Officials at the Lafayette Parish Coroner's office say the body believed to be Mickey Shunick is in such an advanced stage of decay they had to send it to face identification expert at Louisiana State University.
Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator at the coroner's office, said Wednesday Mary Manhein at the LSU FACES Laboratory will be handling the investigation of the body. Police found it buried at a cemetery about 100 yards off of La. Highway 10.
Talamo said it will be 24-48 hours before they will be able to identify the remains.
The Terrebonne Parish School Board has dropped a proposal to give Superintendent Philip Martin a pay raise.
The Courier reports Board President L.P. Bordelon said Martin asked the board to pull the motion Tuesday night.
The school board's executive committee had recommended increasing Martin's base salary from $134,500 to $155,000. No board member made a motion to adopt that recommendation, so the proposal failed without coming to a vote.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award a $100,000 grant to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to help fight the Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone."
Vitter says the grant will be used to help reduce hypoxia, or low oxygen levels in the Gulf, caused by increased nutrients transported from the Mississippi River.
The National Basketball Retired Players Association brings its annual Legends World Sports Conference to New Orleans next week.
The annual retreat for NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni will convene Aug. 17 to participate in a host of philanthropic events including giving a $25,000 gift to help rehabilitate basketball courts at Oliver Bush Playground in the Lower Ninth Ward. The group also will visit with patients at Children's Hospital and conduct free basketball and life skills clinics for at-risk youth.
SHREVEPORT — A stray hog went unclaimed, so the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office is selling it.
The black-and-white male hog was found July 23, running loose on Sparks Davis Road. The sheriff's office is taking bids from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the sheriff's substation at 4910 North Market. The hog will be there for viewing.
For more information contact Deputy Beaux Nunnery at 318-681-1120.
Federal lawyers are preparing to defend the Obama administration's moves to shut down offshore drilling in the wake of BP's oil 2010 oil spill before an appellate panel on Wednesday.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear an appeal by the Interior Department challenging a contempt of court finding U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued in February 2011. Feldman chided the department for its "dismissive conduct."
New Orleans police say recently received DNA evidence links a rape in 2000 and a sexual assault and killing in 1992.
They got a description last week from the woman who was raped in 2000. A police artist used it for a computer-created composite, then sketched what the man may look like now. Police released the two drawings in hope that people can help them identify the man.
The killing was that of 20-year-old Jennifer Altemeier, who was strangled on March 3 — Mardi Gras — 1992.
Residents near a large sinkhole that opened up in Assumption Parish are demanding answers and a plan of action from their state and local officials.
Officials told them Tuesday night at a community meeting in Pierre Part that they are doing their best to find an explanation for the 372-foot wide sinkhole that swallowed up bald cypress trees and evacuated dozens of people from their homes Friday.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped one of his cabinet secretaries to also be on the governing board for LSU.
Jindal's office announced Tuesday that Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle was the governor's newest appointment to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Angelle, from Breaux Bridge, is a member of Jindal's closest circle of advisers. In addition to his cabinet post, Angelle is the governor's chief legislative lobbyist and the administration's liaison for federal oil and gas permitting issues.