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Black bear sightings increase in East Texas

Texas hunters should make sure that they know their targets as hogs and bears can look very similar from a distance. Black bears are currently a protected species in Texas.

Gov. Abbott closing bars at noon, reduces restaurant capacity

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott speaks to East Texas News about ‘pausing reopening’ in wake of COVID-19 increases

DPS arrests suspect in Austin for felony criminal mischief, damage caused to state capitol

Gov. Greg Abbott bans elective surgeries in four of Texas’ biggest counties to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients

National Nuclear Security Administration not renewing CNS contract for Pantex Plant

Gov. Abbott suspends elective surgeries in 4 counties

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Texas’ Hispanic population grew by 2 million in the past decade, on pace to be largest share of state by 2021

New York imposes travel restrictions on visitors from Texas, the latest coronavirus hot spot

TEA accidentally publishes fall reopening guidelines, educators say “more work needs to be done”

Texas Tech issues mandatory face mask policy for all faculty, staff and students

Free masks going to all Texans who participate in state-run COVID-19 testing

Texas to impose new safety rules for child care centers due to increase in coronavirus cases

Palo Duro Canyon recovering after taking a hit by COVID-19 pandemic

Palo Duro Canyon is one of the state parks that does not have a capacity, but all that changed once the pandemic hit.

Gov. Abbott enables local authorities to impose tighter restrictions on large gatherings

As COVID-19 cases rise in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has expanded the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of over 100 people.

Roofing companies, homeowners may now face criminal penalties for waiving deductibles on roofing repairs, replacements

A relatively new law makes waiving deductibles for roofing repairs and replacements a crime for companies and possibly home owners.

  Army suspects foul play in disappearance of 20-year-old Ft. Hood soldier

She was last seen in the parking lot of her 3rd Cavalry Regiment Engineer Squadron Headquarters.

DSHS distributing 13 additional cases of antiviral drug to 8 East Texas hospitals

Dust from the Sahara Desert is heading for the US

Child killed in motor vehicle accident at Lake Mackenzie over the weekend

  Yikes! Texas couple finds massive spider outside apartment door

Search for missing Fort Hood soldier focused on river

Governor Abbott announces $123.6 billion economic impact of military bases in Texas

Officials: 5 hurt in early morning shooting in Texas capital

Officials in Texas’ capital say at least five people were wounded in an early morning shooting.

Update: Infant girl in Texas found safe, Amber Alert canceled

An Amber alert has been issued for a missing one-month-old Texas baby believed to be in grave danger.

Snake bites in Texas Panhandle up 40 percent from last year

With this evening being an exception, the Panhandle has experienced a very hot and dry spring, resulting in more snakes on the hunt for water.

Skeletal remains discovered in field are those of missing Ft. Hood soldier Gregory Wedel Morales

The soldier’s mother was devastated after she received confirmation from Fort Hood.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Texas woman rescued from home seconds before it collapsed during storm

A dramatic rescue was caught on camera Wednesday during the storms that battered the south plains. In Brownfield, Ebonea Elmore was sheltering in place as her home was ripped apart from the high winds. She called 911 for help.

MLB’s Texas Rangers face pressure to change name amid scrutiny over symbols, historical figures

A Chicago Tribune columnist argued Thursday, Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers should change their team name because of its ties to brutality and racism.

Affidavit reveals details after Texas infant found dead in car in Red River

An affidavit obtained by KXII in Sherman Wednesday revealed new details in the death of a 3-month-old baby in Gainesville, leaving the child’s father charged with capital murder charges.

Electra teenager makes letters of encouragement

Jennifer has delivered letters to residents, businesses, and even the police station

Texas students will return to school campuses this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott tells lawmakers

Texas students will be returning to public schools in person this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers Thursday morning.

School administrators, coaches optimistic in UIL’s decision to allow Friday broadcasts

The University Interscholastic League’s executive director has announced high school football games can be streamed for the 2020 season only.

  TEA funding to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown not ‘additional’ money

Tyler Independent School District will receive more than $4 million in grants under the CARES Act passed by Congress and administered by the Texas Education Agency. KLTVs Alex Leroux spoke to Superintendent Marty Crawford about the funding the district is getting from the state. It isn’t supplement

Texas A&M announces task force to weigh removing statue of Sul Ross, Confederate general and former governor

An ongoing struggle between Texas A&M students and university officials over a Confederate statue on campus has reached new heights in recent weeks.

