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    BATON ROUGE (AP) — The company chosen to replace Louisiana's years-old voting machines on Wednesday dismissed suggestions the bid process was mismanaged, saying a losing bidder for the lucrative work offered no "factual or legal grounds sufficient" to disrupt the contract plans.

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A gunman went on a rampage in Kern County, California, killing his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death, authorities said.
    Officials provided no immediate details this morning on what prompted the shootings Wednesday evening at a home and a trucking company in Bakersfield, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.
    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters the shootings were not random.
    "Obviously, there is some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset," he said.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was expected to plead guilty today to reduced federal charges in a deal with prosecutors that will allow him to avoid a second trial scheduled to begin next week, a new court filing shows.
    The charges are related to Manafort's Ukrainian political consulting work.
    Today's court filing said Manafort's homes in New York City, in the Hamptons and in Virginia, as well as money from his bank accounts and life insurance policies may be seized by the government as part of the deal.

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart says a woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted should be committed to a mental-health facility after she's released from prison next week.
    Smart said Thursday she was shocked to find out about Wanda Barzee's prison release and she's deeply concerned because the inmate hasn't been cooperating with treatment.

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    MIAMI (AP) — It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. Forecasters say "it cannot be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland."
    Top sustained winds made it just a Category 1 hurricane but some communities were already submerged in more than 6 feet of water as the storm drenched the coast.
    BY THE NUMBERS

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    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — As the days shorten and the summer heat subsides, bakers turn their attention to the tastes of the season: pumpkin and apple for Halloween treats and Thanksgiving pies; chocolate, pecans and peppermint for winter festivities.
    The San Antonio Express-News reports so, too, do the nation's thriving subculture of craft breweries, which vie for customers with frosted mugs of nutty Oktoberfest-time lagers, pumpkin-infused autumn ales and spicy gingerbread stouts for chilly holiday nights.

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    Leader photo by DEREK J. AMAYA - From left, Ruston High School seniors Davis Ellis, Michael Bishop and David Griffin, all 17, were named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

    Three Ruston High School seniors were named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship program to compete for more than 7,500 scholarships.
    Michael Bishop, Davis Ellis and David Griffin will join approximately 16,000 semifinalists around the country to contend for scholarships that total more than $31 million to be offered in spring 2019.

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    The Lincoln Union Regional Water Supply Initiative’s effort to get wording favorable to a proposed Sparta Aquifer protection project added to pending federal legislation has failed.
    “Your team made a vigorous, concentrated effort to convince decision makers to insert the language. In the ends that effort was not successful. … We got close, very close,” John Waits, senior strategic advisor with Waggoner Engineering, told the ULRWSI board Thursdsay via a conference call from Washington, D. C.

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  • 09/14/18--11:01: TRAINING FOR EMERGENCIES
  • Volunteer firefighters learn how to handle downed wires
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    Leader photos by NANCY BERGERON

    Pictured above is Nick Dison, left, senior lineman with Entergy, demonstrating how a wet tree limb fallen over a live power line can catch fire. Thursday night’s demonstration, held at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center, was part of an ARC-N-SPARK training for volunteer firefighters, as well as other first responders, to learn what to do and not to do when encounter downed wires during a storm other incident. At right in the photo is Andy Roberts, also a senior lineman with Entergy.
    Pictured below is Dison making water burn using a live wire.

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    Next step: Board of Aldermen calls referendum

    A petition seeking to force a referendum on expanded alcohol sales in Ruston has succeeded — but only by 16 signatures.
    The Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters office completed the verification process Thursday and found 2,516 of the 2,979 signatures collected to be those of registered Ruston voters.
    “Therefor the petition has qualified to be submitted for the alcohol proposal to be placed on the Dec. 8 ballot,” Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.

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    The Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office’s firing range will be open to the public for sighting in rifles from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
    Rifle sighting in will also be held Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct 5,Oct. 12, and Oct. 19 at the LPSO firing range located in Simsboro.

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  • 09/15/18--21:13: GLEN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • Grandparents visit their students
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    Submitted photos - Photo left, LaTangle Osborne and her granddaughter, Bailey Osborne, pose for a picture during Mrs. Speights Kindergarten Grandparent’s Day celebration. Photo right, Kindergartner Paige Hoefler grins proudly with her grandfather, Ricky Fuller at Grandparent’s Day. Bottom photo, Linda Wallace positively influenced the lives of many families during her years at Glen View Elementary.  She still visits regularly to volunteer at the school.

    The 2018-19 school year is off to a great start at Glen View Elementary! In June and July, half of the student population participated in the very first Enhanced School Calendar program in Lincoln Parish.  Not only did these students get a jump-start on their next grade level, but they had some special opportunities to experience extra-curricular activities, too. Horseback riding, Paradigm Gym events, STEM activities, gardening in the courtyard, and so many other great initiatives took place.

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  • 09/15/18--21:14: CYPRESS SPRINGS
  • School schedules upcoming events

    The PTC meeting will be happening at 1 p.m. Thursday.
    On Sept. 25, we will be having Johnny’s Pizza Night from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Our Student of the Month luncheon will take place on Sept. 28.

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    LAFAYETTE(AP) — Song inspiration can emerge from the most unexpected places. Brewster Durbin, a senior at Lafayette High School, came across a friend's Instagram post about a GoFundMe campaign.
    The father of Durbin's friend had just been diagnosed with cancer. The family asked for help to pay for medical treatments.
    "I had seen similar things like that before," said Durbin. "But for whatever reason, it hit close to home.
    "I knew her father. It's really messed up that you have to beg for money to pay for your medical bills. So it inspired me to write my song."

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Complaints of sex discrimination made against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by nine female athletes include allegations by some of the women of inappropriate behavior by the university's president and athletic director.

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University is requiring that all new students study racial diversity in what is the first change to the school's undergraduate curriculum in a dozen years.
    Students will also have to take another class on global perspectives. The New Orleans Advocate reports the school announced the requirement on Wednesday after several incidents in which minority students complained of harassment by white students.
    Both classes will be required for new students to graduate, and students will have to complete the coursework by the end of their sophomore year.

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  • 09/15/18--21:43: BENCHMARKS
  • Recalling tragedy knows no artificial time barriers
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    I was at the sacred site of the U.S.S. Arizona earlier this year at Pearl Harbor. My family and I were standing among many who were equally somber. This was the location of the watery grave that resulted from the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. We all thought of the sacrifices that were made. Suddenly, my mind began to wander.

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's public safety commissioner disclosed Saturday that state police will no longer buy Nike products, saying the athletic apparel maker is unpatriotic and fails to support those in uniform.
    "As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military," Commissioner Marshall Fisher said in a statement Saturday to The Associated Press.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.

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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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