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Texarkana lawyer Robert “Trey” William Schroeder III was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Schroeder will assume the bench in the Texarkana division left vacant by retired U.S. District Judge David Folsom in March 2012. Schroeder has been a partner at the Texarkana law firm Patton, Tidwell, Schroeder & Culbertson since 2003. Continue reading ->
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• College has $176K gain instead of expected $1.7M loss
Texarkana College officials are officially seeing black instead of red for Christmas, and that’s got to be a treasured gift for their holidays. Trustees approved an audit report presented by Ma...
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Staff photo by Jerry Habraken • The Joyful Noise Crystal Bell Choir lead by Diane Melton performs Tuesday night during the Bowie County Christmas event at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Bost...
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Texarkana Welcome Center next to eastbound Interstate 30 has motivated drivers to consider building a log cabin. The center gives the appearance of an oversize log cabin with high ceilings and skylig...
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• Chief: Transparency, integrity will separate community from others
Texarkana, Texas, Police Department has released the identity of the officer involved in Monday’s fatal shooting, and two investigations are ongoing, officials said. TTPD Officer Brent Lawing h...
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A Facebook post made Tuesday by TTPD contains a message from Chief Dan Shiner about Monday’s fatal shooting on Page Street. “A message from Chief Dan Shiner: The men and women of the Tex...
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Miller County Sheriff’s Department will contact the Arkansas Crime Lab to determine what can be done regarding the investigation into the death and decapitation of a pit bull whose head was foun...
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A previously convicted sex offender living in Bowie County is expected to receive a 25-year federal prison sentence for new crimes involving child pornography. Randal Leon Ashlin, 56, stood in cuffs...
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SAN FRANCISCO—Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction t...
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Main Street Texarkana will have a new slate of officers for its Board of Directors starting Jan. 1. During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, board members elected Josh Morriss III as the new pre...
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Texarkana Independent School District trustees voted unanimously for naming Amy Bowers to serve out the remainder of Jerry Chapman’s term for District 4 during their regular meeting Tuesday nigh...
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Because of a reporting error, the date of Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s commencement ceremony published in Tuesday’s edition was incorrect. Commencement was held Dec. 13. The Gaze...
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Staff photo by Jerry Habraken • Cinia French takes a peek at Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus during the annual Bowie County Christmas event Tuesday night at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston...
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Texarkana Symphony Orchestra won’t be able to reschedule the annual Christmas concert that was canceled Sunday because of a power outage at the Perot Theatre. According to a press release issue...
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Law enforcement dispatch reports from Monday. Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 3:19 a.m., burglary, 6498 U.S. Highway 82 10:11 a.m., vandalism, 601 W. County Road 4215, Simms 2:42 p.m., burglar...
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Gregg Orr Auto is donating two new 2014 Kia Soul Exclaims to Texarkana College Foundation for use as teaching tools in the college’s automotive technology classes. The public is invited to join...
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Texarkana College Foundation will host a check presentation at 10 a.m. today to commemorate the seventh $2,500 payment toward the William T. Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund. The presentation will take...
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Texarkana College President James Henry Russell became emotional as he bid farewell to four board members whose terms end this month. At the end of the board’s meeting Tuesday afternoon, Russel...
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Red River Army Depot’s workload looks pretty good and stable for next year, said Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Board Member Denis Lewis. Lewis, who also heads the chamber’s Military Affai...
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Staff photo by Jerry Habraken •Members of the Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department search for the source of a house fire Tuesday night at 11 Sweetbrush Ave. No serious injuries were reported.
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DENVER—Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company’s slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract....
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NEW ORLEANS—The federal appeals court in New Orleans has voted 11-4 against reconsidering a ruling that Texas is not directly responsible for the deaths of 23 endangered whooping cranes and does...
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ROCKWALL, Texas—Jurors have completed their first day of deliberations on the fate of a former justice of the peace convicted of killing a North Texas district attorney’s wife in a revenge...
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LITTLE ROCK—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $13.5 million grant to an Arkansas commission to help install, upgrade and replace water infrastructure. The grant to the Arka...
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TYLER, Texas—Police in East Texas have charged a man who they say tried to hire someone to kill his pregnant wife by offering proceeds from a ring she wore as payment. Thirty-two-year-old Chip...
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CARTHAGE, Texas—An Arkansas man has been accused of stealing about 70 cattle and trying to sell some of them at auction in East Texas. Panola County jail records show Bradley Wayne Guthrey of N...
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2014. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the...
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Carroll County court is owed about $2.8 million in fines, court costs and restitution, Clerk Ramona Wilson said after a meeting where lawmakers questioned her about a legis...
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OKLAHOMA CITY—Groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Oklahoma and seven other states, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. The report documents...
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MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low Tuesday despite the Central Bank's desperate efforts...
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LONDON—First the Pakistani Taliban bombed or burned over 1,000 schools. Then they shot Malala Yousafzai, the teenage advocate for girls’ rights. But on Tuesday, the Taliban took their war...

