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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

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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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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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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Oct. 21, 2011: Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray sits in a courtroom during his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles.AP

LOS ANGELES – The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.

The decision by the state's highest court was the latest stop on Dr. Conrad Murray's legal odyssey. A state appeals court upheld his conviction earlier this year and then refused to reconsider its decision.

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NFL releases 2014 schedule
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:45

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


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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Shreveport police have secured an arrest warrant Wednesday for a man they have linked to the shooting of two men earlier this week.

Police say Deandre Anderson, 28 of the 2100 block of North Hearne Avenue, is being charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder.

He is wanted for the shooting of Edward Debrow and Morell Morris who were hit Monday while they were at a home in the 2500 block of West College Street.

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Shreveport group supports payday loan reform
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:45

Payday loans were a topic of conversation in the state capitol Wednesday and some locals are standing behind the push for reform.

One of several bills dealing with payday loans was scheduled to be discussed by a senate committee.

The struggle to pay a bill has some people turning to payday loans. That decision can turn into years of financial hardships.

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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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