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Congressman needed to fill seat

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A new voice in Washington is about to be heard with an upcoming congressional campaign. There is a great deal for a new leader and representative to absorb in a short time as that voice is our only one on that side of the capitol. Before that, though, a quick word of thanks.
I wish the very best to Congressman Rodney Alexander. I thank him for years of service, both in Washington and in Baton Rouge. He has been active in visiting with and voting the views of his constituents. I don’t know that anyone would ever say that they completely agree with 100 percent of the votes or positions of any elected representative, as that is impossible. In large part we send members to Congress to express our positions, but often it is difficult to garner the position of the people. We thus have to count on the sound decisions of our leaders, trusting their intellect and judgment. Rodney has done a great job, and now he passes the torch on.

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Grambling football played role in civil rights movement

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Much has been made this past of the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Caught right up in the midst of the civil rights movement at that time was Grambling State University’s football program as the Tigers featured a prolific passer who was garnering the notice of pro football scouts. James “Shack” Harris would go on to become the first regularly-starting NFL quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, realizing a dream he mapped out along with legendary Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson.

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Bulldogs fall to N.C. State

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Louisiana Tech avoided turnovers all last season even while running their offense at a dizzyingly fast pace. The Bulldogs got a reminder Saturday of what can happen when they don’t protect the football.
Louisiana Tech lost four fumbles — half as many as it lost all of last season — in the season-opening 40-14 loss at North Carolina State. The first came at the goal line as the Bulldogs had put together their first good drive of the game, while another set up a touchdown for the Wolfpack that helped keep N.C. State in firm control all day.

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Alabama A&M stops Grambling

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GRAMBLING — Time was not on Grambling State University’s side in Saturday’s season opener against Alabama A&M as the Tigers fell 23-9 at Robinson Stadium.
A young team, untimely miscues and even a malfunctioning game clock were some of the frustrations Grambling coach Doug Williams faced as he watched his team fall behind early in the second quarter.

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Lady Techsters get off to 1-2 volleyball start

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Louisiana Tech put up a tough fight in its final two matches of the UTA Hilton Invitational, but eventually fell to Abilene Christian in five sets and UT Arlington in four Saturday at College Park Center in Arlington.

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Tech nabs first soccer win of season

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TROY, Ala. — The Louisiana Tech soccer team ended its scoring drought, netting two second period goals to shutout Troy 2-0 on a hot Friday evening in the first match of the 2013 Trojan Classic tournament at the Jesse H. Colley Track/Soccer Complex.

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These are the good old days

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Question: Are we really moving forward in this country? We’re supposed to be so rich as a nation, but everyone I know is in debt! Sometimes I wish for the days when times were simpler. Is our economic progress real or just an illusion?
Answer: Allow me to borrow a phrase made famous by folk singer Carly Simon: “These are the good old days.”

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Changing interest rates may affect your investments

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Even if you didn’t take Economics 101 in college, just navigating through the past several years has given you hands-on experience with one of the course’s most valuable lessons: The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing global economies, financial markets, and our daily lives. That’s why it is important to have a basic understanding of how interest rate changes could affect not only your wallet but also your investment portfolio.

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Can ‘excess’ retirement dollars help your grandchildren

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National Grandparents Day is observed on Sept. 8. And although this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it does remind us of the importance of grandparents. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you may be thinking of ways to help your grandchildren on their journey through life. One of the greatest gifts you can give them may be financial support for their college education — and one way you can help provide this support could be found in the distributions you receive from your retirement accounts.

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Bearcats rally for jamboree win

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CADEVILLE — Ruston High School showed it knows how to rally under pressure Friday night as the Bearcats battled back from behind to take a 22-19 win over the Chiefs in jamboree action at West Ouachita High School.

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