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March 28th

Health care provider data can be helpful

The Louisiana Health Care Consumers Right to Know law would create a state-run Web site to post quality information on health care providers, and it sounds like a step in the right direction.
Health care, health insurance and navigating the system to the greatest possible benefit and service to the individual have been a process with significant hurdles up to this point, and any effort to clarify and inform is surely a good one.

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Caring for assault victims

DON’T:
• Tell them how to feel. Ask how they are feeling. And allow them to feel that way. Emotions are real. Feelings are not wrong; how we handle them can be wrong. They do not go away on their own, but if denied, are sublimated into our character and actions. It is far healthier to face them.
• Expect them to “get over it.” This is a major trauma to the spirit and psyche. Survivors will adjust, accept and heal, but they will always have a tender scar. They can never forget; they can only slowly integrate it into their lives.

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School funding may take hit in the fall

School Board Business Manager George Murphy said the parish’s wealth factor spiked 16 percent this year and 15 percent the year before due to oil and gas exploration, new construction work and the opening of additional businesses.

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March 27th

Grambling kicks off spring drills

A regular season is under their belts and now a second spring training session is about to get under way.
Broadway will enter into his second spring as head coach when the Tigers lift off their 15 days of daily rituals today at 4 p.m., all leading into a “Black and Gold” game at Robinson Stadium during the latter part of next month.

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Good to know Jindal is here to stay

“This is where I want to be. I’m happy where I am,” Jindal told the Associated Press.
No matter how true the talk was about a potential Jindal-McCain ticket in November, it is a relief to know that Louisiana won’t face an unanticipated change in leadership so soon after a gubernatorial election.
Louisiana has made a near about-face in just months with Jindal-style politics running the show here, and to lose our governor to a Republican presidential race that could very well end at the White House would deal a critical blow to the momentum our state is gaining.

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Women's history unwinds

For instance, in ancient times, a man in Babylonia could divorce his wife simply by stating “Thou are not my wife.” A woman who uttered a similar statement to her husband, however, would be drowned. In medieval society, laws existed to ensure wives remained obedient to their husbands. This could include the acceptance of physical abuse, so long as the woman was not killed or seriously maimed, or the cutting off of nose and ears for women who committed adultery. The pressure was apparently put on men to dominate their wives during this time.

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Growing church envisions new facility

The current Student Center was erected in 1968 to host activities for Louisiana Tech University students. Sarah Regan, St. Thomas communication committee member, said it is the hub of many church activities, such as the annual Women’s Guild gumbo supper and quarterly potluck with an attendance that exceeds the Student Center’s capacity. The gumbo supper must now be prepared and served for take-out at the Civic Center.
“The parish has grown so quickly, and the kitchen facilities just aren’t adequate for the number of meals that need to be prepared,” Regan said.

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March 26th

’Dogs face SJSU next in WAC

Tech opened up league play last weekend in Reno, Nev., and went zero-and-four against the University of Nevada.
The Wolf Pack outscored the Bulldogs 38-19 in taking victories of 11-6, 14-3, 7-6 and 6-4.
It wasn’t the type of start that head coach Wade Simoneaux and his squad envisioned after being a preseason pick to finish No. 2 in the conference race.
But it’s still a long season, one that won’t conclude until the annual WAC postseason tournament is held at J.C. Love in late May.

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Mentors wanted for youth

Brandon said the organization does everything from visiting colleges and sharing personal stories in an attempt to recruit more volunteers for the program.
“We can work with volunteers who are as young as 16, as long as they’re a junior in high school,” Brandon said. “And, mentors can be as old as they like.”

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Universities seek to fortify security

The past year, with the anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech just around the corner in April, illustrates the need for vigilance as well.
Public shooting after public shooting have splashed across newspapers and on computers around the nation, from places as far away as Virginia and Illinois and as close to home as at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, where three died earlier this year.

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