GORDONVILLE (AP/STAFF) — Authorities say a small plane flying out of Tyler crashed into a North Texas home, leaving four people injured. According to KETK, those on board at the time of the crash were Robert Gentry, 61, of Tyler; 51-year-old Karen Christian; Gentry’s daughter, Annie, 14; and Colin Howell, 17. The plane, which was registered to Robert Gentry, left from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport just before 12:30 Sunday afternoon, en route to the Gordonville, Texas, airport. Read more …
EMORY — Rains County Attorney Robert F. Vititow reports Brandon Couch has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering his grandmother on November 14, 2012. According to KETK, the sentence was handed down by Judge Paul Banner, the fourth judge assigned to the case. Couch had opted to have the judge impose the sentence after the jury returned a guilty verdict. Read more …
TYLER — Following jury selection Monday, trial proceedings for an East Texas grandmother are slated to begin today in Tyler. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on the night of July 31, Glynda Denise Morrow, 54, Chandler, was driving on County Road 1113, also known as Lake Placid Road, in Smith County with her 5-year-old granddaughter. According to accident reports, Morrow’s SUV ran off the road and hit a tree. Both Morrow and her granddaughter, Lydia Sykes, were taken to the hospital. The child later died from her injuries. According to KETK, Morrow’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was over the state’s legal limit of .08.
ATHENS — Authorities say a two-month-long investigation into an identity theft and forgery ring resulted in the arrest of three people Thursday in eastern Henderson County. According to KETK, after hearing from a victim in early February, authorities say they uncovered incidents in Tyler, Canton, Chandler, and the DFW area. Brandon Holloway, 27, of Arlington, is accused of operating the ID theft and forgery ring. He was arrested for fraudulent use/possession of identifying information as well as a parole warrant for a previous ID theft conviction. Brandon L. Lee, 27, of Brownsboro, was arrested for a weapons-related warrant from Ohio. Brandon Holloway’s wife, Steffanie L. Holloway, 37, of Arlington, was arrested for a parole warrant stemming from a previous arson conviction. Read more …
HUDSON (AP) — A 73-year-old man has died in a mobile home fire in Angelina County. Authorities pronounced Ed Clark dead at the scene of the early Monday fire in Hudson, located just west of Lufkin. Hudson Fire Marshal Joe Burton tells The Lufkin News that the fire remains under investigation. He says the point of origin though appears to be around a gas heater installed in the living room. He says the victim was known to wear oxygen and he feels that the oxygen tubing might have gotten around the heater’s pilot lighting. Next door neighbor Walter Ginn said neighbors tried to rescue Clark before firefighters arrived, but as they made the attempt after seeing him lying on the floor near the front door, something exploded.
CARTHAGE (AP) — A state district judge is to hear pre-trial motions, including one for the prosecutor’s recusal, in the case of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy “Bernie.” Besides procedural matters for a retrial of Bernie Tiede, today’s hearing in Carthage will include Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson’s motion to recuse himself and his other prosecutors from the case. In the motion, Davidson said that he had become a witness in the case and asked for the appointment as special prosecutor Assistant Texas Attorney General Adrienne McFarland or a member of her Criminal Prosecutions Division. Tiede was convicted of the 1996 slaying of wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent, but Davidson had agreed Tiede had been wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment.
KILGORE — Kilgore College has received letters from both the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which exonerate the college of all wrongdoing related to the asbestos allegations made in November to the Longview News-Journal. The allegations were made by Dalton Smith, KC’s coordinator of physical plant. Both agencies have closed their investigations and the college is not required to provide any further documentation. Neither agency found any basis of fact that supported the allegation that KCstudents, staff or the public were ever in danger due to asbestos exposure. Both agencies also found no basis of fact to support improper abatement or disposal of asbestos materials on any KC property. Read more …
TYLER — UT Tyler Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Sterken, Jr. has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Created in 1946, the Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards grants to American scholars each year to teach or conduct research in the more than 125 participatory nations throughout the world. “Professor Sterken’s achievement is extraordinary and is consistent with his many professional accomplishments,” said Dr. Martin Slann, The University of Texas at Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean. “Recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship are among an academic elite who receive this prestigious recognition for their impressive teaching and research credentials.” At the same time, Professor Sterken will represent this genuinely great university in a southeast Asian country that will welcome and benefit from his expertise and knowledge.” Read more …
LONGVIEW — Money is being raised so a 5-year-old Longview boy can be treated in Colorado with cannaboid oil, which comes from marijuana. Rachel Johnson says little Lleyton has up to 30 seizures a day and the plan is to move there for a 30 day trial period. Her family needs eight thousand dollars. She doesn’t want to have to move away for good. There are stories of numerous kids, like Lleyton, who are doing well with the treatment. A bill in front of the state legislature would legalize a weak form of cannaboid oil, which Johnson says may not be strong enough to help her son.
