TYLER — As a part of the 2017 Seal Coat Program, base repairs will be taking place on roads off of Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323. There may be possible lane closures during this repair time. Roads that will be affected are DC Drive, Anthony Drive, Broussard Street, Patridge Drive, Candy Lane and Capital Drive. Notifications will be put out on the streets that Lonestar will be doing work. Those who park on the street should make arrangements to park at other location. This project is weather pending and could be delayed.
Where: DC Drive, Anthony Drive, Broussard Street, Patridge Drive, Candy Lane and Capital Drive
When: June 21 to June 28
June 21, 2017- TYLER, TX- BBB Serving Central East Texas is alerting the community about a scam which claims to benefit Tyler Fire Department and reminds consumers to do their homework before sending money to any organization. The scam had earlier been reported by the fire department, but the BBB is offering more details.
The scam was reported via BBB Scam Tracker, an online tool used to provide consumers with a place to report scams and fraud and to warn others about malicious or suspicious activities. A local business owner reported that Firehouse Promotions contacted them for the third year in row claiming to be selling advertisement space on magnetic boards for $500 to help benefit Tyler Fire Department. BBB contacted Tyler Fire Department who confirmed that Firehouse Promotions is not raising money on their behalf.… Read More
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced the Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2017, which streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is also an original cosponsor of the legislation.
“We should be making it easier, not harder, for members of the armed forces to be gainfully employed both while they are in the reserves and after they complete their service,” said Sen. Cornyn. “The servicemen and women who have experience operating large military vehicles should be able to easily apply their skills and knowledge when seeking a commercial driver’s license, and this legislation allows for just that.”
“Veterans who have the training and experience to operate heavy trucks and buses under tough conditions in the military have the skills needed to drive trucks on our highways,” Sen. Warren said. “This bipartisan bill will remove legal obstacles delaying servicemembers from getting commercial drivers’ licenses. It’s a straightforward fix that will benefit veterans looking for good jobs and that will help employers looking for talented employees.”
“The brave men and women that serve in the U.S. military learn a wide-range of skills applicable to jobs once they enter the civilian workforce, but too often face unnecessary barriers that makes it harder for them to find jobs,” said Sen. Tillis. “This legislation will eliminate burdensome red tape so our active-duty military, reservists, and veterans can receive the DOT-required health examination and use the experience they gained serving our nation to count towards the credit needed to obtain a commercial driver’s license” … Read More
Home Prices Likely to Keep Rising, says Dallas Fed Economist
DALLAS—Texas job growth has outpaced the nation so far this year, and the state’s labor market remains tight, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Texas Economic Update.
Texas added jobs at a 2.4 percent annualized rate in May, with the manufacturing and energy sectors posting gains. Goods-producing sectors have added jobs at a 6.5 percent rate year to date, outpacing the 1.9 percent growth in private services.
The state unemployment rate dropped from 5.0 percent to 4.8 percent in May. While this exceeds the 4.3 percent May rate for the nation, the incidence of discouraged workers, the marginally attached and the underemployed have been more muted in Texas and remain mostly at or below their national rates, according to the report.
Texas home price appreciation shows no signs of stopping amid strong demand and inadequate supply, Dallas Fed Economist Anil Kumar said in a video accompanying the report’s release.
“Most indicators of residential construction in Texas receded in April after posting gains in March,” Kumar said. “Shortages of labor and developed lots have been important headwinds for the construction sector in Texas. With strong demand and inadequate housing supply, most measures of house prices suggest that house price appreciation remains strong.”
Looking ahead, the latest Dallas Fed Texas Employment Forecast for 2017 ticked up slightly from 2.4 to 2.6 percent and the Texas Leading Index points to continued growth for the state. Downside risks are sharply declining oil prices, continued strength in the dollar and uncertainty regarding both U.S. trade and tax policy.
Dallas – Today, Rep. Villalba announced his run for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 114. Villalba has served three terms in the Texas Legislature and has been named Legislator of the Year by organizations such MADD, the SPCA and the Dallas Police Association. Rep. Villalba has also authored and passed a number of important bills addressing such issues as public education, infrastructure, economic development, school security, drunk driving, and tax reform. Rep. Villalba currently serves on the House Business and Industry Committee and the Economic and Small Business Development Committee.
