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April 18th

Immigration concerns farmers

Over the last few months Congress has debated the controversial issue of immigration reform.
The U.S. House approved a measure that would make illegal immigration a felony, while calling for construction of a 700-mile-long fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to stem the tide of illegals.
A compromise bill in the U.S. Senate stalled prior to the Easter recess.
The issue of immigration reform has prompted protests by Hispanic groups across the country.
Law enforcement officials said making illegal immigration a felony would tax their resources beyond limits.

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Arrest warrant issued for shooter

The shooting incident occurred around 10:17 p.m. on April 9 at the intersections of Duque Drive and McAllister Street, near Martin Luther King Drive.
Kenneth Smith, 18, of Ruston, was standing next to the bus stop with several friends when a white vehicle containing four black males pulled up.
Smith was shot in the right lower leg, and he was taken to Lincoln General Hospital, where he was treated and released later that night.
“Based on the information we have, Dickson is the only one who fired a weapon,” Hawkins said.

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Immigration concerns farmers

Over the last few months Congress has debated the controversial issue of immigration reform.
The U.S. House approved a measure that would make illegal immigration a felony, while calling for construction of a 700-mile-long fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to stem the tide of illegals.
A compromise bill in the U.S. Senate stalled prior to the Easter recess.
The issue of immigration reform has prompted protests by Hispanic groups across the country.
Law enforcement officials said making illegal immigration a felony would tax their resources beyond limits.

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LPSO stats show crime rates similar

The statistics do not include crimes within local municipalities or on university campuses.
Those statistics are reported separately and will be reported at a later date.
There were two rapes reported last year and none reported in 2004 while aggravated assaults increased slightly from 18 in 2004 to 20 in 2005.
“We are happy to see that our violent crime rate is still very low,” Sheriff Mike Stone said.
“The absence of any murder or robbery cases shows Lincoln Parish is a very safe community.”

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’Dogs open series with UAPB

The first-place team in the Western Athletic Conference would like to keep the W’s going in both areas with a 6 p.m contest tonight, then 3 p.m. encounter on Wednesday.
After that, it’s back on the road to play at WAC newcomer Sacramento State this weekend and then New Mexico State April 28-30.
The Bulldogs took over the top slot in the conference race this past weekend by grabbing a trio of one-run wins over previous pacesetter Fresno State.
Tech won 5-4 in the first two games, then 1-0 in the finale, all with last-inning heroics.

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Multiple wins sew up quilt fund-raiser

The two quilts were composed of block patterns each individually designed by one of the 39 geometry students. The creations were diverse, including everything from angels and airplanes to animals and spiritual symbols.
All proceeds from the tickets, which cost $2 apiece, will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — the annual quilt fund-raiser recipient selected by Hyam’s students.
Kaitlin Farris was one of the students who voted to donate the funds to St. Jude’s.

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April 17th

Theft, burglary increases in area

The Sheriff’s Office uses the Crime Index— the standard crime indicator in law enforcement— to gauge the volume of serious crime, said Wesley Harris, public information officer for the LPSO.
“The Crime Index is a set of specified crimes that are reported by all law enforcement agencies to the FBI for statistical purposes,” he said. “Those offenses are the four violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, plus the four property crimes of burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.”

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Even when on the move, home is where the heart is

Everything I have written has been simply to give my readers a deeper glimpse into my life and my thought processes.
Now I will no longer have that opportunity to connect with my readers here in Lincoln Parish.
In my last column, I would like to talk a little bit about my home.
Ruston is my home. I have spent the majority of my life in this small city located in north central Louisiana.
After my parents split up when I was little, it was Lincoln Parish where my mother and I retreated to. Being a Simsboro girl, this is where her roots are.

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Can ‘Dogs get any hotter?

The Bulldogs have now won 13 of their past 14 games, but more important is the way Tech has been winning those games.
Due to their penchant for being cardiac kids, Tech has earned the nickname, “Rally ‘Dogs”. First was a stunning 13-12 last-inning rally against then-No. 3 Mississippi State, followed by a come-from-behind 10-8 win over Nevada and finished up with two late-inning rallies and extra-inning wins over Fresno State this past weekend.
The question Simoneaux now faces is can his team maintain its winning ways.

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Bulldogs building spirited fan base

“But honestly, I really can’t put my finger on it.”
No matter.
Tech is hot.
Over the past 14 games, they’ve won 13 times.
The lone non-W was an 11-5 setback to Nevada in the final game of a recent three-game Western Athletic Conference series in which Tech won the first two (10-8, 11-0).
Other than that, it’s been one win after another and some of the hard-to-comprehend kind.
Naturally, the 13-12 comeback nod over Mississippi State University falls during this time stretch and so do back-to-back, last inning wins (5-4, 5-4) over Fresno State this past week.

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