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East Texas Bell-Ringer Ties Record

An East Texas man tied this year's record for the longest consecutive bell-ringing streak in the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.

Andre Thompson of Tyler joined fellow ringers, Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano in San Diego, and James Brickson of Albert Lea, Minnesota in the record books, by ringing for more than one hundred consecutive hours.

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Texas Teacher Killed in Libya

The man making national news after being shot and killed while jogging on a street in Libya Thursday morning, was a teacher from Texas.

Ronnie Smith was from Austin, and took a job teaching chemistry at the International School in Benghazi.

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Weather Could Be Messy This Weekend

I hope you strung up the Christmas lights on the outside of the house last weekend, because this will not be the weekend to do it!  Unless of course you like getting pelted in the face with rain and a ball of sleet while you're up there on the ladder.

We'll avoid the worst of the wintry weather that's about to hit Texas, but the National Weather Service says we'll have the chance of freezing rain by Saturday night.

When will it end?

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US 59 Still Impacted Today By Fatal Accident

One person died Monday in an accident on US 59 involving two 18-Wheelers and a school bus.

The road was still closed Tuesday morning because of the cleanup and investigation, and detours were set up.

The Lufkin School District says three children and the driver were the only ones on board the bus at the time, and none of them needed treatment for anything other than minor injuries.

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Troopers Are Watching Texas Roads Today

Today is one of the biggest travel days of the year, and state police are out in force making sure everyone is buckled up and not drinking and driving.

Be forewarned!  Drive safely, don't let the other crazy drivers get to you, and get where you're going safely.  And if you're going to get really festive and have a beverage or two because sometimes that makes dealing with relatives easier, have a designated driver!

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SFA Fires Football Coach

Stephen F. Austin State University is looking for a new football coach.

In a press conference Monday, the director of athletics Robert Hill announced that head coach J.C. Harper had been fired, effective immediately.  

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Candidate for Governor has East Texas Ties

Lisa Fritsch graduated from John Tyler High School in 1993, and twenty years later is running for Governor of Texas.

She stopped in Tyler over the weekend to talk about the issues she's campaigning on, including the goal to end poverty in Texas. Fritsch aims to beat John Abbott for the Republican nomination for Governor in the March primary.

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Polar Express Arrives in East Texas This Weekend

Watching the movie starring Tom Hanks has become a holiday tradition for many of us, and it will no doubt appear on TV a few times this holiday season. And kids can experience a very real Polar Express right here in East Texas this weekend.

The Texas State Railroad will have the Polar Express running in Palestine, and kids can even wear their PJ's to really get into the spirit.

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Iconic Nacogdoches Hotel Shuts Its Doors

It's official.  Hotel Fredonia in Nacogdoches has closed its doors, and all 90 employees are looking for new jobs.

There have been reports of cash flow problems over the years, and the decision was made to close the hotel permanently.  Hotel Fredonia officially closed this week.

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More Stores Open For Shoppers on Thanksgiving Day [POLL]

Thanksgiving Day is about family and friends. Getting together, being thankful and watching football is the tradition, but now more and more stores want your attention on turkey day.

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Don’t Get Used To the Beautiful Weather. Changes Are Coming!

The weather today will be gorgeous.  The National Weather Service says the high will be around 70 and it should be sunny.  What a perfect fall day!

But then the changes come.  The highs will still be in the 70s on Thursday and Friday, but the chances of rain and thunderstorms will be there, with a 70 percent chance of rain on Friday. Then the big shift happens.

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Leave It To Texas; Pepper and Bacon Lollipops!

Need a stocking stuffer idea? How about some lollipops flavored with Sriracha chili sauce and bacon?

Lollipop makers in Austin have come up with the idea for mixing spicy pepper sauce and bacon flavor, and putting it on a stick. Is this a good idea?

The reason behind this sucker creation stems from a news story that maybe you heard about earlier this year.

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