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College cut plans to be released

Reports have swirled since a meeting between the governor and university system leadership last week that $219 million in cutbacks are coming for higher education specifically. A 9:30 a.m. committee meeting today in Baton Rouge was set that would illuminate that possibility.
The Jindal administration was reluctant to give advance information about the governor’s proposed budget for the year beginning July 1. The $26.7 billion proposal represents a nearly 10 percent decrease in funding from the 2008-09 budget year.

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Reminder of life's fragility

On the morning of March 5, a gas explosion in the heart of downtown Bozeman, Mont., decimated five business that had stood for several decades and completely wiped out a block of Main Street. The bank I was a teller at three years ago lies directly across the street from the explosion, and now a crater into the earth lies where once commerce and life thrived. I was originally supposed to be at the bank at 8 a.m. that day, greeting friends whom I haven’t seen in three years.

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Nonprofits need us more than ever

For example, the Methodist Children’s Home provides a vital service to Lincoln Parish as a whole, reaching out to juveniles in the area who need special guidance and support. The organization has been a fixture here for more than 100 years, weaving a relationship with the justice system here that local law enforcement will say plays an important role in the community.

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’Dogs start spring drills Saturday

Easy to say, tough to do, as “Saturday Night Livas” proved during the entire 2008 season and then in the 17-10 Indy Bowl nod over the Huskies.
The bowl game’s Most Valuable Offensive Player, Livas led the Bulldogs in receiving (43 catches, 607 yards, two touchdowns), returns (25.8 for kickoffs, 15.3 for punt returns) and all-purpose yards (157.4 ypg) last year.
Set for two more collegiate seasons in which he figures to corner paparazzi-like attention from defenders, Livas is one of the prominent players returning for the start of the Bulldogs’ spring workouts Saturday.

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