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Rick Perry’s Pardons: By the numbers
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:03:00 UT

Over the course of his time as Texas governor, Rick Perry granted clemency for hundreds of individuals of various criminal backgrounds.


Longview vigil honors state’s 119 victims of domestic violence
news-journal.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
They say domestic violence is nearer than most people think.

Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:15:24 UT
(AP) — A fire has destroyed one of two memorials at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson police spokesman Devin James says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Longview officials attend presentation of sign, billboard, landscaping program to gauge help for com
news-journal.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
City officials sat in on a Keep Longview Beautiful meeting Tuesday to hear an idea that could help spruce up a comprehensive plan they will unveil next week.

South Marshall students are ‘too smart for drugs’
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
As part of the celebration of Red Ribbon Week, which is drug awareness week across the nation, schools in the area planned special activity days.



Texas man admits to setting 1988 fire that killed stepsons
news-journal.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man admitted Tuesday to setting a backyard fire that killed his two young stepsons a quarter-century ago, bringing a surprising end to a long fight over whether faulty fire scien

Where’s the proof for Perry’s claims of border crime?
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 6 Aug 2014 01:48:00 UT
If the border is truly the warzone that Gov. Rick Perry suggests, if it's truly under siege by an opportunistic wave of undocumented criminals, if it is hard hit by record infiltrations of people from terrorist countries, if it is indeed in desperate need of another state trooper "surge," and a Texas National Guard deployment of 1,000 that will cost Texas taxpayers millions of dollars per week -- surely, then, there must be statistics to prove it. Perry has offered no statistical proof of his theory that crime has increased in historically safe border cities as law enforcement contends with the wave of child immigrants flowing in from Central America. Asked for proof, Perry's office sent me to the Texas Department of Public Safety – an agency that is far from a beacon of transparency. When two of my colleagues recently requested data on how DPS "surge" efforts along the border have affected drug seizures and other crime, DPS refused to disclose the information and diverted the request to the Texas Attorney General. [...] experts interviewed by Kriel and Collette say the decline is more likely the result of seasonal migration patterns and publicity over the humanitarian crisis. [...] the Texas governor, with two dark-rimmed eyes on the White House, is making the border photo ops and TV news circuits with the same cowboy swagger – albeit without the boots. In June, Perry tried to attribute the record number of non-Mexicans crossing the border to people "coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations." The first paragraph mentions how police officers were wounded recently in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. "The story is conflating domestic issues with border issues to make it look like it's worse than it is," said Larry Karson, a former U.S. customs agent who is now an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown.

Comprehensive plan protects Longview’s future thoroughfares
news-journal.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Joe Timmons, 74, sits with his bike, smoking a cigarillo alongside Mobberly Avenue waiting to continue his trek from his downtown home to his mother’s house in South Longview.

Waskom circus
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500

Rep. Ralph Hall released from hospital
news-journal.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
PLANO — The oldest-ever member of the U.S. House has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery from injuries suffered in a car wreck.

Hospital foundation raises more than 100k for surgical equipment
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Wine aficionados and community supporters of Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall raised more than $100,000 for new surgical equipment through the Marshall Hospital Foundations 11th annual “Race to

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