East Texas Now

  WATCH: Dr. Ashwini Mehta says liver disease is prevalent, gives tips to prevent it

Dr. Mehta explains the important role your liver plays and helps shed light on fatty liver prevention, diagnosing, and treatment.

  ETN: Kyle Penney discusses upcoming East Texas Giving Day

  Jeep giveaway to benefit United Way

  NET Health CEO tells Tyler City Council COVID-19 picture “much brighter”

  What’s in a Name: Mineola

  WATCH: Drs. Dominguez, Patton answer COVID-19 viewer questions

  WATCH: East Texas doctors discuss purpose of National Health Month

Continued Coverage

  WATCH: Houston Texans’ Coach Lovie Smith talks East Texas football, women in NFL roles

Fifth Starbucks location brewing for Longview

  Dr. Ed discusses vaccine site pain, side effects, immune response

  Ally Venable Band talks about their Billboard chart-topping blues album

  Kidz Day Friday at Texas African American Museum to provide free food, fun for Tyler families

  ETN: Raise Your Hand Texas working to get money allocated for schools from East Texas lawmakers

  Governor, speaker of house join Rep. Ashby in touting broadband bill

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lufkin’s State House representative, Trent Ashby, are aiming for an expansion of broadband internet across the state.

  Dr. Ed, Dr. Patton answer COVID-19 viewer questions regarding pediatric vaccines, side-effects, mask mandate, variant strains

Both Dr. Ed and Dr. Patton commented on pediatric vaccines that are now in testing, and when to expect vaccines to be available for children.

  ‘Men of Courage’ free spiritual conference comes to Carthage Friday

Men of Courage will take place at the Bulldog Stadium, #1 Bulldog Drive, in Carthage. Gates open at 6 p.m. the conference begins at 7 p.m.

  Granddaughter visits grandmother in East Texas nursing facility after year of pandemic

“Hey Nana. Oh, I’m going to cry. How are you?” Lexi asked her Grandma Judy for the first time in almost a year.

  WATCH: How Equal Pay Day came about, how it’s helping

  ETN: ABC’s Alex Perez talks about upcoming episode of ‘Soul of a Nation’

  Local singer/songwriter April N. Smith talks albums, artists, awards

  WATCH: Better Business Bureau’s Coleman Swierc discusses stimulus scams to avoid

  SFA Ladyjacks’ coach discusses life inside NCAA bubble

  State Sen. Hughes bill on ERCOT pricing flies through senate approval

  Dr. Ed Dominguez answers viewer questions about vaccine brands, timing and masks

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Ed Dominguez from Dallas Methodist joined us again on Friday to answer more viewer questions about COVID-19.

Nacogdoches Rodeo and Steer Show to go on with restrictions

The pandemic led to the cancellation of last year’s Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo and Steer Show. This year the possibility threatened to repeat itself, but organizers are confident it will go forward on March 25-27 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center.

  ‘Hangry’ Chick-fil-a customer door-checks suspect fleeing Jacksonville police officer

Jacksonville police officers attempted to stop a man in a stolen vehicle. The suspect ran through the Chick-Fil-A parking lot, which is where it got interesting.

  Rep. Hefner’s bill on armed school security immunity moves to committee

A bill sponsored by East Texas Rep. Cole Hefner has moved to committee in Austin.

  One year since first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in East Texas

365 days ago, the first case of COVID-19 in East Texas was confirmed; Blake Holland and Kayla Lyons take a look back.

  Cole Hefner authors HB 2713 which would protect historical monuments

Dist. 5 Rep. Cole Hefner joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now Tuesday to discuss a bill he’s authored in Austin.

  Rep. Cole Hefner authors HB 2727 relating to voluntary, informed consent to abortion

It would create a criminal penalty for anyone forcing a mother to have an abortion, Hefner said.

  Smith County shares details regarding face masks in non-judicial offices

The Smith County judge has announced new guidelines on COVID-19 policy following the governor’s announcement to hand off local control.

  Gov. Abbott visits Tyler to stump for social media bill; ‘Conservative speech will not be canceled’

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference with Senator Bryan Hughes on Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), the Senator’s social media legislation.

  Rep. White says term limit resolution aimed at ending ‘careerism’ for politicians

Texas House Rep. James White joined East Texas Now’s Kayla Lyons to discuss current Texas legislation concerning term limits for the US Congress.

  WATCH: ABC’s Dr. Jennifer Ashton says state rollbacks of COVID-19 restrictions risk undoing progress made

Dr. Ashton said the recent rollbacks on COVID-19 restrictions by some states show the situation to be a complicated issue of idealism versus realism.

