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KPYN News for Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Critics of University of Texas President Bill Powers have made donations to the campaigns of two members of a legislative committee investigating an anti-Powers UT System regent. Campaign finance reports show campaign contributions from Powers critic Jeff Sandefer and Empower Texans PAC. The contributions went to state Representatives Charles Perry and Dan Flynn.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry is countering Governor Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative to lure businesses from out of state with a renewed bid to snag jobs from New York. Perry is slated to be in New York City today to meet business owners to convince them to move their operations to Texas. Perry made a similar trip to New York last June.

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Fort Worth man has died on a plane flight from Dallas to Southern California. Orange County coroner's officials say John Selner died of natural causes during the flight yesterday morning. Authorities say paramedics worked on the man but he was pronounced dead about 10 minutes after the landing.

WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators and experts say Texas and federal agencies have a long way to go to prevent another disaster like the catastrophic fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people a year ago. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board spoke before a packed room of local officials and residents a few miles from where the plant once stood. Experts say the patchwork of regulations still needs to be improved.

EASTER SERVICE-RUNDOWN
Woman charged with trying to run down husband
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Fort Campbell woman is charged with trying to run down her husband after an Easter church service in what police describe as a dispute over the woman's driving skills.
The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reports that 36-year-old Sarai Longhenry accelerated toward her husband Sunday as they left the First Baptist Church of St. Bethlehem in Clarksville, Tenn., and he jumped back into some trees when the car hit a curb in front of him.
Police say the couple had been arguing on the way to church about Longhenry's driving.
After the incident, Longhenry went home to Fort Campbell and later met officers at a nearby gas station. She is charged with aggravated assault.


KPYN News for Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

TEXARKANA, TEXAS-The Texarkana, Texas police said that They arrested a New Boston Texas man and charged with aggravated assault after an alleged stabbing at a Texarkana, Tx apartment complex Monday afternoon. According to police, officers were dispatched to a stabbing in progress call at apartments in the 2600 block of Kennedy Lane.
Upon their arrival at the scene , police said that they discovered 31 year old Keith Williams (left) of Texarkana, Texas suffering from an apparent stab wound in his torso . Police said that they believe 53 year old Dale Alexander from New Boston was the man that stabbed Williams with a knife. Police said Mr. Williams was transported to Wadley Hospital with a non-life threatening wound and Mr. Alexander was arrested and transported to the Bi-State Justice Building.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Governor Rick Perry is making a second trip to New York. The Republican leaves today for a three-day visit featuring meetings with business leaders and a reception sponsored by the public-private partnership funding his trip. Perry has led similar job-poaching tours to many states with Democratic governors.

DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will present the findings of its investigation into the deadly West fertilizer plant blast and its recommendations at a meeting today. Not a single state or federal law has been passed geared toward improving safety conditions at such facilities. Texas fertilizer producers can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers.


KPYN News for Monday April 21st, 2014

The Texarkana Gazette is reporting that a man is in custody after he allegedly called in bomb threats to the Wal-Mart in Ashdown, Arkansas on Good Friday. According to the Gazette, 46 year old William Dudley Edwards of Benton, Ark was booked in the Little River County Jail and later transported to the Sevier County jail because of overcrowding, after he turned himself in late Friday night in Benton Arkansas. Edwards has been charged with threatening a fire or bombing and he faces up to 6 years in prison and a fine. Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch told the Texarkana Gazette that five bomb threats were called in to the Ashdown Wal-Mart on Friday; and he said that the caller said it (The Wall Mart) was going to blow up. The store was evacuated and no explosives were found. Texarkana Texas and Texarkana Arkansas police said that bomb threats were also called into the Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana Arkansas Wall marts on Friday and they said that they’re investigating the calls. Police said that they’re also investigating a call someone made to the Bi-State Justice Center Friday morning claiming that a bomb was at the New Boston Wal-Mart. After those threats, the stores were evacuated and no bombs were found, police said.

The Texarkana Texas Police told the Texarkana, Gazette that another bomb threat was called into the Texarkana, Texas Wal-Mart again yesterday. Police told the gazette that the caller was a female and that after the store was evacuated and searched, no bomb was found. Police said they’re investigating.

OBAMA
Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has started the week in church, receiving enthusiastic greetings and prayers at an Easter worship service.
Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters sat in the second row at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, nearly two miles north of the White House.
They were given a standing ovation during the welcome, with dozens of worshippers gathering around to shake the Obamas' hands and take pictures.
The Rev. Derrick Harkins joked that he didn't realize so many people were sitting in the front section. The pastor then urged his congregation to join him in praying that God would give the president wisdom and encouragement in the face of criticism.
The service included a sermon titled "Resurrection Realities" and a praise dance and trumpet-led hymn.

