JCPenney announces stores in Lufkin, Palestine closing

Retailer JCPenney has released a list of stores that will be closing across the nation.

  WEBXTRA: Protesters gather in Tyler for sixth day

  What we know about the 3,227 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

  Ye Olde City Antiques manager hopeful for mall’s future after fire heavily damages building

  Multiple departments participate in funeral procession to honor East Texas fire chief

Drew Brees takes to social media to apologize for comments on protests

  Tyler NAACP Chapter Holds Press Conference

  Longview firefighters help conduct COVID-19 testing at nursing homes

  Tyler ISD board approves new turf at Rose Stadium, new high school practice fields and more

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  Smith County sheriff brings state jail inspector on staff

  WEBXTRA: Fair Food Drive-In Days underway at East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler

Gov. Abbott extends emergency SNAP benefits due to COVID-19

South Dakota couple accused of drugging children, shocking them with cattle prod

Woman dies at scene of Naples crash

  The Next Normal: East Texas Food Bank continues Summer Food Program with drive-through distribution

Motorcyclist struck by trash truck in intersection, injuring driver

Texas DPS says that at around 2 p.m. on June 1, troopers were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Wildwood Dr. and Lost Pine Dr. in the city of Chandler in Johnson County.

Gov. Abbott to hold press conference on Tropical Depression Cristobal

Governor Greg Abbott will receive a briefing on Tropical Depression Cristobal and hold a press conference on hurricane preparedness and COVID-19 considerations on Friday, June 5th at 12:00 PM at the Alternate State Operations Center.

Longview pedestrian in hit-and-run dies

The man involved in the auto-pedestrian crash Wednesday, died later that night at the hospital.

Harrison County grand jury indicts man on 6 child porn charges

A Jefferson man has been booked into the Harrison County Jail following a grand jury indictment on child pornography charges.

  WEBXTRA: National Guard helps distribute food at Whitehouse Food Pantry

Gov. Northam says Robert E. Lee monument will be removed as soon as possible

More community COVID-19 testing dates, locations announced in Longview

Plea offer rejected in case of Westwood Shopping Center murder suspect

Thursday’s Weather: Very warm and humid today

Tyler police investigate unrelated crimes at Andy’s Frozen Custard, Gentry Donuts

  Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of the Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty military forces for law enforcement duties in containing street protests.

  49 COVID positives in North Smith County jail

The Smith County North Jail currently has 49 positive inmates.

  The Next Normal: Summer School

The Covid-19 pandemic brings changes to summer school guidelines in Texas.

Counties collaborate on COVID isolation blueprint plan

One of the concerns with 'Covid-19' is 'what' would happen 'if' the virus got into a large contained population, such as an East Texas jail or prison. Gregg and Smith county may have created a blueprint on how best to deal with situations like this in the future.

  VIDEO: Family rescues drowning baby deer from East Texas lake

A baby deer is alive and well after being rescued from a lake by a family.

Franklin County sheriff: Arkansas man drowns in Lake Cypress Springs

According to a press release, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Franklin County Deputies responded to a call of suspicious activity in the 300 block of S. Park Rd., in the South Park development of Lake Cypress Springs.

Tyler woman dies when car strikes bridge on Toll 49 Tuesday

Texas DPS released information about a fatal wreck that happened on Tuesday night.

Gilmer police asking for help in locating missing man

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Gilmer man who has been missing for more than a week.

Pilgrim’s Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing

The executives are the first to be charged in a long-running investigation of price-fixing in the chicken industry

  Kilgore College reopens some buildings for in-person activities

Although the campus is slowly reopening for on-campus classes and other student business, Almanza said it is important to continue to provide remote access.

Gov. Abbott announces third phase of plan to reopen Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.

  United Way of Smith County surprises Trane employee with new Jeep

Timothy Miller was surprised at work with a new Jeep Renegade courtesy of Patterson Motors in Tyler in partner with United Way of Smith County.