  Lawsuit filed against ERCOT, Oncor in connection to carbon monoxide deaths in Nacogdoches County

Relatives of two East Texas residents have joined an existing wrongful death lawsuit filed in Harris County district court against the state’s grid manager and electricity providers, charging that their failure to prepare and negligent management of the electricity supply during winter storm blackou

  Heather Elvis disappearance takes center stage on this week’s 20/20

East Texas Now’s Jeremy G. Butler spoke with 20/20′s Matt Gutman about his upcoming story about the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

  Rep. Schaefer says removal of mask mandate ‘step in the right direction’

East Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer joined us on East Texas Now Wednesday to discuss the end of the governor’s mask mandate, as well as whether he plans to run against Abbott in the future.

ABC’s Rick Klein speaks on military strikes, Dems’ political maneuvering

ABC’s Political Director Rick Klein spoke with East Texas Now’s Jeremy G. Butler about a variety of topics ranging from Middle East airstrikes to Democrats' efforts to pass legislation.

  Dr. Ed Dominguez discusses governor’s decision to remove mask mandate

Dr. Ed says there were 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Texas yesterday, 60 deaths, and 5,600 people in the hospital fighting the virus. So is it wise to let our guard down?

  Nacogdoches customer service workers react to mask order being lifted

After almost a year of following a governor order to enforce masks to prevent the spread of covid-19, businesses will no longer have to ask customers to put on their masks come March 10. Nacogdoches customer service workers react to the his decision.

  Counties of Panola, Shelby among first round for vaccinating homebound seniors

The Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) today announced 26 counties participating in the first week of the Save Our Seniors vaccination initiative.

  Dallas attorney: ERCOT lawsuits filed on behalf of people who ‘froze to death’

ETN’s Jeremy G. Butler spoke with Dallas-based attorney Patrick Luff as his firm, Fears Nachawati, has filed suit against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

  PATH partners with Altra Federal Credit Union for annual Diaper Drive

East Texas Now’s Jeremy G. Butler spoke with PATH’s Leslie Watson and Daisy Phillips with Altra Federal Credit Union about PATH’s Third Annual Diaper Drive.

  Rep. Schaefer believes governor would have ‘hard time’ vetoing mask legislation

HB2097 and HB2098 are specifically aimed at the mask mandate enacted in Texas.

  Dr. Ed Dominguez, Dr. Theresa Patton answer viewer questions about COVID-19 vaccines

The doctors answer viewer questions about COVID-19.

  Rep. Cole Hefner authors bill giving school security personnel liability protection

On Friday, East Texas Rep. Cole Hefner joined East Texas Now and expanded upon a bill he introduced in Austin on Feb. 10.

  WATCH: Tyler ISD special education department invites families and caregivers to join Parent to Parent Conference

Tyler ISD is co-hosting the Parent to Parent Conference for the fifth year. Topics covered will be mental health, emergency preparation, guardianship and social security, and transition services.

  Gap announces plans to build distribution center in Longview

The City of Longview, Gregg County and the clothing company Gap have announced an agreement to bring a $140 million investment to town.

  Community thankful for Bullard propane business opening during snowstorm

The family said they were just happy to serve their community in its time of need.

  20/20′s Amy Robach previews investigation into mother of children found dead

East Texas Now’s Kayla Lyons spoke with 20/20 co-anchor Amy Robach about the program’s year-long investigation into a woman responsible and the disappearance and death of her two children.

  Gospel recording artist VirLinda Stanton shares how she found her purpose

VirLinda Stanton an actress and gospel singer joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now to talk about her book Souled Out, Volume 2: Inspirational Stories on Beating the Odds.

  Tyler doctor receives surprise proposal on live television

Dr. Vemula joined Jeremy Butler on East Texas Now to give details of the surprise proposal.

  NET Health environmental health director talks about restaurant operation under boil water notice

Ginger Points, the environmental health director for the North East Texas Health District. spoke to East Texas Now host Kayla Lyons about some of the guidelines that are in place for restaurants operating under a boil water notice.

  American Heart Association suggests less sodium, processed foods to be ‘heart healthy’

Krista Sharp from the East Texas American Heart Association joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now to share heart-healthy tips.

  ‘These guys are heroes:’ Community rallies around Diboll utility workers

A video of crews repairing a water line in Diboll went viral, viewed more than four thousand times on Facebook, drew a response for the community to give back.

  State Rep. Matt Schaefer discusses ERCOT issues, local recovery efforts

ETN's Jeremy Butler spoke with State Rep. Matt Schaefer about electrical failures and local recovery efforts as the harsh weather begins to subside.