Car hits packed Florida church, injuring 21
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews.
Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico says the Lexus sedan struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church at around 8 p.m. Sunday, when there were about 200 people inside. Investigators are looking into the crash even though they believe it was "an unfortunate traffic accident."
The (Fort Myers) News-Press (http://newspr.es/1i7MLTi) reports church members used car jacks to lift the vehicle off of people who were trapped underneath.
Mary Briggs of Lee Memorial Health System says 18 people were taken to hospitals. She says none required surgery and one person was dismissed later Sunday.
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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com


KPYN News for Friday April 18th, 2014

It is with deep sadness the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department reports the death of Chief John H. Butler. He was appointed as Chief of Police in 1972 and later became the Director of Public Safety for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas.

Chief Butler began his career with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department on September 13, 1956 and retired from service on September 14, 1990. Chief Butler served the citizens of our city for 34 years. Throughout his duration of service he proved to be an exceptional Chief who always had in mind the best interest of every citizen in Texarkana. In addition this genuine interest was observed in the way he led his men and women of the department. Chief Butler’s attitude and dedication has long lived on within the Police Department and will forever remain.

During his tenure, he served as a member of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. As a member of this statewide commission, Chief Butler helped increase the level of professionalism of Arkansas law enforcement.

TEXARKANA, TEXAS-- The last day of the Texarkana, Texas Municipal Court Amnesty Program will be Monday, April 21, 2014. Anyone who has an outstanding warrant with Texas Municipal Court can come in and pay the warrant in full without being arrested.

To inquire about a warrant (Class C misdemeanor) with Texarkana, Texas Municipal Court, please call (903) 798-3009, 798-3790 or 798-3013, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The offices will be closed for Good Friday on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Citizens can pay their warrant in full with cash, money order or debit card, Master Card only, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Texas Pay Fine Window located on the 1st floor of the Bi-State Justice Building, 100 N, Stateline, Texarkana, Texas, before April 21, 2014.

Citizens that do not take care of their warrant with the Texarkana, Texas Municipal Court before April 21, 2014 risk being arrested and potentially paying a higher fine.


KPYN News for Thursday April 17th, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a Corpus Christi home has been executed by Texas prison authorities. Jose Villegas was lethally injected last night. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

WEST, Texas (AP) — Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so powerful that it leveled nearby homes and schools. Today's ceremony will include a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m., the time of the 2013 explosion.

HOUSTON (AP) — Five men from Mexico have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearms charges stemming from a human smuggling operation that held 115 people captive in a small Houston house. Officials say the captives were held against their will until a ransom was paid to allow their illegal entry into the United States. The five were arrested when investigators discovered their stash house.

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is making his second visit to the 1,200-mile Texas-Mexico border since taking office nearly 16 months ago. The tea party favorite is addressing the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce today before heading to Laredo for a roundtable with Mayor Raul Salinas. Cruz last visited the border in September for three events in McAllen and Mission.


KPYN News for Wednesday April 16th, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a convicted killer of three members of a Corpus Christi family say they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution in Huntsville. Jose Villegas (vee-AY'-gus) is set for lethal injection tonight. His attorneys contend new evidence shows he's mentally impaired and ineligible to be put to death.

RELIGIOUS TAX BREAK
Senate approves religious tax breaks
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would grant tax breaks to private property owners who lease to churches.
The Senate approved the House-passed bill on Tuesday with a 16-14 vote. It will now go to the governor.
The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but aren't themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. The tax break applies only to space used for worship services.
It would affect about one half of one percent of commercial property owners, according to the Maricopa County Assessor's Office. Still, that could cost the state between $300,000 and $2.1 million in fiscal year 2016.
Proponents say the bill helps small churches that don't yet have the income to build their own establishments.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Mayor Julian (hool-YAHN') Castro and state Senator Dan Patrick debated last night in Univision's San Antonio studios. Castro advocates granting legal residency to young people brought by their parents into the United States without papers. Patrick continued to dismiss any reform efforts until he and his supporters deem the border with Mexico to be secure.

