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Monday, December 17 2012, 04:03 PM CST
School shooting victims profiled

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn't get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner. The adult victims found their life's work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. The gunfire Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School left a toll both unbearable and incalculable: 20 students and six adults at the school, the gunman's mother at home, and the gunman himself.


A glimpse of some of those who died:


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CHARLOTTE BACON, 6


They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon's mother relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.


It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte's older brother, Guy, was also in the school but was not shot.


Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn's brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.


"She was going to go some places in this world," Hagen told the newspaper. "This little girl could light up the room for anyone."


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DANIEL BARDEN, 7


Daniel's family says he was "fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life."


He was the youngest of three children and in a statement to the media, his family said Daniel earned his missing two front teeth and ripped jeans.


"Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy," the family said.


His father, Mark is a local musician. The New Haven Register reported that Mark was scheduled to play a show at a restaurant in Danbury on Friday, a show that was later cancelled.


On the biography on his professional website, Mark Barden lists spending time with his family as his favorite thing to do.


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RACHEL D'AVINO, 29


Days before the Connecticut shooting rampage, the boyfriend of Rachel D'Avino had asked her parents for permission to marry her.


D'Avino was a behavioral therapist who had only recently started working at the school where she was killed, according to Lissa Lovetere Stone, a friend who is handling her funeral planned for Friday. D'Avino's boyfriend, Anthony Cerritelli, planned to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve, Lovetere Stone said.


Lovetere Stone said she met D'Avino in 2005 when D'Avino was assigned to her son, who has autism, in their town of Bethlehem. D'Avino, 29, was so dedicated she'd make home visits and constantly offered guidance on handling situations such as helping her son deal with loud music at a wedding.


"Her job didn't end when the school bell rang at 3 o'clock," Lovetere Stone said.


Police told her family that she shielded one of the students during the rampage, Lovetere Stone said.


"I'm heartbroken. I'm numb," Lovetere Stone said. "I think she taught me more about how to be a good mother to a special needs child than anyone else ever had."


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OLIVIA ENGEL, 6


Images of Olivia Rose Engel show a happy child, one with a great sense of humor, as her family said in a statement. There she is, visiting with Santa Claus, or feasting on a slice of birthday cake. Or swinging a pink baseball bat, posing on a boat, or making a silly face.


Olivia loved school, did very well in math and reading, and was "insightful for her age," said the statement released by her uncle, John Engel.


She was a child who "lit up a room and the people around her." Creative with drawing and designing, she was also a tennis and soccer player and took art classes, swimming, and dance lessons in ballet and hip hop. A Daisy Girl Scout, she enjoyed musical theater.


"She was a great big sister and was always very patient with her 3 year old brother, Brayden," her family said, recalling that her favorite colors were purple and pink.


Olivia was learning the rosary and always led grace before the family dinner. "She was a grateful child who was always appreciative and never greedy," the family said.


Her father said she was a 6-year-old who had a lot to look forward to.


Dan Merton, a longtime friend of the girl's family, recalled that she loved attention, had perfect manners and was a teacher's pet.


"Her only crime," he said, "is being a wiggly, smiley 6-year-old."


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JOSEPHINE GAY, 6


Josephine Gay had just turned 7, three days before the shooting.


She liked to ride her bike on her family's quiet cul-de-sac, and over the summer she set up a lemonade stand, according to CNN.


Josephine loved the color purple. On Monday, there were purple balloons attached to her family's mailbox, and on the mailboxes of all the neighbors. The yellow house she lived in had a jungle gym out back.


A person who answered the phone at Mother of God Catholic Church in Covington, Ky., said Josephine was the great-niece of the pastor, Father Raymond Hartman.


Polly Larsen in Sunnyvale, Calif., said she was close friends with the cousin of Josephine's mother.


"'Joey' is a beautiful little girl, may she never be forgotten and live forever in our hearts," Larsen wrote on Facebook.


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DAWN HOCHSPRUNG, 47, principal


Dawn Hochsprung's pride in Sandy Hook Elementary was clear. She regularly tweeted photos from her time as principal there, giving indelible glimpses of life at a place now known for tragedy. Just this week, it was an image of fourth-graders rehearsing for their winter concert; days before that, the tiny hands of kindergartners exchanging play money at their makeshift grocery store.


