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Edward "Kidd" Jordan,
a legendary jazz musician and music educator, was recently celebrated at the Southern University at New Orleans Foundation's Bash, which raises funds for university scholarships and endowments. Jordan has played with a diverse range of artists including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ornette Coleman, Gladys Knight and Ellis Marsalis. Not long ago, Jordan retired from the university, where he had directed the jazz studies program. He also is the father of jazz singer Stephanie and musicians Kent and Rachel Jordan.

United Teachers of New Orleans,
the local teachers' union, is renovating a special education classroom at Joseph S. Clark High School. As part of its Bridging the Gap Classroom Makeover Program, the organization has brought in teachers from around the country to help in the demolition phase of the project. Volunteer workers from several New Orleans building-trade unions will then provide the skilled labor to complete the job. UTNO will unveil the completed classroom for the 2008-2009 school year.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
has won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for its documentary Atchafalaya Houseboat, which was produced and directed by LPB's Christina Melton. The film is based on the book by Gwen Roland and recounts Roland's years living in a handmade houseboat in the Atchafalaya Basin during the 1970s. The awards are given for excellence in the production of film, television, video and new media. This is Melton's second CINE Golden Eagle Award for LPB in five years.

Gov. Bobby Jindal
vetoed two appropriations that were critical to economic development in New Orleans. He vetoed $500,000 for the Greater New Orleans Biosciences Development District, which the state created in 2005 to write a comprehensive economic development plan for health-care and biosciences initiatives downtown. The governor also vetoed $500,000 for the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, which works closely with other leaders in the hospitality industry to keep the city's leading economic engine working.

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