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DC Mansion Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody

DC Mansion Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody

Metropolitan Police Department(NEW YORK) -- Daron Dylon Wint, the man suspected in a quadruple murder at a Washington, D.C. mansion, was taken into custody Thursday night, police sources said.Wint, 34, was named by Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the ...

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Misunderstanding May Have Led Iraqi Troops to Leave Ramadi

Misunderstanding May Have Led Iraqi Troops to Leave Ramadi

Phototreat/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Iraqi troop pull-out of Ramadi last weekend that allowed the city to fall into ISIS hands may have been the result of a misunderstanding by the senior Iraqi commander in the city, U.S. officials said on Thursday. ...

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Health Officials Say Salmonella Outbreak in Nine States Linked To Tuna

Health Officials Say Salmonella Outbreak in Nine States Linked To Tuna

horex/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Health officials are investigating a cluster of salmonella cases that’s sickened at least 53 people in nine states.Health officials in California announced on Thursday that the California Department of Public Health is investigating a cluster of salmonella ...

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Google Brings Shopping Experience to YouTube

Google Brings Shopping Experience to YouTube

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- YouTube wants to change the way people buy items and is harnessing the power of its videos to help connect consumers and retailers. Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google's senior vice president of advertisements and commerce, ...

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Buffalo Bills Marcell Darues Suspended 1 Game Over Violating Drug Policy

Buffalo Bills Marcell Darues Suspended 1 Game Over Violating Drug Policy

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The defensive tackle of the Buffalo Bills, Marcell Dareus, has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Dareus' suspension comes from a May ...

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White House Sticks by Its Strategy Against ISIS

White House Sticks by Its Strategy Against ISIS

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House says the president’s strategy against ISIS is working, despite the fact that ISIS is in control of much of Syria and has gained control of the capital city of Iraq’s largest province. "We are ...

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Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Officers in Freddie Gray’s Death

Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

Courtesy Murphy, Falcon & Murphy(BALTIMORE) -- Three weeks after Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced initial charges against the six police officers involved in the controversial arrest of Freddie Gray, a grand jury has now indicted all six officers. “As our investigation ...

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Elian Gonzalez’s Uncle, Fisherman Who Rescued Him, Reflect on Tense 2000 Standoff

Elian Gonzalez's Uncle, Fisherman Who Rescued Him, Reflect on Tense 2000 Standoff

ABC News(HAVANA) -- When Elian Gonzalez was found floating on an inner tube 60 miles off the coast of Miami 15 years ago, the fisherman who helped rescue him said finding the 6-year-old boy in the water was a “one ...

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Apparent KKK Recruiting Flyers Turn Up in Edgewood

Apparent KKK Recruiting Flyers Turn Up in Edgewood

EDGEWOOD -- Many people in Edgewood, in Van Zandt County, find what appear to be recruiting flyers in front of their homes. But the drive doesn't seem to be having the intended effect. The flyers are sealed in plastic bags along with rocks, and tossed into ...

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Liberty City Crash Probed as Homicide

LIBERTY CITY -- The Gregg County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash from Wednesday night as homicide. According to Lt. Kirk Haddix, deputies found John Allen Franco, 24, had died from a gunshot wound to the head while they were investigating a wreck near the Smallwood neighborhood in ...

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Officials: County-Wide Clean Up Successful

TYLER -- More than 208 tons of solid waste and bulk items were collected from Smith County residents at the Greenwood Farms Landfill this year during the annual County-Wide Clean Up. According to a county news release, 238 vouchers were collected this year, allowing residents to haul off their ...

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Longview Furniture Warehouse Deemed Total Loss in Fire

LONGVIEW -- The Blake Furniture warehouse at 234 Skinner Lane, off Highway 259, is deemed a total loss after it caught fire Thursday, drawing multiple departments to the scene. An employee tells KETK a cloud of smoke could be seen from a few miles away. Fire Marshal Johnny ...

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Gregg County Jail Death Lawsuit Dismissed

LONGVIEW -- The mother of a man who died in custody at the Gregg County Jail has agreed to drop the lawsuit she filed claiming her son suffered a seizure because he was denied his prescribed drugs. That's according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. A ...

