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Nancy P. Hunt ,
director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of New Orleans, has won the 2003 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology. The award, granted annually by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning to honorees worldwide, recognizes creativity, innovative strategies and the use of technology to support higher education learning.

Laura Maloney,
executive director of the Louisiana SPCA, has been asked to serve on a prestigious national board that develops programs and identifies issues concerning animal care and shelters. The 12 members on the Humane Society of the United States' National Companion Advisory Group are "the best and brightest" animal welfare and shelter experts in the United States, says HSUS Regional Coordinator Jay Sabatucci, who nominated Maloney.

Some Louisiana prosecutors
between 1970 and 2003 -- particularly in Orleans Parish -- consistently committed errors and improprieties, such as the withholding of evidence, that led to unfair trials and convictions. That's according to a study released last week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity, which listed 27 convictions or sentences in Louisiana that were reversed on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.

The Louisiana Legislature
shirked a federal court-ordered settlement designed to expand funding for home-based care for the elderly and disabled, a program slated to start last week. Legislators instead cut $10 million from its planned $38 million allotment and ordered the Department of Health and Hospitals to delay the program for three months and petition the federal court to scale back the agreed terms.

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