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October 16th, 2014

Tech-Mississippi State 2015 game date shifted

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Officials from the Southeastern Conference and Mississippi State announced Tuesday evening that Louisiana Tech’s 2015 game at Mississippi State has been moved to Oct. 17, 2015. The game had been originally scheduled for Sept. 12 of the same year.
With Louisiana Tech already scheduled to play at Kansas State on Sept. 19, the move in the game date against Mississippi State ensures that Tech will not face Power 5 opponents in back-to-back weeks on the road.

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October 15th

Mayoral candidates to debate Thursday

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Meet-and-greet begins at 6 p.m.
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Ruston mayoral candidates Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker say they’re looking forward to Thursday evening’s mayoral debate set for 7 p.m. at Howard Auditorium on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
“I’m very excited about it. This is something that needs to be done with all campaigns,” Walker said. “Our citizens need to be informed.”
Elmore called the pending debate an example of “America at its finest.”
“I think this is America at it’s finest when you can get two candidates together, ask questions and get answers,” Elmore said.

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RHS seniors reach next tier in National Merit

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Ruston High School seniors Austin Meng and Nicholas Ruff have qualified as National Merit semifinalists.
About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and Austin and Nicholas were two of 16,000 to make the cut.
Austin has maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT. A member of the two-time state championship RHS Swim Team, he has been inducted into the National Honor Society and serves as a Bearcat Mentor.

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LPPJ finalizes rules for property sales

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Process includes employing third party to complete sale

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury approved a final ordinance for the sale of adjudicated property to the public during the regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Adjudicated property is a parcel of land on which the property taxes were not paid and therefore, after about five years, becomes the property of the police jury. A police jury can do as it pleases with the property without assuming liability, but there are several avenues with potential complications that can come with the sale of the property.

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Amendment would affect medical trust funds, provider fees

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment No. 1 on the ballot for Nov. 4 will concern medical trust fund and health care provider base rates.
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Caldwell blocks Ebola waste in La.

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A temporary restraining order has been granted blocking the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim’s personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said.
It was reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola-contaminated material collected from the apartment where the Dallas Ebola victim became ill were brought to Port Arthur, Texas, late last week to be processed at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator.

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Piney Hills selects Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire

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Chris Brady has been named local Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire for 2014 by Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, in addition to being on the organization’s regional Wall of Fame.
Brady, of Homer, was honored in Ruston at the chorus’ annual awards banquet and in Houston at regional competition and the Fall Regional Meeting.
Brady’s 31 fellow Piney Hills Harmony members voted her as the member who “embodies the true spirit of Sweet Adelines International, has a special spark of joy and pride in her chorus and goes above and beyond what is expected,” among other worthy attributes.

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Bulldogs rested after bye week

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Tech returns to action with 11 a.m. Saturday home game
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Louisiana Tech’s mid-season bye week gave the Bulldogs a chance to heal and rest up before heading down the stretch.
Standing at 3-3 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA play, the Bulldogs know they control their own destiny and must get back down to business starting with an 11 a.m. home contest on Saturday against Texas-San Antonio.

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C-USA Basketball Tipoff set for today

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IRVING, Texas — Conference USA’s 2014 Basketball Tipoff is set for today in Birmingham, Alabama.
The league’s head coaches from the men’s and women’s programs at the 14-member schools will be on hand to preview the upcoming season — the 20th in the league’s history — with the media.
Beginning at 5 p.m., C-USA fans can watch a free, live video stream of interviews with head coaches. Host Ron Thulin will sit down with each coach for a show on the C-USA Digital Network.
Lady Techsters basketball head coach Tyler Summitt will go on live at 5:30 p.m.

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Tech’s Ashton honored by C-USA

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Senior named conference’s Cross Country Athlete of Week
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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech senior Taylor Ashton was named the Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week after winning the Northwestern State University Pre-Conference Meet and leading the Bulldogs to a team title.
Ashton led Louisiana Tech to a first-place finish at the NSU Pre-Conference Meet as he notched his first win and third consecutive top-10 finish of the season.
The Benton native finished the 8k race in 27:07.6 as he claimed the individual championship and led the Bulldogs to a team title.

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