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August 18th

Attempted murder suspect caught; K-9 dies

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The suspect in an attempted murder in Monroe remained in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Saturday after an almost 10-hour manhunt during which a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department K-9 officer was killed.
Boco, a Belgian Malinois who had been with the LPSO for three years, died Friday night of gunshot wounds sustained as he tried to help capture Vincent D. Roberson. Roberson, 58, reportedly fired five or seven shots at the dog.

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Group turns in alcohol petition

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Next step: Verify the signatures
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The petition seeking to force a referendum on expanded alcohol sales in Ruston was turned in late Friday to parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone.
Now, Stone has to determine how many of the 2,850 signatures are those of registered city voters. A minimum of 2,500 valid signatures — 25 percent of Ruston voters — is needed for the referendum effort to stay alive.
Backers want the alcohol issue on the Dec. 8 ballot.
At issue is whether grocery stores and convenience stores inside the city limits should be able to sell wine and higher-content alcohol.

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Aldermen to get proposed budget

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Mayor terms plan ‘very, very, very’ conservative

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen gets its first official look Monday at the Walker administration’s proposed $65.6 million budget for the spending year that begins Oct. 1.
Monday’s board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public.
Aldermen are expected to deal with several routine items, then recess and convene in their role as the city’s personnel-finance committee so they can discuss the proposed budget.
The personnel-finance committee, which is composed of all five aldermen, can recommend accepting the budget as it is, or suggest changes.

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John White: teachers need pay hike

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent says salaries for public school teachers need to be raised.
State Superintendent of Education John White made his comments Thursday on a Baton Rouge radio show. The Advocate reports that White noted teacher pay has slipped below the regional average after Louisiana reached that longtime target in 2007.
The latest figures compiled by the Southern Regional Education Board, for the 2015-16 school year, show Louisiana teachers are paid $49,244 on average, compared to the $50,949 regional average. The national average is $58,064.

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Techsters open soccer season with OT win

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The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team fought high winds and wet conditions to defeat Texas State in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory in the 2018 season-opener on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Kaylee Zettler played the role of hero for the Lady Techsters on Friday night as the junior was responsible for both goals, one in the 19th minute and then the game-winner in the 103rd minute to start the 2018 season on a high note.

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Grambling State soccer begins with loss

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University women’s soccer team suffered a setback in the season opener with a 5-0 loss to Lamar on Friday night at the LU Soccer Complex.
Lamar (1-0-0) broke the 0-0 tie in the 15th minute when Jocelyn Hanrath assisted on Kelso Peskin’s break-away goal.
The Cardinals added to the advantage with back-to-back goals in the 24th and 25th minute. Lucy Ashworth netted both goals, first off the assist from Sophia Manibo on a shot from about 15-yards out and the second was unassisted from 25-yards away to give Lamar a commanding 3-0 lead.

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1971-74: A Golden Era at Joe Aillet Stadium

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories honoring the 50th anniversary of the opening of Joe Aillet Stadium.
As we celebrate the first 50 years of Joe Aillet Stadium, it must be noted that there have been many terrific Bulldog football teams, individual players and special games that all Tech fans cherish.

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Prescott solid, Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing.
Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals.
Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped by a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams, before the Bengals rallied after halftime for a 21-13 exhibition victory Saturday night.

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Some college students to start new year with fee hikes

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — When thousands of Louisiana college students return to classes this week, many of them face another round of boosted costs, as the price tag for getting a degree creeps ever higher.
Two of Louisiana’s four public college systems — the LSU and Southern University systems — enacted campus-wide fee hikes of up to 5 percent on their students. The ever-increasing fee charges aren’t covered by the state’s TOPS tuition aid program.

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Stone adds another Hall of Fame honor

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Another year, another honor for “Stoney.”
Former Louisiana Tech University and major league pitcher George Heard Stone, Jr, was recently inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Museum of Champions Hall of Fame.
The ex-New York Mets and Atlanta Braves southpaw was earlier recognized as a member of the Tech Athlètics Hall of Fame.
During the 1973 MLB season, he had a 12-3 record and helped the Mets reach the World Series.
It’s certainly another well-deserved honor for the 1964 Ruston High School graduate.

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