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Gov. Perry orders flags to half-staff

Gov. Perry orders flags to half-staff

Governor Perry has ordered flags across the state be placed at half-staff following the tragedy at Ft. Hood Wednesday. The governor delivered the following order to Department of Public Safety Commander Jose Ortiz.
Smith Co. fire marshal passes away Thursday

Smith Co. fire marshal passes away Thursday

Smith County Fire Marshall Jim Seaton, 65, died Thursday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
4 dead, 16 injured in Ft. Hood shooting

4 dead, 16 injured in Ft. Hood shooting

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State moves 'dangerous' sex offenders into Houston, Austin neighborhoods

State moves 'dangerous' sex offenders into Houston, Austin neighborhoods

Thirty sex offenders - allegedly so dangerous that state officials have kept them in custody after they completed their prison sentences - were quietly moved into neighborhoods in Houston and Austin a month ago with no advance notice to the pub
Smith Co. officials searching for man who reportedly burglarized a Whitehouse home

Smith Co. officials searching for man who reportedly burglarized a Whitehouse home

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is investigating a March burglary that happened in the Whitehouse area. According to officials, the homeowner determined that among the items taken was a bank card.
One vehicle wreck knocks down power lines in Longview

One vehicle wreck knocks down power lines in Longview

A one vehicle wreck knocked down power lines in Longview Thursday morning. Longview Police tell KETK, the accident happened on Booker Street. No one was injured in the crash.
Shuttle's 'shuttle' gets new home

Shuttle's 'shuttle' gets new home

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; the Boeing 747 jumbo jet that ferried dozens of space shuttles from landing sites in California and New Mexico back to Florida will be moving from its current spot in a remote part of Ellington Field to its n
Ex-Astro says police ruined pitching career

Ex-Astro says police ruined pitching career

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; Brandon Backe's once-promising career as an Astros pitcher took him to the World Series in 2005, but in 2009 his skill had deserted him and he was in constant pain.

Racing against the odds

Steve Torrence from Kilgore has been drag racing since he was 15 years old, and last weekend he set a track speed record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

IT'S POLLEN SEASON: Some local businesses profit from pollen

Spring time in East Texas means pollen makes it's annual appearance, dusting the ground and everything on it with a pale yellow glow.  James Wilhite, owner of Wilhite Landscaping, is no stranger to plants or pollen, "You
Yu Darvish to start Sunday at Tampa Bay

Yu Darvish to start Sunday at Tampa Bay

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Ron Washington said.
ETX thief caught hiding stolen merchandise in crotch area

ETX thief caught hiding stolen merchandise in crotch area

Authorities busted an East Texas man trying to steal merchandise after he tried to hide it in his crotch Monday afternoon.
Crew chief pushes Dale Earnhardt Jr. to top of standings

Crew chief pushes Dale Earnhardt Jr. to top of standings

Two weeks after losing the points lead, Dale Earnhardt Jr. reclaimed it. Earnhardt has a win and is at the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings as the series comes to Fort Worth this week for the Duck Commander 500.