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About 30 city officials and residents gathered at the Killeen Community Center Thursday to meet the six finalists in the race to be the next Killeen chief of police.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning area residents to be prepared for Texas summer temperatures, and to take precautions to stay safe as temperatures and heat indexes hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state this time of year.

BELTON — After more than a year and half since a brutal crash caused by a pair of muscle-car racing high school students, Tyrone Moore Jr. received a sentence of eight years of probation Thursday for his role in the death of Francine Winbush and her boyfriend of 15 years, Michael Lockett.

COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved a recent case. The man was involved in a theft that occurred on June 13 at the HomeBase Lumber Company, 804 East Business Highway 190.

The Vive Les Arts Societe is holding a meeting Aug. 1 open to the public to potentially overturn a decision by the VLA Theatre’s board of directors to shutter the community institution’s doors after more than 40 years in Killeen.

An 11-second video that sparked outrage over the weekend was pulled from the Kempner Water Supply Corporation’s Facebook page Monday after residents accused the company of making light of customers’ concerns about the quality of their water.

While Killeen and Copperas Cove State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness scores have dropped in the last five years, so too has the state average, bringing attention to possible solutions that range from more parental involvement to scrapping the standardized test altogether.

COPPERAS COVE — Ariel Draper, 13, of Copperas Cove, a student with House of Discipline, located in Harker Heights, put together a fundraiser for Grandmaster James McMurray’s wife, Linda, to help pay for medical bills associated with her cancer diagnosis.

Christopher Michael — a poet, writer, mentor, author and publisher — flashed a vibrant smile as he signed books for poetry lovers in Killeen Saturday.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Each Saturday afternoon, gamers gather at the Stewart C. Meyer Library in Harker Heights. They aren’t there to play poker, pinochle or bridge. They bring their own specialized decks of cards, based on Japanese animé cartoons: “Pokémon,” “Yu-Gi-Oh,” and “Beyblade.”

The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.05 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is 2 cents higher than last week and is 1 cent less per gallon compared to a year ago.

A 1-year-old Killeen child who died July 8 in Temple after being found unresponsive by his caretaker in May had a car seat safety strap wrapped around his neck when he was found not breathing, according to a Killeen police investigation.

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