Three Face Arraignment in Synthetic Drug Case
LONGVIEW — Three members of a family facing charges related to selling synthetic drugs from three Longview stores are scheduled for arraignment next week on a new indictment that would increase their prison time and fines. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report the superseding indictment against Jeremy Chad Tidwell; his wife, Shanna Peek Tidwell; and his brother, Brian Tidwell, was returned this past week in Tyler. The indictment includes notice that the government intends to seek criminal forfeiture of millions of dollars in cash and property seized in a Dec. 3 raid on three smoking paraphernalia stores owned by the married couple. The notice to seek forfeiture also lists a home in Upshur County, the Longview Candle Store on Estes Parkway, a semi-automatic 9mm pistol, and ammunition. Read more …
Man, Wife Sought in Recent Theft
VAN ZANDT COUNTY — Van Zandt County law enforcement is looking for a man and his wife allegedly connected to a recent theft. According to KETK, the Van Zandt Co. Constable Precinct 4 Office says Jacob Aaron Cooksy is wanted by authorities for theft greater than $1,500. The fugitive has been jumping from house to house in the Van/Jamestown/Garden Valley/Enchanted Lakes area and only stays for a few hours at a time in one place, according to officials. Read more …
UT Tyler, TJC Establish Patriot Pathway
TYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College have strengthened their collaboration and partnership through the Patriot Pathway program, according to a UT Tyler news release. The “Patriot Pathway” articulation agreement was signed Friday on the UT Tyler campus to officially establish the program. It includes strategies that will provide a seamless transition of TJC graduates to UT Tyler, according to the release. “The Patriot Pathway will increase educational access for students throughout East Texas,” said Dr. Ross Sherman, UT Tyler interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Students will be able to transition from TJC to UT Tyler to achieve their baccalaureate degree without loss of credit, time or additional expense.” Read more …
David Wright Files for Longview City Council
LONGVIEW — Another candidate has filed in the May 9 city election in Longview. 58-year-old business owner David Wright joins 34-year-old Ben Shelton in the race for the unexpired City Council District 5 seat. Shelton is director of operations at Pathway Church. The seat is being vacated by Richard Manley, who faces two opponents in the mayoral election.
UTT Claims Issue Resolved Regarding Accredited-Warned Status
AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency Friday released accreditation statuses for school districts and charters across the state. KETK reports one East Texas school has been warned following what was termed a poor performance, either financially or academically. More than 400 students attend the UT Tyler Innovation Academy’s three campuses in Longview, Tyler, and Palestine. In the most recent accountability ratings, the Longview location was listed as “improvement required.” According to the TEA, an Accredited-Warned status means a district or charter exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance that, if not addressed, could lead to probation or revocation of its accreditation status. Read more …
UT Health Northeast, City of Tyler Promote Colon Cancer Awareness
TYLER – During March, in recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, UT Health Northeast and the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor free community events to educate the residents of the Tyler area about colon cancer prevention and screening. About 52,000 people in the United States die each year from colon cancer, which is the second-leading cause of all cancer deaths, and the most preventable cancer when caught early, according to press materials. Read more …
Dallas-Area Ice Forces Cancellation of Nearly 1,000 Flights
DALLAS (AP) – An overnight storm that pelted parts of Texas and Oklahoma with freezing rain made roads dangerously slick and forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Transportation officials and the National Weather Service warned people to stay off the roads until temperatures rose and the ice melted. Forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for the Dallas-Fort Worth area until Saturday night. Flight tracker Flightaware.com reported 974 flights canceled at DFW airport by late Saturday morning. Airport spokesman David Magana says about 5,000 stranded passengers were forced to spend the night at the airport after another 600 flights were canceled Friday. The airport provided cots, blankets and toiletries to the passengers. Area temperatures are expected in the upper 40s Sunday.
