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New state law impacts bus drivers

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The requirements for driving a school bus will be a bit tougher beginning today, just in time for the new school year.
Louisiana House Bill 507 — signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal — deals with convictions and violations relating to driving under the influence.
Previously an individual who wished to be a bus driver could continue being a bus driver if he or she would have been disqualified from driving a school bus for certain convictions or violations relating to driving under the influence if he or she had a school bus license at the time of the conviction or violation.

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Ruston High FFA has excellent year in 2010-11

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The 2010-11 Ruston High School Future Farmers of America chapter had an outstanding year this past school year. With more than 250 students as members, the Ruston FFA chapter is the largest student organization on the RHS campus and was also awarded the “Largest FFA Chapter” in the state of Louisiana at the recent Louisiana FFA State Convention in Alexandria.
The FFA year started in the summer of 2010 as Antonio Wilson was elected as one of 10 state FFA officers at the 2010 State FFA Convention.

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Curbing childhood obesity

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Back-to-school season is just around the corner. Whether your child or teen eats in the school cafeteria or packs lunch from home, establishing and maintaining healthy eating habits is more than just a matter of good nutrition — it is critically important to lifelong health and avoiding chronic disease.
Childhood obesity is creating a nation of overweight youth, and a generation battling chronic weight-related diseases traditionally seen only in older adults.

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Tech professor’s artworks featured in New York show

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Louisiana Tech’s coordinator of photography has recently had his work displayed in a New York book fair and at an exhibition in Oregon.
Three of Frank Hamrick’s books, “Harvest,” “Chasing the Sun,” and “Found Objects,” were included in the Camera Club of New York’s annual Zine and Self-Published Book Fair.

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DART event worthwhile

For the 11th year in a row the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team conducted its “Collaboration is Key” program where a variety of men and women came to train and inform attendees.
Geared toward judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys, clerks of court, victims’ advocates, domestic violence advocates, mental health practitioners and others who have a professional interest in working with victims of domestic violence, this event was surely one to remember.
Intensive workshops on domestic violence, cyber crimes and safety were offered free of charge to attendees.

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Counting baby kicks entertains

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With just a little more than two months to count down until the due date, I’ve started thinking back to all the changes that have happened since conception.
During week four of pregnancy, which is close to when most expectant mothers find out they are pregnant, your baby is no bigger than a poppy seed.

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Child's bug-killing habit addressed

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Question: I feel silly for asking, but what is your position on children killing bugs? I do not know if this is just 4-year-old boy behavior, but my son seems rather fascinated with bug-killing. He is, by the way, very kind with our dog and other pets. I have explained that bugs have families too and need to return to them. Is this a mountain I should die on?

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Man arrested for pandering

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A Ruston man was arrested after he allegedly asked a woman for money on Sunday.
Craig Duane Palmer, 37, of 921 Saratoga St., was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Sunday on charges of simple battery, pandering and expired motor vehicle insurance. He remains at the detention center, and his bond has not yet been set.

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