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Four more years

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Obama re-elected president, Romney takes state, parish
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WASHINGTON (AP) — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts.
"We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come," Obama said.

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State constituents vote on amendments

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Eight pass, one fails to rally support of voters
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana voters have approved a constitutional amendment to strengthen already strong gun possession rights in the state.
The amendment eliminates language in the Louisiana Constitution that allows passage of laws prohibiting concealed weapons. It also includes a requirement that any gun restriction laws be held to a tough judicial standard.

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Lincoln approves term limits

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Lincoln Parish residents have spoken, and they have decided change is needed on the Lincoln Parish School Board.
A proposition to limit school board members to three terms was placed on Tuesday’s ballot, and Lincoln Parish, as well as all other school districts in Louisiana, decided to place the limits on board members. According to the Secretary of State’s website, 76 percent of Lincoln Parish voters said “yes” to term limits. A total of 12,813 said “yes,” while only 4,047 voters said “no” to term limits.

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Details of I-20 crash revealed

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More information has been released in connection with a single-vehicle crash that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, which took the life of Grambling State University Student Drameri Dill, 22.
Ruston Police Department Chief Steve Rogers said a vehicle driven by Earl Williams, 22, of Rayville, was traveling westbound on Interstate 20 when it left the roadway and went into the median.

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Alexander secures 5th Congressional District

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U.S. Congressman Rodney Alexander slid to victory over his two challengers in Tuesday’s election.
This will be the sixth, two-year term for Alexander, a Republican from Quitman, as representative for the 5th Congressional District.
Alexander won 77.77 percent of the votes in his district, while Ron Ceasar, no party, obtained 14.38 percent of the votes and Libertarian Clay Grant 7.84 percent.

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Recreational spots of Ruston

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How many parks and facilities does Ruston Parks and Recreation Department oversee? Most people can name one or two, but hardly anyone can name all 14 of them RPAR’s facilities range from the one acre Sidney Smith Park to the 66-acre Woodland Park on Martin L. King Drive.
Here are a few little known facts about the parks and facilities. The Ruston Municipal Pool was built by the Louisiana Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. It has had several renovations and upgrades since then. The current admission/dressing area was built in the 1970s and the filtration system was upgraded in 2002. If older than 40, one may remember the large slide that once was located in the middle of the pool.

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Slacks: Three Tech generations

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Hayden follows in footsteps of father, grandfather
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If you were to sit at the dinner table on Thanksgiving in the Slack household, you would be surrounded by an extreme rarity that is three generations of Louisiana Tech football players.
You would marvel at classic stories of playing both ways being told by J.W. Slack, who was an all-American in the 50s for the Bulldogs.
Your ears would perk up at the sound of Terry Slack telling historic tales of winning a Division II National Championship in the 70s as a safety for coach Maxie Lambright.

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Bulldogs’ basketballers give back to community

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In an effort to continue community outreach as part of the Louisiana Tech University men’s basketball program, the four newcomers of Chris Anderson, Jaron Johnson, Alex Hamilton and Gilbert Talbot briefly stopped reading their college textbooks in order to read aloud as guests to fifth grade students at Ruston Elementary.

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Williams: Grambling support vital

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In a tough year for Tigers, fan loyalty is all-important

Win and the fans will come flocking at breakneck speed.
A sports team that is successful usually has no problem attracting a fan base.
But lose?
Uh oh.
That can breed moans and groans and a tendency to jump off of the victory bandwagon.
In a season where the school has never experienced Saturday-to-Saturday struggles like the current one, Grambling State University’s football program is dealing with such a problem.

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Run to help save the Sparta

It’s no secret that our area is facing a water crisis.
For years, the Sparta Aquifer — the primary source of water for several North Louisiana parishes including Lincoln — has been depleting and decreasing in quality due to overuse.
If this trend continues, the water quality will plummet to a level that it is unusable. To keep this from happening, efforts have been made to identify alternative sources of water and also to help instill an attitude of conservation in area residents.

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