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Better East Texas: The Church of Wells

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Recently, video was released of a leader of the Church of Wells screaming and shouting at parade goers during the homecoming celebration in the City of Wells. The video is hard to understand audibly, but it shows church leaders shouting at attendees with law enforcement nearby.
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Better East Texas: Pipeline commentary from Michael Bishop, an East Texas landowner

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This pipeline is the most controversial project ever proposed in this country and the reason is, officials from TransCanada have fraudulently portrayed this pipeline as being in the strategic interest of the United States saying it will lower prices at the pump, create 20,000 jobs and that it is a crude oil pipeline. More>>

Better East Texas: Recent oil spill provides more reason to approve Keystone XL

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We recently saw in the news where two ships collided in the Houston ship channel, spilling an estimated 170,000 gallons of oil into the channel.
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Better East Texas: Hobby Lobby enters face-off with Affordable Care Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court is faced with making a decision affecting a very controversial arm of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
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Better East Texas: Retirement savings coming up short for most Americans

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 Most bets have little risk thankfully, but most Americans are betting on something else when it comes to retirement planning. A recent survey showed that one-third of Americans have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.
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Better East Texas: Facebook heats up during negative comment slinging

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Who needs negative political campaign ads when you have Facebook? I recently saw a powerful exchange on the social media outlet between two local business owners in a political disagreement.
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Better East Texas: Second chance to vote in statewide elections set for May

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Well you just thought that the political push was over for the first half of the year. Keep the seat belt on as there are multiple statewide races in both the democrat and republican camps that we will be hearing about in the next few months.
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Better East Texas: 18-year-old sues parents for living expenses

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Perhaps you saw the story about an 18-year-old New Jersey girl who is suing her parents with the hope of forcing her parents to pay for her private school, her college and other living expenses.
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Better East Texas: Current foreign policy turning U.S. into world's nanny

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The United States has lost respect in many key parts of the world. It is hard to admit that, but it is true.
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  • Better East Texas: Kari Hunt's 911 petition picks up steam

    Better East Texas: Kari Hunt's 911 petition picks up steam

    Monday, January 20 2014 12:00 PM EST2014-01-20 17:00:15 GMT
    It is hard to imagine what good can come from a murder but such may be case in the story of Kari Hunt, the young mother that was murdered in a Marshall hotel, allegedly by her estranged husband, while their children watched. \More >>
    It is hard to imagine what good can come from a murder but such may be case in the story of Kari Hunt, the young mother that was murdered in a Marshall hotel, allegedly by her estranged husband, while their children watched. \More >>
  • Better East Texas: Further investigation into Alfred Wright case

    Better East Texas: Further investigation into Alfred Wright case

    Thursday, January 16 2014 12:00 PM EST2014-01-16 17:00:14 GMT
    Perhaps you have been keeping up with the story of Alfred Wright, the Sabine County man who was found dead several weeks after he went missing. We have been covering the case since day one and there are numerous unanswered questions regarding Mr. Wright’s death.More >>
    Perhaps you have been keeping up with the story of Alfred Wright, the Sabine County man who was found dead several weeks after he went missing. We have been covering the case since day one and there are numerous unanswered questions regarding Mr. Wright’s death.
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  • Better East Texas: A&E's abrupt action against Duck Dynasty star

    Better East Texas: A&E's abrupt action against Duck Dynasty star

    Friday, December 27 2013 2:31 PM EST2013-12-27 19:31:02 GMT
    More people are talking about Duck Dynasty than actually watch the reality program on the AE network.More >>
    More people are talking about Duck Dynasty than actually watch the reality program on the AE network.
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  • Better East Texas: Learning a thing or two from the 'affluenza' defense

    Better East Texas: Learning a thing or two from the 'affluenza' defense

    Monday, December 23 2013 12:27 PM EST2013-12-23 17:27:49 GMT
    I learned a new legal term recently – affluenza. A legal defense was used in a Houston courtroom that involved an intoxicated 16-year-old who killed 4 people in a car accident.More >>
    I learned a new legal term recently – affluenza. A legal defense was used in a Houston courtroom that involved an intoxicated 16-year-old who killed 4 people in a car accident.
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  • Better East Texas: Social media is a powerful tool- when used correctly

    Better East Texas: Social media is a powerful tool- when used correctly

    Thursday, December 19 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-12-19 17:00:18 GMT
    Well wishes flooded Ray Price's Facebook page and there were some wonderful expressions cataloged. But there were also some inaccurate reports by some other news organization that prematurely reported his death.
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    Well wishes flooded Ray Price's Facebook page and there were some wonderful expressions and memories cataloged. But there were also some inaccurate reports by some other news organization that prematurely reported Mr. Price's death.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Republicans and democrats inch towards congressional compromise

    Better East Texas: Republicans and democrats inch towards congressional compromise

    Thursday, December 12 2013 12:03 PM EST2013-12-12 17:03:18 GMT
    Recently a budget agreement was struck between congressional leadership. This is the first major congressional compromise in months and it is well timed.More >>
    Recently a budget agreement was struck between congressional leadership. This is the first major congressional compromise in months and it is well timed.More >>
  • Better East Texas Obamacare 2.0

    Better East Texas Obamacare 2.0

    Monday, December 9 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-12-09 17:00:17 GMT
    The President took the website's re-introduction as an opportunity to reiterate to the American people and more importantly to Congress that the Affordable Care Act would not be repealed while he was president.More >>
    The President took the website's re-introduction as an opportunity to reiterate to the American people and more importantly to Congress that the Affordable Care Act would not be repealed while he was president.
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  • Better East Texas: Black Friday sales down as more stores open on 'Brown Thursday'

    Better East Texas: Black Friday sales down as more stores open on 'Brown Thursday'

    Thursday, December 5 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-12-05 17:00:16 GMT
     Stores were still crowded but as retailers reported sales totals, it was obvious that Black Friday was down.
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     Stores were still crowded but as retailers reported sales totals, it was obvious that Black Friday was down.
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  • Better East Texas: Requests for video denied despite Open Records Act

    Better East Texas: Requests for video denied despite Open Records Act

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 11:27 AM EST2013-11-27 16:27:23 GMT
    Recently, our news team reported on a tragic story involving a head-on collision on Interstate 20 where a drunk driver, who was driving on the wrong side of the interstate, collided and killed another driver.More >>
    Recently, our news team reported on a tragic story involving a head-on collision on Interstate 20 where a drunk driver, who was driving on the wrong side of the interstate, collided and killed another driver.
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  • Better East Texas: Fighting against the movement to remove all things 'God' from our nation

    Better East Texas: Fighting against the movement to remove all things 'God' from our nation

    Monday, November 25 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-25 17:00:17 GMT
    The scrubbing of acknowledging God continues in our nation.More >>
    The scrubbing of acknowledging God continues in our nation.
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  • Better East Texas: Widening gap between politicians and public

    Better East Texas: Widening gap between politicians and public

    Thursday, November 21 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-21 17:00:18 GMT
    As a nation we are looking back to the day that President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Most of us don't remember that day but we can all certainly recognize how the assassination changed our nation and the world.More >>
    As a nation we are looking back to the day that President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas. It has been 50 years and most of us don't remember that day but we can all certainly recognize how the assassination changed our nation and honestly the world.
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  • Better East Texas: Voter ID Law and Elections

    Better East Texas: Voter ID Law and Elections

    Monday, November 18 2013 12:30 PM EST2013-11-18 17:30:18 GMT
    Texans turned out to vote in the statewide election a couple of weeks ago and while there were no big candidate races, no high profile advertising, the vote was the first test of the controversial mandatoryMore >>
    Texans turned out to vote in the statewide election a couple of weeks ago and while there were no big candidate races, no high profile advertising, the vote was the first test of the controversial mandatoryMore >>
  • Better East Texas: New voting law passes the test in latest state election

    Better East Texas: New voting law passes the test in latest state election

    Monday, November 18 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-18 17:00:23 GMT
    Texans turned out to vote in the statewide election a couple of weeks ago and while there were no big candidate races, the vote was the first test of the controversial mandatory ID law for voters.More >>
    Texans turned out to vote in the statewide election a couple of weeks ago and while there were no big candidate races and no high profile advertising, the vote was the first test of the controversial mandatory ID law for voters.
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  • Better East Texas: Changes within the movie rating system

