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Byron Bradley and Christian LeBlanc
received Chefs Move! scholarships from John Besh and Jessica Bride on May 13. The scholarships provide tuition at a nine-month program at the International Culinary Center in New York City in June, followed by six-month paid internships at Besh's restaurants. Bradley is a U.S. Navy veteran and volunteer at the Edible Schoolyard studying culinary arts, and LeBlanc is a graduating senior at St. Augustine High School.

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Loyola University New Orleans
placed first in the national Bateman Case Study Competition, where Katie Collier, Chelsea Cunningham, Kenny Motley, Martin Quintero and NiRey Reynolds competed against other university teams with a public relations campaign. The team created "Geaux Home," and worked with the city of New Orleans to promote public education, health and other community-building efforts. It is Loyola's ninth national title in the competition.

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Celeste M. Runnels and Ryan J. Keller
were named Louisiana's 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars on May 4. The honor recognizes 141 high school seniors from the U.S. for their performances in academics and the arts. Runnels is a Baton Rouge Magnet High School student and Keller is a student at St. Paul's School in Covington.

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The National Rifle Association
pressured Louisiana lawmakers to weaken legislation to protect domestic violence victims. State Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, wanted to increase penalties against "dating partner" abusers who do not live in the same household as their victims by prohibiting them from possessing a firearm after being convicted of either domestic abuse battery or stalking. That provision was removed after an intense lobbying effort by the NRA, leaving many domestic abuse and stalking victims in harm's way.

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