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Area officials get ready as river continues to rise
The elements are fluid for officials trying to predict possible flooding of the Red River in the next week. The factors include rainwater-saturated ground; the amount of water flowing into the area l...

Picture: <p><span>&bull;</span> Liberty-Eylau Volunteer Fire Chief David Wesselhoff surveys repairs to the Red River levee being done Friday by Bowie County and the Texas Forestry Service. The levee runs along the bottoms between Summerhill and Richmond roads northwest of Texarkana, Texas. The work by the county is in preparation of a flood swell expected to hit the Texarkana area Sunday, according to Jim Roberts, Bowie County Emergency Management coordinator. The largest void in the levee is near Farm to Market Road 1397 and Shepard-Day Road. It was repaired Friday, with crews planning to work Saturday to finish all repairs. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>
<p><span>Staff photo by</span></p>
<p><span>Evan Lewis</span></p>Picture: <p><span>Staff photo by Andie Martin</span></p>
<p>&bull;The Red River at U.S. Highway 259 north of DeKalb, Texas, is already over its banks at a point where usually only a small trickle of water is seen in the bottom of the river&rsquo;s canyon.&nbsp;</p>Picture: <p><span>Staff photo by Andie Martin</span></p>
<p><span>&bull;</span>&nbsp;The Red River at U.S. Highway 259 north of DeKalb, Texas, is already over its banks at a point where usually only a small trickle of water is seen in the bottom of the river&rsquo;s canyon. With more rain on the horizon for all of North Texas, experts are keeping an eye on the river at all points.</p>

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Lawyer says Matthew Schneider’s story a warning to young people
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A former Texas High swim coach accepted a 20-year prison sentence Thursday for a trio of felony drunken driving events last year. Matthew Rudolph Schneider, 53, lost his job and received a term of pr...
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Local residents will get a chance to remember and honor Americans who gave their lives for the country’s freedom by attending one or all four Memorial Day services Sunday and Monday. As in year...
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The Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol continues to provide aerial support to the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas Task Force 1 in the areas along the Red River and upper Trinity River...
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• Texarkana, Ark., firefighters work to extinguish a house fire Friday morning at 3501 Beech St. The blaze started about 10:30 a.m., according to Texarkana, Ark., Fire Department Capt. James Robi...
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Legislation backed by administration
WASHINGTON—In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way fo...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis • A Texarkana, Ark., patrol officer collects information at a motorcycle accident Friday near the intersection of Genoa and S. Rondo roads. The bike was traveling east...
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Texarkana’s annual Senior Health and Wellness Expo will be June 5 at Texarkana Convention Center on Cowhorn Creek Road. The expo is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Wadley Regional Me...
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Staff photo by Lori Dunn • Billie C. Willis of De Queen, Ark., looks at cowboy hats being given away Friday at Sevier County, Ark., Senior Appreciation Day on the Sevier County Courthouse Square...
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NEW YORK—Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision: &nbs...
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Law enforcement and fire department dispatch reports from Friday.   Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 8:03 a.m., disturbance, 2472 County Road 4234, DeKalb 8:19 a.m., theft, 881 Leary Road...
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A strong storm system created multiple rounds of severe weather with six tornadoes in the Four States Area starting the morning of May 10 and continuing into the morning hours of May 11. A total of s...
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LITTLE ROCK—Downpours have flooded lakeside campsites and made the Arkansas River unsafe for recreation heading into the Memorial Day weekend, when even more rain is projected to fall across the...
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AUSTIN—A newly struck budget deal is giving new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the tax cuts he demanded but remains blemished by skepticism that Texas homeowners will notice any savings. Ending we...
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DALLAS—A Harris County resident has contracted the first human case of the West Nile virus in Texas this year. In Dallas County, health officials have confirmed Texas' first mosquito trap testi...
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AUSTIN—The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and  includes the biggest tax cuts in...
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AUSTIN—The Texas  unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The state's rate—the lowest level since July 2007—...
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PHOENIX—Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around t...
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Today is Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide by biting...
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More heavy rain is likely over the next seven days across most of the Upper Red River basin, as far west as Wichita Falls, Texas—nearly 275 miles from the Texarkana area. Water levels as of late...
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NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil p...
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan needs "bold action" on revamping its economy and improving its precarious national finances, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest assessment of the world's thi...
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GRADUATIONS Dr. Noreál Florence Armstrong recently graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a doctorate in counselor education and supervision. She has served as a licensed p...
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The Sisters of Sunset ministry of Sunset Missionary Baptist Church will host a Shoe Share Women’s Empowerment conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 30. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The theme...

