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April 20th, 2013

SCHOOL NEWS: CHOUDRANT ELEMENTARY

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Tech Social Studies Fair

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Learn about market corrections

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There is no way around it — markets generally move in cycles.
Although the past is no guarantee of the future, historically, the stock market has spent more time on bullish advances than on bearish retreats — which is why stocks have been considered a good investment over the years. The market also tends to retrench more than the average investor would like to think about.

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Nourish investment strategy ‘roots’

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On Arbor Day, which we celebrate Friday, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing trees can also guide our behavior in other areas of life — such as investing.

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Is teacher too tardy for Roth IRA?

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Question: Would it make sense for me to start putting about $400 a month into a Roth IRA? I am 47 and am a school teacher. Am I too old to really build up money in this?
Answer: You’ve got plenty of time to make a difference in your financial future. But you’ve got no time to waste.
The tax code allows individuals who qualify to contribute up to $5,500 in 2013 into a Roth IRA (as long as it comes from income earned by you or your spouse). If you are 50 or older, you can put another $1,000 on top as a “catch up” contribution.

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Soileau hurls for Ruston High

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Courtney ranks high in javelin

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Tech to host WAC softball tourney

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Louisiana Tech has been a part of the Western Athletic Conference for 12 years, but in the fall of 2013 it will establish itself in Conference USA. And just in time, the Lady Techsters softball team has been given the honor to host its last go at the WAC tournament title.
The venue of the tourney changes each year, but it has always skipped over Tech due to inadequacies in the requirements needed to host such an event.

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All in the Bulldogs’ family

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First-year Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Skip Holtz (right) and famous father Lou Holtz share a laugh prior to the Bulldogs’ recent “T-Day” spring game held at Joe Aillet Stadium. The elder Holtz, a former highly successful head coach at the collegiate level and now an analyst for the ESPN College Football Gameday program, watched his son send the ’Dogs through their spring-ending contest that attracted an estimated 2,500 fans. Tech will kick off its 2013 season on Aug. 31 at North Carolina State University.

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Burkhalter, offense key Ruston win

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PINEVILLE — David Michael Burkhalter and his Ruston High School teammates made sure they started off their District 2-5A weekend baseball series against Pineville High in the right way on Friday night.
Burkhalter went the distance on the mound — nine full innings —and six different players contributed hits to lead a 4-0 Bearcats’ victory.

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Turkeys: Love-hate relationship

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It all started 20 seasons ago for me. I was initiated into the royal order of turkey hunting and the activity has had its grip on me ever since.
Undoubtedly, my passion for the sport of chasing spring gobblers has something to do with the utter frustration I sometimes feel when things don’t go right. Like right now.
Case in point — I hunted turkeys in the hill country of Texas last week and until that final hour of my four-day hunt, my frustration led to despondency. In fact, my hunting partner commented I seemed depressed.

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