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Universities to receive funds

“Entrepreneurs are optimistic and innovative, so continuing to invest in them is especially valuable in these difficult economic times,” Judson said.
The initiative will assist minority and other underrepresented business owners in rural Louisiana to develop business and operation plans, enhance technology and provide training.
Tech’s K-12 cyberspace funds will go toward furthering an idea spawned last summer, when several professors at the university hosted a cyberspace camp for high school students and their teachers.

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Jindal's team delivers for northeast La.

When it was announced Friday afternoon that Pilgrim’s Pride had accepted an $80 million offer for its chicken processing plant in Farmerville, the collective sigh of relief that rose from our area was unmistakable.
For three weeks, residents in Union Parish and the surrounding parishes, including Lincoln, have been anxiety-ridden as they heard news of Pilgrim’s Pride’s plan to idle the plant, then watched as the company rejected offer after offer from Foster Farms and the state.

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Make the best of your garden

Most commercial farms concentrate on growing a few select crops to supply a wide variety of customers, but gardening at home is a different story entirely. Most back yard food gardeners are looking to augment their family’s diet with a variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season.

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Porter sets lofty goal for ’09

“It’s going to take at least 100 yards every game and some 200-yard games in there,” he said. “But with the offensive line we have coming back and the confidence I have in them and myself for being successful, it can be done. It’s possible.”
Don’t count Porter out, either.
Last fall, on the way to aiding Tech to seven regular season victories and a 17-10 win over Northern Illinois University in the Independence Bowl, Porter gained 1,086 yards on 204 carries.

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Sale soothes area’s uncertainty

Jindal was in Farmerville for a news conference about Friday’s sale of the northeastern Louisiana poultry plant to Foster Farms of Livingston, Calif.
Foster Farms and the state combined for an $80 million buyout of Pilgrim’s Pride’s Farmerville operations, with each putting up $40 million. Foster Farms has also agreed to invest $10 million for upgrades to the facility, with the state also matching that capital investment effort.

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Ruston puts on shades of yellow

Even though the calendar said the official start of spring was more than a week away, my husband’s allergies proved otherwise. So did the yellow film of pollen coating every car driving the streets of Ruston.
When we had those blessed few days of rain last week, I watched as the pollen washed off every outdoor surface into yellow pools in the driveway. It reminded me of my days in elementary school, after I’d help the teacher wash the chalkboard and dump the bucket of chalky water outside in the grass.

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More fallout from cuts to higher ed

Of the state agencies that are represented in our area, the University of Louisiana System perhaps has the most pervasive impact and influence in the health and wealth of Lincoln Parish.
Natural concern over what will be lost to the headsman’s axe is to be expected. We’ve long maintained the state owes it to itself to be a better steward of the public’s money and keep its posterity safe from the deep cuts that have been put forward.

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Bearcats have new voices

White will succeed longtime play-by-play commentator Joe Bleich, who logged 20 seasons with such duties at the end of the Bearcats’ 2008 season.
Cramer will be a part of the RHS broadcast team for the eighth year, with four of those seasons spent as a sideline reporter and three as an analyst.
Brown will be in his first year.
“I’m excited about our new broadcast team for Ruston High School football on Z-107.5,”

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