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October 28th, 2014

Tech raises awareness

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Louisiana Tech senior Gerard Babin, of New Orleans, (in vehicle) used a high-tech simulator to experience the potential consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving. The UNITE Arrive Alive Tour was on campus Monday seeking to educate young drivers about the risks of driving while intoxicated, as well as driving while texting or talking on a cell phone. Chris Emmorey, Arrive Alive simulator technician, checked the “violations” that occurred during Babin’s simulated drive.

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LMCH corrects problems, receives clean audit

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The Ruston-based Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services has corrected two areas of audit deficiency dating back to 2011 and received a clean opinion for 2013, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office said.
“According to the auditor, they have been resolved,” Joy Irwin, director of local government services with the Legislative Auditor’s office, said Friday.

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Distinguished alumni to be honored at Alumni Awards Luncheon

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Some of the best and brightest to ever earn a diploma from Louisiana Tech University will be celebrated as part of Homecoming 2014 during the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon Friday in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.
Bill Cox, a 1959 geology graduate, is being recognized as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year and Jamie Adams, a 2004 computer information systems graduate, will be named the 2014 Young Alumnus of the Year. In addition to Cox and Adams, five other Tech graduates will be designated Distinguished Alumni in their respective colleges.

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PT Plus offers unique services

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After running a similar clinic for the past 13 years in Jonesboro, Ruston resident Jerry Yarborough recently decided to open up shop in Ruston.
Yarborough, owner of PT Plus, has more than 20 years of experience in physical therapy and he said he has always wanted to open a location where he lives, and the timing finally seemed right.
“I love what I do,” Yarborough said. “Physical therapy is who I am. I’m always doing research, and I’m always studying.”

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Disabled homeowners helped by amendment

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment No. 9 will ask voters to allow disabled homeowners age 65 or older to not certify their incomes each year.
Current Situation

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Athletes stand up to violence

Kudos to the Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University athletics departments for taking a proactive stance and joining with the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART) in trying to do something about the problem of domestic violence.
Last week Tech held a seminar for its student athletics with DART community advocate Terri Queen Autrey leading a panel of five men well-known in north Louisiana for their athletic histories in talking to students about recognizing domestic violence and steps they can take to avoid it or do something about it.

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Snacking, traveling with friends

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My coworkers and I just returned from a road trip this week. We traveled to Baton Rouge to attend a three-day training. We always enjoy traveling together. It gives us a chance to share work ideas and catch up with each other’s family. One thing we all have in common is we like to snack on these long trips. Any time we stop for gas or a bathroom break, we meet each other at the checkout counter with our munchies.

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October 27th

Ruston Fire hosts eighth annual event

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More than 650 adults and children came out Saturday to the eighth annual Hot Halloween, which was hosted by the Ruston Fire Department.
On hand were Louisiana Tech University nursing students and junior and high school members of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Children attended the event to participate in games and were allowed to climb on the fire trucks. Pictured above is young “police officer” Asher Darden, 3, enjoying the day on a fire truck.

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Number of arrests on the rise

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles to be published by the Daily Leader concerning expediting of judicial process in Lincoln Parish.

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Attempted murder suspect still at large

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The search continues for a Ruston man charged with attempted murder in the Oct. 17 shooting of another man.
Keon Mayfield, 30, whose last known address was on Eastland Avenue, remains at large, Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said this morning.
“We are still looking for him,” Williams said.
Officers thought they had Mayfield cornered Saturday at a residence on Duque Drive, but he wasn’t there.

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