Does Obama have authority for immigration changes? Video

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over their legality. Is he on solid legal ground? For months the White House and Obama's supporters have insisted that he has the authority to direct immigration authorities to exercise discretion in de

Florida State shooter, Texas Tech grad, well-liked but troubled

BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don't know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University's library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him.

FBI investigating two Smith County Sheriff detectives Video

Two Smith County Sheriff detectives are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly violating a prisoner’s civil rights while he was handcuffed. Confirmation of the FBI investigation came Wednesday, less than an hour after Sheriff Larry Smith announced that two other sheriff office employees, tenured deputy Joshua Caulkins and his wife, Kri

Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans Video

CHICAGO (AP) — The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons. Tessa and Joel Sanborn understand.

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Celebration day for St. Gregory Cathedral School on Thursday

Thursday was a day of celebration for St. Gregory Cathedral School, a three-time National Blue Ribbon Award recipient from the U.S. Department of Education. The school received its third Exemplary Blue Ribbon School Award Thursday. The festivities included a mass…

20 November 2014 [09:34 PM]
Gov.-elect Abbott vows legal challenge to immigration order

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is pledging to challenge President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration in court. Abbott, who is the Texas attorney general until he succeeds Gov. Rick Perry in January, issued his vow Thursday…

20 November 2014 [09:19 PM]
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Florida State shooter, Texas Tech grad, well-liked but troubled

BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don't know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University's library, but they do know he thought…

20 November 2014 [09:04 PM]
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Weekend of jazz includes TJC's Pop Concert

It is a weekend of jazz in Tyler. Tyler Junior College’s Jazz Ensemble and vocal group Harmony and Understanding perform tonight and jazz trombonist Mark Mullins headlines a show on Saturday.   Pops Concert   With the theme Singin’ &…

20 November 2014 [09:03 PM]
Frozen Fantasy in the Park at O.L. Ferrell Park in Bullard

Spending an evening in a park could help people in Bolivia receive dental care. Frozen Fantasy in the Park will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the city’s park. The event will feature characters from…

20 November 2014 [08:17 PM]
Lighted Christmas Parade hosted by the city of Athens on Dec. 6

The city of Athens will host its annual lighted Christmas parade, “Magical Christmas,” on Dec. 6. Festivities will kick off with Holiday on the Square, sponsored by the Light Up Athens committee, on the downtown courthouse square from 4 p.m.…

20 November 2014 [08:08 PM]
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Jazz trombonist, Mark Mullins headlining at Liberty Hall on Saturday

New Orleans-based jazz trombonist Mark Mullins is headlining the Jazz Spectacular show Saturday at Liberty Hall. He will be performing with the TJC Jazz Ensemble. Mullins took time to discuss performing with younger musicians and the New Orleans jazz…

20 November 2014 [08:07 PM]
Wills Point Family in tragic accident on the way to Disney World

Five members from the Wills Point community, including a Wills Point kindergarten teacher, died Wednesday morning when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed on Interstate 20 in Louisiana as the family traveled to Disney World. Louisiana State Police said…

20 November 2014 [07:38 PM]
Couple, dogs found dead in Hawkins

HAWKINS — A grim discovery in the small town of Hawkins has Texas Rangers investigating the deaths of a couple and their three dogs, all found shot to death Wednesday. Hawkins Police Chief Ron Voda said his department went to…

20 November 2014 [07:36 PM]
The idea is to make voting easier for Smith County voters

Smith County voters may be able to cast ballots at any location countywide as soon as the next election. County commissioners canvassed countywide votes Tuesday and during the discussion, Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips expressed his interest in Smith County…

20 November 2014 [07:19 PM]
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Immigration move setting a precedent

It’s the right sentiment, though perhaps (in the Thanksgiving season) the wrong bird — but what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. That’s a principle President Barack Obama should bear in mind as he considers granting legal…

20 November 2014 [07:01 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 11-21

DEATHS MARGARET ALLEN, 62, Gladewater, died Nov. 13. Croley Funeral Home, Gladewater. L.B. BOOTY, 88, Big Sandy, died Nov. 13. Croley Funeral Home, Gladewater. LILLIAN CARCAMO, 87, Tyler, formerly of Van, died Nov. 19. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. KAREN…

