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October 17th, 2018

Tigers to face off against rival Braves in game to be tape delayed on ESPNU

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University football team will look for its third straight win and second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference victory this weekend as the Tigers face off against SWAC East Division rival Alcorn State on Saturday in Lorman, Miss. Kickoff from Jack Spinks Stadium is set for 2 p.m.

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Study: Tornado activity increases in Louisiana

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why.

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State’s average ACT score falls

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana’s high school student performance on the ACT college readiness test declined in the latest scores and remains below the national average.
Figures released Wednesday by the Iowa group that administers the test show the latest average composite score among all states was 20.8 for the 2018 high school graduating class.
Louisiana’s average was 19.2 , down from 19.5 a year earlier.
The test measures how students perform in English, reading, math and science. A perfect score is 36.

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LPPJ to expand detention center

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Takes out USDA loan for $2.67 million project

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center has faced an overcrowding dilemma for several years, and now, thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has found a way to finance a solution which could ease the strain on LPDC facilities.
The police jury will receive a $2.67 million loan from USDA Rural Development to add a 96-bed trustee dormitory expansion building to the detention center.

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After the storm

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Rolling Hills volunteers continue disaster relief efforts in Florida
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The first wave of volunteers from Ruston’s Rolling Hills Ministries has been providing disaster relief services to residents of Marianna, Florida, in the wake of Hurricane Michael since Saturday, having arrived Friday evening. Rolling Hills CEO David Abernathy gave an update Tuesday on the relief effort, which he said was growing by the hour.
“We’re now working in cooperation with the Red Cross,” he said. “We have a feeding unit, laundry unit, two shower units, and a generator to power the operation on site.”

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October 16th

Commission OK’s request for townhouses

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Discrepancies that led to earlier postponement remedied

The second time was the charm for developers wanting to build 24 townhouses on a roughly 2-acre site on Kavanaugh Road.
Ruston’s Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday approved O’Winn of Louisiana’s conditional use application after issues that caused the request to be postponed in July were cleared up.
Now, developers Jott Delcambre, of Monroe, and Dicky Nealy, of Ruston, can proceed with bids, engineering and construction plans.

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Flying into the future

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Girls get close-up look at aviation
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Ten-year-old Gracelynn Simmons poses atop a Piper Arrow training aircraft at the Louisiana Tech Flight Operations hangar. The Tech chapter of Women in Aviation hosted a Girls in Aviation Day Saturday, in which Tech flight students introduced young girls to the aviation industry and its many career opportunities.

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Still searching

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Florida families seek people missing from hurricane

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times.
Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael’s devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her Mexico Beach home is shallow, too shallow for a body to go unnoticed, Garone Behnke tells herself.
“It’s torture,” says Garone Behnke, who last talked to her aunt Aggie Vicari right before the storm hit, begging her to leave her cinderblock home.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1215 OF 2018 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT

RESOLUTION NO. 1215 OF 2018
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE RUSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT
WHEREAS, Act 451 of the 1989 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the financing of certain airport improvements at the Ruston Regional Airport (“RRA”) from funds appropriated from the Transportation Trust Fund; and,

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‘Greater Tuna’ brings laughter to Dixie stage

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The Ruston Community Theatre debuted their newest production –—“Greater Tuna” — Thursday night, leaving the audience in uproarious laughter and resonating with them in a way only Southerners can truly understand.
“Greater Tuna” is the story of the many odd characters who live in the small, fictional town of Tuna, Texas told via OKKK Radio disc jockeys Thurston Wheelis, played by Rex Yocum, and Aries Struvie, played by Doug Postel.
“Tonight, we are Tunanites,” Ruston Community Theatre President Johnathan Baines told the audience before the show began.

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