    Better East Texas: Changes within the movie rating system

    Friday, November 15 2013 12:32 PM EST2013-11-15 17:32:36 GMT
    My kids often remind me of how things have changed since I was a kid and I suppose I have to agree to a point, but I do have a problem when something changes but is presented as a constant.More >>
    My kids often remind me of how things have changed since I was a kid and I suppose I have to agree to a point, but I do have a problem when something changes but is presented as a constant.
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  • Better East Texas: Movie Ratings

    Better East Texas: Movie Ratings

    Thursday, November 14 2013 12:30 PM EST2013-11-14 17:30:18 GMT
    My kids often remind how things have changed since I was a kid. And I suppose I have to agree to a point. But I do have a problem when something changes but is presented as a constant. Take the movieMore >>
    My kids often remind how things have changed since I was a kid. And I suppose I have to agree to a point. But I do have a problem when something changes but is presented as a constant.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Checking the source to check all of the facts

    Better East Texas: Checking the source to check all of the facts

    Monday, November 11 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-11 17:00:17 GMT
    I regularly receive emails and read news posts that point to conspiracies and hidden agenda involving elected officials.
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    I regularly receive emails and read news posts that point to conspiracies and hidden agenda involving elected officials.
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  • Better East Texas: Temporary boost in food stamp program comes to an end

    Better East Texas: Temporary boost in food stamp program comes to an end

    Thursday, November 7 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-07 17:00:17 GMT
    The federal food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, reduced benefits at the beginning of the month.
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    The federal food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, reduced benefits at the beginning of the month.
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  • Better East Texas: TISD uses community survey as planning tool

    Better East Texas: TISD uses community survey as planning tool

    Monday, November 4 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-04 17:00:16 GMT
    Kudos to Tyler Independent School District for undertaking the initiative of strategic planning.
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    Kudos to Tyler Independent School District for undertaking the initiative of strategic planning. The first step in the process, and arguably the most important, is an on-line survey that anyone in the community including, parents, teachers and others can take in giving an opinion on where TISD currently is and where it needs to go.
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  • Better East Texas: Fallout from Affordable Care Act continues

    Better East Texas: Fallout from Affordable Care Act continues

    Thursday, October 31 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-31 16:00:15 GMT
    The fallout from the Affordable Care Act continues with much of the criticism focused on the website, healthcare.gov, as it has become the poster child of what many are calling a failed government program.More >>
    The fallout from the Affordable Care Act continues with much of the criticism focused on the website, healthcare.gov, as it has become the poster child of what many are calling a failed government program.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Affordable Healthcare Act website flops

    Better East Texas: Affordable Healthcare Act website flops

    Monday, October 28 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-28 16:00:18 GMT
    The Affordable Healthcare Act survived the Ted Cruz Senate speech, it survived the government shutdown but it looks like it is barely breathing because of the failure of the official website.More >>
    The Affordable Healthcare Act survived the Ted Cruz Senate speech, it survived the government shutdown but it looks like it is barely breathing.
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  • Better East Texas: Social media reveals fighting and bullying in schools

    Better East Texas: Social media reveals fighting and bullying in schools

    Thursday, October 24 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-24 16:00:17 GMT
    We aired a story recently about a fist fight among students at a local high school. The cell phone video of the fight was posted on-line. We were criticized for airing the story because we learned about it on social media.More >>
    We aired a story recently about a fist fight among students at a local high school. The cell phone video of the fight was posted on-line. We were criticized for airing the story because we learned about it on social media.More >>
  • Better East Texas: List of top toll violators released

    Better East Texas: List of top toll violators released

    Monday, October 21 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-21 16:00:15 GMT
    A new Texas law is aimed at curbing the violation of not paying tolls on Toll Road 49 in the Tyler area.More >>
    A new Texas law is aimed at curbing the violation of not paying tolls on Toll Road 49 in the Tyler area.
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  • Better East Texas: Computer glitch leads to abuse of food stamp system

    Better East Texas: Computer glitch leads to abuse of food stamp system

    Thursday, October 17 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-17 16:00:46 GMT
    Too bad for Walmart, as it appears that the nation's largest retailer will be stuck with the bill generated by abusers of a failed government assistance program.More >>
    Too bad for Walmart, as it appears that the nation's largest retailer will be stuck with the bill generated by abusers of a failed government assistance program.
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  • Better East Texas: Wendy Davis announces run for Texas governor

    Better East Texas: Wendy Davis announces run for Texas governor

    Monday, October 14 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-14 16:00:27 GMT
    Recently State Senator Wendy Davis announced her plans to run for Texas Governor. It is no secret that there is a very organized effort underway to land a democrat back in the governor's office in Texas.More >>
    Recently State Senator Wendy Davis announced her plans to run for Texas Governor. It is no secret that there is a very organized effort underway to land a democrat back in the governor's office in Texas.
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  • Better East Texas: Viewer feedback on Senator Ted Cruz

    Better East Texas: Viewer feedback on Senator Ted Cruz

    Thursday, October 10 2013 1:00 PM EDT2013-10-10 17:00:21 GMT
    Several weeks ago I delivered a Better East Texas commentary expressing my thoughts on Texas Senator Ted Cruz. I received a lot of feedback, much of it critical, but some if it supportive on my thoughts on Senator Cruz.More >>
    Several weeks ago I delivered a Better East Texas commentary expressing my thoughts on Texas Senator Ted Cruz. I received a lot of feedback, much of it critical, but some if it supportive on my thoughts on Senator Cruz.
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  • Better East Texas: Veterans break through barriers at WWII memorial

    Better East Texas: Veterans break through barriers at WWII memorial

    Monday, October 7 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-07 16:00:16 GMT
    There was a great sight on the first day of the government shutdown when a group of World War II veterans essentially stormed the National World War II memorial that had been closed.More >>
    There was a great sight on the first day of the government shutdown when a group of World War II veterans essentially stormed the National World War II memorial that had been closed.
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  • Better East Texas: Viewers give feedback regarding Ted Cruz

    Better East Texas: Viewers give feedback regarding Ted Cruz

    Thursday, October 3 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-10-03 16:00:21 GMT
    I received a good amount of feedback on a recent commentary on the actions by Senator Ted Cruz.More >>
    I received a good amount of feedback on a recent commentary on the actions by Senator Ted Cruz.
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  • Better East Texas: E-cigarettes taking younger generation by storm

    Better East Texas: E-cigarettes taking younger generation by storm

    Monday, September 30 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-30 16:00:17 GMT
    Smoking rates for several years have trended downward, but a new phenomenon has the potential to increase smoking rates across the U.S. That phenomenon is the E-cigarette or the vapor cigarette.More >>
    Smoking rates for several years have trended downward, but a new phenomenon has the potential to increase smoking rates across the U.S. That phenomenon is the E-cigarette or the vapor cigarette.
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  • Better East Texas: Ted Cruz not having the impact he desires

    Better East Texas: Ted Cruz not having the impact he desires

    Thursday, September 26 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-26 16:00:20 GMT
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz delivered a filibuster speech in an effort to slow down Obamacare.
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    Texas Senator Ted Cruz delivered a filibuster speech in an effort to slow down Obamacare. He indicated the marathon speech on the floor of the senate was to have an impact by defunding portions of the Affordable Heathcare Act, but ultimately, the filibuster will not have the impact Senator Cruz desired.
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  • Better East Texas: Texas textbook debate

    Better East Texas: Texas textbook debate

    Monday, September 23 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-23 16:00:18 GMT
    The pressure is on the State Board of Education as they approach making a decision on state approved textbooks for our students.More >>
    The pressure is on the State Board of Education as they approach making a decision on state approved textbooks for our students.
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  • Better East Texas: Miss America's talent gets people talking

    Better East Texas: Miss America's talent gets people talking

    Thursday, September 19 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-19 16:00:25 GMT
    How quickly our country is changing.
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    How quickly our country is changing. It is one thing for politicians to be held responsible for statements made in the past, but this year we have seen celebrities, Paula Dean for one, be essentially ruined for what she said twenty years ago.
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  • Better East Texas: George Zimmerman continues to make news

    Better East Texas: George Zimmerman continues to make news

    Monday, September 16 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-16 16:00:22 GMT
    George Zimmerman seems to be out of control at a time when he should be doing everything to stay off the radar. Whether you agree or disagree with the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, it is hard toMore >>
    George Zimmerman seems to be out of control at a time when he should be doing everything to stay off the radar. Whether you agree or disagree with the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, it is hard toMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Pressure on Washington Redskins to change team mascot

    Better East Texas: Pressure on Washington Redskins to change team mascot

    Thursday, September 12 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-12 16:00:21 GMT
    What is in a name? That's an old question that resonates loudly even today.More >>
    What is in a name? That's an old question that resonates loudly even today.
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  • Better East Texas: 650 new laws now effective in Texas

