Lawyers in defamation case seek settlement

Lonnie Smart’s defamation case against the city of Westlake was scheduled for a hearing in district court Friday but was quickly postponed, as lawyers for both sides seek an out-of-court settlement to present to the City Council.

Attorney Dannie P. Garrett III, who is representing Smart, said his client and the city are looking for a way “to amicably resolve the matter,” which prompted yesterday’s decision to seek a settlement.

Louisiana sixth-best state for business

Louisiana ranked sixth in the Top States for Doing Business in 2014, with Southwest Louisiana leading the pack, according to a national publication.

The survey by Area Development magazine ranked states on 18 categories, including business environment, labor climate, infrastructure and global access. It mentioned the “huge momentum behind Louisiana’s already-strong position in hydrocarbon processing and transportation, as the fracking boom takes hold across America’s mid-section and much of the new supply is funneled to and through Louisiana.”

Landrieu blocks bill again

For the second time this summer, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., blocked passage of a bipartisan Senate bill to impose economic sanctions against Venezuela.

Landrieu’s move came on Tuesday as the Senate sought to pass the bill by unanimous consent. Landrieu is concerned that passing the bill in its current form could result in the loss of up to 2,000 jobs at the Citgo refinery in Lake Charles.

Murder defendant's cousin changes testimony

A man who told police in 2011 that his cousin was at Sunlight Manor on the night of a murder changed his story in state district court Friday.

Tracey Williams said he was scared and high on PCP when he gave his statement after the May 31, 2011, killing of Westlake man Corey Demond Thomas, 32.

LSU played more like Paper Tigers

BATON ROUGE — Perhaps there’s a spot waiting at the Heisman awards banquet for Dak Prescott and — who knows? — maybe this is the year that Mississippi State wins the SEC championship for the first time in, oh, 73 years and crashes the very first College Football Playoff.

I wouldn’t go betting the house on it or anything.

But you wouldn’t swear against it if you were in Tiger Stadium Saturday night.

Streak is over

BATON ROUGE — Maybe Mississippi State is all Dak.

And more.

One thing we did find out Saturday night, the Tigers are not. Or are they?