NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana man detained by Guatemalan authorities since March while on a church mission trip has returned to the United States. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson helped secure Zachary Wilson's release. Wilson was only supposed to be in Guatemala for a week but was not allowed to leave the county last March. He was detained at the airport while attempting to return to his home in Keithville after authorities found old hunting ammunition in his bag and placed him under arrest.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - A former City of Bossier City employee who was arrested and accused of stealing city funds has pleaded not guilty. The Times of Shreveport reports 47-year-old Shelli S. Briggs, former booking manager at the Bossier Civic Center, waived formal arraignment Tuesday in state court and entered the plea. A status conference is set for Feb. 20.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Country music star Trace Adkins will serve as grand marshal for the Krewe of Centaur's 2018 Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport. Multiple media outlets report Wednesday that Adkins, a native of Sarepta, Louisiana, will ride on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the parade with the theme "Centaur Goes to the Library." The Grammy-nominated Adkins is known for hits "You're Gonna Miss This," "Songs About Me," "Every Light In The House," and "Ladies Love Country Boys."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Carnival Cruise Line plans to swap ships between Galveston and New Orleans to increase both ports' capacity for short-term cruises starting in May 2019. The Miami-based company says the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream will move from New Orleans to Galveston, increasing the Texas port's capacity for 4- and 5-day cruises by 22 percent. At the same time, the 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor will move from Galveston to New Orleans, increasing New Orleans' short-term cruise capacity by 10 percent.
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