She viewed her school as a model, telling The Newtown Bee in 2010 that "I don't think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day." She had worked to make Sandy Hook a place of safety, too, and in October, the 47-year-old Hochsprung shared a picture of the school's evacuation drill with the message "safety first." When the unthinkable came, she was ready to defend.


Officials said she died while lunging at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him.


"She had an extremely likable style about her," said Gerald Stomski, first selectman of Woodbury, where Hochsprung lived and had taught. "She was an extremely charismatic principal while she was here."


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DYLAN HOCKLEY, 6


The Hockley family moved to Sandy Hook two years ago from England, in love with the sense of community and the elementary school that their boys, Dylan and Jake, would attend. Dylan's mother, Nicole, is American, and his father, Ian, is British.


They moved into a house on the same street as the mother of the shooter, Adam Lanza.


In a statement, the family said their youngest boy had thrived at Sandy Hook.


"We do not and shall never regret this choice," the Hockleys said. "Our boys have flourished here and our family's happiness has been limitless."


Dylan had a beaming smile. He played tag every morning at the bus stop with neighbors, bounced on the trampoline and played computer games. He loved the color purple, seeing the moon and chocolate. He was learning to read and was proud to show off his new skills to his parents. Jake was his best friend and role model.


"We love you Mister D," the Hockleys wrote in their statement.


Dylan also adored his teacher's aide, Anne Marie Murphy, and would point to her picture on the family fridge every day. They took great comfort, they said, knowing that when Dylan died, he was wrapped in Murphy's arms.


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MADELEINE HSU, 6


Dr. Matthew Velsmid was at Madeleine's house on Saturday, tending to her stricken family. He said the family did not want to comment.


Velsmid said that after hearing of the shooting, he went to the triage area to provide medical assistance but there were no injuries to treat.


"We were waiting for casualties to come out, and there was nothing. There was no need, unfortunately," he said. "This is the darkest thing I've ever walked into, by far."


Velsmid's daughter, who attends another school, lost three of her friends.


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CATHERINE HUBBARD, 6


Catherine's parents released a statement expressing gratitude to emergency responders and for the support of the community.


"We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy," Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard said. "We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy."


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CHASE KOWALSKI, 7


Chase Kowalski was always outside, playing in the backyard, riding his bicycle. Just last week, he was visiting neighbor Kevin Grimes, telling him about completing - and winning - his first mini-triathlon.


"You couldn't think of a better child," Grimes said.


Grimes' own five children all attended Sandy Hook, too. Cars lined up outside the Kowalskis' ranch home Saturday, and a state trooper's car idled in the driveway. Grimes spoke of the boy only in the present tense.


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NANCY LANZA, 52, gunman's mother


She once was known simply for the game nights she hosted and the holiday decorations she put up at her house. Now Nancy Lanza is known as her son's first victim.


Authorities say her 20-year-old son Adam gunned her down before killing 26 others at Sandy Hook. The two shared a home in a well-to-do Newtown neighborhood, but details were slow to emerge of who she was and what might have led her son to carry out such horror.


Kingston, N.H., Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said Nancy Lanza once lived in the community and was a kind, considerate and loving person. The former stockbroker at John Hancock in Boston was well-respected, Briggs said.


Court records show Lanza and her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, filed for divorce in 2008. He lives in Stamford and is a tax director at General Electric. A neighbor, Rhonda Cullens, said she knew Nancy Lanza from get-togethers she had hosted to play Bunco, a dice game. She said her neighbor had enjoyed gardening.


"She was a very nice lady," Cullens said. "She was just like all the rest of us in the neighborhood, just a regular person."


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JESSE LEWIS, 6


Six-year-old Jesse Lewis had hot chocolate with his favorite breakfast sandwich - sausage, egg and cheese - at the neighborhood deli before going to school Friday morning.


Jesse and his parents were regulars at the Misty Vale Deli in Sandy Hook, Conn., owner Angel Salazar told The Wall Street Journal.


"He was always friendly; he always liked to talk," Salazar said.


