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September 11th, 2013

September the time to eat fruits, vegetables

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“Eat your fruits and vegetables.” You’ve likely heard this statement since childhood. Research shows why it is good advice:
•Healthy diets, rich in fruits and vegetables, may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
•Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances that are important for good health.
•Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

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Student-athlete wins national scholarship

Allanah Austin was in the chemical engineering department at the University of Minnesota when her university advisor/professor contacted her with exciting news.
“I received an email from Dr. (Danny) Hubbard telling me I was a finalist for the ETS Scholarship,” said Austin, a chemistry major. “I was like ‘oh-my-goodness, oh-my-goodness’ because I knew that this was a really big deal.”

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Remembering September 11

Today is Patriot’s Day. Most people remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on that Tuesday morning on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day that America was attacked by terrorists.

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The gift of a caring community

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I didn’t want to go to the conference. I figured I could learn as much from sources right here in Louisiana. But the corporate bosses thought otherwise.
So, being a dutiful reporter, I made my reservations, packed my carry-on bag and called a friend to take me to the airport before dawn. I had convinced myself that the trek to Florida wouldn’t be too bad. After all, I was managing to avoid Atlanta, and would be home in three days, in time for my mother’s birthday.

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Grambling gaining confidence

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Ex-GSU coach Williams felt team ready to build on improved play
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Editors note: This story was written before today’s reported firing of GSU coach Doug Williams.
GRAMBLING — It might be hard to imagine positives coming out of a 48-10 loss, but that’s the way Grambling State University head football coach Doug Williams feels.
And he feels his Tigers could be ready to turn the corner and pick up their first win of the season, finally helping to dissolve the specter of last year’s 1-10 campaign and 0-2 start to this season.

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Tech volleyball falls in heartbreaker at SFA

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Louisiana Tech fought back from two sets down, but eventually fell to Stephen F. Austin 2-3 (20-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 12-15) in a valiant effort put together by the Lady Techsters at Shelton Gym.
Tech (4-4) dropped the opening two sets 25-20 before mounting a comeback to tie the match at 2-2 and force a decisive fifth set.
Stephen F. Austin (6-2) eventually topped the Lady Techsters by three points in the final set in the Ladyjacks’ 2013 home opener.

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Promotions, tailgating set for Bulldogs vs. Tulane football game

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When Louisiana Tech hosts Tulane Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium, it will be the University’s inaugural league game as a member of Conference USA.
It will also be the fifth annual Community Trust Bank RED OUT game as well as the annual Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer game. In other words, it will be a big night for Skip Holtz and the Bulldog football program as well as all Louisiana Tech faithful attending the nationally televised contest

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September 10th

Ruston OKs controversial ordinance

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Alderman, residents: Board moved too fast

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has approved an amended ordinance that restricts the authority of the city building official, but some residents and one alderman say the board moved too fast.
“They’ve let the citizens down,” Ruston resident Bob Flournoy said, following Monday night’s 4-1 vote adopting the updates to the ordinance that’s been on the books for more than 50 years. “The citizens are the ones who get shafted on this thing, and the businesspeople.”
“It was moving too fast,” Alderman Elmore Mayfield said. “This thing has been pretty well rammed down their throat.”

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Aldermen approve $55.1M budget

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The city of Ruston has a new $55.1 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Aldermen approved the spending plan Monday night on a 4-1 vote, with only Alderman Elmore Mayfield objecting.
Mayfield wants an additional $10,000 added to the budget for the Lincoln Total Community Action Head Start program. Mayfield sits on the program’s board of directors. Head Start is a preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old. It serves 324 local youngsters.
The city’s new budget already includes $10,000 for Head Start.

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Spearsville chief held on rape

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FARMERVILLE (AP) — Spearsville Police Chief Steve E. Bodine, accused of aggravated rape of a child under the age of 13, has been indicted by a Union Parish grand jury.
The 64-year-old Bodine was booked late Monday afternoon into the Union Parish Detention Center. State District Court Judge Cynthia Woodard set bond at $500,000.
Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dusty Gates said the indictment and arrest of Bodine came after a yearlong investigation by sheriff’s investigators, state police detectives and the district attorney’s office.

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