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June 28th

State retirement remains broken

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In the early weeks leading up to the 2012 Legislative Session, state lawmakers were inundated with phone calls and correspondence regarding Gov. Jindal’s education reform initiative.  But soon, legislators began hearing even stronger reactions regarding reforms being brought by the administration in an attempt to shore up funding for Louisiana’s retirement systems.
Currently, less than half of the state’s overall long-term retirement liabilities of $51.4 billion (pensions and healthcare) are funded.

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’Dogs: ‘Super Six’ at home

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Five games in Ruston, one at Indy facility highlight Tech slate
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Five plus one.
Nope, that’s not a formula for any new method of deciding a BCS football champion.
But it does apply to the “home-sweet-home” vibes that Louisiana Tech University fans should be having for the 2012 football season.
Five chances to see the ‘Dogs play in the Jumbotron surroundings of Joe Aillet Stadium and another opportunity to check ‘em out at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

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Tech makes big jump in APR mark

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For the fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University saw impressive improvements in the majority of its Academic Progress Rates, which have been released by the NCAA as part of its continuing academic reform efforts.
All 16 of its NCAA sanctioned programs will be penalty free in 2012-13.
Tech saw nine of its programs record their highest multi-year APR scores ever while five registered their highest single year APR score ever. Four of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate while men’s golf registered a perfect 1,000 on its multi-year rate, earning Jeff Parks Bulldogs an NCAA APR Award for finishing in the top 10 percent.

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Jonesboro trio has winning day at LSWA event

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“Go Tigers!”
That might have been the reaction of the Jonesboro-Hodge High School faithful earlier this week after learning that three of its most distinguished graduates brought back a U-Haul truck load of honors from the 2012 Louisiana Sports Writers Association convention that concluded Sunday in Natchitoches.

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NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION BY ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION FOR EXCEPTION TO LPSC ORDER NO. U-20181

NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION BY ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION FOR EXCEPTION TO LPSC ORDER NO. U-20181 AND APPROVAL OF METHOD FOR RECOVERY OF ACCRUED EXPENSE AND CHANGE IN RATES

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June 27th

Burglary suspects arrested

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Investigation crosses parish lines, arrests made, goods recovered
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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office noticed a dramatic increase in residential burglaries starting in early May. Further analysis of these residential burglaries by the LPSO Criminal Investigation Division suggested most of these burglaries occurred during daylight hours, along the borders of Bienville and Claiborne Parishes.
After consulting with investigators in both parishes, it was determined that Claiborne Parish was also experiencing an upswing in burglaries. The LPSO reportedly increased patrols in these areas, while investigators analyzed and followed leads in each case.

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Census appealed

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Grambling needs 51 more people to become a city
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GRAMBLING — It’s hard to believe 51 people can make a difference to a town the size of Grambling, but it’s the quest for 51 people that has the town and Mayor Ed Jones clamoring for a recount from their 2010 census count.
With an official count of 4,949, Grambling, considered a town by the United States government, needs just 51 more people to be legally considered a city to reap the benefits of the title.

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Sweets for Ruston

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Residents with a sweet tooth may find a new favorite spot downtown with the recent opening of Social Bites.
Heather McWhorter Bailey, owner of Social Bites, has been in the cake business for five years, but she’s mostly been doing specialty cakes in that time.
Now, at her Social Bites storefront, located at 200 N. Vienna St. near the Dixie Center for the Arts, residents can pick up a sweet treat from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Remember to hydrate while out in the heat

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School is out and summer is here, which means children will be spending a big chunk of their day outside.
Additionally, more individuals will be outside playing softball, golf, tennis, basketball at one of our local outdoor courts or even fishing on the lake — just to name a few summer activities. Although it is good to be outside and be active, it is also a time that presents some concerns.
One of those major issues is dehydration.

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La. Tech dean of library services to serve as state chair

Michael A. DiCarlo, dean of library services, and Thomas Jackson Magee, Ross Endowed Professor at Louisiana Tech University, will serve as chair for the Louisiana Academic Library and Information Network Consortium (LALINC) for 2012-13.
LALINC is a partnership of participating libraries and organizations joined together under the general governance of the Board of Regents. The organization represents both public and private university, college and community/technical libraries in Louisiana.

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