Jesse's family has a collection of animals he enjoyed playing with, and he was learning to ride horseback.


Family friend Barbara McSperrin told the Journal that Jesse was "a typical 6-year-old little boy, full of life."


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ANA MARQUEZ-GREENE, 6


A year ago, 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene was reveling in holiday celebrations with her extended family on her first trip to Puerto Rico. This year will be heartbreakingly different.


The girl's grandmother, Elba Marquez, said the family moved to Connecticut just two months ago, drawn from Canada, in part, by Sandy Hook's sterling reputation. The grandmother's brother, Jorge Marquez, is mayor of a Puerto Rican town and said the child's 9-year-old brother also was at the school but escaped safely.


Elba Marquez had just visited the new home over Thanksgiving and is perplexed by what happened. "What happened does not match up with the place where they live," she said.


A video spreading across the Internet shows a confident Ana hitting every note as she sings "Come, Thou Almighty King." She flashes a big grin and waves to the camera when she's done.


Jorge Marquez confirmed the girl's father is saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who wrote on Facebook that he was trying to "work through this nightmare."


"As much as she's needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise," he wrote. "I love you sweetie girl."


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JAMES MATTIOLI, 6


James Mattioli especially loved recess and math, and his family described him as a "numbers guy" who came up with insights beyond his years to explain the relationship between numbers. He particularly loved the concept of googolplex, which a friend taught him.


He was born four weeks before his due date, and his family often joked that he came into the world early because he was hungry.


They wrote in his obituary that 6-year-old James, fondly called 'J,' loved hamburgers with ketchup, his Dad's egg omelets with bacon, and his Mom's french toast. He often asked to stop at Subway and wanted to know how old he needed to be to order a footlong sandwich.


He loved sports and wore shorts and T-shirts no matter the weather. He was a loud and enthusiastic singer and once asked, "How old do I have to be to sing on a stage?"


His family recalled that he was an early-riser who was always ready to get up and go. He and his older sister were the best of friend. He was a thoughtful and considerate child, recently choosing to forgo a gift for himself and use the money to buy his grandfather a mug for Christmas.


A funeral for James will be Tuesday in Newtown.


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GRACE AUDREY McDONNELL, 7


With broken hearts, the parents of Grace Audrey McDonnell said Sunday they couldn't believe the outpouring of support they've received since the little girl who was the center of their lives died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.


Lynn and Chris McDonnell called their 7-year-old daughter "the love and light" of their family in a statement released by the little girl's uncle.


The family also shared a photo featuring Grace smiling into the camera, her eyes shining and a pink bow adorning her long blonde hair.


"Words cannot adequately express our sense of loss," the McDonnells said.


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ANNE MARIE MURPHY, 52, teacher


A happy soul. A good mother, wife and daughter. Artistic, fun-loving, witty and hardworking.


Remembering their daughter, Anne Marie Murphy, her parents had no shortage of adjectives to offer Newsday. When news of the shooting broke, Hugh and Alice McGowan waited for word of their daughter as hours ticked by. And then it came.


Authorities told the couple their daughter was a hero who helped shield some of her students from the rain of bullets. As the grim news arrived, the victim's mother reached for her rosary.


"You don't expect your daughter to be murdered," her father told the newspaper. "It happens on TV. It happens elsewhere."


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EMILIE PARKER, 6


Quick to cheer up those in need of a smile, Emilie Parker never missed a chance to draw a picture or make a card.


Her father, Robbie Parker, fought back tears as he described the beautiful, blond, always-smiling girl who loved to try new things, except foods.


Parker, one of the first parents to publicly talk about his loss, expressed no animosity for the gunman, even as he struggled to explain the death to his other two children, ages 3 and 4. He's sustained by the fact that the world is better for having had Emilie in it.


"I'm so blessed to be her dad," he said.


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JACK PINTO, 6


Jack Pinto was a huge New York Giants fan.


New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he talked to Pinto's family, which is considering burying the 6-year-old boy in Cruz's No. 80 jersey.


Cruz honored Jack Sunday on his cleats, writing on them the words "Jack Pinto, My Hero" and "R.I.P. Jack Pinto."


