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May 22nd, 2018

Lawmakers return for special session

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return today for an all-too-familiar scene at the state Capitol: The opening of yet another special session aimed at balancing a hole-riddled budget.
When they gavel in late afternoon, the House and Senate will be convening their sixth special session in three years, all called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to address Louisiana's persistent financial troubles.

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Run for the Wall rolls through parish

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Choudrant citizens gathered on the Exit 93 bridge Sunday afternoon to welcome participants in the Run for the Wall 2018 event. The event helps bring awareness to veterans of all wars. The run begins in California and ends at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.

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Panel suggests OK of subdivision plat

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission has endorsed a developer’s plat for a new 10-lot subdivision on South Farmerville Street despite one commissioner’s claim some area residents object to the project.
The commission voted unanimously Monday night to recommend that the Board of Aldermen approve of Jott Delcambre Enterprises’ application for final plat.
Delcambre wants to build nine single-family houses, seven that would face Kirkland Street and two that would face South Farmerville Street. The other lot is already occupied by a kidney dialysis center owned by Delcambre.

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Lincoln Prep joins high school redesign program

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Lincoln Preparatory School will join 30 Louisiana high schools to work on “core components of their high school design” through the state Department of Education’s Louisiana High School Redesign Cohort.

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Bank of Ruston to merge with Arkansas bank

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Bank of Ruston is merging with First National Bank of Crossett, Arkansas.
Century Next Financial Corporation, the holding company of Bank of Ruston, and Ashley Bancstock Company, the holding company for FNBC, announced the merger Wednesday.
The merger will result in a community bank with seven offices and more than $450 million in assets, according to a joint press release from the two holding companies.

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Tech awards degrees to first cohort of UTeachTech graduates

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Louisiana Tech University awarded degrees to its first cohort of UTeachTech graduates at the Spring 2018 Commencement.
Four students have completed the program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education.
Justin Biggs, of Winnsboro; Allison Free, of Ruston; Chase Sanders, of Shreveport; and Kayla Nicole Schubert, of West Monroe, have completed a stringent curriculum that includes all courses required to earn a mathematics degree and the credentials necessary to become a certified teacher, according to a press release from the university.

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Diamond ’Dogs bringing pride

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It’s already been a shining season for Lincoln Parish’s college baseball teams.
Even better, the Louisiana Tech Diamond ’Dogs are still alive and ready to battle for their second NCAA playoff appearances over the past two seasons.
Not so for the Grambling State Tigers, who made it all the way to the Southwestern Athletic Conference title game before falling to Texas Southern, which claimed the conference’s automatic bid to the Big Dance.

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’Dogs looking for best over past 50 years

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Tech to honor top players in Aillet Stadium era

During the Football Bulldogs’ home opener against Southern University Sept. 8, Louisiana Tech Athletics will celebrate the first 50 years of football at Joe Aillet Stadium when the university honors the top 50 Bulldogs to ever play at the stadium.
Joe Aillet Stadium opened in 1968 and the 2017 season marked the 50th played in the facility that has seen more than $40 million in new construction and renovations during the past four years.

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Tech’s Leal honored

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Junior named C-USA Pitcher of Week
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IRVING, Texas — After an impressive weekend that saw the Louisiana Tech baseball team complete a series sweep of Old Dominion, and clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament, Tech pitcher David Leal was named the C-USA Pitcher of the Week, league officials announced Sunday.
He joins teammates Parker Bates, Dalton Skelton, Mason Robinson, Matt Miller and Logan Robbins, as Bulldogs who have all earned weekly recognition from the league this season.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to make trip to Costa Rica

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The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team will get a jump-start to the 2018-19 season as the Bulldogs will be participating in a seven-day foreign tour to Costa Rica in August.
The upcoming foreign tour will be 100 percent funded through private donations to the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club. No state dollars will be used to fund this trip.
Participating in the foreign tour, something a Division I team can only do every four years per NCAA rules, will allow the Bulldogs to have a maximum of 10 practices prior to leaving.

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