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Police said three people were wounded, one of them seriously, in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported one person was shot on Avis Avenue, while the other two victims were shot on Leonard Drive. The shootings happened shortly around 9 p.m.

Capt. Ronald Norman with BRPD said the man shot on Avis suffered a serious gunshot wound to the side. He added the shooting injuries the other two people received are not considered life-threatening.

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Sheriff's deputies responded to a deadly domestic shooting Tuesday night.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported it was called out to a domestic disturbance on Dotson Avenue off Scenic Highway.

Investigators said one person was shot and killed.

The victim's name has not been released.

No further details were available.

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Arts, music patron Kirkpatrick dies at 95
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:49

Edith Kirkpatrick, a former member of the Louisiana Board of Regents and longtime patron of classical music in Baton Rouge, died Tuesday morning at Baton Rouge General Medical Center due to complications from cancer.

“She was a very strong dedicated, gracious person who loved her church, who loved her family and her community, who dedicated her life to those areas, all the way up to a week ago,” said her youngest son, Kris Kirkpatrick.

Edith Kirkpatrick, 95, was born in Lisbon, near Homer, “a town of 125 people, and that’s on a good day,” her son said.

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Stringer Bridge Road changes face DOTD
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:32

GONZALES — Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said Tuesday that state highway officials plan to meet with him and other local officials at the end of April about what kind of long-term changes should be made to Stringer Bridge Road.

The road, also known as La. 935, was the scene of a deadly nighttime crash in February 2012 where two young girls died after their mother lost control of her car and drove into Black Bayou.

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One dead, four wounded in shootings
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:32

Four people were wounded and one person was dead after gunfire erupted in two incidents in different parts of East Baton Rouge Parish on Tuesday night.

Mike Chustz, spokesman for East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, said medics transported four people to hospitals after a shooting about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 9000 block of Avis Avenue, near Staring Lane and Hyacinth Avenue.

Chustz said EMS also was working a fatal shooting that occurred about 20 minutes later on Dotson Avenue, north of Baton Rouge.

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Landrieu urges Medicaid vote
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:32

Promoting it as a health care and economic issue, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed Tuesday for Louisiana voters to decide the fate of Medicaid expansion.

“The governor has clearly put his political future ahead of the future of the state of Louisiana,” said Landrieu, D-La. “Let the people decide what is fair, whether they want to expand and use over $16 billion” in federal funds.

“It’s kind of our last hope to let the people make the decision.

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It was a seminal moment in the case when attorneys for both sides discovered that in the homeowners’ policy, the fine print specifically excluded the intentional actions of the family’s children.

Thomas andDenise Breazeale, of St. Tammany Parish, said they were surprised to learn a homeowners’ insurance policy would not always include every member of the family living in the house.

The policies cover all manner of problems from slipping and falling to damage done by members of the family, such breaking someone else’s window.

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Political analyst Jim Engster addressed the difference of opinion recently made public between Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White. Jindal has gone on record opposing the implementation of Common Core testing in Louisiana releasing a statement Monday.

"We share the concerns of these legislators and also of parents across Louisiana. We're hopeful that legislation will move through the process this session that will address the concerns of parents or delay implementation until these concerns can be addressed.

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From LSU Sports

METAIRIE, La.— LSU defeated Southern Miss 13-5 in the 11th Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Foundation Classic Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

The Tigers, winners of eight of their last nine games, improved to 28-9-1. Southern Miss dropped to 21-17.

LSU travels to Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge).

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Deputy shoots, kills man
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:31

HAMMOND A deputy shot and killed a man Tuesday near Hammond in what started as a report of a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

Michael C. Nichols Jr., 48, was found holding a knife and standing over his injured 70-year-old mother, Barbara J. Nichols, inside a home in the 42200 block of Deborah Drive when Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies arrived about 12:35 p.m., said Trooper Greg Marchand, a spokesman for State Police.

Michael Nichols was shot and killed, although authorities have not yet released details on the number of deputies involved or the number of shots fired.

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