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January 22nd, 2013

Shooting ruled an accident

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The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Department has completed their investigation into the suspicious death of an 8-year-old Jackson Parish child.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, after an aggressive investigation looking into this, the office has concluded from all the evidence and information received that this fatal shooting was accidental.
The office will not pursue any criminal charges into this matter.

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Speaker encourages others to ‘be the dream’

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Tech hosts annual Martin Luther King Ecumenical Noonday Observance
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In honor of a man that greatly influenced the United States during the 20th century, Louisiana Tech University held the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Ecumenical Noonday Observance, which commenced Monday with special keynote speaker, Rasheed Ali Cromwell.
The Tech gospel choir, Souls on Fire, an institutional sponsor of the event, was also on hand to entertain the crowd with multiple musical numbers.

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Assessing accumulated ice damage to trees

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What a week! Three days of cold temperatures with precipitation, not a good mix when it comes to ice forming on tree and shrub branches. Ice storms are a major concern to homeowners with landscape trees and little can be done about removing ice from plants. Plant selection and proper maintenance are two options which can minimize ice damage to trees.

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The importance of choosing a primary care physician

As health care in the United States evolves, there is a lot of talk about having a primary care provider. Many people think that if they’re healthy, there’s no reason to have a primary care provider (PCP). But a main or primary doctor can serve as a trusted medical advisor and healer as he or she cares for one’s health over a long period of time — even a lifetime.
The PCP’s role is to:
• Identify and treat common medical conditions
• Provide preventive care and teach healthy lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity choices

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Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science honors distinguished alums

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has selected recipients for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognize individuals from each program or discipline in the College for their professional accomplishments in engineering and science as well as their service as outstanding ambassadors for Louisiana Tech.
The 2013 award recipients are:
• Jeffery Slade (’81), B.S. biomedical engineering — quality director for Merck Consumer Care Global Products and Projects: Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Local ex-prep grid stars in Pro Bowl

For any athlete in any professional sport, one of the ultimate honors is being selected to play in a postseason All-Star Game.
Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills and Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals will have that experience on Sunday when the National Football League stages its annual Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The two former local and area high school stars were recently added to the rosters of the American Football Conference squad that will meet the best players from the National Football Conference.

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Eating well and feeling great

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Families at Lincoln Head Start will get a chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter’s SNAP-Ed Family Nutrition Program.
On Friday, a Family Nutrition Night will be held at Lincoln Head Start, located at 421 Vaughn Ave. in Ruston. Families will have the opportunity through hands-on activities to learn more about steps they can take to eat well, be active and feel great!

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Living gluten-free

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The first time one of my friends told me they had heard one of the local pizza restaurants in town had begun serving gluten-free pizza, I was super excited.
See, last summer, on a suggestion from my mother — who was actually the third person to make such a suggestion to me — I decided to try removing gluten from my diet. At first, it was simply because my mother had lost a great deal of weight on the diet, and I thought I might reap those benefits as well. However, very quickly, I realized it cleared up some medical issues that had been bothering me for more than four years.

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’Dogs: Room for improvement

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Despite success, Tech still has room to grow
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Louisiana Tech University’s men are four wins away from 20 for the season, lead the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-0 mark and have captured seven home victories in a row this year.
But here’s a frightening thought for opponents remaining on the Bulldogs’ 2012-13 schedule: they honestly haven’t gotten into the groove that second-year Head Coach Michael White would prefer.
“We’re far from being the complete team we want to be,” he said recently. “We’re not a very focused team at times. I feel like we’ve got a long ways to go.”

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Dubach girls rank No. 3

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Lady Hornets rolling with 24-1 mark

Dubach High’s girls are back in business on the basketball court.
Last year, the Lady Hornets were among the best teams in the Class C ranks of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, going deep in postseason competition and making a strong run for a state championship.
Dubach has picked right up where they left off during the 2011-12 season. With a 14-game winning streak and 20-plus victories, the Lady Hornets (24-1) are ranked No. 3 in the third weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll announced on Monday afternoon.

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