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BHP Billiton,
a multinational company with offices in Houma, donated $100,000 to the United Way of South Louisiana. Employees raised $50,000, and the company matched that donation. The donation will benefit United Way programs supporting women and children in Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes.



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The Greater New Orleans Foundation
awarded $960,000 to 48 nonprofit organizations through its 2015 IMPACT program. The sixth annual program targets arts and culture, education, health, social services and youth development. Since 2009, the IMPACT program has granted more than $5 million to more than 135 nonprofit organizations.



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Pret a Porter Designs
donated more than $30,000 worth of its clothing to the Junior League of New Orleans' Bloomin' Deals. The Junior League's nonprofit retail store, which first opened in 1927, offered the clothing with each $10 purchase earlier this month. Designer and owner Carrie Licciardi founded Pret a Porter in 2012.



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Bill O'Reilly and Michael Smerconish
invited former State Rep. David Duke on their respective Fox News and CNN programs last week — ostensibly to shed light on whether U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, attended a conference held by Duke's white supremacist European-American Unity and Rights Organization in 2002. Duke didn't attend the event, and he doesn't know what Scalise did there. So why give him the publicity?

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