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Shreveport was home to first black-owned oil company in the U.S.

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www.myarklamiss.com – Dr. Gary Joiner, Professor of History, LSU Shreveport – 2024-02-08 07:32:37

SUMMARY: Odessa St. Strickland, an inventor in the early 1900s, created a device that traced and defined the boundaries of oil and gas deposits. He then became involved in the first black-owned oil company in the US, Universal Oil, Gas and Mining Company. The company started with only $20 in its treasury but grew to own valuable oil lands and machinery. It faced challenges and even encountered opposition from white oilfield workers. However, it achieved success, drilling productive wells and expanding its operations. Despite its eventual closure, Universal Oil made significant contributions to the black oil industry and trained black workers in the field.

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Proposed permitless concealed carry bill sparks controversy

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www.youtube.com – – 2024-02-23 22:36:28

SUMMARY: Louisiana legislators are considering a bill to legalize concealed carry without a permit for anyone over 18 without a criminal record. Gun safety instructor Isaiah Stewart warns of the dangers of allowing untrained individuals to carry guns, as it could lead to chaos and potential disaster. Proponents argue it levels the playing field with criminals, whereas opponents, like the President of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, believe it will make communities more dangerous and hinder law enforcement efforts. Previous attempts to pass similar bills have failed, sparking a debate on the impact of such legislation on public safety in Louisiana.

“It makes any community and this community, that has that law, more dangerous than it makes it safe,” Rafael Goyeneche said.

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Cowboys pitch their way to first win – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-02-23 21:22:17

SUMMARY: The McNeese State Cowboys secured their first season win, defeating New Mexico State 2-1 at Joe Miller Ballpark. Zach Voss and Cameron LeJeune, combining pitching efforts, limited the Aggies to five hits and collectively struck out 12 batters. Voss recovered from an earlier loss with a career-high seven strikeouts over 5⅔ innings, while LeJeune earned his first Cowboy win, closing the game with 3⅓ innings and five strikeouts. Key hits from Chase Keeton and Connor Westenburg contributed to the victory. The series against New Mexico State continues, with Ty Abraham starting the next game for McNeese against Aggie Josh Sharman.

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Trump’s lawyers call for dismissal of classified documents case, citing presidential immunity | KTVE

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www.myarklamiss.com – AP – 2024-02-23 18:46:03

SUMMARY: Former President Donald Trump has asked a Florida judge to dismiss the criminal case against him, arguing that presidential immunity protects him from prosecution. Trump's lawyers claim that his alleged designation of the classified documents as “personal” records under the Presidential Records Act is an “official act” made while he was still in the White House. Trump is facing four criminal cases and denies any wrongdoing, presenting himself as a victim of a politically motivated justice system. The federal appeals court recently rejected Trump's claim of absolute immunity for actions within his official job duties.

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