NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An Orleans Parish sheriff's officer has been arrested after being involved in a fight with a person who had just been taken into custody while in court. The sheriff's office, in a news release, said Lt. William Holmes was arrested Thursday on one count each of simple battery and malfeasance in office. The charges stem from a March 1 incident at Criminal District Court where Holmes was assigned to court security.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former first lady Michelle Obama will discuss her upcoming memoir "Becoming" as she kicks off the American Library Association's annual conference in New Orleans. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will moderate a conversation Friday with Obama at New Orleans' convention center. Obama's book chronicles the experiences that have shaped her _ from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive to her time spent at the White House.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The leader of the Louisiana House is urging lawmakers to continue tax talks and try to break a stalemate that threatens to collapse the third special session this year without a deal. Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras said Thursday night his chamber is at an "extreme deadlock."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Three conservation groups have announced a federal lawsuit saying the government has failed to comply with environmental law governing offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Thursday's lawsuit, filed in Florida, says federal wildlife agencies have not completed a formal consultation with the agencies regulating offshore drilling since 2007. It says the Endangered Species Act requires such a consultation _ and the publication of an opinion on the possible effects of such drilling on wildlife.
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