BATON ROUGE — Capital City Press, which owns The Advocate, is in talks with a potential buyer for the newspaper.
Richard Manship, president and CEO of Capital City Press, says the interested party is a private individual, not a chain.
A specific offer has not been made, and Manship isn’t sure if an actual bid will be submitted. If an offer is made, he said Friday he expects it would come in the next couple of weeks. Manship said a sale of The Advocate will be considered, if the price is right.
The potential buyer is not interested in purchasing WBRZ-TV, which the Manship family also owns. Manship says the ABC affiliate is not for sale.
Terrebonne chamber hires CEO
HOUMA — Gordon Crow has been hired as president and chief executive of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce.
He will begin work on Feb. 25.
Crow was selected after a 3-month search that followed the resignation of Drake Pothier.
Crow currently is president and CEO of the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce in Wyoming.
He served three terms as a state senator in Idaho and also had been director of government and community affairs for the Schwan Food Co.
for new launch
CUT OFF — Lafourche Parish officials have abandoned effort to put the Clovelly boat launch near Cut Off back into use.
Parish President Charlotte Randolph said a site in Larose is under consideration and could serve the same need.
The Clovelly launch was closed to free public use last year and has been converted into a paid launch its owner, officials say.
The launch provides access to Little Lake. It was open for years through an agreement between the parish and the landowners. Under the agreement, the parish maintained a farm road on the land, and the landowners allowed access to the launch.
The launched closed last year after the landowners began adding requirements in the deal with the parish, Randolph said.
Ex-parish president should pay $230K
NEW ORLEANS — Federal prosecutors argue former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard should be ordered to forfeit more than $230,000 in cash as part of his sentence for pleading guilty to corruption charges.
Broussard is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 25 by U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. The longtime parish president pleaded guilty in September to charges he cheated taxpayers in a payroll fraud scheme and took payoffs from a parish contractor.
The forfeited money sought by prosecutors includes nearly $130,000 that Broussard’s ex-wife, Karen Parker, was improperly paid by the parish. The total also includes $66,000 in bribes that Broussard accepted from Kenner businessman Bill Mack and more than $36,000 in salary increases that he improperly awarded to former parish attorney Tom Wilkinson.
Broussard’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, didn’t return the newspaper’s calls for comment.
NEW ORLEANS — Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday praised Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as a “relentless advocate for the people of Louisiana, no matter who was in the White House.”
Biden made the remarks during an appearance at a New Orleans fundraiser for the three-term Louisiana Democrat, who faces re-election in 2014.
He said his former Senate colleague “always puts Louisiana first...She will not stop until Louisiana’s interests are served.”
The vice president said she was instrumental in passing a federal law requiring that most of the money paid by BP in reparations for the 2010 Gulf oil spill go to the affected Gulf states. Before that, Landrieu won federal funds for the state after Hurricane Katrina, Biden said.
“She not only got the money for rebuilding New Orleans,” Biden said. “She got the money for building it better.”
Biden stressed that Landrieu is “not an absolutist, not an ideologue.”
“She’s consistently ranked as one of the most bipartisan members,” Biden said.
The Landrieu campaign estimated that 450 people attended the event at the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton, paying anywhere from $250 to $2500 each to attend.
The senator was introduced by her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Biden also recognized her parents, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu and his wife Verna, as well as other members of one of Louisiana’s best-known political families.
Sen. Landrieu was first elected in 1996, but Democrats have struggled in statewide elections in Louisiana and other Deep South states in recent years, particularly under President Barack Obama. Although some observers believe Landrieu could face a tough re-election fight, Biden said he is confident she’ll prevail again.
“I am confident that Mary and I are going to continue this journey through 2014 because you are going to re-elect Mary,” he said to cheers.
From The Associated Press.