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Benjamin Franklin High School
was named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and utility costs, promote health and the environment and other "green" efforts. The school is among 47 campuses nationwide receiving the honor in 2016, including three other schools in Louisiana.

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The Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
under the will of Louis Feil donated $1 million to complete construction of Audubon Zoo's elevated education pavilion for its elephant exhibit, which reopened April 26. The pavilion allows a bird's-eye view of the zoo's Asian elephants. The new enclosure also has trees and two large pools, including a 12-foot-deep immersion pool near the Cool Zoo water park.

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Bobby Jindal
once again proved he bows to the prevailing political winds. After spending nearly his entire failed presidential campaign trashing frontrunner Donald Trump, Jindal said during a May 3 appearance on CNN that he would vote for Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee. Last September, in an editorial for CNN, Jindal called Trump "a madman who must be stopped" and a "shallow, unserious, substance-free narcissistic egomaniac."

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