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June 9th, 2009

Bulldogs on draft radar

The first-unit All-WAC member who also made the league’s All-Tournament club ranked No. 8 in batting average among conference players. He was No. 2 in home runs for conference players and shared the No. 2 slot for total bases with 168.

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Clock ticking for higher ed

The timeline is tight and the gap between the two versions of the budget is large. Jindal said he expects negotiations to go into the final days of the session that must end by June 25.
In May, the House approved a $27.9 billion budget for the new year that begins July 1 that contained deeper cuts to public colleges, health programs and government jobs than the $28.7 billion budget approved by the Senate last week.

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Prep baseball tourneys will benefit Ruston

The Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau deserves credit for recruiting this event and others like it to Ruston. It’s a way to bring people into our community and make them feel welcome while experiencing the benefit of local sales at hotels, gas stations, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions.
The success other regional sports events have had in Ruston was one of the factors that helped the city win its most recent tournament.

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Festival highlights history, heritage

Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce President Barbara McIntyre said the festival is more than just a pageant, hamburgers and barbecue — the events are steeped in tradition. To showcase that feeling of tradition, the festival gets under way this year at 5:30 p.m. June 17 at Grambling Memorial Park with an old-fashioned campground prayer meeting conducted by the Rev. Leon Whittaker.

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June 8th

Fire appears to be arson

The fire was contained to one room, in a section of the motel that had been vacant for a long time. The fire quickly died down because of a lack of oxygen, Brazzel said.
Fourteen firefighters arrived at the motel room at around 1 a.m. and found thick smoke coming from behind the door.
“Firefighters entered the room and cleared it of all its smoke, but the earlier fire had burned a bed down to its frame. Everything else in the room was ruined because of the smoke,” Brazzel said.

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Creek district has new look

Three schools are gone; three are joining up.
The Cougars will have familiar foes Monroe St. Frederick and Monroe Ouachita Christian returning with the 2-1A label.
Gone are Lincoln Parish rival Grambling High, Bernice and Arcadia.
The new members include Oak Grove, Delhi and Delhi Charter.
“Our new district will be one of the most competitive districts in the state, in all sports,” believes Andy Yepson, the athletic director at Cedar Creek.

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Hybrids seek place to plug in

So what’s an electric or plug-in hybrid driver to do when they need a charge and they’re nowhere near home? Plug-ins are expected to reach up to 60 miles on a charge (great for a commute but not for a longer trip); and though the Tesla reportedly went 241 miles on a charge in a recent European road rally, its everyday stop-and-go efficiency will likely be less and drivers will need “pit stops” far from home.

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Protect kids when riding in vehicles

In late April, a 7-year-old girl died in a hit-and-run wreck on Interstate 20 near the Ouachita-Lincoln parish line. She was restrained with an adult seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Then on May 14, a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured when she and her mother, who were riding a scooter not rated for use on public roads on La. 146, were hit by a truck.
These incidents prove that not everyone knows or practices the laws that guide child safety in vehicles.

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Treasurer: Prioritize state budget

In government, how legislators invest money shows what they believe in, Kennedy said. He noted thousands are being set aside in the budget to support a neighborhood association, furniture purchases and renovations to a city hall while higher education, health care and road projects are coming up short.
“Folks, we’ve got to get control of this budget,” Kennedy said. “I’m not saying these are bad expenditures, but just not priority expenditures. (Lawmakers) could restore every single penny to higher ed tomorrow if it’s their priority.”

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June 5th

New video board pumps up excitement at Tech

Installed by Daktronics, the world leader in large format electronic display systems, the display board is less than a month into the construction stage but is starting to take shape at the north end zone of the stadium.

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