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Tech facing $9.8 million cut

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If the budget bill (HB1) currently moving through the Louisiana Legislature is not amended Louisiana Tech University is slated to lose $9.8 million in state appropriations.
If the cuts take place as presented in HB1, it will bring Louisiana Tech’s total state funding reductions since Fiscal Year 2008-2009 to $30.8 million (49 percent). As the current budget proposal stands, total reductions in state general fund support for all of higher education since FY 2008-09 would reach $585 million.

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Campaign wrapping up

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‘Real Men Only Beat Eggs’ fundraiser coming to end

The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART) of Lincoln Parish is beginning to wrap up its “Real Men Only Beat Eggs” annual fundraiser. Currently, the organization has raised $34,000, only $1,000 short of its goal.
On May 3 at Super 1 Foods, DART, along with Q94.1, KRLQ radio station, hosted a 12- hour radiothon in which callers made donations and representatives of DART raised awareness of domestic violence on air.

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White explains reform

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Discussion became a little heated when Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White stopped in at Ruston High School on Wednesday afternoon to speak with area teachers.
More than 100 area residents, from Lincoln Parish, Monroe, Shreveport and surrounding areas, gathered to hear a presentation titled “Louisiana Believes,” which included the proposed plan for implementing the new education reforms. Teachers and administrators were also given a chance to speak up on what they thought about the plan.

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Reneau responds to cancelled bill

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The proposed merger of Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University at Shreveport was recently pulled by its authors after it failed to obtain the support needed for a vote in the Legislature.
According to Tech President Dan Reneau, the university is going to continue on providing the best education it can for the students who attend.

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City leaders, staff gather for Department of Justice meeting

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An attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Rachel R. Hranitzky, swung through town on Tuesday to listen to any concerns of Ruston firefighters or police officers.
Since 1980, the city of Ruston — along with 23 other cities — has had a consent decree with the Justice Department regarding the hiring and promotion of black and female employees of the police and fire departments.

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Bethel uncertain on voucher program

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State voucher program
Bethel Christian School has not made a decision about participating in the state school voucher program. Reserving the right to set accelerated standards for its students regarding conduct, dress and scholarship, Bethel Christian School is committed to exemplary Christian values, academic achievement, behavioral standards and small teacher/student ratios. Because the school maintains a higher criteria for student admissions than the public school system, the school is still investigating the requirements of the state program.

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Students win first place at state social studies fair

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Most respectful
Most Respectful students for the fifth six weeks at Hillcrest got to sit at a special table and get special treats. Those students were: kindergarten — Jacoryian Crowe, Ryleigh Geis, Parker Nations, Rylee McBride, Candayce Buggs, Noah Forester, Ainslee Marrable and Tyler Wimberly; first grade — Logan Pardue, Meredith Edwards, Henry Chen, Aaron Sherman, Reagan Drewett, Matthew Yates, Hannah Reeder and Charlee Walters; second grade — Amelia Adcox, Parker Brewer, George Budds, Jackson Fletcher, Ben Guerin, Lillian Avery, Mia Pesnell and Landry Tucker; third grade — Joie Sutherland, Cullen Story, Michael Feduccia, Tia Brown, Carson Witt and Morgan Gay; fourth grade — Rebecca Mall, Michael DeCou, Kurtis Richardson, Famikious Leonard, Gwendolyn Beasley, Elbert Woods, Shae Boone and Jonah Allen and fifth grade — Gracie Richardson, Michael Mayfield, Niven Meyers, Katelynn Sherman, Kaylee Broom and Ashley Thorson.

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Saturday set for hazardous waste drop-off

While conducting spring cleaning, many residents uncover numerous materials they no longer use.
This weekend local residents will have an opportunity to dispose of these items in a way that is safe for the environment.
Every year in May, the city of Ruston and Lincoln Parish Police Jury present the annual Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day. This year, the event is planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.

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Driving with phone disconnected

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I caught myself doing it the other day.
While sitting at a traffic light, I pulled out my cell phone and almost keyed in a work-related text message. Then I remembered it was illegal to text while driving, and I put the phone down.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people always acted in the best interest of their own safety and those around them without the weight of the law to influence them?

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Mother's Day prompts reflections

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The spiritual rewards of motherhood are available to all women. Nurturing the young, comforting the frightened, protecting the vulnerable, teaching and giving encouragement need not — and should not — be limited to our own children.
— Elder
Russell M. Nelson

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