A.M. UPDATE: Blizzard shuts down I-10 in west Texas; TJC professor arrested
TJC PROF ARRESTED
A well-known Tyler Junior College professor was arrested for theft the day after Christmas. Dr. Manouchehr Khosrowshahi, known as “Dr. K” on campus, taught government for over two decades at the college. He was charged with theft of property of less than $1,500 with previous convictions, tampering or fabrication of physical evidence and destroying evidence. He was booked by the Tyler Police Department in jail on Dec. 26 around 3 p.m. and released Dec. 27 around 10:20 a.m. He is facing a state jail felony, third degree felony and a misdemeanor, and his total bonds for the three charges was $15,000. Khosrowshahi turned in his letter of retirement to the TJC administration thursday. The retirement was effective immediately..
BLIZZARD SHUTS DOWN PARTS OF INTERSTATE 10
Blizzard conditions hampered efforts early Friday to reopen large sections of Interstate 10 in west Texas that were closed following crashes. Portions of a 240-mile stretch of the interstate were closed in both directions from El Paso to Fort Stockton city Thursday evening, said Veronica Beyer, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation. She urged motorists to "avoid" the area. The interstate will likely remain closed through the morning hours because of a "truck wreck and blizzard conditions," Beyer said.
U.S. ADDS 155,000 JOB
Some positive news for the US economy was released this morning. The U.S. Labor Department reports 155,000 jobs were added in December; the jobless rate stays at 7.8 percent nationwide.
COTTON BOWL TONIGHT
Texas A&M will play Oklahoma in tonight's highly anticipated Cotton Bowl match-up. This will be the first bowl matchup between former Big 12 rivals, and both five-game winning streaks. A&M is a slight favorite to win, catch all the action tonight at 8:10 p.m. on Fox.
Today's weather forecast from TylerPaper.com's mobile app calls for light rain with a high of 45 degrees.