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October 13th

Report: State’s schools need reform

The report reveals how the Louisiana economy has declined in relation to the national economy over the past couple of decades. In 1980, Louisiana’s per capita income was 87 percent of the national average.
Over the last 25 years, personal income has dropped to close to 80 percent of the national average.
Educational achievement has revealed a similar pattern.

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Dogs want first WAC win

That’s why the Bulldogs’ Saturday night meeting with the University of Idaho takes on even greater meaning, as if it counting in the Western Athletic Conference standings isn’t enough.
It’s just that Jackson and the rest of the ‘Dogs have gone through five games so far and have only one win to show for it.
That was a hard-earned 31-21 victory over Division 1-AA member Nicholls State back in the middle part of September and, well, that seems a long, long time ago.

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Volunteering is beneficial to the giver

However, there is plenty of opportunity for those who do not belong to a specific church to exercise the most basic humane gifts from those living lives of comfort to those living lives of need.
While we salute those among our adult population who have already made commitments to decent and worthwhile causes, we also encourage churches, organizations and families to find ways to include children and young adults in such endeavors.

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Use etiquette at convenience store

Reality reads more like this list — checking a wad of lottery tickets while a long line of customers is held at bay, having a customer pay for $2 worth of merchandise all in pennies, having the employee scheduled for night duty not show up requiring the person on day duty to work a straight 14-hour day, having someone hand over a credit card to pay for a single package of cough drops, having a child home from school sick and having to take him or her to work with you, having a customer come up short on cash after he has been trusted at the gas pump, having to change the gas price sign in the m

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Jindal focuses on education, health care

“It’s like we had three disasters. We first had the storm, then the breaking of the levees and then the federal and state response,” he said. “We took a call in my office from a helicopter pilot who wanted to rescue people stranded, but he couldn’t get permission to go, and he was running out of time.
“We called FEMA to get permission. FEMA told us the FAA was the one able to give permission. So we called the FAA, and they told us to call the military. The military told us to call FEMA.”
In the end, Jindal said, he took matters into his own hands.

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October 12th

RHS eyes 3-0 league mark

But it’s those numbers, maybe more so than the other team having a perfect record, that puts a little scare into Laird and Company.
“We’re getting across to our players the necessity of remaining focused and not having a letdown after last week,” Laird said. “We’ve got to play hard every game because every game from here to the end of the season is important because of the power ratings. We need to get into the top 16 in order to be able to host a first round playoff game at home, so we’re emphasizing that to our players and the need of playing every game as hard as possible.”

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It could be your child

• More than 35 percent thought three quarters of the student body drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and 33 percent said one quarter do.
Although Partners in Prevention Director Tommy Grafton and Ruston Police Department Chief Randal Hermes point out that students will exaggerate about the frequency and amount of their drug usage to peers, these results should still send an alarming message to parents.

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Finding a target of conversation

However, as the audience cracked up with laughter at the elderly women’s fruitless attempts to mask their desire to “dish out the dirt” about their close friend, I wondered if the crowd’s amusement was not because the scene was all-too-familiar. Speaking just for myself, I can’t count the number of times my ears have caught dust of two or more people excitedly sharing the details of another person’s misfortune. Like the characters in the play, those people spilling the beans sometimes preface their statements with how much they personally like the person being put down.

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Jury tables CVB budget proposal

The budget presented by the CVB listed $50,000 for the park and $175,000 for a new convention center. The original agreement worked out between the CVB and the Police Jury called for the park to received 1 cent of a 3-cent hotel-motel tax in Lincoln Parish. Last year a fourth cent was added, with 3 cents going to the CVB and 1 cent to the park. Based on CVB estimates, the park should receive about $102,500 in 2007 based on CVB projections of $410,000 in hotel-motel tax.

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October 11th

’Dogs respect Vandals

But suddenly, the Moscow-based program that is now being engineered by former NFL head coach Dennis Erickson, is grabbing some attention among its conference cohorts.
Louisiana Tech University is certainly one of those opponent because the Vandals (3-3, 2-0) are the next team on the Bulldogs’ schedule.
The two teams collide in a league contest at Joe Aillet Stadium on
Staurday starting at 6 p.m.

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