    Better East Texas: 650 new laws now effective in Texas

    Monday, September 9 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-09 16:00:14 GMT
    Six-hundred and fifty new laws went into effect on September 1 across Texas.More >>
    Six-hundred and fifty new laws went into effect on September 1 across Texas.
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  • Better East Texas: Cases of Whooping Cough on the rise

    Better East Texas: Cases of Whooping Cough on the rise

    Thursday, September 5 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-05 16:00:14 GMT
    If there is something most people are not crazy about, it is getting shots for some mysterious virus or looming infection.
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    If there is something most people are not crazy about, it is getting shots for some mysterious virus or looming infection. Well, we all need to take notice and consider getting a shot for a not-so-mysterious ailment- Pertussis or "Whooping Cough"More >>
  • Better East Texas: State legislature fails to fund roads

    Better East Texas: State legislature fails to fund roads

    Monday, September 2 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-09-02 16:00:19 GMT
    You would think with the state economy humming along that there would be some sign of easing pressure on state expenses but it is not the case. In fact, the freshly adjourned state legislature failedMore >>
    You would think with the state economy humming along that there would be some sign of easing pressure on state expenses but it is not the case.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Miley Cyrus' tasteless performances

    Better East Texas: Miley Cyrus' tasteless performances

    Friday, August 30 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-30 16:00:13 GMT
    Singers, pop artists, whatever you want to call them, are typically remembered and ultimately defined by one or two things: either a great song, several songs or a single moment in time that acts as aMore >>
    Singers, pop artists, whatever you want to call them, are typically remembered and ultimately defined by one or two things: either a great song, several songs or a single moment in time that acts as a lightning bolt burned into everyone's memory.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Looking beyond the 'birther' argument

    Better East Texas: Looking beyond the 'birther' argument

    Monday, August 26 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-26 16:00:20 GMT
    Let the next birther controversy begin.More >>
    Let the next birther controversy begin.
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  • Better East Texas: Longview's smart way of approaching budget cuts

    Better East Texas: Longview's smart way of approaching budget cuts

    Thursday, August 22 2013 3:52 PM EDT2013-08-22 19:52:08 GMT
    It is great to see a little wisdom and solid math being applied by a local city government.More >>
    It is great to see a little wisdom and solid math being applied by a local city government.
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  • Better East Texas: Proposed tax increase for Tyler residents

    Better East Texas: Proposed tax increase for Tyler residents

    Monday, August 19 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-19 16:00:10 GMT
    The City of Tyler recently unveiled the 2014 budget and for the first time in years city management is asking for an increase in the property tax rate.More >>
    The City of Tyler recently unveiled the 2014 budget and for the first time in years city management is asking for an increase in the property tax rate.
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  • Better East Texas: KLTV back on DISH Network

    Better East Texas: KLTV back on DISH Network

    Thursday, August 15 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-15 16:00:13 GMT
    Recently many of you were affected by the disruption of our signal on the DISH Network system. As you know by now, we are back on the DISH Network system.More >>
    Recently many of you were affected by the disruption of our signal on the DISH Network system. As you know by now, we are back on the DISH Network system.
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  • Better East Texas: A-Rod negotiating punishment

    Better East Texas: A-Rod negotiating punishment

    Monday, August 12 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-12 16:00:11 GMT
    Well, we have another case of the tail wagging the dog. If you are a baseball fan and, most likely, even if you aren’t you have probably heard of the plight of Alex Rodriquez or A-Rod.More >>
    Well, we have another case of the tail wagging the dog. If you are a baseball fan and, most likely, even if you aren’t you have probably heard of the plight of Alex Rodriquez or A-Rod.
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  • Better East Texas: Johnny Manziel needs attitude check

    Better East Texas: Johnny Manziel needs attitude check

    Thursday, August 8 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-08 16:00:13 GMT
    Athletes continue to make headlines off the field these days and one is hitting very close to home. Texas AM Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel is under investigation for breaking collegiate rules by accepting compensation for signing autographs.More >>
    Athletes continue to make headlines off the field these days and one is hitting very close to home. Texas AM Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel is under investigation for breaking collegiate rules by accepting compensation for signing autographs.
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  • Better East Texas: Politics and Broken Promises

    Better East Texas: Politics and Broken Promises

    Monday, August 5 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-05 16:00:20 GMT
    The Northeast Regional Mobility Authority, or NET RMA, which has jurisdiction over Toll 49, displayed both politics and broken promises at a recent board meeting in which they voted to cancel an agreementMore >>
    The Northeast Regional Mobility Authority, or NET RMA, which has jurisdiction over Toll 49, displayed both politics and broken promises at a recent board meeting in which they voted to cancel an agreement made with the bicycling community that would allow bikers to continue to use a portion of Toll 49 for bike riding.More >>
  • Better East Texas: 'Rolling Stone' cover

    Better East Texas: 'Rolling Stone' cover

    Thursday, August 1 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-08-01 16:00:23 GMT
    The current issue of Rolling Stone magazine features the image of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The magazine has received both criticism and praise for the cover shot.  Critics sayMore >>
    The current issue of Rolling Stone magazine features the image of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The magazine has received both criticism and praise for the cover shot.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Dish Network

    Better East Texas: Dish Network

    Friday, July 26 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-07-26 16:03:25 GMT
    I would like to take a moment to address those viewers who watch us on the Dish Network satellite system.  On midnight on July 31, there is a chance our signal will be removed from the Dish Network systemMore >>
    On midnight on July 31, there is a chance our signal will be removed from the Dish Network system due to a lack of an agreement between Dish Network and Raycom Media, who owns KLTV.More >>
  • Better East Texas: United States Postal Service

    Better East Texas: United States Postal Service

    Monday, July 22 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-07-22 16:00:14 GMT
    The United States Postal Service continues to face challenges with declining revenue and high labor costs.More >>
    The United States Postal Service continues to face challenges with declining revenue and high labor costs.
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  • Better East Texas: Senator Wendy Davis

    Better East Texas: Senator Wendy Davis

    Thursday, July 18 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-07-18 16:00:17 GMT
    It seems at times that we are in a leadership vacuum in our state and country.More >>
    It seems at times that we are in a leadership vacuum in our state and country.
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  • Better East Texas: Rick Perry's announcement

    Better East Texas: Rick Perry's announcement

    Monday, July 15 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-07-15 16:00:17 GMT
    With the announcement by Governor Rick Perry that he would not run for reelection in 2014, a number of dominoes began to fall across the Lone Star State’s political tabletop.More >>
    With the announcement by Governor Rick Perry that he would not run for reelection in 2014, a number of dominoes began to fall across the Lone Star State’s political tabletop.
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  • Better East Texas: MLB moral check

    Better East Texas: MLB moral check

    Thursday, July 11 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-07-11 16:00:13 GMT
    Major League Baseball is about to take a mid-season break to celebrate with the All-Star Game in New York. Unfortunately, there are several side stories that are clouding the game, and they speak to the sad shape that baseball is in and the need for a morals check across the league.More >>
    Major League Baseball is about to take a mid-season break to celebrate with the All-Star Game in New York. Unfortunately, there are several side stories that are clouding the game, and they speak to the sad shape that baseball is in and the need for a morals check across the league.
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  • Better East Texas: Dish Network

    Better East Texas: Dish Network

    Monday, July 8 2013 2:52 PM EDT2013-07-08 18:52:22 GMT
    I would like to take a moment to address those viewers who watch us on the Dish Network satellite system.More >>
    I would like to take a moment to address those viewers who watch us on the Dish Network satellite system.
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  • Better East Texas: Military bases cancel fireworks

    Better East Texas: Military bases cancel fireworks

    Monday, July 8 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-07-08 18:51:52 GMT
    Well the impact of the sequestration, or the federal budget cuts, continues and now they are affecting the military’s plans to celebrate the Fourth of July.More >>
    Well the impact of the sequestration, or the federal budget cuts, continues and now they are affecting the military’s plans to celebrate the Fourth of July.
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  • Better East Texas: Greenhouse gas emissions

    Better East Texas: Greenhouse gas emissions

    Monday, July 1 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-07-01 16:00:16 GMT
    President Obama recently rolled out his plans to address climate change and other environmental issues.More >>
    President Obama recently rolled out his plans to address climate change and other environmental issues.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Paula Deen

    Better East Texas: Paula Deen

    Thursday, June 27 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-06-27 16:00:13 GMT
    Paula Deen is in the broiler and is paying dearly for comments she made more than twenty years ago.More >>
    Paula Deen is in the broiler and is paying dearly for comments she made more than twenty years ago.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Fox News

