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Holda Responds to Asbestos Claims

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

KILGORE — Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda is responding to asbestos-related claims about the college. Holda cited allegations reported by local media “that some Kilgore College facilities are not safe, that asbestos has been removed improperly and that this removal has been covered up by the college.” Holda says, “I have no evidence from any source that would corroborate any of these allegations. Neither Dalton Smith, KC’s Coordinator of Physical Plant nor any federal investigators have contacted me with specific allegations nor details.” Read more …

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DA to Dismiss Ticket in Wreck that Killed Family

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hardman Family-TerrellMONROE, LA. (AP/STAFF) — A northeast Louisiana prosecutor says he’s dismissing the ticket issued to a Terrell, Texas teenager who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing a wreck that killed five members of his family.

District Attorney Jerry Jones tells The News-Star that the 16-year-old has been punished enough, and there’s no need to add to his pain. KNOE-TV reports that Jones has dismissed the misdemeanor ticket for careless driving. State police say the sport utility vehicle veered off Interstate 20 in Ouachita Parish near Calhoun and flipped, ejecting six of the eight occupants. Three children and two adults were pronounced dead on the scene. The eight people were a blended family traveling to Disney World for a Thanksgiving vacation. Read more …

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Old School Destroyed in Sunday Blaze

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

winonafire_ketkWINONA — Multiple Smith County fire crews responded to then scene of a massive structure fire in Winona. The fire sparked at a former elementary school in the 600 block of Dallas Street. According to KETK, a man who was living near the building smelled smoke early Sunday morning. It’s not known what sparked the blaze. The building was reportedly destroyed. One firefighter was injured while battling the fire. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. Crews from Winona, Hawkins, Jackson Heights, and Dixie Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Mail Carrier Shot in Leg While On Route

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

LUFKIN (AP) – Police are trying to determine who shot an East Texas postal worker in the leg as she delivered mail in a neighborhood. Lufkin police say the 25-year-old worker was treated for an injury not believed to be life-threatening. Police believe the woman was shot with some sort of air gun or rifle. Nobody was immediately arrested. The shooting happened Saturday as the postal worker was walking her regular route in Lufkin. Police say the mail carrier heard a pop, felt a pain in her leg, fell to the ground and realized she was bleeding. She called a supervisor, who summoned police. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

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Honors Academy Closes Campuses

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

thumb_TEA-texas-education-logoAUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been notified by Farmers Branch-based Honors Academy of its decision to cease operation effective Dec. 1, 2014. Landmark School in Palestine, also known as Leadership Academy, is among seven campuses that will be shutting down. According to a TEA news release, TEA’s revocation of the Honors Academy state charter became effective June 30, 2014. Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Honors Academy has been operating as a de facto private school at its seven campuses and falsely holding itself out as a public charter school, a violation of the Texas Education Code, according to the release. Read more …

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Fire Destroys Bullard Home

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

fire imageBULLARD – A wood frame home in Bullard has been destroyed by fire. It was reported around 3:30 Sunday morning on County Road 150. The home was being remodeled and no one was at home when the fire started. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Authorities Identify Hawkins Couple Found Fatally Shot

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

dps-texasHAWKINS — The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two people found shot to death in Hawkins on Wednesday afternoon. Jean Dark, DPS spokeswoman, said the two are identified as Shannon McNabb, 67, and Daniel Lee Faulk, 60. According to Mayor William Rogers, Hawkins police responded Thursday afternoon to the scene in the 100 block of Estelle Street after a home health care worker couldn’t get anyone to answer the door. Officials found that the couple and three dogs dead had been fatally shot. The door was reportedly unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry or theft. The bodies were sent to Dallas for autopsy.

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Palestine Business Robbed

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

police lightsPALESTINE – Palestine police are looking for the man that robbed a convenience store. The robbery occurred shortly before 9:45 Saturday night at the Chanel Stop and Go, 1907 West Oak Street. The suspect pointed a small handgun at the store’s clerk and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as a black male about 5’9” with a thin build. He was said to have been wearing gray sweat pants and a gray hooded top. One witness said he was wearing some type of Halloween mask.

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TXDOT Projects This Week in East Texas

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

TxDOT logoEAST TEXAS — Here’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the next two weeks: Officials remind drivers that many area roadways have high traffic volumes and that only increases during the holiday season. TxDOT is reminding motorists to slow down, put away the cell phones and pay attention when traveling through work zones so that everyone can safely reach their destinations. Read more …

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Former Deputy Killed in Central Texas Plane Crash

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

AUSTIN (AP) – State officials have identified a pilot who died in a small plane crash in Central Texas. The Department of Public Safety says 63-year-old Daniel Disbrow of Magnolia died when his plane crashed Sunday in Lee County near Elgin. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash on Monday. Authorities say the plane was headed from David Wayne Hooks Airport in Spring to Austin. The plane is registered to photography company Aerial Viewpoint. The company’s owner says Disbrow was moving the plane from Spring to Austin for a surveying project. He says Disbrow was a skilled survey pilot who had been with the company since the mid-1990s. Disbrow served as a Galveston County sheriff’s deputy from 1976 to 1988.

