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The Landry-Walker High School brass band
won this year's "Class Got Brass" competition at the Congo Square Rhythms Festival. The brass band throwdown, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, is open to all middle and high schools in Louisiana. Landry-Walker also won last year's competition. The award comes with a $10,000 prize.

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Winn-Dixie
donated $51,894 to Ochsner Hospital for Children after a two-week fund drive in its Louisiana stores, followed by the donation of a percentage of king cake sales during the Mardi Gras season. The money raised will go to the hospital's Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development and other medical programs.

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The Louisiana Legislature
wasted its recent special session (at a cost of $60,000 per day), failing to address the state's upcoming fiscal shortfall and leaving grave uncertainty about everything from higher education (and TOPS scholarships) to public health. Lawmakers say they'll call a second special session at the end of the regular session which begins this week, but Louisianans deserve better than time-wasting and partisan sniping by their elected officials.

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