"I also spoke to an older brother and he was distraught as well. I told him to stay strong and I was going to do whatever I can to honor him," Cruz said after the Giant's game with the Atlanta Falcons. "He was fighting tears and could barely speak to me."


Cruz said he plans to give the gloves he wore during the game to the boy's family, and spend some time with them.


"There's no words that can describe the type of feeling that you get when a kid idolizes you so much that unfortunately they want to put him in the casket with your jersey on," he said. "I can't even explain it."


Jack's funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday at the Honan Funeral Home in Newtown, followed by burial at the Newtown Village Cemetery.


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NOAH POZNER, 6


Noah was "smart as a whip," gentle but with a rambunctious streak, said his uncle, Alexis Haller of Woodinville, Wash.


He was part of a big family. His twin sister, Arielle, assigned to a different classroom, survived the shooting. He called Arielle his best friend and loved her dearly, along with big sisters Danielle and Sophia and big brother Michael.


"They were always playing together, they loved to do things together," Haller said. When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, "Not as much as I love you, Mom.'"


Haller said Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. He was already a very good reader. He loved animals, video games and Nintendo's Mario Brothers characters. For his birthday two weeks ago, he got a new Wii.


Noah was looking forward to reading a new "Ninjago" book he'd just bought at a book fair. He was also very excited about going to a birthday party he had been invited to. It was to take place Saturday.


"He was just a really lively, smart kid," Haller said. "He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad."


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CAROLINE PREVIDI, 6


Caroline Previdi had an infectious grin and a giving heart.


"Caroline Phoebe Previdi was a blessing from God and brought joy to everyone she touched," her parents, Jeff and Sandy Previdi, said in a statement. "We know that she is looking down on us from Heaven."


On Facebook, friends remembered when her big brother, Walker, was in preschool, and how Caroline would come with her mom to pick him up. A Sandy Hook dad posted photos of Caroline with another shooting victim, Olivia Engel, as well as his own daughter, who survived the attack. All three are grinning and wearing blue tutus.


Family friend David Sutch said Jeff and Sandy talk about their children all the time. On Thursday, the day before the shooting, the Previdis' annual Christmas card arrived. It had a picture of Caroline and Walker on either side of the family's Lab.


On Monday, Sutch wore a white shirt and green tie - Sandy Hook's colors - in memory of Caroline.


Sutch, who lives in Brookfield, Mo., described the Previdis as loving and compassionate, always having other children over to the house, willing to befriend anyone.


"I can't imagine a family that deserved this less," he said.


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JESSICA REKOS, 6


"Jessica loved everything about horses," her parents, Rich and Krista Rekos said in a statement. "She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses."


When she turned 10, they promised, she could have a horse of her own. For Christmas, she asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and hat.


The Rekoses described their daughter as "a creative, beautiful little girl who loved playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane.


"She spent time writing in her journals, making up stories, and doing 'research' on orca whales - one of her passions after seeing the movie 'Free Willy' last year." Her dream of seeing a real orca was realized in October when she went to SeaWorld.


Jessica, first born in the family, "was our rock," the parents said. "She had an answer for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she outsmarted us every time." A thoughtful planner, she was "our little CEO."


"We cannot imagine our life without her. We are mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful memories we have of her, and trying to help her brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend," they said.


"We are devastated, and our hearts are with the other families who are grieving as we are."


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LAUREN GABRIELLE ROUSSEAU, 30, teacher


Lauren Rousseau had spent years working as a substitute teacher and doing other jobs. So she was thrilled when she finally realized her goal this fall to become a full-time teacher at Sandy Hook.


Her mother, Teresa Rousseau, a copy editor at the Danbury News-Times, released a statement Saturday that said state police told them just after midnight that she was among the victims.


"Lauren wanted to be a teacher from before she even went to kindergarten," she said. "We will miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream."


Her mother said she was thrilled to get the job.


"It was the best year of her life," she told the newspaper.


Rousseau has been called gentle, spirited and active. She had planned to see "The Hobbit" with her boyfriend Friday and had baked cupcakes for a party they were to attend afterward. She was born in Danbury, and attended Danbury High, college at the University of Connecticut and graduate school at the University of Bridgeport.


She was a lover of music, dance and theater.


