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December 29th

Bulldogs dump Denver

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Tech tips off WAC action with 68-60 win
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Patience is a virtue and it proved particularly true for Louisiana Tech University at the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (10-3, 1-0) had to deal with the methodical Princeton-styled offense operated by the University of Denver (4-7, 0-1) on the Karl Malone Court in a Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

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Bobcats bump Warhawks, 45-14

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SHREVEPORT — Things were going so well for Ohio that quarterback Tyler Tettleton was cracking jokes in the huddle by the end of the game.
It was that kind of afternoon for the Bobcats, who did nearly everything right in a dominant 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Friday in the Independence Bowl.

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Techsters capture win in WAC opener

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DENVER, Colo. — Louisiana Tech University overcame five Denver University players scoring in double figures to take an 82-77 double overtime victory in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams here Saturday night.
The Lady Techsters (5-6) had four double-digit point makers of their own, with sophomore guard Kelia Shelton leading the way with 26.
Also adding on double figures in points for Tech were forward/center Brittany Lewis with 17 points, guard Whitney Frazier with 16 points and guard Lulu Perry with 11 points.

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Grambling budget concerns

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Mayor optimistic for 2013 despite projected $1M deficit for 2012

GRAMBLING — The City of Grambling has high hopes for 2013, as they discussed the projected budget during a special-called meeting held Dec. 27.
“We expect more revenue this year,” City of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones said. “Within the city, Mansfield Estates is currently being developed, which will result in 34 homes, and a project off of U.S. Highway 80, Skip Russell’s project, is expected to accommodate 37 new homes. This will bring in more property taxes, along with more water, sewer and garbage customers.”
Jones also noted increased revenue from sales tax.

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New law for sex offenders

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Restrictions effective Jan. 1

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Public library access will be limited for certain sex offenders, election day voting hours will shrink for most state elections and food stamp crimes will carry stiffer penalties as nearly two dozen laws take effect with the start of the new year.
The measures were passed by lawmakers in the regular legislative session that ended in June.
Most noticeable may be the shortening of Louisiana’s voting hours by one hour on Saturday election days, pushed as a way to shrink the workload for elderly poll workers.

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Igniting sparks in the dark

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Fireworks illegal, restricted in some areas of parish
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Local residents are likely to hear some popping sounds in the next few days as many celebrate the New Year by shooting fireworks.
However, within the municipal limits of Simsboro and Ruston, there should be quiet, as the shooting of fireworks is prohibited.
Ruston Police Department Capt. Tim Parker said the office typically receives a few calls reporting the illegal shooting of fireworks for a couple of days leading up to New Year’s and afterwards.

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Grayson’s salon closes doors

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Staff to rent booth in another shop
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After more than 26 years in Ruston, a local beauty shop closed its doors on Saturday.
Monroe native Jackie Grayson opened Grayson’s Family Hair Styling inside the Interstate 20 Shopping Center in June 1986.
“I lived in Monroe, and Ruston was just a great town,” she said. “It had everything going for it. It had a college, and it was not overrun with beauty shops for the population size.”
Grayson said when the shop opened, it started a trend for salons in Ruston.

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Payton agrees to contract extension

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints and suspended coach Sean Payton will indeed be together again next season as the bounty scandal fades into history and the bid to win a second Super Bowl resumes.
Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, according to two people familiar with the deal.
The people told The Associated Press about the deal Friday night on condition of anonymity because it hasn’t been signed and final details regarding the length of the contract and financial compensation are still being worked out.

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Good, bad, ugly in outdoors

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I know; it’s trite and probably overused to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. However, that pretty well sums up the year for me as I covered the 2012 outdoors beat for my readers/listeners. Thankfully, the good outweighed the bad and ugly.
FEBRUARY 23-26 – Give these four days a big gold star; sitting firmly in the “good” column. I accepted an invitation to join a group of writers for a “fam” trip to Wisconsin. Why in the world would I want to go way up there to the north country in the dead of winter? I signed on for one reason; the chance to try ice fishing.

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WAC tourney tickets on sale for basketball

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All session tickets to the 2013 Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament have gone on sale at the Louisiana Tech University Ticket Office, as fans are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets.
All-session tickets (which are good for both men’s and women’s games) cost $165 and can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or emailing techtickets@latech.edu. The 2013 WAC tournament is set March 12-16 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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