a native Alabaman, used the Jan. 9 BCS playoff game in New Orleans to help raise money for the United Way of Central Alabama, which continues to rebuild and repair 2,000 homes damaged or destroyed by last year's tornadoes. The group's "No Place Like Home" campaign kicked off that night at the LSU-Alabama BCS matchup, and the New Orleans Saints safety urged fans to text-message a donation in honor of their team of choice.
The Northshore Democratic Women's Club
donated $2,000 to the Mt. Olive Feeding Ministry, a Slidell group that provides hot meals to the poor. Members of the club self-published Cookbook for the Hungry, a collection of their best recipes and gardening tips edited by local columnist Liz Scott Monaghan, and sold it by hand during the holiday season. Mt. Olive's ministry, founded in 1986, serves and delivers 350 meals a day to the hungry.
Lafayette Academy Charter School
in the Carrollton neighborhood will be honored in March by the Breakthrough Schools program, which annually recognizes 10 schools in the U.S. with exceptional performance growth. The largest elementary school in the city, Lafayette saw 100 percent of its fourth graders pass the state achievement test in the last two years. The school will be honored at a ceremony in Tampa, Fla., in March.
faces $140,000 in fines from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for not acting quickly enough in 2010, when it discovered employees in the control room of its River Bend nuclear plant in St. Francisville were surfing the Internet rather than monitoring vital operations and alarm systems. The NRC did not impose fines or penalties against the employees, and Entergy declined to describe any disciplinary action to the Associated Press.