Texas school funding still unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute it fairly among wealthy and poor areas. State District Judge John…

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The evidence is in: the ACA costs jobs

No need for prognostication, prediction or dire warnings anymore. Studies by Federal Reserve Banks and surveys completed by businesses themselves are clear: the Affordable Care Act is depressing job creation. “Three Federal Reserve Banks — in Philadelphia, New York and…

28 August 2014 [10:31 PM]
Death And Funeral Notices, August 29, 2014

DEATHS JOHN W. AGNEW, 77, Jacksonville, died Aug. 25. Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Saturday at funeral home. CB ALEXANDER, 88, Henderson, died Aug. 27. Southern Funeral Home, Henderson. WILLIAM ARTERBERRY, 74, Troup, died Aug. 22. Lott’s Mortuary,…

28 August 2014 [10:05 PM]
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VIDEO: Boy Reacts Hilariously to Pregnancy Announcement

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28 August 2014 [08:37 PM]
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VIDEO/Florida: Man, 90, left in wheelchair outside nursing home

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28 August 2014 [08:11 PM]
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Human skull donated to Goodwill store in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play is not suspected and that he…

28 August 2014 [07:12 PM]
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UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during…

28 August 2014 [07:11 PM]
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After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

NEW YORK (AP) — Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense…

28 August 2014 [07:10 PM]
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VIDEO: Manziel appears as aerobics instructor in TV ad

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28 August 2014 [07:10 PM]
Texas school funding still unconstitutional

AUSTIN — A judge declared Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding or distribute…

28 August 2014 [07:09 PM]
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Texas school funding still unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional for a second time Thursday, finding that even though the Legislature pumped an extra $3 billion-plus into classrooms last summer, the state still fails to provide adequate funding…

28 August 2014 [07:08 PM]
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Suspicious object turns out to be Star Wars toy

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Call Luke Skywalker for backup. Police in Juneau took a call Tuesday to check out a suspicious device spotted on the side of a road. The Juneau Empire ( ) reports the first officer on the…

28 August 2014 [06:00 PM]
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New Mexico: Firefighters rescue poodle with paw stuck in drain

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A poodle was freed with the help of Albuquerque firefighters after one of its paws got stuck in a bathtub drain for several hours. Twelve-year-old Selene Ortega told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1twyM2f) that she was giving her dog,…

28 August 2014 [05:59 PM]
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VIDEO: P.T. Cole Park shooter sentenced

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28 August 2014 [04:17 PM]
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VIDEO: Joan Rivers hospitalized in NYC, reportedly in critical condition

(MCT) -- Joan Rivers has been rushed to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital, New York police said Thursday morning, reportedly after she suffered complications during an outpatient surgery at a nearby doctor’s office. Emergency medical services brought the veteran stand-up comic…

28 August 2014 [12:34 PM]
Tyler man cited for continuous profanity in public

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com A Tyler man recently discovered that his First Amendment right to free speech only goes so far before you can be arrested for disorderly conduct due to continuous profanity.  Tyler Police Public Information Officer Don Martin said…

28 August 2014 [11:25 AM]
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Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath…

28 August 2014 [11:10 AM]
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Researchers tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly…

28 August 2014 [10:47 AM]
One reported dead in early-morning Longview shooting

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Longview Police are at the scene of a shooting this morning at an apartment building on Garfield Drive and South Green Street. We're told someone has been fatally shot. It happened just before 4 a.m. Officer Kristie…

28 August 2014 [09:00 AM]
Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

NEW YORK (AP) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and…

28 August 2014 [08:57 AM]
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Southern Flight

With temperatures still spiking in the mid- to upper-90s this week, it is a little hard to think about being bundled in camouflage, sitting in a blind over a near-frozen pond waiting for the first flight of ducks to glide…

28 August 2014 [01:24 AM]
Texas Fishing Report, August 28

NORTHEAST ATHENS: Water clear; 84-88 degrees; 0.94 feet low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits and topwater walking type baits along edges of grass. Crappie are fair on white jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared…

28 August 2014 [01:22 AM]