LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has a new tourism slogan: "Feed Your Soul." Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser on Tuesday announced that the state's tourism department was moving on from its 7-year-old "Pick Your Passion" slogan to the new branding effort. The Republican lieutenant governor says the new brand tells travelers that Louisiana has soulful, rewarding experiences.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Supreme Court is revisiting the case of Rogers LaCaze (lah-KAHS') - who was convicted of helping a New Orleans police officer carry out a triple murder that shocked the city in 1995. The state court heard arguments Tuesday on whether LaCaze should get a new trial in the case involving former officer Antoinette Frank.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to a 2008 attack on a couple. The Times-Picayune reports 33-year-old Brent Simeon was sentenced on Monday to a total of 50 years in prison for the shooting death of Brandon Martes and the rape and shooting of Martes' girlfriend. Simeon was indicted on one count each of first-degree murder and first-degree rape, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges in an agreement with the District Attorney's office.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Love, hate and hot sauce are themes of a 19th century comic opera being produced this week as a kickoff to New Orleans' 300th anniversary. It's also the 150th anniversary for Tabasco sauce and the New Orleans Opera's 75th. "Tabasco: a Burlesque Opera" was stuck in an attic for more than a century when New Orleans-area conductor Paul Mauffray began searching for it in 2009. That search was sparked by finding a program from an 1894 tour in archives for the New Orleans Opera and its predecessors.
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