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The Krewe of Hermes recently awarded public safety grants to the New Orleans Police Department, the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation and the New Orleans EMS Foundation. The grants, raised through Hermes' Beyond the Parade organization, will help fund 50 security cameras, a dog for NOPD's K-9 unit, and "active shooter kits" for medics.

The Contemporary Arts Center was awarded a $530,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the arts center's Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation. The three-year pilot program will run 2016-2018 and will highlight nontraditional, interdisciplinary artwork from Southern artists.

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs according to a joint Feb. 1 report by the Office of State Inspector General and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, misspent more than $75,000 on consulting fees, cars and travel expenses, among other charges on Gov. Bobby Jindal's watch. Former Secretary David LaCerte, who allegedly padded his own military resume, resigned in October 2014. Interim Secretary Thomas Enright Jr. told auditors last month he began making changes in the department.

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