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The Advocate introduces a flexible pay meter on its website to support local journalism

Our journalists are your neighbors and care about your community. And we need your support.

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A team of reporters spent a year reviewing six years’ worth of trials to show why Louisiana should not allow criminal convictions by divided juries, and last year, voters decided that we should join other states in requiring unanimous verdicts. The series recently won a Pulitzer Prize, the first in Advocate history.

The Advocate reviewed the budget of every college in Louisiana to show how, during the Jindal administration, Louisiana led the nation in disinvesting in higher education – with devastating consequences.

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Our reporters explained how nursing homes use their political clout to tilt state regulations so that the elderly and disabled are pushed into institutions, even if they could live more comfortably at home.

We looked at film of every single pass Drew Brees threw as a Saint to help explain his greatness.

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