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The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
at Dillard University was awarded $10.5 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to help train people working with asbestos, lead and hazardous waste. The award was one of 10 given nationally and will last through July 2020.



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The Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA)
raised more than $53,000 at its fundraiser for victims of recent earthquakes in Nepal. The event, "Full Circle: New Orleans to Nepal," effectively returned Nepal's $50,000 gift donated to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. LHA is a volunteer-run organization that helps Tibetans find housing, health care, education and employment, and it hosts Tibetan cultural events throughout the year.



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The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR)
won two national awards from the Governmental Research Association — Most Distinguished Research for its report "Innovation in Louisiana: Maximizing Investments in University Research to Promote a Knowledge-Based Economy," and Outstanding Policy Achievement for its report "Public Records Law: Louisiana Needs a Champion for Open Government." PAR also shared an award for Most Outstanding Policy Achievement with the Bureau of Governmental Research.



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Samuel Pate
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Aug. 10 to stealing more than $480,000 from U.S. Sen. David Vitter's campaign funds. Pate, who ran the Virginia-based campaign fund management firm Stonewood Marketing, stole a total more than $1 million. His victims included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign and several conservative groups. Pate is set to be sentenced Nov. 3 and could face up to 60 years in prison.

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