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September 8th, 2014

Try to avoid rare respiratory virus

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It hasn’t hit in Louisiana — yet — but doctors warn that a respiratory illness that has already sickened more than 1,000 children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem.
The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect it is a rare respiratory virus called Human Enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

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September 6th

Bulldogs enjoy Cajun feast

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Dixon’s 99-yard burst helps Tech top ULL 48-20
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LAFAYETTE — Louisiana Tech’s offense struggled to get going in last week’s season-opening loss at Oklahoma.
Maybe the Bulldogs were just saving up for in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette.
Tech’s offense was as red hot as any Cajun cooking Saturday as junior running back Kenneth Dixon helped the ’Dogs power past ULL 48-20 in front of 25,607 fans at Cajun Field.
The Bulldogs (1-1) ignited for 533 yards of offense and never trailed while Dixon set a new Tech and Conference USA record for the longest rush with a 99-yard burst to open scoring.

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O.K.’s Corral: Two cents’ worth on all things sports

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Our two cents’ worth of opinions and observations on all matters dealing with sports:
TECH OMITTED?: Here we are, two games into the 2014 collegiate football season and predictions are already being made for the bowl games.
Honest.
I am not kidding.
Granted, much of the prognosticating is based on what teams have coming back from last year, but even then, it’s a major shot in the dark open to plenty of second guessing.
For instance, Louisiana Tech University is a no show to reach a bowl game, according to the Bleacher Report website.

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Tech volleyball falls; soccer team nets win

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LAKE CHARLES — Louisiana Tech wrapped up a weekend’s worth of matches at the Big Daddy’s Invitational as the Lady Techsters dropped their final contest of the weekend to UT Arlington, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-18), at Memorial Gym in Lake Charles.
Tech (2-4) matched UT Arlington point for point in the first two sets, but a late boost in each set by UT Arlington, a team that improved to 7-1 on the season with the win, helped the Mavericks gain the advantage over the Lady Techsters.

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The wave of the future

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With the opening of its new facility, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has launched a new website and application for smartphones.
Public Information Officer Chad Alexander is directing residents to visit www.lincolnparish.org and selecting the link for sheriff.
“This will route the viewer to the newly designed website for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “There is more work to be carried out on the inmate portion of the website, however, persons can see arrest data.”

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Guerriero out of race for La. Congress

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Former 5th District congressional hopeful Jeff Guerriero has dropped out of the political race, tapering the number of candidates for the seat down to nine.
In a statement Guerriero released to KTVE/KARD, he said, “I did withdraw earlier this week. I found out that I would have to essentially close my law practice and sports agency. This would mean that I would have to terminate over 20 quality employees. I just can’t do that. 

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Goodwin, Reynolds Roads under construction

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$1.6 million project aims to make throughway safer, more accessible
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Local motorists will have to detour around portions of Goodwin Road and Reynolds Drive a while longer, but officials say the reconstruction project underway at the streets’ intersection will result in a smoother, safer traffic flow.
“It’s going to make the roadway safer just west of the intersection,” City Administrator Ed Pittman said about the work that will include installing separate turn lanes for north- and south-bound traffic.

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Parking to change in downtown Ruston

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Proposed ordinance may eliminate all-day free parking in some areas

Parking in downtown Ruston will change under terms of a proposed ordinance that the city’s board of aldermen will be asked to introduce Monday evening.
The proposal is one of several items on the agenda for the board’s 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.
Aldermen will also be asked to give final passage of the Ruston’s proposed $55 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, as well as to make changes in the city’s Section 8 housing program.

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Good things come to ‘roads’ who wait

Next time you drive down Goodwin Road and suddenly realize you’ve got to detour around a sizeable construction project at the Reynolds Drive intersection, remember the old adage “Good things come to those who wait.”
Late last year, the city began the initial phase of the $1.6 million project that, when complete, will make one of the most heavily trafficked areas in north Ruston safer and easier for motorists to maneuver.

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Arming 2nd amendment rights

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The Second Amendment follows the First. Sounds silly? Maybe to most, but I don’t think the national news media is aware. (Excluded are journalists “afflicted” with common sense.) It’s toward the top for a reason.

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