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Baptist Community Ministries,
the largest private foundation in Louisiana, will donate nearly $4.2 million to help support public charter schools in Orleans Parish. BCM's donation will fund a four-part strategy that will establish more public charter schools, create charter-friendly public policies, help improve instructional quality in charter schools and address critical operational challenges for networks of local charter schools.

Woodlands Trail and Park
was recently honored as the "Conservation Organization of the Year" by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. The nonprofit nature preserve on the West Bank includes a 10,000-acre peninsula straddling Algiers Lower Coast and part of Plaquemines Parish. Water flowing inward from the river forms a natural basin and creates habitat for wetland flora and fauna, including an extended family of bald eagles. The Woodlands has formed local, regional and national partnerships to create a natural legacy for future generations.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon
last week ordered Allstate Insurance Co. to reinstate nearly 4,800 homeowners' policies that the insurer had canceled in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — allegedly because the homes were abandoned or in poor condition. Donelon's order also requires Allstate to begin a new inspection process with proof that homes were inspected. Allstate's previous process consisted of "drive-by" inspections.

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.,
the state-sponsored insurer of last resort for property owners, lost two years worth of records because its computer software was mishandled, according to a report by the Legislative Auditor. The snafu caught many members of Citizens' board by surprise, and directors quickly sought legal and auditing help — but not before the insurer attracted national scrutiny.


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