"I'm used to having people die who are older," her mother said, "not the person whose room is up over the kitchen."


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MARY SHERLACH, 56, school psychologist


When the shots rang out, Mary Sherlach threw herself into the danger.


Janet Robinson, the superintendent of Newtown Public Schools, said Sherlach and the school's principal ran toward the shooter. They lost their own lives, rushing toward him.


Even as Sherlach neared retirement, her job at Sandy Hook was one she loved. Those who knew her called her a wonderful neighbor, a beautiful person, a dedicated educator.


Her son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, told the South Jersey Times that Sherlach rooted on the Miami Dolphins, enjoyed visiting the Finger Lakes, relished helping children overcome their problems. She had planned to leave work early on Friday, he said, but never had the chance. In a news conference Saturday, he told reporters the loss was devastating, but that Sherlach was doing what she loved.


"Mary felt like she was doing God's work," he said, "working with the children."


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VICTORIA SOTO, 27, teacher


She beams in snapshots. Her enthusiasm and cheer was evident. She was doing, those who knew her say, what she loved.


And now, Victoria Soto is being called a hero.


Though details of the 27-year-old teacher's death remained fuzzy, her name has been invoked again and again as a portrait of selflessness and humanity among unfathomable evil. Those who knew her said they weren't surprised by reports she shielded her first-graders from danger.


"She put those children first. That's all she ever talked about," said a friend, Andrea Crowell. "She wanted to do her best for them, to teach them something new every day."


Photos of Soto show her always with a wide smile, in pictures of her at her college graduation and in mundane daily life. She looks so young, barely an adult herself. Her goal was simply to be a teacher.


"You have a teacher who cared more about her students than herself," said Mayor John Harkins of Stratford, the town Soto hailed from and where more than 300 people gathered for a memorial service Saturday night. "That speaks volumes to her character, and her commitment and dedication."


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BENJAMIN WHEELER, 6


Music surrounded Benjamin Wheeler as he grew up in a household where both his mother and father were performers.


They left behind stage careers in New York City when they moved to Newtown with Benjamin and his older brother Nate.


"We knew we wanted a piece of lawn, somewhere quiet, somewhere with good schools," Francine Wheeler told the Newtown Bee in a profile.


She is a music educator and singer-songwriter. Sometimes the musical mother would try out tunes on her own children, with some tunes that she made up for Ben as a baby eventually finding their way onto a CD, she told the newspaper.


In writing songs for children, melodies needn't be simplified, she said. "I try to make it my mission to always present good music to kids."


Benjamin's father, David, a former film and television actor, writes and performs still, according to a profile on the website of the Flagpole Radio Cafe theater, with which he's performed in Newtown.


The family belongs to Trinity Episcopal Church, whose website noted that Nate, also a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was not harmed in Friday's shooting.


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Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie, Mark Scolforo, Allen Breed, Pat Eaton-Robb, Bridget Murphy, Christopher Sullivan, Danica Coto and Christina Rexrode contributed to this report.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Malaysian passenger plane crashes in Ukraine

Line of storms moving across Southeast Texas

Average gasoline price drops 4 cents in Beaumont

DPS releases names of people involved in fatal Tyler County collision

Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70

Conservator explains what's next for BISD

Wildlife refuge in need of donations

Four-foot snake found in washing machine

BISD teacher supply drive has low turnout; Public can still help

Family files for temporary injuction against Orange County Jail to shut down jail

Working to keep Orange County parks clean

Grand opening for new low-income apartment complex in Beaumont

Trinity UMC huge annual garage sale starts Thursday

Pay it Forward: July 16, 2014

Port Arthur man sentenced to 55 years in prison for burglary

Driver cited after folklifts fall from vehicle

Exotic Cat Refuge accepting donations

Woman killed in Bridge City auto-pedestrian accident

Fatal accident takes place in Tyler County

East Texas woman sentenced in connection with ricin letters

Trucks spills forklifts following accident on Cardinal Drive

KOMO: Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

Man sentenced to 50 years following guilty plea to two killings

East Texans arrested on federal violations

Journalist, activist released by Border Patrol

BTA: Commissioner will speak with teachers

Two killed in collision with bull on Highway 96 in Jasper County

CPS warns parents against dangers of co-sleeping

Money pours in to help a family involved in a weekend boating accident in Orange County

