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A Texarkana man jumped a railing, knocked over his mother and sent two bailiffs careening to the floor moments after being sentenced to 20 years Tuesday afternoon in Miller County. A manhunt for 32-y...

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<p class="p2">Law enforcement officials search the downtown Texarkana rail yards Tuesday afternoon after Daroyce Rodgers, 32, fled Miller County Courthouse. Rodgers received a 20-year sentence in a drug trial before fleeing the courthouse.</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Submitted photo courtesy of Stephanie Black</span></p>
<p class="p2">A shoe and a pocket Bible lie where Daroyce Rodgers left them when he fled after hearing his 20-year sentence on drug charges.</p>Picture: <p>Rodgers</p>

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Man accused of firing gun at wife
A Pike County, Ark., man who reportedly fired a gun at his wife during an altercation was captured Tuesday evening after a car chase and wreck with a Sevier County Sheriff Department patrol car, offic...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis Kevin Jefferson, foreman/operator with Texarkana Water Utilities, watches as the water shutoff housing is sectioned to go around a new residential water line Tuesday on West...
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Suspect accused of helping brother avoid arrest
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Opening arguments and testimony are expected to begin this morning in the trial of a woman accused of helping her brother avoid an arrest for murder in Miller County. Janett Garrido, 29, faces a fine...
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Investigation Discovery Channel is slated to feature a re-enactment of the 1986 kidnapping of an East Texas dispatcher by a murder suspect who took her hostage while escaping the Upshur County Jail in...
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Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle
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DETROIT—Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has lar...
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WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court barred doctors, dentists and druggists Tuesday from going to court to fight cutbacks in Medicaid payments. The justices’ 5-4 decision in a case from Idaho hel...
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CARTHAGE, Texas—A Texas judge has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the retrial of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy “Bernie.” Judge Diane DeVasto issu...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis Chris Karam, president of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, presents Annette Perry, executive director of Texarkana Resources, and Nick Williams, race director for Ark-La-...
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A two-vehicle accident at East 19th and Hickory streets sent two people, including a 5-year-old child, to Wadley Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, said Cpl. Jeff Savage, TAPD officer. The...
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A Cove, Ark., man is dead after a three-vehicle accident Sunday on U.S. Highway 71. Joe M. Johnson III, 43, was killed on impact, according to an Arkansas State Police fatality report. The accident...
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Texarkana, Texas, Police Department is now accepting applications and will conduct a civil service exam later this month, said Shawn Vaughn, department spokesman. TTPD is hoping to hire at least thre...
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Arkansas Economic Development Commission staff members showed Texarkana, Ark., officials what drives the economic engine during a local workshop Tuesday. The Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors hoste...
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MAGNOLIA, Ark.–Angelyn McMurray, president of the nonprofit organization We Are Free, will speak about her charge to foster respect and eradicate exploitation. The presentation will be at 7 p.m...
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Three proposals were presented to the Texarkana, Ark. Advertising & Promotion Commission Tuesday regarding advertising in the Texarkana Community Journal, a community calendar and contributing to...
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Trinity Christian School’s family-friendly, mud-covered Mud Trek is set for Saturday, April 25, next to Grady T. Wallace Park in Texarkana, Texas. The 5K adult course includes 13-plus fun and c...
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A Texarkana, Ark., School District educator has been appointed to a statewide council tasked with reviewing Common Core education standards. Diana Lowe, TASD secondary curriculum specialist and advan...
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The Southern Arkansas University Science, Technolo-gy, Engineering and Mathema-tics Center for K-12 Education recently received a grant. The grant is from the Arkansas STEM Coalition to provide a one...
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Law enforcement and fire dispatch reports for Monday. Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 4:48 a.m., trespass, 48 Private Road 13141 6:36 a.m., vandalism, 4020 S. Lake Drive 8:10 a.m., large anima...
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The Texas Marine Educators Association will host an invasive aquatic organism workshop April 11-12 at Big Pines Lodge in Uncertain, Texas, to highlight several aquatic invasive organisms and show how...
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AUSTIN, Texas—A grand jury declined to indict a University of Texas regent on criminal charges in an investigation into the release of confidential student records, but issued a blistering repor...
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LOS ANGELES—The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. O...
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FORT SMITH, Ark.—A Utah travel agent has been sentenced to more than five years in prison and ordered to repay almost $300,000 to an Arkansas high school band that was intended to go toward a tr...
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SAN DIEGO—With the American Pharmacists Association taking a stance this week, the medical community is now united in its opposition to playing any role in capital punishment killings. That cou...
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LITTLE ROCK—A bill that aims to help restart executions in Arkansas by shielding where the state gets its drugs for lethal injections cleared a Senate panel Tuesday over objections that such sec...
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a bill banning the informal transfer of adopted children known as “re-homing,” a measure prompted by a legislator wh...
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HOUSTON—Officials will now work to develop a plan that would turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park with surrounding green space. Harris County Commission-er...
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Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. April Fool’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1945, America invaded Okinawa during World War II.  On this date: &b...
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AUSTIN—The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott slogged toward a major vote Tuesday that inched him closer to sending hundreds more armed troopers to the Texas-Mexico border but...
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LITTLE ROCK—Efforts to erect a Ten Commandments monument on the Arkansas Capitol grounds cleared a key hurdle Friday when some House members rejected objections that such a display would be unco...
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ODESSA, Texas—A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant. Odessa po...
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Income is $64 million short; $1.04 billion was projected for this year
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WASHINGTON—When Chris Christie privatized the management of New Jersey’s lottery two years ago, he said its new overseers would “modernize and maximize” the games. Instead, a...
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NEW YORK—Since Apple shook up the music world with iTunes a little more than a decade ago, online music has exploded and become the central way many people enjoy and discover music. Internet ser...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s2"><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span class="s3">A model wears SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones on Jan. 6 at the Intel booth during the International CES in Las Vegas.&nbsp;</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Associated Press</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Eric Soriano listens to music with a pair of Beats headphones on May 28, 2014, at a Best Buy store in Orlando, Fla. With paid subscriptions to music streaming services like Beats Music, Spotify, Pandora and others, you can listen to as many songs as you want on a variety of personal computers, phones, tablets and other devices.&nbsp;</span></p>

