Texas Prepaid College Tuition Enrollment Open

September 8, 2014 (AUSTIN) — Open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, began Sept. 1, and runs through Feb. 28, 2015. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds families that the Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents the chance to prepay for their child’s education at Texas public colleges and […]

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $628 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

August 10, 2014 (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in August was $2.57 billion, up 7.5 percent compared to August 2013. “The latest monthly gains were led by remittances from the oil and natural gas, wholesale trade, and retail trade sectors,” Combs said. “Fiscal year 2014 ended with […]

Comptroller Susan Combs Releases Energy Report; Says Electricity Policy Should Focus on Reliability, Affordability

September 23, 2014 (AUSTIN) — With booming economic and population growth fueling a growing demand for electricity, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today released a report urging policymakers and elected officials to discontinue costly subsidies and tax breaks driving development of new electricity generation and allow a more market-driven approach to providing reliable power to millions […]

Mount Pleasant police searching for armed, dangerous robbery suspect

MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) – Police are searching for a Mount Pleasant robbery suspect who is believed to be armed and dangerous. Artevias Javon Wickerson, 23, of Mount Pleasant, is wanted in connection with the crime. Wickerson also goes by the names “Boki,” “Pooh,” and “Boxie.” His last known location was in Mount Pleasant. Wickerson […]

World’s quietest heavy rock show hits Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – It’s time to rock! And this rock is fun for everyone because you don’t have to worry about ear protection. Yes, it’s the annual Gemstone and Jewelry Showcase put on by the East Texas Gem and Mineral Society at the Rose Garden in Tyler, January 23-25. This is family fun that […]

Better East Texas: Oversight key to accountability at animal shelter

(KLTV) – Recently, our news team has delivered several stories in the continuing saga of the Klein Animal Shelter in Jacksonville. A 6-month investigation by law enforcement confirmed accusations and the director of the shelter was arrested assaulting a former employee, illegal euthanasia and animal cruelty. The City of Tyler has been contracting with the […]

Las Vegas producer and Johnny Carson manager Stan Irwin dies

By DERRIK J. LANGAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson, has died at age 94. Irwin’s friend and business partner George Michaud says Irwin died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles. Irwin guided the careers of such celebs as Don […]

Galliano missing at Margiela, with Paris tense after terror

By THOMAS ADAMSONAP Fashion Writer PARIS (AP) – Friday’s Paris fashion shows seemed less about who attended – like F1 racer Lewis Hamilton at Givenchy or singer Bryan Ferry at Berluti – as who did not attend. John Galliano, fashion’s former persona non-grata, was notably absent from the menswear collection at Maison Margiela where he […]

Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

By ALICIA CHANGAP Science Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six […]

Texas A&M, Tennessee meet in matchup of early SEC surprises

By The Associated Press A few things to watch this week in the Southeastern Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Texas AM at Tennessee: After being picked by the SEC media to finish 13th in the conference, Tennessee (12-5, 4-1 SEC) instead is in sole possession of second place after winning eight of its last nine […]

Texans promote Brian Gaine, Jon Carr

HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans have promoted Brian Gaine to director of player personnel and Jon Carr to director of college scouting, the team said Friday. Gaine joined the Texans in February 2014 as the director of pro personnel after a five-year tenure with the Miami Dolphins’ player personnel department, last serving as assistant […]

Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and Astros agree at $1,062,500.

HOUSTON (AP) – Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500. The 25-year-old hit .277 with six homers and 23 RBIS in 285 at-bats last year, when he made $504,500. He had asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and had been offered $900,000. Gonzalez’s agreement was announced Friday. […]