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May 20th, 2016

Judge hands down life sentence

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Cameron Mays to serve two life terms, plus 20 years for crimes
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Third Judicial Division B Judge Tommy Rogers handed down two life sentences, plus 20 years to Cameron Kinte Mays on Thursday.

Mays was convicted in April of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The sentences will be concurrent — served at the same time — and are not eligible for parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Rogers said that there was no victim impact statement, but that the victim “dramatically and eloquently testified to her absolute terror” during her testimony at the trial.

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Railbed turns green

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About 30 local residents and two dogs got a sneak preview Thursday evening of the first mile of what’s expected to become Ruston’s Rock Island Greenway biking and walking trail.
The trail follows the abandoned Rock Island Railroad bed.

“I think this is fantastic,” Tracy Hanks, of Ruston, said after completing a trek along the segment that stretches through the woods from West Kentucky Avenue to the Interstate 20 service road.

Hanks was reared not far from what was, until 1980, the functioning north-south rail line. She still lives nearby.

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Early Childhood Center to be demolished

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The Louisiana Tech University Early Childhood Education Center is scheduled to be demolished at a later date this year to accommodate the construction of new housing and related site development.
Tech Public Relations Director Dave Guerin said the new Childhood Education Center will be located at the AROS Center.

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Diamond ’Dogs serve up big win

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Tech feasts on creamed Rice with 12-2 win over No. 16 Owls
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Louisiana Tech scored in five different innings and plated more runs against No. 16 Rice than any other team in Conference USA this season in a 12-2 win over the nationally-ranked Owls to open a three-game series at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Rice entered the game with the best pitching staff in Conference USA, but the Bulldog bats were a force to be reckoned with on the night after Tech put up 12 runs on 12 hits, including three home runs, to record the team’s fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

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Techsters add transfer guard from Elon

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Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr announced Thursday that Elon University freshman Nikki McDonald has signed financial aid papers and will enroll in classes this summer.
McDonald, a 6-foot guard out of Atlanta, Georgia, saw action in 30 games this past year while making 16 starts and helping lead the Phoenix to an 18-13 overall record in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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Tech’s Cross, Turkoly earn regional softball accolades

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When the all-region awards were announced Thursday, two Lady Techsters picked up their first career regional honors as Anna Cross and Morgan Turkoly were named third team all-Mideast by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The announcement marks the first time since 1998 that the Lady Techsters had two players pick up the all-region honors.

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Southern ousts Grambling

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Grambling State University’s baseball season came to end as Larry Barazza and the Tigers were defeated 6-3 Thursday in an elimination game of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament in New Orleans. Issac O’Bear picked up the loss as GSU finished at 22-27 on the season.

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Kicker Barth to join Saints

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Veteran kicker Connor Barth is signing with the New Orleans Saints and will compete with Kai Forbath for the starting role when preseason workouts begin in late July.
If the 30-year Barth wins the job, he will become the Saints’ 11th kicker in 11 years.
Barth auditioned for the Saints during their three-day rookie minicamp last weekend.

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Keeping skin safe this summer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

Communities, health professionals and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

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Citizens Academy helps area

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I watched as the jurors chatted with one another quietly, seated in the jury box in the large courtroom on the second floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
They quieted as the judge entered and took his seat.
He began to explain to those seated in the jury box what it meant to be a juror and why it was so important a part of the criminal justice system.
It was then that the mock trial — the final step in the inaugural Citizen’s Academy — began.

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