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January 25th, 2013

Judge rules La. retirement plan unconstitutional

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to shift future rank-and-file state workers to a 401(k)-style retirement plan is unconstitutional because it didn’t receive enough support from lawmakers, a judge ruled Thursday.
“Because the Legislature did not pass this by a two-thirds majority, I think it’s invalid,” said state District Judge William Morvant in Baton Rouge.

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FHS student charged in three sex crimes

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The investigation of a 15-year-old high school student accused of sexual battery was reportedly ongoing for nearly two weeks before school authorities were notified.
“We were totally unaware of the situation,” Union Parish Schools Superintendent George Cannon said.
The student, who attends Farmerville High School, was accused of sexually molesting three girls ages 4, 6 and 8 on the bus in the mornings before daylight.
Apparently, one of the girls told their mother what was going on, law enforcement officials were notified, and an investigation began.

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Techsters,’Dogs halt SJSU

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Collective effort.
Just what the head coach ordered.
And that’s exactly what transpired on the Karl Malone Court at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night when Louisiana Tech (9-9, 5-3) went up against San Jose State (7-12, 4-4) in an important Western Athletic Conference game.
Earlier in the week, Techsters’ Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon expressed a need for her team to produce collectively on offense if they were to defeat the Spartans and remain in the upper half of the league standings.

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Patton boosting status at Senior Bowl

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Best wide receiver in this week’s practice sessions for the Senior Bowl to be held on Saturday afternoon?
One could make a good argument for the answer being Quinton Patton, a Biletnikoff Award candidate and All-Western Athletic Conference performer at Louisiana Tech University in 2012.
And judging from evaluations being made by the plethora of National Football League representatives and draft outlets attending the week-long workouts at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., few will argue with that assessment.

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Creek’s Malone named to All-American squad

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His famous father was an All-American in the state’s high school basketball ranks.
Now, the son of former Summerfield High/Louisiana Tech University/NBA legend Karl Malone is an All-American on the prep gridiron.
KJ Malone, whose blocking from his left tackle position helped Cedar Creek High feature one of Class 1A’s top rushing attacks during the 2012 season, has been chosen as a second unit member of the annual MaxPrep’s All-American small schools’ squad.

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Mardi Gras ball, auction slated for Feb. 2

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At 7 p.m. Feb. 2, the Ruston Civic Symphony Society (RCSS) and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) will partner on the annual Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction. The event is loads of fun, with dinner by Campatori Catering, music by the Buddy Terzia Band, drinks, dancing and auction items.
In addition to being an exciting evening, the event is an important fundraiser for the two involved nonprofits. RCSS is celebrating its 50th year of serving Ruston, bringing classical music into area schools. Proceeds from ticket sales will aid in their mission of music education.

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Find support at DivorceCare

In our society, divorce has become all too common. Whether it is because some people rush into marriage too quickly or drug abuse and other addictions destroy the relationship, the fact is that a large number of marriages don’t make it.
In fact, it is estimated that for first-time marriages, the divorce rate is 50 percent, with the rate increasing with each subsequent marriage. Since this phenomenon impacts so many people, it is important to have resources at one’s disposal to deal with the split emotionally, as well as financially.

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A call back in time to 1938

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When I was kid, Ruston telephone numbers all began with “Alpine 5.” The north side of town, Chautauqua and Cooktown, were considered country and we shared a “party line” with my grandparents.
My grandmother never met a stranger, and she could tie up this jointly occupied, outgoing phone line for hours. Mom could field a wrong number and have an entire afternoon conversation with the stranger on the other end, only to become friends by dark.

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Playing the blame game

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Unlike the days of our grandfathers, who realized a problem when they saw it and owned up to it, Americans today seem to choose a different path when dealing with their problems.
Blame it on someone/something else.
As a society you would think we have advanced enough to where we can own up to our mistakes and accept it. You would think.
Every day there are more and more instances of people (not limited to, but usually those who we voted into office) who find scapegoats for the latest issues.

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Thelma Brewster Robinson

Funeral Services for Mrs. Thelma Brewster Robinson, age 70 of Simsboro, will be held Saturday, January 27, 2013 at Cook Baptist Church in Ruston.  Dr.  Mike Holloway will officiate the service.  Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery in Simsboro under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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