AMARILLO (AP) – Amarillo police say an armed man had tried shooting a woman while she was sleeping in her bed with her 7-year-old son, but the child was struck instead by the gunfire. Police say the boy was shot in the leg and was taken to a local hospital, where his condition wasn’t immediately known. Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. The suspect entered the home early Monday and attempted to shoot the woman. Police say a teenager sleeping in another room heard a gunshot, rushed inside the bedroom and struggled with the man. The teenager wrestled the gun away from the man and threw it outside. The suspect fled in a pickup truck, but was arrested several hours later. An investigation is ongoing.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A South Texas man who hauled mail for the U.S. Postal Service must serve three years in prison for stealing more than 200 tons of metal and selling it for scrap. Marvis Charles Box was sentenced Monday in San Antonio. Box last May pleaded guilty to theft of government property. The 68-year-old Converse man was also ordered to repay the government more than $467,000. Box was a contract worker who transported mail to and from the Canyon Lake post office. Prosecutors say Box in 2012 and 2013 stole mail transportation equipment, including sacks, pouches, trays, metal containers and wire cages. Authorities say Box sold about 418,000 pounds of that metal to a San Antonio scrapyard, then kept the cash.
AUSTIN (AP) — A Senate subcommittee has pushed back for a week debate on scraping a law that grants in-state public university tuition to the children of some people in the United States illegally. Texas Democrats and Hispanic advocacy groups champion the law, while top Republicans have pledged to repeal it. The two sides were to begin their clash Monday, but a border security hearing was delayed until April 7. The in-state tuition law sailed through the Legislature in 2001 and received Republican Governor Rick Perry’s signature. But many Texas GOP leaders were recently elected on promises to get tough on immigration. Despite vocal opposition, the repeal should eventually clear committee and eventually receive full Senate approval. Its chances in the House get murkier, though, and debate there could be fiercer.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to rating public schools statewide by letter grades A through F. The proposal passed 20-10 Monday would issue grades based on student standardized test scores. A floor change, however, means the bill won’t take effect until the 2017-2018 academic year. It now needs only a final, procedural vote before heading to the House. Senate Republicans say grades are easy to understand and will spur parents to force changes at failing schools. Campuses are currently rated on a “met standards” or “needs improvement” pass-fail system. Texas has already approved implementing a letter-grade system for school districts, but not individual campuses. Democratic opponents worry that attending an F-graded school could stigmatize students and say poor school ratings more reflect inadequate classroom funding than education quality.
GARLAND (AP) — Dallas police say a woman was arrested after telling her 7-year-old daughter to hide in a trash bin outside a spa and then leaving her. The girl was found nearby 10 hours later. Alicia Carroll of Garland faces a charge of abandoning and endangering a child. The 28-year-old remained in Dallas County Jail Monday on $25,000 bond. Police say Carroll called police Sunday morning saying the person she left her daughter with on Saturday night would not return the child. But according to police documents, the girl said her mother told her to hide in the trash bin after the two exited the spa. Officers found the girl Sunday after being flagged down by citizens who saw her. The girl was released to family members.
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(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from the hospital Sunday and diagnosed with a concussion after a scary collision in Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.
Letang lay on the ice in a disoriented state when he fell backwards into the boards after a check by Coyotes winger Shane Doan.
"I just went to make...
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Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/31/2015@1800C
ISSUED: 03/31/2015 0436C
TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 73
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 62
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 73
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 61
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: mostly cloudy, high upper 70s, south winds 10-15 mph;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms late, low lower 60s, south winds 5-10 mph;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80, south winds 10-15 mph;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, south winds 10-15 mph;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, windy with south winds 15-20 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 60s;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, cooler, low upper 40s;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy, cooler, high middle 60s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 40s;
SUNDAY: cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 60s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 7-13, 2015:
Above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 30, 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).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 30, 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]).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 63 73
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 53 74
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 58 77 0.01
Corsicana Campbell Field 64 77
Crockett Houston County Airport 61 82
Dallas Love Field 62 77
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 58 75
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 65 77
Fort Worth Meacham Field 58 78
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 63 73
Greenville–Majors Field 63 72
Hallsville CWOP 62 74
Hawkins CWOP 64 74
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 61 75
Houston Hobby Airport 60 82
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 64 76
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 62 75
Longview City 64 75
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 61 75 tr.
