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November 30th

Voucher program ruled ‘unconstitutional’

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The future of the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence, which has allowed more than 100 students in Lincoln Parish — and thousands of students throughout the state — to attend private schools with public scholarships, is uncertain.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program that uses tax dollars to send students to private schools was ruled unconstitutional Friday by a state judge who said it's improperly funded through the public school financing formula.

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Tech’s Guice selected as finalist

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Applause erupted in Louisiana Tech University’s Howard Auditorium when the Presidential Search Committee named Les Guice as the sole finalist in the search.

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It’s ‘Pack the House’ time again at Tech

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Louisiana Tech University’s annual “Pack the House” challenge game will be held on Saturday when the Lady Techsters welcome the SEC Ole Miss Rebels to the Thomas Assembly Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
This year’s slogan — “Out with the Ole, In with the Blue” — is an old school, throwback theme which seeks to relive the legacy and tradition of the national championship teams while highlighting the new genre of basketball led by Teresa Weatherspoon.

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Suspects arrested in Fred’s burglary

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Two men were arrested Thursday following a Crime Stoppers tip in reference to a burglary of Fred’s Discount in Grambling.
According to reports, the Grambling City Police Department received a tip that Kerrion Devonte Watts, 18, of 153 Sims St. in Grambling, and Malcom Jermaine Pickney, of 153 Elm St., in Grambling, had broken into Fred’s Discount on Oct. 28. The arrest affidavit also indicates that police viewed surveillance video that showed two men standing in front of the store’s glass doors around 10 p.m. when one of the males threw an object through the glass and then entered.

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RPAR collects items for MCH

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Mahatma Gandhi was quoted as saying, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
And, the children of The Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home just want a little bit of Christmas cheer and Ruston Parks and Recreation hopes to help out with their wishes — with the help of the Ruston community.
Running through Dec. 7, RPAR will be collecting items to donate to Ruston’s own Louisiana United Methodist Children’s Home.

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Voucher decision could take longer

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — As testimony ended Thursday in a legal challenge against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program, the mother of a New Orleans student defended the program and said it is offering her son a better education than his siblings got in public school.
After two-days of questioning witnesses, lawyers will present final arguments to Judge Tim Kelley today.

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Tech theater to fight for food  

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Ushering in the holiday spirit, Louisiana Tech University’s “The Fights Before Christmas” exhibits a mélange of everything we know and love about the season — sprinkled with the dazzling movement and combat performance for which the department of theater is renowned.
As a new member of the Louisiana Tech theater family, it has been a particularly moving experience for me to see seven students, myself included, begin with one simple prompt — “The Fights Before Christmas”— and emerge on the other side in short time with a complete, dynamic, entertaining work of theatre.

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HIV/AIDS prevalent in La.

Since its first diagnosis in 1981, HIV/AIDS has reached epidemic numbers. Due to the threat of this global killer, the first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 to show support for those living with HIV and AIDS and to commemorate those who have died. We currently observe this day every year on Dec. 1.
As most know, HIV weakens the human immune system to the point of “deficient,” which can result in AIDS. Individuals contract AIDS either through sexual contact, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, injection drug use, occupational exposure, blood transfusion and organ transplant.

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A snake in downtown Ruston

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To my knowledge there is no scientific name for a snake with two heads. The old joke called a two-headed snake a “bad son-of-a-gun.”
In Ruston, a snake with two heads is called “parallel parking.” This snake is extremely poisonous and its venom is called a ticket.
From the time we enter grade school, we are taught, as a society, the importance of proper “line” etiquette. Our education includes how to keep the line moving, keep the line straight and how not to break up in line.

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A Dubach man called Cotton

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Somebody once said that there were so many Colvins living in my hometown of Dubach that if you met a stranger on the sidewalk and greeted him by saying, “Hello, Mr. Colvin,” you had an 87 percent chance of being right. And if he frowned at you, you could correct your mistake by saying, “Excuse me, Mr. Fuller.”
One such Fuller in Dubach is Mr. James Egan “Cotton” Fuller. He was given that nickname as a young child because his white hair looked just like cotton. Ironically, now well into his 90’s, his wavy white hair color still lives up to that moniker.

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