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Texas lawmakers will enter the legislative session this week with an estimated $112.5 billion available to allocate for general-purpose spending in the next two-year state budget, a number that’s down slightly from the current budget but is significantly higher than what was estimated this summer when the coronavirus began to devastate the economy.

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After a rugged and seemingly endless 2020, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. We are not done yet, but with vaccination programs ongoing and the disease and effective treatments better understood, we should be able to establish a new normal at some point in …

The unemployment rate in Texas rose to 8.1 percent in November, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. That’s an increase from the state’s October rate of 6.9 percent as Texas, whose businesses have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, experienced another surge in infections. But the n…

Texas public school students will still take the STAAR test this spring, but the state will not give the schools and districts A-F ratings based on their results this year, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.

Kilgore city council members voted Tuesday to approve a resolution seeking additional time to review a proposed rate increase by local utility and power company SWEPCO (Southwestern Electric Power Company).

The Kilgore Rotary Club welcomed Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian to their weekly meeting Wednesday, as the commissioner attended via Zoom call to talk about issues related to oil and gas in the state.

The state of the economy is inevitably a central issue in presidential campaigns, debates, and elections.

Kilgore College looks to put a bit of a scare into visitors as it will host the second annual “KilGORE Horror Movie Festival” Oct. 26-31 in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.

Information System Technician 2nd Class Daniel Happle, of Kilgore, is shown aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) on Aug. 17. Halsey is conducting operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (D…

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation extending the early voting period for the November 3rd Election by nearly a week. Under this proclamation, early voting by personal appearance will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and continue through Friday, October 30, 2020.

CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases.

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government did not release 100 immigrant children detained with their parents despite this week’s deadline set by a judge who had described family detention centers as “on fire” due to the threat of the coronavirus.

As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged this spring, college campuses across the United States swiftly sent students home in droves and switched to online distance learning. The quick transition came with hopes and expectations that things would be largely back to normal by the fall. However, such …

AUSTIN — With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

AUSTIN — In line with signals from the White House to restart the nation’s economy, Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17 issued executive orders to move the Lone Star State toward normalizing citizens’ activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Since the beginning of 2020, oil prices have fallen from the upper $50s per barrel to $20 or less. Needless to say, the fallout has dramatically hit major production areas, including those in Texas. A recent agreement between OPEC, Russia, the United States, and other nations is a clear step…

(AUSTIN) — As the nation continues to shelter in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is urging Texans to shop online or practice strict social distancing measures for in-store purchases during the sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. The pri…

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

Severe weather struck Kilgore and East Texas Easter Sunday, though reports indicate local damage was not severe.

“Everybody has a plan – until they get punched in the mouth.”

- Mike Tyson, former world heavyweight boxing champion.

Don’t be offended that I quoted Mike Tyson. It’s just that that’s probably my favorite sports-related quote of all time, and I needed a laugh on Friday afternoon as I wrote this.