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Issued by The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a significant weather advisory for Miller, Southeast Little River, Southern Nevada, Southern Hempstead, Northeastern Cass and Southeastern Bowie counties until 8:30 p.m. At 7:40 p.m. Dopplier Radar began tracking a line of strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Fulton, Ark., to nine miles south of Maud, Texas, moving east at 45 miles per hour. Dime-size hail and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are possible. Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning is occurring with these storms. A tornado watch remains in effect un... Continue reading ->
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Few getting care through $10 billion VA program
NEW YORK—A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger di...

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<p class="p2">&nbsp;Don Hutchison voices a complaint about a lack of follow-through by doctors and staff at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Shreveport, La., during a Veterans Affairs Town Hall meeting Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Texarkana, Ark. Hutchison claims a PET scan done at the hospital three years ago shows a type of cancer in his lungs that went untreated for years because the scan was never evaluated. Several other veterans told similar stories of never getting test results or follow-up phone calls.&nbsp;</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Evan Lewis</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;Troy Wilson expresses his concern about automated online systems and older veterans like himself not having access to computers during a Veterans Affairs Town Hall meeting Tuesday evening at the Holiday Inn Express in Texarkana, Ark.</p>

Category: Local News    Published: Friday, April 24th, 2015     comments
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis  Wayne Thrower fills out a report after the Lincoln he was driving was rear-ended in a three-vehicle accident Thursday on Jefferson Avenue near the intersection at 24th...
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A man who stole cash from a federal judge’s purse and a gun from a federal probation office was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Thursday in the same building where he committed his c...
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American, Italian hostages killed in U.S. drone strike
WASHINGTON—Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held b...
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A former guard at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana who had sex with an inmate while on the job received a five-year term of probation Thursday. Shelonda Chares, 38, appeared with Tex...
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A tornado near Mount Pleasant, Texas, tossed cars and lifted large metal trash Dumpsters, placing one Dumpster on the roof of Mid America Pet Food plant, according to the National Weather Services fro...
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WASHINGTON—Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remaine...
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Ricky Manor with the Texarkana, Texas, streets department cuts a fallen tree into pieces Thursday on Texas Boulevard. The pine tree fell across power lines and closed a portion of the boulevard. &nbs...
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The Third Annual Talimena Rally: “Cruisin’ for St. Jude” is slated to begin at the Texarkana, Ark., Convention Center on Thursday, May 21 with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children...
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The Texarkana Chamber of Commerce will be holding a panel discussion on Foreign Trade Zones during its Business To Business Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. today at the Williams Memorial United Met...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis Texarkana College Cosmetology student Kailey Carr washes a customer’s hair Thursday. Carr and others in the cosmetology arts program are raising funds through the fift...
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Liberty-Eylau Independent School District trustees met in a budget workshop Thursday evening to hear budget plans and funding projections for the 2015-2016 school year. Chief Financial Officer Darla...
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The deadline to register students for The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope’s 2015 Kids’ College is April 30. The UACCH Kids College offers a summer enrichment boost for ca...
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COPPELL, Texas— Retail gasoline prices across Texas and nationwide have jumped 8 cents per gallon this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.31 per...
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Ashdown High School’s Trap Shooting Team 1 won first place in the “Hospice of Hope Top Gun Shootout,” in a field of 20 schools at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Educat...
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Construction is underway for the Texarkana, Ark., Recycling Center expansion and city officials are asking residents to use caution when they visit the site. “Most of the construction work will...
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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Deja Ray gets a bowl of soup Thursday during The Salvation Army&rsquo;s Gladys Morris Stone Soup Luncheon. Ray performed as part of the Union Elementary Steppers during the luncheon.</span></p>Picture:<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Curt Youngblood</span></p>
<p class="p2">Janella Garrett serves soup Thursday during The Salvation Army&rsquo;s Gladys Morris Stone Soup Luncheon at First United Methodist Church.</p>

