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Lamar Dixon 12.13

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[Anchor:TWO SHOT]IT'S LATE IN THE GAME- BUT A CONCERT STARTS IN LESS THAN AN HOUR TONIGHT TO HELP SAVE THE FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING LAMAR DIXON CENTER.

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AS WAFB'S MATT CLOUGH REPORTS- A LINE UP OF COMPANIES ARE STARTING TO SHOW INTEREST IN THE CENTER--INCLUDING A BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER WHO'S MAKING A PITCH THAT COULD HELP KEEP THE CENTER IN BUSINESS.

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LAMAR DIXON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEFF SOUTHALL SAYS THE EXPO CENTER WANTS TO PLAY BALL WITH BUSINESSES HOPING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 250 ACRE FACILITY.

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"I think a lot of people are really interested in the Lamar Dixon Center from the private sector simply because it is such a large facility and the potential and upside too is really, really yet to be tapped into."

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SOUTHALL SAYS FORMER PROFESSIONAL PITCHER NOLAN RYAN IS ONE PERSON INTERESTED IN THE CENTER. REPORTEDLY-RYAN WANTS TO BUILD A NEW STADIUM FOR A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM HE WANTS TO BRING TO THE BATON ROUGE AREA. THE EXPO CENTER IS ONE POSSIBILITY.

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NAME: SOUTHALL

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INCUE: A center like the Lamar Dixon

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"A center like the Lamar Dixon Center would really be a great spot for them simply because there is so much they would need to build is already here."

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PARISH OFFICIALS SAY THE CENTER IS ALSO GENERATING INTEREST AMONG COMMERICAL WAREHOUSE COMPANIES- THE FILM INDUSTRY AND EDUCATION COMPANIES. THE PARISH GOVERNMENT IS EVEN CONSIDERING BUYING THE PROPERTY- A PROPERTY THAT HAS LOST MONEY FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS- AND IS TENATIVELY EXPECTED TO CLOSE IN FEBRUARY.

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NAME: SOUTHALL

NUMBER: 2:13:27

INCUE: Like sands through the

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"like sands through the hour glass, we're running out to February pretty fast."

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THAT DEADLINE HAS CREATED A LOT OF PREASURE AND UNCERTAINLY...BECAUSE WHILE THERE IS A LOT OF TALK NO ONE REALLY KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT'S ON DECK FOR LAMAR DIXON

MATT CLOUGH WAFB NINE NEWS.

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BESIDES GONZALES- RYAN IS ALSO REPORTEDLY LOOKING AT BATON ROUGE AND DENHAM SPRINGS TO BECOME HOME FOR HIS BASEBALL TEAM.

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{***DEKO***}[CG :Locator\CONCERT DEKO] TONIGHT'S CONCERT FEATURES THE PLATTERS. IT RUNS FROM SEVEN UNTIL NINE TONIGHT. TICKETS ARE TEN DOLLARS PER PERSON- 25 BUCKS PER FAMILY. MONEY FROM TICKET SALES WILL GO TOWARDS THE LAMAR DIXON FOUNDATION.

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