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Medard H. Nelson Charter School won the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Class Got Brass contest, along with $10,000 worth of instruments, as part of the foundation's annual school brass band competition at Armstrong Park. Nelson placed first among five schools in the advanced category; Landry-Walker High School placed second, St. Augustine High School placed third, Edna Karr High School placed fourth, and McKinley Senior High School placed fifth.


Linda A. Howard-Curtis, a social worker at Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, received the 2016 Louisiana Social Worker of the Year award from the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Howard-Curtis previously received the association's Outstanding African-American Social Worker for Black History Month in 2009, 2011 and 2013.


Louisiana's jails fail to care for HIV-positive prisoners, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. Only five (including Orleans Parish Prison and Jefferson Parish Prison) of Louisiana's 104 jails offer HIV testing. Prisoners with HIV "often go undiagnosed, untreated, and without effective community care upon release," the report says. The state has the second-highest rate of prisoners with HIV in the country.


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