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September 9th, 2013

Get screened, save your life

September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is ranked fifth in cancer causing death among women and the ninth most common cancer. The risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is about 1 in 72. The risk of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 people will be diagnosed and 14,230 will die from ovarian cancer in 2013.
Getting properly screened once per year is a great way to ease your mind about cancer, or catch it at its beginning stages.

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City of Ruston listens to the people

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I’ll be the first to admit that in recent years I’ve become disillusioned with many forms of our government.
And I wasn’t shocked by the recent resignation of U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who attributed his move to the fact that “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill. Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country.”

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September 7th

New place to play provided

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Aug. 20 marked the opening day for the playground at North Village Plaza on U.S. Highway 33. Since the playground’s opening, there are always children playing on the equipment, especially after school and on the weekends. North Village Plaza has a 24-hour surveillance system to ensure the safety of the community Karl Malone, owner of North Village Plaza, said.
“The entire project is community-minded and was created, not for the benefit of the Malone family, but for all of Ruston,” Malone said. “Anyone visiting the North Village Plaza can see that it is made to be first class and on a grand scale.”

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Rewriting regulations

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Ruston to revise wording on inspection ordinance

Ruston officials’ original efforts to make minor revisions in a 57-year-old ordinance that gives broad authority to the city building official have instead resulted in a proposed rewrite of major sections of the document.
The Board of Aldermen is scheduled to discuss the new wording Monday when they convene in regular session at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Union General Hospital facing possible closure

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FARMERVILE — Union General Hospital may be in danger of closing after the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services released a report Aug. 15 re-examining funding for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH’s) deemed under the “Necessary Provider” (NP) provision.
The “necessary provider” provision has helped to subsidize Union General Hospital for several years under a reimbursement plan. Union General CEO Evalyn Ormond said if legislative action is taken, and the Center for Medicare Services decides to eradicate the provision, not only could the hospital be in danger of closing, but Union Parish residents could face serious health risks.

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Syria, budget issues top congressional agenda

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to work facing a momentous vote on whether the United States should attack Syria, a question that overshadows a crowded and contentious agenda of budget fights, health care, farm policy and possible limits on the government’s surveillance of millions of Americans.

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Bulldogs hold off pesky Cardinals

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Louisiana Tech wins home opener against Lamar, 27-14
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Louisiana Tech sophomore running back Tevin King had waited nearly a year for this one.
And he wasn’t about to let the opportunity pass him by.
With fellow sophomore Kenneth Dixon sitting on the bench after taking a vicious blow to the knee early in the second quarter, King ignited for 182 rushing yards Saturday night to lead Louisiana Tech to a 27-14 win over Lamar before 16,372 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium,
Dixon earned freshman All-American honors last year after shouldering the majority of the Louisiana Tech rushing load last following a season-ending injury to King.

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ULM takes down Grambling 48-10

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MONROE — The Grambling State University Tigers lost a tough game to the University of Monroe by the score of 48-10 Saturday night at Malone Stadium in Monroe.
The Warhawks struck first as they Cortney Davis took the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to make the score 7-0 ULM.

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Lady Techsters net win over UNO

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Louisiana Tech let an early two-set lead against New Orleans slip away before take the fifth set and the match 3-2 (25-9, 25-18, 25-27, 21-25, 15-10) Saturday afternoon in the final contest of the Louisiana Tech Fairfield Inn Volleyball Invitational at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Despite a comfortable 2-0 lead and heading to the third set, the Privateers of New Orleans (0-7) mounted a comeback to win the third and fourth sets over LTech (4-3) and give the Lady Techsters a scare.

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Grambling soccer to face Arkansas St.

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The Grambling State University lady Tiger soccer team will play their second consecutive road game of the season on Sunday as they will face Arkansas State Sunday afternoon in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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