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Sanity hearing for alleged cop-shooter Carpenter postponed

A psychologist and the parish coroner should testify in court before any report concerning a defendant’s sanity is admitted into evidence, the attorneys for alleged cop-shooter Brandon Carpenter contended in a motion in the case.

Attorney George Higgins said he objected in 12th Judicial District Court on June 26 to the introduction of reports by Coroner Dr. L.J. Mayeux and pychologist Dr. John Simoneaux, citing the previously filed motion requesting the two experts be on hand to testify at the hearing.

Suicide prevention advocates brace for ‘copycats’

When a beautiful actress recommends using a particular shampoo, or a macho action movie star drives a specific model of car, the public listens. Many may follow the famous person’s example.

That’s why companies hire the famous, the beautiful, the influential to deliver their message to the public.

When famous people commit suicide, mental health and suicide prevention advocates always brace for “copycat” suicides from those who were teetering on the edge and find an unfortunate source of encouragement from someone they admired.

Most Avoyelles Parish schools to require see-through backpacks

There are only a few changes to the dress code for the Avoyelles Parish School District, but one is likely to rile some parents while the other may be seen as a relief.

First, the big news.

Seven schools will require clear or mesh backpacks -- Avoyelles and Marksville high schools and Bunkie, Cottonport, Marksville, Plaucheville and Riverside elementaries.

That means your son’s Thomas the Train backpack and your daughter’s Disney Princess backpack will have to be retired.

The requirement is part of an increased concern for school security.

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