Crime Stoppers offers reward to catch serial sex assault predator

More community members weigh in on BISD takeover

Beaumont city council approves demolition of Castle Motel

Account set up to help family impacted by fatal boating accident

TEA official takeover of BISD improves housing market

Fugitive with Beaumont ties wanted by DPS

Good chance of rain Tuesday; line of storms approaching

Pharmacist convicted in pill mill operation

Man sentenced to life for beating, killing mother of his three children

East Texas man missing after shark diving venture

Students react to BISD Board of Managers appointment

Former LU president issues statement about being appointed to BISD BOM

TEA deputy commissioner upholds decision to remove BISD board, replace superintendent

Several members of BISD Board of Managers talk with KFDM News

List of Board of Managers to replace BISD board members

KFDM News learns Kountze City Council to discuss possibility of consolidating police department with Hardin County Sheriff's Office

Firefighters working to contain last of several marsh fires in Southeast Texas

Man faces jail for growing medical marijuana

Mazzio's to reopen tomorrow

Port Neches man sentenced in connection to sexual abuse

Two transported following accident

Jefferson County S.O. finds man it describes as dangerous sexual predator with help from Crime Stoppers tip

Lightning sets off seven fires; Wildfires burn out of control

Divers recover boat from fatal accident

Beaumont fire investigators suspect arson as cause of house fire

Kountze city councilman turns himself into jail

Local road closures in Beaumont and Orange

Local brides attend one-stop bridal show

Authorities release name of 10-year-old killed in Orange County boating accident

10-year-old girl killed in boating accident, 7-year-old girl critically injured

Kountze City Councilman charged with felony theft

Candlelight vigil held for Kimberly Langwell and other missing persons

Children dealing with cancer have day of fun

Five electrical poles down in Orange County; some residents without power

Vidor man dead after officer-involved shootings

Hear what a BISD employee who won a court case Friday against the district has to say

Undercover sting cracks down on prostitution

Vidor police working shooting

Part two: Sick bird investigation

Attacker linked to sex assaults may be connected to attempted assault late Thursday night

Judge grants Temporary Injunction to BISD's Ron Reynolds

BFD responds to boy locked in safe

Prepare to save money on Texas Sales Tax Holiday

Clevelanders celebrate LeBron James' return

County to consider incentive agreement to bring water park to Ford Park

Suspected prostitutes arrested during sting

Gunman robs PA store

Motorcyclist dies, child critical following collision

BISD record review team coverage: Justin Hinton from Austin and Kara Dixon locally

Search ends in Jasper County for missing man

Beaumont residents react to BISD record review

Three suspects charged in connection with bank robbery

Port Neches man sentenced to 25 years on child pornography charges

Jasper's Piney Woods Shelter in need of donations

UPDATE: BISD record review testimony

Silsbee High School principal leaving

First responders: don't leave child in hot car

Part One: Sick bird investigation

Port Neches man sentenced in connection with child porn violations

UPDATE: BISD Record Review in Austin completed

Road Trippin: Mid-Jefferson Extended Care Hospital in Nederland

Justin Hinton reports live from Austin with preview of BISD Record Review

Isolated thunderstorms developing over Southeast Texas; some bringing 1/2" of rain an hour

KFDM to live stream BISD Record Review in Austin

Investigators release new details about shootings that killed 4 children, 2 adults in Spring

Firefighter dies after battling fire in Kingwood

Shots fired through woman's car window at Jasper Walmart

Beaumont teachers worried about higher insurance costs

BISD preparing for second record review in Austin

Cemetery rules break hearts

7 shot, 5 killed in Houston-area home

Planned project could bring jobs and oil to Port Arthur

Some families say they're devastated when cemetery enforces rules

Prescription drugs are skyrocketing

Chevron Phillips issues statement about continuing work on investigation into cause of plant fire

Prescription drug prices increasing, pharmacists & patients express concerns

Environmental activist protests Veolia shipments

Veolia statement about chemical destruction

Train crude oil terminal project announced for Port Arthur

New season coming up at the Lutcher Theater

Authorities continue searching for body of missing Vidor man

Former New Orleans mayor sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Live stream of hearing on immigration crisis

