Lawmakers are getting out of a dispute between New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and NFL players about workers compensation claims.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,343 from the previous week's total of 2,209. There were 2,738 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,273 from the previous week's total of 2,238. There were 2,466 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

Fifty-four year old Steve Fouke was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Haik to pay nearly $6.4 million in restitution.

The House labor committee rejected bills Thursday that would have set the state minimum wage higher than the hourly federal rate of $7.25 and would have allowed local governments to set their own minimum wage.

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