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Big Tex Choice Award finalists offer creative combinations for all tastes

  Kurt Cobain royalty check from 28 years ago found in record store

Country singer Kylie Rae Harris dies in New Mexico crash

Longview arts district receives Texas Cultural District designation

Alex Trebek is back at work on ‘Jeopardy!’

  Maker of one of Prince’s most-iconic guitars fights to keep his design

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Actor McConaughey named professor at University of Texas

  Liberty Hall temporarily closed while planned renovations get underway

Disney announces EPCOT overhaul

Singer Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer

  Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

  NASA names Mars rock after the Rolling Stones

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her old songs

Swift said she plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun.

Sign language interpreter steals show from rapper Twista

Amber Galloway Gallego has some lightning-fast moves to go along with the rapper’s high-speed lyrics.

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use

Elton John took to social media to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel despite their devotion to eco-causes.

  Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary to introduce three tiger cubs to public

Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary has become the new home for three five-month-old tiger cubs.

Adorable photo shows group of service dogs attending ‘Billy Elliot’ theater production in Canada

‘Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda dies at age 79

Women: Opera’s Domingo abused power to sexually harass them

East Texas Idol: Want to give it a shot?

White Sox, Yankees to play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020

Literacy Council puts ‘fun’ in fundraising with annual Tyler spelling bee competition

  Kilgore’s Texan Theater gets new sidewalk to increase accessibility

A concrete sidewalk has been put in along the north side of the building.

Hiker scares away mountain lion with Metallica

Dee Gallant was out hiking late last month when she “felt a funny feeling.” She turned around to find a big cat stalking her and her dog Murphy.

Rare, 1st edition Harry Potter book sells for $34,000

The rare book had just been sitting - half-forgotten - in a closet until its owner realized she might be able to sell it to pay for a new bathroom.

  ‘Shrek: The Musical’ to open at Lake Country Playhouse

'Shrek: The Musical' to open in Mineola, Texas.

Towering Broadway director and producer Hal Prince dead

Prince pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Cabaret," ''Company" and "Sweeney Todd." He won 21 Tony Awards,

Elton John marks nearly 3 decades of sobriety

The artist is nearly 30 years sober. He posted a picture of his Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety coin to social media.

Lil Nas X sets new Billboard record for most weeks at No.1

Lil Nas X sets a record this week as his country-trap song spends its 17th week on top of the Hot 100 chart.

  WATCH: Mr. Z the Zebra prepares for the Great Texas Balloon Race

There are six new special shapes scheduled to make an appearance in 2019 (and we love them!)

Rutger Hauer, known for ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘The Hitcher’ and ‘Ladyhawke,' dead at 75

The Dutch actor died at his home in the Netherlands.

  Watch: Billy Joel invites blind, 14-year-old pianist to join him on Madison Square Garden stage

Ahead of his July 11 concert at The Garden, the pop star invited Logan on stage to play his piano.

Former KLTV news anchor writes song to commemorate first moon landing

As the country commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, Devin Scillian is reflecting on his song inspired by the iconic moment in history.

Whitehouse native Pat Mahomes tops ratings of all NFL QBs in Madden NFL 20

It took Mahomes one full NFL season to earn a rating higher than even Tom Brady.

Rock ‘n’ roll: Heavy metal fans help man in wheelchair crowd surf

Metal fans at Spain’s Resurrection Fest showed their compassion and inclusive-partying spirit last weekend, hoisting a man in a wheelchair into the air so he could crowd surf.

Kids Station in Longview schedules last play date

Kids Station closing August 18.

  Terry Crews looking to be cast as King Triton in live action “Little Mermaid”

Actor Terry Crews took to Twitter to campaign himself for the role of King Triton in the remake of "The Little Mermaid" after African-American singer Halle Bailey was announced to star as Ariel.

Garth Brooks announces ‘Dive Bar’ tour. Anyone surprised?

Garth Brooks announced a surprise, seven-city “Dive Bar” tour this week. It’s inspired by his new song with Blake Shelton of the same name.

  Fourth of July events blasting across East Texas

Independence Day will fall on a Thursday this year but that’s not going to hinder a night of festive fireworks for anyone. Fireworks shows will be popping off at several locations in East Texas.

  Lighting designer sets mood for Texas Shakespeare Festival

Mostly, she sits in the dark, which is ironic considering all she does is light.

Carrie Underwood’s baby loves her singing. Dad’s, not so much

Jacob Bryan, the 5-month-old baby of singer Carrie Underwood and former NHL player Mike Fisher, clearly prefers one parent to the other when it comes to singing.

  Plaza Tower mural artist wins ‘People’s Choice’ award for construction barricade painting

The Plaza Tower building in downtown Tyler is under renovations. While it is, construction barricades are in place along the front of the building facing the square.

  Longview Swing Dance Association invites you to swing by, have some fun

A visit with members of the Longview Swing Dance Association might make you feel like dancing the night away; Tuesday night, at least.

  ‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

A decade after seemingly wrapping up "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem.

  Church hosts concert to benefit 11 year old with glioma

A concert benefiting an 11 year old boy with Glioma is tomorrow night at the Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church, in Gilmer.

  Webxtra: Benefit concert for Caden

Benefit concert for Caden's medical expences.

Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise to a fight on Twitter

The 25-year-old singer tweeted the challenge to the 56-year-old actor on Sunday evening.

