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Sports WebXtra: KLTV sports team participates in Fresh Grocery Grab

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:07:00 EST

The fourth annual Grocery Grab put on by Fresh took place on Tuesday morning. The event is put on by the company to help raise money for local charities. The KLTV Sports team of Justin and Delaney along with other media outlets are given 90 seconds to rack up as many items as possible. In

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Tuesday night boys basketball regional quarterfinal scores and highlights

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:54:00 EST

Boys regional quarterfinal scores and highlights.

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Roadkill on the rise in East Texas

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:43:00 EST

Tyler Animal Control Services Supervisor Mary Fowler says, “Picking up dogs, cats, raccoons, snakes, live and dead, just a little bit of everything,” is a part of her daily routine.

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Viewer Tip: Dead hogs suspended from cell phone tower

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:12:00 EST

We checked out the location ... and it wasn't dead hogs we found.

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Relatives of Van murder victims: 'Why is this happening to our family?'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:24:00 EST

There is no sign of a motive yet for a murder-suicide that left three family members dead.

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Dramatic crash caps chase involving Caddo Parish inmate

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:24:00 EST

A stolen pickup hit spike strips, went airborne and landed on a car parked at a restaurant. Barbara Harlon was in that vehicle and escaped unhurt by climbing out a passenger door. "I felt around to see if I was hurt and I was OK." She added that God was with her.

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Do you recognize students from 60 years ago?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:18:00 EST

The Henderson Depot Museum has many historical photographs on display, and employees there know what or who are in the pictures. But a display that went up recently is full of unknown faces.

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Students, bus driver aid student suffering severe asthma attack

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:18:00 EST

Three East Texas students and a bus driver are being honored for their heroic efforts to help a student in need.

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Joy Global plans upgrade for Longview facility

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:17:00 EST

Manufacturing company Joy Global is planning an expansion in Longview. 

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Sheriff identifies suspected shooter, victims in Van Zandt County murder-suicide

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:25:00 EST

Van Zandt County officials are continuing an investigation into a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of three people Monday night.

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Mount Pleasant police looking for wanted individuals

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:45:00 EST

MPPD is using its Facebook page to find a list of 2,298 wanted individuals. 

Smith County jury duty canceled tomorrow

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:19:00 EST

However, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court, you must still report.

First Alert: Few storms possible during predawn hours on Wednesday

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:53:00 EST

At this time, the Storm Prediction Center has taken all east counties out of the “SLIGHT RISK” area through Wednesday morning.

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Naked man taken into custody after fleeing crash scene

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:42:00 EST

A naked man was taken into custody at a Tyler dollar store Tuesday afternoon.

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FIRST ALERT: Isolated strong storm or two possible tonight in ETX

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:18:00 EST

Due to the warm temperatures in place, and the lift from the system, scattered showers and storms will become possible after midnight. 

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Longview man accused of smashing windows to avoid arrest

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:46:00 EST

A Longview property owner is cleaning up this morning after a suspect broke several windows in an empty duplex while attempting to avoid being arrested, according to a police report

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Diesel fuel spill temporarily shuts down eastbound lane on I-20, near northeast Tyler

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:51:00 EST

Around 9:30 a.m., authorities received a call of an 18-wheeler on the side of I-20 leaking some sort of fluid. 

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Mount Pleasant police search for fugitive

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:58:00 EST

People are encouraged to call 911 if you see the fugitive and they should not approach him.

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Suspect in Tyler church burglaries arrested

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:05:00 EST

From the Tyler Police Department Suspect Taken Into Custody 02-28-2017 Date of release On February 27, 2017 the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Kinon Peacock in Houston, Texas based on a collateral lead from the US Marshal’s Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force. Peacock was located at a residence hiding in a closet when he was taken into custody.  Tyler Police Department had three outstanding warrants on Peacock for burglary of a bu...

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High Street underpass right lane closed (Tyler to Cotton)

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:23:00 EST

The construction at the underpass is to install a brick veneer and replace the sidewalk, curb and gutter. 

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TJC students evacuate student center after false fire alarm

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:19:00 EST

Around 9 a.m., officials cleared the building and determined that there was no evidence of fire.

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Sports WebXtra: Cowboys have interest in Josh McCown

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:14:00 EST

Lufkin native and wide receiver Dez Bryant may not be the only East Texan on the Cowboys roster in 2017. According to ESPN, Dallas is interested in free agent quarterback Josh MCcown. Cleveland released the 15-year veteran earlier this month and the Jacksonville product would make a solid backup to Dak Prescott.

