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Kleinpeter Farms,

the longtime Louisiana dairy based in Baton Rouge, last week began packaging and distributing products by one of its smaller competitors, Smith Creamery, to help keep Smith afloat after the company's plant exploded in June due to a suspected propane leak. The arrangement keeps Smith's locally produced dairy products on supermarket shelves while the owners plan their next move.

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Ruby Bridges,

who integrated New Orleans' William Frantz Elementary in 1960 and became the subject of Norman Rockwell's famous painting, The Problem We All Live With, traveled to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of the integration of public elementary schools. The painting, on loan from the Rockwell Museum, will hang outside the Oval Office through October.

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Three Destrehan high schoolers

were honored at the White House July 19 as part of President Barack Obama's "Champions for Change" program, which encourages good environmental works. Courtney Crane, Collin Duffel and Sean Walsh led a "Green Team" that helped institute recycling at Harry Hurst Middle School, an initiative that collected more than 16,000 gallons of recyclable materials.

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The Disaster Recovery Unit

of the Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD/DRU) was slammed in a July 18 report by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. The audit found OCD/DRU had provided inaccurate information prior to September 2009 to homeowners who were trying to raise their houses, leaving them to pay out of pocket for expenses they'd expected to recoup with Road Home grants.

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