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May 26th, 2018

Rapid responders

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Sgt. Jamie Knight runs, gun drawn, toward the sounds of shots coming from the room at the end of the second floor hallway of Louisiana Tech University’s South Hall.
For a split second, he freezes at the door, quickly turns to his left, fires two shots and takes down a pair of assailants, one with an assault rifle, the other, with a silver revolver.

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Debate stalls on state sales tax plan

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Lincoln Parish’s two state House members say they voted for a failed attempt to continue a portion of a higher sales tax because the measure would have been a start in retaining services that are threatened by Louisiana’s lack of a budget.
The proposal, House Bill 27 by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, would have kept in place one-third of the fifth-penny sales tax that’s set to expire June 30. Harris’ bill would have dropped state sales from its current 5 cents on the dollar to 4.3 cents.
The bill received 64 votes. It needed 70 votes to pass.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto moves into Gulf

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.
Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the island's rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches — and even 25 inches in isolated areas.

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Peach Festival to host inaugural ‘Battle of the Bands’

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While the Louisiana Peach Festival may not get underway until June, the festival committee has introduced the newest addition to the event — Louisiana Peachstock Battle of the Bands.
Marisol O’Neal, vice chair of community development for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and member of the festival committee, said the purpose of the event is to provide local, live music for festival attendees all day.
“It is a new event for the Peach Festival, so that there will be live music all day long,” she said.

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Memorial Day: Remember and celebrate

To many Americans, Memorial Day — the day we observe Monday —symbolizes the unofficial start of summer.
While it’s easy to think of Memorial Day as a weekend to fill with as much fun time as possible, it’s important to remember that the holiday’s history is about honoring those who died in all of America’s wars.
Memorial Day grew out of the Civil War. By the late 1860s, cities and towns across the country had begun holding springtime tributes to fall soldiers, often decorating their graves with flowers.

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Beat summer heat before it beats you

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High temperatures in the summer are nothing new for this Louisiana boy.
I can remember cracking an egg and literally frying it by dropping it on the sidewalk in front of my New Orleans home one July in the early 1970s. I remember tar that was used to seal cracks and connections on the street in front of that house bubbling up so that if you were brave enough to dance barefoot on the concrete — I say “dance” because the streets were too hot to actually plant your feet and walk on — the soles of your feet would turn black as they became coated with a gooey layer of tar.

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Remembering the lives lost for our freedom

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We honor so many tomorrow. They paid the ultimate price.
It is a time of sacred remembrance in our free country. We would not be free but for those who died for us.
We also remember those living who served. Thankfully they survived. Yet they were willing to die.
We would not be free but for the courage of these brave. We would not have been formed as a nation, or continued to exist, if courageous people did not have the guts to fight.
These somber words carry no tint of exaggeration. These are not platitudes. This is real.

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Tech wraps up action at NCAA East prelims

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TAMPA, Fla. — Several Louisiana Tech Track and Field athletes closed out the 2018 outdoor season at this weekend’s NCAA East Preliminary Championships held at USF Track and Field Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
In the women’s long jump, Tech student-athlete Melody Korie notched a top 25 finish after she placed 19th overall and fifth in the first flight with a mark of 19-6.75 (5.96m). Korie’s teammate Shelby Smith placed sixth in the second flight and 37th overall with a jump of 19-0 (5.79m).

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Lump sum or monthly pension?

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Question: I’ve worked for the same company for most of my career.
Now they are offering me a retirement pension check or a lump sum of money instead.
Which is usually better?
Answer: The question you need to ask is, “Which option is better for me?”
The first thing to figure out is how much money you’re going to need (want) after you retire.
I find that most people would be happy with a “take home” number that is close to what they take home now.
So sit down with your paycheck stub.

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Health care and your investment portfolio

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Health care makes up roughly 18 percent of the U.S. economy and is expected to grow 5.6 percent per year through 2025.
In fact, experts anticipate ongoing expansion in this sector no matter what happens with the broader economy — thanks at least in part to the millions of aging baby boomers.
“One of the things we jokingly say about health care is, ‘Whether or not there’s a recession, people still sneeze,’” said Michael Colón, First Vice President and Equity Sector Analyst with Wells Fargo Advisors.

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