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February 19th, 2018

Louisiana tax debate gets tied to other GOP ideas

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Tax policy won’t cause the only disputes in Louisiana’s upcoming special session. Lawmakers may squabble just as much over a package of spending control ideas sought by House Republicans as a trade for any taxes they may support.
Several of the proposals have been offered in previous legislative sessions, only to be spurned or shelved amid criticisms, including suggestions they’ll do nothing to rein in spending or will shift costs elsewhere.
Though they’ve become part of the broader tax negotiations in the special session that opens Monday, that opposition remains.

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Lawmakers return for special session

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Budget shortfall remains biggest issue

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers open their latest special session today still struggling to agree on an approach to stabilizing state finances a decade into seesawing cycles of budget gaps and short-term fixes.
The House and Senate are trudging back to Baton Rouge for their fifth special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to address budget uncertainty in two years. The session begins at 4 p.m., with a speech from Edwards an hour later.

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Local Eco Car programs seek victories in competition

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Ruston High looks to improve
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round motorsports racing facility that is home to several professional races and plays host to more than 150 teams from North and South America.
Dustin Whitlock, New Tech Academies director, said the Bearcat Motorsports team is one of “very few” teams to qualify two vehicles in this year’s competition.
The Bearcat VI is competing in the Urban Concept, Internal Combustion Category on diesel fuel while the Bearcat VII will compete in the Urban Concept, Internal Combustion Category on gasoline fuel.

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Tech looks to place, remain energy efficient

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The Louisiana Tech University Eco Car team has set a goal of placing first in the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition.
The annual competition hosted by Shell Global will take place April 19-22 in Sonoma, California, at the Sonoma Raceway, a year-round motorsports racing facility home to several professional races, and host more than 150 teams from North and South America.
The Louisiana Tech University team, which has competed in the annual competition for nearly a decade, will look to continue to build upon itself by competing in this year’s competition with its HD Eco Car.

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Cyberstalking: Talk to teenagers about it

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Parents of high school stedents are constantly concerned about grades, friends, drugs and teenage pregnancy.
But few are armed with the knowledge that one in every three girls is being abused (emotionally, verbally or physically) by their boyfriend. In fact, one in every 10 high schoolers (both boys and girls polled) report that they have been hit, slapped or physically hurt by their dating partner.
Across the nation, 1.5 million high school students report being physically hurt by their dating partner each year.

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‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Stone Theater

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“Sense and Sensibility,” a classic romantic comedy by Jane Austen, stops for a one-night-only show at 7:30 tonight at Howard Auditorium on the Louisiana Tech campus. Tickets are $15 for students, $30 for adults, and $20 for seniors.

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Applause for BAGC winners

Three Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana members were recently named Youths of the Year — the highest honor a member can receive — Keilan Davis, Preston Gray and Jada Booker.
There were 10 contenders for the awards, and they included Gavin Jolivette, Morgan Modest, Keilan, Preston, Josiah Whitaker, Jeralyn Black, Dillion Johnson, Dejorae Black, Jada and Marterian Spivey.
All of these youths went through the rigorous process of applying for the award and we congratulat them for seeing it through to the end.

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Diary of a (non-)wimpy television watcher

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I’d like to report the latest TV-watching adventures of someone we’ll call Shirley.
Shirley thinks she just took part in something historic.
She thinks she participated in one of the final go-rounds of paper TV-watching diaries that are distributed by Nielsen Holdings Co. Of course, this is the company that provides the Nielsen Ratings regarding which TV shows are most popular.

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Team concept fueling Cedar Creek girls

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Lady Cougars hosting Sacred Heart tonight in second round of Div. IV playoffs
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A combination mixing youth and experience can take a basketball team a long way.
You only have to look to the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars for proof.
After receiving a first-round bye in the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Div. II players, the fourth-seeded Lady Cougars will hit the home hardwood at 6 p.m. today as they play host to 20th-seeded Sacred Heart, which defeated 13th-seeded Ouachita Christian 34-30 in opening round playoff action.

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Williams is epitome of Black History Month honor as Tech great

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In announcing its Top 10 list of the Best Performances in Super Bowl history, Doug Williams was ranked No. 1 by the NFL Network.
Not that it should be surprising.
The former All-American at Grambling State University was the first African-American quarterback to start in the Super Bowl and win the Most Valuable Player award while guiding the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in 1988.

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