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May 15th, 2009

High school grads urged to show caution

Parents, this is where you come in.
You are sure to be understandably proud of your student, and will want to let them have a good time on their last night together with some of their friends bound for different places and headed down different paths.
Don’t let our next generation of college students and community leaders walk out the door to your home for that post-graduation party without impressing upon them the importance of not making bad choices.

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Man charged with rape

“This is the kind of case you hate to hear about,” Stone said. “Our heart goes out to the victims and their families. These cases are very difficult for everyone involved, and the investigators worked tirelessly until it was resolved.”
Aggravated rape is punishable by life imprisonment and sexual battery committed on a victim under age 13 carries a mandatory 25-year prison sentence.
Bond has not been set for Neighbors, who remains at the LPDC.
Stone said police will look into the suspect’s history for any other suspicious incidents.

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May 14th

Lawmakers Advocate for Even Start

Even Start began in 1988 and offers grants to support local family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy (adult basic and secondary-level education and instruction for English language learners), parenting education and interactive parent and child literacy activities for low-income families. Parents must be eligible for services under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

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’Dogs start series against NMSU

But all Tech is concerned with right now is taking care of business against the Aggies (38-11, 9-8) in a four-game series that begins today with a doubleheader (1 p.m.) and continues with single games Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.).
“It’s a huge series, of course, for both teams and we’ve got to be focused and ready to play very well against an outstanding New Mexico State team,” said Tech coach Wade Simoneaux. “They’ve got a great hitting team, so we’ve got to pitch well and match them run-for-run.”
Get the statistical sheets ready.
Make sure you bring along a calculator.

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Keep watch for sex offenders

In a parish that’s not overwhelmingly massive, the large number of convicted offenders is pretty frightening. And as Sheriff Mike Stone points out, many sex offenders probably harm several victims before they are ever caught because victims are afraid to come forward.
“I think, in some cases, the victims even blame themselves,” Stone said. “But coming forward is the best way to handle the situation, so victims can put it behind them and it won’t linger with them.”

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Session dates should change

The proposed constitutional amendment approved Wednesday by the Senate and Governmental Affairs committee would move the even-year sessions up to January; the odd-year sessions would start in February.
The measure still needs approval by two-thirds of the Senate and the House, then from the state’s voters, before it can take effect.

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’Dogs hit powerball

This one is purely on a local level, but it’s created excitement among followers of the Bulldogs’ program.
Going into Thursday’s opening game of a Western Athletic Conference home series against New Mexico State, Tech has slammed 82 home runs.
That’s the second highest total for a season in the Bulldogs’ record book, trailing only the 102 recorded in 1988.
With four games set against the Aggies at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park this week, and then the upcoming WAC postseason tournament, there’s a good chance the old record might tumble.

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May 13th

Jindal signs off on megafund bill

Foster Farms agreed last month to buy the plant from Pilgrim’s Pride for $80 million. Jindal agreed the state would put up half the purchase price and another $10 million for improvements to the site, using monies from the megafund as a way to keep the plant open.
At stake are the livelihoods of more than 1,300 plant workers and more than 300 independent area growers.
Jindal said the sale also ensures that more than $100 million of state and local tax revenue over the next decade will not be lost as he said would happen should the facility be shut down permanently.

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Tech women: Another WAC title?

“There’s a lot of talented teams and individuals in this year’s meet, as has been the case traditionally at the WAC meet,” said Tech coach Gary Stanley. “Our young men and women are ready and eager to compete during the next several days. It should be another highly competitive and exciting meet for everyone involved.”
The Tech men and women recently wrapped up their regular season with a strong showing at the Cole/Lancon Twilight meet hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
First places were won by Tech competitors in six different events.

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Let's be sure we think about it

Legislators in the House of Representatives, for example, have managed to trim the $219 million in budget reductions planned for higher education this year back to a less caustic $160 million. That’s still drastic, but a less unnerving amount — around a quarter less.
Then we see the news from late Monday that shows an increase in the student burden of funding higher education by $29 million statewide with tuition increases of 5 percent, and we are forced to ask ourselves what the ultimate outcome will be.

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