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Propeller and the New Orleans Starter Fund received $250,000 to create the Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund, part of a $15 million national initiative from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies Program. The fund will help invest in new local companies through a three-month accelerator program.

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The Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans received a $2,000 Rebirth Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) to collect oral histories from members of the Sisters of the Holy Family, founded by free woman of color Henriette DeLille in 1842. Parts of the project will be used by WWNO-FM's "Tripod" program and published by the LEH.

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Louisiana continues to have one of the highest rates of STD diagnoses in the U.S., illustrated in a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. Using data from 2015, Louisiana ranked high among U.S. states for rates of chlamydia (No. 2), gonorrhea (No. 1) and syphilis (No. 1). The state also has the highest rates of HIV/AIDS diagnoses in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

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