Settlement reached for Physician who was dragged off United flight

Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for undisclosed amount. David Dao's legal team announced the settlement Thursday in a brief statement. The agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain…

Tyler Council bring on new firm to assist with its hotel conference center project

FAITH HARPER   The city of Tyler brought on a new firm to help it in the quest to build a hotel convention center. On Wednesday, the Tyler City Council approved terminating a memorandum of understanding with Champ Hospitality LLC and acquitting the service of CBRE, a large nation-wide real estate company. The move is

Exxon fined $20 million for emissions from Texas plant

Associated Press BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) - A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a refining and chemical complex east of Houston. U.S. District Judge David Hittner in a ruling Wednesday determined that Texas-based Exxon on

Marvin Concert Series to present "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" starting Friday

Marvin Concert Series will present “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” starting Friday. The Children’s Music Ministry will perform with shows scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Marvin United Methodist Church’s Pirtle Hall, 300 W. Erwin St., in Tyler. The performances are free. However, dessert is

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Exxon fined $20 million for emissions from Texas plant

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) - A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a refining and chemical complex…

27 April 2017 [01:57 PM]
Editorial: The U.N.'s 'global law' isn't the same thing as natural law

Now here’s a puzzler. According to reports, the United Nations contacted President Trump about Congress’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Such a move, the U.N. said, would be violation “of global law.” Global law? “A confidential, five-page ‘urgent…

27 April 2017 [01:41 PM]
Editorial: Trump's encouraging order to reduce role of feds in education

Conservatives should be encouraged. Little by little, with one small but significant action after another, President Trump is signaling his willingness to roll back the encroachments of government in our lives. On Wednesday, Trump indicated he’s willing to lessen federal…

27 April 2017 [01:08 PM]
Dead 43-foot whale washes up on beach

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A badly decomposed whale has been hauled off a New Jersey beach. The Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center says the 43-foot whale may have been a Sei whale, but the poor condition of the carcass…

27 April 2017 [01:01 PM]
Mule drawn carriages are needed; Jefferson Pilgrimage parade slated

The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club presents the 70th Annual Jefferson Pilgrimage 2017. This year the theme of the weekend is “Homecoming”. Celebrate the beauty of spring and take a trip back to the 1860’s as Jefferson’s annual Pilgrimage starts…

27 April 2017 [12:27 PM]
Smith County Bar celebrates Law Day and honors recipients

On Wednesday, April 26, the Smith County Bar Foundation and Smith County Bar Association celebrated Law Day. Law Day is the largest gathering of attorneys in Smith County and recognizes the achievements of local lawyers, legal staff, and non-attorneys. The…

27 April 2017 [11:22 AM]
Observant employees help police recover stolen property in Longview

LONGVIEW - The Longview Police Department had a busy Wednesday, making several significant arrests - one of which was with help from observant employees - and recovered over $30,000 in stolen property. The first incident happened just after noon, when…

27 April 2017 [10:40 AM]
Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies - and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. Today, premature infants weighing as…

27 April 2017 [09:51 AM]
Intern helps improve Smith County Records Department

Luis Sandoval recently completed an internship with the Records Services Department through Texas College’s Criminal Justice Program. Sandoval was born in Brownsville, but was raised in the Mexican border town of Matamoros Tamaulipas. He attended high school in Brownsville, and moved…

27 April 2017 [09:31 AM]
Bad beasts, good treats: Feral hog slaughterhouse thrives

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs.A small slaughterhouse is butchering the wild pigs , which cause the state…

27 April 2017 [09:14 AM]
Patients evacuated from Texas hospital following water leak

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - A suburban Dallas hospital was evacuated and dozens of patients moved to other facilities after a pipe burst and caused water to rain on the floors below. Officials in Frisco said in a statement that 78…

27 April 2017 [09:02 AM]
United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

Associated PressDALLAS (AP) - United Airlines says it will raise the limit - to $10,000 - on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the…

27 April 2017 [08:52 AM]
Bible verse 4-27

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)…

26 April 2017 [11:01 PM]
Smith County Master Gardeners recognized for volunteerism

The week of April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week. On April 6, the Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer program with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, celebrated volunteerism with an awards and recognition luncheon. Master Gardeners have helped Smith County…

26 April 2017 [10:08 PM]
Learn how to use focal points in your landscape

In my professional opinion there are five basic design principles that all successful landscapes truly need: repetition, scale, dominance, balance and unity. Last week, we covered scale. Now, we will take a look at dominance or the use of focal…

26 April 2017 [09:51 PM]
Smith County Sheriff's Office honors employees during annual banquet

AUGUSTA ROBINSON, In March of 2016, Smith County K-9 Deputy Corey Cameron received a call to assist the office’s narcotics unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration in making a traffic stop. The attempt would be far from routine. The…

26 April 2017 [05:51 PM]
Smith County Jail may soon be able to hold ICE detainees

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Immigration Customs Enforcement in a program that will allow the office to hold ICE detainees in the Smith County Jail. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said he met with an ICE official…

26 April 2017 [05:45 PM]
Tyler police: Missing 79-year-old man found, reunited with family

Update 5:30 p.m.: The missing 79-year-old man has be found and reunited with family. From Tyler Police: The Tyler Police Department is seeking your help in locating missing 79-year old James Earl Spencer. Mr. Spencer has been diagnosed with dementia…

26 April 2017 [05:39 PM]