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Several East Texas Doctors Disciplined by Medical Board

EAST TEXAS -- The Texas Medical Board announced Monday disciplinary actions taken against numerous doctors, including four in East Texas. According to KETK, On June 10, the Board and George Newell Bentley, M.D., Tyler, agreed to voluntarily surrender his Texas medical license in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings. The Board found that Dr. Bentley suffers from a medical condition that prevents him from practicing medicine. Further details were not available. That same day, Daniel Stephen Tuft, M.D., Livingston, entered into ...

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Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center Prepares for it's 20th Season

TYLER -- The R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas at Tyler is preparing for its twentieth anniversary season. KTBB's Bill Coates previews the entertainers and speakers coming to East Texas with Cowan Center Executive Director Susan Thomae-Morphew. Listen to the interview!

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More Arrests Made in Puppy Burning Case

PALESTINE -- Two additional suspects from the animal cruelty case on June 20, 2016, have been arrested with bonds set at $15,000 each. According to KETK, a warrant was issued Friday for Jasmine Warren, 18, of Athens(pictured) and a female minor. Both suspects were arrested Friday night by the Athens Police Department. A warrant was issued by the Palestine Police Department July 22 for Perla Miranda Fernandez, 20, of Athens. Fernandez was arrested the following day by the Athens Police ...

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Fire Destroyed Local Strip Club

GREGG COUNTY -- The cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a strip club near Kilgore on Monday has not been determined. The Gregg County Fire Marshal said the investigation into the cause of the fire at Fantasy Ranch Saloon in the 6100 block of State Highway 31 West is ongoing. The club was closed Sunday, and wasn’t supposed to reopen until Wednesday, so that employees could celebrate the bachelor party of one of its owners, according to the ...

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Man Accepts Plea Deal in Child Sexual Assault Case

GREGG COUNTY -- An Australian who assaulted a young girl while he was living in Longview is headed to prison. According to the Longview News-Journal, Graham Charles Wecker, 26, agreed to a 28-year prison term Thursday in exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated sexual assault of a child. Wecker raped a girl under the age of 6 in Gregg County sometime around Jan. 1, 2014. Homeland Security has placed an immigration detainer on Wecker.

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Hughes, Schaefer Sound Off on Abortion Ruling

EAST TEXAS -- Two Republican East Texas lawmakers are weighing in on Monday's Supreme Court decision striking down key provisions of the state's abortion law. State Representative and State Senator-Elect Bryan Hughes of Mineola issued a statement that reads, "In 2013 with the Landmark Pro-Life House Bill 2, Texas took reasonable steps to protect unborn children as well as pregnant women. Today in a lawless decision, the Supreme Court struck down a major part of House Bill 2, ...

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Manziel Attorney Resigns, Explains Texting Case

DALLAS -- It was a telling text about Johnny Manziel that was sent to a reporter by mistake. Now Manziel's attorney has resigned and is explaining what happened. Attorney Bob Hinton tells KRLD News he thought he was sending a text message about Manziel's misdemeanor case to a co-counsel. Instead it went to an AP reporter. And after a day of arguing back and forth, Hinton says the AP went with what he still considers attorney-client ...

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Accident Closes Part of I-20 in Smith County for Hours

SMITH COUNTY -- According to Smith County DPS, I-20 westbound near the Barber Road interchange was reduced to one lane for more than six hours after a three-semi truck accident. According to KETK, officials say one truck failed to control its speed and hit two 18-wheelers, causing it to roll on its side and catch fire. There was no immediate word on injuries. Authorities say the roadway finally reopened around 4:15 Monday afternoon.

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Marshall Police: Death of Man Found in Yard Apparently Accidental

MARSHALL -- The death of a man found in his yard in Marshall last week appears to have been accidental. Around 7:00 Friday evening, police responded to a home on Sledge Street in reference to an unresponsive male lying in the front yard. It was reported that the victim, 31-year-old Demarcus Perry, had possibly been shot. Perry was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall, where he later died due to his injuries. Members of the ...

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