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June 29th, 2013

N.L.W. cut from state voucher program

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Ruston’s New Living Word School has been dropped from the Louisiana Scholarship voucher program after a financial audit revealed it charged the state more for tuition than it did parents of non-voucher students.
The Louisiana Department of Education announced Friday that it was cutting New Living Word School from the voucher program based on findings of an outside auditor.

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Higher Ed handoff

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They key was cut at the Louisiana Tech campus locksmith shop in 1987. Off-center and a bit crooked, “1620” is engraved into its back.
That number is the same as the number above the office door that leads to the Louisiana Tech president’s suite on the 16th floor of Wyly Tower. This is the key that opens the most exclusive door on campus, into an office where the buck stops every day.
It looks like several others of the 20 or so keys on the simple round chain, one Dan Reneau can’t remember getting.

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Green genes

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A good gardener knows a little ingenuity and an understanding of Mother Nature can go a long way toward successful harvests.
And a lifetime’s worth of experience doesn’t hurt, either.
Lincoln Parish’s John Livingston is proof of all that, as he’s already harvested plenty of yellow squash, zucchini, okra, beets and radishes. But the bulk of his harvest is still weeks away.
“I’m just getting started,” Livingston said. “The beets and radishes are early season plants and we’ve eaten all of those. But we’re just getting started on harvesting the other stuff. I’ve put up seven gallon-size bags of sliced yellow squash, two gallon-size bags of yellow squash and zucchini mixed together, and three quarts of sliced zucchini. That’s not to mention the probably 50 pounds or more of what we’ve cooked that we’ve given away.”

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New induction class helps open Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

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NATCHITOCHES — Jay Dardenne had a good reason to feel like “the little kid in the candy store” on Friday night.
The dream that the Louisiana Lt. Governor and the state’s passionate sports fans have had for so long opened for business: the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum, covering an estimated 28,000 square feet along Front Street in historic downtown Natchitoches.

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Stay safe while having a ‘blast’

This week, if you hear a loud bang, it’s likely that a sparkly display will quickly follow.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, many individuals — and some organizations — will host fireworks shows.
Since rain has been plentiful this year, there is no burn ban looming making fireworks extra hazardous. Therefore, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department has no problem with families celebrating with a bombastic display of patriotism, as long as they do not live in one of the municipalities where fireworks are forbidden.

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BESE Rep. Beebe states her case

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I am writing this Letter to the Editor to clarify what I stated publicly at the June 19 Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Eduacation meeting.
I began my presentation by thanking all educators in Louisiana for their commitment to improving educational outcomes for our students.

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Superman movie offers hope

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“What’s the ‘S’ stand for?” Lois Lane asks Superman in the new movie. “It’s not an ‘S’ ” responds the Man of Steel. “On my world, it means ‘hope’.”
A symbol of hope for humanity: That’s how Man of Steel portrays the legendary hero.
There’s plenty of action and drama: General Zod, a villain from Krypton, warns Superman, “Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences” and appeals to earthlings to turn him in. The explosive action and special effects were so fast-paced in places that I found myself wishing it would slow down so I could take a breath.

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Thankful for Independence

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Last week we began a discussion of some meaning and history concerning the Fourth of July, which we celebrate this upcoming Thursday. We mentioned some trivia. For example, the vote was not on the fourth but was on the second of July. All of the signers did not sign right away; a couple did not even sign it.
Some of the language we know: “... all men are created equal ... that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ... Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

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Changing interest rates could affect investments

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Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing global economies, financial markets and our daily lives.

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Consider the different stages of your fiscal life

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Question: My wife and I are still young, but we’ve started trying to do some things for our financial future. When is it time to get really serious about financial stuff? After all, we really don’t have much money now.
Answer: Most of us fall into roughly four stages in our financial lives.
Unfortunately for most Americans, each of these stages tends to last about 10 years. And that’s far too long! First, here are the stages:

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