DALLAS (AP) — Conjoined twins separated last summer are set to be released from a Dallas hospital that's been their home since birth. Officials at Medical City Children's Hospital say the 9-month-old boys born joined at the abdomen are to be released today to a local inpatient rehabilitation center. Owen and Emmett Ezell were separated at the hospital last August in a nine-hour surgery.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An offshore drilling rig is taking on water but is stable after being hit by a large storm wave off the Texas coast. The U.S. Coast Guard says the rig was drilling for oil and gas in 3,000-foot depths around 10 a.m. yesterday when the wave hit. Petty Officer Manda Emery says the platform was knocked 55 feet.


KPYN News for Tuesday April 15th, 2014

CASTRATION-SLAYING
Penalty trial starts in stabbing-castration trial
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas jury is to begin hearing evidence on what punishment a woman will receive for stabbing a man 130 times before castrating him at a Dallas hotel room.
The penalty phase of Cristal Paulette Richardson's trial begins Tuesday in Dallas, one day after the Dallas County jury found the 29-year-old woman guilty of murder in the April 2012 death of Cedric Lamont Owens. She faces up to life in prison.
Richardson had insisted that she was defending herself after being sexually assaulted when she killed Owens at a Dallas hotel. Jurors, however, deliberated almost two hours before returning its guilty verdict Monday.
Authorities say they found Owens' bloody and naked body in the hotel room and Richardson sitting outside in a stairwell, naked and covered in blood.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is heading onto the home turf of Ted Cruz and Rick Perry. The tea party darling from Florida is giving an address in Austin today sponsored by various University of Texas organizations. Rubio is a grass-roots favorite and Cuban-American.

HOUSTON (AP) — A prominent immigration reform advocate faces a prominent Republican hardliner on immigration reform today in a debate recorded for Spanish-language television stations statewide. The Houston debate pits San Antonio Mayor Julian (hool-YAHN') Castro against state Sen. Dan Patrick. Castro advocates granting legal residency to young people brought by their parents into the United States without papers.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio animal welfare staff members say a 26-pound tomcat faces a long road to recovery after his rescue from a neglectful home. Dr. Marilyn Gotbeter, the agency's chief veterinarian, says Melvin and 20-pound Marvin "were cruelly confined, didn't have enough room to roam around and had no form of exercise or activity."


KPYN News for Monday April 14th, 2014

Atlanta Primary School recently participated in the Pennies for Patients campaign and raised a total of $1,967.98 to help benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The students were encouraged to donate loose change to help researchers find a cure for leukemia. The class that raised the most money will be rewarded with a trip to Texarkana to eat at The Olive Garden. Mrs. Gray’s first grade class raised the most money with $579.10, so they will  be treated with an Italian lunch in Texarkana soon. Thank  you too all of the parents and staff of Atlanta Primary School for all of your efforts in contributing to this important cause.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — This week's anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is bringing lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider tougher oversight of chemical facilities. A House committee will scrutinize the April 17th blast at West Fertilizer Co. Most killed were firefighters and first responders, and another 200 people were injured.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state Senate Education Committee will assess implementation of a new law overhauling high school curriculum and cutting the number of standardized tests students must pass. Members will take a closer look at the progress of applying the law that drops a requirement that most high school students take algebra II.

EVANGELIST-CHILD ABUSE-PROPERTIES
Motion says Alamo ministries properties gutted
(Information in the following story is from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com)
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Attorneys say properties owned by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo's ministry have been stripped since a federal judge ordered that they be sold to help pay a $30 million civil judgment Alamo owes two men who were beaten, starved and denied education while being raised in the ministry.
The Texarkana Gazette reported Sunday that attorney David Carter says Alamo's followers are taking air conditioning units, ceiling tiles, doors, sinks, commodes and insulation — reducing the value of the properties.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant ordered the sale of Alamo properties in Fort Smith and Fouke to partially satisfy the debt. Bryant granted a request that U.S. marshals take control of a church in Fouke.
Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence after being convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

FILM-HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
Dad waited to write about son's visions of heaven
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Todd Burpo says he waited years to write about his four-year-old son Colton's near-death experience and visions of heaven.
The Nebraska pastor is the author of "Heaven Is For Real," which has been made into a movie starring Greg Kinnear. It opens in theaters this week.
In a March 26 appearance at Liberty University, Burpo said his son met Jesus and deceased relatives, including a sister he never knew about who was miscarried. Burpo said he waited to write the book to protect his son from mockery and threats that have forced the family to place security cameras around their home.
The Rev. Burpo said God finally convinced him that it was a story others needed to hear.
The release of "Heaven Is For Real" comes on the heels of box office success for "Son of God" and other faith-based films. "Noah" and "God's Not Dead" have been in the box office top 10 for weeks, ranking sixth and seventh in ticket sales this past weekend.


