Caldwell Zoo celebrates Earth Day Video

Our Zach Lackay was out at Caldwell Zoo as they held their annual Earth Day…

East Texas man receives degree… 57 years later

Imagine for 57 years, believing you never graduated from college -- only to find out you did. That's what happened to Letourneau University's Gordon Fenner.

Last surviving 2 Doolittle Raiders from WWII give gold medals to Ohio museum

And then were two. Although most of the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" beat long odds 73 years ago, surviving anti-aircraft fire, crashed planes and vengeful Japanese soldiers, time has been taking its own toll. Since their 70th anniversary reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near

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Death and Funeral Notices 4-19

DEATHS RICHARD H. BIELITZ, 90, Hideaway, died April 12. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. RAYMOND M. BOLSENGA, 92, Tyler, died April 16. Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home, Gilmer. LEO BRADSHAW, 67, Whitehouse, died April 12. Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard. BRANDON CLINTON, 30, Lindale,…

18 April 2015 [07:50 PM]
East Texas man receives degree… 57 years later

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Imagine for 57 years, believing you never graduated from college -- only to find out you did. That's what happened to Letourneau University's Gordon Fenner. Fenner began college in 1954 and was only one chemistry class away…

18 April 2015 [06:34 PM]
Blue Bell working to get past listeria contamination scare

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a…

18 April 2015 [04:16 PM]
Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35 Video

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group.…

18 April 2015 [03:53 PM]
BMW recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash. The problem affects the 2005 to 2008 models of the Mini…

18 April 2015 [12:11 PM]
US school districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or…

18 April 2015 [12:05 PM]
Caged puppies on Ohio car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio. Akron police say the driver didn't realize he did anything…

18 April 2015 [12:00 PM]
New England Aquarium offering penguins 'honeymoon suites'

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy. Aquarium experts are playing matchmaker behind the scenes to encourage eight pairs of African penguins to breed more chicks. Biologists say that will…

18 April 2015 [11:56 AM]
Oklahoma tribe still pursuing casino in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe is asking New Mexico's highest court to reconsider its decision not to force Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a gambling compact with the tribe. The state Supreme Court denied the…

18 April 2015 [09:11 AM]
Family wins back $80M in gold coins seized by US Government

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20…

18 April 2015 [09:05 AM]
Gulf of Mexico health remains scarred 5 years after BP oil spill Video

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to…

18 April 2015 [08:49 AM]
Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing issues

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some…

18 April 2015 [07:15 AM]
More than 13 million bees cover Wash. highway after semi truck tips

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto…

18 April 2015 [07:12 AM]
Texas closer to licensed open carry of handguns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved closer Friday to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House. The 96-35 preliminary vote in favor of the…

17 April 2015 [10:53 PM]
Federal disaster loans available for drought

Smith County residents operating small, nonfarm businesses are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans are set to help offset losses caused by the drought that began Feb. 10, 2015. Small,…

17 April 2015 [10:31 PM]
Parts of Old Bullard to be closed off today

Old Bullard Road closure Old Bullard Road between Rieck Road and Chimney Rock and on Chimney Rock between Old Bullard and Broadway will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Tyler Water Utilities installs service connections. The…

17 April 2015 [10:30 PM]
Armed man robs buyer during Craigslist meeting

Tyler police officers say a planned meeting through Craigslist turned violent when one man pulled a gun on another man and robbed him. According to a Tyler Police press release, officers were dispatched to Whata-burger, 5003 Troup Highway, about 6:30…

17 April 2015 [10:29 PM]
Bible Verse 4-18

 "The carcass of any animal which divides the foot, but is not cloven-hoofed or does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches it shall be unclean." (Leviticus 11:26)      …

17 April 2015 [10:17 PM]
Make-A-Wish grants a Troup girl’s wish

Six-year-old Rhylee Culwell’s dream is coming true. Rhylee suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a condition she was diagnosed with at 3 years old. According to Rhylee’s mom, Amber, Rhylee had often been sick as a baby. “I walked in one day…

17 April 2015 [10:16 PM]
Japan-based Ito En purchases local coffee roaster for $82M

Distant Lands Trading Company, which has a Tyler division, has been acquired by Japanese beverage firm Ito En for a reported $82 million. A corporate spokesperson said the Tyler operation is an important part of the company’s future. “Our company…

17 April 2015 [10:07 PM]
Praise Fest event set today in Butler Plaza

Praise Fest, put on by Empowerment Church, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in downtown Tyler. Musical artists, face painting, a bounce house and petting zoo will be at the free event.…

17 April 2015 [09:13 PM]

When I was 5, the neighborhood kids circled around me and made up a song about how I was as fat as Santa Claus. Many years later, on the job, it got back to me that in a meeting, a…

17 April 2015 [09:09 PM]
Holocaust Remembrance event planned

Religious and other community leaders will gather to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday. The interfaith Holocaust remembrance program, called “Broken Children, Broken Branches, Broken Lives,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Achim, 3501 S. Donnybrook Ave., in…

17 April 2015 [09:03 PM]
Uganda choir makes the rounds in East Texas, U.S. Video

The joyful abandon with which the children’s choir from Uganda sang spread to the crowd of adults and children who joined in the praise by clapping and dancing. With huge smiles on their faces and energy in their steps, the…

17 April 2015 [09:01 PM]