Police: East Texas Fugitive Captured in Mississippi
PALESTINE — A man who had been sought by authorities in Palestine is now in custody after being found in Mississippi. According to KETK, officials say at approximately 12:30 Friday morning, members of the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force located and apprehended Troy Mason of Palestine in a Forest, Mississippi, truck stop just off I-20. The Palestine Police Department, the Palestine City Marshal’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Task Force, The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office had been working in conjunction to locate Mason. Read more …
Body Found in Longview Not Being Investigated as Homicide
LONGVIEW — Longview Police are investigating after a deceased person was found in a body of water Friday afternoon. According to KETK, Longview Police Public Information Officer Kristie Brian says the body was found behind Heritage Mitsubishi, located off W. Loop 281. No other information was immediately released, but Brian did state the incident is not being investigated as homicide.
Unemployment Figures Released for Tyler, Longview
AUSTIN (Staff/AP) — The two top East Texas markets are showing January unemployment numbers that are up from December but down from a year ago. KETK reports that according to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Tyler area is slightly above the statewide average at 4.7 percent, and Longview is just under the mark at 4.3 percent. Tyler is up from 4.1 percent and Longview rose from 3.8 percent in December. Year-over-year, Tyler and Longview’s unemployment rates fell from 6.1 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively. The statewide unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent in December.
Tyler Reports Wastewater Collection Discharge
TYLER — Tyler Water Utilities recently experienced a wastewater collection discharge that meets the notification requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. But the city stressed:
* There is no potential danger to human health or safety resulting from the discharge.
* The well that is in closest proximity to the discharge was not in operation, nor is it now.
* Water supplied by the City of Tyler is safe for the public to consume and complies with all requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Read more …
Tyler Police Issue Traffic Advisory Ahead of Saturday’s Race
TYLER — Tyler Police are letting drivers know of marathon preparations, including traffic delays and reroutes due to the 15k marathon planned for Saturday. It will be starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending around 10:00 a.m. The races will have approximately 3000 runners on specific courses throughout Southwest Tyler. Read more …
Azalea and Spring Flower Trail Approaches
TYLER — The Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau is anticipating the 56th Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail. Because of the long winter, the blooms are taking their time coming out, but the Trail will start rain or shine March 20, according to bureau officials. As always, you will be able to enjoy such Trail favorites as Historic Tyler on Tour and the Rose City Artisan and Flower Market. To get more information and stay up-to-date on the progress of the blooms, you can use one of these links — https://www.facebook.com/VisitTyler or http://www.visittyler.com/azaleatrail — or go to the VisitTyler Instagram page.
A New Superintendent for Jacksonville ISD
JACKSONVILLE – School trustees in Jacksonville have made it official, Dr. Chad Kelley is the district’s new school superintendent. He was officially hired at Thursday’s called school board meeting. Last month he was named as the lone finalist for the post, succeeding retiring Superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell. Dr. Kelly has been Superintendent of Taft ISD since 2007. He previously served as high school principal for San Marcos CISD, Sinton ISD, and Mathis ISD. Dr. Kelly has also taught graduate courses as an adjunct professor at Texas State University in San Marcos and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Kelly will join the Jacksonville school system March 23rd. Dr. Wardell retires from the post March 31st.
States Say Obama Administration Misled Judge on Immigration
HOUSTON (AP/Staff) – A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration is alleging the U.S. government misled a Brownsville judge. The coalition claims U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen was misled about whether officials began implementing one part of the action prior to Hanen’s Feb. 16 decision to issue a temporary hold of the directives. Read more …
Dallas Teacher Placed on Leave after Profanity-Laced Lecture
DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas teacher has been placed on administrative leave after a 12-year-old student recorded him delivering a nearly seven-minute profanity-laced lecture. KTVT-TV of Dallas-Fort Worth reports the middle-school student played the cellphone recording for her mother Monday after school. Besides the profanity in the seven-minute lecture, the teacher refers to his own genitals. In a Tuesday statement, the Dallas Independent School District said the teacher had been placed on administrative leave after their attorney learned the teacher “may have spoken to students using inappropriate language, tone and behavior during a class recently.”
Cities Review Ethics Rules amid Ties between Chiefs, Taser
FORT WORTH (AP) – At least two cities have started reviewing their ethics policies after The Associated Press reported about police chiefs who were closely linked to a company that supplies body cameras. Officials in Fort Worth and Salt Lake City said their chiefs’ relationships with Taser International didn’t violate current policies but could highlight potential shortcomings. The Texas Police Chiefs Association also says it’ll review such relationships, saying they likely violate its ethics code. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Taser International had financial ties to current and former chiefs who promote its body cameras and video storage system. The company is paying for airfare and hotels for chiefs who travel to speak at conferences and appear in company materials praising the products. Some chiefs have become Taser consultants after retiring.
Bodies Identified as Missing Baytown Teens
BAYTOWN (AP) – Authorities have identified two bodies found in a Southeast Texas bayou as teenagers who had gone missing two weeks ago. Authorities said at a news conference Friday that they have charged a 20-year-old with capital murder in the case. The suspect had not yet been taken into custody at the time of the news conference. 18-year-old Alex Chavez and 17-year-old Jarvis Morgan, both high school students in Baytown, had disappeared Feb. 19. Their bodies were found on Thursday in the bayou near Anahuac, about 30 miles east of Baytown. Autopsies will determine the causes of death. Officials say a tip led them to the site where the bodies were found.
Man Convicted in “American Sniper” Case at Intake Center
ABILENE (AP) – A former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man is being processed at an intake center of the Texas prison system to determine where he will serve his life sentence. Eddie Ray Routh arrived at the Middleton Unit near Abliene on Friday and will go through a monthlong classification process. Routh was convicted of capital murder in the 2013 deaths of Kyle and Chad Littlefield after jurors rejected his insanity defense. Prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says Routh will go through various tests and examinations, including an initial psychological screening. The results will determine Routh’s prison unit assignment. The case drew extra attention due to the film based on Kyle’s memoir.
Texas Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.4 Percent in January
AUSTIN (AP) – The unemployment rate in Texas fell to 4.4 percent in January, marking the fifth straight month of declines. The Texas Workforce Commission said on Friday that compares to a December jobless rate of 4.6 percent. The state added 20,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in January for a total increase of 392,900 jobs over the year. The greatest gains seen in January were in the industry consisting of trade, transportation and utilities. Gov. Greg Abbott says that the job numbers are a “testament” of the strength of Texas’ economy, but added there is more work to do. The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6 percent while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state’s highest unemployment rate, at 8.3 percent.
Man Dies in Fall from Fort Worth Bridge
FORT WORTH (AP) – Fort Worth police say icy conditions were likely a factor when a man fell to his death from an interstate bridge after getting out of his car following an accident in which his vehicle spun out of control. Officer Daniel Segura says the investigation is continuing but icy conditions Thursday evening likely contributed to both the man’s wreck while traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 and his fall. The 51-year-old driver crashed into a concrete barrier of the bridge. He then got out of the vehicle and fell off the bridge. He landed on railroad tracks below. Officers had been working a multi-vehicle accident in the westbound lanes they saw the man’s wreck and fall. Officers attempted first aid, but the driver died at the scene.
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A few years ago, very few of us had ever heard of celiac disease or gluten-free diets. Now it seems like the subjects come up everywhere we go. So what’s going on? Is celiac disease a fad or is it a serious disorder on the rise? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Patti Olusola answers questions about celiac disease.
Today in History
1930 - Clarence Birdseye develops a method for quick freezing food
1950 - Silly Putty invented
1974 - An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo
1985 - Enos Slaughter and Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1988 - Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
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