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Sammy Knight

was elected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame May 17 in recognition of his six years with the team. Knight, who played safety from 1997-2002, still holds the record for the third-highest number of interceptions for the team and was chosen to start in the 2001 Pro Bowl. He will be inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame at a ceremony later this year.

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The New Orleans Oyster Festival

donated $20,000 to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation May 5. The money came from last year's inaugural festival, and the contribution will go toward construction of an oyster reef in Black Bay. This year's oyster fest, featuring music as well as shucking and eating contests, will be held June 4 and 5 in the parking lot adjacent to Jax Brewery in the French Quarter.

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Heath Evans

held his second annual charity softball tournament at Zephyr Field May 17, and many of his fellow New Orleans Saints turned out to play, including Drew Brees, Jonathan Vilma, Reggie Bush and Chase Daniel. The fullback started the event last year to raise money to fight and raise awareness about childhood sexual abuse. More than 10,000 fans came out to watch the Saints offense whup the defense 25-12.

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Some state lawmakers

are pushing bills to repeal all state income taxes in an obvious example of election-year grandstanding. The fiscal impact of the proposal would be roughly $10 billion to $15 billion less in state revenues over the next five years. The state already is struggling to balance next year's budget in the face of a $1.6 billion revenue decrease. The income tax repeals are a cheap way to get attention right now — with expensive repercussions down the road.

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