‘Max Gruver Act’ to strengthen penalties for hazing ‘will save lives,’ his parents say in emotional testimony 

‘Max Gruver Act’ to strengthen penalties for hazing ‘will save lives,’ his parents say in emotional testimony 

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In the House Criminal Justice Committee, as Stephen Gruver watches, left, Rae Ann Gruver wipes a tear from her eye while testifying on HB78 by Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, right, which is a bill to increase criminal penalties for hazing related to the death of Max Gruver at LSU Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Max Gruver’s photo is in front of the trio. (Bill Feig/The Advocate)

The Advocate | March 21, 2018

Story written with Elizabeth Crisp. LSU freshman Max Gruver died Sep. 14 of acute alcohol intoxication and aspiration following a night of hazing at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. Gruver’s parents, Stephen and Rae Ann, testified on behalf of a bill by Rep. Nancy Landry to make hazing a felony offense in Louisiana if a victim dies or suffers serious bodily injury.

 

Legislators warn bickering between parties will make it harder to come together on issues

Legislators warn bickering between parties will make it harder to come together on issues

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A disappointed Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke to reporter after the collapse of the special legislative session Monday. (Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

The Shreveport Times | March 5, 2018

Story written with Tryfon Boukouvidis. The article details the collapse of the year’s first special legislative session. The session ended without a resolution to the state’s budget problems, and legislators warned the insistent bickering between parties would make it difficult to come together on big issues in the regular session.

House fails to resolve budget shortfall

House fails to resolve budget shortfall

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Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, spoke to Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, on the House floor after Marcelle and three other Legislative Black Caucus members voted against Leger’s tax bill Friday. (Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

Bossier Press-Tribune | March 3, 2018

Story written with Sarah Gamard. The article details tensions in the Louisiana House after hours-long budget negotiations fell through and the legislative special session threatened to end without a solution to the state’s $1 billion budget shortfall.

What’s next for Raising Cane’s? A deal with Panda Express, franchise locations in Hawaii, Alaska

What’s next for Raising Cane’s? A deal with Panda Express, franchise locations in Hawaii, Alaska

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Co-founder and co-CEO of Panda Express Andrew Cherng stands in front of the LSU Student Union Panda Express on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Dilyn Stewart/The Daily Reveille)

The Advocate | February 11, 2018

A quick-turn news story about Panda Express co-founder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng’s visit to LSU’s campus. Cherng toured the Panda Express location in LSU’s Student Union. The CEO was in Baton Rouge for the annual Raising Cane’s Operators Conference after Cherng’s Panda Restaurant Group inked a deal with the Baton Rouge-based company to franchise the chicken finger restaurant in Hawaii and Alaska. The article was originally published in The Daily Reveille and later picked up by The Advocate.

 

Community reaches out after little league theft

Community reaches out after little league theft

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The Desert Sun | July 21, 2017

A follow-up article I wrote on a local theft in Cathedral City. Thieves ransacked a local little league’s equipment shed and made off with 80 percent of the league’s equipment. Community members stepped in immediately to pledge donations, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who offered to replace all of the stolen equipment.