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Longview Shooting Death Victim Identified

Longview Shooting Death Victim Identified

LONGVIEW -- The Longview Police Department has identified a woman who was killed in a shooting Wednesday night. According to KETK, Officer Kristie Brian says the 15th Street shooting was called in to dispatch at 7:21 p.m., and when officers arrived, 30-year-old Kareshia Rena Jones was deceased. According to ...

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Winona Police Department Closing Down May 29

WINONA -- The Winona Police Department announced Thursday morning it will be closing near the end of the month. Chief Bryan Richards released a statement to our news partner KETK that reads, in part, "On Tuesday, May 19th, the newly elected Winona City Mayor and Council made the ...

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Winona Police Department Closing Down May 29

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

WinonaPoliceDeparment_1432224215018_522571_ver1.0WINONA — The Winona Police Department announced Thursday morning it will be closing near the end of the month. Chief Bryan Richards released a statement to our news partner KETK that reads, in part, “On Tuesday, May 19th, the newly elected Winona City Mayor and Council made the decision to close the Winona Police Department as of May 29, 2015 due to financial restraints. I would like to personally thank all the citizens that supported me and the officers of the Police Department. I would like to give a special Thank You to the Officers that I employed since 2012.” Read more …

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Longview Furniture Warehouse Deemed Total Loss in Fire

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

BlakeFurnitureLNJ_1432227953772_522583_ver1.0LONGVIEW — The Blake Furniture warehouse at 234 Skinner Lane, off Highway 259, is deemed a total loss after it caught fire Thursday, drawing multiple departments to the scene. An employee tells KETK a cloud of smoke could be seen from a few miles away. Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary says seven to 10 employees were inside when the blaze began at around 11 a.m., but they were able to escape unharmed. Employees say a power surge prior to the fire may have sparked the flames, but the fire marshal has not confirmed a cause. There had been reports of power surges in the area before Thursday. The fire began in the middle of the warehouse, per employees, and was out of control within 10 minutes. No injuries have been reported. Read more …

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Longview Shooting Death Victim Identified

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

crimescene-2LONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department has identified a woman who was killed in a shooting Wednesday night. According to KETK, Officer Kristie Brian says the 15th Street shooting was called in to dispatch at 7:21 p.m., and when officers arrived, 30-year-old Kareshia Rena Jones was deceased. According to The Longview News Journal, neighbors heard loud voices coming from the house, followed by multiple shots fired. This is the eighth shooting death in Longview this year. If you have information about the homicide, call 903-237-1199. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-7867.

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Liberty City Crash Probed as Homicide

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

thumb_police-4LIBERTY CITY — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash from Wednesday night as homicide. According to Lt. Kirk Haddix, deputies found John Allen Franco, 24, had died from a gunshot wound to the head while they were investigating a wreck near the Smallwood neighborhood in Liberty City. The accident took place a little after 10:00 p.m. on Old Highway 135. Multiple people were said to be in the vehicle involved. It has not been disclosed how many automobiles were involved. Franco was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m. Persons with information about this case are asked to contact Investigator Roy Nixon at 903-237-2532 or Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP.

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Gregg County Jail Death Lawsuit Dismissed

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

BobbyMadewellMug_1432222317533_522555_ver1.0LONGVIEW — The mother of a man who died in custody at the Gregg County Jail has agreed to drop the lawsuit she filed claiming her son suffered a seizure because he was denied his prescribed drugs. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. A three-sentence order from the federal court in Marshall says Gregg County and Betty Madewell, mother of Bobby Joe Madewell Jr., have “settled all claims.” U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Payne’s May 11 order calls on parties to file a dismissal motion within 30 days. Robert Davis, the county’s attorney, said Madewell agreed to drop her claim shortly before a jury was seated in Marshall federal court. “The case has just been dismissed by the plaintiffs with prejudice,” Davis said, meaning she cannot file the claim again. “The county has spent no money on it.” Read more …

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Apparent KKK Recruiting Flyers Turn Up in Edgewood

