UPDATE: Ladd execution not expected to be stayed Video

HUNTSVILLE - Preparations for the scheduled execution of Robert Charles Ladd today at 6 p.m. continue, despite the possibility of state and federal court actions this afternoon. Ladd, 57, is scheduled to be executed for the 1996 murder of Tyler resident Vicki Ann Garner, 38, after spending 18 years on Texas Death Row. Ladd was on parole for t…

Kilgore P.D. seeking person of interest in December fatal shooting

The Kilgore Police Department is searching for Marcus Demois Whitaker, 35, of Kilgore. Mr.

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked

Police release video of deadly confrontation Video

Kristiana Coignard entered the Longview Police Department and stood for about 15 seconds on the threshold before walking into the lobby. A minute later, the 17-year-old reached for the red phone on the wall to ask to speak to an officer.

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Ladd executed after 18 years on death row

BY KENNETH DEAN' kdean@tylerpaper.com HUNTSVILLE - Preparations for the scheduled execution of Robert Charles Ladd tonight at 6 p.m. continue despite possible actions being carried out in state and federal courts this afternoon. Ladd, 57, is scheduled to be executed…

29 January 2015 [07:14 PM]
Historical marker approved for site of Slocum Massacre

AUSTIN—A 12-member board of the Texas Historical Commission unanimously approved a historical marker request for the Slocum Massacre. Descendant Constance Hollie-Jawid—accompanied by family and E.R. Bills, author “The 1910 Slocum Massacre, A Genocide in East Texas”—has been working on getting…

29 January 2015 [05:09 PM]
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UPDATE: Ladd execution not expected to be stayed Video

HUNTSVILLE - Preparations for the scheduled execution of Robert Charles Ladd today at 6 p.m. continue, despite the possibility of state and federal court actions this afternoon. Ladd, 57, is scheduled to be executed for the 1996 murder of Tyler…

29 January 2015 [04:53 PM]
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Kilgore P.D. seeking person of interest in December fatal shooting

The Kilgore Police Department is searching for Marcus Demois Whitaker, 35, of Kilgore. Mr. Whitaker is considered to be a person of interest in the shooting death of Franciosa Jackson, which happened on Dec. 28. Whitaker is wanted by the…

29 January 2015 [03:52 PM]
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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the…

29 January 2015 [03:39 PM]
Construction begins for Cowan Center addition

The University of Texas at Tyler has begun construction of a two-story addition to the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center that will become the future home of the UT Tyler Center for the Musical Arts, President Rodney…

29 January 2015 [03:31 PM]
Officer in fatal Texarkana 'spoon' shooting cleared

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Northeast Texas police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect who was holding a spoon. Texarkana police on Thursday announced an internal review found Officer Brent Lawing's use…

29 January 2015 [03:10 PM]
UPDATE: Robert E. Lee lockdown was lifted at 1:30

Robert E. Lee High School went on lockdown at approximately 11 a.m. today. The school was placed on lockdown after a fight broke out between several students. Administrators felt it was necessary to take this precautionary measure until the situation…

29 January 2015 [02:00 PM]
TJC board approves new certificate, degree programs

The Tyler Junior College board of trustees today approved the offering of several new programs leading to certificates or associate degrees. Trustees authorized programs in healthcare administration, dental assisting, real estate, multimedia marketing and production, and polysomnography (the study of…

29 January 2015 [12:47 PM]
Tyler Business to Business Expo free to the public this afternoon

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce’s B2B (Business to Business) Expo is underway at Harvey Convention Center. Vendors have been setting up their booths all morning for the free expo, set for 1-5 p.m. About 90 area businesses and organizations…

29 January 2015 [11:40 AM]
Tylerite gets 14 years in prison on drug trafficking charges

A 39-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today. Micol Jauron Sears pleaded guilty on Sep. 3, 2014 to conspiracy to possess…

29 January 2015 [11:38 AM]
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Police: One person dead in Longview shooting Video

(KYTX) - Police in Longview are investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday morning in the 1700 Block of Sandlin Street. Police confirmed one person was pronounced dead at the scene. Family and friends tell CBS 19 the victim is…

29 January 2015 [11:17 AM]
Demerit badge? Pa. troop leader accused of stealing from scouts

OAKS, Pa. (AP) — According to authorities, this scoutmaster might deserve a demerit badge. Police say a Pennsylvania troop leader stole more than $10,000 from her Cub Scout pack and Girl Scout troop. Heather Belford was arrested Wednesday on charges…

29 January 2015 [11:10 AM]
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East Texas teenagers raise awareness of teen dating violence Video

LINDALE (KYTX)-Six East Texas teenagers are being honored for the work they're doing to promote awareness about teen dating violence. The all-girl team is part of Destination Imagination, a program in schools to help kids learn creative thinking, teamwork and…

29 January 2015 [11:07 AM]
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Police release video of deadly confrontation

Kristiana Coignard entered the Longview Police Department and stood for about 15 seconds on the threshold before walking into the lobby. A minute later, the 17-year-old reached for the red phone on the wall to ask to speak to an…

29 January 2015 [11:01 AM]
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Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. The California Department of Public Health tells the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that 79 of those infections are in California and 52…

29 January 2015 [10:57 AM]
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TJC, UT Tyler partner to offer 'Patriot Pathway' Video

TYLER (KYTX) - UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College are working together to improve east Texas student's learning experience. The collaboration is called "Patriot Pathway." It will allow a more seamless transition from the junior college to the university.…

29 January 2015 [10:53 AM]
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Abbott calls to abolish Perry's pet fund for Texas startups

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is planning to abolish Rick Perry's pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and transparency issues. Abbott said Thursday that the Texas…

29 January 2015 [10:52 AM]
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Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by…

29 January 2015 [10:32 AM]
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Gas blast at Mexico City maternity and children's hospital

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told Milenio television that three were killed,…

29 January 2015 [10:14 AM]
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Keystone XL, the lesser prairie chicken and the U.S. Senate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list. The vote Wednesday on Moran's amendment was…

29 January 2015 [09:57 AM]
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MLK children work to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel prize

ATLANTA (AP) — The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial, according to a judge's order. King's estate, controlled by…

29 January 2015 [09:55 AM]
Police review board hearing in Missouri cut short over scuffle

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first public discussion about a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis was cut short after a commotion broke out in the crowd. The Board of Alderman's public safety committee held a hearing on…

29 January 2015 [09:36 AM]
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Early morning fire damages Tyler apartment homes Video

TYLER (KYTX) -- Tyler Firefighters battled an early morning fire today. It happened just after 1:30 in the 500 block of South Chilton. Three people who were inside made it out safely. District Chief Joey Wiggins told our news partners…

29 January 2015 [09:00 AM]
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Now on death row, Fort Hood gunman Hasan to appear in court

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at a Texas Army base is set to appear in court. Nidal Hasan is scheduled to attend a hearing Thursday at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,…

29 January 2015 [07:30 AM]
League City police: 2 tellers among 4 accused in bank holdup

LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — Two tellers are among four people charged in a 2010 Houston-area bank robbery in which a gunman stole $30,000 and fled on a bicycle. Galveston County jail online records Thursday didn't immediately list custody or…

29 January 2015 [07:28 AM]
10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TOKYO STUDYING NEW MESSAGE ALLEGEDLY FROM HOSTAGE The audio recording, purportedly in Kenji Goto's voice, extends the deadline for Jordan's release of…

29 January 2015 [06:44 AM]