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Prepare to tighten belts

Heading into the session — called by Gov. Kathleen Blanco — legislators knew that there were difficult decisions that had to be made. Nearly $1 billion had to be trimmed from the state’s $18 billion budget — including cuts in such areas as higher education and health care.
There were also issues such as a new law that required building codes — and with them, inspectors — throughout the state, even in rural areas.

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Lincoln residents prep for holiday

While stores are continuing to keep up with customers’ needs, those customers are planning a holiday meal for a small army — their family.
Lisa Carroll said she was staying in Ruston for Thanksgiving to be with her family.
“Every Thanksgiving, we have 50 to 75 people at my parents’ house because my dad’s family is really large,” said Carroll. “My grandparents are even coming down from Little Rock.”
Carroll said that the entire family consistently pitched in with the food.

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Possible Ruston annexation causes uproar

Two property owners, Kenneth Terral and Chris Warren, made the request to the city that their properties be annexed. Warren’s property consists of approximately eight acres, while Terral plans to develop about 43 acres into a residential neighborhood.
Both Ruston Public Works Director Lewis Love and Planning and Zoning Chairman Travis Defreese expressed the city’s desire to annex the property to the northeast of the city limits.
“The city would like to annex property in, and this is an area we’d like to do it in,” Love said.

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Building code passes House

"We voted to send the budget back to conference committee," Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said. "There were some issues that needed to be worked out."
One of those issues was the proposed reduction or elimination of the Office of Rural Development on the Governor's staff. Ruston's Ty Bromell heads that department.
"That directly affects those of us in rural parishes and it's something that we don't want to see cut," Gallot said.

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