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VH1 Save the Music Foundation gave a $60,000 grant to Morris Jeff Community School to create a band program for Morris Jeff's middle school students. The money will provide 35 new instruments along with teacher training and other fundamentals.

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State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, criticized NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. That's her right, but her statement "I have to wonder, if they will not pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, who is their allegiance to?" missed the point of their protest when she suggested they were not truly Americans.

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Mike Yenni, the beleaguered president of Jefferson Parish, took another hit last week when WWL-TV's David Hammer revealed that Yenni had spent at least $170,000 in public funds redecorating the parish's executive offices. Yenni insisted the redo of his own office — a replica of former President George W. Bush's Oval Office — was done on his own dime. If that's true, why did Yenni take months to answer a citizen's public records request about the expenses last year? And what do the expenses say about Yenni's priorities as parish president?

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