    Better East Texas: Fox News

    Thursday, June 20 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-06-20 16:00:14 GMT
    I read on-line where Fox News is being sued for showing a suicide by a man in Arizona live during a broadcast. The incident came at the end of a car chase and the man’s children ended up seeing the video on-line, not knowing it involved their father. More >>
    I read on-line where Fox News is being sued for showing a suicide by a man in Arizona live during a broadcast. The incident came at the end of a car chase and the man’s children ended up seeing the video on-line, not knowing it involved their father. More >>
  • Better East Texas: NSA whistleblower

    Better East Texas: NSA whistleblower

    Monday, June 17 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:00:10 GMT
    The intelligence contractor that has become the whistleblower on the government’s secret data mining program has been called a hero, a traitor and just about everything in between.More >>
    The intelligence contractor that has become the whistleblower on the government’s secret data mining program has been called a hero, a traitor and just about everything in between.More >>
  • Better East Texas: UIL football limitations

    Better East Texas: UIL football limitations

    Thursday, June 13 2013 12:00 PM EDT2013-06-13 16:00:21 GMT
    The UIL Legislative Council, the rule making group that governs high school football and other sports, recently passed a recommendation that would limit the time that middle school and high school football teams can practice at full speed.More >>
    The UIL Legislative Council, the rule making group that governs high school football and other sports, recently passed a recommendation that would limit the time that middle school and high school football teams can practice at full speed.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Local veterans paying tolls

    Better East Texas: Local veterans paying tolls

    Monday, June 10 2013 1:00 PM EDT2013-06-10 17:00:14 GMT
    On a recent Better East Texas segment I discussed the topic of a proposed state law that would give special veteran groups an exemption from paying tolls on toll roads in Texas. More >>
    On a recent Better East Texas segment I discussed the topic of a proposed state law that would give special veteran groups an exemption from paying tolls on toll roads in Texas. More >>
  • Better East Texas: IRS scandal

    Better East Texas: IRS scandal

    Thursday, June 6 2013 1:00 PM EDT2013-06-06 17:00:14 GMT
    The seemingly on-going IRS scandal, where IRS employees targeted individuals and non-profit conservative groups by delaying tax-exempt requests and potentially gathering and then releasing information on donors, is a sad testimony to the state of the IRS. More >>
    The seemingly on-going IRS scandal, where IRS employees targeted individuals and non-profit conservative groups by delaying tax-exempt requests and potentially gathering and then releasing information on donors, is a sad testimony to the state of the IRS. More >>
  • Better East Texas: Brookshire's veterans

    Better East Texas: Brookshire's veterans

    Monday, June 3 2013 1:00 PM EDT2013-06-03 17:00:14 GMT
    It is rare these days when a company steps up with no real motivation other than to give back to the communities it serves.  Yet, such an event takes place around each Memorial Day weekend when Brookshire'sMore >>
    It is rare these days when a company steps up with no real motivation other than to give back to the communities it serves.  Yet, such an event takes place around each Memorial Day weekend when Brookshire's Grocery, headquartered here in East Texas, takes a group of World War II veterans on a once in a lifetime trip to Washington D. C.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Lindale school program

    Better East Texas: Lindale school program

    Thursday, May 30 2013 1:00 PM EDT2013-05-30 17:00:17 GMT
    A big reaction has taken place in Lindale where fifth graders at E.G. Moss Intermediate School had to cancel, amend and ultimately reschedule an end of year performing arts program titled "In God We Trust".  TheMore >>
    A big reaction has taken place in Lindale where fifth graders at E.G. Moss Intermediate School had to cancel, amend and ultimately reschedule an end of year performing arts program titled "In God We Trust".More >>
  • Better East Texas: Ambucs

    Better East Texas: Ambucs

    Monday, May 27 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-27 11:00:29 GMT
    It is great to report on people in action – meeting a need and changing the world.  Such is the case for an organization called Ambucs.  Ambucs is short for American Business Clubs and they are definitelyMore >>
    It is great to report on people in action – meeting a need and changing the world.  Such is the case for an organization called Ambucs.  More >>
  • Better East Texas: Veterans paying tolls

    Better East Texas: Veterans paying tolls

    Thursday, May 23 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:00:21 GMT
    We are approaching Memorial Day this next Monday and how thankful we should be as a nation to pause and remember those who died during military service to our country.  No doubt we will see flags honoringMore >>
    We are approaching Memorial Day this next Monday and how thankful we should be as a nation to pause and remember those who died during military service to our country.  More >>
  • Better East Texas: Tyler Independent School District

    Better East Texas: Tyler Independent School District

    Monday, May 20 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:00:29 GMT
    The Tyler ISD bond proposal passed by a wide margin recently and many parents and educators and even tax payers celebrated the final vote tally.  But something came to light in the days before the voteMore >>
    The Tyler ISD bond proposal passed by a wide margin recently and many parents and educators and even tax payers celebrated the final vote tally.  More >>
  • Better East Texas: Internal Revenue Service

    Better East Texas: Internal Revenue Service

    Thursday, May 16 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:03:47 GMT
    There are a few agencies of the federal government in which you expect partisan motives to play a part of their operation but there are also several governmental agencies that you trust will be non-partisan.More >>
    There are a few agencies of the federal government in which you expect partisan motives to play a part of their operation but there are also several governmental agencies that you trust will be non-partisan. More >>
  • Better East Texas: Plastic Guns

    Better East Texas: Plastic Guns

    Thursday, May 9 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-05-09 11:03:27 GMT
    You probably have never thought or printing your own firearm.  That's right I said printing your own firearm.  But it is possible.  A non-profit Texas company named Defense Distributed has developed aMore >>
    You probably have never thought or printing your own firearm.  That's right I said printing your own firearm.  But it is possible.  A non-profit Texas company named Defense Distributed has developed aMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Mother's Day

    Better East Texas: Mother's Day

    Thursday, May 9 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-09 11:00:22 GMT
    Well, here we are with another Mother's Day staring us in the face.  Perhaps you have seen some of the testimonies from members of our news team about the impact their mother's had and continue to haveMore >>
    Well, here we are with another Mother's Day staring us in the face. More >>
  • Better East Texas: Federal spending cuts

    Better East Texas: Federal spending cuts

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 8:28 AM EDT2013-05-07 12:28:23 GMT
    How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time, right?  Congress and the President are trying to tackle the elephant of automatic spending cuts that will go into effect on March first that total – an elephantMore >>
    How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time, right?More >>
  • Better East Texas: Eltife tax proposal

    Better East Texas: Eltife tax proposal

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 8:28 AM EDT2013-05-07 12:28:08 GMT
    Our state Senator Kevin Eltife is making news across the state by proclaiming that an increase in taxes is needed to fund transportation needs.  Senator Eltife is on a mission to get other lawmakers toMore >>
    Our state Senator Kevin Eltife is making news across the state by proclaiming that an increase in taxes is needed to fund transportation needs.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Postal woes

    Better East Texas: Postal woes

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 8:27 AM EDT2013-05-07 12:27:49 GMT
    We have all heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Well, sometimes you have to question the sanity of the logic for some organizations.  IMore >>
    We have all heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.More >>
  • Better East Texas: New Pope

    Better East Texas: New Pope

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 8:27 AM EDT2013-05-07 12:27:28 GMT
    The Catholic Church is seeking a new leader and the cardinals have assembled in Rome to make the selection of the next Pope.  The Pope, of course, is the head of the Catholic Church and while Pope BenedictMore >>
    The Catholic Church is seeking a new leader and the cardinals have assembled in Rome to make the selection of the next Pope.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Sequester

    Better East Texas: Sequester

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 8:27 AM EDT2013-05-07 12:27:10 GMT
    The Sequester and it's effect is gaining momentum and everyone seems to be going through this discovery phase of learning what aspects of the federal government will be affected and which ones will beMore >>
    The Sequester and it's effect is gaining momentum and everyone seems to be going through this discovery phase of learning what aspects of the federal government will be affected and which ones will be left alone. More >>
  • Better East Texas: DNR instructions

    Better East Texas: DNR instructions

    Tuesday, May 7 2013 8:26 AM EDT2013-05-07 12:26:50 GMT
    Recently, an elderly woman in California died after a staff member at her living facility refused to give her CPR.  There was a call to nine-one-one and the dispatcher was urging the facility employeeMore >>
    Recently, an elderly woman in California died after a staff member at her living facility refused to give her CPR.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Congressional stocks

