Upshur Co. capital murder trial jury selection delayed

GILMER--A state district judge on Friday postponed jury selection in the Jonathan Ray Shepherd capital murder trial from its scheduled start on Monday until April 13. Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said 115th District Judge Lauren Parish issued the order because of "new evidence and discovery that prompted the delay." Disco…

Rangers investigate fatal shooting of Longview teen Video

HOUSTON (TNS) — Chilling surveillance video released a week after the police shooting of a 17-year-old girl in North Texas shows her entering the police department lobby, pulling a knife and facing off against three officers before she is tased and shot. The Texas Rangers, part of the state Department of Public Safety, are investigating th

Ladd apologized to murder victim's family just prior to execution Video

HUNTSVILLE — Moments before receiving lethal injection, 57-year-old Robert Charles Ladd, the man convicted of killing 38-year-old Tylerite Vicki Ann Garner, apologized to his victim’s family and said he hoped they could forgive him. Outside the Huntsville prison, a group of 15 to 20 protestors shouted against the death penalty, sayin

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Booths available for Glass Center rummage sale

Booths are available for the Glass Recreation Center’s annual rummage sale. Vendor registration is $15 per booth. The set up time will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 6, according to a news release from the city. Booth…

30 January 2015 [01:00 PM]
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Upshur Co. capital murder trial jury selection delayed

GILMER--A state district judge on Friday postponed jury selection in the Jonathan Ray Shepherd capital murder trial from its scheduled start on Monday until April 13. Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said 115th District Judge Lauren Parish issued the…

30 January 2015 [12:56 PM]
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Bison herd provides glimpse of Texas history, and lessons

QUITAQUE, Texas (AP) — A full-grown bull briefly looks up from his meal as you drive through his territory. The great creature briefly ponders the sight of you and your vehicle, then returns to the pasture on which he's grazing.…

30 January 2015 [11:55 AM]
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Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations Video

NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer…

30 January 2015 [11:20 AM]
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Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided…

30 January 2015 [11:03 AM]
Dallas schools officials quit amid inappropriate messages

DALLAS (AP) — The head of human resources for the Dallas Independent School District has quit after sending and receiving inappropriate messages. Superintendent Mike Miles late Thursday announced the resignation of Carmen Darville. Miles says both agreed that some instant…

30 January 2015 [10:48 AM]
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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of George Zimmerman gave a sworn statement in which she said she didn't want any charges to be filed in the aggravated assault investigation that started when she told police officers he threw a…

30 January 2015 [10:42 AM]
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Ladd apologized to murder victim's family just prior to execution Video

HUNTSVILLE — Moments before receiving lethal injection, 57-year-old Robert Charles Ladd, the man convicted of killing 38-year-old Tylerite Vicki Ann Garner, apologized to his victim’s family and said he hoped they could forgive him. Outside the Huntsville prison, a group…

30 January 2015 [10:00 AM]
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Rangers investigate fatal shooting of Longview teen Video

HOUSTON (TNS) — Chilling surveillance video released a week after the police shooting of a 17-year-old girl in North Texas shows her entering the police department lobby, pulling a knife and facing off against three officers before she is tased…

30 January 2015 [09:49 AM]
Commission approves Slocum marker

A 12-member board of the Texas Historical Commission unanimously approved a historical marker request for the Slocum Massacre on Thursday.   Descendant Constance Hollie-Jawaid — accompanied by family and E.R. Bills, author of “The 1910 Slocum Massacre, A Genocide in…

30 January 2015 [09:21 AM]
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Junior Symphony League presents major gift to ETSO

The Junior Symphony League of Tyler recently donated $21,400 to East Texas Symphony Orchestra. “We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Junior Symphony League members, not only through their countless volunteer hours, but also their interest in and…

30 January 2015 [09:15 AM]
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Texas man may be latest victim of exploding air bags Video

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The man, identified by authorities as Carlos Solis,…

30 January 2015 [09:12 AM]
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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the…

30 January 2015 [09:00 AM]
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Man sought in death of Kilgore woman

The Kilgore Police Department is searching for a person of interest in the death of Franciosa Jackson that occurred on Dec. 28. Marcus Demois Whitaker, 35, of Kilgore, is wanted by the Texas Pardons and Parole for a violation, which…

30 January 2015 [08:48 AM]
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Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

PHOENIX (AP) — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission. For most people, the game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is the Super Bowl. But for many business…

30 January 2015 [07:17 AM]
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On Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food?

CHICAGO (AP) — While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country. Many parties will have chicken wings and pizza. But…

30 January 2015 [07:14 AM]
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Judge to hear arguments on constitutionality of no fly list

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the government's no fly list in a case now embroiled with allegations of terrorism against a one-time northern Virginia resident. For four years, the government…

30 January 2015 [07:11 AM]
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Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested for fatal LA hit-and-run

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles. Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's information office said Knight was…

30 January 2015 [07:06 AM]
Travis County constable fatally shoots dog in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials say a Travis County constable fatally shot a dog in Austin after it lunged at him. Lt. Jeff Parker with Travis County Constables' Precinct 2 says Senior Deputy Lawrence Edwards will be off his regular…

30 January 2015 [07:04 AM]
Waco band teacher accused of having sex with student

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas band teacher is facing criminal charges after authorities say he had a sexual relationship with a female student. Former Waco High School assistant band director Jason Hodges is charged with having an inappropriate…

30 January 2015 [07:02 AM]
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Galveston councilman draws ire over Hitler video spoof

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas elected official has drawn criticism for playing an Adolf Hitler video spoof during a public meeting. Galveston City Councilman Norman Pappous (PAP'-uhs) said Thursday he has nothing to apologize for and the video…

30 January 2015 [06:59 AM]
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George P. Bush headlines Texas Capitol 'school choice' rally

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is leading a "school choice" rally supporting calls to expand voucher programs and charter schools statewide. Organizers say Friday's gathering outside the Texas Capitol will be the largest of…

30 January 2015 [06:56 AM]
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Obama proposes 'precision medicine' to end one-size-fits-all

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. The White House said Friday that Obama will ask Congress for $215 million for what…

30 January 2015 [06:51 AM]