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January 20th, 2017

Time for unity is now

History is being made today. At noon, Donald Trump will be sworn in as 45th president of the United States.
He will raise his right hand, place his left hand on the Bible — Trump’s using two Bibles, Abraham Lincoln’s and his own from childhood — and repeat the same 35-word oath of office that’s been used since 1789.
And with that pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States to best of his ability, the new presidency will begin.

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Biennial juried exhibition to open at Tech

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The Louisiana Biennial is the School of Design’s fourth national juried exhibition. This is a multi-media show for two and three-dimensional works, as well as video and installation works exploring any theme.
The School of Design received over 175 artist submissions for a total of over 800 artworks from across the United States.
The overwhelming response reflects a continued commitment and passion for the arts in our communities. We hope that the exhibition not only highlights regional artists, but also exposes all of us to contemporary works created around the country.

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Neal SWAC Player of Week

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Grambling State guard Monisha Neal (4) has been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her outstanding performance during week 10 of the regular season. The Lewisville, Texas native averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during the Lady Tigers’ most recent contests. She was a rebound shy of a double-double against Texas Southern on Jan. 14, where she posted 19 points and nine rebounds. She followed that effort with a 15-point, five-board effort at Prairie View A&M on Jan. 16.

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GSU teams to host JSU

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Grambling State’s basketball teams will play host to Jackson State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader, with the women’s game starting at 3 p.m. while Irving Mitchell (0) and the G-Men will battle JSU starting around 5:30 p.m.

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Lady Techsters top Owls in overtime, 70-67

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HOUSTON — Sophomore Kierra Anthony hit back-to-back 3-pointers within a span of 50 seconds in overtime to lift Louisiana Tech to a hard-fought 70-67 win over Rice Thursday night at Tudor Fieldhouse in Conference USA action.

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Dunkin’ Dogs cook up win over Rice

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In a battle between two of the top teams in Conference USA’s West Division, Louisiana Tech dominated from start to finish, defeating Rice 74-64, Thursday night in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Rice (12-7, 2-4 C-USA), opened the scoring with an early free throw, but an immediate response on a 3-point shot from Derric Jean gave Louisiana Tech (13-6, 5-1 C-USA) its first lead of the night at 3-1 and the Bulldogs wouldn’t trail again, leading the 40-minute contest for 39 minutes and 10 seconds.

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Hunt, Martin accept awards

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Ruston businessman Trott Hunt and Sue Martin, co-founder of a local animal rescue agency, were recognized as the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Robert E. Russ Award recipient and Ruston Rotary Club Bill Best Humanitarian Award winners, respectively.
The award winners accepted their recognition at the 97th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday at the Ruston Civic Center.
Other awards given during the banquet included:
• Business of Year – Frosty Factory of America
• Origin Bank & HGA Young Business Leader of the Year — Kourtney Keim
• Ambassador of the Year — Sonja Burns

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Court rules against former fire chief

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A district judge has denied former parish fire Chief Dennis Ford’s claims that he’s owed comp time and post-retirement health insurance coverage stemming from his 10 years as head of the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1.
In a ruling filed Jan. 13, 3rd Judicial District Judge Cynthia Woodard said Ford failed to meet his burden of proof.
“Therefore, the court denies all claims asserted by (Ford) against the (fire district) for the aforesaid reasons,” Woodward wrote.

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Bond commission OK’s Ruston request

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Louisiana’s Bond Commission has unanimously approved Ruston’s request to issue up to $34 million in sales tax incremental revenue bonds for transportation projects in the tax incremental district.
The vote came Thursday during the commission’s monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
“This was just another piece of the puzzle of infrastructure work we need to get done,” Mayor Ronny Walker said.
The first bonds are expected to be sold in about 90 days with the first project on the list being extending the Interstate 20 service road from Highway 33 to Rough Edge Road.

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Trump takes oath as 45th president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
The billionaire businessman and former reality television star has pledged an era of profound change, energizing his supporters with promises to wipe away predecessor Barack Obama's signature achievements and to restore America to a lost position of strength.

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