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State Representative James White files a new bill concerning public schools

Our partners at the Lufkin Daily News reports that State Representative James White filed a bill in the State Legislature earlier this month which would convert low-performing public school campuses into charter schools.

UPDATE: Wednesday fire in Longview ruled arson

LONGVIEW- Fire on Oden St. has been ruled arson. Fire officilas say that, after investigating the blaze, they have concluded it to be intentionally set.

Funeral services for Deputy Brittion to be held Saturday

TYLER- Funeral arrangements for the Smith County Deputy who was hit and killed by a cow last week have been set. Officer Britton died Monday after struggling for a week in the hospital following the tragic accident on a Bullard FM road.

Father of girl in Cleveland rape case speaks out

CLEVELAND — A year ago, the 11-year-old girl who police say was the victim of repeated gang rapes in this East Texas town was an outgoing honor roll student, brimming with enthusiasm, who went on hikes and planted trees with a youth group

Fire out at Longview apartment complex

LONGVIEW — Longview Fire officials say that the fire at 415 Tammy Lynn Dr. is out. The fire started in an upstairs apartment, which was vacant at the time. Three other apartments in the building were evacuated.

Owner of massage parlor charged with prostitution

TYLER- Tyler Police have shut down what they called an illegal massage parlor on Friday night. Now businesses around it say they hope it stays closed for good.

Texas textbook standards raise more controversy

In May 2010, the State Board of Education developed a new Social Studies curriculum for Texas schools. Some lawmakers say they're not willing to shell out millions of dollars for books that are this controversial.

Smith County deputy attacked by injured cow dies

An ETMC employee confirmed that Smith County has lost one of their own. 54-year-old Britton served as a Smith County deputy since 1992 - today he died from what some called a "freak accident" that took place last week.

PETA: Animals should have gender in Bible

TYLER — Animal rights activist group... PETA wants to change the Bible... to make it more animal friendly. They say the way it's being translated is offensive to animals.