    Better East Texas: Congressional stocks

    Monday, May 6 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-06 12:00:19 GMT
    Boy, the stock market is doing great and if you have stock investments or a 4-0-1-k you are probably making money.  But there is a group of folks that are probably doing better than most of us when itMore >>
    Boy, the stock market is doing great and if you have stock investments or a 4-0-1-k you are probably making money. More >>
  • Better East Texas: Morning after pill

    Better East Texas: Morning after pill

    Thursday, May 2 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-02 12:00:16 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration has modified the availability policy for women to obtain the controversial "morning-after pill".  This is the single dose pill that, if taken twenty-four to seventy-twoMore >>
    The Food and Drug Administration has modified the availability policy for women to obtain the controversial "morning-after pill". More >>
  • Better East Texas: No More Excuses Committee

    Better East Texas: No More Excuses Committee

    Thursday, April 25 2013 12:29 PM EDT2013-04-25 16:29:05 GMT
    By JoAnn Fleming with Grassroots America, speaking for the No More Excuses Committee TYLER, TX (KLTV) - We strongly oppose the Tyler ISD Bond because we just can't overlook a mountain of evidence fromMore >>
    The No More Excuses Committee strongly oppose the Tyler ISD Bond because we just can't overlook a mountain of evidence from state and federal agencies that our district delivers poor academic results.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Tyler Proud

    Better East Texas: Tyler Proud

    Thursday, April 18 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-04-18 14:54:11 GMT
    By Mark Randall, President of Tyler ProudTyler Proud is a group of parents, grandparents, students, educators and business owners who believe great schools make a great community. Together, we must investMore >>
    Tyler Proud is a group of parents, grandparents, students, educators and business owners who believe great schools make a great community. Together, we must invest in our future by providing quality public education in Tyler ISD.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Brad Paisley song

    Better East Texas: Brad Paisley song

    Monday, April 15 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-15 11:00:12 GMT
    Country music singer Brad Paisley and rapper L.L. Cool Jay collaborated on a song that has the media talking.  You see how I worded that because this, which is a sort of confession laced dialogue, hasMore >>
    Country music singer Brad Paisley and rapper L.L. Cool Jay collaborated on a song that has the media talking.  More >>
  • Better East Texas: College stabbing

    Better East Texas: College stabbing

    Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:13 GMT
    Another campus attack and more than a dozen college students are injured but this time the weapon was not a rifle or handgun but some type of knife.  The suspect appears to have carried out the crime aloneMore >>
    Another campus attack and more than a dozen college students are injured but this time the weapon was not a rifle or handgun but some type of knife.  More >>
  • Better East Texas: Same sex marriage

    Better East Texas: Same sex marriage

    Monday, April 8 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-08 11:00:46 GMT
    Well, Texas may soon become a part of an island at least on the issue of the definition of marriage.  While the United States as a whole is warming up to the idea of allowing gays to legally marry, theMore >>
    Well, Texas may soon become a part of an island at least on the issue of the definition of marriage. More >>
  • Better East Texas: Kaufman murders

    Better East Texas: Kaufman murders

    Thursday, April 4 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-04 11:00:16 GMT
    With the murder of the Kaufman County District Attorney and his wife recently, we are reminded how violent modern day America can be.  This pair of murders took place in, what is typically, a quiet areaMore >>
    With the murder of the Kaufman County District Attorney and his wife recently, we are reminded how violent modern day America can be. More >>
  • Better East Texas: IRS video

    Better East Texas: IRS video

    Monday, April 1 2013 6:19 AM EDT2013-04-01 10:19:09 GMT
    If your business had an extra 60-thousand dollars lying around what would you most likely do with it?  Well, if you are the I-R-S you might use the 60-thousand dollars from tax payers and make a trainingMore >>
    If your business had an extra 60-thousand dollars lying around what would you most likely do with it?  More >>
  • Better East Texas: Airport Kudos

    Better East Texas: Airport Kudos

    Monday, April 1 2013 6:15 AM EDT2013-04-01 10:15:27 GMT
    Congrats to east Texas for largely dodging a bullet in the recent decision by the F-A-A to discontinue funding some airport control towers.  The East Texas Regional Airport in Longview made the decisionMore >>
    Congrats to east Texas for largely dodging a bullet in the recent decision by the F-A-A to discontinue funding some airport control towers.  The East Texas Regional Airport in Longview made the decisionMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Spring weather

    Better East Texas: Spring weather

    Monday, March 25 2013 1:00 AM EDT2013-03-25 05:00:14 GMT
    Spring is finally here, at least according to the calendar.  But if you were to judge by the weather, would you say spring is here?  It depends on where you are in the country on how you answer that question,More >>
    Spring is finally here, at least according to the calendar.  But if you were to judge by the weather, would you say spring is here? 

    More >>
  • Better East Texas: FAA air control cuts

    Better East Texas: FAA air control cuts

    Recently, an elderly woman in California died after a staff member at her living facility refused to give her CPR.  There was a call to nine-one-one and the dispatcher was urging the facility employeeMore >>
    As a result of the current budget sequestration and the federal spending cuts that are gradually taking effect, the Federal Aviation Administration, has announced its intention to close the air control tower at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport and the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview along with nearly 200 additional towers across the nation.
    More >>
  • Better East Texas: TISD bond

    Better East Texas: TISD bond

    Monday, March 4 2013 8:33 AM EST2013-03-04 13:33:06 GMT
    Tyler Independent School District will place a one-hundred sixty million dollar bond proposal before the voters in May. If it passes, several schools will be refurbished and several other new schools willMore >>
    Tyler Independent School District will place a one-hundred sixty million dollar bond proposal before the voters in May.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Fiscal Cliff

    Better East Texas: Fiscal Cliff

    Monday, February 11 2013 11:00 AM EST2013-02-11 16:00:13 GMT
    The country largely avoided the fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year but part of the recipe for success was that Congress and the willing president kicked the can down the road on spending cuts for governmentMore >>
    The country largely avoided the fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year but part of the recipe for success was that Congress and the willing president kicked the can down the road on spending cuts for government programs.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Boy Scouts

    Better East Texas: Boy Scouts

    Thursday, February 7 2013 11:06 AM EST2013-02-07 16:06:05 GMT
    The supreme court has already ruled that the Boy Scouts have a right to exclude homosexuals from leadership and membership.  Just like the court has ruled in favor of states deciding whether they wantMore >>
    The supreme court has already ruled that the Boy Scouts have a right to exclude homosexuals from leadership and membership.More >>
  • Better East Texas: State tax rebates

    Better East Texas: State tax rebates

    Monday, February 4 2013 7:32 AM EST2013-02-04 12:32:07 GMT
    Governor Rick Perry has proposed something very unique in state politics and while the prospect of it happening is slim, it is certainly progressive.  Perry has proposed that all unspent taxes collectedMore >>
    Governor Rick Perry has proposed something very unique in state politics and while the prospect of it happening is slim, it is certainly progressive.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Open Carry

    Better East Texas: Open Carry

    Thursday, January 31 2013 10:00 AM EST2013-01-31 15:00:08 GMT
    I had the occasion to go to Austin recently and hear from state lawmakers what some of the agenda items are for the state legislature over the next months.  One of the items that may come up that was notMore >>
    I had the occasion to go to Austin recently and hear from state lawmakers what some of the agenda items are for the state legislature over the next months.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Columbia Anniversary

    Better East Texas: Columbia Anniversary

    Monday, January 28 2013 8:00 AM EST2013-01-28 13:00:16 GMT
    The 10 year anniversary of the crash of the space shuttle Columbia is coming up on February 1st.  And how quickly things can change in 10 years. NASA is a fraction of the organization it was at the timeMore >>
    The 10 year anniversary of the crash of the space shuttle Columbia is coming up on February 1st.  And how quickly things can change in 10 years. NASA is a fraction of the organization it was at the timeMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Gun Law Action

    Better East Texas: Gun Law Action

    Thursday, January 24 2013 7:30 AM EST2013-01-24 12:30:06 GMT
    Another shooting on a campus, this time at a Texas college near Houston, has poured another bucket of gasoline on the debate on gun control.  It is not surprising that America is divided on the prospectMore >>
    Another shooting on a campus, this time at a Texas college near Houston, has poured another bucket of gasoline on the debate on gun control.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Republican woes