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

thEDGEWOOD — Many people in Edgewood, in Van Zandt County, find what appear to be recruiting flyers in front of their homes. But the drive doesn’t seem to be having the intended effect. The flyers are sealed in plastic bags along with rocks, and tossed into yards and driveways. Kathy Baker says she’s glad she found one before her eight-year-old son saw the message. Baker says, “This mentality just disgusts me.” The flyers appear to be recruiting messages for the Ku Klux Klan and direct people to a website and a Quinlan post office box. Baker adds, “Some people think that when you live in a small town, that it means that you’re small-minded — and that’s not true.” Similar flyers appeared in the area about this time last year.

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Minister Pleads No Contest to Indecency with a Child

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

GlennBartonMug_1432220757353_522553_ver1.0HENDERSON — A Kilgore pastor has pleaded no contest to a lesser count two years after he was arrested on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, the Rev. Glenn Barton entered an eight-year probation that, if he adheres to its conditions, will prevent the court from pronouncing a finding of guilt from his no-contest plea. Barton, 64, a minister at Calvary Way church, was charged in March 2013 with aggravated sex assault of a child. Kilgore police said then that Barton was suspected of sexually abusing a child between 2009 and 2013. He pleaded no contest May 11 to indecency with a child, a lesser charge, before Fourth District Court Judge Clay Gossett in Henderson, Rusk County District Clerk records show. His plea agreement names a June 15, 2009, offense date. Read more …

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Sex Offender Turns Himself In to Upshur County Officials

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Dustin Andrew JonesGILMER — An Upshur County man has turned himself in to authorities after reportedly evading law enforcement on Wednesday. According to KETK, at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, several agencies were executing a search warrant on Dustin Andrew Jones for a motion to revoke his probation for sexual assault of a child. Officials say Jones evaded authorities by running from his home into nearby woods. Law officers looked for Jones along FM 2685 and Locust Road, but could not find him in what’s termed an exhaustive search. A DPS helicopter, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputies, Texas DPS Troopers, and U.S. Marshals were involved in the search. Around 9:40 p.m., Jones was booked into the Upshur County Jail after his father drove him to the Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in.

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Officials: County-Wide Clean Up Successful

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — More than 208 tons of solid waste and bulk items were collected from Smith County residents at the Greenwood Farms Landfill this year during the annual County-Wide Clean Up. According to a county news release, 238 vouchers were collected this year, allowing residents to haul off their items to the landfill for free, and saving them about $4,000. Read more …

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Tax Cut Deal Struck with End of Texas Legislature in Sight

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

State Capitol5AUSTIN (AP) — A newly struck budget deal gives new Republican Governor Greg Abbott the tax cuts he demanded but is blemished by skepticism that Texas homeowners will notice any savings. An agreement late Thursday on $3.8 billion in tax cuts ends weeks of discord between the House and Senate. It puts Abbott closer to signing Texas’ biggest tax cuts in a decade and finishing his first legislative session on time. Republicans campaigned hard on tax cuts in 2014. But even House Republicans have doubted that voters will feel roughly $120 knocked off their property taxes, given fast-rising home appraisals in Texas. Abbott told lawmakers in February that property tax reduction “must be lasting” and can’t be allowed to evaporate by rising property values. Only a week remains before the Legislature adjourns.

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Texas House Mulls Cutting Popular Veteran Education Benefits

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Brian BirdwellAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House is to discuss slashing a free college tuition program for veterans and their children amid conservatives’ calls that its costs are too high to be sustainable. Republican Senator Brian Birdwell’s proposal hits the floor Friday after already clearing the Senate. Only veterans with six years of active duty who have lived in Texas for eight years and their children would be eligible for the so-called Hazlewood Exemption under Birdwell’s bill. It also cuts the number of free tuition hours available while requiring veterans to use them within 15 years of their military service ending. Hazlewood’s cost to Texas public universities has climbed from $24.7 million in fiscal year 2010 to $169 million last fiscal year. Veterans’ organizations argue that the cuts go too far.