  Boats damaged after Lake O' the Pines marina collapses under weight of snow

The 'weight' of snow' can't be underestimated, and in one case it collapsed an East Texas marina covering. This happened Wednesday at the 'Bullfrog Marina' at 'Lake O the Pines' in Marion county. The weight of accumulated snow collapsed a structure right on top of boats and other watercraft.

  East Texas couple delivers their baby at home during winter storm

For Cody and Patience Rushing, they expected the birth of their third child to be much like the previous two ─ going to a hospital and delivering there. That is, until Wednesday morning.

  ‘We’re pretty much just sitting here:’ Man stranded on I-20 in East Texas

One man spoke to East Texas Now Thursday evening about his situation on I-20.

  Tyler church grateful to have been temporary warming center

"We love to do it, we love helping and we thank God for us being able to. And everyone who helped us help people, we are thankful for you.”

Tree knocks out power to 4 Lufkin wells again; Oncor crew dispatched to repair damage

Generators brought in from Houston have allowed the City of Lufkin's water supply to begin to recover.

  Truckers passing through taking refuge at East Texas truck stops

Video journalist Arthur Clayborn spoke with several truckers at a truck stop in East Texas to find out how driving during the current weather storm has affected their work.

  Survival expert provides tips on how to stay warm, safe in extreme cold

With the power still out to many homes, some East Texans are seeing temperatures inside their homes drop into the 30s and 40s. An extreme conditions expert shares some tips to help stay warm.

  Chopper 7 flies over icy Interstate 20, other Smith County landmarks

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum was up in Chopper 7 on Thursday to survey parts of Smith County following the winter storm this week.

  WATCH: ‘Food safety queen’ shares tips for East Texans who lost power

On Thursday, Leisha Kidd-Brooks, Environmental Health Manager for the City of Longview, answered questions about how to know when food is no longer safe to eat.

  Smith County Judge Moran gives update on power outages, water supply, road conditions

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran spoke with Blake Holland regarding power outages, water supply, and road conditions.

  DETEC customers could be without power for up to 3 more weeks

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative says it may take three weeks to restore power

  City of Tyler hopes to meet water demands by Friday

The City of Tyler has released an update on water and road conditions and states water demands should be met by Friday.

  WATCH: East Texas extreme conditions expert talks about how to survive

East Texas extreme conditions expert talks about staying safe

  East Texas drivers getting creative dealing with snow accumulation

Wrecker drivers and snow movers deal with the snow.

  WATCH: Birds chowing down to stay warm in Jennifer Kielman’s yard

Birds chowing down to stay warm in Jennifer Kielman’s yard

  WEBXTRA: Road conditions slick and snowy in Longview

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum has a look at road conditions in Longview.

  Hiway 80 Rescue Mission ready for long haul this week

Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is a beacon of hope for many people without a warm home in East Texas.

  City of Tyler makes pet safety recommendations, provides pet shelters

Adriana Rodriguez with the City of Tyler joined East Texas Now to share some recommendations for keeping pets safe during the extreme weather.

  Doctors answer COVID-19 questions ranging from vaccines, immunity, and safety for pregnant women

COVID-19 questions show concern for allergic reactions, immunity, the new variant form and advice for expectant mothers

  Tyler Public Library celebrates Black History Month with interactive activities

Librarian, Amy Skipper, joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now to share some interesting activities at the Tyler Public Library for Black History Month.

  Dr. Ed: COVID-19 vaccine likely less effective on transplant patients

Dr. Ed Dominguez answered more viewer questions this week, including inquiries regarding the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine on transplant patients.

  ABC News’ Deborah Roberts talks about Friday night’s Anna Nicole Smith special

On the anniversary of iconic model, actress and reality star Anna Nicole Smith’s death, “20/20” exclusively features her now 14-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, as she visits the most influential places in Anna Nicole’s life for the first time with her father, Larry Birkhead.

  WATCH: ABC political director talks about COVID-19 stimulus package, Trump impeachment trial

During his East Texas Now appearance Thursday, Rick Klein, ABC News’ political director talked about a wide variety of topics related to national politics.

  WATCH: 1 in 3 Foundation offers hope, help for sexual abuse, assault victims

Founder Maya Golden Bethany joined us on East Texas Now to tell us more about the resources for recovery and support offered by the organization.

  ABC’s Ryan Smith discusses investigation of NFL concussions, race

ABC News’ Ryan Smith joined East Texas Now to discuss a special investigation of the disparity in concussion settlements in the NFL.