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John P. Laborde

received the Soldier For Life award from the Army Week Association this month. The World War II veteran served from 1943-1946 and graduated from LSU before founding Tidewater Inc., from which he retired in 1994. Laborde will accept the award at the Army Week NOLA Joint Forces D-Day Anniversary Ball in New Orleans June 5 at the National WWII Museum.

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Kenneth Thompson,

a Slidell volunteer, received a Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama and international relief organization ShelterBox USA for his disaster relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan. Thompson also helped bringa ShelterBox Response Team to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Isaac. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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as part of this month's WrestleMania XXX, held numerous charity events including toy donations, WWE stars visiting Children's Hospital, more than 200 volunteers building a KaBOOM! Playground at Woodland West Elementary School and a Make-A-Wish Foundation party at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which hosted 31 children and their families.

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

complied with only 39 percent of bridge inspections as required under federal performance measures from 2009 to 2013, according to a report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The audit also said DOTD didn't inspect or couldn't prove it had inspected 16 percent of bridges up for examination, and more than 300 bridges were five months or more late in their inspections. The number of structurally deficient bridges in the state grew from 1,712 in 2009 to 1,806 in 2013.


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