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Zurich Insurance Group,

which produces the annual Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament, donated $216,000 to nonprofit organizations Blessings in a Backpack, The St. Bernard Project and St. Michael Special School. Since 2005, Zurich and its partner organization, the Fore!Kids Foundation, have raised more than $8 million for more than 40 charities serving thousands of children in need throughout southeastern Louisiana.



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Chante Randolph and Richard Cotton,

students at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, earned first place in the group exhibit category for their project on 20th-century weaponry in last month's Louisiana History Day state competition at the National World War II Museum. In June, they will compete at the National History Day Project in Washington, D.C.



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James C. "Jim" Brandt,

former president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, was awarded the Frederick P. Gruenberg Award by the Governmental Research Association at the national organization's annual conference in New Orleans on May 1. Brandt was honored for his work at New Orleans City Hall, Loyola University and the Bureau of Governmental Research.



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Clyde Holloway,

a Public Service Commission member from Rapides Parish, blasted Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge for installing solar systems on the 1,000 billboards that Lamar owns across the state. Why? Because the panels, which add 700kW to the grid with no extra fuel charges, require local utilities to install net-meters. Net-meters cost $100 to $150 more than regular meters. However, according to the Alliance for Affordable Energy, power generated by Lamar's solar panels costs ratepayers far less than electricity from a new gas-fired power plant and easily justifies the cost of the net-meters.

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