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March 20th

‘Rob’ Museum evolves

Sailor Jackson, director of Museum Audio, Video and Film for the Secretary of State’s office, attended a meeting with Zac Construction Wednesday and said he was pleased with what he saw and heard.
“They’re moving right on schedule,” Jackson said. “A lot of the metal framing is up and they’re going to start doing the electrical wiring next week.”
Jackson said the building’s foundation was recently reinforced, which has helped pick up the construction pace.

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Community’s support plays big role

The need is unquestionably there — so many workers losing their jobs simultaneously would be a huge blow to the region, and so many farmers losing their source of income
would have been a blow just as painful.
The state has fought to find interested parties to buy the plant from Pilgrim’s Pride, sending offers back and forth, upping its ante of support for the plan. There is no sense that the state is slacking or letting the situation unfold idly, and we are forever thankful for the concern.

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Let the dance sweep you up

The band of brothers that comprises the NCAA bracket varies from year to year, but the usual suspects remain. There’s the jumper Jim Calhoun, Svengali of perennial power UConn, who jumps at every call more than Orville Redenbacher’s best kids in the popper.

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Techsters smack SMU, 77-54

Then, presto, the Johnson-Dowdell duo took over and the next thing you knew, the Techsters (21-11) were all but readying for a Tuesday night road trip to Normal, Ill., to take on Illinois State (24-7) in a second-round contest.
OK, maybe that is jumping ahead just a bit and putting the Techsters in the driver’s seat with still a second half to be played against the Mustangs (20-13), but it all but turned out just that way.

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Techsters to play SMU

She and other Techsters’ fans will get that opportunity tonight when the Lady Techsters (20-12, 12-4) will take on SMU (20-11, 12-4) in a first-round Women’s National Invitation Tournament game at the Thomas Assembly Center starting at 7 p.m.
It will mark the first national postseason appearance by the Lady Techsters since the 2005-06 season, when the then Western Athletic Conference champions participated in the NCAA playoffs.
See the action
Who: Louisiana Tech vs. SMU
What: First-round WNIT tournament game
Where: Thomas Assembly Center
When: Tonight, 7 p.m
Radio: KXKZ-FM, 107.5

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March 19th

Pilgrim’s gets 3rd buyout offer

Atkinson would not confirm the amount of the latest offer, but Daily Leader sources say it is an $80 million deal with the state putting up $50 million and Foster Farms $30 million.
Pilgrim’s Pride grower and Lincoln Parish Police Juror Mike Franklin was in Baton Rouge on Wednesday meeting with state Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain and said he’s beginning to feel good about the situation.

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Bond work pays off for school district

The extra dollars added to individuals’ property tax burdens have paid off for the district and its students.
Most all of the schools in the city have received new floors, lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as additional classrooms because voters approved the 20-year, $33 million bond issue passed in 2004.
Using Ruston High as just one example, there are several new classrooms. The school has a new look for weight training, for its band and for its choir.

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'Feminist' not a dirty word

Of course, at one point in time, rights we now hold today, such as being able to own our own property, vote and protect ourselves from physical harm, might have been considered extreme.
To truly understand and appreciate the rights women have won over time, it helps to take a look at other times and places. The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a wealth of information on this topic.
Some of the more disturbing data the coalition supplies to train domestic violence workers include the following:

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Techsters battle SMU tonight

It’s all about the here and now and advancing on in the 2009 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Tech (20-12, 12-4) and SMU (20-11, 12-4), with nearly identical records overall and against their conference opponents, will battle in a 7 p.m. first-round contest.
The survivor moves on to play at Illinois State (24-7) in the second round.
“We are going to take advantage of being in the WNIT,” said Tech interim coach Teresa Weatherspoon. “It’s a huge opportunity for us to keep the season going and to help us in preparing for next year.

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Tech student arrested at Wal-Mart

Ruston Police were called to the scene.
Capt. Kevin Peden said store management asked Saurage to remove his gun and put it in his car because he was scaring customers and workers. He refused. Louisiana law empowers the public display and carrying of firearms.
“Store management advised the Ruston Police officers that a text message was going around about a person that was going to enter Wal-Mart and kill two women employees,” Peden said in a release. “At this time, it is not known from where the texts originated.”

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