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March 8th, 2014

Legislative session opens Monday

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State Sen. Rick Gallot wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Sen. Bob Kostelka wants vehicular homicide classified as a violent crime. He also wants to get rid of the controversial public school Common Core standards.
Sen. Mike Walsworth wants the state to allow a group seeking alternative domestic water sources to the Sparta Aquifer to be able to buy land for a treatment plant. He wants motorcyclists age 21 and over exempt from wearing safety helmets, too.

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Bill to help purchase land for ULRWSI to be considered

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The Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative would be able to purchase state-owned acreage upon which the group wants to build a water treatment plant, if the Legislature agrees.
Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, is asking lawmakers to approve selling approximately 21.5 acres in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville to the initiative for the appraised price of the property — $65,000.
The ULRWSI wants to pipe water from Lake D’Arbonne to Ruston and Farmerville as an alternative domestic source to the declining Sparta Aquifer.

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Raising the bar

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Carrico plays crucial role for LPDC
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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
When most people think of prison wardens, the first image that pops in their head is that of a burly, imposing man.
And, while the Lincoln Parish Detention Center warden may be a man, one of his deputy wardens is, in fact, a woman.

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Cassidy Sparta savvy

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U.S. Senate candidate supports Aquifer efforts
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U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy said Friday he would “absolutely” support efforts to get federal funding for projects that will lessen the drawdown of the Sparta Aquifer.
Cassidy, a Republican congressman from Louisiana’s 6th District, is trying to unseat longtime Sen. Mary Landrieu in the fall elections. Landrieu is a Democrat.
“If we can do something here that has regional benefit, absolutely I’m going to work for that,” Cassidy said during a campaign swing through Ruston.

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Developer talks to Grambling about extended-stay hotel

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During Thursday night’s monthly board of alderman meeting for the City of Grambling, developers were present to discuss the possibility of bringing an extended-stay hotel to the town.
Attorney Earnest Johnson went before the board to inform the aldermen of Choice Hotels entering into a franchise agreement with Jules LeBlanc, an attorney and land developer.

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Lady ’Cats win Super 1 Relays

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RHS girls easily outpace competition
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MONROE — Results from Saturday’s Super 1 Relays held at the University of Louisiana-Monroe:
Girls Team Standings
1, Ruston 195. 2, Byrd 105. 3, Crossett (Ark.) 48. 4, Richwood 45. 5, Bastrop 40. 6. (tie) Jonesboro-Hodge 35; Neville 35. 8. Camden Fairview (Ark.) 31.
Girls 4x200-meter relay

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Lions reach Class C semis; Aggies, Tigers fall in Class B

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REEVES — Javier Roper led the way with 14 points as New Living Word reached the Class C semifinals Friday with a 61-39 win at Reeves.
Alijwon Mason added 11 points for the Lions while Tracy Hampton chipped in with 10.
New Living Word, the No. 2 seed, will next play No. 3 seed Atlanta in semifinal round play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
Anacoco 78, Simsboro 62
ANACOCO — Sophomore Will Reese scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds Friday to lead Anacoco to a 78-62 comeback win over Simsboro in a Class B boys basketball quarterfinal Friday night.

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Alabama A&M beats Grambling, 80-63

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Justan Banks scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Alabama A&M past Grambling State 80-63 on Saturday night.
Jeremy Crutcher hit a 3-pointer to cap Alabama A&M’s 12-2 start. The Bulldogs led 40-29 at the half and never trailed.
Brandon Ellis scored 16 points and Crutcher added 13 with 11 assists for Alabama A&M (13-15, 9-9 Southwestern Athletic), which has a bye in the opening round and will play a quarterfinal game in the upcoming SWAC tournament in Houston on Thursday.

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Tech softball loses pair

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SAN ANTONIO — Louisiana Tech pitchers Bianca Duran and Pauline Tufi were both impressive in complete-game performances but the Lady Techsters were victimized by late inning errors, a lack of hitting and an obscure rule as they dropped a pair of 2-1 decision to the University of Texas-San Antonio Saturday.
UTSA 2, Tech 1
(10 Innings)
With two outs and the game on the line in the bottom of the 10th inning, an illegal pitch call ended the game.

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Hollingsworth era coming to an end

When Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth took office in January 1999, the city was experiencing major problems.
Forty percent of Ruston had been without power because of an ice storm. The city’s checkbooks and accounts had not been balanced in seven months. The employee insurance program owed the general fund close to $1.5 million and Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality was threatening to impose heavy fines on the city because of sewer code issues dating back to 1984.

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