KPYN News for Friday April 11th, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors are set to start deliberating punishment for a Houston woman convicted of murder for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. The Harris County jury found Ana Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh) guilty in last June's killing of Alf Stefan Andersson at his Houston condominium. Prosecutors say she pinned him down and stabbed him at least 25 times with her shoe.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court is siding with relatives of the 20 people killed in flash floods at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, agreeing with their definition of malicious conduct under a state law. The court's opinion Thursday said that malicious conduct under the state law includes conduct in reckless disregard of the consequences from which malice may be inferred.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge is allowing state prison officials to keep the identity of its execution drug supplier secret for now. Attorneys for death row inmates say they need the compounding pharmacy's name to ensure the drugs' quality. The state says that would put the company at risk to threats of violence.

HOUSTON (AP) — The private developer of a winged spacecraft concept called the Dream Chaser is partnering with the city of Houston on a proposed project to renovate historic Ellington Field into a spaceport. Sierra Nevada is one of the companies NASA asked to develop the company's Dream Chaser spacecraft. Ellington Field was built as an Army flying school in 1917.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportunity for poor and minority children. Bush said he fears what he calls the 'soft bigotry' of low expectations is returning 50 years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind law in 2002.


KPYN News for Thursday April 10th, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman convicted of murder for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe may testify during the sentencing phase of her trial. Defense attorney Jack Carroll plans to call his client Ana Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh) to testify today. Prosecutors presented 19 witnesses yesterday.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving time for murder has been executed in Texas for killing a local rancher in 1997. Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital last night. He was illegally living in the U.S. when he was arrested for the October 1997 slaying of Glen Lich.

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — State and federal agencies are offering a $6,500 reward for information leading to those who shot and killed two alligators in the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arkansas. Authorities tell the Texarkana Gazette one alligator was shot in March and the second was killed and decapitated last Saturday.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Three relatives of Progreso's mayor have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery in a "pay to play" public contracting system involving federal funds. Jose and Michael Vela pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery. Orlando Vela pleaded guilty to theft by submitting invoices to the school district for items he didn't supply. Mayor Omar Vela pleaded guilty to bribery last week.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is using the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to create new restrictions for voters. He says they threaten to roll back a half-century of progress. Clinton spoke last night during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin.


KPYN News for Wednesday April 9th, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is returning once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with families of those killed last week at Fort Hood. He's reprising his role as chief comforter as he offers solace to the nation in the face of another tragedy. Obama adopted that role less than five years ago as he mourned the victims of another mass shooting at the Texas Army post.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen convicted of fatally beating a former Baylor University professor and attacking his wife at their ranch near Kerrville is headed to the Texas death chamber. Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas was a convicted murderer who had escaped from a Mexican prison and was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested for the slaying of Glen Lich. Lich had given him a construction job.

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman has been convicted of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. A jury is to hear additional testimony before deciding the sentence of Ana Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh). Prosecutors say Trujillo viciously struck Alf Stefan Andersson with her shoe.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is expected to vote today on a proposal that would create a Mexican-American studies course as a high school elective. Democratic member Ruben Cortez openly acknowledges it has little shot of passing. Some of Cortez's colleagues have said they'd support a broader multicultural course.


KPYN News for Tuesday April 8th, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors are expected to soon get the case of a Houston woman accused of stabbing to death her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Ana Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh) is accused of striking 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe. Her attorneys say she was defending herself from an attack by Andersson.

HUTCHINS, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Dallas-area town and eight past and present employees of the town's public works department have been indicted on corruption charges. A Dallas County grand jury accused Hutchins Mayor Artis Johnson of criminal conspiracy and abuse of official capacity. Police say the indictments capped a 16-month investigation.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. LBJ Library director Mark Updegrove will interview Carter after day of panels on immigration, gay marriage and music as a catalyst for social change.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering adding a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective. Proponents say the move would give students a deeper understanding of their state. Critics dismiss the proposal as an attempt to inject progressive politics into the classroom.


KPYN News for Monday April 7th, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Defense attorneys continue to present their case in the trial of a Houston woman accused of murdering a man by stabbing him with the stiletto heel of her shoe. Ana Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh) is accused of striking Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument in June at his Houston condominium. Trujillo's attorneys contend she was defending herself from an attack by Andersson.

