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Preliminary Autopsy Results Indicate Drowning

Preliminary Autopsy Results Indicate Drowning

CHAPEL HILL -- An autopsy was conducted on 3-year-old Madison Williams and the preliminary report shows that she drowned. According to our news partner KETK, no criminal charges have been filed in the case, but the investigation is still ongoing. Williams disappeared from her home early Sunday morning. Deputies and volunteers searched for nine hours. She was discovered in a pond not far from her home.

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Smith County Fire Marshal Urges Caution

Smith County Fire Marshal Urges Caution

TYLER -- Although Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks did not encourage a burn ban be issued by the Commissioners Court on Tuesday, he did urge residents to use extreme caution when burning and to abstain from it, if possible. Brooks told the court his office has been monitoring the Keetch-Byram Drought Index for Smith County, as well as weather conditions and the number of grass fires in the county. The KDBI is at a 638 average, and Brooks anticipates it ...

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Balloon Release to Honor Late Coach

BULLARD -- A Ballon release was held on Monday night in honor of the late Bullard softball coach. Megan Dobrinksi died last week following her battle with cancer. According to our news partner KETK, she was celebrated on Monday night as the community of Bullard continues to heal. A petition is circulating online to rename Bullard ISD Softball field to Dobrinksi Field. At last check it had gained over 5,000 signatures. If you would like to sign the petition ...

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Poaching Investigation Leads to Arrests

WOOD COUNTY -- Seven people are behind bars, after an extensive poaching investigation in Wood county. According to our news partner KETK, officials launched their investigation in February. They uncovered a large amount of poaching, going on in both Wood and Smith counties. Game Wardens say around 28 white-tailed deer and more than 50 pigs were shot and killed from public roads with the aid of a spotlight. Several deer were left in the field to waste. One man, ...

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Legislation Impacts State- Pumps Millions into TISD

Legislation Impacts State- Pumps Millions into TISD

TYLER -- Good news for students and teachers in Tyler, as they kick off a new school year. According to our news partner KETK, recent legislative session funding means an increase for Tyler ISD schools, while property tax rates will be reduced. The session poured millions of dollars into the finance system. Tyler ISD got around 10 million dollars. Around 6 million of that will be used for raises for every employee in the district. For property taxes,owners will see ...

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Online “Shoot Up Every School” Threat from UK

Online Shoot Up Every School Threat from UK

JACKSONVILLE -- UPDATE: As of 2:00 p.m. A press released from the Jacksonville police department has confirmed that an online threat on Tuesday to JPD that stated "I'm going to shoot up every school and day care within a 30-mile radius then I’m coming for your officers” originated in the United Kingdom. It is being investigated further, however it is believed that there is no local threat. That threat was sent to the JPD Facebook page. According ...

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Burn Ban in Multiple Counties

Burn Ban in Multiple Counties

EAST TEXAS -- Rusk County has become the second county to issue a burn ban on Tuesday, less than an hour after Henderson County. In both instances Commissioner's took action to prohibit outside burning of any kind during the ban. This comes after the hottest stretch of the summer, which included multiple days over 100 degrees.

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United Way of Smith County Kicks Off 2019 Campaign

TYLER -- The United Way of Smith County kicks off its 2019 campaign with two goals: a ten per cent increase in participation and a total of $1.5 million. United Way President Nan Moore says everyone can get involved, regardless of the size of your gift. Moore notes that some new companies have joined the effort, which has already raised $9,000. She also reminds you that anyone donating five dollars or more per week can enter a drawing ...

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Bodies Found following Welfare Check

GREGG COUNTY -- The Gregg County Sheriff's Department is investigating the deaths of two people who were found after a welfare check. According to our news partner KETK, the bodies were found in the 300 block of Coulter Road, just off FM 1844, in the East Mountain area of Gregg County. The cause of death is unknown. Autopsies have been ordered.

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World

Ebola outbreak spreads to remote, militia-controlled territory in Democratic Republic of Congo
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Business

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Political

Trump administration to roll out plan for longer-term detention of migrant families
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Planned Parenthood drops out of federal program over fight with Trump administration
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Pentagon tests first land-based cruise missile after pulling out of INF Treaty
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Trump appears to back away from stronger gun sale background checks
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Health

Florida man arrested for having Trump-shaped ecstasy pills
New measles numbers show the disease continues to spread but at slightly slower pace
Parents want to regain custody of 4-year-old son with cancer after stopping his chemo
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Weight Watchers’ app for kids draws backlash from parents, calls for boycott
10 common sleep myths: Put bad habits to rest and wake up a better sleeping routine
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Entertainment

Sylvester Stallone is back in action in new ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ trailer
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Robert De Niro sues ex-employee for binge-watching ‘Friends’ on the job, among other things
Two teaser trailers debut for ‘Marriage Story,’ starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver
‘Saved by the Bell’ turns 30: Top 5 most memorable episodes
‘Bond 25’ gets an official title: ‘No Time to Die’
Source: Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have split
50 Cent says he never planned for ‘Power’ to end after its sixth season
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Sports

Alex Rodriguez uses a fake Instagram or ‘burner’ account to follow his daughters
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Former NFL running back, University of Texas star Cedric Benson dies at 36
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