  New Orleans musician Dr. John dies at 77

Dr. John had a Top 10 hit with “Right Place, Wrong Time,” collaborated with numerous top-tier rockers, won multiple Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Country singer Granger Smith’s son dies in ‘tragic accident’

The ‘Background Song’ singer didn’t say how his 3-year-old son died.

  UT-Tyler Cowan Center unveils 2019-20 season

The UT-Tyler Cowan Center is unveiling their lineup for the upcoming season Thursday.

East Texas artists nominated for Texas Country Music Awards

Two singers from East Texas have been nominated for the 2019 Texas Country Music Awards.

  Parade set to honor ‘American Idol’ star Laci Kaye Booth

A parade is planned in honor of ‘American Idol’ contestant Laci Kaye Booth.

‘Jeopardy!’ powerhouse James Holzhauer’s loss ends near record-breaking run

Holzhauer was just $60,000 shy of Ken Jenning’s record winnings of $2,522,700.

  Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett

The approximately 460-pages of new documents show detectives investigating Smollett's claim he was the victim of a hate crime were told by Cook County prosecutors a deal with Smollett could include a $10,000 fine and community service.

  Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman

Variety said the star of the “Twilight” series is the top choice for the new film based on DC Comics’ Caped Crusader.

Singer Leon Redbone dies at 69

Leon Redbone, a singer who reveled in the ragtime music of vaudeville with his gravelly voice, died early Thursday. He was 69.

  Netflix will ‘rethink’ Georgia shoots if abortion law holds

Netflix is rethinking production in Georgia after the state's heartbeat bill was signed by the governor.

  WATCH: We take Six Flags’ ‘El Diablo’ coaster for a spin

Join us as we take Six Flags' newest coaster, El Diablo, for a spin!

Thousands sign petition to make Danny Devito next Wolverine

Lots of folks are getting a good laugh at signing a petition to make Danny Devito the next Wolverine.

  ‘Stranger Things’: New Coke, from 1985, to make comeback on TV show

Season 3 of the show will take place in the summer of 1985, when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke. New Coke was considered one of the biggest marketing blunders of all time.

  ‘Game of Thrones': Water bottles join coffee cup in guest-starring roles

The series finale of “Game of Thrones” treated fans to another visual faux pas as two modern-day water bottles showed up in one of the scenes.

  Hollywood icon Doris Day’s legacy lives on at East Texas equine center

A horse rescue and adoption center in Murchison was opened in Doris Day's name in 2011.

  Mick Jagger back with Rolling Stones after illness to start North American tour

Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored, but those who can't attend can get refunds by accessing their Ticketmaster accounts.

  Comedy actor Tim Conway dies at age 85

Conway won several Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his work. In 1989, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mr. Ratburn from ‘Arthur’ comes out as gay and gets married on season premiere of PBS Kids show

The 22nd season of the PBS show kicks off with a memorable episode.

  Disney takes over Hulu in deal with Comcast

Disney may bundle Hulu with its upcoming kids-focused streaming service, Disney Plus, and its sports service, ESPN Plus, executives said last week.

  East Texas singer Laci Kaye Booth’s successful ‘Idol’ run ends at Top 4

After making it into the Top 5, Livingston’s Laci Kaye Booth is continuing her journey on “American Idol" with new optimism.

Former Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith stars in a new true-crime series

Six-part series features former Sheriff J.B. Smith in Lone Star Justice

  ‘Game of Thrones’: What was a Starbucks coffee cup doing on the show?

During the first 20 minutes of Sunday night’s episode, sharp-eyed fans spotted what looks like a Starbucks to-go cup on a banquet table.

‘Idol’ contestant Laci Kaye Booth moves on after making Top 5

East Texas native Laci Kaye Booth is continuing her journey on American Idol after making the Top 5!

Piney Woods Wine Festival features 20 local wineries

9th Annual Piney Woods Wine Festival in Lindale, Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11

Nirvana drummer, founding member of Foo Fighters Dave Grohl spotted at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

A world-famous musician stopped by an East Texas barbecue spot for some famous grub.

Kids’ suicides spiked after Netflix’s ′13 Reasons Why,' study finds

The study published Monday can't prove that the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" was the cause, but there were 195 more youth suicides than would have been expected in the nine months following the show's March 2017 release, given historical and seasonal suicide trends, the study estimated.

TOP 6: East Texas native Laci Kaye Booth moves forward on ‘American Idol’

Livingston native Laci Kaye Booth is one step closer to becoming the next “American Idol.”

Google ‘Thanos’ and see what happens

Google rolls out “Easter eggs” for major events and “Avengers: Endgame” is no exception

John Singleton of ‘Boys N the Hood’ in coma after stroke

In 1992, Singleton became the youngest person, and the first African American, to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.

City council approves Longview indoor golf center

The Longview City Council has unanimously approved a measure clearing the way for an indoor golf center.

  WATCH: East Texas ‘Idol’ contestant Riley Thompson chats about making Top 14

East Texas native and “American Idol” contestant Riley Thompson will be chatting with the East Texas Now newsdesk Tuesday morning.

TOP 14: Two East Texas ‘Idol’ contestants shine during All-Star Duets

Two young ladies are representing East Texas as they continue their journey on American Idol.

‘Back the Bluebonnet’ challenge has Texas law enforcement playing in meadows, frolicking in fields

The #BacktheBlueBonnet challenge has public servants and emergency responders pausing to smell the flowers