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Former White Oak coach takes over at Texas High

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:09:00 EST

District 16-5A will look completely different next year with regards to head coaches. In addition to Joe Drennon now at Hallsville, Marshall has a job to fill, and Monday morning Texas High introduced Gerry Stanford as its new head coach and athletic director.

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2 females escape shooting that killed 3 family members in ETX murder-suicide

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:59:00 EST

Van Zandt County law enforcement officers are on the scene of an incident on FM 314 near Van, Monday night. 

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Mineola head football coach Joe Drennon leaving for HC/AD job at Hallsville

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:29:00 EST

Over the past three seasons, the Mineola football team has been one of the most successful programs in all of East Texas. But the head man behind all of those victories is now headed to Hallsville ISD. Hallsville public relations director Carol Greer confirmed to KLTV Sports on Monday night that Drennon was hired by the Bobcats to be their next head coach and athletic director.

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Trial to begin Tuesday in murder of Kilgore College football player

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:14:00 EST

A trial is set to begin on Tuesday in a Longview murder case dating back to 2012. 

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Boys H.S. basketball regional quarterfinal highlights from Monday night

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:40:00 EST

Mount Vernon, Martin's Mill, Woden, and Slocum are all gearing up for the girls high school basketball state tournament later this week in San Antonio. The boys meanwhile are now in the regional quarterfinals, and around 20 East Texas teams are still alive. One of them is Nacogdoches.

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Study shows children may not wake up to smoke alarms

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:31:00 EST

Most of us couldn't imagine sleeping through an ear-splitting smoke alarm, but children may be actually prone to doing just that.

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LeTourneau men left out of Division III NCAA Tournament

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:28:00 EST

In college hoops, LeTourneau set numerous program records and made history this year by winning 20 games during the regular season and hosting the American Southwest Conference tournament. But the ultimate goal is the NCAA Tournament. There were some tense moments Monday morning as the coaching staff and players watched the Division III selection show. Hoping to celebrate and cheer, in the end the Yellowjackets walked away disappointed.

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Following false alarms, UT Tyler will retrain employees

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:05:00 EST

After two false alarms last week, the company that runs the Instant Alert Network says it plans to re-train UT Tyler employees.

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Johnny Cace's Restaurant may be gone, but the kitchen is back

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:08:00 EST

Although Johnny Cace’s Restaurant in Longview has closed, popular demand has brought back the croutons, cheese, and a few other favorites, and it’s in time for Mardi Gras.

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Tyler police: elderly man with dementia has been found

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:17:00 EST

Tyler police is currently searching for an elderly 70 year old white male, diagnosed with dementia in the area of Jacksonville/Vine

Hail falls in parts of East Texas as severe thunderstorms pass through

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:01:00 EST

Some areas of East Texas saw large hail this afternoon from a strong thunderstorm. 

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Storm warnings issued for Franklin, Camp, Upshur counties

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:42:00 EST

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Upshur, Franklin and Camp counties through 6:15 p.m.

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Woman jailed on intoxication assault with vehicle charges

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:12:00 EST

A Dallas-area woman was arrested Sunday in East Texas for intoxication assault.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Wood County

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:01:00 EST

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Wood County through 5:15 p.m.

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Better East Texas: The importance of a free press

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:45:00 EST

The founders of our country recognized the importance of a free press by identifying it in the first amendment to the constitution.

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Better East Texas: Limited access to elected officials

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:38:00 EST

The challenge remains that our elected officials must be accessible somehow so that our voices can be heard and the will of people be respected. 

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Tyler police searching for driver who collided with ice cream truck, two other suspects

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:49:00 EST

Tyler Police Department Officer Don Martin says officers engaged in a brief pursuit with the driver of a white SUV on Palace and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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NWS issues severe thunderstorm warnings for East Texas counties

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:50:00 EST

Forecasters say the storms, which are moving northeast, have the potential of producing quarter size hail and strong winds.

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First Alert weather days for Monday, Tuesday

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:02:00 EST

Rapidly changing weather conditions are occurring over East Texas today as a warm front has moved through and a pool of fairly cool air is aloft, is allowing for showers and thunderstorms to form in our area.

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Storms with hail possible Monday, Tuesday afternoon

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:43:00 EST

Due to the cold air aloft across the region, the potential for these storms to produce large hail will be very possible.

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C.H.A.M.P.S program helps East Texas youth

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:46:00 EST

Seeing how some East Texas youth needed direction, an East Texas man started his own non-profit mission to give kids an alternative. 

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Westbound lanes on I-20 near Marshall temporarily closed, several transported to hospital

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:42:00 EST

At least four people including the driver of an 18-wheeler are in the hospital after a major wreck on Interstate 20 in Harrison County on Monday. 

