• December 9, 2016

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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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Debris in Alaska lake possibly from plane carrying 4 people

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Debris believed to be from a small plane carrying four people that's missing in Alaska was found Thursday in a lake near where the aircraft took off from, an official said.

Judge to hold hearing on stopping Wisconsin recount

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge is set to consider halting Wisconsin's presidential recount.

10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten notable aspects of the life of astronaut and senator John H. Glenn Jr. who died Thursday at 95:

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Judge to hold hearing on stopping Wisconsin recount

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge is set to consider halting Wisconsin's presidential recount.

Defense Secretary Carter makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commanders and deliver a pre-holiday pep talk to U.S. troops.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter lands in Afghanistan for unannounced visit

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) — US Defense Secretary Ash Carter lands in Afghanistan for unannounced visit.

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Tsunami warnings canceled after Solomon Islands earthquake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.

John Glenn, astronaut and US Senator, dies at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — He became a hero as the first American to orbit the Earth and then served as a longtime U.S. senator. But John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, continued to defy gravity decades after his initial flight.

All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero.

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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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South Korean president faces possible last day in power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what's widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's political leaders say they have agreed to hold presidential polls on Dec. 28 after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation.

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.

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