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Jindal assesses plant closur

By the end of May, Pilgrim’s Pride will indefinitely close its plants in Farmerville, El Dorado, Ark., and Douglas, Ga. While the company has offered severance packages to plant employees, no such support is being extended to the producers.
State Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said his understanding is workers will receive at least another four-five weeks of compensation after the idling period begins, plus an additional week for every year they have been with the company.

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Struck speechless by response

What in the world? I found myself sitting in the comfort of my home only to become uncomfortable as the popular morning show The View plastered Jindal’s face on national TV.
I was a bit uneasy, because I was wondering what they would say about the Republican response speech or even the stimulus money situation. I tightly clenched my teeth in hopes that it would be something good, or more realistically, something not very embarrassing.
Of course the ladies on the show are very opinionated, so I was prepared to hear anything.

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Commission needs viable water plan

We need our lawmakers on every level of government to understand the situation here in north Louisiana. They need to know it’s a problem we take seriously, and we expect their help.
Gov. Bobby Jindal made a good first step by appointing some local people to the State Groundwater Resources Commission. The governor has high expectations for the Groundwater Commission.

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Techsters battle FSU tonight

“The players believe in themselves and they believe they can win this game,” said interim head coach Teresa Weatherspoon of Tech. “That’s the type of confidence and attitude you want in your players. What matters the most is what they believe, and they believe they can go into Fresno and win. Nothing else matters. It’s the confidence that our players have in themselves and, with that, there’s no limit on what can be accomplished.”

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Area reels from closure

Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state officials are expected to be in Farmerville on Monday to meet with growers and plant workers in a show of support and to see if the state can do anything to help those facing the sudden loss of their livelihoods.
“I’m planning on going to the meeting in Farmerville on Monday,” Ruston poultry farmer Stan Jones said. “Hopefully, the state will be able to figure out some way to help. I’ve heard several ideas talked about, but I don’t know if any of them could work out or not. I guess that’s something we’ll find out during Monday’s meeting.”

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Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not complaining; being safe is important. And, it does mean a lot to me that he cares enough about me to always want to make sure I’m safe.
But, he can get carried away.
For as long as I’ve known him, Nick has had a nightly routine of making certain “checks” before he goes to bed. This consists of things like checking that the knob, deadbolt and chain are locked securely on both the front and back doors, checking that the oven and all burners on the stove are off, checking to ensure windows are closed and locked, that kind of thing.

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Poultry plant closure will sting region

Slowly but surely, the global recession continues to trickle down, and its most recent victims are the poultry producers and plant workers in our area.
With Friday’s announcement that Pilgrim’s Pride will shutter plants in Farmerville, El Dorado, Ark., and Douglas, Ga., within 75 days, many in Lincoln and Union parishes are in a state of panic.
Plant workers will receive severance packages and will be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. The producers, however, are contract workers and won’t receive a penny to help them hobble along until they can come up with Plan B.

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Techsters halt Utah State

With a 10-3 record against league opponents, Fresno State has a one-half game lead on the Techsters.
“We want our players to enjoy tonight’s win just for a while, then we’ll leave early Sunday morning and start think about Fresno State,” said Teresa Weatherspoon, who’s got the team at a perfect 5-0 after being named the Techsters’ interim coach. “This win tonight wasn’t very pretty, but a win is a win. We struggled with our shooting tonight, didn’t take care of the basketball well enough at times, but we give a good effort and played well enough defensively to get the win.”

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Pilgrim’s Pride to shut down

“I’ve got a side job, so I do have something, but that’s not going to pay the notes on the chicken houses. There’s a meeting this morning in Farmerville, and I’m going to try to get there and find out more about what’s going on and going to happen. I’m just hoping the state can somehow help.
“It’s not good.”
Pilgrim’s Pride said it will idle the Farmerville and El Dorado plants along with one in Douglas, Ga., within 75 days. The company said the affected plants employ approximately 3,000 people and that around 430 independent contract growers also will be affected.

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