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September 18th

State regulators remove patient cap on marijuana doctors

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid concerns about bottlenecks to access, Louisiana regulators agreed Monday to loosen limits on how many medical marijuana patients doctors authorized to dispense cannabis can treat.
Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to 100 medical marijuana patients. People seeking the treatment pushed elimination of the cap, worried they will have difficulty getting the medication when it becomes available later this year, estimated around November.

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Teachers get performance, recruitment awards

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Some 309 Lincoln Parish public school teachers are getting a share of more than $350,000 awarded to them in recruitment, recognition and retention incentives.
Money for the incentives comes from a federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund grant. The current awards are the first disbursement in the five-year grant and were earned mostly for work done during the 2017-18 school year, Julie Stephenson, Lincoln Parish’s teacher pipeline lead and university liaison, said.

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Panel asks aldermen to take in area for housing development

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Ruston could be on its way to getting another planned unit development, but first the Board of Aldermen has to annex into the city the land upon which the proposed PUD would be built.
The Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended to the board that it begin the annexation process for approximately 45 acres at the southwest corner of South Barnett Springs Street and Fletcher Lane that Bossier City developer David Willis wants to turn into the Pelican Pointe development.

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Walpole Tire recognized

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Walpole Tire & Service Service, LCC, has been presented with the Better Business Bureau’s 2018 Torch Award for Customer Commitment.
The award honors BBB Accredited Businesses and Charity Members that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace.

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Cause of pipeline leak still under investigation

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Portion of Hwy. 822 closed until repairs are finished
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State Hwy. 822 between Bartlet Road and Hwy. 33 is closed indefinitely as a precautionarly measure while NuStar Energy crews repair an anhydrous ammonia pipeline that ruptured late Sunday afternoon.
The road, which had been re-opened Monday afternoon, was closed again this morning when the ammonia odor began to drift around the immediate area, Kip Franklin, director of the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said. Residents are being allowed to come and go from their homes.

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September 15th

Questions?

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Town Hall meetings on economic district plan set

Ruston residents who want to learn more about the Walker administration’s plan to create an economic development district that would generate money for additional facilities at the city’s new sports complex can do so at a pair of town hall meetings set for Sept. 24 and 25 at the Historic Fire Station.
The Sept. 24 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.; the Sept. 25 meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will cover the same topic.
“I want people to come and see what we’re trying to do, get the correct information and ask questions,” Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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Bags gone within minutes

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Pictured top left, are cars lining up waiting for volunteers to wheel out carts of sacked lunches. Pictured top right are Trinity United Methodist Church members from left, Linda Wallace, Barbara Jakiela and Lillian McCullin preparing bread for sandwiches. Pictured at bottom left, Trinity’s Cassie Huneycutt starts making the sandwiches. At bottom right, Presbyterian Church of Ruston member Michael Murray talks about the lunch program while Trinity’s Kathy Davis adds cheese to the sandwiches.

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‘Take this and eat; it’s for you’

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Local churches join to provide free sack lunches
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When Jesus (went ashore) and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
— Mark 6:34-37, The Bible
New International Version

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Hundreds show for Fall Makers Fair

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The 2018 Fall Ruston Makers Fair showcased approximately 100 local makers and their works for sale Saturday in downtown Ruston. Ruston residents Theresa Parker, left, and Diane Stewart are pictured viewing wood bowls to purchase.

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State has $300M-plus surplus from last year

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana will have a surplus topping $300 million from the last budget year when the final numbers are settled next month, the state's treasurer said Friday.
Treasurer John Schroder said the state recently closed the books on the 2017-18 budget year that ended June 30 with a cash balance exceeding $400 million, although the figure has to be audited and double-checked.
"We have a lot of cash in the bank," the Republican elected official said. "We're going to have a surplus in excess of $300 million. We still have some work to do to absolutely firm that number up."

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