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Abbott Promises Lawsuit Over Immigration Action

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

Gregg Abbott-seriousAUSTIN (AP) — Governor-elect Greg Abbott is again vowing to sue the Obama administration for lifting the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. The Dallas Morning News reports that Abbott called the president’s executive action “the epitome of lawlessness” while appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. As Texas attorney general, Abbott has sued the Obama administration about 30 times, mostly over environmental regulations and the White House’s signature health care law. He and outgoing Gov. Rick Perry said last week that Texas would likely sue Obama over immigration. Abbott said Sunday that Obama’s order violated the U.S. Constitution. He said it dispensed “with the immigration law as it currently exists and is rewriting that law.”

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Fort Sam Houston Lockdown Lifted; 1 in Custody

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

Fort Sam HoustonSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officials at Fort Sam Houston say they’ve taken into custody the driver of a suspicious vehicle that sparked a lockdown at the San Antonio Army base. Alex Delgado, spokesman for the 502nd Air Base Wing, says in a statement that the lockdown was lifted Sunday night after officials decided it was safe to return to normal operations. It wasn’t clear how long the person taken into custody would be held or if charges would be filed. Nobody else was in the vehicle. No other information was released. According to the city of San Antonio’s website, the base was established in 1910, the ninth-oldest Army installation in the country. Fort Sam Houston now encompasses 3,000 acres and is home of military medicine and part of Joint Base San Antonio.

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Four Dead in Central Texas Accident

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

WACO (AP) – A state trooper says two adults and two children have died in a weather-related traffic accident. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson tells the Waco Tribune-Herald 31-year-old driver Holly Webb of Whitney hydroplaned over the weekend into the path of two oncoming pickup trucks. Webb and her daughters, 9-year-old Kimberely and 12-year-old Mekaiylah, were killed along with 23-year-old passenger Richard Wehrly. Webb’s 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, was taken to an area hospital. She was listed in serious condition on Sunday. Wilson says they were all wearing seat belts. Six people from the other two vehicles were taken to an area hospital and released.

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Irving Man Charged with Killing 2-year-old Stepson

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

Michael MercadoDALLAS (AP) — Police have jailed an Irving man accused of beating his 2-year-old stepson to death, then claiming the baby had a seizure. The Dallas Morning News reports that Michael Mercado, 25, was alone at an apartment on North Belt Line Road with his stepson for hours Wednesday. About 3:00pm, Mercado called 911 and said the child was having a seizure. Investigators say the child had no previous medical conditions and was otherwise healthy. He was taken to Children’s Medical Center Dallas and placed on a ventilator. There, officials found internal and external injuries that didn’t match Mercado’s story. The child died Saturday afternoon, after three days on life support. Mercado was being held Sunday on a capital murder charge.

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Police: Texas Man Tries to Steal Yacht from Marina

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

LEAGUE CITY (AP) – Houston-area police have arrested a homeless man who they say tried to steal a 32-foot yacht but gave up after crashing into other boats. The Galveston County Daily News reports 47-year-old Matthew Kinkeade is charged with third-degree felony theft. Kinkeade was being held at the League City jail Monday on $20,000 bond. League City police were called out to the South Shore Harbour Marina over the weekend after a witness reported a man trying to drive away with the yacht. Police say the man didn’t realize how many ties and anchors the boat had. They say the yacht crashed against the dock and other boats when he tried to drive. Officers arrested Kinkeade after they say he gave up and left.

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Detective’s Medical Leave Delayed Child Porn Case

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

Randy Ray WessonAUSTIN (AP) — Police say they were investigating a man now accused of attempting to exploit children by having a 17-year-old pose as a 6th grade student months ago, but delayed the case because a detective was on medical leave. The Dallas Morning News reports that police in Hurst, near Fort Worth, were following a June tip linking Randy Ray Wesson to child pornography. But the detective assigned to Wesson’s case was injured and out for 10 weeks. In the meantime, authorities say Wesson enrolled a 17-year-old runaway in a Hurst elementary school. That is believed to be an effort to target children there. Wesson was arrested this week and faces federal charges of transporting and shipping child pornography. Investigators say the teen pretended to be Wesson’s 12-year-old son using phony documents.

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$300K in El Paso Hospital Bonuses Draw Scrutiny

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

University medical Center El PasoEL PASO (AP) — Bonuses of $300,000 given to the CEO and other executives at University Medical Center in El Paso are coming under scrutiny after layoffs and claims the hospital was struggling economically. The El Paso Times reported Sunday that UMC’s President and CEO Jim Valenti said the bonuses for 26 executives were deserved. Valenti’s bonus was about $120,000. The hospital’s board of managers approved Valenti’s bonus because of contractual obligations. Valenti approved bonuses for others. UMC board member Nick Gonzalez said Valenti and his staff earned their bonuses. However, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar thinks UMC officials and the hospital’s board don’t understand how bad it looks that executives are getting bonuses after laying 56 people off four months ago. Valenti defended the layoffs as effective management.

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Small North Texas Quake Triggers Social Media Stir

Posted/updated on: November 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

seismographIRVING (AP) — A magnitude-3.3 earthquake has shaken North Texas strong enough to draw reaction during a Dallas Stars hockey game. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred about 9:15 Saturday evening and was centered about 2 miles beneath east Irving, around 6 miles northwest of Dallas. No injuries or damage was reported. But The Dallas Morning News reports a social media stir. That included a tweet from the Stars, who were playing the Los Angeles Kings in downtown Dallas, reading: “That was . odd. Thanks for bringing an earthquake, @LAKings.” It was the sixth and strongest quake centered near Irving in two months. Small quakes have become more common recently in Texas. Last month, state officials amended rules for disposal well operators amid concerns that high-pressure injections can trigger earthquakes.

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