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Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will offer a marine biology degree when classes begin later this month.

The new undergraduate major is expected to attract more than a dozen students, according to SAU provost and vice president for academic affairs Trey Berry. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill heightened awareness about the need for studying oceans and the human toll on the Gulf Coast ecosystem, according to Berry.

Congratulations to Kate Archer Kent and Alexandyr Kent on their new arrivals to the family.  Alistair and Hugo Kent made their landing on Wednesday, May 7, with Alistair weighing in at 6 lbs. 2 oz. and Hugo weighing in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. Obviously, Kate will be covering an entirely different set of news stories for the next several months as new arrivals make news daily. Please join all of us at Red River Radio as we congratulate Kate and Alexandyr on these adorable new additions to the family.

A series of meetings this month in East Texas will mark formal steps to draft a county-by-county broadband plan for the region.

The East Texas Regional Broadband Initiative is a 14-county project led by the East Texas Council of Governments or ETCOG alongside the consultancy of Connected Texas, which aims to advance technology in rural Texas.

Ron Turner, Connected Texas’ community technology adviser, says he plans to hold meetings in all 14 counties to develop tailored plans for broadband connectivity.

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