Villalba stated, “The Texas Legislature needs now, more than ever, solutions-minded, common-sense public servants. It breaks my heart when I see our beloved Texas go down the path of Washington-style politics, where division and bickering hamper the will of the people. That’s why I am so strongly committed to coming back to Austin – so that I can champion the Texas values of hard work, perseverance, compassion and righteousness by serving all of my fellow Texans, not just those who might agree with me. I am dedicated to the cause of Texas and look forward to serving House District 114 in the 86th Legislative Session.”… Read More
TYLER –The City of Tyler Parks Department and the Texas A&M Forest Service have postponed an invasive species workshop and field day that had been scheduled for Thursday. Officials now say that workshop is being rescheduled for sometime this fall. We’ll have an update when more information becomes available. For more information, call Tyler Urban Forester Cody Goldman at (903) 531-1179.
AUSTIN — Suicide rates in Texas were more than triple for white people than for black and Hispanic people in 2015, according to a new analysis from The University of Texas System and UT Health Northeast.
3,403 Texans died from suicide in 2015, the most recent year for which there are numbers. This is more than double the number killed by homicide, and was the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24, after unintentional injuries (e.g. car accidents). Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death for ages 5-64.… Read More
AUSTIN – As Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the Gulf Coast, Governor Greg Abbott today ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) elevate its readiness from level four (normal conditions) to level three (increased readiness) starting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21st. Additionally, Governor Abbott has activated four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads and two Texas Military Department vehicle squads (5 vehicles each) to respond to any emergencies that may occur as a result of Tropical Storm Cindy. The Governor has also placed the Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Task Force, Texas Military Forces Aircraft, and shelter and feeding teams on standby.… Read More
Hubert Wright, 60, pleaded guilty on Jan. 9, 2017, to possessing with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. Wright was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.
Kevin Williams, 38, pleaded guilty on Jan. 10, 2017, to possessing with intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by Judge Clark. … Read More
AG Paxton Calls on California Insurance Commissioner to Stop Threats to Insurance Companies or Risk Legal Action
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 12 states today in calling on California Insurance Commissioner David Jones to cease and desist from requiring insurance companies to publicly disclose investments in fossil fuels and urging companies to sign a “pledge” to divest from the coal industry.
Commissioner Jones is also requiring insurance companies to disclose investments in oil, gas and coal. The financial disclosures and decisions on whether to sign the “pledge” are then made public on the California Insurance Department’s website.
“The threats made by the California Insurance Commissioner will hurt families, businesses and insurance carriers across the nation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These requirements are misguided, unrelated to insurance regulation, and are clearly politically driven. We will not stand by while negligent, politically motivated requirements harm the livelihood of thousands of U.S. citizens.”
Along with Attorney General Paxton, the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming and the governor of Kentucky, signed the letter.
To view the letter click here.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1992 murder of Martha Yvonne Davenport, 43, and an increased reward up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible, if the tip is received before next month’s featured case is announced.
On Aug. 22, 1992, Davenport, 43, was found dead in her Forest Hill home. (Forest Hill is a suburb of Fort Worth in Tarrant County.) She had been stabbed numerous times in her residence on Old Hickory Trail. While several potential suspects were developed during the investigation, no arrests were made. The Texas Rangers and the Forest Hill Police Department are investigating.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.
Individuals also can submit information through the Texas Ranger Cold Case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).
The DPS Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than 75 cases in an effort to help garner public interest in unsolved or “cold cases.” Texas Crime Stoppers recently began offering rewards (funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS) of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for any Rangers cold case listed on the website. For more information, visit the Texas Ranger cold case website at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm.
As part of a DPS public awareness program, one case from the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation (Cold Case) Program is featured each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring attention to these cold cases. The Texas Crime Stoppers reward is increased up to $6,000 for the featured case in hopes that the higher reward money will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip is submitted before the next case is featured.
The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton Joins 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review. AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources.
The coalition filed its letter Monday as part of the EPA’s ongoing review of its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The attorneys general outlined regulatory overreach present in the existing rule and offered suggestions to better respect the authority of states going forward.
“The WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The federal government exceeded its statutory authority by attempting to regulate areas that Congress never intended to be under federal jurisdiction, and directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own natural resources.”
Rather than claiming jurisdiction over vast amounts of water and land, the coalition suggests that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers should consider the active role each state already plays in safeguarding its waterways, especially those within the border of individual states. The Obama-era regulation, if implemented, would have taken jurisdiction over natural resources from states and put it in the hands of federal agencies. This included almost any body of water, such as isolated streams, hundred-year floodplains and roadside ditches.
Texas signed the West Virginia- and Wisconsin-led letter with Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.
Read a copy of the letter at http://bit.ly/2tGljKk.
