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Veterans Forced to Relocate, Remain in Homeless Program

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

vlcsnap_2014_04_18_19h10m26s248TYLER — Many local veterans were upset Thursday after being forced out of their home in Tyler. The Andrews Center Homeless Veteran Program has been helping vets for the last five years. It’s reported to be a successful program that gives veterans a place to stay for free, feeds them, and helps them find work. According to KETK, the controversy is that a few of the veterans were upset after having to leave one of the homes in Tyler Thursday. They were not kicked out of the program, simply relocated. It was a decision the Andrews Center said it needed to make in order to be able to continue to help the veterans. Read more …

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U.S. Delays Review of Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

thumb_Keystone-Pipeline-map2WASHINGTON (AP/Staff) – The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November. The State Department is citing a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state. The State Department says that created uncertainty and ongoing litigation. The government is not saying how much longer the review will take. But it says the process isn’t starting over. The pipeline has become a politically fraught issue. Republicans criticize President Barack Obama for taking too long to decide. The State Department has jurisdiction because the pipeline would cross the border between the U.S. and Canada. The southern leg of the pipeline began pumping oil through East Texas and elsewhere this past January.

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Winona Behind on Bills, Residents Affected

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

WINONA — The city of Winona did not pay its gas bill for six months, and now it is the residents who are getting the backlash from the city’s financial wrongdoings. KETK reports Winona is home to fewer than 600 people and the people who live there are on the hook for the financial mishaps of their city. Because Winona did not pay its gas bills to Eagle Rock Energies, it’s now more than $150,000 behind. The city announced in a council meeting Tuesday it plans to increase the gas, sewer, and water rates. Altogether, this is expected to generate an extra $130,000 thousands a year. Residents will see the highest increase in their gas bill, which will increase by about five dollars. The base water and base sewer rates will each go up by about two dollars. Read more …

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Public Water Forum April 24 in Tyler

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

AUSTIN — The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces a forum April 24 at UT Tyler to discuss urban and rural perspectives on the water infrastructure needs of communities in Northeast Texas. According to a news release, “Speakers will discuss Texas’ future water needs and provide an opportunity for the public to obtain valuable information on this important issue.” Read more …

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UT Tyler Professor Selected to Join Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

thumb_uttylerAUSTIN – Five distinguished professors, including one from UT Tyler, will be inducted into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers during a ceremony on Tuesday, April 22. Neil Gray is a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry UTT. Gray, who is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, is co-director of UT Tyler’s UTeach program. According to a UT System news release, UTeach prepares high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Read more …

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LeTourneau Sets Guinness Record for Simultaneous Printer Operation

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

thumb_LeTourneau-University-logoLONGVIEW – LeTourneau University in Longview has set a Guinness World Record for having the most 3D printers in operation simultaneously, totaling 102. According to an LETU news release, the world record attempt was made on April 4, when LETU’s freshmen engineering students gathered in the university’s Solheim Arena with laptops and the 3D printers they built last fall in their freshmen engineering classes. “We are the only engineering program in the country that I know of that requires all of our freshmen engineering students to build their own 3D printers,” said LETU Dean of Engineering Dr. Ron DeLap. “This achievement is a result of their great work.” Read more …

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TISD Foundation Establishes Frances Cowan Gibson Fine Arts Endowment

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

TYLER -The Tyler ISD Foundation announced Thursday the establishment of the Frances Cowan Gibson Tyler ISD Fine Arts Endowment to benefit under-funded and innovative art projects throughout the Tyler Independent School District. According to a Foundation news release, the gift to the TISD Foundation from the Frances Cowan Gibson Charitable Lead Trust will total more than $580,000. The endowment was created through a partnership between the Tyler ISD Foundation and the East Texas Communities Foundation and will provide annual grants to the Tyler ISD fine arts department. Read more …

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Federal Agency Plans June 5 Report on BP Spill

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5 at a public meeting in Houston. The Chemical Safety Board says the focus of its investigation is to prevent such accidents in the future. The April 20, 2010, explosion on a rig under contract to BP killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Houston Condominium Complex Guard Fatally Shot

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:10 am

HOUSTON (AP) – An armed security guard at a Houston condominium complex has been fatally shot, and police are seeking a man who fled after being denied entry. Police say 51-year-old Rene Almeida was shot Friday near a small security structure at an entrance to the gated complex. Police are reviewing security camera video.

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Abbott: Armed School Employees OK under Texas Law

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

thumb_greg-abbott-2AUSTIN (AP) – Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren’t violating state law. In an opinion Friday, Abbott found that doing so doesn’t violate firearm bans at school sporting events or during school board meetings.

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Teen Charged in Videotaped Houston-Area Burglary

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A teenager has been charged with burglary after security video from inside a Houston-area house showed a man with a flashlight peering at a sleeping toddler in a crib. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says nobody was hurt in the April 5th burglary and 18-year-old Christopher Gomez faces an initial court appearance Monday.

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Judge: AA Can’t Yet Act Alone to Stop Retirement Benefits

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:12 am

thumb_american-airlines-tailDALLAS (AP) – A federal judge is telling Fort Worth-based American Airlines that it can’t yet act alone to cut off benefits for many retirees. Today bankruptcy court Judge Sean Lane in New York rejected a request made by former parent AMR Corporation for summary judgment allowing it to immediately eliminate benefits for retired pilots, flight attendants and other union workers.

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Remains of Missing Woman Apparently Found in Submerged Truck

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

GRANBURY (AP) – Authorities believe skeletal remains found inside a truck recovered from a North Texas lake are those of a woman missing for 35 years. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office says a passer-by discovered the partially exposed 1970s-model Chevy truck Thursday in Lake Granbury. The ongoing drought has dropped the lake’s water level, revealing a portion of the vehicle.

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Whole Foods Recalling Some Croissants

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:15 am

AUSTIN (AP) – Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen. The recalled item is sold with a Whole Foods market scale label reading “mini butter croissants” in six-pack plastic containers with a “Best by” date of April 21st through April 23rd. It also has a uniform product code of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label.

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Galveston Church Damaged by Ike to Reopen

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 8:15 am

GALVESTON (AP) – A historic Roman Catholic church in Galveston closed since Hurricane Ike damaged it in 2008 reopens this weekend. A restored St. Mary Cathedral-Basilica will officially re-open this Easter Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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Perez deals first career shutout, Rangers smoke White Sox

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night.

Martin homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.

Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning.

Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2). Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.

Chirinos and Jim Adduci set career highs with three hits apiece. Alex Rios also had three hits and scored each time he reached base.

Prince Fielder, who came in hitting .164, reached base all five times he batted, including a run-scoring double. He also singled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. His soft single to right in the fifth extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season. Read more …

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Rangers put Scheppers on DL

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to right elbow muscle inflammation.

“I’m disappointed, but at least the doctor says it is nothing severe,” said Scheppers, who is transitioning from a late-inning bullpen role to that of a starter.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Nick Martinez is the most likely candidate to move into Scheppers’ place in the rotation Tuesday at Oakland. Scheppers, the Rangers’ Opening Day starter, has been plagued by the big inning. In four starts, he is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

To fill Scheppers’ roster spot, the Rangers purchased the contract of 27-year-old left-hander Aaron Poreda from Round Rock. Poreda was a first-round draft choice of the White Sox in 2007.

“The wake-up call today was one of the best I’ve ever gotten,” the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Poreda said. “The biggest thing I needed to do when I didn’t make the team coming out of spring was work on my durability. Coming off Tommy John surgery, I had to get ready to pitch on back-to-back days. I think I’m ready.”

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Cowboys picking up option for OL Smith

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm

By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will exercise the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015.

Smith’s agent, Joe Panos, told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that the option has not been picked up yet but “they told me it’s going to happen.” A source indicated Thursday that the Cowboys had already exercised the option, like teams had done earlier in the day with other first-round picks from the 2011 draft, like Houston’s J.J. Watt.

Once the Cowboys pick up the option, Smith will earn $10.039 million in 2015, but it would not preclude the team and Smith from working out a multi-year deal, which is the hope. The 2015 base salary is guaranteed for injury and would become fully guaranteed if Smith is on the roster the first day of the league year in 2015.

The Cowboys took Smith with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft, and he has missed just one game in three seasons. He played right tackle as a rookie before moving to left tackle in his second year. He earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Cowboys have to pay Smith the transition tag money due to offensive linemen in 2014 ($10.039 million) because he was a top-10 pick. The Cowboys had to pick up the option by May 2 or Smith would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Smith, who does not turn 24 until December, is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the game. The Cowboys want to sign Smith to a long-term deal and have made him a priority, as well as wide receiver Dez Bryant, whose contract expires after the 2014 season.

Smith signed a four-year, $12.496 million deal in 2011 that was fully guaranteed and included a $7.588 million signing bonus.

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Ducks Win, Take 2-0 Series Lead over Dallas

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2014 at 3:59 am

Ryan Getzlaf wore the strain all over his exhausted face. In the past 51 hours or so, he had taken a slap shot to the jaw, attended the birth of his third child and propelled the Anaheim Ducks to two gritty playoff victories.

Getzlaf figures he has all summer to rest. He was too busy polishing his reputation as a dominant scorer and an equally formidable leader in another narrow win over the Dallas Stars.

Getzlaf had a goal and an assist while wearing a face mask over his injured jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Ducks beat Dallas 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

“It’s been absolutely incredible couple of days,” Getzlaf said. “They were a little hectic, but these are the things you want to do in life. At least tonight I didn’t get hit in the face.”

Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period before the Ducks survived Dallas’ late flurry to move halfway to their first series victory since 2009.

Game 3 is Monday in Dallas.

Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007, back when Getzlaf and Perry were supporting players. The Ducks are their team now, and the dynamic duo led Anaheim to another victory despite committing a couple of late penalties.

“Every once in a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys lose their composure,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Getzy, with what happened to him in the last three days, to come in and get two points and a plus-3 rating, is a sure reason why he (should be) hopefully nominated for the MVP.” Read more …

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Cowboys picking up Tyron Smith option

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will exercise the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015.

Smith’s agent, Joe Panos, told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that the option has not been picked up yet but “they told me it’s going to happen.” A source indicated Thursday that the Cowboys had already exercised the option, like teams had done earlier in the day with other first-round picks from the 2011 draft, like Houston’s J.J. Watt.

Once the Cowboys pick up the option, Smith will earn $10.039 million in 2015, but it would not preclude the team and Smith from working out a multi-year deal, which is the hope. The 2015 base salary is guaranteed for injury and would become fully guaranteed if Smith is on the roster the first day of the league year in 2015.

The Cowboys took Smith with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft, and he has missed just one game in three seasons. He played right tackle as a rookie before moving to left tackle in his second year. He earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Cowboys have to pay Smith the transition tag money due to offensive linemen in 2014 ($10.039 million) because he was a top-10 pick. The Cowboys had to pick up the option by May 2 or Smith would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Smith, who does not turn 24 until December, is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the game. The Cowboys want to sign Smith to a long-term deal and have made him a priority, as well as wide receiver Dez Bryant, whose contract expires after the 2014 season.

Smith signed a four-year, $12.496 million deal in 2011 that was fully guaranteed and included a $7.588 million signing bonus.

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Danny White praises Tony Romo

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

It was interesting to listen to Danny White talk the other day on Sirius/XM radio about Tony Romo.

White and Romo are similar in some respects.

White failed to get his team to a Super Bowl, despite three consecutive trips to the NFC title game in the 1980s.

Romo has yet to get his team past the second-round of the postseason.

Romo has better numbers than White, because he plays in a pass-happy era.

But here was White on Wednesday talking about how Romo is the perfect fit for this Dallas Cowboys team and that blame shouldn’t be placed solely on No. 9 for the failures to reach the postseason the past four seasons.

“I don’t know if there’s ever been a more athletic quarterback,” White said. “People keep saying they need to get somebody else, I don’t think there’s another quarterback in the league that would be a better fit for the Cowboys and what they need, because he has to be able to move. He has to be able to improvise, with the offense he’s got.”

White had a six-year stretch where he led the Cowboys to three NFC title games, two division titles and two years of missing the postseason, 1983 and 1984.

Romo, since becoming a starter in 2006, has missed the postseason five times, won two division titles and is 1-3 in the playoffs.

Would you prefer Romo’s resume over White’s?

Overall, White went 62-30 in replacing Roger Staubach and finished his career with 12 fourth-quarter comebacks and 16 game-winning drives.

Romo is 63-45 as a starter, is the franchise-leader in touchdowns thrown, and is second to Troy Aikman in completions and yards.

White’s praise of Romo stems from watching him for several years as a radio analyst for Dallas games.

White, of course, understands the pressures of the quarterback position for the Cowboys.

For White, he replaced a Staubach, a Hall of Famer, a legendary figure in the NFL.

Romo didn’t replace a legendary figure, just an aging one. He took over for Drew Bledsoe. Yet, the expectations to succeed at quarterback for the Cowboys are very high. Staubach won two Super Bowls and Aikman three. Any other quarterback after them is judged by that standard.

Romo can’t get to the postseason, let alone a Super Bowl.

“It’s just a matter of putting a few pieces together, and Romo is certainly as capable as anybody of getting that team to the Super Bowl,” White said. “The one thing that they have made a point of is making sure that he’s paid what he’s worth, and I don’t think there’s any question that Tony’s laughing all the way to the back on that one.”

While Romo has the better numbers than White, his resume is lacking something: More playoff wins.

He doesn’t have enough.

Until he can do better in that area, White’s career should be viewed in a better light than Romo’s.

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