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State budget cuts hit rural libraries hard

Rural libraries across East Texas are tightening their belts as state budget cuts and the upcoming closure of the regional library system take a toll.

Lufkin man flushes stolen cable down toilet during Best Buy Black Friday event

Lufkin Police tell Fox 51, 18 year-old Ernesto Ricardo Maldonado was arrested early Friday morning during a Black Friday event. It happened at the Best Buy on the 4500 block of Medford Drive in Lufkin around 4:00 a.m.

Farmer loses control of burn near Winona

Winona — A Smith County home is threatened by an out of control burn Wednesday afternoon.

Kilgore man sentenced to 35 years in prison for DWI

Longview, TX — Keynon James Carpenter, 47, of Kilgore accepted a 35-year prison sentence this week for habitual drunken driving.

Henderson Animal Shelter rumors not true

Henderson, TX --- Rumors concerning the Henderson Animal Shelter putting down all their dogs if they are not adopted by this afternoon are not true.

Chez Bazan

Monica Espindoli from Chez Bazan in Tyler stopped by the set of Fox 51 to share some delicious holiday treats. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest times of the year for the bakery so make sure to get your orders in early!

Leigh Vickery recipes

Leigh Vickery shares the following recipes with Fox 51 Today viewers:   Green Bean Bundles

Power outages across East Texas

UPDATE 10 A.M.: SWEPCO reports 110 customers are without power in Rusk County. As of 8 a.m. SWEPCO is currently reporting all customers in Rusk and Harrison County have power.

Tyler driver spins out of control on slick roads

TYLER — Two people were taken to the hospital this morning after a one-car wreck in the 3000 block of old Jacksonville Highway near Colonial.

UPDATE: Driver identified in hit-and-run that killed 4-year old boy

GREGG COUNTY — The driver of the vehicle that hit and killed a 4-year old boy, Cesar Cruz, has been identified as Margarito Aguilar.