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 61 84
Marshall Harrison County Airport 62 76
Mineola/Quitman Wood County Airport 64 73
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 63 73
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 57 79
Palestine Municipal Airport 64 79
Paris HADS 58 75
Shreveport Regional Airport 61 74
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 65 73
Terrell Municipal Airport 64 74
Texarkana Webb Field 56 75
Tyler–City Office 64 75
Tyler–Pounds Field 64 75
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
# 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.)
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/31/2015 0427C
We could write lots of stuff about this forecast KFWD wrote about 2,000 words in their
discussion and it is excellent; however, I’ll restrain myself.
WE have a capping inversion at about 5,000 feet; this means two things for today: if we
get stratus, it’s going to hang around for quite a while, and we won’t have any showers this
afternoon. Temperatures should be a few degrees warmer than yesterday.
An upper air low comes out of Baja California tomorrow. This could give us
thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon, which would be non-severe.
A cold front will be getting here Thursday night or Friday. We keep shower chances for
that time, with Friday the most promising time.
We cool down sharply Friday into Sunday.
We’re expecting another and likely rather wet storm system to cross early next week.
At 4 a.m. today, skies are variably cloudy, temperatures are in the 60s, and winds are light
southerly. Our weak frontal boundary of yesterday has just about dissipated. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/31/2015 0435C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Tuesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 78/62 10%/20%
Wednesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 80/64 30%/20%
Thursday WINDY 82/67 20%/10%
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(THROOP, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania man was killed Monday morning after the gravestone he was decorating for Easter fell on top of him.
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For those who can't wait to see what the new...
(CHICAGO) — Although all the signs point to an economic resurgence six years after the so-called Great Recession, a lot of folks remain in the financial doldrums.
That's the chief finding by the Chicago-based Center for Financial Services Innovation, which polled 7,000 people. According to the survey, a staggering 57 percent of adults in the U.S. claim to still...
(NEW YORK) — A surprising number of Americans have more than just looking good on their minds when they purchase cosmetics.
Nielsen surveyed 1,000 people regarding their attitudes of how cosmetics are manufactured and 57 percent said the most important packaging claim is that it's "not tested on animals" and "cruelty-free."
Nearly as many, 56 percent, claim the SPF...
(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since his ouster, former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is talking publicly about being at war with the company he built and overcoming a reputation tarnished by allegations of sexual misconduct and mismanagement.
"I want everybody to know I’m not 'the Sleaze King,'" Charney told ABC News' 20/20 in an exclusive...
(NEW YORK) -- One of the pioneers of the premium burger market is now expanding into Pakistan.
Steak ‘n Shake announced on Friday that it will open 15 new locations in Pakistan, after signing an exclusive agreement with FM Foods Pvt. Ltd., an affiliate of MJ Holdings.
"FM Foods is the perfect partner to introduce the Steak 'n...
(LOS ANGELES) -- There’s a new app for bros looking for other bros to hang with, and it could be the salvation of the modern male heterosexual friendship.
It’s called Wolfpack and, yes, it does howl.
The brainchild of Nile Niami, a movie producer turned real estate developer, he said a recently divorced friend inspired him to create...
(BOSTON) -- Anyone can now experience the challenge of life as a U.S. senator.
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate opens to the public this week in Boston, following a public dedication Monday attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as a bipartisan contingent of Capitol Hill colleagues of former...
(WASHINGTON) -- Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimination against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination last week, said in a statement on Monday that he favors the new law.
"I want to...
(WASHINGTON) -- Americans by a 2-1 margin favor an agreement with Iran over its nuclear development program, even while broadly questioning whether a deal would, in fact, prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.
A new national ABC News/Washington Post poll also finds sharply politicized views of U.S.-Israel relations, which have been strained by the two allies’ dispute...
(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday he will announce whether he will run for president at an upcoming event.
“I will announce on April 13 what I’m going to do next in terms of running for president or the U.S. Senate," Rubio said on FOX News' The Five.
Rubio, a first-term senator, is up for...
(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act has quickly ricocheted to the top of Internet chatter and is the focus of tweets and posts from a range of public figures.
