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awarded $10,000 each to Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Lusher Charter School and Mandeville High School as part of its "Popeyes Love That Music Contest" Nov. 13. School groups performed before a panel of musicians and Popeyes staff to enter the contest. The awards benefit the schools' music programs.


NOLA Beaux Ties,

a local handmade bow tie company, donated $200 — 100 percent of its October proceeds selling breast cancer awareness accessories — to a local victim of breast cancer. The company sold pink ribbon-patterned fabric ties, bows and wristbands.


Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company

pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Nov. 8 to making false reports about the safety and integrity of its blowout preventer between January 2010 and May 2010. Of the company's $6.4 million penalty, $1 million will benefit the National Academy of Sciences for funding offshore rig safety research. During its three-year probation, the company will be subject to a comprehensive environmental compliance plan.


Gregory M. Walker

pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Oct. 28 to receiving more than $970,000 in bogus Louisiana film tax credits. Walker faces up to 20 years in prison and has been ordered to forfeit the money. The Advocate reported Nov. 11 that Walker, in unrelated lawsuits, admits to owing $3 million to creditors of now bankrupt Gulf States Long Term Acute Care of Covington, $1.36 million to Sodexo and $87,600 in employees' medical bills.

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