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Crash kills woman, 2 children

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Wreck was on La. 33

A two-vehicle crash in Union Parish left one woman and two children dead while a fourth passenger is in critical condition.
At approximately 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, Louisiana State Police Troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 33 near milepost 26 after a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier attempted to enter La. 33 south from a private drive. The vehicle, driven by 34-year-old Jamie Hamilton, of Downsville, reportedly drove into the path of a northbound 1988 Mack dump truck.

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DART readies for radiothon

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The DART Radiothon is set from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Super 1 Foods in Ruston with “The Q” providing live broadcast. Bob Day is pictured with Rose Daigle, licensed therapist, at last year’s radiothon. Daigle will speak from 7-7:30 a.m. on “Effects of Domestic Violence on the family.”  The event raises money for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. Call in donations to 243-0415 or 243-5693.

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La. Tech set for move into Conference USA

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So long, WAC.
Hello, C-USA.
Louisiana Tech University is close to ending more than a decade of membership in the Western Athletic Conference with a soon-to-be announced move into Conference USA.
While Tech officials would neither confirm nor deny a new conference affiliation, the Daily Leader has learned that an official announcement could be forthcoming as early as Friday from C-USA officials.

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Actress shared wisdom during NAACP banquet  

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At the Grambling Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Annual Freedom Fund Banquet held this past Saturday night, NAACP members joined together for a night of food, music, door prizes and to listen to a renowned guest speaker.
Tonea Stewart, an actress known for her reoccurring role on the NBC show “In the Heat of the Night,” and also a professor at Alabama State University, shared anecdotes and bits of wisdom with the crowd about contemporary society and the need to remember the past in order to keep going forward with a bright future.

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Raising awareness of the homeless

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Bethel service projects help school, variety of causes
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Standing outside Walmart with a sign that said the words “Homeless” and “Help” in large letters, Bethel Christian School teacher Abbie Cates managed to raise $20 and some change for the school’s fundraiser.
But, that wasn’t exactly the reason she was standing out there. Instead, it was part of a bigger initiative by Bethel sixth through 12th grade students to raise awareness for homeless people in Ruston.

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Bearcats host Rebels

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RHS, West Monroe open 5A playoffs
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A regular season game alone between Ruston High and West Monroe is enough to rev up major excitement for their fans.
But a playoff showdown?
That takes the enthusiasm mode to an even greater level, just as it will be tonight when the Bearcats (24-9) and Rebels (20-13) square off in a 6 p.m., Class 5A first-round Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff contest at the RHS diamond.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Harbaugh has criticism for opponents
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Watching ESPN, I saw something that startled me, but did not surprise me. It was one coach criticizing another coach, which isn’t really common place in the NFL; however, the comments made weren’t expected.
While being interviewed on ESPN with Tedy Bruschi, John Harbaugh stated that the New England Patriots’ championship wins were tainted. For those of you who have been underneath a rock for the last decade, the Patriots were the team to beat when the era opened.

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Aggies prevail; Cedar Creek, Simsboro lose

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After five lead changes in Tuesday’s Class 1B Louisiana High School Athletic Association regional round playoff game at Choudrant, Choudrant High finally pulled out a 9-4 win over Stanley.
Choudrant High took the lead in the fourth inning and held on for the victory.

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Tech golfers No. 8

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Louisiana Tech University’s golfers are in the No. 8 position entering today’s final round of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference golf tournament being held at the Rio Secco Country Club course in Henderson, Nev.
The Bulldogs shot a 17-over-par 305 on Tuesday.
San Jose State is the team leader going into the final 18 holes, as the Spartans have an overall score of 581.

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City, students plant oak trees in honor of Arbor Day

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According to the City of Ruston’s proclamation, Arbor Day, where more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska, was started in 1872. Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the world, including Ruston.
Last year, the City of Ruston planted two Bald Cypress trees in the front of Bobby James Memorial Gym. This year, the tree planting ceremony was held in Duncan Park on Arlington Street.

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