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Views mixed on impact of new State Highway 195 route around Florence

Views mixed on impact of new State Highway 195 route around Florence

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FLORENCE — Sitting at the Florence Diner with his wife, Steven Salfelder said he didn’t think the new overpass would change much, especially in the long run.

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Christmastime evokes warm memories

Christmastime evokes warm memories

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TEMPLE — Sometimes, memories bring warmth and joy to people at Christmas.

Killeen asking residents to sign up for alerts

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Killeen is asking residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

Longtime KISD educator Thomas remembered by peers, former students

Longtime KISD educator Thomas remembered by peers, former students

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Friends, colleagues and former students are mourning the death of Richard “Dick” Thomas. The former longtime Killeen High School band director…

Yoga teaches kids to move with purpose

Yoga teaches kids to move with purpose

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Students giggled as they went into “downward dog” poses and whispered “huh?” when the instructor rattled off the names of poses such as Chatur…

Former real estate employee charged with theft of funds

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TEMPLE — A former employee of Charter Real Estate, 3000 S. 31st St., was arrested and charged with felony theft amounting to over $5,500, acco…

Cove man killed in Midland County crash

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MIDLAND COUNTY — Midland police confirmed a Copperas Cove man was killed in an accident Monday morning on Farm-to-Market 1788 south of State H…

Cub Scouts serve vets local barbecue

Cub Scouts serve vets local barbecue

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As Hayden Holbrook, a 9-year-old “Bear Cub” Cub Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, handed out free meals Tuesday to veterans and families a…

Hundreds line up outside Salvation Army for Angel Tree gifts

Hundreds line up outside Salvation Army for Angel Tree gifts

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Monica Washington looks forward to seeing the smiles on her two children’s faces when they wake up Christmas morning to find presents under the tree.

KPD officer donates truckload of food to city animal shelter

KPD officer donates truckload of food to city animal shelter

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Dogs at the Killeen Animal Shelter will spend the Christmas holiday with full stomachs, thanks to a generous donation of food from a local pol…

Killeen’s past on display

Killeen’s past on display

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A local nonprofit is offering residents a chance to step back in time and learn more about the history of Killeen.

Crime

Cove man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon

Cove man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon

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A convicted felon was arrested after Killeen police said they found him sleeping in a car with a gun Sunday.

12-24-14 Police blotter

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KPD: 2 arrested after high-speed chase through Killeen, Copperas Cove

KPD: 2 arrested after high-speed chase through Killeen, Copperas Cove

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A man and a woman are facing felony charges after they led police on a high-speed chase through Killeen and Copperas Cove on Thursday.

Police looking for man who vandalized veterans cemetery

Police looking for man who vandalized veterans cemetery

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Killeen police are looking for a man who vandalized property at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in October and November.

KCEN TV meteorologist: No words exchanged with gunman

KCEN TV meteorologist: No words exchanged with gunman

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TEMPLE — Despite reports to the contrary, the KCEN TV morning meteorologist who was shot multiple times Dec. 17 in the studio parking lot said…

Police blotter

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12-22-2014 Police blotter

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Killeen police patrol in five districts across city to serve, protect residents

Killeen police patrol in five districts across city to serve, protect residents

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The Killeen Police Department’s management of crime in the city is far more complex than simply north and south.

12-21-2014 Police blotter

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ID still undetermined for body found hanging in Killeen

ID still undetermined for body found hanging in Killeen

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A preliminary report from a Dallas medical examiner revealed few clues about a body found hanging from a tree Tuesday in Killeen.

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NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

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NEW YORK — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for polic…

Executions, new death sentences continue to fall

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WASHINGTON — Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.

Federal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty

Federal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is …

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba

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WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a histori…

Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

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NEW YORK — A U.S. official said North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thous…

World

A century later, mythic thud of ball still heard

A century later, mythic thud of ball still heard

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PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — On the side of a wind-swept field covered with scorpion weed, a simple wooden cross marks a unique event in footba…

Vatican: Bishops should be led by pope on family

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has urged bishops to be guided by Pope Francis and the "turning point" of a recent meeting on family issues th…

South Africa: Briton acquitted of honeymoon murder

South Africa: Briton acquitted of honeymoon murder

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A British businessman was acquitted Monday of paying hitmen to kill his wife while they were on their honeymoon in South A…

As US cleans up, it's exporting more pollution

As US cleans up, it's exporting more pollution

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GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cu…

Sierra Leone doctors strike for better Ebola care

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Junior doctors in Sierra Leone went on strike Monday to demand better treatment for health workers infected with…

Odd News

$1M bond set for man accused in Phoenix ax killing

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PHOENIX (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for an alleged gang member who police say killed a man with an ax in Phoenix, nearly decapitating him.

