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June 16th, 2018

Patients could get more medication cost details

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana patients could soon get more details about what happens at the pharmacy counter and whether they’ve gotten the most affordable medication for an ailment.
In the regular legislative session, lawmakers passed a package of bills requiring more transparency about the complex structures that determine how much someone pays for a prescription drug. Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed the proposals into law.

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A new image: Ruston Animal Control to get face lift

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The city of Ruston wants to change the image of animal control.
“We are trying to elevate it to its rightful public perception,” said Robert Brooks, of Studio Brooks + Emory, the architectural firm that designed the $2.3 million shelter that will become the focal point of the department’s rebranding.
Everything from the name of the building to its layout and even the colors for the facility are aimed at appealing to the public and fostering adoption of shelter animals.

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Last chance for Louisiana?

All we can hope is that the third time really is the charm.
Last month, we joined our voice with others throughout the state in begging the Louisiana Legislature to make its second special session of the year count for something more than back-biting, finger-pointing and political gamesmanship.
That didn’t happen. So here we are again, on the eve of yet another special legislative session — to the tune of $60,000 a day out of taxpayers’ pockets. Incidentally, the first two sessions combined cost Louisianans roughly $1.4 million.

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Many lessons learned from 'all my dads'

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Father’s Day has slowly become different for me over the years as Father Time continues his march through my life.
It was once a day to honor the man who has most influenced and inspired my life — the person known here in his hometown as Tommy Boatright.
That changed dramatically in 1999 when he died after a short but fierce battle with leukemia at the age of 66.

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Remembering all fathers this Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day.
As with other “holidays,” on balance, a holiday is probably both enjoyable and a time for reflection. This can be a time for celebration, coupled with moments to reflect or improve.
This can be a celebration of a past, thinking of the gifts and challenges which will come. Although I’m personally ecstatic today, thinking of my children/grandchildren, I also feel empathy to some I’ve been thinking of a great deal lately. I haven’t talked about this much before when referring to Father’s Day.

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Plan like a pessimist, live like an optimist

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Question: I like to consider myself as a positive person. I don’t want to be negative about myself or my future. But when I look around at what’s going on in the world and in our country, it’s hard not to be somewhat pessimistic. Is my newfound pessimism justified, or am I just getting to be an old curmudgeon?
Answer: Curmudgeon? No. Let’s just say you’ve got a case of emerging maturity.

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Health care big part of 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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Lessons about money can be priceless gifts to children

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Father’s Day is almost upon us.
If you’re a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course.
But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children.
Examples such as some valuable financial lessons.
These lessons can include the following:
• Setting goals — If you are contributing to an IRA and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan, explain how you build these accounts now, while you are working, so you’ll have enough money to enjoy a comfortable retirement someday.

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Shelter expected to open in 2019

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Pictured to the left, Volunteer Blythe Babin cuddles a kitten awaiting adoption at the animal shelter. Pictured above is the current Ruston Animal Shelter located on McDonald Avenue. The facility was built in 1967. Pictured below are dog kennels at the existing shelter. The new shelter will be heated and air-conditioned.

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Larry Wright: An honor-filled playing career

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For Larry Wright, this is the problem — where to put all of his awards won during a highly successful career.
From high school and college to the pro ranks, both inside and outside the U.S., now add yet another honor.
He’s one of the inductees in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class for this year.
“It’s very special for lot of reasons,” Wright said. “Special because of what Bob Hopkins, Bob Piper and Fred Hobdy meant while I was at Grambling.”
Piper was an athletics director and Hopkins and Hobdy were Wright’s coaches.
“It was special,” Wright said about his Tigers’ career.

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