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August 14th, 2017

Device to offer better images for patients, doctors

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By his own admission, not much excites Dr. Jeffrey Weeks.
But he’s ecstatic about the new 3D mammography machine that goes live at Ruston’s Green Clinic on Thursday.
“This machine will save lives,” Weeks, the clinic’s radiologist, said.
The Genius ™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., have shown to significantly increase the detection of breast cancer, as compared to traditional 2D mammography, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing, Weeks said.

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Lawmakers seek bi-partisan solution to budget woes

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A bi-partisan group of state House members will hold their initial meeting today in Baton Rouge in attempt to come up with a plan that will draw enough legislative support to move Louisiana off dead-center in its looming fiscal crisis.
Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, has been spearheading the informal group of as many a dozen lawmakers who want to try to determine if there is a middle ground. Shadoin said the group had planned to meet quietly with no media attention, but a weekly on-line Baton Rouge political newsletter got word of the gathering and published a story in its Aug. 10 edition.

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DART school supply drive a success thanks to community

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To Ruston: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We asked for your help and you delivered.
Fifty children that have faced domestic violence or have been placed in foster homes are back in school with school supplies thanks to your generous donations.
Many of you responded to the “Back to School Drive” held by DART and The Well (a ministry focused on foster children) and gave generously.
The children came to an amazing back to school event and were treated to a pizza party and had access to blow up jumpies and other games.

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Tahj Samuel: a Bearcat with many skills

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As usual, there’s a large group of outstanding high school football players lined up to earn headlines on Friday nights in North Louisiana.
The dynamic duo of quarterback Justin Rogers and wide receiver Terrace Marshall of Bossier City Parkway.
Pass rushing star, quarterback terrorizing defensive tackle Davin Cotton of Shreveport Evangel Christian Academy.
But arguably the best “jack of all skills” is Tahj Samuel of Ruston High.
Offense or defense.
The 5-10, 225-pounder can be called a fullback or H-back. Or a defensive end or linebacker.

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Time to celebrate: Little brother graduates from Tech

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My brother and I are 18 months apart. We have always been very close growing up. He would let me paint his nails or dress him up in my play dresses, and I would play with cars with him or play soldiers outside. Our friend group tended to be the same group of people, which made us even closer.
Of course, we had the occasional fight every now and then.

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Story time: Off we go into the Big Blue Yonder

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In the fall of 1979, I graduated from Louisiana Tech. When he called me in; my academic advisor said that I had actually exceeded the maximum amount of tuition paid my any un-incarcerated student in Louisiana. My diploma said I had earned a degree in Social Promotion. It was kinda like getting a college level GED. I took it and ran to find a job.

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NCLAC makes impact on community

In 1987, a small group of artists and arts-enthusiasts came together with the goal of developing a regional arts center and a gallery where local artists could display and sell their work.
This year, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council celebrates 30 years of growth in both projects and support.
From humble beginnings, those involved with NCLAC knew they needed to fill a gap in the community — supporting regional arts and crafts.

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August 12th

Bulldogs study personnel at scrimmage

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Louisiana Tech reached the halfway point of fall camp on Saturday as the Bulldogs spent two hours on the field at Joe Aillet Stadium for what was the team’s first scrimmage since reporting to campus two weeks ago.
For the first time this week, it was clear skies for head coach Skip Holtz and the Bulldogs, who were able to get in quality work and live action in the stadium to close out the second week of fall camp.

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Tech volleyball wraps up first week of practice

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With the 2017 NCAA season right around the corner, the Louisiana Tech women’s volleyball team reported for a busy first week of preseason practice.
The Lady Techsters began the week with team meetings on Monday followed by two-a-days and various team activities leading up to the season opener on Aug. 25 against Ole Miss. Head coach Adriano de Souza noted the Lady Techsters’ early willingness to communicate and push each other.

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New experiences in store for fans at Bulldog Village

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Louisiana Tech football fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of new experiences at Bulldog Village this year prior to each of its seven home football games.
Bulldog Village is an interactive fan experience zone that will include game day music, tailgating, vendors, autograph signings, food, kid’s activities and other fan opportunities. It will be located next to Argent Pavilion this season (new location) and will typically open four hours prior to kickoff.

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