Monday Morning News Update

    Three (plus one extra) things for today...

    Two local 911 dispatchers have been honored in celebration of National Telecommunicators Week. Lizzie Jones, a Bi-State Justice Center telecommunicator, and New Boston Police Department Telecommunicator Vance Wendell were presented awards from the Ark-Tex Council of Governments 911 Program. National Telecommunicators Week honors the thousands of men and women who answer 911 emergency calls, dispatch police, fire, EMS and equipment, and provide life-saving assistance to citizens.

    Governor Asa Hutchinson visited Mountainburg over the weekend to view the damage caused by an EF-2.The National weather Service says they have updated the total number of confirmed tornadoes in Arkansas to nine for April 13-14. Additional surveys are planned across parts of the state, so the total number of confirmed tornadoes may change.  The National Weather Service is also sending a survey crew to east Texas to asses damage in Diana and Ore City.  

    You have a little more time than you think to file your federal income tax forms. Tax day this year is tomorrow - April 17 because the usual deadline—April 15—was a Sunday. And today is Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in Washington, D.C.  This might also be the last year you benefit from itemizing. The standard deduction nearly doubles for single filers and married couples who file together thanks to the new tax law, so it may make sense to opt for the standard deduction when preparing this year's taxes.


    A family spokesman says former first lady Barbara Bush "has been a rock in the face of her failing health." Jim McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of the 92-year-old Bush's health problems. She is at home in Houston. McGrath says Mrs. Bush "has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care." She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition.

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    Today's Weather

    • Texarkana, TX

      Sunny

      High: 68°F | Low: 43°F

    Events

    • Dragon Boat Festival

      For the third year, Dragon Boating is coming to Texarkana on April 21, 2018! This festival will take place at Bringle Park and is benefiting HandsOn Texarkana. The event is now open for team registration! Forming a dragon boat team is easy! Included in your team registration is a practice session where we will show you how to paddle and race. Practice sessions and race day include all of the necessary equipment such as a boat, paddles, lifevests, a drum and a steersperson/coach. Find 20 co-workers, friends and/or family member to join you at this exciting event!

      at Bringle Lake
    • Moscow Festival Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

      Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. Presents... The classic fairy tale comes to life through Russian ballet beautifully choreographed to the world famous score by Tchaikovsky. The Sleeping Beauty highlights Marius Petipa’s style of steel point work, sharply accented spinning turns, soaring leaps, and much more that makes this fairytale on stage memorable for generations to come. Sponsored in part by Texarkana Community Ballet. Series sponsored in part by Century 21 All Points Realty. Tickets are on sale now - $46, $36, $27, and $16.50 with student ID. Student tickets are only available through the Box Office by calling (903) 792-4992 or visiting 221 Main Street, Texarkana, TX.

      at Perot Theatre
    • Relay For Life of Texarkana

      LET'S GET READY TO RELAAAAAYYY!!! We Can Be Heroes!! Join us as we fundraise for the American Cancer Society! There will be food, music, games, entertainment, and fun. We want you all to bring your family to check out all the activities. Our Relay teams will each have a campsite with fundraise items for sale! All money raised at this event will benefit the American Cancer society's fight against cancer! Come on out and check WE CAN ALL BE HEROES!!!!

      at Four States Fair Grounds