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On Sunday, Sunset Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 15-year ministry of its minister of music, Ronald Nard. Services will be at 4 p.m. and feature several guest vocalists to honor Nard and...

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Church on the Rock will host its annual Memorial Weekend Car Show and Family Cookout from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Check-in and car registration for the family-friendly event is from 9 a.m. to 11...
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VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is giving marching orders to his bishops, telling them to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than  "pilots" ordering the faithful around....
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DELMONT, S.D.—Members of a South Dakota church that was destroyed by a tornado this month have removed the century-old building's cornerstone, which they hope to incorporate in a new church buil...
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On Sunday, Buchanan First Baptist Church will have a  special time of military recognition during the 10:30 a.m. service in honor of Memorial Day. The service will include a special time of s...
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NEW SERVICES House of Prayer Holiness Church will have a new street ministry from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at 519 Grim St., Texarkana, Ark.   MUSIC New Town Baptist Church will have it...
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WASHINGTON _ A pack of Democratic congressional leaders lined up on Capitol Hill on Thursday to condemn the Obama administration for “jailing” migrant mothers and children in family detent...
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When a tabloid magazine published molestation allegations against Josh Duggar, the reality-show star turned conservative activist, he did not have many defenders. But one emerged on Friday afternoon i...
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EL PASO, Texas—El Paso police say two officers fatally shot an armed 22-year-old man after he attempted to get inside a children’s day care center. Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears said...
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SAN ANTONIO—Ten high school students in San Antonio could face prosecution after a cafeteria food fight left a cleanup worker seriously hurt. KSAT-TV reports Thursday afternoon’s incident...
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AUSTIN—Texas lawmakers pushed closer to approving the licensed open carry of handguns, but only after a fierce Senate debate over restricting police powers to question people carrying guns if th...
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.—Arkansas Tech University’s Board of Trustees has approved a $158.9 million operating budget that includes a tuition increase for its main campus in Russellville. Accord...
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AUSTIN—A Texas lawmaker has pushed back a vote on a much-watched bill that would make cuts to a free college tuition program for veterans’ children. The bill—meant to address the pr...
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LITTLE ROCK—Firefighters in Little Rock say one person has been found dead in a home following a fire. Capt. Edwin Woolf told reporters that the fire was reported just before 9 a.m. Friday at a...
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The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of p...
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Same-sex marriage is one of the fastest-moving social issues in U.S. history, having become legal in state after state as Americans cheer it in ever-growing numbers. But one thing is slightly off-kilt...
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WASHINGTON—More than one person likely was involved in the slayings of four people who were held captive inside a Washington, D.C., mansion until $40,000 was delivered last week, authorities rev...
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WASHINGTON—Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later cla...
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BEIRUT—Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing the...
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he’d done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance an...
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NEW YORK—Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the s...
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BURIEN, Wash.—When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state’s police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, backs to the walls, and allo...
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ALBANY, N.Y.—More than 40 years after the nation’s bloodiest prison rebellion, newly released documents contain accounts, some never before seen publicly, from National Guardsmen and a doc...
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PARIS—The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily....
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—After months and years of fighting to stop her son from being circumcised, a West Boynton mother on Friday signed her consent for the procedure moments after a judge had ag...
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LAS VEGAS—Marilyn and Tommy Burress knew when they heard blues legend B.B. King had died that they had to pay their final respects. “My father played with B.B. back in the early days,&rdq...
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