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May 6th

Jurors need to do what’s right

Taxpayers currently pay 100 percent of the insurance premiums for retired and current jurors and 50 percent of their families’ premiums. At this time six current and six retired police jurors participate.
In justifying his decision to vote against changes that would require Jury employees to pay 10 percent of their premiums and jurors — both active and retired — to pay 100 percent of their premiums, Jury President the Rev. Eddie Allen compared Jury service to military service. He insinuated that since jurors are “serving the people” then they are just like soldiers serving their

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Jury has chance to set example

Based on the recommendation of an insurance consultant, the draft says “Elected Police Jurors beginning on January 1, 2008, may participate in the group medical, dental and life benefits, but will be required to pay 100 percent of the premium associated with the coverage.”
For the six jurors who participate in the benefits — Terry Knowles, Jody Backus, Joe Henderson, Roy Glover, Charles Owens and David Hammons — the Jury pays premiums of $61,869.84 annually.

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Giddyup: Equine sale kicks off at Tech Farm

He said the money would be used to buy supplies, maintain the animals, help buy new animals or new bloodlines and other items the program may need.
With 61 animals up for auction — including show lambs and goat prospects, finished steers, hogs and lambs, commercial Brangus heifers, black Angus bulls and horses — Kennedy and the others involved in the auction expect a very successful year.
“We’ll have more animals than we’ve had in the last 10 years or so,” Kennedy said. “We’re selling more animals than we have in the past.”

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May 5th

Louisiana shuns accountability loophole

Although all students’ scores must be reported for a school’s overall measure, the school must also report subgroup performances.
“Subgroups might include non-English speaking students, black, white or special education students,” said Lincoln Parish 504 Dyslexia/Accountability Coordinator Betty Wall.
A loophole in the accountability system allows some states to not report certain subgroups if the groups do not make up a significant number of a
school’s students. In most states, the number of students at a school in a
given subgroup must exceed anywhere from 30-50.

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’Dogs toppled by Hawaii, 9-1

In the first of four important Western Athletic Conference games over a three-day period, the Rainbows (34-12, 11-6) maintained their No. 1 slot in the standings with a 9-1 victory.
The game was delayed for just over an hour because of heavy rains that moved through the area shortly after the 6 p.m. liftoff.
Tech (28-19, 9-9) was just getting ready to bat in its half of the second inning when the rain arrived and action wasn’t resumed until approximately 7:15.

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Fraternities more than just parties

Unfortunately, some of the publicity received by fraternities and sororities is in the negative realm of unruly behavior or wild parties. Limited occurrences of such may present a bad light in which all Greek chapters are seen. That stereotype is far, from the truth.

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Talk about a champion

My older brother was particularly interested in that interview because he was an avid bridge player then as he is now. By then he was living in Dallas, already equipped with his life master, benefiting from all of those Sunday afternoons in Ruston when he would head for the Holiday Inn to engage a game of bridge with the ladies who gathered there on a regular basis. When I asked him if he had ever heard of Kennedy and told him about the interview, he replied that everybody in the world who ever played one game of bridge knew about Kennedy.

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First funds spent for Sparta solutions

The money used to purchase the units came from $600,000 in state capital outlay funds awarded to West Monroe for the recycling project last year.
John Stamberg, vice president of Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., said the project to reclaim waste water for use at Graphics Packaging is one of only three such projects world wide. He said the other two projects were in South Africa and used to provide drinking water.

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Moussaoui gets life in prison

A day earlier, a jury rejected the government's case to have Moussaoui executed, deciding instead to sent him to prison for life without a chance of parole.
Brinkema firmly refused to be interrupted by the defendant as she disputed his claim that his life sentence meant America had lost and he had won.
"Mr. Moussaoui, when this proceeding is over, everyone else in this room will leave to see the sun ... hear the birds ... and they can associate with whomever they want," she said.

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First funds spent for Sparta solutions

The two used units will be purchased from a company in Arkansas for $67,000 each.
The money used to purchase the units came from $600,000 in state capital outlay funds awarded to West Monroe for the recycling project last year.
John Stamberg, vice president of Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., said the project to reclaim waste water for use at Graphics Packaging is one of only three such projects world wide. He said the other two projects were in South Africa and used to provide drinking water.

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