    Better East Texas: Republican woes

    Monday, January 21 2013 9:16 AM EST2013-01-21 14:16:05 GMT
    More than two months have passed since the November election resulting in the re-election of Barrack Obama to the presidency by a wide margin.  Beyond Mitt Romney, another casualty seems to be the RepublicanMore >>
    More than two months have passed since the November election resulting in the re-election of Barrack Obama to the presidency by a wide margin.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Bob Costas

    Better East Texas: Bob Costas

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:27 AM EST2013-01-17 14:27:58 GMT
    By Pat StaceySportscaster Bob Costas delivered a commentary on gun control last Sunday night in the wake of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher.  The action by Belcher was obviously aMore >>
    Sportscaster Bob Costas delivered a commentary on gun control last Sunday night in the wake of the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Fiscal Cliff defined

    Better East Texas: Fiscal Cliff defined

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:27 AM EST2013-01-17 14:27:15 GMT
    By Pat StaceyIf it is not a government shutdown, it is the fiscal cliff.  And in this time it is just that, the fiscal cliff.  You have probably heard a lot about America's rapid approach to the fiscalMore >>
    If it is not a government shutdown, it is the fiscal cliff.  And in this time it is just that, the fiscal cliff.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Randy McFarlin

    Better East Texas: Randy McFarlin

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:26 AM EST2013-01-17 14:26:50 GMT
    By Pat StaceyWhitehouse High School head foot ball coach Randy McFarlin is out of a job at the end of the school year.  And, it appears, he doesn't know why.  Coach McFarlin led the Whitehouse football teamMore >>
    Whitehouse High School head foot ball coach Randy McFarlin is out of a job at the end of the school year.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Death of Black Friday

    Better East Texas: Death of Black Friday

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:25 AM EST2013-01-17 14:25:49 GMT
    By Pat StaceyBased on the intention by many retailers to expand Black Friday sales to start on Thursday, could the end of Black Friday as we know it be upon us and could this also be the final nail inMore >>
    Based on the intention by many retailers to expand Black Friday sales to start on Thursday, could the end of Black Friday as we know it be upon us and could this also be the final nail in the coffin of the traditional familyMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Texas cession

    Better East Texas: Texas cession

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:25 AM EST2013-01-17 14:25:13 GMT
    By Pat StaceyHundreds of thousands of signatures have appeared on the White House website in response to 30 states petitioning the federal government for a peaceful secession from the United States.  TheMore >>
    Hundreds of thousands of signatures have appeared on the White House website in response to 30 states petitioning the federal government for a peaceful secession from the United States.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Fast food menus

    Better East Texas: Fast food menus

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:24 AM EST2013-01-17 14:24:42 GMT
    Last week I visited a fast food restaurant that was recently constructed or remodeled that had electronic monitors displaying their menus.More >>
    Last week I visited a fast food restaurant that was recently constructed or remodeled that had electronic monitors displaying their menus.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Fiscal Cliff

    Better East Texas: Fiscal Cliff

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:20 AM EST2013-01-17 14:20:23 GMT
    Congress and the President played financial tennis over the holidays and the nation's financial state may have been the ball. Now it appears that the can has largely been kicked down the road as the taxMore >>
    Congress and the President played financial tennis over the holidays and the nation's financial state may have been the ball.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Lance Armstrong

    Better East Texas: Lance Armstrong

    Thursday, January 17 2013 9:16 AM EST2013-01-17 14:16:01 GMT
    Cyclist Lance Armstrong finally turned over a new leaf and confessed years of indiscretions.  He is truly a changed person.  Or is he?   Armstrong, for years, was the face of a survivor, of a victor, notMore >>
    Cyclist Lance Armstrong finally turned over a new leaf and confessed years of indiscretions.  He is truly a changed person.  Or is he?More >>
  • A Better East Texas: State Legislature

    A Better East Texas: State Legislature

    Monday, January 14 2013 8:00 AM EST2013-01-14 13:00:17 GMT
    The Texas economy is doing very well compared to the rest of the country and, as state lawmakers begin the 20-13 session of the Texas legislature, the task of creating the budget for the State of TexasMore >>
    The Texas economy is doing very well compared to the rest of the country and, as state lawmakers begin the 20-13 session of the Texas legislature, the task of creating the budget for the State of TexasMore >>
  • A Better East Texas: Flu Season

    A Better East Texas: Flu Season

    Thursday, January 10 2013 8:00 AM EST2013-01-10 13:00:16 GMT
    We have experienced a colder than normal winter up to this point and it is a welcome sight for many of us but with a cold winter, people are driven indoors more and with that comes the spread of the flu.More >>
    We have experienced a colder than normal winter up to this point and it is a welcome sight for many of us but with a cold winter, people are driven indoors more and with that comes the spread of the flu.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Firearms feedback

    Better East Texas: Firearms feedback

    Thursday, January 3 2013 6:38 AM EST2013-01-03 11:38:35 GMT
    I recently had a lot of feedback on a Better East Texas segment where I spoke about the need to address semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines and the mental health side of permitting peopleMore >>
    I recently had a lot of feedback on a Better East Texas segment where I spoke about the need to address semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines and the mental health side of permitting people to own such weapons.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Newtown - Gun Control

    Better East Texas: Newtown - Gun Control

    Tuesday, January 1 2013 5:10 PM EST2013-01-01 22:10:50 GMT
    The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has spurred the debate on gun regulations once again across the U-S.  But this time there is a movement not only by those in government but also the business world andMore >>
    The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has spurred the debate on gun regulations once again across the U-S.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Happy New Year

    Better East Texas: Happy New Year

    Thursday, December 27 2012 9:48 AM EST2012-12-27 14:48:59 GMT
    This is the time of year when resolutions enter just about everyone's mind.  Typically we think of ways to improve ourselves.  I certainly have my "work out" resolution and an "eat better" resolution inMore >>
    This is the time of year when resolutions enter just about everyone's mind.  Typically we think of ways to improve ourselves.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Newtown -school safety

    Better East Texas: Newtown -school safety

    Thursday, December 27 2012 9:42 AM EST2012-12-27 14:42:37 GMT
    Following the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, local schools undertook an intensive review of disaster plans and security procedures.  It was all an attempt to give parents some comfort that their child'sMore >>
    Following the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, local schools undertook an intensive review of disaster plans and security procedures.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Election Day

    Better East Texas: Election Day

    Thursday, December 20 2012 10:28 AM EST2012-12-20 15:28:28 GMT
    By Pat StaceyWith all the losses from hurricane Sandy, you have to hope that one victim is not the election.  With a big segment of the east coast in a structural mess, the focus, rightly so has been onMore >>
    With all the losses from hurricane Sandy, you have to hope that one victim is not the election.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Facebook comments

    Better East Texas: Facebook comments

    Thursday, December 20 2012 10:27 AM EST2012-12-20 15:27:35 GMT
    Social media use continues to explode across the land and people are finding methods and means to express themselves.More >>
    Social media use continues to explode across the land and people are finding methods and means to express themselves.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Buy Local First

    Better East Texas: Buy Local First

    Thursday, December 20 2012 10:27 AM EST2012-12-20 15:27:13 GMT
    Early voting has started and it's time to make a decision about whether we want to keep our dollars here or leave them at the county line.More >>
    Early voting has started and it's time to make a decision about whether we want to keep our dollars here or leave them at the county line.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Alcohol tax revenue

    Better East Texas: Alcohol tax revenue

    Thursday, December 20 2012 10:26 AM EST2012-12-20 15:26:29 GMT
    By Pat Stacey Both ballot initiatives dealing with alcohol sales in Smith County have passed and soon both the City of Tyler and Smith County and other municipalities will be the beneficiaries of an estimatedMore >>
    Both ballot initiatives dealing with alcohol sales in Smith County have passed and soon both the City of Tyler and Smith County and other municipalities will be the beneficiaries of an estimated total of more than 4-million dollars in tax revenue.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Hillary

    Better East Texas: Hillary

    Thursday, December 20 2012 10:25 AM EST2012-12-20 15:25:31 GMT
    By Pat StaceyThere is a steady buzz about the appeal of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her possible run again on trying to get elected president in 20-16.  Secretary Clinton has remained in theMore >>
    There is a steady buzz about the appeal of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her possible run again on trying to get elected president in 20-16.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Michigan

    Better East Texas: Michigan

    Friday, December 14 2012 9:12 AM EST2012-12-14 14:12:03 GMT
    By Pat StaceyRecently the state law makers in Michigan passed right to work laws that make it illegal to force workers to pay union dues.  This inspired protests in the state house of Michigan by pro-unionMore >>
    Recently the state law makers in Michigan passed right to work laws that make it illegal to force workers to pay union duesMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Ambassadors

