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Shreveport mayor announces run for U.S. Senate seat

  WATCH: ABC News’ Rick Klein speaks on President wearing mask, Mary Trump’s new book

  WEBXTRA: Valdez defeats incumbent for top law enforcement seat in Rusk County

UT Tyler poll shows Texas voters favor Biden

  Technical issue omits Smith County constable’s runoff race from some ballots

Smith County early voting begins Monday

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  WATCH: ABC political director comments on the presidential campaign

Harrison County GOP chair stands by post calling Floyd death ‘staged event’

  WATCH: Gov. Greg Abbott discusses property taxes, what’s next for the economy

  WATCH: Jeremy G. Butler talks about Biden accusation

President Trump tweets support for Pete Rose into HOF

  UT Tyler, Dallas Morning News poll shows Biden commanding lead

WATCH LIVE: Impeachment trial continues in the Senate

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is set to resume today at noon.

WATCH LIVE: President Trump’s defense team wraps up arguments in impeachment trial

President Trump’s defense team will wrap up their arguments in his impeachment trial during Tuesday’s session.

WATCH LIVE: President Trump’s defense team argues their case during impeachment trial

President Trump’s impeachment trial continues on Monday has his defense resumes its case.

WATCH: Democrats finish opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial

The Democrats’ opening arguments will come to a close during Friday’s session of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

WATCH: Opening arguments continue in President Trump’s impeachment trial

LIVE: President Trump’s impeachment trial resumes in the Senate

  Temporary injunction ‘invalidates’ votes for opponent in Smith County constable race

Congressman John Ratcliffe releases statement following appointment to President Trump’s impeachment team

  Invalid petition signatures may spell trouble in Smith County constable race

WATCH: House debates articles of impeachment against President Trump

WATCH LIVE: Legal experts testify at President Trump’s impeachment hearing

The House Judiciary Committee will have its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday following the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s report.

  Greta Van Susteren discusses Ukraine ambassador’s testimony, Trump’s tweets on East Texas News

Gray TV Chief Political Analyst and Full Court Press Anchor Greta Van Susteren says that there are two ways to look at impeachment testimony heard thus far.

WATCH LIVE: Sen. Bryan Hughes gives update from trip to Israel

Senator Bryan Hughes will be talking via Facetime with the East Texas Now newsdesk from his trip to Israel.

  WATCH: UT-Tyler professor analyzes impeachment inquiries on East Texas Now

Mark Owens, the Assistant Professor of Poli Sci at UT Tyler will be on East Texas Now to talk about the impeachment inquiries.

Grand jury indicts Henderson ISD trustee accused of putting sugar in opponent’s gas tank

Jonathan Earl Best, 58, of Henderson, is charged with state-jail felony criminal mischief.

Texas’ constitutional amendment election is Tuesday. Here’s what voters will decide.

Texas voters are about to weigh in on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution, which deal with everything from retiring law enforcement animals to the state’s tax code. Voters in three state House districts will also participate in special elections to fill empty seats.

  Commissioners declare Smith County 'sanctuary county’ for gun rights

The motion was brought forward by Pct. 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips.

Texas House Speaker announces he won’t seek re-election after audio scandal

After a growing number of fellow Republicans called for him to step down, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has announced he would not seek re-election, according to the Texas Tribune.

  WATCH: East Texas lawmakers discuss House turmoil, secret recording

House lawmakers are expected to speak with the East Texas Now news desk on Oct. 16 to discuss controversy in the Texas House of Representatives following the release of a secret recording of a conversation between the House Speaker and a conservative activist.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media access to Empower Texans, suggested it target certain Republicans, recording shows

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media access to Empower Texans, suggested it target certain Republicans, recording shows

Full Court Press: Pompeo backs Trump on Syria, distances from Giuliani

Pompeo said Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, was "not on his payroll" when asked about the former New York mayor.

Do you plan to vote in Texas’ November elections? The time to register is now

Texans hoping to participate in the Nov. 5 election have until Oct. 7 to register to vote.

Karl Rove talks about impeachment inquiry during stop in Tyler

Rove addressed a select group of business leaders during breakfast at the UT Tyler Alumni House.

John Nix suspends campaign for Tyler mayor

Tyler mayoral candidate John Nix is suspending his campaign.

Texas governor appoints Keven Ellis chair of State Board of Education

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Keven Ellis, D.C. as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) for a term set to expire on September 16, 2021.

  Democratic debate covered expected issues: immigration, guns, health care

The debate covered the expected topics; how do you think they did?

  UT Tyler hosts local democratic debate focus group

UT Tyler professors hosted a focus group with local democrats during the debate.

  WEBXTRA: Could Texas be a swing state in 2020?

Could Texas be a swing state in 2020? Tonight’s debate in Houston highlights that thought on a diverse college campus in a diverse city.

  WEBXTRA: Texas Southern University transforms basketball arena for democratic presidential debate

The third democratic presidential debate will be in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Tyler businessman, rancher to run against Gohmert for Congress

Rancher and small business owner, Hank Gilbert (D-Tyler), announced his campaign for United States Congress.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 presidential race

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

  WATCH: Rep. Schaefer discusses upcoming sex exploitation forum

Rep. Matt Schaefer joins East Texas Now to discuss an upcoming forum on sex exploitation.

