Keep Whitehouse Beautiful Wins Texas Award for 6th Time

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has won the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015 After partnership lasting two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful and TxDot has awarded the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each…

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Keep Whitehouse Beautiful Wins Texas Award for 6th Time

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has won the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015 After partnership lasting two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful and TxDot has awarded the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental…

03 March 2015 [12:51 PM]
Falling asleep in van proves costly for Palestine man Video

PALESTINE —Falling asleep in his van turned out to be a costly nap for a Palestine man, who wound up in the county jail after officers checking on his welfare discovered marijuana and weapons in his possession. Palestine Police Lt.…

03 March 2015 [12:26 PM]
Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.…

03 March 2015 [12:20 PM]
Surplus Smith County property up for bids Video

Smith County is unloading a batch of surplus property, including vehicles and office furniture, and it’s all open to the public for bidding. Bidding will begin today on a list of surplus items, which includes five vehicles, a desk, a…

03 March 2015 [12:19 PM]
Flint man sentenced on federal drug charges

TYLER -- U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a Flint man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a drug conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas. Isaac Dion Smith, also known as “Ike”, 34,…

03 March 2015 [11:30 AM]
Rep. Simpson bill would legalize marijuana in Texas Video

AUSTIN -- State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed House Bill 2165 to strike all references to marijuana offenses from the Texas statutes on Monday. This represents a comprehensive repeal of marijuana prohibition in Texas, according to Simpson. Simpson released the…

03 March 2015 [11:26 AM]
5 misperceptions about the Homeland Security impasse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several misperceptions have cropped up in the heated debate over Congress' struggle to provide money for the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial shutdown at week's end. Many Republicans want to halt the funding unless…

03 March 2015 [10:59 AM]
Sheriff's Office unveils 'new and much improved' website Video

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - The Smith County Sheriff's Office launched a "new and much improved" website Monday. The new website will provide the public with up to date information as to what is going on in the Smith County Sheriff's…

03 March 2015 [10:49 AM]
Tyler man turns himself in for involvement in Longview shooting Video

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A Tyler man remains jailed in connection with Longview's sixth homicide of the year. Twenty-one-year-old Christian Earl Sibley turned himself in Friday. Investigators say Sibley shot 22-year-old Jerrad Hunt during a physical altercation February 3. Hunt died…

03 March 2015 [10:39 AM]
Health officials often perplexed by vaccination skeptics

NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. "I think we're all kind…

03 March 2015 [10:39 AM]
Tyler ISD 2013 bond construction projects near milestones

TYLER – As spring nears, significant completion phases also near for Tyler ISD BOND 2013 construction projects. Projects include the new Career and Technology Center (CTC), two new middle school campuses at the existing Moore MST Magnet School and Boulter…

03 March 2015 [09:51 AM]
Longtime Tyler ISD volunteer shares love of reading

TYLER- Twenty-one years ago William (Bill) Myers’ neighbor, a teacher at Owens Elementary School, encouraged him to visit her classroom to read to her students. Nervous, and unsure if he’d like it, Mr. Myers turned down her request. After weeks…

03 March 2015 [09:44 AM]
Deadline looms for states to respond in immigration suit

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A deadline neared for a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration to respond to a request by the U.S. government to lift a temporary hold of Obama's orders. The…

03 March 2015 [07:19 AM]
US considers banning type of popular rifle ammunition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.…

03 March 2015 [07:16 AM]
More than dozen hurt in San Marcos truck-school bus wreck

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — More than a dozen students and adults have been hurt after a truck rear-ended a stopped Central Texas school bus. Authorities say Monday afternoon's accident in San Marcos involved a utility truck plus the bus…

03 March 2015 [07:03 AM]
Mystery solved: Source of bad smell in Louisville found

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials with Louisville's Metro Air Pollution Control District say they've identified the source of the bad odor that residents have been complaining about for a week. The agency told news outlets a naturally occurring chemical in…

03 March 2015 [07:02 AM]
Woman dies after being struck by Houston METRORail train

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian has died after being struck by a Houston METRORail train in an accident not at a crosswalk. Metro police say the 23-year-old woman died Monday night at a hospital. Her name wasn't immediately…

03 March 2015 [06:55 AM]
Timeline details ties between Fort Worth police chief, Taser

Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead and Taser International had a close relationship before and after the city signed a contract to purchase body cameras last year. Email communications and travel expense reports obtained by The Associated Press through a…

03 March 2015 [05:44 AM]
Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week. The execution…

03 March 2015 [05:36 AM]
Texas troopers seize over 500 pounds of marijuana

LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — Officials say troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana during two separate traffic stops. The department said in a news release the largest of the seizures occurred…

03 March 2015 [05:32 AM]
3 officers in LA Skid Row death had training on mentally ill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the beat on Los Angeles' downtrodden Skid Row who had special training to deal with the…

03 March 2015 [05:26 AM]
10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. NETANYAHU SET FOR CONGRESS SPEECH The Israeli leader will deliver a stern message about any nuclear deal with Iran, straining relations with…

03 March 2015 [05:03 AM]
Body-camera maker has financial ties to Fort Worth ex-police chief, others

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.…

03 March 2015 [04:50 AM]
Burglars strip copper from Tyler home

Tyler police are investigating a burglary of a residence after thieves kicked in a front door of a home and then stripped all of the copper wiring from the home. Don Martin of the Tyler Police Department said the…

02 March 2015 [11:20 PM]
Camp County EMS takes over Gilmer ambulance service

GILMER —Pittsburg-based Camp County EMS received two calls within only eight minutes after taking over ambulance service in the city of Gilmer at 7 a.m. Sunday, said Executive Director Mike Reynolds. In fact, the first call was at 7:01, the…

02 March 2015 [11:18 PM]