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House Approves Bill Letting Clergy Refuse to Marry Gay Couples

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

gay couplesAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs — further shielding the nation’s largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed. Republicans, who control the Legislature and haven’t lost a statewide office since 1994, say the bill will keep church elders from being sued for refusing to perform weddings that clash with “sincerely held” religious beliefs. Democrats didn’t object, but took to the House floor to say passing it won’t stop gay marriage from being legalized nationwide eventually. Texas’ bill is less divisive than so-called religious objections measures elsewhere, applying only to religious wedding ceremonies and largely restating existing state law, hence Democrats not voting against it. Gay marriage has been banned in the state since voters approved a 2005 amendment to the Texas Constitution. It was approved 141-2 after sailing through the Senate last month. A final, largely ceremonial House vote that’ll likely happen today would send it to Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law. Applauded by conservative preachers and pastors, the bill nonetheless raises some of the same issues as the religious freedom laws that sparked criticism this spring when approved recently in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Abbott Says Texas Will Comply with Federal Prison Rape Act

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

thumb_greg-abbott-2AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Governor Greg Abbott has told federal officials that Texas will now comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act after his predecessor spent years fighting the requirement. Abbott told new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a letter this month Texas will “fully implement” the standards wherever feasible. The law requires segregating younger inmates from those who are over 18. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry refused to comply with the act, in part, because Texas classifies 17-year-old criminal offenders as adults. Texas lost $800,000 in federal funding for noncompliance last year. Bills that would have changed the age failed to pass the Texas Legislature this session. Abbott says he expects three state-run facilities for 17-year-old inmates to meet federal requirements next year. County-run lockups must also comply or face penalties.

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Amid Texas Psychiatrist Shortage, Plan Offers Loan Repayment

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Texas house of representativesAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has preliminarily approved a proposal offering to help repay student loans for psychiatrists who provide care in underserved parts of the state. Passed Thursday 89-52, the bill provides help repaying student loans for medical personnel who work in “designated mental health professional shortage areas.” Those qualifying would also have to treat Medicaid patients, low-income children or people confined to some state-run correctional facilities. The Senate passed the bill last month. It now needs only a final House vote to be sent to Governor Greg Abbott to be signed into law. According to a recent state report, fewer than 2,000 licensed psychiatrists were offering direct care in Texas as of September 2013. The same analysis named 199 of the state’s 254 counties mental health professional shortage area

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Nobody Hurt as High Water Pushes School Bus Off Texas Road

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

flooding2FORT WORTH (AP) — Heavy rain in parts of North Texas has forced evacuations and made driving treacherous as high water sent a school bus off a road. The bus driver escaped injury Thursday in the incident on Highway 114 near Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Northwest Independent School District spokeswoman Emily Conklin says no students were aboard when the bus stopped at a red light. Conklin says the driver reported that water came across the road, splashed into the bus and the vehicle was pushed to the side. The driver escaped through the rear door. Mandatory evacuations began Thursday for about 150 homes in Wichita Falls near the rain-swollen Wichita River amid concerns over possible flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Wichita Falls until Memorial Day.

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Rains in Texas Bring End to Second-Worst Drought Category

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

dried up pondLUBBOCK (AP) — Ongoing rainfall across much of Texas has brought additional improvement in drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows Texas with no areas in extreme drought, the second worst category. The last time the state was without extreme drought was in late November 2010. The following year was the state’s driest year ever and began the state’s second worst drought behind the one in the 1950s. About 85% of the state is out of drought. May and June are the state’s wettest months. Forecasters say a weaker-than-anticipated El Nino that brought with it rain, snow and sleet to Texas is expected to persist and intensify through next winter. Precipitation amounts may diminish this summer but fall and winter are predicted to have greater chances of above-normal rainfall..

