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Road projects' passage must come quickly

That vote hit a roadblock two weeks ago. Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, said it boiled down to legislators feeling like there were not enough projects that benefited their areas in the $300 million package.
We can easily believe that politics caused the logjam.
There is no appropriate time for too much political gamesmanship, but if any time was possibly the worst for it, this is it.

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This is about people, governor

That has not been the case — Franklin has presented himself as a representative working to make sure the needs of his district are met. Franklin, on top of his duty as a representative in parish government, is a chicken farmer.
That tidbit is cogent because on Friday, Pilgrim’s Pride announced cuts that will cripple the Farmerville area and leave chicken farmers like Franklin helpless.
Franklin was not his usual affable self when I called. Not that you’d expect a man who’s been told his livelihood is in jeopardy to greet you with a song.

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Techsters: No. 1 in WAC race

More significantly, though, is that Tech (18-11, 11-4) is resting atop the Western Athletic Conference standings.
And suddenly, they’re the team to whip in the upcoming conference postseason tournament to be held in Reno, Nev.
“They’ve got everybody excited about women’s basketball again at Tech,” said Techsters’ fan Arthur Smith of Jonesboro-Hodge. “They’re playing some great basketball right now and they’re giving a great effort on both ends of the court. It’s great to see and the reason is Coach Weatherspoon. She is just bringing out a lot of energy and intensity in the players.”

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‘We need help now’

The support was appreciated, but their aim seemed a bit off for many who hoped to hear something more concrete than terms like “hold on” and “tread water.”
State officials told area poultry contractors that things will be tough in the short term, but there is hope for the long term.
“Long term is bankruptcy,” Pilgrim’s Pride contractor Lara Smith said.
Six years ago Smith and her husband invested their lives into becoming poultry farmers, moving from Jonesboro to Lillie to do so. And Monday’s meeting didn’t leave her hopeful for the future.

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