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Mirya Holman and J. Celeste Lay, political science associate professors at Tulane University, received the 2018 Elsie Hillman Prize from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University for their research on the gender gap in politics. The Hillman Prize is awarded annually for research in the area of women and politics.

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The Lens, New Orleans' nonprofit newsroom, received a top award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) for reporting on the "fake subpoenas" issued by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office. The series, written by Steve Myers and former Gambit reporter Charles Maldonado, was cited for exposing "decades of illegal practice and led to its end." IRE is a nonprofit organization advancing the cause of investigative reporting.a

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The Louisiana Legislature wasted $643,000 of taxpayers' money during its recent two-week special session, according to reporting by Elizabeth Crisp in The Advocate. Of that, $422,879 went to per diem and mileage payments to legislators. The special session, which was called to address the looming "fiscal cliff" at the start of the state's fiscal year in July, produced no answers to Louisiana's chronic fiscal problems.

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