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The Latest on Waco Shooting: Many Detainees Lack Convictions

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Waco biker gang shootoutWACO (AP) — Records searched by The Associated Press show more than 115 of the 170 people arrested in the aftermath of a motorcycle gang shootout outside a Central Texas restaurant have not been convicted of a crime in Texas. Waco police have said that all those arrested after the shooting belonged to criminal motorcycle gangs. Most of them were being held on $1 million bonds Thursday, charged with engaging in criminal enterprise. Nine people were killed in Sunday’s shootout. Although dozens of those arrested do have criminal records, 117 did not have any convictions listed under their names and birthdates in a database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The database also shows five of the people killed had convictions in Texas. DPS acknowledges its data may contain some errors and omissions.

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Waco D-A Defends Biker Bonds

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Abel Reyna-Waco DAWACO (AP) — The district attorney for the county where nine bikers were killed in a gunfight outside a Texas restaurant is defending the $1 million bond set for about 170 people charged in the incident. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna told The Associated Press on Thursday that he supported a local judge’s decision to set the bonds that high. One person is known to have posted bond so far. A confederation of motorcycle groups had gathered at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco Sunday when a dispute in the parking lot escalated into deadly violence. Reyna mentioned the size and scope of the violence, what led up to the shooting and “the fact that a lot of these individuals weren’t even from our county.” Reyna says he doesn’t know whether he will ask for outside prosecutors to help with the large number of cases.

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Waco Restaurant Sued Following Biker Brawl

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Twin Peaks Restaurant-WacoWACO (AP) — A Texas restaurant that was the scene of a motorcycle club conference that ended in gunfire is being sued by a restaurant next door. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in Dallas. Attorneys for Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant allege the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco was grossly negligent and reckless in hosting the gathering of armed motorcycle gang members on Sunday. Don Carlos attorney Tony Buzbee says his client was forced to close and was designated as a crime scene despite having had no role in the event. He says “inviting armed rival gangs to a place where alcohol is served is not only unwise, it is reckless.” The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation for lost profits and property damage. The Dallas-based corporate parent of Twin Peaks didn’t return a message Thursday seeking comment on the lawsuit.

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San Antonio Man Indicted in String of Bank Robberies

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Willie James ClevelandSAN ANTONIO (AP) — A South Texas man has been indicted in a string of bank robberies along the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Willie James Cleveland of San Antonio faces nine bank robbery counts in holdups since February that netted more than $50,000. Federal prosecutors in San Antonio on Wednesday night announced the indictment related to banks robbed in San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos and New Braunfels. Several of the financial institutions are located along I-35. Investigators say the 34-year-old Cleveland, in at least three robberies last month, allegedly assaulted or threatened bank personnel. San Antonio police arrested Cleveland on April 20. He was indicted Tuesday.

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Census Says 5 Texas Cities Among Top 10 in Population Gain

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

San Marcos populationAUSTIN (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau says five Texas cities are among the country’s top 10 in population gain, and San Marcos is the fastest-growing in the nation for the third consecutive year. Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth each added 18,000 to 36,000 people between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014. San Marcos saw its population grow 7.9 percent between 2013 and 2014 to almost 59,000 people. The Census Bureau reports that until this year, Texas was the only state with three cities, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, with 1 million or more people. California has now joined Texas with that distinction.

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Texas A&M System Contracts for Free 2nd Medical Opinions

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Texas A&MCOLLEGE STATION (AP) — Texas A and M University System announced a new program to help employees, retirees and dependents get an optional second medical opinion at no extra cost. Chancellor John Sharp announced Thursday a 3-year, $3 million agreement with Houston-based 2nd.MD to provide access to medical experts around the country. For example, they could be asked for second opinions on a recent diagnosis, pending surgery or change in medication, with consultation within about three days. Consultations could be done by phone or video conference. Sharp said Texas A and M System is the first public entity in the state to offer such a program.

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Houston Zoo Opening New $28 Million Home for Gorillas

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

Houston Zoo-gorillasHOUSTON (AP) — A family transplanted to Texas from New York City gets to show off their new $28 million digs for the first time this weekend — a 4,000-square-foot home on two acres of prime Houston real estate. The three former Yankees, 31-year-old Zuri, 25-year-old Holli and their 13-year-old daughter, Sufi — are western lowland gorillas obtained by the Houston Zoo from the Bronx Zoo. They’re among seven of the endangered primates that now live in a new state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor exhibit at the Houston Zoo. The zoo’s gorilla home project is the culmination of four years of fundraising and construction. Gorillas have been absent for more than a decade from the Houston Zoo, which drew about 2.3 million visitors in 2014, making it one of the nation’s top five.

