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Baptist Community Ministries
awarded $350,000 to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' Prime Time Family Reading Time preschool programs in Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. The grant from the New Orleans-based organization expands the literacy program from four New Orleans sites to serve 2,000 preschoolers, their families and 250 teachers.

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Constable's Christmas,
a joint effort of Jeffer-son Parish Constable Jonathan Liberto and state Rep. Bryan Adams, R-Gretna, gave six needy families on the West Bank toys, furniture, clothing and food on Christmas Day. The donations were made possible by financial contributions of more than $10,000 by West Bank groups and businesses.

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Bobby Jindal's Administration
gave a final flip-off to the taxpayers of Louisiana in his final days as governor by granting millions of dollars in pay raises to select state employees. The former governor also made nearly two dozen last-minute appointments to boards and commis-sions. Legislators should outlaw such actions going forward, and the state Senate should refuse to confirm any of Jindal's late appointees.

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