Bexar County requires face masks in businesses as coronavirus surges, possibly paving the way for other counties

The directive by the Bexar County judge requires businesses to mandate masks. But the fine for violations would be applied to the business instead of the individual. Dallas County says it's looking into a similar order.

Grass fire in Hartley County estimated 315 acres, 100% contained

Texas A&M Forest Service is responding to a request for assistance with an estimated 200 acre grass fire south of Boys Ranch.

TABC: Bars, Restaurants warned to follow Governor’s order or face license suspension

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has issued a warning to all bar and restaurant operators to follow state protocols in light of COVID-19 concerns, or face their license being suspended.

Gov. Greg Abbott points to “abundant” hospital capacity as Texas continues with business reopenings

Gov. Greg Abbott continued to tout Texas’ hospital capacity as plentiful Tuesday as hospitalizations due to the new coronavirus hit new highs and the state presses forward with business reopenings.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blames people in their 20s for the latest increases in coronavirus

Texans under the age of 30 are testing positively for the new coronavirus at a higher rate, leading to a recent spike in the number of cases in the state, Gov. Greg Abbott said during a press conference addressing hospital capacity on Tuesday.

Years after a judge ordered fixes, Texas’ child welfare system continues to expose children to harm, federal monitors say

Two independent experts appointed to scrutinize the system described “a disjointed and dangerous child protection system ... where harm to children is at times overlooked, ignored or forgotten.”

‘Find the people who did this’: Amarillo ice cream man still hospitalized after shooting

Amarillo police are investigating a shooting last week that left an ice cream vendor in the hospital.

New execution dates set for federal inmates on death row

Attorney General William Barr directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions, beginning in mid-July, of four inmates convicted of killing children.

Texas congressmen introduce bill to designate I-27 extension as federal highway

The bill, introduced by Representative Jodey Arrington of Lubbock and Representative Henry Cuellar of Laredo, is deemed the Ports-to-Plains Highway Act of 2020. The Ports-to-Plains Alliance has worked for more than two decades on extending the Interstate.

Reversing course, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn signals openness to removing Confederate names from military bases

After initially resisting the idea of changing Fort Hood’s name, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn indicated Friday afternoon that he is more open to changing the names of military bases named for Confederate leaders.

Monday is your deadline to register to vote in the Texas primary runoff

Texans who want to vote in the upcoming Texas primary runoff election have until Monday, to register.

8 people shot outside San Antonio bar, police looking for shooter

At least eight people have been shot outside a San Antonio bar Friday night and police are still searching for the shooter.

Hundreds gather to push for answers about missing Fort Hood soldier

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Female Veterans Day Friday to push for answers about a Fort Hood soldier missing for 52 days whose fate remains a mystery

William Sessions, FBI head fired by President Clinton, dies

Sessions was a career Justice Department attorney and federal judge until Reagan appointed him FBI director in 1987.

Amarillo’s alcohol use increasing due to stress, recovery services being closed

Loss of jobs, fear of getting sick or loved ones catching the virus are just some stressors many are dealing with during this time.

Border Patrol arrests Lubbock couple with $1.7 million in heroin, meth

A Lubbock man and woman were arrested at the Hidalgo International Bridge by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on June 10, 2020 after officers found 77 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and nearly five pounds of heroin hidden in the vehicle they were driving.

Black University of Texas athletes call for change

University of Texas student-athletes are hoping their voices will be heard as they ask for changes to bring about diversity.

Restaurants can open at 75% occupancy starting June 12, 2020

Effective June 12, 2020 restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 75% of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant. This applies only to restaurants that have less than 51% of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages. Restaurants may continue to provide to-go or delivery services.

Legally blind man defending his home shoots suspected burglar

One person was shot after an attempted break-in Wednesday night in Central Lubbock.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn resistant to renaming Fort Hood, military base named after a Confederate general

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn expressed resistance to the idea of changing the name of Fort Hood, a massive Texas military base named after a Confederate military leader, as calls nationwide mount to remove monuments and rename bases named for memorializing Confederate leaders.

  WATCH: Sam Houston State’s Dr. Lisa Brown discusses CDC ambassadorship

An associate professor in the Sam Houston State University College of Education joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now to discuss an honor she recently received.

Amarillo woman indicted for murder of her husband

Brittney Carter is facing a murder charge in the death of her husband, 25-year-old Aaron Carter.

