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The International House& of Blues Foundation 

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The International House of Blues Foundation
awarded a $4,500 grant and new instruments to McDonogh 35 Senior High School's music program through the foundation's 2014 Action for the Arts Grants program. The program has awarded $220,000 to 63 schools and music organizations in the U.S., including the Better Than Ezra Foundation, L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation.

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The Walmart Foundation,
through its State Giving Program, awarded $70,000 to the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights to benefit its Healthy Families/Safe Communities project. That project helps at-risk children and families connect with benefits to ensure they don't go hungry. In 2013, the foundation's State Giving Program awarded $785,000 to Louisiana organizations.

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Green Coast Enterprises' Community Greens
project in Broadmoor received the Historic Development that Best Demonstrates Financial Innovation award from Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. Green Coast funded the project and its health clinic through a combination of new market tax credits and federal and state historic tax credits. The neighborhood will own the clinic without debt.

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Deborah Crowder Loper,
a former accountant for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, pleaded guilty in Baton Rouge District Court Oct. 9 to stealing more than $1 million from the state's Medicaid program. From 2007 to 2013, Loper deposited checks sent to the agency into a private bank account, from which she withdrew cash at area casinos. She will be sentenced Dec. 4.


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