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Lafayette investigating recording of police officer using racial slur

Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:22
The city-parish administration is investigating an audio recording that a retired Lafayette police officer says is evidence of one of his former co-workers using a offensive racial slur when talking about a black supervisor. City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux confirmed on Thursday that the Lafayette Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, which was brought to light by former Lafayette Police Office Andres Landor. Landor, who is black, retired on Feb.
Group Benefits reserves continue to shrink
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:22
Once robust state Group Benefits reserves have fallen below what the state operated health insurance program’s financial advisers consider “safe.” The Legislative Fiscal Office reported the fund balance sat at $102.8 million at the end of January - down from a high of more than $500 million a little more than two years ago. The fund balance is the amount of money on hand after accounting for the medical claims incurred but not yet paid.
Four engineering, contracting firms combine under Bernhard
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:22
Advocate Staff Photo by Bill Feig -- Jim Bernhard Jr., chairman of holding company Bernhard and former CEO of The Shaw GroupA holding company chaired by former Shaw Group executive Jim Bernhard Jr. has combined four businesses to provide design-and-build energy infrastructure services. The four businesses under parent company Bernhard are Bernhard Energy, Bernard Mechanical, EP Breaux Electrical and TME.
New York Times profiles Whitney Plantation in Wallace, America’s first slave museum
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:22
America’s first slave museum, the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, and the odd circumstances that led to its establishment are profiled in The New York Times Magazine. The article describes how the plantation, 35 miles west of New Orleans on River Road, was built — “largely in secret and under decidedly unorthodox circumstances.” See The Advocate’s story on the slavery museum. The museum lies on property where slaves toiled for more than 100 years, in a…
Slidell couple arrested after beer poured down 1-year-old boy's throat, police say
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:21
A Slidell man is accused of forcing a 1-year-old boy to drink beer by pouring it down his throat -- and his girlfriend is accused of
4 teens arrested after punching, robbing man who chastised their saggy pants style
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:21
Four teenage boys have been arrested after St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's deputies say they followed a Reserve man to his home, and assaulted him
Man shot by JPSO deputies during a narcotics investigation in New Orleans
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:21
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2 arrested after shots fired outside Chalmette Wal-Mart
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:14
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Two individuals have been arrested after shots were fired in a Chalmette Wal-Mart parking lot early Monday morning. Officers are also searching for a person of interest in the case. Deputies say that shots were fired outside of the store, located in the 8100 block of W. Judge Perez Drive, around 2 a.m. Monday. Officials with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office say that two men exchanged words while at the…
Washington politics, 'gotcha!' journalism and beetles kill a Beatle's memorial: James Varney/Thursday links
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:10
Wouldn't it be nice if everyone got along. Of course, if that were the case there would be no politics. Despite political differences, President Obama's pick
Lafayette rapper ‘Vicious’ convicted of ‘inciting a riot with death’
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:21
A 12-member jury returned a guilty verdict late Wednesday in the trial of Lafayette rapper Eric “Vicious” Johnson, accused of inciting retaliatory violence that led to the 2012 shooting death of 43-year-old Ray Ryan. The jury deliberated for a little more than three hours Wednesday night before announcing Johnson’s conviction on the charge of “inciting a riot with death,” according to the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court’s office. It’s the first time the charge has…

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