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/22/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/22/2015 0447C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 62
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 59
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: Tr.

LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 62
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 58
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.01

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s, east winds 5-10 mph;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, southeast winds about 5 mph;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, southeast winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
SUNDAY: cloudy with widespread showers and thunderstorms, high near 80, south winds 10-15 mph and gusty, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–slight.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, low near 70, (70 percent probability for measurable precipitation);
MEMORIAL DAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, high near 80, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation);
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.
30-DAY OUTLOOK FOR JUNE 2015:
Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
90-DAY OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER 2015:
Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 21, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 73
MINIMUM 58
PRECIPITATION 0.85
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 7.86
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 32.99

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 21, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 74
MINIMUM 62
PRECIPITATION 0.67
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 7.88
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 31.12

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
05/21/2015 1910C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 58 72 1.38
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 54 72 0.58
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 57 66 0.32
Corsicana Campbell Field 59 69 0.38
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 63 75 1.34
Dallas Love Field 56 68 0.56
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 55 66 0.57
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 59 65 0.59
Fort Worth Meacham Field 56 66 1.28
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 58 69 1.62
Greenville–Majors Field 55 64 0.21
Hallsville CWOP 61 74 1.19
Hawkins CWOP 58 70 1.27
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 61 72 0.10
Houston Hobby Airport 74 84 tr.
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 60 76 0.09
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 60 72 1.76
Longview City 61 74 0.43
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 62 74 0.67
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 69 78 5.02R
Marshall Harrison County Airport 62 76 1.78
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 57 68 0.94
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 58 66 1.08
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 64 75 3.35
Palestine Municipal Airport 60 77 0.56
Paris Cox Field 55 68 0.72
Shreveport Regional Airport 61 77 1.05
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 57 65 0.40
Terrell Municipal Airport 56 65 1.97
Texarkana Webb Field 58 68 1.22
Tyler City Office 58 73 0.85
Tyler–Pounds Field 59 72 0.91
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 21, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 73
MINIMUM 58
PRECIPITATION 0.85
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 7.86
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 32.99

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 21, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 74
MINIMUM 62
PRECIPITATION 0.67
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 7.88
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 31.12

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/22/2015 0430C
Another disturbance is racing our way out of North Mexico, and should begin to spread
showers and thunderstorms into the region by late-morning. Coverage today will be around 40
percent, with QPF under one-half inch, and little risk for severe weather.
We’re still concentrating on the Sunday system, which should bring widespread heavy
rainfall to the region into early Monday. A second system now looks to cross Monday night and
Tuesday, with again the threat for possibly heavy rainfall.
The mid-week period is looking to be unsettled. At this point, though, I cannot find
anything in particular to concentrate on.
At 4 a.m. today, skies are partly cloudy to cloudy, temperatures in the high 50s, and winds
are light easterly. There was some light drizzle and very light rain earlier in the night. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/22/2015 0440C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday MOSTLY CLOUDY 74/65 20%/20%
Saturday THUNDERSTORMS 82/71 50%/40%
Sunday THUNDERSTORMS 80/70 80%/70%

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Every region has local favorite foods, and now, with the help of data from Foursquare, we know definitively what those are.

By using a mix of data sets such as menus, tips, ratings and more, and normalizing for size against other states, Foursquare editors analyzed the data to determine the winning taste that is “most special...

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Inmate, Officer Team Up to Save Man Suffering From an Overdose

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(LAWRENCE, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts police sergeant and an inmate leaped into action together to save a man who had overdosed on heroin -- but little did they know that they both had complicated connections to drug abuse.

Sgt. Dennis Laubner had just finished supervising a work crew of minimum-security inmates along a highway Monday afternoon and were preparing...

