GULF OIL SPILL-REPORT
Federal agency plans June 5 report on BP spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5.
The Chemical Safety Board said in a Friday news release that the focus of its investigation is to prevent such accidents in the future. The CSB says it launched the investigation at the request of Congress to examine technical factors in the accident, along with "organizational and cultural" factors that may have contributed.
The April 20, 2010, explosion on a rig under contract to BP killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The first two volumes will be released at a public meeting in Houston.
Inmate sentenced for assaulting prison employee
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal inmate who pleaded guilty to attacking a prison guard has been sentenced to another 16½ years and three years of supervised release for the assault.
U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on Thursday handed down the sentence against 57-year-old Michael Bourque, who is also serving a 44-year prison term for charges related to a 2002 bank robbery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley's office said in a statement that evidence presented at his Jan. 3 plea hearing shows Bourque attacked an officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock on June 15, 2013 with a homemade shank.
Video surveillance shows the officer walked to a door and, as he began unlocking it, Bourque attacked him from behind.
Baton Rouge school board member collapses, dies
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Funeral services are scheduled next week for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Randy Lamana, who collapsed as he walked to his car at the Capitol after a legislative hearing on restructuring the school system.
Lamana collapsed late Wednesday and was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m. He was 57.
The Advocate reports Lamana won a special board election in 2007 and was re-elected in 2010. He was planning to run for a second full-term in the Nov. 4 election.
A wake is scheduled Monday at from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. Services will be held there Tuesday at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to donate new East Baton Rouge Parish school uniforms for needy children.
Jazz Fest tickets on sale Monday
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tickets to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting Monday at the Superdome's box office.
The box office is located at the Superdome's Gate A on the ground level and is open for extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. It will close at 6 p.m. April 28; 7 p.m. on April 29 and 9 p.m. on April 30.
Advanced single-day tickets cost $55.
Beginning April 25, first weekend tickets are $70. Beginning May 1, second weekend tickets are $70. Children's tickets are $5 and available at the gate only.
Tickets also are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000.
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