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Daryl Sprout bringing Snake Encounters to Rains Co. Eagle Fest

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:12:00 EST

For more than 30 years Daryl Sprout has entertained with...snakes. And, you can catch his show on January 28 at Eagle Fest in Rains County. "I am the world's only stand-up comic snake handling magician," Sprout said in a previous interview with KLTV. "I am the world's only presti-digitating herpetological humorist." He also knows a lot of...big words. But it's not big words that make kids scream. It is one or several of the...snakes. "Th...


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Sports WebXtra: Josh Tomlin hoping to build off of last year's success

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:07:00 EST

Former Whitehouse Wildcat Josh Tomlin nearly won a championship in 2016.  Tomlin and the Indians advanced to the World Series, but lost in seven games to the Cubs. Coming so close to his first title, the pitcher is motivated to build off his best year yet, and is currently preparing for spring training by working out at APEC in Tyler.


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Sports WebXtra: Kiper Jr. releases first mock draft

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:14:00 EST

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. released his first mock draft Thursday afternoon. As of now, Kiper only has two quarterbacks being taken in the first round, and that does not include Patrick Mahomes II. But a lot will change before April 27th, and Kiper believes the former Whitehouse and Texas Tech star's draft stock is already rising.


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Sports WebXtra: Peterson talks future with Vikings

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:09:00 EST

Patrick Mahomes II and Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon will soon keep the East Texas train rolling in the NFL, but veteran Adrian Peterson still has plenty of tread on his tires. Speaking on ESPN's first take this Thursday morning, the former Palestine star says he can play at a very high level for at least the next five years.


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Smith County training investigators on forensic mapping technology

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:10:00 EST

East Texas detectives are training on new technology this week to ensure their investigations lead to the best outcome in criminal cases.


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Man robs dollar store at gunpoint, flees with cash

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:04:00 EST

A man robbed a dollar store in Tyler on Thursday night, police confirm. 


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UPDATE: Body of missing man found at lake east of Palestine

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:17:00 EST

Crews have been searching for Lusk since the weekend. 


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LeTourneau alumni conquers Shark Tank

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:59:00 EST

A LeTourneau University alumni has hit it big on an ABC show that gives up-and-coming entrepreneurs a shot at success.


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SPCA of East Texas backs out of film screening

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:31:00 EST

The video, taken on the set of "A Dog's Purpose" shows a crew member trying to force a dog into rapidly churning water.“The animal was in such distress," SPCA of East Texas President Deborah Dobbs said. "It appeared to be terrified.”


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Kari's Law re-filed in U.S. House, Senate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:33:00 EST

A bill has been re-filed named in honor of an East Texas mother who died in a hotel room after her daughter was unable to directly reach 911. The bills filed by U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert and Sen. Amy Klobuchar hope to make sure that problem does not happen again.


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Faulty breaker caused small fire in Smith Co. mobile home

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:11:00 EST

Fire officials responded to a residential fire in Smith County on Thursday evening.


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Four East Texans among 330 drug offenders granted commuted sentences

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:31:00 EST

On Thursday, his final day in office, President Obama commuted sentences for 330 drug offenders who had appealed to him for clemency. 


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Man arrested after found stuck in ditch with stolen weapons, outstanding warrants

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:47:00 EST

A Carthage man was arrested in Longview after an officer came to check on him when his vehicle was stuck in a ditch. 


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Anderson County investigating after couple found dead

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:08:00 EST

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Texas Rangers, is investigating the deaths of 2 persons at the 7600 block of FM 2419


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Man sentenced to 42 years in prison in Kilgore murder case

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:26:00 EST

A Kilgore man was sentenced to 42 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to the 2014 murder of Franciosa Lakeefe Jackson. Marcus Demois Whitaker, also of Kilgore, was to stand trial this week but instead entered into a plea bargain with the state. Kilgore police found Jackson shot to death in the front yard of his Rogers Street residence on Dec. 28, 2014. Investigators said they believed Whitaker had come to the residence and asked to speak with Jackson. Family members s...


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Prayer vigil planned for missing man

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:13:00 EST

A vigil for Cody Lusk will be held Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Evangelistic Temple in Palestine. 


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Gov. Perry confirmation hearing for energy secretary

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:25:00 EST

A confirmation hearing for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is underway. Perry is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for energy secretary. 


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Attorney Brian Loncar died of 'toxic effect of cocaine'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:12:00 EST

More than a month after his death, a medical examiner has ruled that Attorney Brian Loncar died of apparent cocaine use and hypertension.


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UPDATE: President Bush ‘in stable condition,’ Mrs. Bush feels ‘1,000% better’

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:50:00 EST

President Bush had a good night’s rest and remains in stable condition in the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital. 


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Better East Texas: Adding up costs for Trump's inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:11:00 EST

Many of the headlines concerning President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration had to deal with the number of performers or celebrities or even sitting congressmen who opted out of attending the events.


