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LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) -

A LaPlace teenager that was shot in the back of the head Tuesday night has died.

Residents discovered Calvin Edmond, 17, lying in the street after hearing several gunshots near the intersection of Yorktowne Dr. and Fairway Dr.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said Edmond was taken to an area hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. He died Wednesday.

This is the second homicide in the parish this year.

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CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) -

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta walked into court alone Thursday morning, not commenting on what brought him there.

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Peralta on one count of sexual battery after listening to testimony from Peralta's estranged wife and several other people.

A judge issued an arrest warrant on the count of sexual battery. Peralta's attorney, Steven London, said the parish president will be taken to jail, processed and released as soon as authorities complete the paper work.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

EMS workers face many of the same dangers that police and firefighters do when responding to 911 calls. They don't, however, receive the same monthly supplemental pay from the state.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, D- New Orleans, and New Orleans EMS Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Elder are pushing to get municipal EMS workers statewide the same supplemental pay, also known as hazard pay, that other first responders receive.

Each month, police and firefighters take home an extra $500 from the state.

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NOPD officer charged with domestic battery
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:02
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

An NOPD officer is expected to turn himself in Thursday to be arrested on a charge of domestic abuse.

Marcel Albert, a five-year veteran of the force, is suspended without pay, according to Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook.

The Orleans District Attorney's Office filed a bill of information Wednesday following an internal investigation by the Public Integrity Bureau.

Albert is charged with domestic abuse battery involving strangulation. No other details were released.

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MELINDA DESLATTE

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to put restrictions on how lawmakers can dole out their Tulane University scholarships has been rejected by the Louisiana House.

Rep. Harold Ritchie, a Democrat from Bogalusa, sought to prohibit lawmakers from giving scholarships to students whose family members have contributed to their campaigns. His bill also would have required publication of information saying if a scholarship recipient is related to an elected official.

The House voted 53-44 against the proposal Wednesday.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with the deaths of a Reserve couple whose bodies were found in area waterways.

The suspect, Frank Mike, has been booked with interstate transport of a stolen vehicle, according to FBI spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig. More charges may be forthcoming, she said.

Mike turned himself in to law enforcement authorities. The FBI, DEA and the New Orleans Police Department were all involved in the investigation.

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NFL releases 2014 schedule
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:45
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The 2014 football schedule is out, and the Saints are slated to play five primetime games:

Preseason

Friday, Aug. 8 at St. Louis 7p on CST

Friday, Aug. 15 vs Tennessee 7p on CST

Saturday Aug. 23 at Indianapolis 7p on CBS

Thursday Aug. 28 vs Baltimore 7p on CST

Regular Season

Sunday, Sept. 7 at Atlanta noon on FOX

Sunday, Sept. 14 at Cleveland noon on FOX

Sunday, Sept.

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Saints announce 2014 schedule
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:45

The following is a news release from the Saints organization:

In 2014, the New Orleans Saints will play in five prime time games and will face the challenge of playing three of their first four contests away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it was announced today by the NFL. The road to Super Bowl XLIX, which will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 1, 2015, will begin for the Saints when they open their regular season by traveling to the Georgia Dome to play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Sept.

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MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) -

A St. Tammany councilman is trying a new approach in his effort to block an oil fracking well north of Interstate 12 near Mandeville.

In the meantime, state and federal regulators say concerns over an endangered frog species must also be considered before any permit is approved.

Constituent concern has been clear.

"If something happens to contaminate our water system, there's no way we can fix it," said Mandeville resident Shari McDermott.

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Dave Peralta indicted for sexual battery
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:15

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