Man charged with firing shots into home with children and engaging in hours-long standoff with deputies

Water rescue after van plunges into bayou

Neighbors react to fatal shooting

First responders monitor air quality

Doctors are concerned about public health with undocumented immigrants flooding the United States and possibly Jefferson County

Missing dog turned in to Humane Society

D.A.'s Office drops felony theft charges against Daryl Glenn Johnson

ATF: Law enforcement assisting with federal search warrant

Former NFL players one step closer to receiving financial, medical help for head injuries

Statement from TEA: No BISD trustee will be on the board of managers

Crime Stoppers: July 8, 2014

Chevron Phillips announces plant fire extinguished

Update: Investigators release name of female victim in fatal shooting in Orange County

Small plane crashes at Baytown park

Vacant HISD middle school might house immigrant children

Sheriff's Office: Woman in Orange County suspected of shooting, killing another woman

Reward offered for returned dog

Chevron Phillips issues statement about plant fire

Fire occurs at Chevron Phillips in Port Arthur

Beaumont police look for man connected to sexual assaults

Police believe woman accused of endangering a child no longer in SETX

Judge sentences former baseball coach in connection with sexual assault of a child

Former NFL players from Southeast Texas impacted by concussions closer to settlement

Jefferson County leaders sound off on providing housing for undocumented children

Judge gives preliminary approval to concussion case settlement involving former NFL players

Nederland man sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with murder of mother

Beaumont man sentenced in connection with aggravated robbery case, manslaughter case

Golden Pass files formal FERC application for multi-billion dollar project that'll create thousands of construction jobs

KFDM gets close up view of increased police presence following string of sexual assaults likely linked to one attacker

Firefighter reaches milestone in recovery from fire-related serious injuries

Body found in school parking lot

Police turn to public for help after string of sexual assaults

Local veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Water main break leaves residents without water

Firefighters and policemen compete for good cause

DPS troopers identify man killed in auto-pedestrian accident

Beaumont Police investigating string of sexual assaults

Shots fired at McDonalds lands one behind bars

Judge denies bond for Newton Co. murder suspect

Kids wrestle gators at tournament

Auto-pedestrian death in Beaumont on I-10 on Fourth of July

Fireworks light up downtown Beaumont

Tree falls on Vidor family's home

Pedestrian dies on July 4th after run over by vehicle on I-10 in Beaumont

Calder Place held its annual July 4th parade

Documentary "Hornets Nest" to honor veterans; if you would like to help bring the film to Beaumont, click here to learn more

Shangri La Botanical Gardens has July 4th celebration

July 4th fireworks show at Riverfront Park in Beaumont

Man charged with murder in Newton County

Jasper Police believe they've solved string of burglary cases

Entergy update on storm-related power outages

Red, white and blue in abundance at annual Calder Place July 4 parade

Preacher fatally shot with own gun while struggling with burglar

Some Southeast Texas still without power July 4

GM Recall hits SETX

Shoppers react to Target request that customers not bring guns

Tips for water safety over the holiday weekend

Beaumont firefighters investigating two fires

Houston cracking down on payday loans

Customers buy fireworks for the Fourth of July

Lightning linked to Beaumont house fire

Target "respectfully requests" customers not bring guns

Sources: Immigrant children sent to IAH to be sent elsewhere

BFD: Vacant house fire likely case of arson

Tracking Hurricane Arthur

HEB recalls range of products for possible foreign material

Fire occurs at Mazzio's

Police hope new technology solves 2002 murder

Jefferson County DA unveils new gang-fighting initiative

Family of Stanley Leger holding press conference at law firm

Commissioner hosts lunch at Port Arthur park

Second person of interest in bank robbery taken into custody

Two dead, one missing, several hurt in boat collision

Pay It Forward: July 2, 2014

Restaurant Report: July 4, 2014

Two men threaten Walmart employee, rob store

Arrest warrant for babysitter accused of leaving loaded gun near child who shot and killed himself

