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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

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.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The University of New Orleans and baseball coach Blake Dean have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the program through the 2022 season. Further contract details were not released. News outlets report Dean has guided the Privateers to a 90-86-1 mark in three seasons and back-to-back-to-back Southland Conference tournament appearances.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Tulane University institute dedicated to brain science has received a pledge of $1 million to endow a research fund. The pledge to Tulane's Brain Institute was made by the Priddy Family Foundation to establish the Priddy Family Spark Research Endowed Fund.

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