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39-year-old Howard County man arrested after search that yielded drugs and firearms
Gary Brian Cogburn, 39, of Umpire, Ark. was arrested after law enforcement officials found 30 marijuana plants growing inside his residence and about 20 marijuana plants growing outside the house, sai...
Category: Local News    Published: Friday, April 24th, 2015     comments
Law enforcement and fire department dispatch reports for Wednesday.   Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 12:39 a.m., suspicious, 8456 U.S. Highway 59 S., Liberty Eylau 10:43 a.m., theft, 81...
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• Bowie-Cass Shriners will have its annual Bucket Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 82 in DeKalb, Texas, and at Redwater Walmart in Redwater, Texas; and on May 2 at Four Corner...
Category: Local News    Published: Friday, April 24th, 2015     comments
Today is Friday, April 24, the 114th day of 2015. There are 251 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24, 1915, what’s regarded as the start of the Armenian genoc...
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Two area men were sentenced to more than 25 years in federal prison for unrelated drug trafficking charges, according to a press release. Christian Archer, 30, of Hope, Ark., was sentenced to 188 mon...
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GUANAJUATO, Mexico—Alondra Luna Nunez was a young girl when she had a mishap with a remote-control car, leaving a scar between her eyebrows. Last week, that scar resulted in the teenager being m...
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Trinity Christian School will be sponsoring its third annual Trinity Mud Trek mud run on Saturday to help cover attendance costs for students from Watersprings Ranch and Texarkana Children’s Hom...
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Pleasant Grove High School students received top state and national journalism awards last weekend. All four of the highs school’s publications and programs received Star Awards at the Intersch...
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LITTLE ROCK—A governor-appointed task force studying whether the Common Core education standards are a good fit for Arkansas held the first of several daylong hearings Thursday at the state Capi...
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LITTLE ROCK—A Pine Bluff mechanic faces a manslaughter charge after his dogs attacked and killed a man in March. Jefferson County prosecuting attorney’s office said the pit bull dogs kill...
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CLAYTON, Mo.—Michael Brown’s parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the shooting that killed their...
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PUERTO MONTT, Chile—Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, increasing concerns the dust could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses...

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<p class="p2">The Calbuco volcano erupts Thursday near Puerto Varas, Chile. The volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile, and is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanos.</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Associated Press</span></p>
<p class="p2">A car is covered in ash left by the eruptions of the Calbuco volcano Thursday in Ensenada, Chile.</p>

Category: Wire News    Published: Friday, April 24th, 2015     comments
BALTIMORE—No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine i...
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LA CENTER, Wash.—A Washington teen who strapped fake explosives to his body in a stunt to ask a date to prom has been suspended from school. The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver reports that th...
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100...
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BRUSSELS—European Union leaders committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened Thursday to address a crisis that has left more t...
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—What better way to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s quarter-century in orbit than with cosmic fireworks? On Thursday—one day before the 25th anniversary o...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">This image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula, in the constellation of Orion. This image shows the region in infrared light, which has longer wavelengths than visible light and can pierce through the dusty material that usually obscures the nebula&rsquo;s inner regions in visible light. The Hubble Space Telescope marks its 25th anniversary. A full decade in the making, Hubble rocketed into orbit on April 24, 1990, aboard space shuttle Discovery.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">NASA/Associated Press</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">This February 2010 image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the Carina Nebula. It is being eaten away by the light from nearby bright stars. Inside, infant stars fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks. The stellar nursery is located 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. The colors in this composite image correspond to the glow of oxygen (blue), hydrogen and nitrogen (green), and sulphur (red).&nbsp;</span></p>

Category: Wire News    Published: Friday, April 24th, 2015     comments
NEW YORK—The “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel will be a family affair. A spokeswoman for Universal Pictures confirmed Thursday that the husband of E L James, Niall Leonard, will write...
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MONROVIA, Ind.—A central Indiana man who hid inside a wall in his home to avoid arrest had to be rescued by firefighters after he became wedged next to its chimney for more than a day. Steven S...
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WASHINGTON—As majority whip, John Cornyn has tangled often with the tea party. He has championed pragmatic floor tactics and was an architect of the GOP’s successful drive to broaden its S...
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PALO ALTO, Calif.—A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page...
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WASHINGTON—The Defense Department can’t account for $1.3 billion that was shipped to force commanders in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2014 for critical reconstruction projects, 60 percent of a...
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LOS ANGELES—With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across...
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NEW YORK—Unimpressive results at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are hurting pay for its top executives. Wal-Mart’s CEO Doug McMillon, who took over the top job at the world’s largest retailer...
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Associated Press Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters walk down a street Thursday after regaining control of the northern neighborhoods, following overnight heavy clashes with Islamic State grou...
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WASHINGTON—The roots of today’s transportation funding dilemma date to the 1990s, when the economy was roaring, deficits were shrinking and gas tax revenue was reliably increasing every ye...
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Secret Service agents used roving patrols, cameras while device remained unfixed
WASHINGTON—The alarm at former President George H.W. Bush’s Texas home was broken for at least 13 months before the Secret Service fixed it, according to a report released Thursday by the...
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