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Voicing support for merger

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Legislators, groups in favor of Tech-LSU consolidation
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With two bills currently in the state Legislature, the possibility of a merger between Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University at Shreveport will be coming up for a vote sooner or later.
House Bill 964, authored by District 13 Rep. Jim Fannin, and Senate Bill 527, authored by District 33 Sen. Mike Walsworth, both seek the approval of a merger of the two institutions into a single Tech university with two campuses, which in order to pass must receive a two-thirds vote from both the House and Senate.

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Campbell heads to Washington

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Sometimes the third time really is the charm. That’s what Simsboro School middle school science teacher Chris Campbell learned when he found out he had been chosen to head to Washington, D.C. for the next year.
Campbell has been chosen to serve in the Industrial and Innovative Partnership Division of the Engineering Directorate on the National Science Foundation.

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Safe disposal

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The city of Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury have expanded on the types of items that will be accepted at this year’s Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day.
During the 10th annual event, set from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19, residents will drop off items to be recycled or incinerated at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
“We have this to keep (items) out of our landfills, because they take up space there and have the potential to get into the groundwater,” Ruston Environmental Services Manager Camille Mize said.

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Prepared for the worst possible scenarios

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Responders, nursing students participate in mock drill at airport
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This past Friday morning a mock drill was conducted at the Ruston Regional Airport involving many emergency agencies to simulate a failed plane takeoff and its aftermath.
Those included in the drill were the Ruston Fire Department, Ruston Police Department, Choudrant Fire Department, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana Tech University Departments of Nursing and Professional Aviation, Pafford EMS and those stationed at the Ruston Airport.

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Play a role in deciding schools’ future

Tuesday night is slated to be a historic meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board. During their 6 p.m. meeting at Ruston Junior High the board is expected to make a decision on what the four Ruston elementary schools will look like.
With that decision, they could finally shut the door on a 46-year-old desegregation case. Legal representation for the school board said the school system has been unofficially cleared on all counts except on the racial makeup of the elementary schools.

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Man urges balanced budget support

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For over 1,000 days (three years plus) our federal government has not had a balanced budget because Congress has failed to adhere to the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The House has sent a budget to the Senate, but each year since President Obama has been in office Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn’t allowed so much as a debate on the budget. This lack of financial leadership is catastrophic for our country.

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Lionel Richie, school changes

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My latest favorite CD is Tuskegee by Lionel Richie.
Last year, I’d heard about Richie’s proposed release and was immediately intrigued — the superstar was working on a project that would revise some of his most iconic songs into duets with popular country artists. The buzz was strong, but there was a part of me that wondered if I would be able to accept a different take on some of the most beloved songs from the soundtrack of my life.

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Help students celebrate safely

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Graduation. Proms. Planning. Safety.

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Ex-student remembers his late professor

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Lincoln Parish is known for its dedication to academic excellence.
Our universities and our public and private schools are filled with teachers who are dedicated to their students and to the proliferation of learning and knowledge.
Last week Lincoln Parish lost one of the jewels in its scholastic diadem. Abe Attrep was a shining example of a professor who was completely dedicated to his students, his field of study, his university, community and faith.

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Police: Woman had seizure, wrecked

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A Ruston woman reportedly had a seizure around 8 a.m. Thursday, which resulted in a wreck.
According to a news release from the West Monroe Police Department, Della A. Davidson, 56, of Ruston, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 in a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor. She apparently suffered from a seizure, which caused her to lose control of her vehicle as she exited Interstate 20 at the Well Road exit.

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