CiCi Bellis clinches year-end No. 1 junior ranking

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PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — American teen CiCi Bellis has clinched the world's year-end No. 1 junior ranking.

Recalls this week: Play yards, sweaters

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A line of portable play yards for children are being recalled this week because the rails can collapse and pose a strangulation hazard. Other …

Judge: Mom who drove kids into ocean was insane

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Carolina mother was insane when she drove her three children into the ocean and therefore not guilty of chi…

Lawyers seek sympathy for convicted ex-official

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ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a former public official convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against North Texas prosecutors ar…

Traffic

Traffic slowed on I-35 in Temple

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A semitruck crashed into median barrier just after 11 a.m. near exit 301 in Interstate 35 in Temple, according to the Texas Department of Tran…

U.S. Highway 190 bypass around Cove to open Jan. 13

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COPPERAS COVE — After years of construction and millions of dollars, the U.S. Highway 190 bypass and Farm-to-Market 2657 projects will be comp…

Semi stalls traffic on Fort Hood Street

Semi stalls traffic on Fort Hood Street

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Traffic stalled in Killeen on Saturday evening after a semitruck got stuck while exiting Popeye's Chicken at Central Texas Expressway and Fort…

Gas prices still dropping in the area, statewide

Gas prices still dropping in the area, statewide

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Gas prices are continuing their slide, slipping below $2 per gallon at stations in the Killeen area.

Nearly 100 million Americans expected to travel for end-of-year holidays

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The upward trend in travel seen this year is expected to continue through the end-of-year holiday season, with nearly 100 million Americans ex…

Texas

Texas mom learning to live without arms, legs

Texas mom learning to live without arms, legs

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KINGWOOD — Katy Hayes wriggled into her new myoelectric arms and let the decoration — a wooden star her kids made — dangle from her plastic fi…

AAA: 8.1 million Texans likely to travel for holidays

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IRVING — More Texans are expected to hit the road during the end-of-the-year holidays as gasoline prices remain lower than a year ago.

Multistate coalition, including Texas, sues over president’s order

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AUSTIN — Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama’s recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguin…

Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

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RENO — A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to chall…

Locals mourn victim of fatal Thanksgiving crash

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HARKER HEIGHTS — Friends and family reacted Friday to the death of a 21-year-old former Killeen High School football player who was killed in …

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Fort Hood men’s varsity basketball

Fort Hood men’s varsity basketball

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Members of the recently re-established Fort Hood men’s varsity basketball program stand with their coaches. The idea for the program first came to Capt. Michael Meyers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, the team’s head coach, when he was serving in Korea and got together with Zachary Smith, who was coaching a couple of other teams in the unit.

Soldiers at Bellaire Elementary

Soldiers at Bellaire Elementary

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Soldiers from 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pose with gifts to be handed out to children at Bellaire Elementary School, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Soldiers at Bellaire Elementary

Soldiers at Bellaire Elementary

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Israel Oreallana, 6, from Bellaire Elementary School, points to a toy that a soldier from 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division reaches for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, as Jacob Smith, 6, looks at his new Life board game.

Bellaire Elementary students

Bellaire Elementary students

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Children from Bellaire Elementary School hold their Christmas gift that were presented to them by soldiers from 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Blood donation

Blood donation

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Pfc. Corey Chapa, 91st Engineer Battalion, donates blood at a drive to benefit the Robertson Blood Center. Thirty soldiers and military spouses gave blood Monday and Tuesday.

Ebola virus

Ebola virus

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Cassandra Black talks about her husband, Sgt. Robert Black, and his role in the treatment of the Ebola virus after the commander of the 36th Engineer Brigade, Col. Heath Roscoe, discussed the brigade’s operations in Africa to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus on Dec. 17 outside of Fort Hood’s Remagen Room of III Corps Headquarters. According to Roscoe, four Ebola treatment units are built and six more are being constructed in West Africa to treat the virus.

Florence

Florence

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Florence resident Robin Roche's dog, "Hers," waits Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, to be let in The Gettin Place, a country western apparel store on Main Street.

Florence

Florence

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A shuttered gas station off of Business 195 stands by the formerly busy road Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The owners chose to not renew their lease, according to local residents.

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