20 November 2014 [06:59 PM]
Fatal shooting at gun range ruled accidental

The preliminary autopsy report in the death of a Smith County man who died after being shot in the head at a local gun range indicates the death was accidental. Smith County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Gary Alfred…

20 November 2014 [05:16 PM]
Grant process underway for residents seeking water

REKLAW — The Reklaw city council approved moving forward with a grant on Tuesday evening to provide residents in the rural community of Fairview with running water, but it could be more than a year before water begins flowing into…

20 November 2014 [05:14 PM]
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Does Obama have authority for immigration changes? Video

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over their legality. Is he on solid legal ground? For months the White House and Obama's supporters have…

20 November 2014 [05:07 PM]
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Full Bill Cosby exchange with AP on allegations Video

With sexual assault allegations gaining increasing attention, The Associated Press reviewed an on camera interview with Bill Cosby earlier this month and made the decision to publish his full reaction to questions about the claims.…

20 November 2014 [04:35 PM]
2 fired Jasper officers not charged over arrest

JASPER, Texas (AP) — Two fired Southeast Texas officers will not be charged over a videotaped incident in which a woman held for an unpaid traffic ticket had her face slammed on a jail counter. A Jasper County grand jury…

20 November 2014 [02:00 PM]
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Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans Video

CHICAGO (AP) — The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons. Tessa and Joel Sanborn understand. The arrival of their 5-year-old adopted son Devine, who is in an orphanage in Liberia,…

20 November 2014 [12:34 PM]
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Iowa man arrested near White House with gun in car Video

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man Wednesday afternoon after finding a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in the trunk of his car parked near the White House. R.J. Kapheim, 41, was…

20 November 2014 [12:28 PM]
Fatal crash takes five lives from Wills Point

Five members from the Wills Point community, including a Wills Point kindergarten teacher, died this morning when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed on Interstate 20 in Louisiana as the family traveled to Disney World. According to a…

20 November 2014 [11:21 AM]
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FBI investigating two Smith County Sheriff detectives

Two Smith County Sheriff detectives are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly violating a prisoner’s civil rights while he was handcuffed. Confirmation of the FBI investigation came Wednesday, less than an hour after Sheriff Larry Smith announced that two…

20 November 2014 [09:39 AM]
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2 forced to leave home after Longview fire Video

Two people were forced to leave their home after a fire damaged a Longview apartment Tuesday night. The flames broke out just after 7 p.m. at Autumnwood Apartments, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. No…

20 November 2014 [09:28 AM]
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Woman discovers love for competitive fitness

At 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds, bikini and figure competitor Kirsti Wallace has 12 percent body fat — less than half that of the average woman. Ms. Wallace, a Grapevine native and transplant to Tyler,…

19 November 2014 [10:47 PM]
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When one thing goes wrong, everything seems to go wrong

Being in a hunter’s purgatory only seems worse when it is a misty 37 degrees. Yet there I was Sunday. Knee deep in it, so to speak, attempting to duck hunt with my son, Thomas, and friend Darren Dennis. It…

19 November 2014 [10:33 PM]
Bible Verse 11-20

"Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth." (Psalm 2:10)…

19 November 2014 [10:07 PM]
JT students warning peers about smoking addiction with games

John Tyler senior Justin Session has never been fond of cigarette smoke. “I think it’s very disgusting, honestly,” the 17-year-old said. “It makes you have bad breath, and it makes people not want to be around you.” Session and his…

19 November 2014 [10:05 PM]
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Superintendent Crawford details successes, challenges of TISD

Giving his first state-of-the-district address to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon, Dr. Marty Crawford detailed successes of Tyler ISD and also challenges the district faces. Crawford, who became Tyler ISD superintendent last August, was the featured speaker…

19 November 2014 [09:38 PM]
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Upcoming Christmas Sale benefiting the Salvation Army

Bargain shopping that benefits people in need is what one upcoming Christmas sale is all about. The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will open its annual Christmas Sale this week and all proceeds go to The Salvation Army to help East…

19 November 2014 [09:22 PM]