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Three in custody, at least one still on the loose following robbery at Tyler Walmart

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:45:00 EST

Three arrests have been made, and police are still looking for at least one other person connected to a robbery at a Tyler Walmart. 

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Overturned 18-wheeler, oil spill shuts down parts of Hwy 19 in Emory

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:07:00 EST

An overturned 18-wheeler and oil spill has shut down parts of an East Texas Highway Monday morning.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Wreck blocks I-20 westbound in Harrison Co.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:13:00 EST

A wreck involving an overturned 18-wheeler has blocked traffic in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Harrison County.

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Power of Prayer: Mt. Vernon AME Church

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:53:00 EST

An East Texas congregation is working to rescue its church building from fading into history. Mount Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Palestine has been added to Preservation Texas' list of the most endangered places in the Lone Star State.

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Boil water notice issued for areas in Cherokee County

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:15:00 EST

Due to conditions in the water system, Craft-Turney Water Supply customers are under a boil water notice. 

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Police identify suspects in aggravated robbery at Tyler Walmart

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:23:00 EST

Tyler investigators have arrested three suspects in connection with the aggravated robbery that occurred at Walmart. 

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Pedestrian hit by car after aggravated robbery at Tyler Walmart

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:11:00 EST

Police say some suspects have been arrested after an aggravated robbery at an East Texas Walmart.

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Police warn of skimmer threat

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:14:00 EST

East Texas police are warning the public about a crime on the rise. 

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East Texas law enforcement honor one of Tyler PD’s first African American officers

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:31:00 EST

Saturday, East Texas law enforcement gathered to honor and pay their respects to one of Tyler's first African American police officers.

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Tyler PD identifies pedestrian struck on SSW Loop 323

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:26:00 EST

Tyler Police Department has identified the pedestrian struck on SSW Loop Saturday afternoon.

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Tyler PD responding to auto-pedestrian wreck on SSW Loop 323

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:38:00 EST

Tyler police are on scene of an auto-pedestrian wreck Saturday afternoon.  

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One arrested in Smith County after fight with Trooper

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:26:00 EST

One person has been arrested after they got into a fight with a DPS Trooper.

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Suspect arrested in Daingerfield kidnapping

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:34:00 EST

Daingerfield police have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping in Daingerfield. 

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One of Tyler PD's first African-American officers has died

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:50:00 EST

One of the first two African-American officers 

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Picture-perfect portraits at Longview's Sculpture Park

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:33:00 EST

There are several spots around Longview that spring to mind when a nice setting is needed for a family portrait. But many seem to gravitate towards the Longview Museum of Fine Art’s Sculpture Park.

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Longview officials to criminals: 'We are coming for you'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:58:00 EST

'We are coming for you." That's the strong message from an East Texas city where violent crime is nothing new.

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Rep. Gohmert on town hall request: 'I know where majority stands'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:02:00 EST

The Congressman still refuses to hold a face to face town hall with a group of concerned constituents.

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After admitting guilt to burning body, Pearce tells camera in court: 'I'm sorry'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:04:00 EST

A man who was arrested in connection with a Smith County murder case has been sentenced to prison.

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Grand jury indicts 4 suspects in Longview aggravated robbery

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:14:00 EST

Daqwon Hollins, 19, Joseph Pierre Brice Jr., 18, La'Darion Lynn Canada, 19, and Xavier Rashad Lockridge, 17, all of Longview, are each indicted with aggravated robbery.

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Traffic alert: Wreck snarling WB traffic on SSW Loop 323 at Broadway

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:33:00 EST

Officers are directing traffic due to a wreck on the Loop in Tyler near the mall.

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CONFIRMED: Bullard AD/Head Football Coach Shannon Wilson leaving for Bridgeport ISD

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:18:00 EST

KLTV 7 Sports has confirmed through Bridgeport ISD, that Bullard's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Shannon Wilson has been approved and hired to take over the Bulls program.  

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Man serving 25 years on sex assault charges to face additional charges with Smith County

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:44:00 EST

A man has been booked into the Smith County jail on four charges involving of indecency with a child and sexual assault

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Blue Bell: 'Skip the bowl,' with new Ice Cream Cone flavor

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:26:00 EST

Ice cream served in a cone is a classic - at least, that's what Blue Bell is banking on. 

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Longview police respond to multiple-vehicle wreck in mall parking lot

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:42:00 EST

At around 2 p.m., Longview police responded to the scene of a multiple-vehicle wreck in the Longview mall parking lot.

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Sheriff: Ex-fire chief allegedly used company card for personal use

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:00 EST

A former fire chief at a volunteer department in Wood County is accused of using a company credit card for personal use.