‘Live PD’ dropped by A&E on heels of ‘Cops’ cancellation

The cancellation follows weeks of protests inspired by the death of George Floyd, as well as a report that a camera crew from the show filmed but never aired or shared video of a black man who died after he was restrained by police.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center opens first headache clinic

Those in Amarillo struggling with constant headaches and migraines will no longer have to travel far to visit a headache clinic.

  WATCH: Gov. Abbott, Nolan Ryan release COVID-19 PSA: ‘Don’t Be A Knucklehead’

The Office of Gov. Greg Abbott teamed up with baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan to release a COVID-19 PSA.

  Trump: No change at bases named for Confederate officers

Supporters of disassociating military bases from Confederate Army officers argue that they represent the racism and divisiveness of the Civil War era and glorify men who fought against the United States.

Sully statue on Texas A&M campus found defaced with graffiti

An iconic but controversial landmark on the Texas A&M campus was found defaced with graffiti Wednesday morning.

Amarillo hospitals beginning ‘rebuilding process’ as COVID-19 burden trends downward

As Amarillo continues the process of reopening, local hospitals are beginning to return to normal operations.

Bell, Boeing reaches milestone with 400th delivery of the V-22 Osprey

On June 2, the U.S. Air Force Special Operations command received the CV-22, a variant of the V-22 Osprey, according to the news release.

Amarillo man accused of participating in online child porn rings

An Amarillo man faces federal charges after court documents say he is accused of participating in child pornography rings.

Texas Tech announces plans to return to campus in the fall

Officials with Texas Tech University announced their plans to return to campus in the Fall of 2020. TTU outlined its Texas Tech Commitment initiative, detailing procedures to ensure a safe return to campus for students.

Man faces charges of stealing nearly $280,000 in agriculture insurance money in Tx Panhandle

A man faces federal charges after court documents say he embezzled nearly $280,000 in agriculture insurance money.

Carson County fire considered 2,400 acres, 90% contained

The fire in Carson County that broke out Tuesday is now estimated to be 2,400 acres and 90 percent contained.

  `He is going to change the world': Funeral held for Floyd

Floyd’s death sparked international protests and drew new attention to the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. by police and the criminal justice system.

Red Raider alum confirmed to be next Air Force Chief of Staff

The current Commander of Pacific Air Forces and 1984 Texas Tech Graduate, General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., has been confirmed to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff, according to Sec. of Defense Mark Esper.

Feds seek $225M fine for pair who made a billion robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission said John Spiller and Jakob Mears made the calls through two businesses.

  Army considers renaming installations bearing names of Confederate commanders

There is a chance Army installations named after Confederate military commanders could undergo a name change.

Amarillo College named Top 10 finalist for $1 million Aspen Prize

Amarillo College has been named among the Top 10 community colleges in the nation.

Wayland Baptist University no longer requiring entrance exams

Wayland Baptist University will no longer require the ACT, SAT or CLT college entrance exam for admission to the university.

  Texas man’s in-custody death after confrontation filmed for police show raises key questions

Police video and documents released more than a year after the in-custody death of a black man in Texas show that sheriff’s deputies repeatedly used a stun gun on him, despite multiple pleas that he couldn’t breathe following a chase after he failed to dim his headlights.

Army analyst, 5 family members found dead in possible murder-suicide in Texas

Police arrived on the scene in the San Antonio home and detected carbon monoxide inside.

7-month-old boy in Texas found safe, Amber Alert canceled

A 7-month old boy that was allegedly abducted and the subject of a statewide Amber Alert in Texas on Monday has been found safe, police said.

  Thousands mourn George Floyd in Texas amid calls for reform

His body was escorted to what organizers say will be a six-hour public viewing that was expected to draw thousands of mourners.

Rescue calls increase at Palo Duro Canyon State Park as weather heats up

We are now entering the hottest time of the year, and residents need to be cautious when out at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Bobby Moore’s death sentence is changed to life in prison after lengthy court fights over intellectual disability

Bobby Moore has been on Texas' death row for 39 years. On Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals officially changed his death sentence to one of life in prison, ending a yearslong battle between the high courts in Texas and the nation.

TTU Athletic Dept. confirms positive COVID-19 test results in men’s basketball program

The Texas Tech athletic department has confirmed recent positive tests for COVID-19 within the men’s basketball program.