FORT HOOD-CHURCH SERVICE
Near Fort Hood, church service honors fallen
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The victims of the latest mass shooting at Fort Hood are being honored by members of the community.
A church just outside the Texas military base held a service Sunday honoring the three soldiers killed in last week's attack — the second fatal shooting rampage on the base in five years.
Pastor Robert Sperbeck tried to comfort the congregation at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Killeen, saying most everyone is asking why a shooting like this would happen again.
Sperbeck said "the devil is the author of what happened," but that "the way of God leads to the way of comfort." He said God gives individuals choice, and the shooter chose to follow darkness.
Investigators say Spc. Ivan Lopez also wounded 16 people before taking his own life during Wednesday's attack.

BOX OFFICE
'Noah' and 'God's Not Dead' have another good weekend
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The director of the movie "Noah," Darren Aronofsky, has called Bible characters the original superheroes.
But in its second weekend in U.S. theaters, "Noah" has placed a distant second to a comic book superhero. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever, selling an estimated $96.2 million worth of tickets.
"Noah" placed second at the box office, earning $17 million, but that was down sharply from its $44 million opening weekend.
The surprise hit "God's Not Dead" took the weekend's No. 4 slot with $7.7 million in its third weekend.
Despite the decrease in "Noah's" box office performance, its overall haul — and the success of both "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead" — bodes well for other biblically-themed films coming this year, including "Heaven is for Real," starring Greg Kinnear and "Exodus: Gods and Kings," starring Christian Bale.


KPYN News for Friday April 4th, 2014

TEXARKANA, Texas–The Texarkana, Texas Police say a woman died Thursday in a crash in the 4700 block of Cowhorn Creek Road at around 5:15pm.

Police told Fox Sports Radio 1400 News that the crash involved three vehicles. Officers believe a maroon Ford Fusion crossed the center line and struck a 2006 black Dodge pickup head on. Police said that the collision caused the Dodge pickup to roll onto its side where another collision occurred with a red 2010 Lexus SUV.

Authorities said the driver of the maroon Ford Fusion , 61 year old Linda Yeager, of Texarkana, Texas was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Dodge, 48 year old James Loggins, of Texarkana, Texas and his passenger were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the red Lexus, 70 year old Charlotte Tipton, of Texarkana, Texas, was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

AAA Texas: Springtime Statewide Gas Price Average Inches Higher This Week

(Irving, TX) – Today’s statewide average price at the pump in Texas is $3.38. That’s two cents more than last week but 14 cents less than one year ago, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth are paying the most at $3.45, and drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $3.28 per gallon. On average Texas drivers are paying 19 cents less per gallon than the national average of $3.57.

AAA analysts say prices may move a little higher in the coming weeks; however the end is likely in sight for many drivers across the country.

UIL Academic District Results


Journalism--1st place team overall
News Writing:
1st place--Dylan DeLay---Regionals
2nd place--Elandria Steger--Regionals
3rd place--Claire Lummus--Regionals

Feature Writing:
6th place--Claire Lummus

Editorial Writing:
1st place--Jared Parker--Regionals
4th place--Clayton Stovall
5th place--Sydney Black

Headlines
1st place--Dylan Delay--Regionals
2nd place--Dakota Snellgrove--Regionals
3rd place--Kayleigh Paxton--Regionals

Prose
2nd place--Shannon Jones--Regionals

Poetry
5th place--Mary Katie Tigert
6th place--Olivia Key

Accounting
3rd--Austin Caver--Regionals
5th--Haley Ware
6th--Taylor Blaydes

Calculator 1st place team
1st--Krystin White--Regionals
4th--Cody Hipp--Regionals
5th--Skye Paxton--Regionals
7th--Aric Callaway--Regionals

Computer Apps
4th--Kenli Rumsey
5th--Brandon Robb
6th--Michael Seli

Literary Criticism
4th--Blake Woods
6th--Dakota Snellgrove

Mathematics--1st place team--all advancing to Regionals
Tied for 1st--Silas Henderson and Parker Simmons
3rd--John Baker
4th--Gabby Thompson

Number Sense--1st place team--all advancing to Regionals
1st--Silas Henderson
2nd--Joe Neshyba
3rd--Parker Simmons
4th--John Baker

Spelling and Vocabulary
5th place--Seth Henderson


KPYN News for Thursday April 3, 2014
 

TEXARKANA, Texas–Texarkana, The Texarkana, Texas Police said that they have arrested 2 Texarkana Texas men and charged them with burglary of a building. According to police, they were called regarding a Burglary in progress around 9:20 a.m. on the morning of March 31st, 2014, in the 2500 block of North Stateline Avenue.
Police said that they were told by witness that the suspected burglars had fled on foot headed down an alley. Police say the two men were spotted and detained. Police say that a witness told them that they saw the two suspects kick in a door and enter the vacant building. The witness told police that the two men left before police arrived carrying a box of stolen items.
Police said that the men charged in the alleged burglary were 20 year old Kevin Turner, and 18 year old Jacob Murdock. Police said that after their arrest, both Turner and Murdock were brought to jail.
Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to contact the Texarkana, Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP (7867).