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Longview police: 10 arrested in drug busts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:30:00 EST

Our KLTV crew will be streaming the conference live.

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1 arrested in Longview woman's death

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:53:00 EST

A Longview man has been arrested for a December 2016 murder case in which police found an East Texas woman shot to death in a vehicle.

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Athens man arrested on possession of controlled substance

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:03:00 EST

Henderson County Sheriff Office: Sheriff Botie Hillhouse took the reins Thursday when he personally dispatched himself to arrest a man with illegal narcotics walking into Henderson County. “I have made it abundantly clear that I will not tolerate illegal drug use, abuse, possession or dealing in this County,” Hillhouse said. “And if that means doing it myself, I will.” A citizen called the Sheriff personally Thursday to report a disoriented man walking along...

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UPDATE: Former Kilgore ISD superintendent, 3 others arrested on prostitution charges

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:00 EST

Police arrested Armando Rodríguez Sánchez, 35, of Gilmer; Jerry B. Roberts, 64, of Longview; Nathaniel Kelly Wright Jr., 72, of Longview; and Johnny Ford, 34, of Longview. 

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Police: More than 400 confiscated guns destroyed in Longview

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:31:00 EST

Longview police say that in accordance with ATF procedures, the department has called in a company that has destroyed more than 400 confiscated guns.

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LIVE: President Trump speaks to CPAC

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:54:00 EST

President Donald Trump is speaking Friday at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Wreck slows Broadway south of 8th Street in Tyler

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:22:00 EST

A wreck is causing delays on Broadway in Tyler Friday morning. 

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Marion County murder suspect captured in Florida

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:45:00 EST

An East Texas man on the run after allegedly murdering his uncle in Marion County has been arrested in Florida.

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Classes canceled at Overton ISD school Friday

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:58:00 EST

Classes at Overton Independent School District campuses have been canceled Friday, according to superintendent Stephen DuBose.

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Gabby Giffords to Gohmert: 'Have some courage, face your constituents'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:58:00 EST

A former U.S. Representative has released a statement responding to East Texas U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert who brought up the shooting in a statement as to why he is not holding public town halls.

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New robot takes over milking duties at East Texas dairy farm

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:54:00 EST

An East Texas dairy farm is preparing to open their new story and milking facility, but the milking isn't done with human hands. 

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American Southwest Conference and TAPPS State semifinal scores and highlights

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:35:00 EST

American Southwest Conference and TAPPS state semifinal scores and highlights.

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Over 4,000 backlogged rape kits in Texas, new bill proposes funding

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:31:00 EST

At least 4,000 untested rape kits remain in Texas, many of those are at least six years old. The statistics show it’s a problem in East Texas, too. 

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Woman to serve 10 years for hitting, killing child on scooter

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:06:00 EST

An East Texas woman pleaded guilty to killing a five-year-old boy in a hit and run, and received her sentence on Thursday.

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New AR 15 court ruling would affect Texas ... but not really

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:28:00 EST

What's different with this case, is that it specifically identifies the AR-15 as a gun that can be banned.

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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Texas sports news from The Associated Press

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 04:34:00 EST

Antoine Roussel capped Dallas' three-goal third period and the Stars rallied for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. The loss dropped second-place Pittsburgh seven points behind Eastern Conference and...

The Latest: Tornado touches down in central Illinois

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:02:00 EST

The Latest on severe weather expected in the central United States (all times local):

Texas News Minute

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:43:00 EST

The latest Texas news from The Associated Press.

Wildfire threatens Texas Panhandle town

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:10:00 EST

A wildfire threatened a West Texas town, incinerating four homes before firefighters halted its forward progress.

Apollo 11 relic mistakenly sold returned to Illinois woman

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:50:00 EST

NASA has returned a bag used to collect lunar samples during the first manned moon mission to an Illinois woman who bought it at auction.

2 sentenced in North Texas 'pill mill' probe

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:50:00 EST

Two suspects in what prosecutors describe as drug distribution conspiracy have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to charges arising from the scheme.

16 with a North Texas hospice accused of $60M Medicare fraud

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:50:00 EST

A federal indictment charges 16 people affiliated with a North Texas hospice of rigging patient care and record-keeping, including administering drug overdoses, fraudulently reaping $60 million in Medicare payments.

Condemned killer in San Antonio robbery set to die May 24

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:50:00 EST

A 35-year-old San Antonio man on death row for a fatal shooting during a robbery more than 13 years ago has been set to die.

House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:50:00 EST

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill economic-damage payments.

3 members of Texas family dead in apparent murder-suicide

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:49:00 EST

Authorities east of Dallas say a man fatally shot two women in his family while two others were able to escape the home during the attack.