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May 29th

House blows away gun bill

The legislation, by Rep. Ernest Wooton, would have forced colleges in the state to allow people with concealed handgun permits to carry those weapons on the campuses — which are now so-called “gun-free” zones. Wooton, R-Baton Rouge, argued that his proposal would have made college grounds safer.
School administrators and police chiefs from around Louisiana lobbied against the bill, saying guns would make college campuses more likely to suffer from shootings, both purposeful and accidental.

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Waits: Another award?

Waits was the first Tech player ever to be named as the Player of the Year in the WAC since the university joined the league in 2001.
Her average is the best of any of the candidates for the Hitter of the Year award, the next highest being the .429 mark compiled by outfielder Kirsten Shortridge of LSU and outfielder Karli Hubbard of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
“Her numbers speak for themselves,” said Tech coach Sarah Dawson.
“She had a great sophomore season and we were curious to see how she would respond this year.”

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Equal opportunities fading

Jefferson’s precept of constitutional permanence is, dare I say ... crap. Megacrap. Although novel in theory, children are born with different abilities, separate strengths and disparate mental capacities that more accurately reflect the less than-greater than part of the equation rather than the equal sign in the balancing formula. A country such as ours is comparatively infantile in the global age, yet that does not deter the masses of the stars and stripes from seeking what is rightfully theirs.

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Scores show school's work paid off

In the 2007-08 school year, only 70 percent of eighth-graders met the standards necessary for promotion to the next grade. A 30 percent jump in students’ pass rate is no small feat, and it proves that the school is doing something right.

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Making the grade

Harrison said he can only credit the hard work of his teaching staff and his students for the improved scores.
At the beginning of the 2008-09 school year, school administrators began offering about four hours of extra instruction in math to students every week — before and after school and even on Saturdays.
To improve reading test scores, school officials required students to read more material every day and tested them weekly on what they read.

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May 28th

Group moves to pump up Sparta smarts

Gouedy, who will graduate from Louisiana Tech with a degree in agriculture business in August, will work through the summer implementing a number of ideas and programs she hopes will increase the public’s knowledge of the depleting Sparta aquifer.
“I’m excited and already at work trying to set up some programs that will start in the summer and into next year,” Gouedy said. “We’re focusing on Lincoln, Ouachita, Claiborne and Jackson parishes. The way we’re trying to set these programs up is to make it so that they’ll be fairly easy next fall, even when the internship ends.”

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Group moves to pump up Sparta smarts

Gouedy, who will graduate from Louisiana Tech with a degree in agriculture business in August, will work through the summer implementing a number of ideas and programs she hopes will increase the public’s knowledge of the depleting Sparta aquifer.
“I’m excited and already at work trying to set up some programs that will start in the summer and into next year,” Gouedy said. “We’re focusing on Lincoln, Ouachita, Claiborne and Jackson parishes. The way we’re trying to set these programs up is to make it so that they’ll be fairly easy next fall, even when the internship ends.”

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Aldredge: A busy summer ahead

“It’s a very competitive schedule and important in terms of the rankings.”
The four-time 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state champ will begin her postseason competition June 6 at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
It will mark her second consecutive appearance at that meet, where she was the runner-up with one of the event’s Top 10 all-time marks in 2008.

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Aldredge: A busy summer ahead

“It’s a very competitive schedule and important in terms of the rankings.”
The four-time 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state champ will begin her postseason competition June 6 at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
It will mark her second consecutive appearance at that meet, where she was the runner-up with one of the event’s Top 10 all-time marks in 2008.

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Motorcycle safety rides on law

However, Faircloth’s argument must have sounded convincing to members of the House Transportation Committee. Without objection, they approved House Bill 639, sponsored by Rep. Jim Morris, which repeals the mandatory motorcycle helmet law. If this bill becomes law, only Louisiana residents under age 21 would be required to wear a helmet when they drive or ride a bike.
The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

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