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August 20th, 2016

Techsters to kick off soccer season

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Louisiana Tech soccer recently had a case of déjà vu.
In 2012, the season opener was supposed to come against Murray State in Ruston but the match was canceled due to inclement weather. The exact same thing happened this past Friday.
Now Tech will officially kickoff the 2016 season in the state of Texas when it travels on to take on Lamar at 7 p.m. today at the Lamar Soccer Complex.
This will mark the fourth straight year the Lady Techsters open the season away from the home.

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’Cats scrimmage against Byrd

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SHREVEPORT — The Ruston High School football scrimmaged at Byrd Friday night, with the Yellow Jackets scoring twice and the Bearcats once.
While being outscored, RHS head coach Brad Laird said he was satisfied with what he saw from his Bearcats.

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Visiting the building Elvis left

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I was a Goldonna High School senior when I last visited the building that Elvis left.
Today, seniors head to the beaches of Florida or other Gulf destinations for senior trips as a last blast before leaving high school and headed to college or jobs. We often read about some of the shenanigans they pull.
Our graduating class at Goldonna was no different. We also went on our senior trip but our event was nothing like those of today. The senior class piled into Homer Graham’s yellow school bus, all 10 of us, and headed to Shreveport.

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Collaboration is key to preventing domestic abuse

The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s signature annual training event’s title says it all — Collaboration is the Key.
More than 127 domestic abuse professionals from around the state attended the 16th year of the training session Wednesday at the Ruston Civic Center.
This year’s theme was “Abuse During a Life Span.”
Guest speakers spoke on a variety of issues relating to domestic abuse throughout a lifetime.
Lectures include shaken baby syndrome, domestic abuse and elderly abuse.

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No flood of coverage for Louisiana

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Maybe it’s just a case of bad timing. It’s been debated in the Daily Leader newsroom.
Between Aug. 8 and Aug. 14, Louisiana was battered by roughly 6.9 trillion gallons of rain. As the flooding there continues, 40,000 homes have been damaged; 13 people are dead.
I am admittedly someone that has been disappointed by the coverage — or lack thereof — of the crisis going on in the southern part of our state due to the experience flooding experienced over the last week.
And I’m not the only one.
Dan Rather has voiced his opinion and agrees with me.

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GOP benefits black people more

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The Republican Party has championed the followed causes over the years:
• Republicans passed the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery.
• Republicans passed the 14th Amendment, which made black people citizens.
• Republicans passed the 15th Amendment, which gave black people the right to vote.
• Republicans started Howard University for blacks. (White Republican Oliver Howard established the university.)

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How to help flood victims

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We are not unaffected by the tragedies presently being endured by our neighbors, families and friends in South Louisiana. These folks need our help.

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Financial frazzle can be handled

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Question: I am dealing with some financial pressures that I’ve never had before. As a result I am just totally overwhelmed. Some days I can hardly get any sleep. Any advice?
Answer: Some financial stress is fact of life in our modern world. That’s normal.
But sometimes it all seems to come down around you — suddenly: a job loss, an illness, an unexpected emergency, a foolish purchase you wish you’d not made. However you got here, you now have more demands financially than dollars you can find.

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Consider all aspects of college savings options

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School here in Lincoln Parish is in full swing. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest expenditures may be on pens, pencils and notebooks. But if you want those same kids to go to college someday, you’ll eventually face considerably larger costs — so you may want to start preparing soon.

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Many theories for investing vs. paying off debt

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The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation.
Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course.
The answer depends on whom you ask. Theories about balancing investing with debt vary widely.

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