A nearly decade-long land dispute between the Federal Bureau of Land Management and private property owners along the Red River has ended in a settlement favoring the landowners.  

While national numbers for hate crime were up in 2016, numbers for Texas showed a slight drop.


On Nov. 7, Texas voters will decide what to do with seven proposed amendments to the state Constitution. It is an uncommonly uncontroversial set of bills that have generated almost no enemies.

Here’s a rundown of what those propositions are and what they mean.

On Tuesday, Texas voters will decide whether to approve seven amendments to the state Constitution. One measure, Proposition 2, looks to make it easier for Texas homeowners to borrow against home equity. The proposition lowers fees for tapping into home equity loans and lowers financial limits on borrowers who want to refinance.


Almost five months after an outbreak of cyclospora parasites started making Texans sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still don’t know exactly why. 

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After eight terms in the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Larry Phillips (R-62nd) will end his time in office next year.

Photo courtesy Trident Lakes
Photo courtesy Trident Lakes

Trident Lakes, the Ector-based community designed for upscale living with extreme survivalist security measures plans to double in size in the wake of recent global events.

No Gas Shortage, But People Panic Anyway

Aug 31, 2017
The mobile app GasBuddy, which accepts consumer reports of gasoline prices at various locations, is one way that people have been tracking the recent rise in gasoline prices.
Mark Haslett

Fears of a gasoline shortage in Texas that began Wednesday night led to a consumer panic that continued across the region through Thursday. However, state officials urged people not to hoard gasoline, and to be patient with the current price spike related to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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A survey by the Texas Tribune finds that several Texas members of Congress oppose President Trump’s assertion that both left-wing and right-wing activists were to blame for last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.

But half of the state’s federal lawmakers have chosen to remain mum.


Over the past month, The Texas Department of State Health Services has seen a spike in the intestinal illness that comes from consuming food or water contaminated with Cyclospora parasites.

Mount Pleasant Republican Thomas Ratliff
State of Texas

Thomas Ratliff, who has represented Northeast Texas on the Texas State Board of Education since 2011, chose not to run for re-election in this year's Republican Party primary election. The top two finishers in that contest - Mary Lou Bruner and Keven M. Ellis - will face one another in a May 24 runoff election, as neither candidate won a majority of the March 1 vote. Ratliff is candid in his concerns about Bruner, who he sees as someone who would be a "distraction" on the 15-member body that manages the state's Permanent School Funs and sets textbook standards for the state's public schools.

In the patchwork of insurance coverage, a hospital can be "in network," but still offer "out of network" services.

There’s a new law in Texas that could help people who receive unexpectedly high medical bills due to inconsistencies in their health insurance policy.

Satellite view of US Highway 271

According to authorities the bridge on US Highway 271 crossing from Lamar County over the Red River into Oklahoma will close at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 due to rising waters.

Paris Junior College has campuses in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs.
Paris Junior College

After enrollment in Texas community colleges peaked at 732,681 in 2011, that number has dropped to 694,881 as of fall 2014. That decline means fewer total hours spent in classrooms, which is the criterion used by the state to fund community colleges. Paris Junior College has made significant budget cuts since the 2011 legislature made enormous cuts to community college budgets. Paris Junior College president Dr. Pamela Anglin says that PJC's funding should remain close to that which was allocated by the 2013 legislature.

Campbell Soup is a major employer in Lamar County.

Campbell Soup Co. said it has started a voluntary early-retirement program for certain U.S.-based salaried employees as part of its efforts to reduce costs, according to a report.

Campbell operates a production facility in Paris, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2014. The Paris location, one of three domestic production facilities for the multinational corporation, employs more than 900 people.