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Retirement legislation advances

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The legislative session began with hordes of teachers descending upon the State Capitol to oppose Governor Jindal’s aggressive education reform package.  The dust had barely settled after those two historic bills were passed, a new battle began brewing over the administration’s efforts to reform the state’s retirement system.

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Happy Birthday Louisiana

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Happy 200th Birthday, Louisiana. You are my “Sunshine.”
In different venues and fashions this month, Louisiana will celebrate or at least remember the 200th anniversary of our statehood. Louisiana has a colorful present, and there is a historic and sometimes checkered past. However, I wish to recall and share with you portions of Louisiana’s history as it relates to our formation. The reason this is presented now is there are two significant dates surrounding this column: April 8 and April 30. The former is the date of approval of the law creating and recognizing Louisiana as the 18th state of the United States, the latter is the effective date of our statehood.

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NLMC auxiliary donates five scrapbooks to Tech

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On March 22, a gala was held at Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s cafeteria to honor the Northern Louisiana Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary for their 50 years of service. Six of the 95 founding members were there to celebrate this occasion.
The cafeteria was filled with the history of this group as friends, guests and staff looked through past scrapbooks, visited with one another and feasted on a wide array of heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Five scrapbooks were on display at the Gala, each one with its own history and covering five decades of service. The scrapbooks are such an important part of the history of the auxiliary that the group wanted to make sure they were preserved in the best possible way.

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Lowe’s helps fund MDA research

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Area Lowe’s stores and their customers came together to raise $17,814.00 in Shamrocks Against Dystrophy donations. Nationwide, the retailer collected more than $7.6 million to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) research and services programs.
Funds raised by the Lowe’s stores in Monroe, Ruston, Alexandria and Pineville help local individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

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Learn how to take stock of market indexes

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Stock indexes measure price fluctuations among stocks. By following the appropriate stock market index, you can compare the performance of your stocks to similar types of stocks within a particular index.
• The Dow Jones Industrial Average —The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)* is the figure most often referred to on the news when the market’s daily activity is recapped.

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Earth Day lessons can apply to investors, too

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April 22 is Earth Day. Started in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is designed to create awareness of the Earth’s environment and to encourage conservation efforts.
If you and your family participate in Earth Day events, such as helping clean up a local park or taking materials to a recycling center, you know the benefits of doing your part to improve your surroundings. But are you doing everything you can to upgrade your environment for investing?
Actually, as an investor, you can learn a lot from the lessons of Earth Day. Here are just a few ideas:

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Tips to help make sure your assets are protected

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Question: I worry about somebody suing me and getting all that I have worked for over my lifetime. Are there trusts or other vehicles available to protect my assets in case I am sued?
Answer: Yes. And there is also a long line of very distressed individuals who thought they were signing up for an “asset protection trust” and got little more than an asset reduction swindle.
I’m not saying there aren’t legal, moral and ethical strategies available to those trying to protect themselves from the loss of their assets due to lawsuit or other legal proceeding. There are.

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Mental health forum set

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The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority will conduct a community forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Monroe Convention Center, located at 901 Ridge Ave. in West Monroe. 
New Governing Board members will be introduced to the public, and the forum will ask for the community’s input in the service delivery system to meet the needs of those served in local community-based programs and services relative to mental health, developmental disabilities and addictive disorders.

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Ruston Daily Leader takes home 19 AP awards

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors announced on April 7 the winners of its annual writing, photo and digital contests for news stories, editorials, photos, graphics and headlines published during 2011 in Louisiana and Mississippi AP member newspapers.

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Ground water commission issues management report

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BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Ground Water Resources Commission recently fulfilled a directive made by state legislators in 2010 to provide a report by 2012 on the state’s ground water and surface water to members of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Quality committees.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Scott Angelle, chairman of the state Ground Water Resources Commission, said that the report — being delivered in accordance with 2010’s House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 1, authored by Rep. Jim Fannin — is not an ending, but a continuation of the state’s efforts to manage its water resources.

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