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Mothers, physicians open up about autism

Local lawyer Gina Jones, who rejects the theory that vaccines are a cause of autism, is the mother of a 6-year-old daughter with profoundly autistic behavior. Jones and Huggins will serve on a panel Tuesday, along with physicians and other experts, at the 21st annual Bruce Everist Series, which is focused on understanding autism.
According to the Autism Society of America, autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

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Tech, city to share water

City Director of Water Utilities Richard Aillet said the current 500,000 gallon storage tank has been abandoned — except to store water in case of emergencies — since the 1970s, when a second city storage tank, located on U.S. 167, was built about 35 feet shorter by design error.
“We can’t pump water in it without special valves,” Aillet said.
The proposed new tank, which will be able to hold 2 million gallons of water, is needed because of an increased population, increased fire protection and plans to take on Tech as a customer, Aillet said.

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Saint-Gobain tax issue OK’d by state

The school board receives a large portion — more than half — of the parish’s sales taxes.
There has been some speculation that without the abatement, the Simsboro plant’s parent company might choose to shut down the local site all together, which employs 345 residents primarily drawn from Lincoln and Bienville parishes.

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Technology school on horizon

If Ruston High were to launch a New Technology High program at the school, it would be open to all students in grades 10-12.
First implemented in Napa, Calif., in 1996, the New Tech High model was designed to appeal to the 21st century learner. There are more than 40 New Tech High programs nationwide, and Ruston High Principal Mike Milstead said the digitally-centered program has been successful among students from rural areas as well as inner city kids.

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Wearing red shows support

This year, Feb. 6 is National Wear Red Day, a date set aside during American Heart Month to raise awareness and funds to fight the No. 1 cause of death in women — heart disease.
More than 400,000 women in America die from heart disease each year, and 63 percent of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms.

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’Dogs fare well against ‘assaults’

“This year, we had much more sticking power,” Dooley said Wednesday at an LTAC-hosted “Signing Day Bash” that attracted approximately 500 supporters to the Ruston Civic Center. “We did a great job of holding off the assaults this year. In December, we had already gotten over 20 firm commitments and those wound up signing with us.
“We were able to get some players that SMU, TCU, Tulsa, Southern Mississippi and even some Big 12 Conference schools were going after and also some that Kansas State and Iowa State were recruiting. We had success against our recruiting rivals in the region.”

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Dance Theatre of Harlem arrives

Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, Lincoln Parish President Skip Russell and Grambling State University president Horace Judson were among those who came out to thank the company of 16 dancers for making the trip to Louisiana.
“It’s been a pleasure meeting and chatting with you, and I look forward to seeing your performance,” Judson told the group.
Ballet master Keith Saunders, a former principal dancer for the troupe, said this is the first Lincoln Parish performance for the 40-year old dance company.

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