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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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Cedar Creek, North Webster tie at 13-13

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Cedar Creek quarterback Adam Van (10) guided the Cougars to a 13-13 tie Friday at the North Webster jamboree. The Cougars open the season on the road at 7 p.m. Friday at Loyola Prep.

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Local youth wins outdoor writing awards

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Story Moller, a 17-year-old senior at Cedar Creek High School in Ruston, was declared a double winner in a youth journalism competition sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association (LOWA). Moller was presented his awards at the annual LOWA conference held last week in Lafayette. Moller won first place in the senior division for his story entitled “Frosty Morning” and was awarded third place for his story “Gift of A King.” In addition to his interest in writing, Moller is a champion skeet and trap shooter, having recently been declared first-place winner in the junior division of an American Trap Association competition with a score of 196 out of 200. Moller is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Moller of Ruston.

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