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Pop Quiz: Which New Orleans official was first elected to office in 1974 and has been reelected to that same office nine times, serving a total of 40 consecutive years on the job? Here’s a hint: the office is in charge of mental health commitments, sexual assault examinations, and... classifying the dead.

If you guessed Frank Minyard, the Coroner of New Orleans, you are right. But, for the first time in four decades, Mr. Minyard will not be on the ballot this Saturday. We take a look into who is vying to become New Orleans’ next coroner.

The New Orleans Inspector General's Office has issued a report critical of the way the Orleans Parish coroner has paid some of its employees and independent contractors.

However, the report also commends Coroner Frank Minyard for seeking the review of the practices. And it notes that Minyard has been taking steps to improve the way such payments are made.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The attorney for the family of a 20-year-old unarmed man fatally shot by police says a funeral home report indicates Wendell Allen had a hole in his back, which they contend is evidence he was shot from behind.

That would contradict findings of the Orleans Parish coroner's office and New Orleans Police Department, which have both said Allen was shot in the chest.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/HV5VAW ) Allen's family and their attorney, Lionel Lon Burns, on Wednesday accused police of a "cover-up."