Crock-Pot Crackpots: How government meddling ruined the slow cooker

During a recent discussion with coworkers, someone asked me what was typically served every Sunday after church when I was a kid. Of course, I said pot roast. Pot roasts migrated from the oven to the Crock-Pot during my childhood. The Crock-Pot was and still is the perfect cooking appliance for a pot roast. It also was the original…

Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Tesla

What would you pay for an electric car? Here’s an even better question: What are you paying for electric cars? Tesla, the highly subsidized electric vehicle manufacturer, is still receiving taxpayer funds for ever car sold. “Every Tesla Model S or X, which range in price from $66,000 to $150,000, qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit,”

NextEra to buy controlling stake in Oncor

NextEra agrees to buy Texas electric giant Oncor for $18.4B By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Florida-based energy company has announced an $18.4 billion deal that would give it an 80 percent stake in Texas' largest electric utility. NextEra Energy Inc. said Friday that it's buying Oncor from its parent company, Energy

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Longview man sentenced for role in 2015 truck stop shooting

A 25-year-old Longview man accepted a plea deal for a six-year prison sentence for his role in a truck stop shooting that killed one and injured three. D’Mio Ingram faced a first-degree felony murder charge for the August 2015 shooting…

29 July 2016 [08:28 PM]
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Family members honor victims of Slocum Massacre on 106th anniversary

Dallas resident Constance Hollie-Jawaid returned with family members to Slocum on Friday to commemorate the 106 th anniversary of the massacre that occurred there. Relative Alex Holley was among those killed, while Lusk Holley was injured. Alex is among…

29 July 2016 [08:19 PM]
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Tyler boxer set to debut professionally Saturday in Waco

When Kenneth Taylor steps into the ring in Waco on Saturday night, he’ll have eight years of amateur experience behind him and a bright future in professional boxing ahead.  The 25-year-old boxer from Tyler has had much success in amateur…

29 July 2016 [08:13 PM]
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Pet of the Week 7-31

Daisy is a 3-year-old female Beagle available for adoption at the Humane Society’s Pets Fur People in Tyler. If you are looking for a companion for your dog, please consider Daisy. She likes the companionship of other dogs. Daisy is…

29 July 2016 [06:15 PM]
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Louis Owen made our community a better place

Louis Owen never understood why some wealthy people spend their money on private airplanes and yachts. He felt that money was something to be used for good, not hoarded. Owen died Thursday. He was 82. The company he helped found,…

29 July 2016 [04:57 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for July 30

DEATHS DONALD EDWARD ANDERSON, 83, Tyler, died July 27. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. ANNIE (LACY) CALDWELL, 75, Henderson, died July 28. Garmon Funeral Home, Henderson. JAMES L. HIGHTOWER, 84, Laneville, died July 28. Gar­mon Funeral Home, Henderson.…

29 July 2016 [04:49 PM]
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Save even more money on Tax-Free Weekend

Tax-Free Weekend is just around the corner, and many parents are gearing up for their annual back-to-school shopping spree. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers are expected to spend more freely this year, with total spending expected to reach…

29 July 2016 [04:44 PM]
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Pokemon GO won't destroy the planet

Pokémon GO isn’t going to ruin the world. It’s not eating up your cell phone data, it’s not making kids walk into traffic and it’s not destroying the rainforests. It’s simply a harmless game that experiments with “augmented reality,” something…

29 July 2016 [04:30 PM]
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'Zika is now here': Mosquitoes now spreading virus in U.S.

MIAMI (AP) - Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean. Four recently…

29 July 2016 [03:14 PM]
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Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Tesla

What would you pay for an electric car? Here’s an even better question: What are you paying for electric cars? Tesla, the highly subsidized electric vehicle manufacturer, is still receiving taxpayer funds for ever car sold. “Every Tesla…

29 July 2016 [01:54 PM]
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'Pokemon Go' creators working to be 'respectful' of reality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The creators of "Pokemon Go" say they're working to remove real-world locations that don't wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation. The Pokemon Company's consumer marketing director J.C. Smith said in an interview this…

29 July 2016 [01:29 PM]
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NextEra to buy controlling stake in Oncor

NextEra agrees to buy Texas electric giant Oncor for $18.4B By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Florida-based energy company has announced an $18.4 billion deal that would give it an 80 percent stake in Texas' largest…

29 July 2016 [01:16 PM]
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East Texas Drilling Report for July 31

Drilling Report July 31 (For activity July 17-23) DEVELOPMENTAL (County; Operator; Lease/Well; Field; Survey; Type; Depth; Location) Cherokee; Tanos Exploration II, LLC; Reagan-Black Stone-Wilkinson (AL) 2H; Overton (Cotton Valley Sand); Procela, J.M./43; Gas; 11,869; 2.7 Miles SE…

29 July 2016 [12:49 PM]
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SPCA of Texas rescues 115 dogs and one snake from Rusk County

RUSK COUNTY (KYTX) - Working with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Animal Control, the SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit assisted the Sheriff’s Office with serving a search warrant and then took custody of 116…

29 July 2016 [11:05 AM]
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Palestine Police Department promotes J.M. Herod to assistant chief

City of Palestine The Palestine Police Department has a new assistant chief. Palestine Police Chief Mike Alexander named Lt. J.M. Herod as the new assistant chief of the Palestine Police Department on Tuesday. Herod, an 11-year veteran of the department,…

29 July 2016 [10:59 AM]
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Deadline for FEMA recovery assistance set for Friday

The deadline for Smith County residents to apply for disaster assistance related to an April storm system is Friday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared more than 60 residents eligible for roughly $800,000 in assistance related to the storm…

29 July 2016 [10:56 AM]
Mineola ISD to give away computers to low-income families

Mineola ISD, Mustard Seed Ministries and the Mineola Kiwanis Club have joined to provide computers for families of Mineola ISD students who qualify. Families of Mineola ISD students, who are eligible through the National School Lunch program are encouraged to…

29 July 2016 [10:54 AM]
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East Texans travel to Brazil, Amazon River Basin for mission trip

A handful of East Texans embarked on an adventure with a spiritual purpose about one month ago when they traveled to the Amazon River Basin in Brazil. The 11-day mission trip involved basic medical work, children’s programs and sharing of…

29 July 2016 [10:03 AM]
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Clinton to nation: It's a 'moment of reckoning'

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics must convince voters that she, rather than Republican rival Donald…

29 July 2016 [08:50 AM]
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Sandy Hook school opening to public, 4 years after massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - When the public gets its first glimpse Friday of the school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred, they'll see a building designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to…

29 July 2016 [08:15 AM]