    Better East Texas: Ambassadors

    Thursday, December 13 2012 9:36 AM EST2012-12-13 14:36:31 GMT
    By Pat StaceyIf the was ever a time for a law against cronyism in the federal government, now is the time.  President Obama is considering several influential fund-raisers for post as ambassadors for ourMore >>
    If the was ever a time for a law against cronyism in the federal government, now is the time.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Cheetos

    Better East Texas: Cheetos

    Tuesday, December 4 2012 10:22 AM EST2012-12-04 15:22:04 GMT
    Effective marketing is powerful stuff.  For 60 plus years, since the advent of television, critics have been able to identify products that are harmful but, due to effective marketing, have been very popularMore >>
    Effective marketing is powerful stuff.  For 60 plus years, since the advent of television, critics have been able to identify products that are harmful but, due to effective marketing, have been very popularMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Thanksgiving

    Better East Texas: Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 29 2012 8:55 AM EST2012-11-29 13:55:48 GMT
    By Pat StaceyAs we enter the holiday season this year, it is our hope that you and your family plan and participate in some special family events.  We have much to be thankful for.  There is oppressionMore >>
    As we enter the holiday season this year, it is our hope that you and your family plan and participate in some special family eventsMore >>
  • Better East Texas: Bad lottery game

    Better East Texas: Bad lottery game

    Monday, November 19 2012 9:43 AM EST2012-11-19 14:43:54 GMT
    The Texas Lottery Commission has a bit of a blunder on its hands.More >>
    The Texas Lottery Commission has a bit of a blunder on its hands.More >>
  • Better East Texas: School lunch rules

    Better East Texas: School lunch rules

    Friday, November 16 2012 8:59 AM EST2012-11-16 13:59:23 GMT
    We have a multi-pronged campaign across America to get people to eat smaller portions during our meals or, at least, eat healthier foods.More >>
    We have a multi-pronged campaign across America to get people to eat smaller portions during our meals or, at least, eat healthier foods.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Rhode Island law

    Better East Texas: Rhode Island law

    Tuesday, November 13 2012 9:07 AM EST2012-11-13 14:07:33 GMT
    The traditional family has been under attack for years but recently a story out of Rhode Island is especially caustic.More >>
    The traditional family has been under attack for years but recently a story out of Rhode Island is especially caustic.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Sandy Recovery

    Better East Texas: Sandy Recovery

    Tuesday, November 6 2012 9:53 AM EST2012-11-06 14:53:32 GMT
    By Pat StaceyWith all the losses from hurricane Sandy, you have to hope that one victim is not the election.  With a big segment of the east coast in a structural mess, the focus, rightly so has been onMore >>
    With all the losses from hurricane Sandy, you have to hope that one victim is not the election.  With a big segment of the east coast in a structural mess, the focus, rightly so has been on getting basic services to those affected.
    More >>
  • Better East Texas: Big Apple Pizza

    Better East Texas: Big Apple Pizza

    Thursday, October 25 2012 8:09 AM EDT2012-10-25 12:09:55 GMT
    First it was Chick-Fil-A day several weeks ago supporting the restaurant's support of a traditional family and a counter demonstration followed several days later.More >>
    First it was Chick-Fil-A day several weeks ago supporting the restaurant's support of a traditional family and a counter demonstration followed several days later.More >>
  • Better East Texas: John Tyler football

    Better East Texas: John Tyler football

    Thursday, October 25 2012 8:09 AM EDT2012-10-25 12:09:28 GMT
    The John Tyler Lions football team has been watched with great expectation since the end of last season.More >>
    The John Tyler Lions football team has been watched with great expectation since the end of last season.More >>
  • Better East Texas: ETBU

    Better East Texas: ETBU

    Tuesday, October 16 2012 7:40 AM EDT2012-10-16 11:40:01 GMT
    A local university is taking a principled stand against a provision of the government's revision of the healthcare system or Obamacare.More >>
    A local university is taking a principled stand against a provision of the government's revision of the healthcare system or Obamacare.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Teen Drinking

    Better East Texas: Teen Drinking

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:16 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:16:17 GMT
    By Pat Stacey The possibility of Tyler facing a wet – dry vote this fall has an interesting situation brewing that quietly exists in many households across east Texas and that is the question of parentsMore >>
    The possibility of Tyler facing a wet – dry vote this fall has an interesting situation brewing that quietly exists in many households across east Texas and that is the question of parents letting their teens drink before they are 21.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Romney tax returns

    Better East Texas: Romney tax returns

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:15 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:15:38 GMT
    Being a leader is all about winning trust and being the president of the United States is the ultimate trust of the American people.More >>
    Being a leader is all about winning trust and being the president of the United States is the ultimate trust of the American people.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Texas Voter ID Law challenged

    Better East Texas: Texas Voter ID Law challenged

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:15 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:15:17 GMT
    A three judge panel is deciding the fate of the Texas voter I-D law that was passed in 2011 that requires prospective voters to produce a picture I-D to receive a ballot.More >>
    A three judge panel is deciding the fate of the Texas voter I-D law that was passed in 2011 that requires prospective voters to produce a picture I-D to receive a ballot.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Online sales tax

    Better East Texas: Online sales tax

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:14 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:14:32 GMT
    There is a bill being discussed in Congress right now that may open the door for higher taxes.  And it is a good idea.More >>
    There is a bill being discussed in Congress right now that may open the door for higher taxes.  And it is a good idea.More >>
  • Better East Texas:Ted Cruz win

    Better East Texas:Ted Cruz win

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:14 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:14:10 GMT
    Money can buy a lot of things but it looks like it can't buy a U-S Senate seat.More >>
    Money can buy a lot of things but it looks like it can't buy a U-S Senate seat.
    More >>
  • Better East Texas: Chick-fil-A

    Better East Texas: Chick-fil-A

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:13 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:13:29 GMT
    By now you have probably heard of the boycott threat against fast food giant Chick-fil-A because of the company president's comments about supporting the traditional model for marriage.More >>
    By now you have probably heard of the boycott threat against fast food giant Chick-fil-A because of the company president's comments about supporting the traditional model for marriage.More >>
  • Better East Texas: City Budgets

    Better East Texas: City Budgets

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:12 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:12:36 GMT
    The cities of Tyler and Longview are both previewing their budgets for fiscal year 20-13 and there are some encouraging signs.More >>
    The cities of Tyler and Longview are both previewing their budgets for fiscal year 20-13 and there are some encouraging signs.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Loss of traditions

    Better East Texas: Loss of traditions

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:12 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:12:12 GMT
    I am a fair weather fan of college football but I am a great fan of tradition.More >>
    I am a fair weather fan of college football but I am a great fan of tradition.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Presidential marketing

    Better East Texas: Presidential marketing

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:11 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:11:47 GMT
    With the announcement of Representative Paul Ryan to the republican ticket as the presumed vice presidential nominee, the P-R machines in both parties started churning out propaganda.More >>
    With the announcement of Representative Paul Ryan to the republican ticket as the presumed vice presidential nominee, the P-R machines in both parties started churning out propaganda.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Replacement refs

    Better East Texas: Replacement refs

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:11 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:11:23 GMT
    Are you ready for some football?  Whether you are a pro football, college or high school football fan, the answer is probably – yes!More >>
    Are you ready for some football?  Whether you are a pro football, college or high school football fan, the answer is probably – yes!More >>
  • Better East Texas: Aiken's words

    Better East Texas: Aiken's words

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:10 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:10:16 GMT
    Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken is in big trouble.  Aiken is running for a federal senate seat in Missouri and was leading his opponent in the polls recently.More >>
    Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken is in big trouble.  Aiken is running for a federal senate seat in Missouri and was leading his opponent in the polls recently.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Bullying

    Better East Texas: Bullying

    Friday, October 12 2012 1:09 PM EDT2012-10-12 17:09:53 GMT
    Kids are finally back in school and with that annual trek back to education comes the return of a chronic issue in our schools and among our children and that is the issue of bullying.More >>
    Kids are finally back in school and with that annual trek back to education comes the return of a chronic issue in our schools and among our children and that is the issue of bullying.More >>
  • Better East Texas: PBS

    Better East Texas: PBS

    Thursday, October 11 2012 9:20 AM EDT2012-10-11 13:20:39 GMT
    In the presidential debate several weeks ago, Mitt Romney declared that he would reduce or eliminate government funding for Public TV.More >>
    In the presidential debate several weeks ago, Mitt Romney declared that he would reduce or eliminate government funding for Public TV.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Driverless cars

