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February 18th

Techsters tumble; GSU women win

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Just when it appeared that they might be getting some late season momentum, the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech University stubbed their toes on their own court Saturday night.
The defending Western Athletic Conference champions struggled in all areas and it led straight to a 61-49 defeat against Hawaii at the Thomas Assembly Center.
“It’s tough, really tough,” summed up Tech Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon about the loss which ended a three-game winning streak for the team. “That’s about the only way I can describe it. Tough. It was such an important game for us to keep building some momentum before we go back on the road.

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Bulldogs lose to UTA in slugfest, 17-10

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Sophomore catcher Kyle Arnsberg came off the bench and drove in five runs on two hits, including a grand slam home run in his first at-bat, but Louisiana Tech University fell in its season baseball opener 17-10 to the University of Texas-Arlington Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Among the offensive highlights for Tech was infielder Ryan Gebhardt had a single that stretched his consecutive games’ hitting streak to 18 extending from last year. The Monroe product has also reached base in his last 30 games, again extending to last year.
“We have a lot of new faces out there,” said Simoneaux. “It’s going to take 10-15 games to figure out line-ups and understand the tenacity it takes to play well. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

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Seek first to understand, then be understood

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Question: We know we need to make changes in our budget. We spend too much. But whenever my wife and I discuss this, we end up arguing. I say she is asking me to do all the sacrificing. But then she basically says the same thing back to me. We’re stuck.
Answer: I hear you, brother!
But have you heard her? Really? Would she say so? Why don’t you find out?

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Don’t be afraid to change your asset allocation

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Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.
Although many investors understand that they should invest in a variety of securities, they often stumble when it’s time to choose an asset allocation that’s right for them. The allocation that you choose should be based on how much risk you are willing to assume, why you are investing and when you will need to tap your investments.

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Learn how to put the power of a tax deferral to work for you

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As an investor, you may sometimes feel frustrated. After all, your portfolio seems to be at the mercy of the financial markets, whose volatility is beyond anyone’s control. Yet you can control the quality of the investments you own and the diversification of those investments to improve your chances of attaining your long-term financial goals.  One way in which to do so is to put as much as you can afford, year after year, into tax-deferred investments.

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Valius earns board certification in sleep medicine from ABMS

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Mary Beth Valiulis is now board certified in sleep medicine after successfully completing the Sleep Medicine Certification Exam held by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  She is the first and only private practice psychiatrist board certified in both psychiatry and sleep medicine in North Louisiana. 
According to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, there are only 181 physicians in the country with these qualifications.

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Be wary of teen dating violence

When one is a teenager, a dating partner can seem like the most important thing in the world.
There may be pressure to have a date to the dance or be in a relationship. Sometimes, however, teens can be so eager to get into or remain in a relationship that they make decisions that put themselves in emotional or physical danger.
February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This is a time for anyone who comes in contact with teens in a leadership role, whether parents, older siblings, mentors or church leaders, to make sure young people understand what is healthy within a relationship.

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Every drop of water counts

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“The new liquid gold,” “blue gold,” “liquid asset,” fresh water is being called. For a decade, Louisiana has been shaping a management system in somewhat belated appreciation of the value of its abundant supplies. This is a “big deal,” state Representative Jim Fannin told the Sparta Commission two years ago. “It will take everyone to work this out.”

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Remembering favorite U.S. presidents

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Presidents’ Day is observed tomorrow, the third Monday in February. (I still do not like the name change from that of Washington’s birthday.)
Presidents’ Day is one of the holidays observed following the adoption of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Two federal holidays are named after persons who were not president.

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Woman addresses aquifer issue

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Louisiana Office of Conservation Commissioner James Welsh plans to wait until at least late this year to decide on a request from the Baton Rouge Metro Council for a hearing to address saltwater intrusion into a city drinking water aquifer. 
A study from the U.S. Geological Survey on the saltwater intrusion issue is to be completed in October.
Eugene Owen, of Baton Rouge, director/chairman  of  Utility  Holdings, Baton Rouge Water,  Parish Water,  Ascension  Water  and LAWCO, New Iberia, stated that they are running out of time. Owen is very experienced and was even reappointed to the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District.

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