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August 3rd, 2013

Can you benefit from municipal bonds?`

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Over the past couple of years, the economic picture has brightened for many cities and states — but some of them are still facing potential financial problems. As a citizen, you may well have concerns about these issues. And as an investor, these financial woes may affect your thinking about one particular type of investment vehicle: municipal bonds.

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Knowing who was hired is key for investments

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Question: I have been using the same investment person for years. Lately it seems like my investments just are not going anywhere. I know the markets have been up and down lately, but I guess I was hoping for better. How do you know when it’s time to fire your investment person?
Answer: Before you fire your investment manager, make sure you know who you hired. Or at least, who you thought you hired.

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Looking for financial help to send your student to college?

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With the pace of higher-education costs consistently on the rise faster than the general Consumer Price Index (CPI), understanding the alternatives and opportunities you and your child or grandchild may have regarding financial aid is more important than ever.
Did you know that in the 2010-2011 academic year, more than $227 billion in financial aid (grants, federal loans, federal work-study and federal tax credits and deductions) was awarded to undergraduate students? The average amount of aid for a full-time student was $11,500, including $6,000 in grants that don’t have to be repaid.*

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Razorbacks tie together Tech, GSU defenses

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The dog days of August are here, and that can only mean one thing.
Are you ready for some football?
You better be, because it’s all about to crank up for our area weekend warriors.

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GSU’s defense gets ‘Dirt-y’

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The old saying goes “Speed kills.”
New Grambling State University defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Winston sure hopes that true.
Winston has been overseeing his defensive Tigers since Thursday as they’ve started preseason football practices. And there’s one thing he definitely likes about his defensive unit, especially when the G-Men are trying to turn around last year’s 1-10 slate that included a winless Southwestern Athletic Conference record.

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Tech hoops coach on national radar

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White makes list of Top 20 Mid-Major head coaches by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman
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In an article released Friday on ESPN.com, college basketball insider Jeff Goodman listed his top 20 mid-major head coaches in the country with Louisiana Tech’s Michael White coming in at No. 15.
“Those who go up against White say he’s extremely smart, knows how to evaluate and gets after it on the recruiting trail,” said Goodman. “He’s obviously had success in a short time with the Bulldogs.”

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Boot camp held for ‘Buddy’

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Area women break sweat to help hospitalized Ruston Daily Leader Sports Editor
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By T. Scott Boatright
scott@rustonleader.com
As a personal trainer who studied at Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University, Sharon Jackson has long known about Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. ‘Buddy’’ Davis.
So when she heard that Davis has been hospitalized since Oct. 6 after suffering a stroke, the owner of Sharon Jackson Personal Training Services and Sharon’s Slammin Bootcamp for Women, as well as the wife of former Louisiana Tech assistant track coach Shawn Jackson, decided she had to take action.

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Beasley now a Bulldog of different colors

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Longtime Tech assistant AD, Ruston native makes move to Mississippi State
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That radiant smile and curly, flowing hair have long been a part of the Louisiana Tech athletics program.
But now Leah Beasley is a Bulldog wearing maroon and white instead of Tech’s red and blue.
Ruston native and former Louisiana Tech Associate AD Leah Beasley has accepted a job at Mississippi State after more than a decade relationship with her alma mater.

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Bearcat season tickets, discount cards to go on sale

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Are you ready for some football? The Ruston Bearcats are.
The Bearcats begin heat acclimation workouts on Monday, and that signals the start of preparations for the upcoming Ruston High School football season.

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Not too early to prepare for bow season

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You’re been relaxing all summer, enjoying the generally mild conditions with accompanying rain showers, unusual for this part of the country this time of year.
You took the family on vacation, worked in the yard and garden, went fishing and have enjoyed life in general.
Wake up call, if you’re a bow hunter … archery season begins in less than two months — opening day is Oct. 1 — and if you haven’t started the process of getting ready, you need to get hopping.

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