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The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that under the budget approved by the city council, base pay for deputies will rise by $2,000 on Friday. They'll receive another $1,500 annual salary boost on July 1.

 When both $3,500 salary hikes are enacted, the sheriff's office says a deputy's base salary will be $29,500 a year. Those deputies who qualify for a state supplement receive another $6,000 on top of the base pay.

 The sheriff's office operates the city jail. 

Authorities say they're searching for the car suspected of killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run collision.

Louisiana State Police say the crash happened before dawn Saturday on a highway near Des Allemands, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans.

Killed was 60-year-old Michael Atkinson of Des Allemands.Police say Atkinson was traveling east on the shoulder of U.S. 90, close to the right edge of the road when his bicycle was hit from behind by a driver who had drifted onto the shoulder.

More than 20 new or rewritten Louisiana laws take effect next week as January begins.

Public high schools are being urged to keep automated external defibrillators on their campuses, but the requirement only kicks in "if funding is available."

Business owners in 14 of Louisiana's most populous parishes will have to file online all their business documents owed to the Secretary of State's office, such as name registrations and annual reports, rather than through paper documents.

Management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could soon be changing hands.Southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System has tentatively agreed to take over day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe facilities from BRF.The move announced Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is aimed at ending years of disputes over operations of the facilities.

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All lanes on a high-rise interstate bridge in New Orleans have been reopened ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, following last week's tire fire that charred three girders, weakening the bridge's support structure. 

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House Republicans have devised a list of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients.  

     The GOP lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to approach multibillion-dollar contracts that are state government's largest.  

     The governor is proposing 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions for the five managed-care companies. House Republicans on the joint legislative budget committee that must approve the extensions are pressing for adjustments.  

     A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office news release says 28-year-old Krystle Landor called 911 Sunday to report that her ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old John Malveaux, was a passenger in a pickup truck and had followed her to her home. News outlets report that Landor had a protective order against him.  

     Moments later, dispatchers received a call from someone else at the scene who reported the woman had been shot.  

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Louisiana education officials say performance scores for the state's public schools have remained steady for the third year in a row - with 20 percent earning an "A" in the state grading system.  

     Twenty-seven percent of schools earned a "B" and another 27 percent a "C" in the latest breakdown; 18 percent got a "D" and 8 percent an "F." 

     The state released scores and letter grades for individual schools and school districts on Tuesday. It also launched a new online reporting system to help families examine individual schools - the Louisiana School Finder . 

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Louisiana's attorney general is trying to take control of a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration accusing pharmaceutical companies of worsening opioid abuse in the state. 

     The Advocate reports that Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to expand the lawsuit. He also wants to hire Mike Moore, the former Mississippi attorney general who shepherded a national action against tobacco manufacturers in 1990's that settled for billions of dollars. 

Authorities are investigating a shooting that killed a man and seriously injured another man in Louisiana.  

     The Shreveport Times reports patrol officers were called to a home after receiving several reports of gunshots being fired. Two adult males were found suffering from gunshot wounds.  

     A Shreveport police news release says a man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released, pending notification of family.  

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