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Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, has donated another $20 million to the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center — on top of the $5 million he donated in 2010 to establish the center. The money will enhance cancer treatment and research at Ochsner, whose CEO called the gift "transformational."


Dr. John and Cyril Neville will receive the Louie Award from the Louis Armstrong House Museum next month. The Queens, New York museum and former Armstrong home presents its award honoring people who have preserved and promoted Armstrong's legacy. Jerome Chazen and Robert F. Smith also will receive the honor at an event on Dec. 2.


Bobby Jindal's Louisiana received an "F" from the Center for Public Integrity's annual report card evaluating each state's oversight, accountability, ethics enforcement and access to information. It ranked 41st overall and near dead last at 49th for judicial accountability. Only seven other states had lower overall scores. Alaska had the best overall score with a solid "C."

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