Which East Texas county clerks are, are not accepting same-sex marriage applications Video

Gay rights supporters criticized Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling," saying state workers can deny marriage licenses. Our news partners at KYTX CBS 19 have compiled a list of how East Texas county clerks are reacting to the ruling and Paxton’s statement.

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 on Monday granting an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court.

Six Church of Wells members arrested for heckling Joel Osteen

HOUSTON (KHOU via KYTX) - Six people were arrested at Lakewood Church Sunday after heckling Pastor Joel Osteen while he was preaching, according to Houston Police. The individuals are from Wells, Texas and are associated with The Church of Wells. Casey Eaglin was at Sunday's 11 a.m. service and just a few seats away from one of the protesters.

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ETMC urgent clinic to open next week at Lake Palestine

ETMC First Physicians will open an urgent care clinic on Monday, July 6, at its Lake Palestine location at the corner of Farm-to-Market Road 344 and Highway 155 in Flint. Clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday…

29 June 2015 [03:35 PM]
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Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 on Monday granting an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court…

29 June 2015 [02:52 PM]
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UT Tyler netter Friesenhahn nominated for NCAA Woman of Year

Although the athletic competition for the 2014-15 school year is complete, the awards keep coming in for UT Tyler students. Amy Friesenhahn, a UT Tyler senior netter, is one of three American Southwest Conference student-athletes nominated for the 2015 NCAA…

29 June 2015 [02:41 PM]
Mother Frances, GI physician group unites to improve services

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and Digestive Health Specialists of Tyler announced Monday they’ve teamed to provide gastroenterology and endoscopy services to East Texas patients. The two entities signed an affiliation agreement, which creates the new Trinity Mother Frances…

29 June 2015 [02:31 PM]
Smith County Commissioners to discuss road improvement plan

Smith County Commissioners will discuss their progress on implementing a long-range county road improvment plan Tuesday morning. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Smith County Courthouse Annex, 200 E. Ferguson St. in Downtown Tyler. The commissioners will…

29 June 2015 [01:54 PM]
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Six Church of Wells members arrested for heckling Joel Osteen

HOUSTON (KHOU via KYTX) - Six people were arrested at Lakewood Church Sunday after heckling Pastor Joel Osteen while he was preaching, according to Houston Police. The individuals are from Wells, Texas and are associated with The Church of Wells.…

29 June 2015 [01:41 PM]
Most city, county offices will be closed Friday

Most of Tyler and Smith County offices will have a four-day operation week and observe the 4th of July holiday of Friday, but recreation facilities including swimming pools will remain open. FunForestPark and WoldertPark pools will be open Friday, July…

29 June 2015 [01:24 PM]
Rep. Simpson: Marriage process decisions belong with religions

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, called on Gov. Greg Abbott to immediately call a special session of the 84th Legislature to end Texas’ involvement in the marriage process and put the process in the hands of individual religious denominations. Simpson…

29 June 2015 [11:52 AM]
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First Smith County same-sex marriage certificate completed Video

(UPDATED June 29, 2015 at 11:09 am CT) The Smith County Clerk’s office issued its first marriage certificate to a same sex couple Monday morning. A Supreme Court ruling Friday morning made same sex marriage was legal in all 50…

29 June 2015 [11:18 AM]
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Manhunt under way in Gregg County Video

GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A pursuit in Kilgore has spilled over into Gregg County. The Kilgore Police Department tweeted the following statement: "KPD is currently assisting Gregg County with a man hunt following a pursuit near Van Meter and Fritz…

29 June 2015 [09:37 AM]
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Two charged with Tyler purse snatchings Video

(KYTX) -- Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent purse-snatching thefts in Tyler. They are identified as 52-year-old Lee Roy Scales and 37-year-old Anita Delois Caldwell. Both are believed to be responsible for the incidents that occurred…

29 June 2015 [09:28 AM]
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Adults with special needs help out at El Charro Video

TYLER (KYTX) - Sorting, folding, and rolling. Each adult good at a specific task. But as a group, the Achieving Dreams folks get the job done at El Charro on the Ridge in Tyler. "They love coming here," said Bettie…

29 June 2015 [09:19 AM]
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Smith County constable announces run for re-election Video

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Precinct 4 Constable John Smith announced Saturday that he will seek a third term serving the citizens of northeastern Smith County. Smith plans to run as a Republican in 2016. “I have made a lot of…

29 June 2015 [09:17 AM]
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2nd escaped murderer shot, captured

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his…

28 June 2015 [10:27 PM]
Bible Verse 6-29

"Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts." (2 Peter 3:3)      …

28 June 2015 [10:11 PM]
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Hispanic music festival first of its kind in Tyler Video

T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza sees its fair share of events throughout the year, but on Sunday residents were treated to something different. KOYE 96.7 FM “La Invasora” hosted the first Hispanic music festival of its kind in Tyler, the Festival…

28 June 2015 [10:09 PM]
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Jiminy crickets! They're all over

Typically sounds of the cricket serenades fill the air in August, but due to a cooler and wetter than normal year, immature crickets can be heard playing their song across East Texas earlier than usual this summer. Chad…

28 June 2015 [10:00 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 6-29

DEATHS SHIRLEY ANAYA, 71, Palestine, died June 25. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Monday at funeral home. RONALD L. BERGMEIER, 87, Tyler, died June 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. ANTHONY R. BUTLER, 43, Hughes Springs, died June…

28 June 2015 [09:56 PM]
Making decisions about pesticide use

According to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Laws and Regulations manual, a pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. A pest may be any insect, plant or disease causing damage…

28 June 2015 [09:15 PM]
Building permits 6-29

New Construction Residential Whole Enterprise is building a $72,000, 2148 square-foot home at 1608 N. Englewood. Trent Williams Construction is building a $522,500, 5,789 square-foot home at 1463 Old Farm Road Cooper Sibley Construction is building a $240,000,…

28 June 2015 [09:11 PM]
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Bottlenecks add up to lost customers

In business, the term bottleneck refers to a point in the system of production that slows all parts of the system preceding it. It can also be defined as any limitation in a process that prevents the organization from moving…

28 June 2015 [08:53 PM]
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GRANTS Gail McGlothin has founded Grant Writing Partners to assist nonprofits by providing them grant writing experience at a price they can afford. Capable professionals experienced in the fields of grant writing, fundraising and nonprofit management are associated with Grant…

28 June 2015 [08:49 PM]
J&S Sand & Gravel marks 30 years of service to East Texas

After getting a $15,000 loan from his brother, Johnny Speake opened J & S Sand & Gravel in Tyler in 1985 with one single-axle, five-yard dump truck. His only staff members at the time were his two sons, Johnny and…

28 June 2015 [08:41 PM]
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Longview Regional Medical Center appoints new CEO

Longview Regional Medical Center has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. Casey Robertson brings more than 10 years of hospital management experience to Longview, according to information released recently by Longview Regional. Robertson’s tenure is set to begin July 27.…

28 June 2015 [08:35 PM]
Hearings reveal more about Texas earthquakes

Alex Mills, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers The mystery surrounding the cause of earthquakes in Texas continues, but scientists and policymakers are finding more clues following two hearings before the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), recently. Some scientists at the U.S.…

28 June 2015 [08:19 PM]