Tyler City Council to discuss multiple infrastructure projects at Wednesday meeting

The Tyler City Council on Wednesday will consider multiple infrastructure projects that will affect most areas of town. These include hiring an architect to design two new fire station buildings, making improvement to Martin Luther King Boulevard and evaluating a contract to replace the septic tank systems in Lindsey Park. The public meeting…

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Tyler Rose Garden Poetry Society provides camaraderie, inspiration for East Texas writers

As a child, Carol Thompson, of Tyler, liked sitting outside writing poetry. “I don’t even know where it came from,” she said. “I just like words.” A former newspaper reporter and a retired employee of the federal court system as well as a poet, Thompson attended a meeting of the Tyler Rose Garden Poetry Society about five years ago

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Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

MOSCOW (AP) - A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but…

13 December 2017 [08:44 AM]
Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany…

13 December 2017 [08:42 AM]
Bible Verse 12.13.17

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law.” (Galatians 4:4-5)…

12 December 2017 [11:51 PM]
Prominent figures set to be pallbearers at Judge Bascom Bentley's funeral

Several prominent political figures will attend the memorial service for retired Anderson County District Judge Bascom William Bentley III on Saturday to say their final goodbyes. Bentley died Monday at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital surrounded by family members. Former…

12 December 2017 [09:50 PM]
Homeland Security chief lauds Texas 'sanctuary cities' ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen harshly criticized so-called "sanctuary cities" late Tuesday, urging the rest of the nation to emulate Texas' tough law banning them. President Donald Trump's former deputy White House chief of…

12 December 2017 [07:30 PM]
Clint Perkins joins AgriLife's Smith County team

Clint Perkins has been named Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Smith County Extension Agent of Agriculture and Natural Resources. His appointment is effective on Jan. 1, 2018. "I am pleased to have Mr. Perkins join our County Extension Faculty in…

12 December 2017 [07:25 PM]
Emergency personnel respond to wreck involving pedestrian on Broadway

Emergency personnel are responding to a wreck involving a pedestrian and vehicle near the intersection of North Broadway Avenue and West 26th Street. The victim was still lying on the ground, but their condition was unclear, according to scanner traffic.   …

12 December 2017 [07:17 PM]
Federal investigators start final probe of the El Faro's sinking

A ship captain's unwillingness to listen to his crew's suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane. A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather. An old ship with outdated lifeboats,…

12 December 2017 [07:08 PM]
Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker's conviction in a hush-money…

12 December 2017 [07:05 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Dec. 13

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12 December 2017 [06:22 PM]
200 pounds of marijuana seized in traffic stop near Canton

A major stash of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop on Interstate 20 Tuesday afternoon. A Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a vehicle on Interstate 20 in the Canton area, and with the help of his K-9…

12 December 2017 [05:40 PM]
Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80. Brown died of natural causes…

12 December 2017 [03:42 PM]
Houston proposes site for new homeless shelter

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston officials hope a proposed shelter will help alleviate concerns about homeless camps beneath downtown freeways. The Houston Chronicle reports that city officials considered a plan Monday that would move some of Houston's homeless population to a…

12 December 2017 [03:39 PM]
Flight diverted in Florida because of coffee maker fumes

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12 December 2017 [03:36 PM]
Houston-based gas driller: Make homeowner pay for disparaging us

MONTROSE, Pa. (AP) - A gas driller's ongoing feud with a Pennsylvania homeowner over the contamination of his water supply has once again entered a courtroom. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. claims Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his former…

12 December 2017 [03:30 PM]
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WACO, Texas (AP) - A retired Waco, Texas, police officer says in an affidavit that the FBI is investigating McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna for alleged public corruption. The affidavit was filed Tuesday by Jorge Salinas. He's among the…

12 December 2017 [03:29 PM]
Man outside Houston gun range killed when rifle discharges

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - Harris County authorities say a 36-year-old man walking toward a building that houses a suburban Houston gun range has been shot and killed after a rifle being worked on inside the building discharged. Sheriff's spokesman Thomas…

12 December 2017 [03:21 PM]
Exxon says it will increase climate-change disclosures

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12 December 2017 [03:18 PM]
JK Rowling says she's proud to receive royal honor

LONDON (AP) - Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling can add another magic moment to her list of achievements - she has been made a royal Companion of Honor. Rowling received the honor from Prince William on Tuesday at a Buckingham…

12 December 2017 [03:14 PM]
Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

MATT SEDENSKY and MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother's womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in…

12 December 2017 [03:11 PM]
Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he…

12 December 2017 [03:09 PM]