Although potential Republican presidential candidates remained mum on social media, the law signed by Gov. Mike Pence last week drew early reaction from likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- NCAA President Mark Emmert, an early critic of Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, says it could be a problem for future NCAA events in Indiana -- like the 2016 women's Final Four -- and is backing efforts within the state to change or repeal it.
"Whether it’s repeal or whether it’s some language...
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) -- Just over a month ago, Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide in what has been described at least partially as a result of an alleged whisper smear campaign. Now, Schweich’s spokesperson has been found dead, also apparently caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
Jefferson City police spokesman Capt. Doug Shoemaker told reporters...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- One of the top Republicans in Indiana says he was "disappointed" with how Gov. Mike Pence addressed questions about Indiana's new "religious freedom" law in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday.
"We were disappointed," Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, told ABC's Gio Benitez. "He failed to answer that question on...
(BOSTON) -- President Obama made a passionate appeal for bipartisanship and civility at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston Monday.
“We live in a time of such great cynicism,” Obama said. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?”
“Ted understood that the only point of running...
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. is demanding to see the findings of a Johns Hopkins internal review of a controversial radiology program that for years reviewed x-rays of coal miners on behalf of coal companies and rarely found miners to have serious black lung disease -- decisions that helped prevent them from obtaining much-needed financial support.
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will head to Kenya this summer, marking his first visit to his father's birthplace since taking office in 2009, the White House announced on Monday.
While there, Obama will hold bilateral meetings and participate in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which Kenya is co-hosting, White House press secretary Josh Earnest...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indiana's top two Republican legislators will push for an update to the state's controversial "religious freedom" law, the pair said at a news conference Monday, following a wave of national backlash to the state's newest law.
"Hopefully by doing this we'll put the whole issue to rest," Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long told reporters at...
(WASHINGTON) — If President Obama is considering a political career after the White House, he might want to consider running for governor of California.
Unlike national polls that have consistently shown more people disapproving of the job he's doing than the other way around, 55 percent of respondents to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California approve...
(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley, the former Democratic governor of Maryland who is considering a run for the White House, said Sunday that new leadership is needed as the country heads toward the 2016 presidential race.
"The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families. It is an awesome and...
(WASHINGTON) -- As the clock continues to tick down on a nuclear deal with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled a planned return to the United States.
Kerry will remain in Switzerland as the Iran nuclear talks approach their deadline.
Foreign ministers from six world powers are trying to reach a deal with...
(NEW YORK) -- Each year, more than 70,000 kids visit the emergency room as a consequence of unintentional medication overdose.
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes one major reason for overdose is that liquid medication is prescribed in the form of teaspoons, a practice ripe for inaccuracy, according to researchers, since a run-of-the-mill teaspoon in the kitchen may hold...
(PHILADELPHIA) -- Luelle Ross seems like a typical 1-year-old girl in many ways, playing with her toys and going for a ride in her stroller. But while her life is just getting started, it has already been a long journey for her parents.
Before Luelle was even born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, and her parents,...
(NEW YORK) -- After being one of four companies to be accused of selling phony dietary supplements, GNC announced Monday that it will institute better testing guidelines.
Health experts say consumers should still be vigilant when picking out their herbal pills and remedies.
Here's what you need to know:
The New York State attorney...
(NEW YORK) -- Show us your fridge!
That's the popular demand of users on Periscope, Twitter's new live-streaming app released last Thursday.
Showing the contents of your fridge apparently gets you lots of "hearts," users say, and no one -- not even self-professed paranormal investigators -- are free from fridge viewing requests.
No one is safe from fridge...
(RICHMOND, Va.) -- That rented stork you have on your lawn? Oh, baby please.
Parents of newborns are taking birth announcements to new heights -- literally.
With the help of the hospitals they deliver in, parents can see their baby's name in lights. Or more specifically on a billboard, along with all the pertinent details of their...
(NEW YORK) -- Brutus the Rottweiler had a bit of trouble getting around because he became a quadruple amputee when he was just a puppy.
"He was left outside by his breeder," said Brutus' rescuer Laura Aquilina. "I don't know if it was on purpose, but it was admitted that he lost his paws because of...
(BETHESDA, Md.) -- An American health care worker who is being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland continues to show improvement.
The NIH announced on Monday that the patient's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.
The patient, who has not been identified, contracted the disease while volunteering at...
(HANOVER, N.H.) -- An apple a day probably won’t keep the doctor away, but it may keep you out of the pharmacy, a new study has found.
Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School decided to find out whether the old adage about eating the crunchy fruit daily and staying healthy is actually true. To do so,...
