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Hogs for the Cause raised $1.45 million to fight pediatric brain cancer at its annual barbecue cook-off, according to organizers. The 10th annual pig-themed fundraiser, which was started by friends Rene Louapre and Becker Hall in 2008, was held March 23 and 24 at UNO Lakefront Arena. Two teams raised more than $340,000 for the cause: Fleur de Que and Boar's Nest.

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The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) received the National Renewal Award from The Atlantic and Allstate for its work driving positive change in New Orleans. YEP, a nonprofit that works with underserved young people to provide education, mentoring and enrichment programs, was one of five winners chosen from a nomination pool of more than 3,000 organizations. The award comes with a $20,000 grant from Allstate.

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The Louisiana Senate once again failed to pass bills related to equal pay for women and a modest hike in the minimum wage ($8.50 by 2020). The bills introduced by New Orleans Democrats Troy Carter and J.P. Morrell were backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who said after the vote, "Thousands of Louisianans are struggling to live off of $7.25 an hour, and unfortunately while the cost of living has increased over the years, their wages have not."

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