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

Pct. 1 Constable Bobby Garmon filed a lawsuit on Jan. 9 hoping to keep Mims’ name off the Democratic Party primary ballot in March.

Texas governor to honor man who killed church shooter

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

  Smith County looks to ‘better performance’ in future elections

Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat

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

Election Day ballots feature 10 constitutional amendments, three vacant Texas House seats

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  WEBXTRA: Prop 10 would change classification of law enforcement animals after retirement

New law requires uniform hours of operation at temporary polling places

  WATCH: East Texas lawmakers discuss House turmoil, secret recording

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

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

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

  WEBXTRA: Could Texas be a swing state in 2020?

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

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 presidential race

Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program ends next month. Here’s what that means for you.

  Starting Sep. 1st, electronic transmission of sexually explicit material will be illegal

Pastor who lost child in Texas church attack runs for office

A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among more than two dozen people killed during a mass shooting at his church in 2017 says he's running for the state Legislature

Texas governor meets with tech officials about quelling hate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans

  Gregg County commissioners approve new voting machines

Gregg County commissioners on Monday approved updating the county’s voting equipment.

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a new secretary of state after his previous elections chief appointee resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of tens of thousands of voters

Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick receives stent after heart blockage

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has had a stent inserted in his chest after experiencing a heart blockage Thursday evening

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.

Governor forms new anti-terrorism unit after El Paso attack

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is adding manpower to gang investigations surrounding white nationalist groups in the wake of the El Paso shooting that left 22 people dead

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Texas House committee to investigate allegations against Speaker Dennis Bonnen

The House General Investigating Committee, which holds subpoena power, will review allegations that Bonnen offered media credentials to a conservative group if it targeted 10 GOP lawmakers in the upcoming election.

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.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Shanahan withdraws as nominee for defense secretary

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

  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.”

Trump administration reviewing foreign money to US colleges

The U.S. Education Department is opening investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as the Trump administration increases its scrutiny of international money flowing to American colleges.

  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.

  Sam’s Law will benefit students across the state; give parents peace of mind

Sam's Law will benefit students across the state who suffer from seizures.

Governor Abbott signs Amarillo representative’s bill that aims to provide mental health services to students

Amarillo representative Four Price's House Bill 18 was signed by Governor Abbott and is intended to give additional mental health services to students in Texas public schools.

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.

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.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

The embattled Texas elections chief who questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters has resigned ahead of being forced out of office.

Bill known as ‘Sam’s Law’ heading to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk

The Texas House and Senate voted unanimous approval today on a bill that mandates seizure response training for all public school employees.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

  Bill to remove limit on Texas school marshals passes senate

New bill will remove limits on how many armed school marshals can serve on campuses.

Lauren’s Law passes final hurdle, headed to Governor Abbott

The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.

Texas’ legislative leaders say they have a deal on school finance and property tax reform

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced they have finalized the details of the three bills that will accomplish their top policy goals.

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

If the House approves changes made by the upper chamber, the bill will head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state.

Texas House passes bill allowing handgun owners to carry weapons in church

Consideration of the bill comes more than a year after a gunman killed 26 in a Sutherland Springs church.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

  Smith Co. sheriff Larry Smith announces bid for re-election

The Smith County Sheriff has announced his intention to run for a third term as sheriff of the county.

LIVE: President Trump to unveil new immigration plan

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

U.S. China trade negotiations impacts West Texas cotton industry

Trade negotiations between the United States and China halted this week, forcing many American industries to face uncertainty, including agriculture.

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.

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.

  Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery at a medical center in Americus, Georgia.

Former first lady Laura Bush’s mother dies in Texas at 99

Jenna Welch, the mother of former first lady Laura Bush, has died in Texas. She was 99.

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.

City councilman announces intentions to run for mayor of Tyler in 2020

I’ve been on council for 5 years, and I’ve got more to do,” said Warren. “I want to serve the people who live here.”

Texas House passes bill sponsored by ETX rep to ease requirements for plumbing careers

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to make pursuing a career in the plumbing industry easier for Texans.

Congressman’s ex-aide says she was fired for being pregnant

A former senior aide to U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar has filed a lawsuit against the Texas Democrat that claims she was wrongly fired for being pregnant

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.

Electric scooters could soon be kicked off Texas sidewalks, if state Senate gets its way

Texans could soon be banned from riding electric scooters along sidewalks in the cities where the divisive devices have recently popped up. The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would add that prohibition and require that scooter users be at least 16 years old.

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 will end its botched voter citizenship review and rescind its list of flagged voters

The state had questioned the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, but many naturalized citizens turned out to be on the list.

New bills would stop Daylight Saving Time in Texas

A new bill that would get rid of the twice a year clock change is receiving mixed reviews.

From “baseless” to “damning portrait”: Texans in Congress react to the Mueller Report along party lines

The handful of Republican Texas officials who offered statements said the report definitively proved there was no obstruction. Some Democrats suggested Congress should launch its own inquiry.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

  Read it here: Attorney General releases redacted Mueller report

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

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.