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Pilgrim’s gets 3rd buyout offer

Atkinson would not confirm the amount of the latest offer, but Daily Leader sources say it is an $80 million deal with the state putting up $50 million and Foster Farms $30 million.
Pilgrim’s Pride grower and Lincoln Parish Police Juror Mike Franklin was in Baton Rouge on Wednesday meeting with state Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain and said he’s beginning to feel good about the situation.

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Bond work pays off for school district

The extra dollars added to individuals’ property tax burdens have paid off for the district and its students.
Most all of the schools in the city have received new floors, lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as additional classrooms because voters approved the 20-year, $33 million bond issue passed in 2004.
Using Ruston High as just one example, there are several new classrooms. The school has a new look for weight training, for its band and for its choir.

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'Feminist' not a dirty word

Of course, at one point in time, rights we now hold today, such as being able to own our own property, vote and protect ourselves from physical harm, might have been considered extreme.
To truly understand and appreciate the rights women have won over time, it helps to take a look at other times and places. The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a wealth of information on this topic.
Some of the more disturbing data the coalition supplies to train domestic violence workers include the following:

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Techsters battle SMU tonight

It’s all about the here and now and advancing on in the 2009 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Tech (20-12, 12-4) and SMU (20-11, 12-4), with nearly identical records overall and against their conference opponents, will battle in a 7 p.m. first-round contest.
The survivor moves on to play at Illinois State (24-7) in the second round.
“We are going to take advantage of being in the WNIT,” said Tech interim coach Teresa Weatherspoon. “It’s a huge opportunity for us to keep the season going and to help us in preparing for next year.

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Tech student arrested at Wal-Mart

Ruston Police were called to the scene.
Capt. Kevin Peden said store management asked Saurage to remove his gun and put it in his car because he was scaring customers and workers. He refused. Louisiana law empowers the public display and carrying of firearms.
“Store management advised the Ruston Police officers that a text message was going around about a person that was going to enter Wal-Mart and kill two women employees,” Peden said in a release. “At this time, it is not known from where the texts originated.”

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