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March 27th

Ruston High braces for mock crash

To make the scene more realistic, firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel will respond as they would in a real DWI crash by attempting to save the victims and arresting the guilty parties.
“It basically gives the students a better understanding of what happens when a serious crash occurs and all the resources it takes to handle the incident,” Ruston Police Capt. Kevin Peden said. “Some of these mock crashes have been very emotional for students as well as parents who have been there.”

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March 25th

State upbeat about poultry switch

“If everything goes like we worked on and planned, there should be a minimal disruption for the growers and farmers. We’ve (the state) been paying weekly for feed for the biddies (young chickens) to make sure we can get the cycle back up and running as soon as possible.”

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Getting in on a good 'idea'

There are reasons for that. Objectivity is the first and foremost, because getting too cozy with something or someone snows under the concept of unbiased reporting. Beyond that, there are other potential impacts on the news organization that a professional news-gatherer’s involvement can have.
I couldn’t help it. The IDEA Place is just so innocuous and such a boon to the area, I went and agreed to be a member of its Bouncing Board. That is to say I’m a part of the organization’s think tank on expansion and improvement of its efforts to serve us all.

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Relay for Life needs support

Most people here in Lincoln Parish and elsewhere in the United States have seen the suffering of friends or family members, or they’ve experienced it themselves.
In Louisiana alone, there were an estimated 23,360 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2008. Across the country, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1,500 people die of cancer each day.

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Techsters tumble to Illinois State

In five previous games, the Redbirds had lost to Tech by an average scoring margin of nearly 24 points.
The Redbirds jumped out to a 17-2 lead to start the game before the Lady Techsters (21-13) fought back to tie the game at 28-28 at the half. The key to Tech’s first half run was its ability to rebound, as the Lady Techsters outrebounded the Redbirds 20-7 over the final 14 minutes of the opening stanza.

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Techsters play WNIT game at Illinois State

It marked lifetime win No. 19 in as many tries against the Mustangs.
Illinois State (24-7), which plays host to Tech in a second-round WNIT battle tonight (7:05 p.m.), can identify with the Mustangs’ plight.
In five previous games against the Techsters, the Redbirds are winless and have been defeated by an average scoring margin of 23.2 points.
Can history continue to be kind to Tech tonight?

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March 24th

Sparks fly at Grambling meeting

Later Andrus explained further.
“I have no problem with multiple signatures — that’s the best business practice,” she said. “But I do have a problem with the board dictating the names on the signature cards. Funds have already been taken out of accounts that I didn’t know about, and if I’m going to be responsible for those accounts, then until we come to some sort of resolution about what names to put on the accounts, I don’t know.”
Jones explained he and Stringfellow had taken funds out to pay city accountant Willie Mabry.

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Free cancer screening is public service

During the month of March, the health care industry spotlights colon cancer to increase awareness of the screening and everyday steps that can help prevent the disease.
In our area, the Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute, 411 Calypso St. in Monroe, will give away free colorectal cancer screening kits from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Kits will be distributed to men and women age 50 or older who have not been screened for colorectal cancer in the past five years.
The simple and sanitary tests can be picked up Saturday and done in the privacy of your home.

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Battle gets tiresome for all

Grambling’s mayor and City Council have obviously been worn down by the infighting that’s lasted more than a year now. The town’s residents are openly tired of it, and they’re making their voices heard.
The council held a special-called emergency meeting Monday, and it didn’t take long for it to turn into another verbal slugfest between Mayor Martha Andrus and Grambling’s councilmen.
And once again, residents of Grambling feel they are caught in the crossfire.
A few made impassioned pleas to try to end the battle within their city government.

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Techsters face road test

If Tech wins, a third-round game would likely be played later this week at the Thomas Assembly Center, where university officials have put in a bid to host such a contest.
“We feel we can go all the way if we play like we did in the first game, but we have to take each game as they get here,” said junior forward Shanavia Dowdell, the Most Valuable Player in the Western Athletic Conference.
Tech was plenty focused on starting out the tournament in a good way, as they slammed SMU 77-54 at the TAC last week.

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