New Orleans Mission
held its inaugural "Big Easy Big Heart" 5K race through The Fly at Audubon Park, where sponsors and more than 400 supporters helped raise more than $20,000 for the organization, which provides food, shelter, clothing and other services to homeless New Orleanians. Event organizers said the funds raised will help run the organization's programming through May.
The Animal Rescue Site
awarded cash, vaccinations and beds to several Louisiana pet shelters and rescue groups, including Louisiana Boxer Rescue and Animal Aid for Vermilion Area, which both received $1,000. The Animal Rescue Site's $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge, in partnership with Petfinder.com, asked organizations to seek online votes from January through April. Since 2002, the Animal Rescue Site has funded animal charities though its "click-to-give" website.
Loyola University public relations students
were selected as finalists in the 2013 Bateman Case Study competition, an annual nationwide competition hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America. Loyola's Bateman team presented an anti-bullying campaign called "Step Up, Reach Out!" and was selected as one of three finalists among 68 entries. The final round is May 10.
The House & Governmental Affairs Committee
struck down a bill from State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, which would "prohibit discrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression." The bill would have allowed gay state employees who alleged discrimination to appeal to the state Civil Service Commission. Current law allows appeals based on discrimination of political beliefs, sex or race, but does not include protection for gay employees.