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Projects take learning to the next level

From elementary school up through the university level, students benefit from the experience of getting out of the classroom and putting their skills to use in a way that serves the community.
In recent years, service-learning projects have started to catch on, and our communities are better because of them.

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Bird flu stays on U.S. radar

And with good reason.
Poultry farming is the state’s No. 1 animal industry, and a major outbreak of avian influenza would cripple a vital factor in Louisiana’s economy. From independent farmers with small farms servicing only friends and family to national corporations with Louisiana-based facilities contracting out to area farmers, a significant outbreak of the disease could be disastrous.
But there’s even more reason to fear avian flu than a crippling blow to the state’s poultry industry. Human lives could be at stake, too.

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District 5 wins region crown

“They said it landed on the tracks,” said Williams, who had a two-run shot in the K.C. Southern neighborhood during the 8-6 win over the same opponent late Saturday night. “I just like hitting here. That’s about the fifth home run I’ve hit in this park since last year.”
Although that round-tripper would provide enough margin for the win, the District 5 team wasn’t through yet.
A 7-0 lead was manufactured in the third inning off of a single from Corey Jones, two-run triple by Jacob Hollis and a throwing error.

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Students erect outdoor classroom in city park

Even the wood used for the floating benches, a Brazilian hardwood called Ipe, won’t show the effects of time easily, Keim said.
The project was a capstone to the pair’s time at Tech, he said.
“Construction was really new for us,” he said. “In school, it was mostly theoretical,” he said. “This was dealing with a client, and meeting with Mrs. Riggs and the city to share what we were working on.”
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Architecture professor Karl Puljak described the structure as awe-inspiring.

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