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High water causes road closures in parts of East Texas

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:19:00 EST

City crews and emergency personnel are checking all high-risk areas.


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Former TJC Apache soccer star drafted; basketball teams host doubleheader

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:04:00 EST

A former TJC Apache soccer star will now try and make a name for himself at the professional level. Nazeem Bartman has been drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft.


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Authorities resume search for missing East Texas man

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:00 EST

Authorities have resumed a search for a missing East Texas man.


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City of Tyler: EPA strongarms municipalities into consent decrees

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:24:00 EST

The city says the regulatory body cares more about collecting fines instead of helping to improve infrastructure. And Tyler isn't alone among cities who say they don't agree with the EPA's legal practices.


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Day 4: Water search continues for missing Anderson Co. man

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:00 EST

Water rescue crews have completed their fourth day of searching for Cody Lusk. He was last seen Saturday around 9:30 p.m. leaving on his boat to do some fishing. Weather conditions caused the search to start and stop multiple times. 


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Tyler resident explains why he called police on Heisman winner

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:35:00 EST

A Heisman Trophy winner is speaking out about his run in with East Texas police. Ricky Williams was briefly detained by Tyler police on January 11th. 


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East Texans head to D.C. for Trump's inauguration

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:59:00 EST

Thousands of people are making their way to D.C. this week for President-elect Trump's inauguration. Dozens of East Texans are among the crowd, including the Thompsons and Durretts. It's been a packed day for the couples from Smith County as they started to see the sights in D.C. 


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Longview storage business floods for a third time

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:30:00 EST

Longview Storage was flooded for the third time Wednesday. Manager Bill Rice says the flooding is relatively new.


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East Texas teacher resigns, arrested after alleged relationship with student

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:16:00 EST

Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell confirmed reports that a JISD female classroom teacher was arrested late Tuesday evening.


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Sports WebXtra: East Texans playing in collegiate All-Star games

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:54:00 EST

Over the next two weeks, several East Texans will take the field in college football all-star games. It is a chance for the players to impress NFL scouts and personnel in an NFL type atmosphere including practices during the week.


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Sports WebXtra: NCAA rejects early signing period in June

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:48:00 EST

The NCAA Division I council has rejected a proposed early signing period in June for college football recruits. However, a proposed signing period in December is still on the table, and the council will vote on that matter in April.


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Authorities continue search for Longview teen one year later

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:40:00 EST

Hinton may have traveled to Dallas, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 


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Rangerettes to perform at inaugural ball in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:23:00 EST

The Kilgore College Rangerettes will perform at the Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 


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DPS, Gregg County respond to wreck in Lakeport area

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:34:00 EST

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a wreck Wednesday afternoon in Gregg County. 


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Hallsville firefighters rescue woman stranded in flooded vehicle

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:07:00 EST

Hallsville Fire Department is urging motorists not to drive through standing water after firefighters performed a water rescue.


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Heisman winner questioned in Tyler incident

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:49:00 EST

Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams was briefly detained by Tyler police in the parking lot of a South Broadway hotel.


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Crews responding to structure fire in Lakewood Community

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:56:00 EST

Firefighters are working to extinguish a structure fire in Cherokee County Wednesday afternoon.


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WATCH LIVE: Obama delivers final speech as president

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:41:00 EST

President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold his final news conference as president Wednesday. The conference will take place at 1:15 p.m. at the White House.


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ABC NEWS: Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:23:00 EST

Former first lady Barbara Bush has been admitted to the hospital after experiencing "fatigue and coughing," ABC News reports.


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Water line break causes class cancellations at Foster Middle School

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:21:00 EST

Classes remained canceled Wednesday at an East Texas middle school. 


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2 arrested, 150 grams of meth seized in Henderson County drug bust

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:05:00 EST

Two suspected drug dealers were arrested in Henderson County amid a crackdown on illegal drug distribution. 


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DPS, sheriff identify officers involved in fatal Upshur County shooting

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:42:00 EST

Two officers who were involved in a Jan. 3 fatal officer-involved shooting in Upshur County have been identified. 


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City: Power restored at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:34:00 EST

Power went out early in the morning and was partially restored to the area by 9 a.m.


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Tyler mayor issues statement in response to $500k in fines for sewage overflows

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:06:00 EST

Mayor Heines issued the following statement Tuesday in regards to the EPA's news release:


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84-year-old Tyler man never misses Zumba class, inspires others to keep moving

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:01:00 EST

As many people are still trying to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions, one Tyler man is proving age shouldn't be an excuse. 


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Authorities stop lake search for the night for missing East Texas man

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:04:00 EST

Game wardens have wrapped up the third day searching for a missing East Texas man.


