Bernie Tiede's life sentence thrown out, ordered back to Panola County for new sentencing hearing Video

AUSTIN (KYTX) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that convicted murderer Bernie Tiede should receive a new hearing considering his punishment for the 1996 death of Marjorie Nugent in Carthage. Tiede was originally sentenced to life in prison after admitting to shooting Nugent in the back. He hid her body in a freezer at Nug…

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Some stores are starting their Black Friday deals early

BY CASEY MURPHY,   Local retailers are gearing up for the hoards of shoppers coming their way during the Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday sales. While a few stores remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, many businesses are opening their doors…

26 November 2014 [07:46 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 11-27

DEATHS  MARYLOU ARNOLD, 91, Quitman, died Nov. 25. Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. FREDDIE DON AYERS, 69, Grand Saline, died Nov. 21. Bartley Funeral Home, Grand Saline. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at funeral home. SHARON BATELY, 62, Mineola, died Nov. 26. Hilliard Funeral Home,…

26 November 2014 [07:30 PM]
Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following proclamation was issued by President George Washington in 1789. It is the first official presidential proclamation issued by the United States government.   Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of…

26 November 2014 [07:29 PM]
Obama defends legal authority - to pardon turkeys

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the…

26 November 2014 [03:28 PM]
Police ID officers involved 12-year-old's shooting

MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say two officers told a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun three times to show his hands before he was shot to death. Authorities on Wednesday also released video and audio…

26 November 2014 [03:09 PM]
Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans

GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took…

26 November 2014 [02:58 PM]
At 1 month, US Ebola monitors finding no cases

MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For three weeks, Dr. John Fankhauser and his family lived in two RVs in a meadow in North Carolina, watching movies, playing cards and huddling around a fire pit — with…

26 November 2014 [02:47 PM]
Moment by moment led to killing of Ferguson teen

ADAM GELLER, Associated Press DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and…

26 November 2014 [02:40 PM]
Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

MARK SHERMAN, Associated PressSAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was…

26 November 2014 [02:33 PM]
Customization the big trend in season's hottest toys Video

After grappling with a lack of innovation in the industry, toy makers respond with playthings that work with apps or interact with gadgets like iPads, allowing more customization and creativity.…

26 November 2014 [02:15 PM]
Emotional Ribeiro wins 'Dancing With The Stars' Video

Alfonso Ribeiro finally has his mirror ball trophy. The "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star and his professional partner Witney Carson are the season 19 champions of "Dancing With the Stars."…

26 November 2014 [02:02 PM]
RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy Video

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Move over, RG3. It's Colt vs. the Colts. The Washington Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the latest development in a stunning slide for the 2012 NFL…

26 November 2014 [01:54 PM]
Whitehouse High School honor roll

Ninth Grade A: Kailyn Anderson, Princess Antonio, Adali Avila, Alex Baham, Alyssa Bedell, Morgan Bryant, Brandon Bullard, Tyse Burckhartt, Patience Bush, Jacob Clemons, Karsen Conser, Caleb Cox, Seth Dolan, Gabriana Dornak, Courtney Eeds, Kimberly Flores, Jacob Griffith, Layla Grogan,…

26 November 2014 [12:33 PM]
More Gilmer students' Thanksgiving letters

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — G.K. Chesterton Students from Gilmer Elementary School took time recently to think about what they’re thankful for. With the help…

26 November 2014 [12:13 PM]
Mercy Ships partnership aims to reduce hunger in Madagascar

Mercy Ships has partnered with another Texas-based nonprofit in an effort to reduce hunger in Madagascar. The partnership with Targeted Aquaponic Growth, which is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will teach agriculture leaders on the African island how to…

26 November 2014 [12:05 PM]
Ferguson protests across US on Tuesday

SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the…

26 November 2014 [11:13 AM]
Teen charged with shooting Lufkin mail carrier

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — An East Texas youth has been charged with shooting a postal worker in the leg as she delivered mail. Lufkin police say 17-year-old Jaylon Wortham surrendered on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury against a…

26 November 2014 [11:03 AM]
Which turkey should Obama pardon - Mac or Cheese?

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, but which of two gobblers will get the presidential pass? Will it be Mac? Or is it Cheese? The White House was running an online…

26 November 2014 [10:53 AM]
Cleveland to release video of boy shot by officer

MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police plan to release the names of the two officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy, along with dispatch calls and a surveillance video that authorities say clearly shows…

26 November 2014 [10:18 AM]
See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity

TERRY TANG, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just…

26 November 2014 [10:11 AM]
NJ hiker photographed bear before it killed him

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death. Police in West Milford have released five photos…

26 November 2014 [09:59 AM]
7 protesters arrested after blocking Dallas road

DALLAS (AP) — Seven people have been arrested while blocking part of a Dallas highway to protest a white Missouri police officer not charged in the fatal shooting of a black man. Dallas police say nobody was hurt in the…

26 November 2014 [09:49 AM]
FBI: Texas investigators stole rare comic books

HOUSTON (AP) — Two Houston-area investigators are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rare comic books while working an embezzlement case. The Houston Chronicle reports a grand jury indicted 41-year-old Dustin Deutsch on Tuesday with felony theft…

26 November 2014 [09:45 AM]
Humanist group demands removal of nativity scene

A national humanist group is demanding that the Christian nativity scene on the lawn of the Cherokee County courthouse in Rusk be removed. Cherokee County officials said they’re reviewing the demand. “The law surrounding nativity scenes is very clear, and…

26 November 2014 [09:42 AM]
3 Reasons holiday shoppers may spend cautiously

ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writer CHRIS RUGABER, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low. All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers…

26 November 2014 [09:40 AM]
Gilmer seeks mediation in ambulance withdrawal Video

GILMER — East Texas Medical Center announced Tuesday it will discontinue ambulance service in Gilmer effective March 1, but the Gilmer city attorney said he will negotiate with ETMC about staying on because city officials believe a contract requires the…

26 November 2014 [09:37 AM]