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Parents Say Pot Helped Daughter’s Seizures

Courtesy Addyson's Warriors/Facebook(DENVER) -- An Ohio family moved 1,200 miles to get a medical marijuana derivative for their 3-year-old to give her some relief from her seizures, and they say it's working.

Addyson Benton began having tiny seizures when she was just 9 months old, her mother, Heather Benton, told ABC News. Her eyes would glaze over and she...

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California Woman’s Shocking Descent Into Anorexia, in Her Own Words

Rod Edmondson(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) -- Rachael Farrokh, 37, says she has been fighting a battle with anorexia for 10 long years -- but now, an extreme decline in her health has her determined to seek treatment and share her story with the world.

Prior to her 10-year journey, Farrokh was the girl next door -- beautiful, talented, healthy and...

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California Medical Association Changes Aid-in-Dying Position

Zoonar/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The California Medical Association, which for decades has been against a law allowing physicians to help patients with terminal illnesses die, announced Wednesday that it has become the first state medical association in the U.S. to change this position.

"As physicians, we want to provide the best care possible for our patients. However, despite the remarkable...

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There’s More to Worry About than Texting While Driving on the Road

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Beware of your fellow driver.

According to a new survey released by AT&T Tuesday, drivers are doing more than texting while behind the wheel. They're even checking social media and taking selfies.

The survey, which was commissioned by the telephone company and conducted by Braun Research, said it polled 2,067 people who own a cell phone...

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New York Woman Says Disguise Taught Her What It Feels Like to Be Elderly

Kyoko Hamada(NEW YORK) — A photographer who dressed up as an elderly woman for a photo project found people would ignore her while she was in her costume.

"I think you are ignored and invisible," photographer Kyoko Hamada told ABC News.

"I mean, a group of girls who are into fashion or something, [an elderly woman] is not even...

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Stars Line Up for a Good Cause on “Red Nose Day”

David Giesbrecht/NBC(NEW YORK) -- "Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded lineup included actors Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as musicians like Coldplay, John Mellencamp, Keith...

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“Tomorrowland” and “Poltergeist” Open Friday

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Tomorrowland -- In the Disney film, George Clooney is a former boy-genius who, along with a bright teen, attempts to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place called "Tomorrowland." Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael-Key also star. Rated PG.

Poltergeist -- The horror remake focuses on evil spirits...

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Movie Review: “Poltergeist” (Rated PG-13)

"Poltergeist" - Fox(NEW YORK) — A few months back, a Poltergeist cast member described the movie to me as a “family adventure film.”  That hardly sounded appealing. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I know what the actor meant. It is a family adventure film, kind of, though not a particularly good one.  But more telling: it’s Poltergeist. ...

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“The Bachelorette’s” Britt Nilsson Reportedly Has Found Love

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Britt Nilsson may have been sent home this week on The Bachelorette, but that doesn't mean she hasn't found love.

During the rose ceremony, an unexpected twist occurred when Brady Toops admitted to the remaining "bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe that his heart belonged to Nilsson, and that he was removing himself from the competition. 

And on Thursday's Good Morning America, Nilsson hinted...

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Kim Kardashian Says Kylie Jenner Was ‘Insecure’ About Lips for Years

Timothy White/E! (LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardshian encouraged her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner to admit she had temporary lip fillers after previously denying that she'd undergone the procedure. The reality star said the implants helped the 17-year-old tremendously.

"I saw how for so many years she was so insecure about [her lips,]" Kim told Access Hollywood. "I mean, at 10 years...

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Jennifer Garner Says She’s a Strict Mom: ‘No Is No’

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Garner and her husband Ben Affleck may be A-list celebrities, but that doesn't mean their kids get special treatment. Garner, a mother of three, says she works very hard to keep her kids grounded. 

"We’re so involved," she tells US Weekly. "I just took a year and a half off of work and I’ve been home. You...

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Dwayne Johnson Says “San Andreas” Is ‘Epic’

Warner Bros.(ORLANDO) -- Dwayne Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California in his latest action flick, San Andreas

"It's big. It's epic. It's relentless. It's non-stop. It's a ride that's non-stop," the former wrestler said of the film on Thursday's Live with Kelly and Michael.

