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The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan
was named the recipient of the American Planning Association's Excellence Award for Environmental Planning, one of the highest honors within the field of urban planning. Greater New Orleans Inc. and Waggonner & Ball Architects implemented the plan. The two groups will receive the award at a ceremony April 20 in Seattle.



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Murty S. Kambhampati,
a professor at Southern University at New Orleans, was named one of 14 recipients of President Barack Obama's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring last month. The White House ceremony also includes a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The award recognizes student mentorship in science and engineering fields.



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Jacques Rodrigue,
director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, received the 2015 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award from the National Art Education Association last month. Jacques' father, the late George Rodrigue, received the same award in 2012. The award recognizes the accomplishments of people working outside the field of arts education.



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Danny Eckhart,
a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Reserve Division, was decommissioned from the force after he drunkenly boarded and crashed a sheriff's office patrol boat into a piling outside T Rivers Bar in Madisonville on April 11. He was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

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