Dustin Burrows resigns as Texas House GOP Caucus chairman amid allegations of targeting Republicans

State Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock has resigned as chair of the Texas House GOP Caucus, according to two people familiar with the matter.

  Watch: Greta Van Susteren talks politics on East Texas Now

Great Van Susteren is the chief national political analyst for Gray Television, Inc speaks with East Texas Now.

McKellar officially becomes newest member of Tyler City Council

Newly-elected Tyler City County District 3 council member Shirley McKellar was sworn into office during a Wednesday ceremony.

Swalwell ends presidential bid

California Rep. Eric Swalwell ended his presidential bid Monday.

  State Rep. Clardy discusses legislative session at chamber event

State Rep. Travis Clardy is set to discuss the 86th Legislative Session with community members Friday during a Nacogdoches County Chamber luncheon.

  Political analyst Greta Van Susteren joins Good Morning East Texas Friday for debate recap

Van Susteren is Gray TV’s chief political analyst.

For Roger Williams, the annual Congressional Baseball Game is personal

The Texan is hoping to leverage a life of elite baseball experience to propel his squad past its vaunted Democratic rivals.

Shanahan withdraws as nominee for defense secretary

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn as a nominee for defense secretary.

  Governor approves new Smith County municipal utility district

Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill authored by an East Texas legislator which would create a new municipal utility district in the southern part of Smith County.

  New law ensures firefighters and EMTs with certain cancers can receive worker’s compensation

A new law ensures worker's compensation for firefighters and EMTs with certain cancers.

Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021

Heading off the prospect of everyone in Texas being able to call themselves a plumber, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its licensing law until 2021 Thursday via an executive order.

  Watch: A conversation with political analyst Greta Van Susteren

Gray’s Chief National Political Analyst Greta Van Susteren sat down with East Texas Now to discuss current happenings in Washington, D.C., her career and upcoming show, “Full Court Press.”

  VIDEO: Sen. Hughes discusses passage of ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill'

This week marked the passage of Senate Bill 1978, known as the ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill.'State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who authored the bill, stopped by the East Texas Now desk Thursday to discuss the law and religious freedom.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs $11.6 billion school finance measure into law

The high-priority bill boosts per-student funding and reduces property taxes across the state.

Governor signs East Texas legislator’s bill removing limit on Texas school marshals

Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill to increase the number of armed faculty in schools which participate in the marshal’s program.

  Governor signs East Texas senator’s bill allowing feral hog kills without license

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill loosening up freedom in Texans’ battle against the feral hog population.

Texas governor signs state ban on red-light traffic cameras

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law banning red-light traffic cameras in the nation's second-largest state

LIVE ON EAST TEXAS NOW: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert talks recent developments in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-TX, stopped by the KLTV/KTRE newsroom Thursday to visit with the East Texas Now desk.

LIVE: Mueller makes public statement on Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to make a public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation on Wednesday.

Governor signs Clardy’s bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed his approval for a law authored by a Nacogdoches state representative which allows those who served in the military to receive credit toward becoming a law enforcement officer.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

Secretary of State David Whitley submitted his resignation letter Monday. He did so just before the Texas Legislature was set to adjourn without taking the confirmation note Whitley needed to keep his job.

Confusion in Smith County GOP politics

Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey sends notice of abandonment of office of Smith County Republican Party Chairman Brent Thompson

LIVE: President Trump to unveil new immigration plan

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his new immigration plan Thursday.

Texas farmers could begin growing hemp under legislation gaining steam in both chambers

Wednesday at the Texas Capitol was hump day — or hemp day, state Sen. Charles Perry joked before the upper chamber unanimously approved a bill that would legalize the farming of industrial hemp in Texas.

East Texas senator’s bill allowing feral hog kills without a license OK’d in both Texas houses

A bill loosening up freedom in Texans’ battle against the feral hog population is one step away from becoming law following the Texas House of Representatives’ approval Tuesday.

WATCH: Sen. Cornyn visits Komatsu in Longview to discuss new law

A U.S. senator for Texas is set to visit a Longview manufacturer Friday to discuss a new act expected to impact the East Texas industry.

Texas Senate approves school finance reform bill, but opts not to fund it with a sales tax hike

The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes.

Senate confirms J. Campbell Barker to fill federal judge vacancy in Tyler

The U.S. Senate has confirmed J. Campbell Barker to fill a federal judge vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate won’t pass bill to lower penalties for marijuana

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate won’t pass bill to lower penalties for marijuana.

Voter identity lawsuit against Texas Secretary of State ends in settlement

The case over questioning voter legitimacy of close to 100,000 voters has been settled.

  Read it here: Attorney General releases redacted Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr released the redacted report made by special counsel Robert Mueller.

  President Trump signs executive action on oil, gas industry

President Donald Trump spoke in Texas today where he announced executive action to boost the oil and gas industry.

Texas Senate passes bill to increase access to high-speed internet in rural areas of state

The plan would be done through the help of thousands of Texas electric cooperatives.

Smith County sheriff looks toward 2020 election, no formal announcement yet

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith is planning to running for re-election.

U.S. House committee investigating Texas voter roll review

The U.S. House’s main investigative committee has opened an inquiry into the Texas secretary of state’s review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.