Several...

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David Letterman Signs Off from Late-Night TV with Final “Late Show”

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman said goodbye to late-night TV and hello to retirement on Wednesday night, when his final episode of Late Show aired on CBS.

It was a star-studded finale for Letterman, who welcomed 10 favorite guests for one last Top Ten List: Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld,...

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Mike Holloway Wins “Survivor: Worlds Apart”

Screen Grab/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Mike Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from Texas, outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted the competition to emerge victorious in Wednesday night's finale of Survivor: Worlds Apart.

The former member of the Blue Collar tribe won a stunning five personal immunity challenges in a row, which helped him stave off the final...

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“Entourage” Creator Explains Why Movie Will Have So Many Cameos

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of HBO's hit series Entourage are used to celebrity cameos. But in the big-screen adaptation, moviegoers can expect over 50 spottings. Creator Doug Ellin explained why so many celebs pop up in the film.

"I remember when people said that the TV show had too many cameos," Ellin told The Hollywood Reporter. "But that's the...

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Records Show Rebel Wilson Is 35 Years Old, Not 29

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Rebel Wilson has been at the center of a controversy recently after Australia's Woman's Day reported the Pitch Perfect 2 star has been lying about her age.

On Wednesday, The Sydney Morning Herald backed the magazine's accusation, citing business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission that show Wilson -- who's previously stated...

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Creator Snaps Back at Fan Still Upset over McDreamy’s Death

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Grey's Anatomy fans are still upset about the surprise departure of Patrick Dempsey, who played Dr. Derek Shepherdand they're letting creator Shonda Rhimes know. Still, the writer/producer isn't afraid to speak her mind, either.

When one fan tweeted, "@shondarhimes WE HATE YOUUUUUUUUUUUU #GreysAnantomy," earlier this week, Rhimes had a response.

"Then do not waste your valuable time...

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Sam Smith Shares Birthday Words of Wisdom

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Sam Smith may be only 23 years old, having celebrated his birthday Tuesday, but he has some words of wisdom to impart. The singer, who’s recovering from vocal cord surgery, posted a lengthy message on Instagram in which he shares what he’s learned in life so far.

“Prepare yourself for dramatic speech,” he begins. “I've only lived...

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Melissa McCarthy Recalls When She Had to Correct Sexist Film Critic

Mike Coppola/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Melissa McCarthy isn't afraid of critics. In fact, in the latest Entertainment Weekly, the comedian recalls confronting a film critic at the Toronto Film Festival last year after he wrote, among other things, that she only acts well when she looks attractive onscreen.

On Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, McCarthy recalled the same story. She...

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Says He Will ‘Definitely Not’ Compete Again on “DWTS”

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy has no intention of returning to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on a full-time basis.

Though he recently appeared on the ABC show's 10th-anniversary special, he says he will "definitely not" compete again for the Mirrorball trophy.

Speaking with Glamour, Maks said, "You have to walk away when the time is right, and...

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I do not hate Democrats.

Based on the subject matter of the past few posts to this site I was accused Wednesday of hating Democrats. Rubbish. I don’t hate Democrats. As the saying goes, some of my best friends are Democrats. (No, really, some of my best friends are Democrats.) I don’t hate them and hate is such a strong […]

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Tummy Tuck: When Situps Won’t Do the Job – Dr. James Motlagh

As we get older, it is often the case that our midsections don’t look as good as we’d like for them to. Or, if we succeed in losing a lot of weight, we might be faced with an excess of skin around the abdomen that no amount of exercise can tighten up. In both of these cases, it might be time to consider a tummy tuck. In this post to HealthConnnection.TV, UT Health Northeast plastic surgery expert Dr. James Motlagh answers the frequently asked questions about this procedure. Visit the Health Connection website!


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Today in History for 22nd May 2015

Historical Events

1176 - Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo
1803 - 1st public library opens (Connecticut)
1883 - Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
1891 - 1st motion picture shown to Natl Federation of Women's Clubs
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1. To adopt or support a cause, idea, belief, etc. 2. To take as spouse:...

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