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Rachel Piercey, executive director of The Pro Bono Project, will retire Dec. 31 after nearly 30 years with the organization, which provides free legal services to underserved communities in southeast Louisiana. In 2015, the Pro Bono Project served more than 2,000 people and handled more than 1,400 civil cases among its 1,800 volunteer attorneys and paralegals.


The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation recently raised $150,000 through its Taste of New Orleans fundraiser. The former New Orleans Saints cornerback along with current safety Jairus Byrd hosted the event, which benefits Project REWARDS. Since 2012, Jenkins' foundation has provided more than $72,000 in scholarships to 44 high school graduates.


U.S. Sen. David Vitter tried to turn the Paris terrorist attacks into a partisan issue in the governor's race. Vitter sent a fundraising email on the topic; said his opponent, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, "pledged" to bring Syrian refugees to Louisiana (a lie); and said a Syrian refugee from Baton Rouge was "headed to Washington D.C.," even after the man had been located.

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