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Pain at the pump

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Causes of gasoline price fluctuations hard to determine
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The rollercoaster ride of Ruston gas prices continued Saturday as some area stations pushed their prices up five cents per gallon.
Manuel Chinchilla, who owns the Pow Wow convenience store off of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 167 and co-owns the Texaco/Arby’s store on Louisiana Highway 33, said it’s hard to say why prices fluctuate so quickly and why prices have been on the rise in recent days following a steady descent.

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Local alternative schools ‘Academically Unacceptable’

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Over 100 students to merge into regular system
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Students at the Lincoln Parish Career Academy and Lincoln Center will find themselves back in a standard classroom in the fall.
During Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Lincoln Parish School Board meeting, Donna Doss, school improvement and accountability coordinator, revealed that alternative schools will now be held accountable in the same way as other schools because of a recent decision by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Gallot runs for new Senate seat

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State Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, is finishing his last year as a member of the House of Representatives.
But if this Ruston attorney has his way, his political career is far from over.
Gallot recently announced his candidacy for Senate District 29, which encompasses Lincoln, Bienville, Jackson, Winn, Natchitoches and Grant parishes.

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State museums facing cuts

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Local facilities plan reduction in operating hours
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In a move to avoid layoffs, the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is moving to close some of its museums two additional days a week.
The affected museums include the Louisiana Military Museum in Ruston and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum in Grambling.Twelve museums are affected by the cuts.

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One injured in wreck

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Ruston Police Department and Ruston Fire Department Emergency Medical Services personnel responded Saturday afternoon to a two-car collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 167 and Kentucky Avenue. The collision occurred when a Ford F150 rear-ended a Chevrolet Z71 pick-up at a stoplight. Medical personnel are shown at right bandaging the injured man, who was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center.

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Cage: Future funds from baseball?

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Ex-RHS star could be among retirees earning overdue benefits

In the wake of the recent joint announcement by both Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association that inactive, non-vested men who played between 1947 and 1979 will receive up to $10,000 per year, depending on their length of service credit, as compensation for their contributions to the national pastime, Douglas J. Gladstone, the author of the controversial “A Bitter Cup of Coffee; How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve,” called the agreement “only a partial victory.

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Boat’s Buzz

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No place for tragedy in baseball
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All he wanted to do was to nab a foul ball to give to his son.
Now that son is fatherless.
Funeral services are set for Monday for Shannon Stone, a Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who died less than an hour after he fell headfirst over a rail out of the seats in left field during a game Thursday night. Stone reportedly fell about 20 feet on to concrete behind the outfield wall.

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RHS’ Hill is All-Star soccer pick

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LAFAYETTE — Ruston High School had one of the participants in the third annual Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association All-Star contests that were held here Saturday.
Many of the state’s most outstanding players in the girls’ and boys’ divisioins were present to participate in the games that were held at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette soccer stadium.

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Swinging for the fences

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Emmett Gibbs of First Baptist Church swings away on a pitch during recent action against Mineral Springs in the annual Ruston Parks and Recreation Department Church League softball championship game held at the J.C. Love Athletic Complex. Gibbs also serves as a pitcher for the FBC squad, which was edged 20-17 by Mineral Springs.

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State Hall TV show sets dates

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BATON ROUGE — With July having arrived, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame has announced its schedule of induction telecasts for the Cox Sports Television network.
The hour-long program will debut at 6 p.m. Wednesday on all CST-affiliated stations in the state.
Serving as commentators for the show that will feature acceptance speeches by the inductees, as well as other highlights of the special weekend in Natchitoches, will be Lyn Rollins, Kent Lowe and Tammi Arender-Herring.

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