.

YOUNGSVILLE This city’s residents are being asked to rate their government and give voice to how they want to see their fast-growing community take shape for the future.

Residents have through Friday to answer an anonymous online survey that’s designed to get their views on Youngsville’s infrastructure, services, amenities and employees, and to rank the areas they deem most important in constructing a master plan.

City officials developed the 34-question survey with Associate Management Professor Patricia Lanier, Ph.D.

Youngsville chief-elect announces assistant
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 18:39

YOUNGSVILLE — Incoming Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux on Wednesday named his second-in-command, a week after the council restored funding for an assistant chief of police position and two years after then-Chief Earl Menard eliminated it.

Youngsville resident Nick Latiolais, 45, will assume the role Jan. 1.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people, and they’re excited about what me and Rickey are bringing to the Youngsville Police Department,” Latiolais said.

Latiolais, a Breaux Bridge native, has worked for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for 20 years, and he worked beside Boudreaux there for more than 15 years.

The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons have played many memorable and meaningful games during their shared history. Another of those games could occur Sunday, when

New Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe continued making his push through the New Orleans area on beefing up the Colonels 2015 recruiting class when he picked

After watching his team struggle before a strong fourth-quarter push led to a victory against Utah on Tuesday night, Pelicans coach Monty Williams concedes it is

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Netherlands says Facebook's revamped privacy policy should be delayed.
Last updated 12:25, December 18 2014
The national privacy watchdog of the Netherlands is concerned about Facebook

The national privacy watchdog of the Netherlands is concerned about Facebook's new policies.

A day after issuing an ultimatum to Google to adhere to its privacy regulations, the Dutch Data Protection Authority announced a probe into Facebook's privacy policy for handling user data and photos.

Google faces $21m fine for privacy violations

ARBIL, Iraq – Iraqi Kurdish forces on Wednesday, December 17, launched a broad offensive backed by mass bombing from US-led coalition warplanes to retake the northeastern Sinjar area from the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

In neighboring Syria, the bodies of 230 people from a tribe that rose up against the jihadists in the Deir Ezzor region have been found in a mass grave, a monitoring group said.

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