(NEW YORK) — Although a lot of attention is being paid to the obesity epidemic in this county, millions are neglecting to see how it affects other members of their households, namely, pets.
The Association of Pet Obesity and Prevention (APOP) in its annual report of the problem says that a whopping 58 percent of cats are overweight in...
(WASHINGTON) — Most young adults in the U.S. believe that sexual assaults are a regular occurrence in both college and high school.
A survey of 2,300 Americans ages 18-to-35 conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that close to three-fourths of this group agree with the statement that sexual assault is “somewhat” or “very” common on college campuses....
(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced on Friday the state had received the first confirmed measles case in Oklahoma since 1997.
Officials said the person is a spouse of an Oklahoma State University student who lives off-campus, and recently traveled out of the country.
State health officials are working with the Payne County Health Department,...
(NEW YORK) -- The “kid’s menu” at your local restaurant may fall short when it comes to nutritious fare, according to a new study that looked at restaurants in two states in the southeastern United States.
Researchers at Virginia Tech looked at nearly 140 children menus from various restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia in a study published...
(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.
Ashley and Matt Alexander of Greenfield, Indiana, were surprised weeks ago when they learned they were expecting three new additions to their family during a routine sonogram, according to ABC affiliate WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"She was checking [Ashley] and...
(NEW YORK) -- Although authorities said the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed earlier this week in France intended to “destroy the plane” with 150 people on board, so-called “aircraft-assisted suicides” are rare, according to researchers who reviewed decades of crash data. Still, they’ve occurred in the past, and sometimes, the pilots expressed their...Read more...
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A Missouri mother is livid after her daughter came home from elementary school with a note saying that her body mass index was too high despite her lean frame.
"She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda Moss, of Belton, Missouri, told KMBC, ABC's...
(NEW YORK) -- Easter came early for North West.
Kim Kardashian posted photos on Instagram on Sunday of her daughter looking for eggs with a friend.
"My baby girl on the hunt for Easter eggs at the farm! #PerfectSunday #GettingReadyForNextWeek #SpringTimeEasterFestival," she captioned one.
It's been a busy month for the toddler.
West, who turns 2 in June,...
(NEW YORK) -- It wasn't a big name like John Cena or Brock Lesnar who walked away with the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday night.
It was Seth Rollins.
You may have heard the young wrestler's name kicked around over the last few months, but who is the new champ?
Here are five things to...
(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's season five finale of AMC's The Walking Dead was 90 minutes long and it made good use of them, with cliffhanger moments for some series favorites -- who, bucking a Walking Dead trend, managed to stay alive.
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Morgan returned to the series, shown waking up after spending the night in...
(NEW YORK) -- Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is "being investigated" after a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with police on Friday evening, the NYPD confirms to ABC News.
The unidentified Italian woman claims Weinstein groped her in his office at the Tribeca Film Center in Manhattan around 6 p.m. Friday. No charges...
(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Legal teams for Robin Williams' widow and for his three children appeared in a San Francisco courtroom Monday to determine who will get what of the late actor's estate.
Lawyers for both parties said they hope to have the matter resolved by June 1, the date set for the next hearing.
"This is very,...
(NEW YORK) -- When black-ish returns Wednesday, Tracee Ellis Ross' character Rainbow may have a "little secret."
"Dre thinks that Rainbow is pregnant," she teased on Monday's Good Morning America. "And perhaps she is, perhaps she isn't."
On black-ish, Ross portrays Rainbow, a doctor and mother of four kids. Her husband, Dre, is played by comedian...
(LOS ANGELES) -- What in the world would make Hilary Duff dye her blonde tresses green?
"I've never done anything like this, and I was just in Cabo [San Lucas, Mexico] with my son and I was staring at the ocean and I was like, 'I want that on my head,'" she said on Monday during her 12th appearance on...
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Franklin Roosevelt would never have traded five dangerous enemies of the United States for one Army deserter. Not even the feckless Jimmy Carter would have made such a fool of himself.
It is still important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Controlling your cholesterol is still an important key to your overall health. But there is new evidence to suggest that the link between the cholesterol in your diet and heart disease is not as strong as we have been led to believe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses diet versus heredity when it comes to managing cholesterol. Visit the Health Connection website!
Today in History
1831 - Mainzer Rijnvaart Convention ends
1861 - Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans (US Civil War)
1925 - WOWO-AM, Ft Wayne Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts)
1946 - The first election is held in Greece after World War II.
1976 - Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
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