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Patrick Murphree, a 2016-2017 student practitioner in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was honored by the Clinical Legal Education Association for his work with vulnerable and abused immigrant youth. Murphree, a recent graduate of Loyola's law school, also was awarded a Spirit of Ignatius Award by the university.

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LaPlace's Denka Performance Elastomer plant was cited recently with nearly 50 Clean Air Act violations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report followed a compliance investigation ordered by the agency. The report details leaky valves, poor oversight and other issues. The plant's previous owner, DuPont, also had a history of violations at the site.

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Phil Montag, a Nebraska Democratic Party technology chairman, was caught on tape saying he was "glad" Louisiana U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot and said, "I wish he was f—ing dead." Montag was fired and Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb condemned his comments. "Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left," she said.

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