Afternoon news blast: Rifle-proof vests for officers

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - What a wonderful afternoon here in East Texas! Hope you all are enjoying these cooler temps today.

Here are a few stories for you to check out this afternoon:

1. State Senator Kevin Eltife and Mayor Martin Heines held a press conference on Monday to announce the goal of their campaign to arm all Tyler and Smith County law enforcement officers with rifle-proof vests. During the press conference, Senator Eltife announced the total cost for the vests is $204,400. The City of Tyler will pay $67,900 and Smith County will pay $34,300. With Senator Eltife's $20,000 contribution, the remaining $82,000 is the goal of the campaign.

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2. Officials have released dashcam video from the arrest of a third suspect in a Smith County murder. In the video, Stanton Pearce is seen walking along the side of the road when deputies pull up beside him and place him in handcuffs.

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3. A man who allegedly stole a car during a traffic stop and fled police is behind bars Monday morning. Longview Police Department officers arrested Draper Demetric Kennedy, 37, of Longview. Kennedy, who was booked on multiple charges, was found with a bag full of drugs.

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4. Clouds and light rain will continue to move slowly southward through the remainder of the day today and into the early nighttime hours. The cool air is likely to hang around for the next 7 days. Fall like temperatures are here to stay, at least through the upcoming weekend. The cold front continues to make it's way through the southern most sections of East Texas today and will move completely through by this evening. Another front is expected to reinforce the fall like conditions on Thursday morning, keeping us cool and dry. Scattered showers, mainly light rain, will persist through tonight, ending overnight. No more rain expected through the weekend. Temperatures should remain at or below normal conditions through the period as well. Enjoy the first full week of Fall 2016. Watch KLTV7 News at 5 and 6 for the latest update from Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto.

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