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July 23rd, 2015

Trump's words should not echo

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Four decades ago, a brother and a sister from Nicaragua, a Central American country, immigrated to the United States just shy of hitting the prime years of their teens.
They heard via television, stories and conversation about the “land of opportunity” and how wonderful it was.
They were brought to this country after their mother, who emigrated from Nicaragua several years earlier, successfully opened a beauty shop in New Orleans.
The brother and sister did not speak a lick of English when they arrived, but in time, they learned.

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July 22nd

Lawmakers receive failing grades

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Local legislators earned ‘F’ in LABI scorecard

Area lawmakers say their support of higher education is the reason they earned failing grades from the state’s largest business lobby group.
Rep. Patrick Jefferson, D-Homer; Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston; Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe; Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston; and Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, each earned an “F” on the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s 2015 legislative scorecard.
Altogether, 94 of Louisiana’s 144 lawmakers received failing grades from the business lobby.

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Reading program benefits children

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Collaboration between the Grambling Housing Authority and Grambling State University College of Education benefited more than 15 Grambling children this summer to by helping them with their reading skills, one member of the housing authority commission said.
Phyllis Miller, a member of the Grambling Housing Authority Commission, said the Summer Reading Enrichment Pilot Program provided reading skills development activities for the 15 children who live in the housing authority complexes and are off on summer break.

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Junior Auxiliary seeks new members

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Ruston’s Junior Auxiliary will be holding an informational meeting 2 p.m. Sunday at University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus for those interested in joining the organization.
“We would first like to invite anyone interested to come out to the informational meeting,” said Summer Hammons, JA vice president and provisional trainer for 2015-2016. “This event will inform you what all the requirements are for joining and then you can sign up. We only recruit once a year, so now is the time to join.”

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Tech tops Athlon Preseason C-USA list

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Bulldogs garner 15 overall selections, 6 on first team
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Athlon Sports announced its 2015 Preseason All-Conference USA teams with six different Louisiana Tech University players receiving first team honors and a league-best 15 selections on the preseason list for the Bulldogs.
Running back Kenneth Dixon and receiver Trent Taylor earned first team offense honors, while four Tech selections highlighted the first team defense, including defensive linemen Vontarrius Dora and Vernon Butler, as well as defensive backs Adairius Barnes and Xavier Woods.
Defensive back Kentrell Brice received preseason second team honors by Athlon Sports.

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Tech football fan fest slated to be held on Aug. 22

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Louisiana Tech has announced that it will host its annual Fan Fest — where Bulldog fans can meet and interact with members of the football team — starting at 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Fans will be able to pick up their 2015 Louisiana Tech Football schedule poster and schedule and gameday guides while inflatables, interactive games and face painting will be available for kids. Free food will be provided to all fans courtesy of Brennan Dodge.
The team will sign autographs from 5 to 6 p.m.

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Driskel tabbed starter

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It’s no surprise after being chosen to represent Louisiana Tech at today’s Conference USA Media Days in Boca Roton, Florida — transfer quarterback Jeff Driskel has officially been tabbed as the Bulldogs starter being center to open the 2015 football season.
Driskel threw for 1,140 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year for the University of Florida while also running for 180 yards and four scores.
His top season during his injury-plagued stint at Florida was in 2012, when he threw for 1646 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 408 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

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Raptors sign Kyser

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After showing his skills in NBA Summer League Player, former Louisiana Tech forward Michale Kyser has reportedly received a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Toronto Raptors.
Kyser averaged 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Raptors during the NBA’s Summer League tournament.
In Toronto’s final contest, the 23-year-old Kyser totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
During his senior season at Tech, the 6-10 forward, the Bulldogs’ leader in career blocked shots averaged 8.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per contest.

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RPAR to host K-9 pool party

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After nine weeks of frolicking in RPAR basin, the 480,000 gallon municipal pool on Georgia Avenue will be closed on Thursday to the general public.

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Millsaps impact local youngsters

When a local National Basketball Association All-Star was introduced to the podium, hundreds of area children cheered as they watched their hero approach the microphone.
Paul Millsap, who grew up in Grambling and attended Louisiana Tech University for three years, gave a brief, but impactful speech during an event at Grambling State University’s Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

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