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Anthony Davis was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for March 2016. The New Orleans Pelicans forward's AD Flight Academy hosts community events throughout the year, and he has raised $50,000 to send nearly 6,500 local children to Pelicans games this season as well as $30,000 for education on coastal restoration through his Bowling with the Brow events.

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Catherine Lacey, a 2007 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, received the prestigious 2016 Whiting Award for fiction. The Whiting Foundation honors 10 emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry each year with a $50,000 prize. Lacey is the author of the novel Nobody is Ever Missing.

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and state GOP chair Roger Villere held talks with a Delaware corporation promising a massive deal with the Iraqi government to import oil into Louisiana, allegedly at the behest of Gov. John Bel Edwards — but they didn't even tell Edwards, according to a report in The New Orleans Advocate. Nungesser later admitted he didn't read some of the documents that he had signed, and apologized to the governor.

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