Students get ready for the STAAR test

The lights were turned off, plunging the gymnasium of Vista Academy of Tyler, a local charter school, into darkness for a “black-out pep rally.” The only thing anyone could see was neon necklaces glowing in the dark. Students seemed invigorated by the darkness as they excitedly screamed and chanted loudly. …

Survivor speaks at event

  Tylerites heard from two inspiring women about the power of the human spirit during the 18th annual Tyler Breast Cancer Conference. 87-year-old Dr. Edith E. Eger, of San Diego, an author, speaker and psychologist, shared with the audience how to cope with the unexpected.

Artisan, flower market today

  Spring is in the air and flowers are in bloom. Beautiful flowers and nourishing vegetables will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Goodman-LeGrand Museum, 624 N. Broadway Avenue, at the Rose City Artisans and Flower Market at the Goodman.

There's a better way to prevent a bad nuke deal with Iran

It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don’t.

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SALADO, Texas (AP) — Regulators say a truck hauling an oversized load did not have the proper permit when the rig snagged an Interstate 35 bridge beam in a deadly Central Texas wreck. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles reported…

28 March 2015 [08:56 AM]
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ATF raids home of Texas judge in firearms case

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Federal officers have raided the home of a veteran Central Texas judge in a firearms investigation. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday night searched the home of Williamson County Court-at-Law…

28 March 2015 [08:27 AM]
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PA girl, 4, sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3 a.m. slushie

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in…

28 March 2015 [07:11 AM]
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28 March 2015 [07:10 AM]
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28 March 2015 [07:00 AM]
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28 March 2015 [06:24 AM]
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Virginia nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken. But when the nurse was reunited with them on Friday at Shriners Hospital For Children, she found two cheerful 8-year-olds who…

28 March 2015 [06:17 AM]
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DILLEY, Texas (AP) — About 80 faith leaders from around the U.S. have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging the government to stop detaining immigrant families, while high-ranking clerics visiting a South Texas detention facility Friday criticized the…

28 March 2015 [05:05 AM]
East Texas Briefs

TxDot retirees group to host celebration The TxDOT Tyler District Retirees group will be hosting a 20th anniversary celebration at Traditions Rest-aurant, 6205 S. Broadway Ave., at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The group first met on April 1,…

27 March 2015 [10:48 PM]
Symphony Orchestra at the Cowan Center tonight

East Texas Symphony Orchestra performs 7:30 tonight at The University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Instead of serving as the conductor, ETSO’s Richard Lee, will play as a member of the viola section. Taking Lee’s place as conductor will…

27 March 2015 [10:38 PM]
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Artisan, flower market today

Spring is in the air and flowers are in bloom. Beautiful flowers and nourishing vegetables will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Goodman-LeGrand Museum, 624 N. Broadway Avenue, at the Rose…

27 March 2015 [10:31 PM]
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Survivor speaks at event

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27 March 2015 [10:20 PM]
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Students get ready for the STAAR test

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27 March 2015 [10:16 PM]
People's Missionary Baptist Church to host musical, women's conference

People’s Missionary Baptist Church, 2908 Bellwood Road, in Tyler will have a pastor’s aide musical at 7 p.m. today. Pastor is Marcus Jackson. People’s Missionary Baptist Church’s Women’s Ministry will have its Women’s Conference from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. today…

27 March 2015 [10:11 PM]
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27 March 2015 [10:09 PM]
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Three Large Crosses

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27 March 2015 [10:07 PM]
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Area Jewish congregation gets ready for celebration

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27 March 2015 [09:59 PM]
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27 March 2015 [09:54 PM]
Bible Verse 3-28

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27 March 2015 [09:50 PM]
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27 March 2015 [09:15 PM]
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27 March 2015 [07:17 PM]
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27 March 2015 [07:13 PM]
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DEATHS JUSTIN BUTLER, 27, Tyler, died March 26. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. PATSY M. CHARLES, Jacksonville, died March 25. Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home, Jacksonville. CHARLIE EDWARD CREWS, 74, Cross Plains, Tennessee, formerly of Lindale, died March 18. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral…

27 March 2015 [07:09 PM]
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3 suspects in multiple car burglaries arrested Video

(UPDATED March 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm CT) -- Three suspects from Tyler were arrested on various charges relating to a rash of vehicle thefts and burglaries in the area. Tyrell Choice, 19, and Triston Hudson, 19, face state jail…

27 March 2015 [04:30 PM]
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DEATHS JUSTIN BUTLER, 27, Tyler, died March 26. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. PATSY M. CHARLES, Jacksonville, died March 25. Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home, Jacksonville. CHARLIE EDWARD CREWS, 74, Cross Plains, Tennessee, formerly of Lindale, died March 18. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral…

27 March 2015 [04:06 PM]
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27 March 2015 [03:58 PM]
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27 March 2015 [03:36 PM]