HAWKINS (AP) — An East Texas rancher lassoed a 10-foot alligator and wranglers crawled atop the thrashing reptile’s back after it got a little too close to the landowner’s cattle. Bystanders shot video of the recent takedown near Hawkins. Byron South of Convergent Hunting Solutions says he got a call from the landowner, Hal Conover, after the alligator broke into a pen where he was weaning calves. Game wardens were also summoned. South told The Associated Press that Conover was able to throw a rope around the reptile. The video later shows two men atop the gator as it thrashes and bites one man’s hand. The man suffered minor injuries. The alligator was eventually loaded into a trailer and hauled to a wildlife park.
TYLER — After completing the investigation of the fire scene at Tyler Welders Supply on Monday, June 19, 2017, Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson said the fire appears to be accidental in nature.
The exact cause of the fire that occurred on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, remains undetermined, but no foul play is suspected and no criminal charges will be filed, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson said.
The fire marshal released the fire scene back to the company, and Tyler Welders Supply will begin a private investigation in to what started the fire at 3539 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.
TYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler has helped create a beneficial program that gives area business discounts to veterans, Dr. James Lumpkin, College of Business and Technology dean, announced. Graduate students in Dr. Kerri Camp’s Advanced Marketing Fundamentals course collaborated with the East Texas Veterans Alliance and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce on the “Recognizing Our Servicemembers Everyday” or R.O.S.E. Veteran Discount Program.… Read More
SANGER, Texas (AP) — Investigators have identified the man they say stabbed his grandparents to death before killing himself in the home where all three lived in rural Denton County.
A Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said investigators believe 26-year-old Ryan D. McGraw stabbed 71-year-old Douglas P. Greeney and 66-year-old Gladys Greeney to death before killing himself.
Sgt. Orlando Hinojosa (ee-noh-HOH’-sah) said no motive for the late Saturday stabbings has been determined.
TYLER – Authorities say they’ve arrested a suspect following an incident that involved drugs, a struggle, and a chase. On June 19 at 4:30 AM the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a suspicious person in the 3300 block of N. Northeast Loop 323. The caller stated that the suspect appeared to be casing the business for a possible robbery. Smith County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the location and were advised of the suspect’s descriptions and the description of the vehicle that they were seen in. Deputies then observed the vehicle parked on the side of the building occupied by three individuals.… Read More
TYLER – If you have a Smith County jury summons asking you to report for jury duty today, it’s your lucky day! Smith County residents who were planning to report for jury duty with their yellow cards today don’t have to make the trip to the Smith County Courthouse. No new panels will be needed, Smith County Jury Coordinator Lisa Bennett said. However, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court, you must still report.
WFAA-TV – ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Despite the blazing heat, a small crowd gathered Friday for the groundbreaking for a new General Motors facility in Arlington.
Among the crowd was Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who was immediately surrounded by a gaggle of local media before taking the stage.
“My number one priority in the Senate is jobs, jobs, jobs, and that’s for a very simple reason: The number one priority for Texans all across our great state is jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said. “And we’re here celebrating 850 new jobs.”
GM’s new supplier park will produce and assemble vehicle interiors for their lineup of SUV’s coming off the line across the road.
GM expects the new facility to house 1,250 employees – including 850 new jobs coming to Arlington. According to company officials, 600 of the new jobs are replacing those sent overseas.
“That is a major accomplishment, and we are grateful,” said Cruz. “General Motors is an iconic business. General Motors is a business that helped build America. And General Motors has been an important part of the Texas economy for over 6 decades.”… Read More
RUSK COUNTY – DPS Troopers have cleared the scene of a fatal crash located at Hwy-64 and CR-4108 in Rusk County. Troopers were called to the scene at approximately 9:15 AM. Preliminary crash investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling west on Hwy-64 when it ran into the back of Honda passenger car that was stopped along with other traffic, for a flagman on the side of the roadway. The initial crash caused a chain reaction involving two other passengers cars ahead of the Honda. The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene, next of kin has not been notified. The driver of the Tahoe and one of the other passenger cars involved went to Henderson ETMC. One driver was not injured. We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Air Date: 6/18/17
Guests: John English and Krysti McWha, Bethesda Health Clinic
Guest: Dennis Cullinane and Donna Spann, East Texas Food Bank
Address: 3052 N Eastman Rd #100, Longview, TX 75605
Phone: (903) 663-2575
Guest: Daniel Anderson, Boy Scouts of America
Guests: Libby Simmons and John McKinney, Tyler Area Builders Association Parade of Homes
Guest: Nathan Hood, Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas