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AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge overturned Texas’ school finance system for the second time in 18 months on Thursday, ruling that the Legislature’s funding boost last year failed to fix a system that is unfair and inadequate for the state’s 5 million public school students. State District Judge John Dietz of Austin decided in favor of the more than 600 school districts who sued the state. They argued the Legislature has consistently underfunded schools while imposing new and expensive academic requirements for students. In his ruling, the judge also pointed to i... Continue reading ->
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Christening ceremonies put on hold when TTFD’s new fleet truck is called to scene
Fleet Christening Ceremonies for Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department’s newest truck, Quint 5, were interrupted Thursday morning by the truck’s first call.   Firefighters were called o...

Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Garrett Kidd, 4, of Texarkana, Texas, and driver/engineer Steve Rodgers spray Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department&rsquo;s newest fire engine Thursday.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p class="p3"><span class="s3">by Evan Lewis</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">A bottle of champagne explodes as Mayor Bob Bruggeman, Councilman Dr. Brian Matthews and Capt. Chuck Weerts christen Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department&rsquo;s newest engine Thursday at Station 5. The fire truck has been named Quint 5 for the five functions it can be used for.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p class="p3"><span class="s4">by Evan Lewis</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1">Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department&rsquo;s newest engine rolls out on its first call Thursday at Station 5.&nbsp;</p>
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Category: Local News    Published: Friday, August 29th, 2014     comments
Jury convicts man in less than 30 minutes for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon
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NEW BOSTON, Texas—A Bowie County jury found a 22-year-old man guilty of robbing a Texarkana, Texas, hotel employee after less than 30 minutes of deliberation Thursday. The jury found Roderick B...
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Overnight use of Albert Pike site wanted by some
ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use. Overnight camping has been prohibited at the south Arkansas campgroun...
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NEW BOSTON, Texas—Bowie County commissioners will have a special meeting at 10 a.m. today to continue discussion on items tabled from Monday’s regular Commissioners Court meeting. Listed...
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Texarkana, Ark., Advertising and Promotion Commission voted Thursday afternoon to contract with Joshua Potter of Potter Law Firm. The commission agreed to pay Potter his $225-per-hour fee if he was c...
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SAN ANTONIO—It walked slowly along the tidal flat, looking for something to eat that might have washed up on the shoreline. To its right were the sounds of the surf and the ancestral Gulf of Mex...
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LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has received a $100,000 grant for water quality management planning. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will be used to...
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AUSTIN—Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play is not su...
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Because of a reporting error, the date Cliff Shackelford, a statewide ornithologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will join Collins Academy in celebration of Wild Daze was incorrectly publi...
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NEW YORK—William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to th...
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Today is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division m...
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FORT WORTH, Texas—A time capsule interred in 1964 near the entrance of a Fort Worth bank has been opened, revealing newspapers, pictures from the business’ opening and sealed letters addre...
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Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District James Lee Witt stressed common sense in job creation and training during a stop in Texarkana, Ark. Witt earned the label of serving with common...
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Harvest Texarkana had a kickoff pep rally Thursday for its TexarCANa Kick Hunger Bowl at the agency. The food drive is a friendly competition between Texarkana, Ark., School District and Texarkana Ind...
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AUSTIN— Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough? After plummeting from prime contender to political punchline three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry has spent mo...

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Texarkana Area Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 278, will hold its 27th annual POW-MIA Vigil today and Saturday in downtown Texarkana. The two-day event, which will start with opening ceremonies...
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Pleasant Grove Independent School District trustees adopted an $18.89 million budget and elected to keep the current property tax rate for 2014-15 Thursday night during their regular meeting. During...
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Law enforcement and fire department dispatch reports from Wednesday.   Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 1:31 a.m., burglary, 416 Terrace Plaza St. 10:54 a.m., burglary, 3788 County Road 42...
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LITTLE ROCK—U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor launched a coalition Thursday to tout his positions supporting raising Arkansas’ minimum wage and pay equity as he tries to turn out the women’s vote...
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Because of the outpouring of support from the entire community, the scholarship fund established in memory of fallen Texarkana, Texas, police Officer William Jason Sprague has reached endowed status....
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• Northwood Presbyterian Church will host a chicken spaghetti fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at 5800 Richmond Road for Vanesia Boya.  Meals are $6 for adults and $4 for children y...
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WASHINGTON — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his pas...
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NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine—Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerous...
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WASHINGTON—Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your...
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BEIRUT—The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear b...
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit—a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter...
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GENEVA—The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency u...
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Dog meat popularity fades in South Korea
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SEOUL, South Korea—For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled arou...
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LAS VEGAS—The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism...
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Tamiyah Audain weighed 115 pounds when she was placed in the care of her mother's cousin in Lauderhill in December 2012. She left on September 25, 2013, in the back of a h...
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NEW YORK—Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order...
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CANBERRA, Australia—Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite pho...
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NEW YORK—Joan Rivers was hospitalized Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said. In a statement, Melissa Rivers...
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A woman died at the counterculture Burning Man festival in Nevada early Thursday morning after she fell underneath a bus, according to a statement issued by the festival. The victim, who was not iden...
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JERUSALEM—A man's body was found Thursday near the area where a young American yeshiva student had disappeared while hiking six days earlier. An Israeli police spokesman said initial indications...
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Dairy Queen has become the latest victim of computer hackers bent on pilfering customers' credit and debit card information. The Edina, Minn.-based ice cream and fast-food chain confirmed Wednesday t...
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