“Two Steps, One Sticker” Program Begins March 1
AUSTIN – Get ready for a new Texas Two Step. Beginning Sunday, March 1, the state of Texas will stop issuing vehicle inspection stickers and change to a “Two Steps, One Sicker” inspection and registration program. Under the new system, Texas vehicle owners will need to pass inspection prior to renewing their registration. The familiar blue-bordered registration sticker will serve as proof of both inspection and registration. According to a news release, the first year of the program is a transition period to allow vehicles’ inspection and registration expiration dates to align. Read more …
Officials Find Little Effect on Drugs in Texas Border Surge
AUSTIN (AP) – The surge of Texas National Guard personnel, state troopers and game wardens to the border with Mexico has done less than hoped to stop illegal drugs. The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that officials say the effort has done little to push drug prices higher, as authorities hoped. Greg Thrash with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Austin says no slowdown has been detected in supply. Thrash also says wholesale prices of drugs are dropping. Then-Gov. Rick Perry ordered the surge last June, dubbed Operation Strong Safety. The effort was in response to a sharp increase in illegal border crossings and also to disrupt drug supplies from Mexican cartels. Texas leaders are seeking up to $815 million to expand border operations over the next two years.
Chief Says Guns Pointed at Firefighters at Prison
RAYMONDVILLE (AP) – Federal prison authorities will investigate whether guards at a South Texas lockup pointed guns at firefighters amid a “heightened security level” days after a riot. The Valley Morning Star reports Raymondville police Chief Oscar Gutierrez says Federal Bureau of Prison guards pointed their guns at firefighters responding to a call Wednesday evening. The incident follows an uprising that began Feb. 20 at the Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville. Prisoners seized control of part of the facility. Gutierrez says “unacceptable gun-pointing” posed safety risks that forced him to lead firefighters out of the prison. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross says his agency will conduct a thorough review of this matter after all inmates are moved from the center.
Four Boys Missing in Bastrop County Found Unharmed in Woods
RED ROCK (AP) – Four boys who disappeared while playing behind their Austin-area homes have been found safe after a night outside in freezing weather. The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office says the boys were located early Saturday in some woods in Red Rock, less than a mile from where they live. The boys, who wore light jackets, were examined and released to their parents. The two 8-year-olds and two 9-year-olds were last seen in the woods around 5 p.m. Friday. Their families reported them missing two hours later. One boy used a cellphone to call 911 around 3 a.m. Saturday. Officials didn’t immediately say how he ended up with a cellphone that’s not in regular service but did complete the emergency call. The coordinates led to the boys, as temperatures were just below freezing.
Judge: Austin Housing Vouchers Ordinance to Proceed
AUSTIN (AP) – A judge has refused to delay an Austin ordinance that would prevent apartment complexes from turning away applicants who rely on federal vouchers to pay their rent. The Austin American Statesman reports U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Friday rebuffed an effort by the Austin Apartment Association to have an injunction issued against the ordinance. The Austin City Council in December passed the so-called source of income ordinance. It states that landlords can’t discriminate against applicants because their rent payment includes federally funded Section 8 housing vouchers, just as landlords can’t discriminate based on other factors, such as race and gender. The Austin Apartment Association said in a statement that its attorneys are reviewing the ruling to determine how to proceed.
Bass Collection Opens at Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (AP) – The public will get a look at art from the private collection of some late Texas philanthropists. The exhibit called “The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass” opens Sunday at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Museum officials say the Fort Worth couple’s collection of late 19th- and 20th-century art began on a 1961 trip to Europe. The Basses eventually acquired pieces by van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Renoir. The exhibit, featuring more than three dozen works of art, runs through May 24. Perry Bass was the nephew and heir of Fort Worth oil tycoon Sid Richardson. Perry Bass died in 2006. His wife died in 2013.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
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Some people seem to eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. The rest of us have to be really careful. So what’s at work? The answer is metabolism: the mechanism by which your body burns the calories you eat and converts them to the energy necessary for your body to function. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast internal medicine expert Dr. David Shafer answers questions about your metabolism and its effect on how much you weigh. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
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