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City of Tyler to pay more than $500k in fines for sewage overflows

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:28:00 EST

The agreement was finalized in November and became official Tuesday. In addition to the fines, the city will revamp its wastewater management system over the next decade.


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Sports WebXtra: Over 15 girls basketball teams from East Texas are ranked

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:00 EST

Over 15 girls high school basketball teams from East Texas are ranked in the latest TABC top 25 poll.


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Sports WebXtra: 15 H.S. boys basketball teams ranked

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:07:00 EST

A total 15 boys high school basketball teams from East Texas are ranked in the latest TABC top 25 poll.


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MLB and minor league players from region putting East Texas on the map

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:11:00 EST

In both college football and the NFL, it's pretty known that some of the best players in the game come from our region. But, athletes from East Texas are starting to make a name for themselves on the diamond as well. From Josh Tomlin to Michael Kopech, around 10 Major League and minor league guys are currently working out at APEC in Tyler before they head off to spring training with their respective teams.


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Search comes up empty two days after East Texas man went missing

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:53:00 EST

No new answers after day two of a search for a missing East Texas man. 


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Combined effort saves dog stuck in drainage pipe

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:52:00 EST

He was missing for two days until someone heard him inside a narrow culvert. A dog named Dooley had gotten out of the fence and got stuck in a pipe.


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Tyler Fire Department says suspicious package safe

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:28:00 EST

The Tyler Fire Department is responding to a call at Oak Hill Boulevard in Tyler on Tuesday. 


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UPDATE: Foster Middle School cancels classes on Wednesday

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:29:00 EST

Buses will be available to return students home this morning.


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Cherokee County authorities ask public for help in identify man connected to card abuse

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:16:00 EST

The suspect purchased a $200.00 pre-paid VISA debit card.  


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Gregg County authorities investigate aggravated robbery

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:27:00 EST

Around 9:40 p.m., officers responded to a call at the Exxon gas station on the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1844 and Highway 300.


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EPA: City of Tyler to pay $563,000, undertake extensive improvements to sanitary sewer system

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:27:00 EST

Today the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the city of Tyler, Texas, agreed to significantly upgrade its sanitary sewer system to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).


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Dog rescued by firefighters after owners hear his cries from culvert

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:23:00 EST

The Judson Metro Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call of a dog trapped in a concrete culvert around 4 p.m. Monday.


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Tyler Police search for driver involved in a hit-and-run

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:51:00 EST

Tyler Police are asking the public for information on a hit-and-run at the 3200 block of West Gentry Parkway on Monday evening. 


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Students returned home after water line rupture at Longview's Foster Middle School

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:37:00 EST

Foster Middle students will be off another day Tuesday, as a water line rupture has forced the cancellation of classes for the day.


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Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury excited about former Gilmer Buckeye McLane Carter

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:03:00 EST

At the collegiate level, Texas Tech will have to figure out how to move on from superstar Patrick Mahomes II.


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One hospitalized after 3-semi-truck wreck on I-20 near Kilgore

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:00 EST

A three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 20 East in the Kilgore area shut down eastbound traffic for several hours on Monday afternoon and evening.


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Marshall police chief recipient of humanitarian award

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:43:00 EST

The Marshall Police Department announced Monday that Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa was selected as one of the 2017 recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Humanitarian awards, given by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committee. 


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East Texans celebrate MLK Day

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:23:00 EST

For 31 years, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been celebrated across the nation. For 31 years, a group has marched through Tyler.


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Tyler civil rights advocate who met Dr. King wants youth's help

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:03:00 EST

As East Texans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two East Texans from different generations are working to continue his legacy.


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Search underway for missing man at lake east of Palestine

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:45:00 EST

A search is underway for a missing man a lake east of the city of Palestine.


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Kilgore's first MLK march not hindered by rain

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:29:00 EST

As the march started, so did the rain, but that wasn’t going to stop Kilgore’s first MLK march from happening.


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NASA: Last man to walk on moon, Gene Cernan, dies

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:22:00 EST

NASA is expressing condolences after 82-year-old astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died at age 82.


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1 dead, 1 injured in wreck west of Sulphur Springs

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:19:00 EST

One person is dead and one person was injured after a wreck in Hopkins County. 


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Man arrested on third or more DWI

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:12:00 EST

An East Texas man was arrested for his third or more DWI charge.


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Former meth addict: 'You become completely powerless to this drug'

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:22:00 EST

A recovering methamphetamine addict says a recent East Texas drug raid illustrates how the problem of drug abuse is as prevalent as it's ever been.


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Stolen veteran support dog returned to owners

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:36:00 EST

A Franklin County family has been re-united with their missing dog Leroy. 


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Man out of hospital after fighting flesh-eating bacteria

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:01:00 EST

An East Texas man with a rare disease is out of the hospital. Clayton Ellis says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria from an abscessed tooth. It can be deadly, but he survived. Now he said there's a long road ahead of him to make a full recovery. 


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Tyler residents walk down MLK Jr. Blvd to remember Dr. King

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:08:00 EST

A group of Tyler residents walked down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to honor him on his birthday. As the group walked between Confederate and Palace avenues, they remembered the sacrifices and progress made by Dr. King.


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TRAFFIC ALERT : North Broadway and Gentry Parkway in Tyler shut down after accident

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:59:00 EST

Police are on scene of an accident on North Broadway and Gentry Parkway Sunday afternoon. 


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Man wanted out of Bexar County arrested in East Texas

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:41:00 EST

We're learning new information about a person wanted out of bexar county, but arrested in an east texas city.\


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Early morning Tyler Structure fire ruled accidental

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:18:00 EST

The Tyler Fire Department says an investigator has determined that an early morning fire was accidental.


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Former Ambassador to speak at Smith County's President's Day dinner

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:24:00 EST

The Smith County Republican Club has announced their special guest for their 29th Annual President’s Day dinner


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Police seek suspects in burglary ring

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:53:00 EST

An East Texas police department is seeking public help in identifying suspects in numerous auto burglaries


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Former Gladewater police chief passes away

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:37:00 EST

An East Texas city is mourning the passing of a man who lead their police department over 3 decades


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Power line damaged by squirrel, causes damages to home, resident forced to pay

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:31:00 EST

 An East Texas man claims a power company's policy is dangerous for homeowners.


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Tyler Fire Department investigating structure fire

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:51:00 EST

Around 2 a.m. Saturday morning the Tyler Fire Department responded to a structure fire.


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H.S. basketball highlights: Rivalry night leads to exciting games

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST

High school basketball highlights..


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Owner says support dog LeRoy returned after missing 3 days

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:41:00 EST

On Friday night, Sadie McPeek told us that the dog had been returned. 


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Intersection of Pine Tree Road, Loop 281 construction begins Jan. 16

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:29:00 EST

According to TxDOT, there is some construction beginning on Monday,  January 16 that will affect the commute of many folks in the Longview area. 


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TxDOT projects for week of January 16

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:22:00 EST

There is a lot going on on East Texas roadways in the coming week. Find out what's going on for your commute in the next few days. 


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DA: 40-year sentence for meth charge 'will send shockwaves'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:51:00 EST

After finding Jones guilty, the jury heard evidence in the punishment trial that Jones has repeatedly been in trouble with the law. He is a two-time convicted felon and was on parole at the time of this offense. 


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The Texas Legislature: Differences, discrepancies compared with other states

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:27:00 EST

Texas is just one of four remaining states whose legislature meets once every two years.


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Former addicts warn of heroin comeback

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:08:00 EST

Heroin and synthetic opioids like K2 are taking an alarming number of lives each year in this country, and a recent raid revealed heroin trafficking here in East Texas. 


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Smith County cracking down on illegal immigrant repeat offenders

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:33:00 EST

An East Texas county is cracking down on illegal immigrants, and they are targeting repeat criminal offenders. 


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Bela Fleck makes his banjo sing in Tyler

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:22:00 EST

His banjo has won him 16 Grammys, and he’s performing in here with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Saturday, January 14.


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Fuddruckers, shopping center to open near UT Tyler

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:20:00 EST

Bergfeld Realty Company, which will handle the leasing and management on the property, was able to finalize leases with Fuddruckers, known worldwide for their exceptional hamburgers, Cooley Cosmetic Family Dentistry, and a drive-through donut shop.


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Smith Co. man sentenced to life for aggravated sexual assault of child

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:58:00 EST

A Smith County jury handed down a guilty verdict to a defendant on Friday.


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Longview ISD shares video of Montessori school construction

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:40:00 EST

Construction is underway on Longview Independent School District's new Montessori campus.


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Tyler police identify woman in critical condition after wreck on Grande

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:57:00 EST

Police say a 31-year-old woman was injured when her car hydroplaned in a curve on Grande. 


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Amber Alert discontinued for Houston children

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:05:00 EST

An Amber Alert has been discontinued for three children from the Houston area.


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Hy-Vee recalls candy products due to possible salmonella contamination

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:22:00 EST

A national company is recalling several candy products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.


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Tyler man arrested on warrants for possession of child porn

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:41:00 EST

A Tyler man was arrested Thursday on warrants for promotion or possession of child pornography.


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Tyler police identify motorcycle officer injured in wreck

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:41:00 EST

Tyler police say an officer who was injured in a Thursday wreck remains hospitalized Friday.


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City of Longview researching possibility of outdoor amphitheater venue

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:37:00 EST

Longview Economic Development Corporation, along with City of Longview staff members, is researching the feasibility of an outdoor amphitheater along the Interstate 20 corridor to serve as a concert and entertainment venue for the East Texas area. 


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