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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Closing arguments are expected to begin Saturday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer. Defense lawyers for Travis Boys wrapped up their case Thursday. New Orleans news outlets report that prosecution rebuttal witnesses and evidence were presented Friday, as prosecutors sought to counter defense lawyers' contention that Boys is mentally ill. Court went into recess Friday night.

EDGARD, La. (AP) - A Louisiana judge has rescheduled a trial for one of the two men charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two sheriff's deputies in 2012. Brian Smith's trial is scheduled to start Oct. 22. His trial had been scheduled to start last month, but state District Court Judge J. Sterling Snowdy's order on Friday says prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the new date because several pretrial matters remain unresolved.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - By a vote of 4-3, Louisiana's Supreme Court has rejected Gov. John Bel Edwards' attempt to revive his executive order protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government. The court on Friday refused to hear arguments on Edwards' April 2016 order banning discrimination in state government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Union Pacific is planning to invest $87 million into Louisiana rail improvements this year. The Shreveport Times reported Thursday that projects for 2018 are planned at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, along the Mississippi River, and between Alexandria and Shreveport. The improvements include replacing railroad ties and installing rock ballast.

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