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SWEPCO’s Report On Sunday’s Power Outages

A power outage that affected 85,000 East Texas customers Sunday was caused by an overload on part of the power grid after vegetation came into contact with two major power lines, according to a preliminary investigation by SWEPCO. Initial reports show the first high-voltage power line came into contact with ...

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Burn Bans Enacted In Two ET Counties

Two East Texas counties have issued bans on outdoor burning. Counties of Rusk and Henderson issued the bans because of the hottest stretch of the summer, which included multiple days over 100 degrees. The bans prohibit outside burning of any kind.

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New Texas Law Raises Age For Smoking And Vaping

A new Texas law goes into effect on September 1. It raises the legal age for smoking or vaping to 21. Those in the military may still legally smoke at the age of 18. Recent studies show that 12% of Texas High School students smoke cigarettes and 19% use vaping products. ...

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North Texas School Bus Driver Arrested

Ruben Castillo Mesquite Police Department Photo A Mesquite ISD bus driver was arrested on Tuesday for solicitation of a minor. Officials charged 63-year-old Ruben Castillo with criminal solicitation of a minor to commit sexual assault of a child. He had been with the district for 11 years.

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Texas Cities Recovering From Ransomware Attack

Some of the 22 Texas cities, including Sulphur Springs, that was targeted by a coordinated ransomware attack have recovered and are operating normally. The Texas Department of Information Resources also lowered the number of cities that were attacked from 23 to 22. Authorities believe all of the attacks originated from ...

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Separation Agreement Between Paris And Former City Manager

John Godwin A separation agreement has reportedly been reached between former Paris City Manager John Godwin and the city council. Godwin, who was suspended with pay last week by the council, resigned at Monday night’s meeting. Details on the separation agreement are expected to be made public when it is ...

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Jury Selection Slated For Lamar County Sexual Assault Case

Jury selection is slated to begin this morning in Lamar County in the sexual abuse case of 40-year-old Lonnie O’Neal, of Sumner. O’Neal was indicted in March for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child under the age of 14 and Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact. Testimony in the ...

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Sports 08.21.19

By Collins Knighten The Texas Rangers split a double-header with the Angels yesterday, losing game one, 5-1. They came back in an 11 inning Game 2, 3-2, thanks to Delino DeShields racing home from second base with the winning run. The two teams play Game 4 of the series tonight ...

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“Brunch And Learn” In Paris

The City of Paris is hosting a free eight-week program on how to manage your health. The “Brunch and Learn” programs are short nutrition lessons and cooking demos to help maintain a healthier lifestyle. They will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at Oak Park Gym, 2515 Bonham, ...

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