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June 16th

Try again: Lawmakers to enter third tax session

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have spent an unusual 45 weeks in legislative sessions since their term began in January 2016, and now they’re heading back for more, unable so far to reach a deal for financing state government programs starting in July.
Monday’s latest gathering is the seventh special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards since he took office, all to deal with Louisiana’s ongoing financial instability — on top of the annual regular sessions that lawmakers hold each year.

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Grambling Juneteenth

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Pictured above are dancers with the Black Sapphire Dance Company entertained the crowd during Saturday’s Juneteenth Parade in Grambling. Pictured below are children playing in a water slide set up for the festival.

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Patients could get more medication cost details

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana patients could soon get more details about what happens at the pharmacy counter and whether they’ve gotten the most affordable medication for an ailment.
In the regular legislative session, lawmakers passed a package of bills requiring more transparency about the complex structures that determine how much someone pays for a prescription drug. Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed the proposals into law.

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A new image: Ruston Animal Control to get face lift

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The city of Ruston wants to change the image of animal control.
“We are trying to elevate it to its rightful public perception,” said Robert Brooks, of Studio Brooks + Emory, the architectural firm that designed the $2.3 million shelter that will become the focal point of the department’s rebranding.
Everything from the name of the building to its layout and even the colors for the facility are aimed at appealing to the public and fostering adoption of shelter animals.

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Neill and Barbara Kirkland celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with Cruise to the Bahamas

Neill and Barbara Kirkland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family cruise to the Bahamas. They were married June 22, 1968 at New Light Baptist Church in Mangham.

They have two sons, Neill and wife Amy; Jon and wife Pam; and four grandchildren, Joey, Elise, Jon Reid and Annabelle Kirkland.

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Don and Sandra Newman Dyson, of Ruston, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary

Don and Sandra Newman Dyson, of Ruston, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Don and Sandra met on a blind date, set up by a fraternity brother of Don’s, on Sept. 24, 1965. The couple wed June 1, 1968, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston. A celebration was held at the Coeur d’ALene esort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, hosted by the children of the couple.

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Last chance for Louisiana?

All we can hope is that the third time really is the charm.
Last month, we joined our voice with others throughout the state in begging the Louisiana Legislature to make its second special session of the year count for something more than back-biting, finger-pointing and political gamesmanship.
That didn’t happen. So here we are again, on the eve of yet another special legislative session — to the tune of $60,000 a day out of taxpayers’ pockets. Incidentally, the first two sessions combined cost Louisianans roughly $1.4 million.

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Many lessons learned from 'all my dads'

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Father’s Day has slowly become different for me over the years as Father Time continues his march through my life.
It was once a day to honor the man who has most influenced and inspired my life — the person known here in his hometown as Tommy Boatright.
That changed dramatically in 1999 when he died after a short but fierce battle with leukemia at the age of 66.

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Remembering all fathers this Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day.
As with other “holidays,” on balance, a holiday is probably both enjoyable and a time for reflection. This can be a time for celebration, coupled with moments to reflect or improve.
This can be a celebration of a past, thinking of the gifts and challenges which will come. Although I’m personally ecstatic today, thinking of my children/grandchildren, I also feel empathy to some I’ve been thinking of a great deal lately. I haven’t talked about this much before when referring to Father’s Day.

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Plan like a pessimist, live like an optimist

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Question: I like to consider myself as a positive person. I don’t want to be negative about myself or my future. But when I look around at what’s going on in the world and in our country, it’s hard not to be somewhat pessimistic. Is my newfound pessimism justified, or am I just getting to be an old curmudgeon?
Answer: Curmudgeon? No. Let’s just say you’ve got a case of emerging maturity.

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