Longview police searching for vehicle which hit pedestrian

Emergency crews are on the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian in Longview.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers digs into how pandemic is affecting marriages in East Texas

Anissa Centers has been talking with divorce lawyers East Texas to see if that additional strain has led to an increase in the number of people filing for divorce.

  City holds groundbreaking for addition to ‘new entertainment capital of East Texas’ in Lindale

A hotel will serve as on-site accommodations with access to the downtown area as part of the city’s revitalization effort.

Diboll police, ACSO deputies arrest 3 after tracker on stolen car reveals location

Diboll police officers arrested three men on engaging in organized crime charges Wednesday after a tracker on a vehicle they allegedly stole in Harris County revealed that they were in Lufkin. A chase ensued after a Diboll PD officer spotted the vehicle on U.S. Highway 59.

Texans could receive up to a year of unemployment benefits under second extension of aid

The state triggered an extended benefits period, adding an additional 13 weeks of unemployment staring in July. It is the second benefits extension this year.

Texas unemployment benefits extended for additional 13 weeks

The CARES Act provides an additional $600 per week to claimants until July 25.

East Texas organization gets $5 million in CARES funding to assist with electric bills

An East Texas organization has announced they have received $5 million in funding to help those who have experienced a reduction in income pay their electric bills.

  Harrison County Airport displays World War II plane on pole

It sits in the air with the greatest of ease, but according to Lone Star Wing Commemorative Air Force Wing Leader Travis Keeney, that’s because they did the hard stuff years ago. But first they had to get the plane.

  State cites Smith County Jail for meals, exercise

The state commission on jail standards has issued a notice of non-compliance for the Smith County Jail on two issues.

Wednesday’s Weather: Slight chance for a shower

Starting out with mostly cloudy skies and warm, muggy conditions.

  Retired St. Louis police captain killed amid unrest; 4 shot in separate incident

The death came on a violent night in St. Louis, during which four officers were shot, officers were pelted with rocks, and 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged.

  Dozens march for justice on Tyler square for fourth night

A crowd of more than a hundred people gathered again Tuesday night on the downtown Tyler square to march for justice in memory of George Floyd.

Tyler NAACP to hold press conference Wednesday

The Tyler NAACP will be holding a press conference on Wednesday.

Florida sheriff ‘highly recommending’ people to shoot looters who break into homes

A sheriff in one Florida county says he is “highly recommending” property owners to shoot looters if they break into homes to steal or set fires.

  Carthage native discusses working with Stallone on ‘Rocky’ documentary

The documentary will be released digitally in North America on June 9.

  Community leaders, residents gather for prayer vigil in downtown Tyler

Officials with Smith County, the City of Tyler and members of the community gathered at noon for the Prayer Vigil for Justice and Peace.

  WATCH: Dr. Shirley Mckeller speaks on Candle Light Prayer Night to end racism

Dr. Shirley Mckeller spoke to Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now Tuesday.

Gov. Abbott says he won’t be seeking assistance from US military to keep peace

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott said while Texas will work to protect residents’ First Amendment right to peacefully protest, violence, looting, and vandalism will not be tolerated.

  WATCH: Local businesses experience change in customers’ spending after state re-opens

Anissa Centers shares the different categories customers fall into with their purchasing choices, and what changes she finds in herself.

Smith Co. central jail has no COVID-19 positive results yet, after testing; north jail has 45

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is only waiting on 11 results back from their COVID-19 testing in their jails.

Texas boy that triggered Amber Alert found dead; mother charged

Frankie Gonzalez, 2, was last seen Monday afternoon in a Waco, Texas park.

  Thousands of Tyler Junior College students get COVID-19 relief funds

Tyler Junior College has disbursed emergency federal grants to 2,443 TJC students whose lives and educations were disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. KLTV’s Alex Leroux breaks down the funding.

