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August 10th, 2013

U.S. outsourcing a weakness

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China has been among the world’s fastest-growing economies, with real annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging nearly 10 percent through 2012. In recent years, China has emerged as a major global economic and trade power.

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The political season begins

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It is August, midway through the second term of a term-limited governor. The Legislature isn’t in session. Ordinarily this would be a period of political doldrums in which little attention is drawn to the teeming swamp of Bayou State politics. The accelerant for political activity usually occurs in the third-year of a lame duck governor’s term when the focus begins to hone in more directly on who the next governor will be. However, that isn’t quite the case this go-around.
The recent retirement announcement of Congressman Rodney Alexander breathes life into the politics of late summer. Alexander is the dean of Louisiana’s House delegation. He sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee, which means his departure is a big deal. Alexander switched from Democrat to Republican right before the filing deadline for his 2004 re-election campaign. Democrats roundly criticized him. “Coward” and “traitor” were some of the epithets hurled his way by the party faithful for the switch. Nevertheless, his realignment was part of a shift among white Democratic elected officials to the Republican Party.

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Identity theft: no one is safe

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Some recent cases in which I have been involved have prompted my writing today’s thoughts, and they are cases that could very well affect any of us.
I have recently been filling in for a vacancy in the First Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish. That stint will continue until the vacancy is filled by election this fall.

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Relationship with advisor crucial for success

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Money can be a topic people are reluctant to discuss, but having an open, transparent dialogue about your finances should be the goal when it comes to your relationship with your financial advisor.
An integral part of the client-advisor relationship is dependent on your advisor knowing the ins and outs of your overall financial situation, as well as your goals for the future. Arming your advisor with this information helps ensure that he or she can provide you with the most appropriate resources and strategies.

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Avoid ‘cramming’ when saving for college

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If you have children, you’re keenly aware that it’s getting close to back-to-school time.
Today, that might mean you need to go shopping for notebooks and pencils. But in the future, when “back to school” means “off to college,” your expenditures are likely to be significantly greater.

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Look at all options regarding car insurance

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Question: My husband and I pulled out our car insurance policies the other day ... what a mess! I’m not sure what we need. Can you help?
Answer: Buying automobile insurance ranks right up there with doing your taxes and writing thank you notes. You know you are supposed to do it, but it’s easy to put off.

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Ribbon cutting held for ACT

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held July 18 for the Louisiana office ofACT, located at 302 West Mississippi Ave. in downtown Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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DeGrie promoted to managing editor

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The Ruston Daily Leader promoted Elizabeth DeGrie from news editor to managing editor this week.
DeGrie, a native of Pineville, graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and in 2012 with a Master’s of Business Administration.

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Quarterback situations look set for Tech and GSU

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Preseason football practices and especially scrimmages, especially early on in the process, are often used in finalizing depth chart position.
But the starting spots behind center for both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State seem firmly set, with a newcomer taking over for the Bulldogs and an incumbent returning for the Tigers after last year’s tough 1-10 campaign.

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’Dogs push through practice

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Louisiana Tech shook off the fatigue from six days of practice as the Bulldogs picked up the pace in workouts on Friday and Saturday.
Tech put on full pads for the first time on Friday while working in shells Saturday morning before working in full pads during a closed workout later in the day.

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