Kevin Turner is pictured on the top left and Jacob Murdock is pictured on the bottom left.

 

 


TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS- The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department said that they are deeply saddened to report the loss of one of their K-9 officers. “Zorg” , the police dog passed away Sunday evening from natural causes. He was 10 years old.

Zorg began his service with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in October of 2005, where he was assigned as a patrol K-9 to Officer Jeff Savage, who proved to be a great asset in tracking suspects, clearing buildings, and conducting article searches. Throughout his tenure with the department, Zorg excelled in the area of narcotics detection and was responsible for numerous narcotics seizures. In one traffic stop alone, Zorg, along with partner Officer Jeff Savage, seized $220,000.00 worth of marijuana.

In September of 2012, Zorg retired due to medical issues. He lived with his family, Jeff, Meta, Amber and Lexi until his time of passing.

Zorg held a notable career and proved himself not only a valuable asset to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, but also as a trusted companion to his handler. Zorg will be greatly missed.

A memorial service for Zorg will be held at East Memorial Gardens on Monday, April 7th at 10:00am. This service is held in a special area near the front of the gardens that has been designated only for police K-9's. The ceremony is open to the public as we all pay tribute to Zorg’s service with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.

HIT-AND-RUN TRIAL
Man given 30 years for murder of Texas officer
(Information in the following story is from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com)
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A 22-year-old man has gotten a 30-year prison term after his conviction on a murder charge in the hit-and-run death of a Texarkana, Texas police officer last year.
The Texarkana Gazette reports the jury sentenced Justin Miles Sanders after five hours of deliberation Wednesday in Rockwall. Sanders was convicted of murder on Monday in Texarkana, Texas, police Officer Jason Sprague's death.
The 30-year-old officer was headed to a Texarkana park to check reports of fighting and drug use in June and had just emerged from his car when Sanders' car hit him as he fled a possible marijuana arrest. Sprague died the next day of severe brain trauma, multiple fractures and other injuries.
The trial moved 150 miles west from Texarkana to Rockwall to escape potentially prejudicial publicity.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A Fort Hood official says the shooter in the attack at the Army base was being evaluated for whether he had PTSD. Four people were killed including the shooter and 16 others were wounded in the attack. Authorities say the shooter is married and served in Iraq in 2011.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A Texas congressman has identified the suspect in the shooting at Fort Hood as Ivan Lopez. U.S. Representative Michael McCaul says yesterday's shooting happened at a medical center at the base. The Texas Army base was the scene of a mass shooting in 2009.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider halting a Texas serial killer's execution because the state is refusing to say where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn Sells is scheduled for execution tonight. Sells' attorneys say they need to know the supplier's name to verify the drug's quality and spare Sells from unconstitutional pain and suffering.

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS- The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department said that they are deeply saddened to report the loss of one of their K-9 officers. “Zorg” , the police dog passed away Sunday evening from natural causes. He was 10 years old.

Zorg began his service with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in October of 2005, where he was assigned as a patrol K-9 to Officer Jeff Savage, who proved to be a great asset in tracking suspects, clearing buildings, and conducting article searches. Throughout his tenure with the department, Zorg excelled in the area of narcotics detection and was responsible for numerous narcotics seizures. In one traffic stop alone, Zorg, along with partner Officer Jeff Savage, seized $220,000.00 worth of marijuana.

In September of 2012, Zorg retired due to medical issues. He lived with his family, Jeff, Meta, Amber and Lexi until his time of passing.

Zorg held a notable career and proved himself not only a valuable asset to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, but also as a trusted companion to his handler. Zorg will be greatly missed.

A memorial service for Zorg will be held at East Memorial Gardens on Monday, April 7th at 10:00am. This service is held in a special area near the front of the gardens that has been designated only for police K-9's. The ceremony is open to the public as we all pay tribute to Zorg’s service with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.

 

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