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  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.

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Karl Rove talks about impeachment inquiry during stop in Tyler

John Nix suspends campaign for Tyler mayor

Texas governor appoints Keven Ellis chair of State Board of Education

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

  UT Tyler hosts local democratic debate focus group

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  WEBXTRA: Could Texas be a swing state in 2020?

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

Tyler businessman, rancher to run against Gohmert for Congress

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 presidential race

  WATCH: Rep. Schaefer discusses upcoming sex exploitation forum

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

  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

For Roger Williams, the annual Congressional Baseball Game is personal

Shanahan withdraws as nominee for defense secretary

  Governor approves new Smith County municipal utility district

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

Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021

  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.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

Ralph Hall, oldest-ever member of U.S. House, dies at 95

Former Rep. Ralph Hall, who served in the U.S. House, has died at age 95.

United Negro College Fund honors Rep. Louie Gohmert

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was honored by The United Negro College Fund on Tuesday for his work to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their students in the 115th Congress.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

East Texas lawmaker files bill to coordinate cybersecurity response for schools

Out of concern for the growing threat of cyber-attacks on independent school districts, Texas State Rep. Jay Dean, R-District 7, announced Friday the filed of House Bill 2689.

Lawmaker files bill to increase access to high-speed internet in rural areas of Texas

The bill would use existing electrical co-op power poles and easements to provide broadband internet to rural areas of Texas.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

LIVE: Michael Cohen testifies in front of House committee

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, is testifying in front of a House committee.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Ex-campaign worker filed lawsuit claiming Trump kissed her without consent; White house issued denial

The woman who filed the lawsuit says then-candidate Donald Trump "grasped her hand and did not let go" and kissed her on the corner of her mouth as she turned slightly away.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

  Sulphur Springs student announces his campaign for City Council

Looking back when you were in high school, you may have felt like you had a lot going on in life, between school, friends, maybe work. One Sulphur Springs student wants to put something extra special on his college application: city councilman.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

  Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

  SOTU: History of addressing the nation

The State of the Union address wasn't always a prime time, televised event.

Governor Greg Abbott delivers 2019 State of the State address

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is set to deliver his annual State of the State address Tuesday morning.

  Electricity restored to NYC jail; Justice Department opens probe

Protesters have gathered outside the facility in recent days following news reports that those housed there have largely been without heat or power for the past week.

Lawmaker files resolution to legalize sports betting in Texas

The Texas House and Senate could take up a measure to legalize sports betting in the state.