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July 28th

Man comments on gay, lesbian studies

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Per a recent piece in the Lafayette paper, The Independent, a group of Louisiana Tech doctoral students and instructors responded to U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry’s opposition to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) studies minor program offered at UL Lafayette.

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Woman finds many faults with Obama

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What kind of man is Obama?
This man sows discord and divisive hatred in this country, black against white, poor against rich.
He not only upholds the practice of abortion but voted as a senator that a baby can be lawfully aborted in the last trimester.

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Resident concerned about country

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John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, and Ronald Reagan, a Republican, positively inspired most American citizens. During each of their presidencies, the people had a feeling of well being. Life was good and the attitude of the general public was consistently upbeat. The public had faith in those holding public office from local positions up through the federal level. Those at the highest echelons of government had a dedicated interest in making the best decisions that would benefit their constituents. The United States was at its zenith of prosperity, wealth and worldwide respect.

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GSU nursing students pass certifications

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Grambling’s MSN graduates maintained a 100 percent success rate on exams

Grambling State University’s 2011-12 Master in Nursing (MSN) graduates have continued the tradition of 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exams. This standard of excellence was established by Grambling’s first MSN graduating class of 1999.

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Caldwell recovers $38M from Medicaid fraud

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Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced recently that his office has recovered $38 million from eight pharmaceutical companies that he sued alleging unlawful inflation of drug costs paid by Louisiana taxpayers through the Medicaid program.   
“I will, as Attorney General, continue to aggressively pursue pharmaceutical companies who defraud our Medicaid program. We are sending a message to drug companies that their fraud will not be tolerated in Louisiana,” Caldwell said.

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RPAR welcomes Watson as its newest tennis pro

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Ruston Parks and Recreation has hired an ace of a tennis professional. 
Emory Watson recently moved back to the South after 30 years and is ready to share his tennis knowledge with the Ruston community. A quick tour of his background reveals that he is a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified instructor and has been teaching professionally for 25 years in both Miami, Fla. and Portland, Ore. Over those years, he has accrued an extensive background in the tennis industry working in a variety of private and public tennis venues.

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The Federal Reserve and the U.S. economy

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You may have been hearing a lot lately about the Federal Reserve, better known the “Fed,” and its chairman, Ben Bernanke. You may also already know that the Fed has an influence on interest rates, which in turn influences the economy. But there is more to the Fed than meets the eye, and the reasons behind the interest rate changes may interest you as an investor.

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Financial strategies for newly single women

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Within a marriage, a man and a woman’s financial circumstances are generally pretty much equal. But if a divorce occurs, the woman’s situation tends to be somewhat more challenging than that of her ex-spouse.
And that’s why, during this major life transition, you may want to meet with a professional financial advisor to go over your spending needs and your cash flow, so that you know what you absolutely need today — and how you can plan for tomorrow.

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Mr. Perfect and product-focused planning

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Question: I do not mean for this to sound like bragging, but I think I am doing most things right financially. I am debt free other than my house. I have a 529 plan for my son’s college education, a 401K plan for my retirement and a health savings account. I even shop for all my insurance online to get the lowest price possible. Hopefully, I am on schedule to retire by age 65. What else should I be doing?

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Registration under way for Chamber leadership class

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Gary Hampton said he has a better grasp on the challenges that face Lincoln Parish now than he did a year ago. He credits the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce leadership program with having made the difference.
“Leadership Lincoln gave me a unique perspective and a better understanding of the concerns and challenges that we face daily in Lincoln Parish,” Hampton, a 2012 leadership graduate and First National Bank vice president, said. “This is not only classroom lecture, but instead the program is designed to take you to the source to help you gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses within our parish.”

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