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Entergy Charitable Foundation
awarded $1.1 million in grants to more than 20 Louisiana nonprofit organizations during its first two 2014 grant cycles. New Orleans-based recipients included Educare New Orleans, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, KIPP New Orleans, Liberty's Kitchen, the New Orleans Mission and the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Foundation.



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James Hardie,
the homebuilding products company, donated $25,000 worth of siding and building materials to lowernine.org July 9. The materials will help build five homes and line 10 bathrooms. Since Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, lowernine.org has rebuilt 71 homes and helped dozens of other families rebuild.



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The Wal-Mart Foundation
donated $50,000 to the Covington Food Bank July 29. The funds will benefit the food bank's mission to feed 360 families a week and will allow it to purchase a forklift for its warehouse. The food bank was opened in 1984 and also operates a thrift store, dental clinic and other services.



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John Wiley
was awarded a three-year $405,000 National Science Foundation grant to support his "peas in a pod" research at the University of New Orleans (UNO). Wiley is associate director of UNO's advanced materials research institute, and his nanoscale research could lead to advances in optical, electronic and medical devices, among other applications.

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