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4-3-2020 Arkansas House of Rep Update

The 2020 Fiscal Session is scheduled to begin April 8 at noon. The COVID-19 crisis will have an impact on the proposed budget as well as our meeting schedules.The Department of Finance and Administration released a revised revenue forecast on April 2. The revision was necessary because of an economic recession predicted as a result from business slowdown and negative labor markets.The forecast now reflects $5.6 billion in net available revenue for FY 2021. This indicates a decrease of $205.9 million from the prior forecast released in January.The schedule for meetings will be posted on our website. For precautionary measures due to COVID-19, the General Assembly is not expected to meet as long as in previous Fiscal Sessions.By law, Fiscal Sessions cannot extend longer than 30 days without a ¾ vote from both chambers. Continue Reading →

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4-3-2020 3:00 p.m. Joint Operations Center Bowie & Cass County/City of Texarkana, TX

City of Texarkana TX

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports eight new cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for a total of 22. Cass County has four positive cases, with two recovered. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 4/3/20)Total Cases in Bowie County22Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-19020-29130-39640-49450-59560-69370-79380+0Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male  11Female 11Recovered                                                                                                        5  

The latest local information and updates can all be found at The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Roadwork Report – TxDOT Atlanta District For April 5-11, 2020

Road Construction Ahead

Bowie County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. FM 559 – Between College Drive and Robison Road, installing sidewalks. Camp County


Cass County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Harrison County

I-20 – At Potters Creek, conducting preventative maintenance work on bridges. SH 43 – From Loop 390 to Haggerty Creek, repairing and resurfacing highway. Continue Reading →

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CenterPoint Energy encourages safety awareness during National Safe Digging Month

Call 811 to have underground utility lines marked

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As companies and communities adjust how we work and live in the quickly changing environment impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), CenterPoint Energy will continue to partner with the Common Ground Alliance to commemorate April as National Safe Digging Month and encourage customers to follow safe digging practices. Safe digging practices not only prevent damage and service interruptions for underground utilities like natural gas, electric and water, but also help keep those doing the work safe. During a time when many find themselves working from home and schools are closed, there may be an increase in do-it-yourself projects. Residential and commercial customers should remember to call 811 before performing any outdoor digging project to avoid accidentally damaging underground utilities. “Whether it’s a small project, such as planting shrubs, or a commercial building project, customers should call 811 at least two working days before digging,” said Ashley Babcock, director of Damage Prevention and Public Awareness for CenterPoint Energy. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Texas Issues Emergency Orders on March 31, 2020

City of Texarkana TX

TEXARKANA, TEX- Yesterday, March 31, 2020, Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman signed issued “Emergency Orders – March 31, 2020” which restate and reaffirm executive orders signed on March 25, 2020, related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This reaffirmation deals with the parts of the mayor’s previous orders that have not otherwise been addressed or superseded by subsequent county or state orders:

(1) The City’s mandatory curfew
remains in effect from 10 o’clock p.m. to 6 o’clock a.m. for all individuals in
the City of Texarkana, Texas.  Exceptions
to the mandatory curfew are travel to and from: 
work, a hospital, or pharmacy. (2) 
The issuance of itinerant vendor permits shall continue to be suspended,
and all current itinerant vendor permits are revoked. (3) 
The City Manager has authority to grant temporary provisions, in
writing, to the contract between the City of Texarkana, Texas, and Lifenet EMS.

These Emergency Orders are consistent
with and arise from the “Declaration of Disaster 2020-001” issued March 18,
2020, by Mayor Bruggeman and continued by the City Council of the City of
Texarkana, Texas, by Ordinance No. 2020-035. 
The March 18 Mayoral Declaration and City Council ordinance remain in
full force and effect until such time that an Order of the City Council issues
to terminate the Mayoral Declaration. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas Delegation Supports Governor’s Request for Disaster Declaration

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Washington, DC—March 31, 2020….U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—urged President Donald Trump to support Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s request for a major disaster declaration due to COVID-19. “The resourcefulness of Arkansans has been incredible to see. Faced with these unprecedented events, Arkansans have responded the only way they know how, with hard work, determination, kindness and compassion. From individual citizens to the private sector, we are seeing everyone chip in and do their part, to ensure our state comes out of the other side of this better than ever. While the state and its citizens are doing everything in their power to address this problem, we still need your help,” members wrote in the letter. Continue Reading →

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3-31-2020 Update – Joint Operations Center Bowie & Cass County/City of Texarkana, TX

Bowie County Texas


At the time of this release, Bowie County has nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Cass County has one active case. Miller County has two positive cases. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Orders limiting social interactions for the state of Texas through April 30th and closing public schools until May 4th. Texans are expected to limit interactions while personal freedoms such as going to the grocery store, bank or gas stations are still allowed. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Emergency Operations Center

Miller County, AR- In keeping with the spirit of the State of Arkansas directive to minimize gatherings, the city of Texarkana, Arkansas and Miller County has established an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Miller County Office of Emergency Management, located at 1007 Jefferson Avenue, Texarkana, Arkansas. This will allow for the appropriate number of agency representatives to work together in the EOC. We are committed to making the best decisions possible for every citizen of Miller County and ask for your continued support and understanding. We will continue to stay in contact with Governor Hutchinson and our local Legislators to ensure an open line of communication which will include the City of Texarkana, Texas and Bowie County. Miller County Judge Cathy Harrison and Mayor Allen Brown will host a Press Conference on Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00 pm in the Bi-State Justice Training Center. Continue Reading →

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