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Outlook Summit to be held at CenturyLink

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For this year’s outlook summit, the theme is “Regionalism and Economic Development,” an outlook on the national and local economy from expert forecasters. Sponsored by Community Trust Bank, this event will feature the following speakers:
• National Outlook — Brian Belski, chief investment strategist and a managing director at Oppenheimer and Co., Inc.

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Check state tax refunds online

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The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) encourages taxpayers to go online to check the status of their state individual income tax refunds.
The Where’s My Refund webpage is www.revenue.louisiana.gov/refund. 
“With Where’s My Refund, you have an instant answer about your refund,” said Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges.

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Tips for settling a loved one’s financial affairs

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Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough. But often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well.
The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult can be overwhelming. The following suggestions may help guide you through the process.
• Gathering the pieces — The first time you’re involved in settling a loved one’s financial affairs, the many details you must address may seem bewildering and time-consuming.
As a first step, you may wish to consult your attorney regarding important deadlines and procedures; in some cases, an attorney’s assistance is required. Regardless, there are certain administrative tasks you should complete before too much time lapses.

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Are you prepared for long-term care costs?

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Like everyone else, you hope to remain physically and financially independent your entire life. And you may well achieve this goal. Nonetheless, the future is not ours to see, so you’ll want to prepare yourself for as many contingencies as possible — one of which is the high cost of long-term care.
As you may know, long-term care primarily refers to nursing home expenses, but it also includes services provided in your own home. In either case, though, it could be expensive. 
The national average rate for a private room in a nursing home was more than $87,000 per year in 2011, according to the 2011 MetLife market survey of long-term care costs.
The same survey found that the average private-pay hourly rates for home health aides and homemaker companion services were $21 and $19, respectively.

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Know when to take Social Security benefits

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Question: I am in my early 60s and still working. I do not know yet when I will retire, since I like what I do. I am trying to figure out when I should start taking Social Security benefits. Should I take a lower benefit now, or wait until later to take a higher benefit?
 
Answer: If you can tell me exactly how much money you will earn for the rest of your life, and the day you (and your spouse?) will die, I can tell you exactly what to do.
Otherwise, we’ll both have to come up with an educated guess. Let’s give it a try:

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Tebow, Peyton, Saints make for wild week

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This was the week that sportswriters or anybody else with a resemblance of journalistic quality lives for, not to mention NFL fans who yearn for spicy and intriguing news during the off-season.
Not one, but two stories that help make the NFL appear even bigger and more popular than it actually is.
We are speaking, of course, to equal parts Peyton Manning/Tim Tebow and the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.

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Tech ‘D’ has big day

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If one didn’t know better, they might think that the 2012 edition of Louisiana Tech University’s defense plans to create its own identity this fall.
On Saturday morning, at Joe Aillet Stadium, they applied a solid resume for such plans during the Bulldogs’ first spring scrimmage.
Anchored by a tenacious front line, the Tommy Spangler-coordinated “D” sacked the quarterback eight times, hurried the same position twice and registered a head-turning 18 tackles for negative yards in the nearly two-hour event.

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Lady Techsters sweep Utah State

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After suffering a 4-0 loss in the opening game on Friday, Louisiana Tech University bounced back with two wins on Saturday afternoon in their Western Athletic Conference softball series against Utah State University.
The Lady Techsters (15-17, 2-1) got closer to the .500 winning percentage in their overall games with wins of 10-3 in the first contest and 5-1 in the final game at the Tech Softball Complex.

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Bulldogs lose to Dallas Baptist, 11-3

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Jamie Gilley struck out seven hitters in five innings of relief as Louisiana Tech (11-12) fell to Dallas Baptist (15-7), 11-3, in the final non-conference regular season game between the two programs on Saturday afternoon.
The Patriots are set to join the Western Athletic Conference in baseball-only at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

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Saints: Bountiful supply of woes for 2012

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Since the news unfolded, there hasn’t been a day to go by when someone hasn’t asked me about my thoughts concerning the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program.
The first thought is total embarrassment and disgust with several individuals directly involved with this situation, foremost being ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and general manager Mickey Loomis.

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