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8:38am

Mon April 15, 2013
Business

Carthage, Texas, landman works doggedly to be debt free

James Carroll, 26, was able to pay off most of his debt when he was dispatched to west Texas as a landman. He lived in a hotel for more than a year and that saved a lot of money.
Credit James Carroll

A 26-year-old independent petroleum landman in Carthage, Texas, has held 17 jobs in his life. LSU alumnus James Carroll was recently featured in a CNNMoney article about job-hunting millennials. It profiled 20-somethings from across the country who’ve held numerous jobs over relatively short periods in search of the ideal job. Carroll thinks he’s found his calling as a landman.

“I really enjoy it. It’s really challenging and dynamic. Every situation is different. We’re reviewing titles and deeds and determining ownership," Carroll said.

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8:35am

Fri April 12, 2013
Local

Picard Center keeps Louisiana's preschool efforts under the microscope

Credit Picard Center

The Louisiana Department of Education is expected to announce later this month what school districts and organizations will be able to participate in a pilot program that aims to create a seamless education model from birth to age 5. It’s pat of a bill that was passed by lawmakers last year.

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7:35am

Fri April 12, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: Testifying before lawmakers isn't for the faint of heart

Commentator Gary Borders received a mulligan this month after a tongue tongue-tied testimony before Texas lawmakers.

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8:37am

Thu April 11, 2013
Business

Louisiana's 4-H camp gets $1.8 million upgrade

The growth in the number of 4-H camp participants is one of the main reasons why the Louisiana 4-H Foundation is upgrading its Pollock, La., camp.

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is preparing to make a $1.8 million investment in its Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock, La. More than 12,000 youth stay at the camp each year, and they come from across the state. Foundation executive director Jeff Bush said the new multipurpose facility will convert from an open-air pavilion into an enclosed building with fold-down walls in later phases of the project. He said he’ll begin accepting construction bids next month.

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9:08am

Wed April 10, 2013
Business

Shreveport software firm aims to rally local investors around high-tech

BlueArx CEO Ryan Wooley of Shreveport wants to rally local investors around high-tech to evolve the business climate in his hometown.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport software engineering firm aims to leverage local angel investment dollars and sink seed capital into new technology ideas. The CEO of BlueArx, Ryan Wooley, has six employees clustered in a downtown office suite. His new startup firm will provide all the tools necessary to take a novel technology to market – from startup cash to programming and marketing to launch and business development. Wooley said he’ll earn the trust of local investors and steer them toward the most promising high-tech ventures.

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