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FRANKFURT, Germany—Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of “severe depression” before he fin...
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland—With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers pushed past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime Wednesday as negotiators renewed ma...
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A variety of egg hunting Easter activities in Cass County are open to the public this weekend. At the Linden City Park on Saturday, the costumed Easter Bunny accompanied by the Linden-Kildare High Sc...
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Dr. J. Michael Glover, orthopedic surgeon and 1978 graduate of Atlanta High School, has been named Flagstaff Medical Center’s 2015 Nathan Avery Physician of the Year. He was honored in an award...
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• The second annual Atlanta Shop-N-Stroll will be Saturday. The event is a combination of community yard sale and local shopping for all businesses, crafters, fundraising groups and other communi...
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas—An elusive antelope that fled last month from the Gladys Porter Zoo and was on the run for nearly a week will be returned to a North Texas ranch with an escapist name he earne...
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the transfer of 30 acres of land to Arkansas to build a new veterans nursing home in North Little Rock. The Arkansas...
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Last week, spring came busting out all over, and at Atlanta High School students seemed to rejoice by getting outdoors. Especially the athletic ones. On one huge field at the back of the high school...

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LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has selected a Florida official to lead the state’s economic development efforts. Hutchinson on Thursday announced he had hired Mike Preston as th...
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HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—“Pretend like Honus Wagner just hit a home run.” On the count of three from a camera crew, a crowd of about 100 people dressed like it was 1912 stood up and roared...
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Almost 600 boys and girls participated in the Atlanta Baseball Association’s Field Day last Friday and Saturday. Field day is really a practice tournament in which teams play until they are eli...

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<p class="p1">Before going to bat, 10-year-old Micah Weddington pays close attention to advice given by coach Jason Gaston during the Atlanta Baseball Association Field Day tournament last week. Gaston is president of the ABA.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">The movement starts when the ball is hit. As batter Josh Lento has hit the ball, Carson Sullivan, No. 15, has taken off from second base. Pitcher Brennan Gaston tries to field the ball while center fielder Mark Eylin Batton, No. 7, moves in, ready to help. The catcher is Brennan Penny. It&rsquo;s all in the 10-and-under league play of the Atlanta Baseball Association Field Day tournament last weekend.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">Coach Darren Rawls, left, puts the baseball-on-a-stick out for Aiden Hamilton to swing at before the start of the Atlanta Baseball Association Field Day tournament. Conner Etheridge, center, waits his turn.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">Clinton Watkins, 10, in the 10-and-under league play, shows the form and power that will likely make him a strong, left-handed pitcher for Atlanta High School one day.</p>

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Adler & Hearne give a concert before a small crowd Saturday evening at Atlanta’s Plaza on Main. Kate Adler and Lindy Hearne of Winnsboro, Texas, complimented Atlanta on the beauty of its dow...
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NEW YORK—The Clintons are going back to the White House this spring—onstage, that is. “Clinton the Musical,” the brainchild of two Australian brothers, makes its off-Broadway...
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The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could...
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WASHINGTON—The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance progra...
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Business services engineers, product developers
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BOISE, Idaho—Lynn Hoffmann and husband Brian Hoffmann opened Intermountain 3D Inc. in December. Lynn Hoffmann retired two years ago from leading the Idaho Nonprofit Center, after having worked i...
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How long is a day on Saturn? This apparently simple question has dogged scientists for years, but a new study has revealed that the days on this ringed gas giant are shorter than we thought. The find...
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FORT MEADE, Md.—Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked...
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BOSTON—Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late ol...
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Loan recipients from defunct schools who refuse to repay student loans meet with federal officials
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Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master’s degree that she’s joined others on a “debt strike” an...
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ANNANDALE, Va.—An inmate hospitalized after a suicide attempt overpowered a guard, took her gun, escaped and carjacked two vehicles Tuesday, setting off a frenzied nine-hour search that ended wi...
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WASHINGTON—The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyo...
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INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state’s new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a simil...
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WASHINGTON — Twenty states and the federal government have passed laws similar to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Indiana measure that suddenly has roiled politics in the Hoosier Stat...
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NEW YORK—The mother of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who vanished on his way to school more than 35 years ago, retook the witness stand Tuesday in the case of her son’s accused killer as the...
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GENEVA—Executions and death sentences dropped in the United States last year in another sign that support for the punishment may be on the decline, a new report from Amnesty International says....
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SEATTLE—Federal prosecutors have charged the father of Jaylen Fryberg with unlawfully possessing the pistol that his son used to kill four schoolmates and himself at Marysville-Pilchuck High Sch...
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NEW YORK—When it comes to Passover, Seder is hardly just for Jews at Lee Nelson’s house.   In fact, Jews are usually outnumbered. Her daughter brought along a Muslim she was seeing...
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, apparently believed he would face unemployment in the wake of his boss’ suicide last month. And th...
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