• December 5, 2016

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12-5-2016 Police blotter

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Grill hosts crowd for Belton Lake Parade of Lights

BELTON — Good cheer was in the air Sunday evening for the crowd watching the Belton Lake Parade of Lights from the Dead Fish Grill restaurant.

Killeen police arrest 5 after robbery at Star Mart

Killeen police arrested three men, one woman and a juvenile after an early morning robbery of a Star Mart Convenience Store on Sunday.

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Killeen police arrest 5 after robbery at Star Mart

Killeen police arrested three men, one woman and a juvenile after an early morning robbery of a Star Mart Convenience Store on Sunday.

Police chase ends with crashes on Trimmier, W.S. Young

A car chase between Killeen police and the driver of a stolen Ford Mustang resulted in two car wrecks within 4 minutes of each other Saturday afternoon, according to Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith.

Killeen man stole ambulance from Austin, police say

A man stole an ambulance from an Austin hospital and drove it to Killeen Saturday morning, according to Sgt. D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Parents reflect on KISD special education classroom monitors

The cameras were rolling last week in some special education classrooms at Killeen schools.

Senior with chops for jazz reaches state level

HARKER HEIGHTS — In the creative, improvisational world of jazz performance, Harker Heights High School has one of the best trumpeters in the state.

Math, science in focus during Saegert SMART Kids presentations

Smart kids had a chance to get even smarter on SMART Kids Day at Saegert Elementary School.

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The Latest: Jury selection begins in Saints star's death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the Will Smith shooting-death trial (all times local):

Liz Weston: Gift cards aren't gifts

If it's the thought that counts, then gift cards don't count much at all.

Dylann Roof allowed to hire lawyers back, for now

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church to hire back his lawyers, at least for the first phase of his trial.

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Recount resumes, end in sight in N. Carolina governor's race

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The undecided election for North Carolina governor could reach a conclusion Monday as a recount of tens of thousands of votes wraps up.

NYC mayor seeks $35 million for Trump-related security costs

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's asking the federal government for $35 million to cover costs related to security for President-elect Donald Trump.

The Latest: Recount resumes in North Carolina governor race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on recounting ballots in North Carolina's yet-finalized race for governor (all times local):

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Australia considers charging power generators for pollution

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday.

Firearm-only bear hunt in New Jersey resumes

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters are heading out across parts of New Jersey for the second half of this year's bear hunt.

Researchers grow protective biological soil crusts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a greenhouse at Northern Arizona University, a professor is researching an oft-overlooked ecological field that could play an important role in erosion prevention and plant growth.

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Funeral directors anxious over Texas fetal remains rules

With Texas set to implement rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains, it's not just health care providers who are anxious about the recently adopted requirements. 

Texas Child Protective Services funding gets final OK — with restrictions

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Sen. Jane Nelson. 

Abbott names Norris as deputy adjutant general

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris to serve as the deputy adjutant general for the Army.

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Lane closing scheduled for Lowes Boulevard in Killeen

Westbound Lowes Boulevard, east of Trimmier Road in Killeen, will be reduced to one lane Monday through Wednesday at the intersection.

U.S. Highway 190 lane closings planned Monday

The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close lanes within the U.S. Highway 190 project area from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting.

Belton wreck: Two die in head-on collision

BELTON — A head-on collision between two vehicles Thursday afternoon resulted in the deaths of two people, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts said.

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Winter is here

Make no mistake about it, winter weather is upon the residents of the Killeen area.

NWS: Rain anticipated through weekend

If you have outdoor plans this weekend, bring along a raincoat because it’s going to be a wet weekend, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Overcast skies anticipated as Christmas holidays approach

Killeen area residents will experience a gradual decrease in daytime highs this week as the Christmas holidays approach.

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Iran seeks more cooperation with Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic and its regional rival Saudi Arabia can and should cooperate to resolve regional crises.

The Latest: UN refugee chief fears for EU-Turkey deal

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the migrant situation in Europe (all times local):

Gambia court orders release of opposition leader, 18 others

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — An appeals court in Gambia ordered the release of a top opposition politician and 18 other protesters on bail Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election.

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