Rep. Simpson bill would legalize marijuana in Texas

AUSTIN -- State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed House Bill 2165 to strike all references to marijuana offenses from the Texas statutes on Monday.

Tylerites gather to celebrate Texas Independence Day

Sons and Daughters of the Texas Revolution celebrated Monday’s Texas Independence Day, when Texans declared their independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas in 1836. About 40 people attended the celebration at Traditions Restaurant, recalling Texas history, viewing a display of flags that have flown over the state, singing

Troup students gain hands-on experience through video classes

TROUP — Shay Tilley, 17, said she thought it would be cool to figure out how to piece together and make videos on her own, so she enrolled in Troup ISD’s new video production class for middle school and high school students. Shay, a junior, said she wants “to get an understanding of how to do everything.

We'll never agree on what is 'fair'

The problem with a recent essay from economist Mark Thoma for CBS Moneywatch is evident in the title: “What’s a fair tax rate?” The word “fair” is unhelpful in discussions about public policy. It’s an extremely subjective word, and the idea itself is hard to either define or refute.

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Rep. Simpson bill would legalize marijuana in Texas

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 [06:43 AM]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
Bible Verse 3-3

"But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." (Job 23:10)…

02 March 2015 [11:12 PM]
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Tylerites gather to celebrate Texas Independence Day

Sons and Daughters of the Texas Revolution celebrated Monday’s Texas Independence Day, when Texans declared their independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas in 1836. About 40 people attended the celebration at Traditions Restaurant, recalling Texas history, viewing…

02 March 2015 [11:11 PM]
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Bill may help fund conference center

A bill is currently in the drafting phase in the Texas Senate that could help the city of Tyler construct a hotel conference center. A conference center has been a dream for Tyler officials for decades, but the project has…

02 March 2015 [11:01 PM]
UT Tyler launches new degree program

The University of Texas at Tyler will launch a bachelor of science in industrial technology program at the UT Tyler Longview University Center beginning this fall, Dr. Van Patterson, LUC director, announced. For information about UT Tyler’s Bachelor of Science…

02 March 2015 [10:57 PM]
County students compete in speech event

Thirteen students from four Smith County high schools competed in the annual Janice Caldwell Oration Contest sponsored by the Tyler Chapter, Captain William Barron, of the Sons of the American Revolution. The contest is open to all students, grades 9-12;…

02 March 2015 [10:54 PM]
UT Tyler announces high school Ethics Bowl winners

The University of Texas at Tyler recognized winning teams of the 2015 Ethics Bowl, Dr. Gloria Duke, UT Tyler Ethics Council chair, announced. Among highlights throughout UT Tyler Ethics Week, participating East Texas area high schools formed blended teams to…

02 March 2015 [10:52 PM]
Tyler ISD garners 13 communications awards

Tyler ISD recently received 13 awards for distinguished achievement in school communications. The awards were announced at the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) Star Awards Celebration that took place Feb. 25 during the association’s annual conference in San Antonio.…

02 March 2015 [10:49 PM]
UT Tyler to hold passport day on Saturday

The University of Texas at Tyler will hold Spring 2015 Passport Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, Dr. Teresa Kennedy, Office of International Programs executive director, announced. “The UT Tyler Office…

02 March 2015 [10:48 PM]
Summer camps and academic programs

Summer camp isn’t just for little kids — especially the kinds of academically oriented camps that are geared toward high-achieving, motivated high school students. Interested in engineering, computer science, marine biology or photojournalism? There’s bound to be a camp out…

02 March 2015 [10:46 PM]
John Tyler debater qualifies for national tourney

John Tyler High School senior Sheldon McGowan has qualified to compete in the Congressional Debate-House division at the 2015 National Speech & Debate Tournament set to take place in Dallas June 14 through 19. The National Speech & Debate Tournament…

02 March 2015 [10:44 PM]
'School of choice' program gives more options to students

Tyler ISD will offer high school students a different opportunity to receive an education this fall in a setting unlike the traditional comprehensive education provided at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools. Administrators refer to the new program…

02 March 2015 [10:38 PM]
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Miss Muffet aside, this tuffet brought $312

Nursery rhymes may not make sense to the 21st-century child. What’s the tuffet that Little Miss Muffet sat on when the first copies of the rhyme appeared in England in 1553? A chair, a stool, a plant, a stone or…

02 March 2015 [10:22 PM]
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Owners reunited with dog after year apart

After nearly a year apart, Astrid Ortega and her 6-year-old son, Luis, were reunited Friday with their dog, who has become known to many East Texans as the pup that prompted the closure of the Klein Animal Shelter after he…

02 March 2015 [08:46 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 3-3

DEATHS CHRISTOPHER BRITTON, 35, Kilgore, died Feb. 25. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. NORMA DELL BURTON, 77 Lindale, died Feb. 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. CHRISTINE FRANCES BARTON COOK, 92, Henderson, formerly of Pittsburg, died Feb. 10. Erman Smith Funeral Home,…

02 March 2015 [08:07 PM]
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We'll never agree on what is 'fair'

The problem with a recent essay from economist Mark Thoma for CBS Moneywatch is evident in the title: “What’s a fair tax rate?” The word “fair” is unhelpful in discussions about public policy. It’s an extremely subjective word, and the…

02 March 2015 [07:37 PM]
Calls came quickly for new Gilmer EMS 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,…

02 March 2015 [04:43 PM]
Surplus Smith County property up for bids

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, couch,…

02 March 2015 [04:33 PM]
Rare WWII aircraft coming to Tyler for public viewing, rides

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport will be holding a unique and interactive three-day World War II-themed tour available to the public in March. "The Wings of Freedom Tour" will arrive at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport at 2 p.m. on Friday,…

02 March 2015 [04:30 PM]
Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for first time since dot-com bubble

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite index is closing above 5,000 for the first time since the dot-com bubble peaked 15 years ago. The index, which is heavily focused on technology companies, gained 44 points, or 0.9 percent, to…

02 March 2015 [03:14 PM]