  WATCH: Tyler police spokesman discusses George Floyd situation, says TPD welcomes peaceful protests

During his interview on East Texas Now Tuesday, a Tyler Police Department spokesman discussed the in-custody death of George Floyd, the protests and measures like de-escalation and cultural diversity training that TPD’s leadership is implementing to prevent a similar incident from occurring here.

National Guard in ETX to distribute produce

Beginning at 9 a.m., working alongside Mission Carthage, a Christian non-profit, the National Guard will distribute produce.

  Wreck with injuries at Eastman and Hollybrook in Longview has been cleared

Two people, one from each vehicle, were taken to the hospital.

  The Next Normal: Longview FD has new device to clean ambulances potentially exposed to COVID-19

KLTV's Jamey Boyum talks to Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May

Rusk man accused of driving drunk in 2018 fatal crash

A Rusk man has been booked into the Smith County Jail in connection with what DPS states was a 2018 drunk-driving wreck which resulted in the death of a Tyler man.

Police: Livingston ISD employee arrested after child porn found on his home computer

Livingston police officers arrested a 61-year-old LISD employee Monday after a search of his home computer allegedly turned up child pornography.

  GRAPHIC: NYPD sergeant hit by car during protests

A New York police sergeant suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle during protests early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s Weather: A few showers today

Another mild start with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s this morning.

  Minn. governor: Semi driver was confused when he drove into crowd

Officials say nothing indicates the driver was intentionally targeting protesters.

  ‘I can’t breathe': Peaceful protestors march through downtown Tyler

Their first march began on the downtown square and traveled down sidewalks lining South Broadway Avenue to Houston Street.

Amber Alert issued for missing Waco toddler

An Amber Alert has been issued for a Waco toddler who was reported missing.

Woman pleads guilty in Cherokee County court to shooting dog on Facebook video

A Cherokee County woman has plead guilty to a charge of cruelty to animals.

Former Arlington pastor sentenced to 293 months for child exploitation

A former Arlington pastor was sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child.

Governor, U.S. Attorneys warn out-of-state instigators: Don’t mess with Texas

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott and the four U.S. Attorneys for Texas announced that people who come from out of state to engage in looting, violence, or other destructive acts in violation of federal law will be subject to federal prosecution.

Let’s Talk Tyler to host virtual town hall meeting to discuss race relations with law enforcement

Community leader Pamela Phoenix, a member of Tyler’s Planning and Zoning Commission, will host a virtual town hall meeting titled “Race Relations with Law Enforcement – the George Floyd Murder” on Thursday.

SFA student athletes workout on campus for first time since COVID-19 shutdown

Each athlete had their temperature taken before being allowed into the building for their one-hour workout.

National Guard helps conduct COVID-19 testing at Tyler nursing home

Reunion Plaza Senior Center Administrator Richard McGuire tells KLTV all testing on residents and staff was completed Monday.

Smith County, Tyler officials holding prayer vigil Tuesday

Smith County and Tyler officials will be holding a prayer vigil in the downtown Tyler square on Tuesday.

Gov. Abbott to address protest violence Tuesday

Gov. Abbott will be joined by Dallas officials.

  The Next Normal: Giving birth during COVID-19 pandemic

A new mother shares her experience with KLTV’s Alex Leroux.

  WATCH: Navigating COVID clashes

Relationship professionals Russell Bailiff and Laurie Ann Frank suggest some tips for recognizing and dealing with possible problems with the public.

  Gregg County health official talks about face mask maintenance, reuse

KLTVs Jamey Boyum talks with the Gregg County Health Authority to find out how to take care of the N95 masks, as well as cloth masks, for reuse.

Mahomes, SFA coaches ask for unity amid protests over death of George Floyd

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II weighed in on the protests and unrest going on across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s in-custody death in Minneapolis on Monday with a heartfelt tweet urging unity.

  Downtown Tyler protest organizer: ‘We can be the change we want to see’

A third night of peaceful protesting is set to take place in downtown Tyler on Monday evening.