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<p><span>&bull;<span> </span></span><span>A plainclothes security officer escorts students evacuated from a school as Taliban fighters attack another school nearby Tuesday in Peshawar, Pakistan. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city in the worst attack to hit the country in over a year, officials said.</span></p>
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<p><span>&bull;<span> </span></span><span>Pakistani civil society members take part in a candlelight vigil Tuesday in Islamabad for the victims of a school attacked by the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan. British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement in response to the attack that killed more than 100, most of them children: &ldquo;The scale of what has happened in Pakistan simply defies belief. It is a dark, dark day for humanity when something on this scale happens with no justification.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p>
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party's next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than...
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An unprecedented Vatican investigation of U.S. women's religious orders that alarmed Roman Catholic sisters when the inquiry began years ago ended Tuesday with a report signaling a softer approach und...
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PENNSBURG, Pa—An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods o...
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Acupuncture The Northfield Acupuncture & Alternative Medicine Clinic will hold workshops dealing with health topics including cancer, hepatitis and cardiovascular disease at 1 p.m. Thursdays at t...
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WEEKLY CLUB MEETINGS Arklatex Woodcarving Club meets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, 1621 Sugar Hill Road. Call Porter McAfee at 870-773-7404.   Cadet Prog...
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MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike...
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NEW YORK—Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday. Major indexes opened lower as falling oil prices and a plunge in t...
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Black Captain America leads push away from mainstream comic book characters
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WASHINGTON—For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to...
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OAKLAND, Calif.—A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and...
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NEW YORK—Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to prevent hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numb...
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WASHINGTON—A provision in the $1.1 trillion omnibus budget bill that President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law this week will open up new sources of cash for the nation’s two pol...
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SYDNEY—Australia's prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation's security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transp...

Picture: <p><span>&bull;<span> </span></span><span>Man Haron Monis speaks to the media on April 18, 2011, as he leaves the Downing Centre in Sydney after a pretrial hearing where he is accused of sending offending letters to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Monis, the gunman in the 16-hour-long siege at the Lindt Cafe in downtown Sydney, was killed Tuesday in a police operation to rescue the people he was holding hostage.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p><span>&bull;<span> </span></span><span>Hostages run to safety during a cafe siege Tuesday in the central business district of Sydney. A swarm of heavily armed police stormed the cafe in the heart of downtown Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege where a gunman had been holding 17 people hostage for more than 16 hours.</span></p>
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SYDNEY—The manager of a Sydney cafe where a 16-hour siege ended in a hail of bullets early Tuesday was lauded for sacrificing his life by grabbing the gunman's shotgun, an act that reportedly he...
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The upward trend in travel seen this year is expected to continue through the end-of-year holiday season, with nearly 100 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more between Dec. 23 and Jan....
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JERUSALEM— Israeli police on Tuesday arrested 10 Jewish activists from an extremist group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence, including its leader, in the first major clampdown against a fringe...
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CAIRO—The British Embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday, nine days after shutting down over security concerns, but it gave no immediate details about the nature of the threat that prompted the closu...
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BEIJING—The exoneration of a man wrongfully executed 18 years ago has again thrown a spotlight on China’s widespread use of torture to extract confessions from criminal suspects. In an un...
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WASHINGTON — Congress heads home for the holidays with a hearty good riddance from voters. Even partisans have soured on their own parties. Republicans are disenchanted with Republicans in Cong...
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MIAMI—Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting...

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<p><span>&bull;<span> </span></span><span>Ava Exelbirt walks one of the remaining sick horses Tuesday at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla. Ava lost the horse she had ridden for years on Monday, and Buis has two sick horses at the center. There&rsquo;s nothing that can be done to the horses, so their young riders are holding &ldquo;spa days&rdquo; to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p><span>&bull;<span> </span></span><span>Izabella Gosttschall, right, and her sister, Sophia, talk to one of the remaining horses Tuesday at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla. Izabella recently lost her horse to a batch of feed tainted by additives safe for other livestock but toxic to horses.&nbsp;</span></p>
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CINCINNATI—The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man...
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PHILADELPHIA—Zachary Hesse and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in the city's Gayborhood when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town...
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WASHINGTON—A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting i...
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Picture:<p>&bull;These two cowboys are not letting the fog stop them from leading the Christmas parade through downtown DeKalb.</p>Picture:<p>&bull; The Bowie County 4-H Club decorates their float for the Christmas parade with a seemingly appropriate cow.&nbsp;</p>Picture:<p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span><span>Petite Miss DeKalb Hannah Widemon braves the chilly conditions.</span></p>
<div><span><br /></span></div>Picture:<p><span>&bull;The Ponderosa Nursing Home staff has a reputation for&nbsp;entering creative floats in the parades in DeKalb.</span></p>
<div><span><br /></span></div>Picture:<p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span>This big bounce house barely manages to pass under the traffic lights in downtown DeKalb.</p>Picture:<p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span>The Texarkana, Ark., Shriners are well-known for their mini cars they ride in for local parades. There were three in this annual DeKalb Christmas parade.</p>Picture:<p>&bull;These two ladies, dressed as elves, walked the entire parade giving out handfuls of candy to the children who attended the annual Christmas parade in DeKalb.</p>Picture:<p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span><span>We are always pleased to see Bowie&nbsp;County Sheriff Search &amp; Rescue attend the local parades as a reminder they are always there to help us in our time of need.</span></p>
<div><span><br /></span></div>Picture:<p><span>&bull;: </span>The K-9 Search and Rescue unit brings their dog to ride in the annual Christmas parade. He is in the last seat in the back of the vehicle.</p>Picture:<p>&bull; Grayson and Darla McGill did a fabulous job as Santa and Mrs. Claus during the&nbsp;parade and afterwards when they greeted children wishing to tell them their wish lists.</p>Picture:<p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span><span> As always, one of the highlights of the parade is the procession of beautiful horses as they trot through town with their riders in western and Christmas attire.</span></p>
<div><span><br /></span></div>Picture:<p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span><span>Bringing up the rear of DeKalb&rsquo;s annual Christmas parade is this adorable miniature horse and buggy.</span></p>
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