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Senators discuss 2012 session

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Gallot, Walsworth, Kostelka share agendas, perspectives
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The 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session will begin on March 12, and the three senators who represent Lincoln Parish have already been making plans for what they would like to see happen.
When redistricting took place in 2011 following the U.S. Census count, Lincoln Parish was split among three senate districts — 29, 33 and 35. The senators from each district discussed their thoughts on the upcoming session in interviews with the Ruston Daily Leader staff.
District 29 Sen. Rick Gallot, a Democrat who previously represented District 11 in the state House of Representatives, is a member of the Agriculture Committee and the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. He is also serving as vice-chairman of the Commerce Committee.
Gallot said the budget is a big-ticket item this year.

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Tech, LSU-S merger presented in Ruston

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While notions of Louisiana Tech University merging with the Louisiana State University System have echoed throughout North Louisiana in years past, Friday morning saw the roles reversed as a new study
conducted revealed potential news of a possible merger between LSU-Shreveport and Tech.
In front of a standing room only crowd at University Hall, higher education consultants Eva Klein and Associates presented a three-month study focusing on what can be done to help educational opportunities for the underserved in Northwest Louisiana.

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Grambling man recalls military experience

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Grambling State University student William Rutledge didn’t have any intention of joining the military in 1947 when he was walking down the street with one of his friends in his hometown of New Orleans, but life had other plans for him.
“I was at Grambling (State University) in ’46 and ’47, and I didn’t come back to school for the fall of ’47,” Rutledge said. “I was walking the street, and one of the Army recruiters drove by and stopped and gave us a pep talk. So, we decided we would join the Army.”

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Tech, Sun Belt link just might be rejuvenated

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Merger has become the buzzword around Louisiana Tech University this week, be it within or outside of the sports world.
There’s that much-discussed plan of merging the school’s Ruston campus with the one located in Shreveport and then there’s that one involving conference alignments.
Ah, yes, that’s the one we want to discuss in this corner on this Sunday morning, particularly so in the aftermath of two interesting developments on the NCAA landscape in recent days.
By now, and unless you’ve been too engrossed in “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars” to care otherwise,you should know that:

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Tech speeds past UCA

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Smith sets assists mark in 84-62 victory over Bears
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As his nickname suggests, Kenneth “Speedy” Smith was in a hurry on Saturday afternoon.
The first-year guard for Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs was eager to put himself into the record books and do his part in helping the team complete a sweep of two non-conference home games this week.
In both cases, it was mission accomplished.
Smith registered a school record 15 assists in aiding the ’Dogs to an 84-62 ESPN BracketBuster victory over the University of Central Arkansas (7-18) at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Prep hoops: Playoffs next

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A second season begins for 11 different Lincoln Parish high school basketball teams next week.
Six boys’ teams and five girls’ squads located in the parish have qualified for the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs which tip off Tuesday.
Except for Cedar Creek, all of the parish boys’ teams will be playing at home.
The Cougars will go to East Iberville in Class 1A opening-round action.

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Techsters tumble; GSU women win

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Just when it appeared that they might be getting some late season momentum, the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech University stubbed their toes on their own court Saturday night.
The defending Western Athletic Conference champions struggled in all areas and it led straight to a 61-49 defeat against Hawaii at the Thomas Assembly Center.
“It’s tough, really tough,” summed up Tech Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon about the loss which ended a three-game winning streak for the team. “That’s about the only way I can describe it. Tough. It was such an important game for us to keep building some momentum before we go back on the road.

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Bulldogs lose to UTA in slugfest, 17-10

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Sophomore catcher Kyle Arnsberg came off the bench and drove in five runs on two hits, including a grand slam home run in his first at-bat, but Louisiana Tech University fell in its season baseball opener 17-10 to the University of Texas-Arlington Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Among the offensive highlights for Tech was infielder Ryan Gebhardt had a single that stretched his consecutive games’ hitting streak to 18 extending from last year. The Monroe product has also reached base in his last 30 games, again extending to last year.
“We have a lot of new faces out there,” said Simoneaux. “It’s going to take 10-15 games to figure out line-ups and understand the tenacity it takes to play well. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

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Seek first to understand, then be understood

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Question: We know we need to make changes in our budget. We spend too much. But whenever my wife and I discuss this, we end up arguing. I say she is asking me to do all the sacrificing. But then she basically says the same thing back to me. We’re stuck.
Answer: I hear you, brother!
But have you heard her? Really? Would she say so? Why don’t you find out?

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Don’t be afraid to change your asset allocation

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Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.
Although many investors understand that they should invest in a variety of securities, they often stumble when it’s time to choose an asset allocation that’s right for them. The allocation that you choose should be based on how much risk you are willing to assume, why you are investing and when you will need to tap your investments.

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