LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana-Lafayette plans to open a public policy center in honor of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a 1964 graduate of the university. Citing a news release, The Advocate reports plans call for the center to open next year in the Dupre Library, with $2.7 million in funding coming primarily from private gifts.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set for a New Orleans appearance next month at Dillard University. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans, plans to moderate a conversation with Warren on Aug. 3 at Dillard's Georges Auditorium beginning at 5 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana judge has set a March 11 trial date for the man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer last fall. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich set the trial date for Darren Bridges on Friday after ruling on a series of defense motions to suppress evidence. Bridges faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 29-year-old Marcus McNeil, a three-year police veteran, on Oct. 13, 2017. He faces a potential death sentence if convicted.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man who was inebriated when he drove into a crowd at a 2017 Mardi Gras parade, injuring at least 32 spectators, has been released from prison. An attorney for 26-year-old Neilson Rizzuto tells news outlets that Rizzuto was freed Friday after serving 17 months of his five-year sentence.
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