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June 18th, 2013

Closing with prayer, fish fry

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The annual City of Grambling Juneteenth Heritage Festival is coming to an end. After nearly two weeks of family friendly events, which included food, workshops, banquets and more; the festival will be wrapping up with a prayer meeting, fish fry and watermelon fest scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Grambling City Park.

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Change in 2014?

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Voters will go to the polls on eight state amendments
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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are proposing eight new changes to the state constitution following their regular session, including new protections from steep budget cuts for certain health care providers.
But the constitutional amendments will linger for more than a year before voters decide if they take effect. The next statewide election isn't until 2014, and efforts to hold a special election this year on the amendments stalled in the recently ended legislative session.

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Grambling State wins $1.7M in STEM grant

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Professors will mentor junior, rising honors students
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Grambling State University has been awarded a $1.7 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to provide graduate degree opportunities to under-represented honors students.

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Kyte earns $50k in scholarships

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – John Kyte from Ruston has been selected from more than 500 applicants to receive a University of Arkansas Honors College Fellowship.
The fellowship award of $50,000 largely covers tuition, books, room and board, and registration over four years. The fellowship funds can also be combined with other scholarships and grants for study abroad and research projects.
Kyte is the son of John and Julie Kyte and attended Ruston High School. As a freshman he will be an undeclared major in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

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Travel to Pompeii at library event

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This summer as library patrons are participating in the “Ground Breaking Reads” Adult Summer Reading Program, the library invites everyone to join them as they unearth ancient civilizations in their monthly Around the World at LPL program.

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Tech a success in the classroom

Louisiana Tech University’s final season in the Western Athletic Conference has been a success both within and outside of the playing area.
There was that memorable nine-win, nationally-recognized performance by the Bulldogs’ football squad, then a 27-victory and Top 25 ranked showing by the men’s basketball team.
But even more significantly is that Tech athletics gained equal recognition and attention for its success in the classroom.

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Keeping the family healthy

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Sometimes, you find out why old adages have managed to stand the test of time. The past couple of weeks have made me completely understand why people still say, “When it rains, it pours.”
I spent the week before last camped out in the Intensive Care Unit waiting room at a hospital in Alexandria, waiting for my mom to be released. When she was released, we didn’t really have a lot of answers — leaving us feeling pretty unsettled.

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Outdoors offer a lot for youth

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“The Great Outdoors,” I consider this phrase a very common one, but trends of today would lead us to believe that today’s youth may not be quite so familiar with it. Youth today are more familiar with phrases like, “Just Google it,” “Facebook me,” “Look the video up on YouTube,” “Follow me on Twitter,” “Check Moodle for your assignment,” “Get your grades on Parent Command,” “We have got to prepare for the LEAP test,” “Let’s play some Xbox.” There are many reasons for this trend.

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Grambling: Hall of Fame year

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Tigers’ legends recognized by variety of shrines
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GRAMBLING — Call it a “Hall of Fame” for Grambling State University athletics.
One ex-Tiger legend has already been so honored, while three others will follow in upcoming weeks and months at various sites.
Earlier this year, former GSU and NFL receiving star Charlie Joiner was induced into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.
It was the fifth different Hall of Fame honor for the Many native, who earned the game’s highest honor in 1996 with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Tickets available for state event

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NATCHITOCHES – Fans of Louisiana’s rich sports legacy can obtain tickets to the gala weekend planned for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame June 27-29.
The nearly 28,000-square foot, state-of-the-art museum that has been in the works for the past several years will official open its door with a grand opening set for June 28 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the facility located on Front Street.
Eleven inductees will be enshrined on June 29, at the Natchitoches Events Center during the 2013 induction dinner and ceremony to begin at 6 p.m.

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