Texas adds jobs while unemployment rates rise in 24 US states

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs. The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11. Hiring picked up in 35 states, while it fell in 15. Unemp…

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Texas adds jobs while unemployment rates rise in 24 US states

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs. The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell…

19 September 2014 [11:19 AM]
More than 700 exposed to TB by hospital worker in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Public health officials say more than 700 people at an El Paso hospital, including a number of infants, have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee infected with the disease. The city's Department of Public…

19 September 2014 [11:15 AM]
VIDEO: East Texas State Fair opens for Senior Day

By KennethDean, kdean@tylerpaper.com The East Texas State Fair is slated to open to fair-goers today, and organizers said security has been revamped and should be better than ever before in the fair’s history. John Sykes, fair president and CEO, said a…

19 September 2014 [10:23 AM]
2 dead, I-20 westbound blocked in East Texas

SCOTTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Authorities say two people are dead and a section of Interstate 20 westbound in East Texas remains closed after a fire engulfed an 18-wheeler involved in a crash with a second tractor-trailer. Harrison County sheriff's deputies…

19 September 2014 [06:33 AM]
Bible Thoughts, September 19

“ Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3)…

18 September 2014 [10:44 PM]
Parachuter who lost both legs still jumping right in

Dana Bowman jumped out of an airplane on Feb. 6, 1994, to practice a diamond track, a move he’d done more than 50 times with his partner Sgt. Jose Aguillon. The move involves the jumpers streaking away from each other…

18 September 2014 [10:17 PM]
On a mission: Spence honored for longtime support of nursery

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the North Tyler Day Nursery recognized two women who have contributed to its mission. The nursery administration, board members and supporters on Thursday honored Tylerite Mary John Spence with its Investing in the Future Award…

18 September 2014 [09:50 PM]
Tractor Supply celebrating pet week

The public is invited to come out to Tractor Supply Co. in the Tyler area Saturday for family and pet activities as part of Pet Appreciation Week. The purpose of Tractor Supply’s Pet Appreciation Week, which runs through Sunday, is…

18 September 2014 [09:39 PM]
Warm day expected ahead of cold front

Today will be mostly sunny with high temperatures near 90 degrees and south wind at 5 to 10 mph. There will be a 20 percent chance of showers and occasional thunderstorms this weekend. A cold front will arrive Sunday and…

18 September 2014 [09:22 PM]
Rockett Queen headlines concert

The Tyler rock band Rockett Queen will headline Rock Out Hunger, a concert to benefit the East Texas Food Bank. The concert is set from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 27 at Clicks Live in Tyler and also will feature…

18 September 2014 [09:02 PM]
Tyler ISD bans e-cigs

BY BETTY WATERS blw@tylerpaper.com Tyler ISD trustees Thursday followed the lead of Smith County officials and prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device on district property at all times. The school board voted without…

18 September 2014 [08:58 PM]
5 WOW Things At The Fair

It’s East Texas State Fair time again. The fair opens today at the fairgrounds, 2000 W. Front St. in Tyler and continues through Sept. 28 with a dazzling array of attractions. Some people go to the fair to see interesting…

18 September 2014 [08:54 PM]
Fla. sheriff: 6 children, 2 adults shot to death

BELL, Fla. (AP) — A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a…

18 September 2014 [08:30 PM]
Free people do not always choose well

Here’s the dilemma government faces: What happens when citizens, free to make their own choices, choose unwisely? Is government then entitled — or even obligated — to take away that freedom? We would argue no; government must just work harder…

18 September 2014 [08:27 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, September 19

DEATHS MELBA AMOS, 57, Lufkin, died Sept. 13. J.C. White Funeral & Services, Mount Pleasant. RITCHEY BELLAMY, 97, Tyler, died Sept. 10. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RUBY ELIZABETH CARNES, 93, Mineola, died Sept. 17. Beaty Funeral Home, Mineola. Visitation 4-6…

18 September 2014 [08:16 PM]
Search for Texas deputy suspended, but will resume

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Inclement weather made rescue crews in Central Texas suspend the search for a sheriff's deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters, while heavy rains in West Texas…

18 September 2014 [07:44 PM]
Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Thursday that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it…

18 September 2014 [07:32 PM]
Hubbard School celebrating 50-year anniversary

BY BETTY WATERS blw@tylerpaper.com Back in 1964 when Hubbard Middle School was built, a loaf of bread cost 21 cents, the first Ford Mustang was built, the most popular toy was GI Joe and the most popular movie was “It’s…

18 September 2014 [07:25 PM]
Buckner making bid for Meadow Lake parent company

BY CASEY MURPHY cmurphy@tylepaper.com Buckner Retirement Services Inc. could become the largest not-for-profit senior living provider in the state if it follows through with plans announced Thursday to pursue an affiliation with or acquisition of Sears Methodist Retirement System,…

18 September 2014 [07:15 PM]
Workerfalls to his death at hotel construction site

BY KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com A construction worker fell three stories to his death Thursday after he exited a window to climb onto a lift while working on the new Marriott Residence Inn being built in South Tyler. Tyler Police…

18 September 2014 [07:11 PM]
Staples to step down as commissioner of agriculture

Staff Reports Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples on Thursday announced that he will step down from that post within the next two months to head the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “Serving the people of Texas in elected office…

18 September 2014 [06:48 PM]
Construction worker killed in Tyler job site accident

A construction worker was killed today in an accident at the site of a new hotel being built at Heritage Drive and South Broadway Avenue in Tyler. Tyler Police spokesman Don Martin said a forklift-type device was being used to…

18 September 2014 [01:23 PM]