    Better East Texas: Driverless cars

    Thursday, September 27 2012 8:59 AM EDT2012-09-27 12:59:59 GMT
    Well General Motors announced they have been investing time, money and personnel resources to make a better car.More >>
    Well General Motors announced they have been investing time, money and personnel resources to make a better car.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Protests

    Better East Texas: Protests

    Tuesday, September 25 2012 8:30 AM EDT2012-09-25 12:30:32 GMT
    The U-S is once again the target of radical elements in the Middle East and across the world as protests and riots continue as a reaction to the amateur film the Muslims say insults Islam.More >>
    The U-S is once again the target of radical elements in the Middle East and across the world as protests and riots continue as a reaction to the amateur film the Muslims say insults Islam.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Candidate appeal

    Better East Texas: Candidate appeal

    Tuesday, September 25 2012 8:30 AM EDT2012-09-25 12:30:07 GMT
    Republicans continue to be only luke warm on Mitt Romney as their party's candidate and it is showing in the polls.More >>
    Republicans continue to be only luke warm on Mitt Romney as their party's candidate and it is showing in the polls.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Dez Bryant

    Better East Texas: Dez Bryant

    Thursday, September 6 2012 11:39 AM EDT2012-09-06 15:39:41 GMT
    If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan you have heard about the personal restrictions being used by the Cowboys to keep star receiver and east Texan Dez Bryant on the straight and narrow.More >>
    If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan you have heard about the personal restrictions being used by the Cowboys to keep star receiver and east Texan Dez Bryant on the straight and narrow.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Navy SEAL book

    Better East Texas: Navy SEAL book

    Thursday, September 6 2012 11:13 AM EDT2012-09-06 15:13:42 GMT
    The last moments of Osama Bin Laden have been chronicled in a just released book written by a retired Navy SEAL who was on the mission to take out Bin Laden.More >>
    The last moments of Osama Bin Laden have been chronicled in a just released book written by a retired Navy SEAL who was on the mission to take out Bin Laden.More >>
  • Better East Texas: West Nile

    Better East Texas: West Nile

    Friday, August 31 2012 7:24 AM EDT2012-08-31 11:24:45 GMT
    It has been impossible to escape the news coverage relating to the spread of West Nile Virus across Texas and especially in east Texas.More >>
    It has been impossible to escape the news coverage relating to the spread of West Nile Virus across Texas and especially in east Texas.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Smith County Sheriff’s Race

    Better East Texas: Smith County Sheriff’s Race

    Tuesday, August 28 2012 1:30 PM EDT2012-08-28 17:30:21 GMT
    The Smith County Sheriff's race is winding down and while the campaign has been generally positive, there has been a certain amount of bickering and accusations flying between the camps of Chris Green and Larry Smith.More >>
    The Smith County Sheriff's race is winding down and while the campaign has been generally positive, there has been a certain amount of bickering and accusations flying between the camps of Chris Green and Larry Smith.More >>
  • Better East Texas: TISD should wait

    Better East Texas: TISD should wait

    Tuesday, August 28 2012 1:29 PM EDT2012-08-28 17:29:58 GMT
    Tyler School Superintendent Randy Reid is leaving to take the superintendent position in Keller, Texas.More >>
    Tyler School Superintendent Randy Reid is leaving to take the superintendent position in Keller, Texas.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Obamacare decision

    Better East Texas: Obamacare decision

    Tuesday, August 14 2012 10:58 AM EDT2012-08-14 14:58:58 GMT
    The recent decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the medical insurance mandate provision of Obama care was a shock to many Americans.More >>
    The recent decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the medical insurance mandate provision of Obama care was a shock to many Americans.More >>
  • Better East Texas: College football playoff for pay off

    Better East Texas: College football playoff for pay off

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:30 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:30:50 GMT
    Recently college football conference commissioners approved a plan for college football to move away from the B-C-S or Bowl Championship Series that ranked teams to determine the national title game.More >>
    Recently college football conference commissioners approved a plan for college football to move away from the B-C-S or Bowl Championship Series that ranked teams to determine the national title game.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Baseball Steroids

    Better East Texas: Baseball Steroids

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:30 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:30:18 GMT
    I remember going to Arlington Stadium as a young baseball fan in the early 70's as the upstart Texas Rangers would take the field.More >>
    I remember going to Arlington Stadium as a young baseball fan in the early 70's as the upstart Texas Rangers would take the field.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Lon Morris College

    Better East Texas: Lon Morris College

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:29 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:29:38 GMT
    It saddened me to hear of the troubles at Lon Morris College.More >>
    It saddened me to hear of the troubles at Lon Morris College.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Un-American Principal

    Better East Texas: Un-American Principal

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:28 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:28:55 GMT
    I saw the story earlier about an elementary school principal in Brooklyn, New York who cancelled the planned singing of Lee Greenwood's popular patriotic song – God Bless The USA.More >>
    I saw the story earlier about an elementary school principal in Brooklyn, New York who cancelled the planned singing of Lee Greenwood's popular patriotic song – God Bless The USA.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Get out and vote

    Better East Texas: Get out and vote

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:28 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:28:38 GMT
    Don't we all get sick of people making decisions for us? I mean, we spent nearly the first two decades of our lives, fighting for the right to make our own decision.More >>
    Don't we all get sick of people making decisions for us? I mean, we spent nearly the first two decades of our lives, fighting for the right to make our own decision.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Caustic campaigning

    Better East Texas: Caustic campaigning

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:28 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:28:22 GMT
    Listening to the words of former President Bill Clinton stump for current President Barrack Obama, you would think that our country and the world were on the verge of anarchy.More >>
    Listening to the words of former President Bill Clinton stump for current President Barrack Obama, you would think that our country and the world were on the verge of anarchy and the next President of the United States holds the key.More >>
  • A Better East Texas: Deanna Laney release

    A Better East Texas: Deanna Laney release

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:28 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:28:04 GMT
    Perhaps you saw recently where Deanna Laney was released from a state mental facility after serving 8 years of being acquitted of capital murder by reason of insanity.More >>
    Perhaps you saw recently where Deanna Laney was released from a state mental facility after serving 8 years of being acquitted of capital murder by reason of insanity.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Runoff

    Better East Texas: Runoff

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:27 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:27:37 GMT
    Don't we all get sick of people making decisions for us?  I mean, we spent nearly the first two decades of our lives, fighting for the right to make our own decision.More >>
    Don't we all get sick of people making decisions for us?  I mean, we spent nearly the first two decades of our lives, fighting for the right to make our own decision.More >>
  • Better East Texas: The role of HS Principals

    Better East Texas: The role of HS Principals

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:27 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:27:19 GMT
    How long is long enough in a job to establish a positive culture? It may be a question you have never really thought about.More >>
    How long is long enough in a job to establish a positive culture? It may be a question you have never really thought about.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Register to vote

    Better East Texas: Register to vote

    Thursday, August 9 2012 12:26 PM EDT2012-08-09 16:26:57 GMT
    We are months away from the November election but the city of Tyler, Smith County and several other communities are abuzz with the prospect of some form of wet-dry initiative being on the ballot.More >>
    We are months away from the November election but the city of Tyler, Smith County and several other communities are abuzz with the prospect of some form of wet-dry initiative being on the ballot.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Secret Service scandal

    Better East Texas: Secret Service scandal

    Thursday, July 5 2012 6:50 AM EDT2012-07-05 10:50:50 GMT
    How sad is it to hear about the scandal involving Secret Service personnel in Columbia.More >>
    How sad is it to hear about the scandal involving Secret Service personnel in Columbia.More >>
  • A Better East Texas: Prom Safety

    A Better East Texas: Prom Safety

    Thursday, July 5 2012 6:50 AM EDT2012-07-05 10:50:33 GMT
    It seems that not a week goes by that we don't hear of a multi-vehicle accident, many times at night and sometimes involving alcohol.More >>
    It seems that not a week goes by that we don't hear of a multi-vehicle accident, many times at night and sometimes involving alcohol.More >>
  • A Better East Texas: Shuttle economics

    A Better East Texas: Shuttle economics

    Tuesday, April 24 2012 10:45 AM EDT2012-04-24 14:45:17 GMT
    Perhaps you saw video of the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.More >>
    Perhaps you saw video of the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.More >>
  • Better East Texas: Pink slime

    Better East Texas: Pink slime

    Friday, April 20 2012 10:12 AM EDT2012-04-20 14:12:59 GMT
    Would you like fries with your burger?  How about some "pink slime".More >>
    Would you like fries with your burger?  How about some "pink slime".More >>

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