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Darren Sharper co-defendant Erik Nunez agrees to plead guilty; jury selection underway for lone remaining defendant

One of two men charged with joining former football star Darren Sharper in a scheme to drug and sexually assault women agreed Monday to plead guilty in New Orleans federal court, while the other man moved forward with selecting a jury to hear the case against him. In exchange for a 10-year prison sentence, Erik Nunez told U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo that he was guilty of a federal conspiracy to distribute drugs with the… Continue reading →_

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain leads 94-member trade mission to Cuba

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is flying out of New Orleans on Tuesday morning as the head of a 94-member trade mission to Cuba. The goal of the weeklong trip is to begin the agreements that will lead to Louisiana exporting rice, poultry and grains to the communist nation. President Barack Obama recently eased dealings with the country after a half-century of tense relations. “It’s important that we get our boots on the ground,” Strain… Continue reading →_

New Orleans woman’s 'sharp force injuries' killing inside Hollygrove home mystifies family

Gale Wiggins was not the type to let strangers into her house, according to those who knew her best. The 68-year-old woman rarely unlocked the door to her half of a white double shotgun house in Hollygrove. From time to time, even her son had to persuade her to let him in the house, he said. So when a neighbor saw Wiggins’ screen door open Sunday, she knew something was wrong. In addition, Wiggins, a… Continue reading →_

French Market suit alleges overbilling by parking firm that later got a contract from City Hall

Two years after the French Market Corp. canceled a controversial deal with a private firm to manage three city-owned parking lots and auditors accused that contractor of overbilling the city agency, the French Market is seeking in court to recoup what it says it lost. Meanwhile, that same contractor, SP Plus Corp., continues to collect cash from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration under a separate contract it received months after auditors questioned its dealings with the French… Continue reading →_

Search warrant: Baton Rouge police officers spotted butt of gun in Alton Sterling's pocket, saw him reach for weapon

Police officers spotted the butt of a handgun in Alton Sterling’s front pocket and saw him reach for the weapon before opening fire, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department search warrant filed Monday that offers the first police account of the events leading up to Sterling’s fatal shooting. Two officers, since identified as Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, arrived at the Triple S Food Mart on North Foster Drive about 12:30 a.m. July 5… Continue reading →_

U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell offers different vision for Louisiana

Shifting away from the anti-Washington rhetoric that, so far, has dominated the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, Democratic candidate Foster Campbell said Monday he supports a lot of the frequently maligned government programs because they help everyday people. “When Lyndon Johnson passed Medicare, you remember, ‘oooh, you pass Medicare, you’re going to break everybody, socialize all of medicine,’ ” Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Campbell told the Press Club of Baton Rouge. “Find me somebody now who… Continue reading →_

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