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Arkansas House Final Weeks 2019

The House is now in the final weeks of the 2019 Regular Session. In recent days, the House has passed legislation increasing education funding, legislation increasing sales tax exemptions on used cars, and legislation creating a first of its kind response team to child abductions. 

With a vote of 91-0, the House passed HB1685. This bill increases the foundation funding for K-12 education from the current $6,713 per student to $6,899 per student for the 2019-2020 school year.  The bill increases funding to $7,018 per student the following school year. The House passed HB1342. This bill increases the amount below which sales tax is exempt on the purchase of used vehicles from $4,000 to $7,500. 

In a vote of 87-0, the House passed HB1674. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Schedules Press Conference to Introduce Basketball Coaches

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana will hold a press conference Monday,
March 25th to introduce the university’s first ever men’s and
women’s basketball coaches. The press conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. in
the gymnasium of the Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center. Both coaches,
Athletic Director Michael Galvan, and TAMUT President Dr. Emily Cutrer will be
on hand to speak about the basketball programs, which are scheduled to launch
in the fall of 2019. There will be refreshments and a meet and greet session
immediately following the press conference. Please join us as we kick off this
exciting new era of Eagle athletics. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana’s Barrett Named Character Athlete of the Week

TEXARKANA, Texas – As part of the RRAC’s commitment
to the NAIA Champions of Character program, the conference recognizes
student-athletes from member schools that have exhibited a high level of
scholarship, sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and community service. One student-athlete is selected each week based on their character and
commitment to their schools and communities. Matthew Barrett is the 11th
selection to be recognized for the 2018-19 academic year. RRAC
Character Athlete of the Week

Matthew
Barrett, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Sport:
Baseball

Year:
Senior

Hometown:
Reno, Nevada

Major:
Electrical Engineering

GPA:
3.3

Champions
of Character Qualities/Activities:


Serves as Student Ambassador at A&M-Texarkana, working work with TAMUT
president and alumni to represent the student body at various community service
events and fundraising for future scholarships given to the school


Assisted with Race for the Cure set-up and tear-down


Helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity


Volunteered with security, parking, set-up and tear-down at Live United Bowl in
Texarkana (NCAA D2 bowl game)


Labeled and distributed shoes to kids in the community through Laces for Grace


Donated blood as part of local drives


Always willing to provide help on the field, around campus or in any situation


Serving a full-time internship at Smith-Blair Corporation where he participates
in the daily upkeep of machines and projects to improve security and financial
productivity


Always contributing toward doing the right thing

• Future
Plans: Matthew plans on pursuing a career in the development and production of
robotic prosthetics with hopes of working specifically with veterans. Coach’s
Perspective: (TAMUT Baseball Coach
Steve Jones) “Matt is the perfect young man for this award. Continue Reading →

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Bulldog Award 2019

Texarkana Arkansas Police

Congratulations to Sergeant Devin Warner for
receiving the Criminal Investigation Division Bulldog of the Year Award. Sgt. Warner was selected after being
nominated by peers, subordinates, and supervisors alike for the leadership role
he has taken since assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in 2010. During his tenure, Sgt. Warner has worked on
a myriad of cases, from the simplest misdemeanor theft, to the most severe
felony offenses. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana’s “The Big Event- Eagle Pride City Wide” Wins National Award

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA,
Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s annual
community service project “The Big Event- Eagle Pride City Wide” was recently
named National
Service Project of the Year at the National Conference of the Association for
the Promotion of Campus Activities conference in Orlando. TAMUT’s The Big
Event, which scatters hundreds of volunteers throughout Texarkana completing
service projects, was singled out as the winner from among the 102 universities
attending the national conference in Orlando. The
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) promotes campus
engagement through quality educational experiences, affordable entertainment
and community service initiatives. The National Service Project of the Year is
an award that recognizes a school for an event that engages the campus
community through outstanding community service initiatives. 2019 will
mark the 3rd annual Big Event at A&M-Texarkana, and is slated
for Saturday, April 13. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and NTCC Sign New Articulation Agreement

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Officials from Texas A&M
University-Texarkana and Northeast Texas Community College recently signed a
new articulation agreement between the two schools. The agreement will combine
the Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from NTCC with the
Bachelor of Business Administration- Accounting degree from A&M-Texarkana. Articulation agreements between the two institutions have
existed since 1999, when the original partnership was begun as part of a
teacher preparation program. Articulation agreements are formal documents
outlining how certain courses or paths of study can be transferred among and
accepted between the two institutions to combine and complete a specific degree
plan.  While some of the NTCC students
may take classes at the Texarkana campus, the biggest advantage for NTCC
students is that most of them can complete their bachelor’s degree program through
A&M-Texarkana while still attending classes in Mt. Pleasant. Continue Reading →

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUM IN TEXARKANA

Texarkana residents are invited today to take part in a Community Forum on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The forum provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to come together to ask questions about the disease, share their personal experiences, learn about available resources, and discover volunteer opportunities to support families affected by the disease. Registration is required (see below). “The Alzheimer’s Community Forum is way to connect with others who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias and truly understand what the impact to the community is and how we can put steps in place to better serve individuals in the Texarkana and surrounding areas,” said Debra Adams, Director of Community Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association. “As we continue to provide care, support, education and research to the residents across North Texas, it is important for us to meet individuals within the community and listen to their experiences related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.” The Alzheimer’s Association believes no individual or family should navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease alone. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House Updates

Arkansas Flag

This week, the House passed legislation which will change the way our communities respond to emergencies, the way we regulate our businesses, and the way our government is structured. One of the many bills passed on the House floor in the 9thweek of the session was The Arkansas Public Safety Act (HB1564). This bill transforms the state’s 911 network. It will shift the network from the current analog system to an internet protocol-based network. New technology will allow callers to use wireless and IP-based devices to call 911 and transmit text, images, video, and data. 

It will consolidate the number of Public Safety Answering Points in the state in an effort to reduce the number of times a caller is transferred. Continue Reading →

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Bi-State Suspicious Package Report

Texarkana Arkansas Police

On the 18th day of March 2019, at 0840
hours, a citizen at the Bi-State Justice Center (100 North Stateline Ave.) observed
what they believed to be a suspicious package on the northeast corner of the Bi-State
Jail. They immediately reported the package at which time the Texarkana
Arkansas Police Department responded. Upon arrival, officers located a small
package with three glass cylinders inside. The cylinders had unknown writing or
symbols written on the outside and an unknown substance was inside with what
appeared to be wires extending from the base. The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department
immediately secured the area, and issued an evacuation notice for the Bi-State
Justice Building, as well as, surrounding businesses. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe leads the charge against Washington’s spending problem

Rep. Ratcliffe

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced new legislation (H.J. Res. 51) to tackle the $22 trillion national debt following President Trump’s annual budget request to Congress last week. Ratcliffe’s balanced budget amendment would withhold pay from members of Congress and the president, if they fail to balance the federal budget each year. “It’s baffling to me that Democrats can watch our national debt hit $22 trillion and continue pushing forward with the costliest legislative proposals we’ve seen in history – like the Green New Deal or Medicare-for-All. This makes it more evident than ever that the only way to get Washington’s spending problem under control is by holding lawmakers’ feet to the fire,” Ratcliffe said. 

“By withholding pay from members of Congress and the president, if they fail to pass and submit balanced budgets each year, my bill effectively forces lawmakers to rein in their reckless spending. Continue Reading →

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