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January 30th, 2015

Flu outbreak hits Darden home

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Several months back I wrote a column about vaccines and the flu shot, and I received some feedback from the community.
This feedback spanned from how I needed to get the flu vaccine and even challenged me to be able to name individuals who had been vaccinated and still contracted the flu.
Well as of this week alone, I can name seven. That’s right — seven people I know personally took it upon themselves to be vaccinated and still ended up with the flu.

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Writer doesn’t want oligarchy

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As a progressive liberal, I am constantly at odds with my father, who is a staunch tea-partier. He repeatedly signs me up for Republican literature and talking points. Here is a portion of the survey for the Republican right-wing agenda. They are astounding, if not pure magical thinking.
Initially, we are asked to rank importance of their agenda. They go from 1-10, however it is really only four questions asked in different ways:
• Eliminate government spending, red tape and the legal problems created by the standing system.

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Bulldogs climb past Hilltoppers

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Louisiana Tech came into Saturday night knowing that in order to extend its home winning streak to 23, they had to defend the glass against the best rebounding team in Conference USA in Western Kentucky.
The Bulldogs did just that with a plus-seven rebounding margin and got double-figure scoring from four players in a 69-56 win over the Hilltoppers in front of 4,029 fans inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the victory, Tech (16-5, 7-1 C-USA) also moved into a tie for first place in the league standings with WKU (14-6, 7-1 C-USA) who had its nine-game winning streak come to an end.

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Techsters fail to finish at Western Kentucky

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BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt has been preaching 40 minutes of basketball since he stepped foot on the campus back in April.
And after playing the top two teams in Conference USA on the road the past three weeks, his team found out exactly why.
On Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, Summitt and Co. played toe-to-toe with WKU, leading 51-49 with 11 minutes to play. Twenty-nine minutes wasn’t nearly enough.

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Bowling Techsters to play at Prairie View

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The Lady Techster bowling team is gearing up to compete in one of the toughest tournaments of the season this weekend when Tech faces off in the annual Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas.
The three-day event will be held at the world-renowned Bowling International Training and Research Center, which is also the training facility for Team USA and the USA Olympic Jr. Gold Team.

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District 5 baseball tryouts slated

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The District 5 8-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. today as the Lincoln Little Baseball Field.
Tryouts for the District 5 9-and-under baseball team will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Little League Field.

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Tech tennis looking for first spring win

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Louisiana Tech will have two more chances this weekend to notch its first spring dual victory when they travel to Atlanta to take on Florida Gulf Coast and No. 67 Georgia State.
The neutral matchup against the Eagles will be today while the game versus the Panthers will be on Saturday. Both matches will be played at the Life Time Athletic and Tennis/Piedmont Park.
Tech (0-3) looks to rebound from a tough home-opener loss to in-state foe Nicholls State.

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GSU to host UAPB

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Grambling State University will play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The women’s game will tip off at 3 p.m. while Mark Gray (24) and the Tigers will take on the Golden Lions beginning around 5:15 p.m.

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January 29th

Collision merits medical attention

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Ruston police department deputy chief Clint Williams said a 2014 Ford Fiesta driven by Martha Taylor, of Ruston, was traveling northbound on North Farmerville Street.
Taylor reportedly disobeyed the stop sign and struck a 2005 Cadillac STS driven by Brian Calton, of Grambling, that was traveling eastbound on East Georgia Avenue.
Williams said the passenger in the 2005 Cadillac STS was transported by RFD/EMS to NLMC with minor injuries.
No citations were issued.

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Experts talk EPA’s Camp Minden burn

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed open-tray burning of 15 million pounds of an artillery propellant at a site 40 miles west of Ruston could impact Lincoln Parish, a local environmental toxicologist as well as other area and state officials say.
But to what extent that might happen, no one seems to know for sure. That apparent lack of scientific data has caused burn critics to lash out at the EPA and question the agency’s recommendation to openly burn old M6 propellant located on the grounds of Camp Minden in Webster Parish.

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