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November 20th, 2017

G-Women fall at home to No. 17 Florida State

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GRAMBLING — A combined 31 points were scored between Deja McKinney and Jasmine Torian, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team fell to 17th-ranked Florida State 96-53 on Sunday afternoon in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game from start to finish, “ Grambling State head coach Freddie Murray said. “We schedule these type of games for a reason. We know that we can play at this level. The area that we’re strengthening in right now is our inside game.”

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Turnovers cost Techsters at Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. — Janiah McKay scored 29 points and Unique Thompson added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Auburn to a 75-59 win over Louisiana Tech before 1,879 fans at Auburn Arena Sunday evening.
The Tigers (2-1) took advantage of 29 turnovers by the Lady Techsters (3-1), outscoring Tech 31-13 on points off of turnovers. In the end, it was too much for Tech to overcome in falling for the first time this season.

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Saints rally late for eighth straight win

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees had been intercepted, knocked around and held without a touchdown pass for most of what nearly went down as one of his more forgettable performances in a Saints uniform.
Then came a stint of virtual perfection that helped produced a memorable comeback.
Brees completed all 11 passes during New Orleans’ final two drives of regulation for 164 yards and two touchdowns. If not for that, the Saints (8-2) could hardly expect to be celebrating their eighth straight victory.

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November 18th

Schroder elected treasurer

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — John Schroder, a Republican businessman and former legislator, won a special election Saturday for state treasurer.

Schroder had 56 percent of the vote over Democrat Derrick Edwards, according to complete, unofficial returns.

Schroder will take over a post vacated by John Kennedy, a popular Republican who left the job early after winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Schroder was the front-runner in the competition after Republicans in the six-candidate October primary split 67 percent of the vote.

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Lincoln Parish goes with winner

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Lincoln Parish voters went with the apparent winner in Saturday’s runoff election for state treasurer, giving John Schroder 60 percent of the vote.
Complete but unofficial returns show Schroder, a Republican from Covington, polled 1,422 votes to challenger Derrick Edwards’ 960 votes. Edwards is a New Orleans Democrat.
Saturday’s local voter turnout was 9 percent — down from 10 percent in the October primary.

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New graduates encouraged to overcome obstacles, encourage others

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Louisiana Tech University held its fall commencement ceremony Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center, and 284 degrees and one dual degree were awarded.
Commencement officially marked the end of the fall quarter at Louisiana Tech. Winter classes will begin Nov. 29.
Third Judicial District Attorney John F.K. Belton was keynote speaker for the event and gave his personal story of overcoming odds and obstacles.
Belton said he was born with a disease that left his legs crooked, which caused him physical challenges.

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Quitman teen killed in ATV accident

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Quitman — A Quitman teen died after the ATV he was driving ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash involving an ATV and a pickup on state Hwy 155, at the intersection of St. Rest Road, according to a press release from the Louisiana State Police.

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Ruston gets first certified development site

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The city of Ruston now has Lincoln Parish’s first industrial development site certified by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.
The 150-acre site is located at the junction of McDonald Avenue and Beacon Light Road.
LED qualifies industrial sites based on zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, soil analysis and surveys.
Having a certified site means land is shovel-ready for industrial prospects.

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Bulldogs keep bowl hopes alive

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Louisiana Tech rushes past Texas-El Paso, 42-21
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EL PASO, Texas — Louisiana Tech used a 28-point first half and 343 total rushing yards on the day to propel the Bulldogs to a 42-21 victory over Texas-El Paso on Saturday afternoon at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The 21-point victory ended a two-game skid for the Bulldogs as Louisiana Tech moved to 5-6 on the season with a 3-4 record in Conference USA play. The UTEP Miners dropped to 0-11 and 0-7 in league games.

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Should 6-6 teams make it to bowls?

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Anyone who has kept up with my writings knows from whence I come regarding the NCAA’s current bowl format.
There’s too many of them, to the point of major oversaturation.
In our day and age of “everyone gets a trophy” mindset, every Football Championship Series member seems to reach postseason play.
And yes, even teams with 6-6 records.
Entering Saturday’s game at the University of Texas-El Paso, Louisiana Tech University was among those schools with the opportunity of finishing with such a mark and yet still having a chance to go bowling.

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