• December 8, 2016

Correspondents Importer

Bell County's new lawmakers discuss priorities

Following an emotional question about access to higher education for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, Bell County’s legislators-elect were touched but unmoved in their policy positions.

Senate passes annual defense policy bill, sends it to Obama

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the annual defense policy bill, sending the $618.7 billion must-pass measure to the White House for the president’s signature.

Bizarre ingredient combos greet student chefs

A kitchen can get crazy during the rush to feed waiting patrons, but culinary students who competed in Thursday’s cooking competition at Central Texas College were challenged with something more — bizarre ingredients.

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Man arraigned on 6 sex charges

A man facing six charges of sexual misconduct — including three for statutory rape in North Carolina — was arrested in Killeen, according to a warrant.

Man indicted on meth possession charges

A Killeen man was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on methamphetamine charges.

2 Killeen men charged in Cove bank robbery

Two Killeen men, Jerrious Jackson, 22, and Reiquon Gaines, 20, were arrested and charged with a Nov. 15 Copperas Cove bank robbery.

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'A different way of thinking'

FORT HOOD — Computer code is a versatile, international language with the power to create fashion, empower the impoverished and spark imagination.

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.

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Senate passes annual defense policy bill, sends it to Obama

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the annual defense policy bill, sending the $618.7 billion must-pass measure to the White House for the president’s signature.

Supreme Court pauses Alabama execution of convicted murderer

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday temporarily paused Alabama's plans to execute a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk, after defense lawyers argued that a judge unfairly imposed the death penalty after a jury recommended life in prison.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.

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Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday.

Bell County's new lawmakers discuss priorities

Following an emotional question about access to higher education for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, Bell County’s legislators-elect were touched but unmoved in their policy positions.

Senate passes annual defense policy bill, sends it to Obama

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the annual defense policy bill, sending the $618.7 billion must-pass measure to the White House for the president’s signature.

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Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to areas devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt.

'Godspeed, John Glenn': Public hails hero of space, politics

Tributes poured in for former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95. Politicians, astronauts, educators and others called him a hero, with many mentioning the phrase that first sent him into orbit: "Godspeed, John Glenn."

Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains

ATLANTA (AP) — Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.

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Appeals court throws out conviction of Waco man on death row

HOUSTON — Texas’ highest criminal court threw out the conviction of a Waco man sent to death row for the 2011 ambush slayings of two men, saying Wednesday that a proper search warrant wasn’t used to obtain text messages that tied him to the killings.

While people and drugs come north, guns pour south into Mexico

The Texas Tribune is taking a yearlong look at the issues of border security and immigration. In this part of the project we look at how our insatiable demand for illegal drugs and cheap labor make the border less secure. Sign up to get story alerts.

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. 

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Police investigating Monday crash

Killeen police officers are investigating a Monday afternoon crash in western Killeen involving a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler that trapped the pickup’s driver in his vehicle.

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.

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Below freezing weather expected Friday

Temperatures in Killeen still will be below freezing at sunrise Friday, but the sun is expected to come out and raise temperatures into the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Watch for ice on Killeen roads Thursday

Thursday is expected to be cold with a 30 percent chance of rain, and some area roads could be icy, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Area temperatures to drop to the 20s by midweek

Killeen area residents should pull out their winter coats and hot chocolate this week, as the first signs of winter are approaching.

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Reports: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west China

BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said.

Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night.

The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

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