BPD: Man dies after swallowing what police believe is crack cocaine

10-year-old undocumented immigrant describes treacherous trip across border

Burglars hit South Park neighborhood

Reynolds: "Lambert said I gave them the dagger to stab her in the back"

KFDM News learns TEA expects to appoint BISD Board of Managers "very soon" after July 10 Record Review if ruling is favorable to agency

Cyclists travel to help kids fight cancer

KFDM News learns TEA expects to appoint BISD Board of Managers "very soon" after July 10 Record Review if ruling is favorable to agency

Update: Judge leaves TRO in place, plans to rule in Reynolds case by July 11

PAPD cracking down on law breaking drivers

Construction crews working on multimillion dollar highway project

Southeast Texas soccer enthusiasts watch the USA vs. Belgium game

Crime Stoppers: July 1, 2014

Port Arthur Health Department sponsors anti-bullying rally

FTC: T-Mobile made millions with bogus charges

Average gasoline price drops one cent in Beaumont

20-year-old drowns while swimming with brother, friends

Students still fighting BISD for their educational cause

BISD Board fails to approve RIF

Court hearing for BISD employee takes place

Dr. Chargois rescinds offer to resign

BTA releases statement about court order

Attorneys seek removal of BISD Board

Students rally against cuts

DA sends letter about Monday BISD board agenda and potential state law violations

Commissioner's directive likely prevents board from approving separation agreement with Dr. Chargois, approving appeal that costs more than $10,000

KFDM News learns Judge Floyd is planning to sign order temporarily suspending BISD board

Diocese releases statement about Supreme Court's decision on whether employers are required to cover contraception

White House: Boehner won't seek immigration vote

LIVE: Judge preparing to sign order temporarily suspending BISD school board's duties

KFDM News learns Judge Floyd planning to sign order temporarily suspending BISD board members

KFDM News learns attorneys have filed motion to remove BISD board members for incompetence and stop Monday night's vote on Chargois separating agreement

Ron Reynolds in court seeking Temporary Injunction to block firing

Supreme Court: Health law can't make employers cover contraception

DPS releases name of man killed in Orange County crash

Teacher protesting In-School Suspension program cuts

Students plan protest ahead of Monday's BISD meeting

Port Arthur man dies in Orange County crash

Driver slams into utility pole in Orange County

Remembering Bill Huffhines

Bank robbery person of interest located

Gas leak repaired in Orange County

Teachers react to Dr. Chargois' proposed separation agreement

Copy of BISD superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois' separation agreement

Fannett man dies after lawn mower flips on top of him

Man is dead following motorcycle crash in Beaumont

Port Arthur teen crashes into home after police chase

Tiffany Hamilton wins Port Arthur City Council District 2 seat

Investigators looking for persons of interest in local bank robbery

BISD superintendent announces plans to resign in October

UPDATE: Missing Beaumont elderly man found

Beaumont teachers react to phone calls to get them to resign

Beaumont school district lists employees who will be impacted by RIF cuts

Former Vidor teacher indicted for improper relationship with student

3D mammograms coming to Southeast Texas

Health organizations, clinics give free tests for national HIV testing day

BTA issues statement about reported phone calls to BISD employees

Some Orange County residents still out of homes due to weather, natural gas leak

Tornado spotted in Liberty County; no damage reported

Update on gas leak

Store manager shoots man following scuffle in gas station

Petition calls for BISD board member to resign

U.S. Supreme Court limits cell phone searches

Suspected meth lab explosion injures two in Lumberton

TEA sets July 10 for second Record Review

Concord Road projected expected to finish on time despite several issues

Gas leak keeping Orange Co. residents from returning home

Fans fill Luke's to cheer on Team USA in World Cup

Road Trippin' The Lutcher Theater

USA advances in World Cup despite loss

Update on Newton County bank robbery in which manager was stabbed

Man in custody for Beaumont Wells Fargo Bank robbery

Murder suspect now facing child sexual assault charge

Grand jury indicts suspect for murdering teen

Update on natural gas leak in Orange County

Local bank employee stabbed during robbery, air-flighted to hospital

Murder trial set for Joshua Latham

Neighbors remember 80-year-old man who was shot by police

Humane Society of Southeast Texas unveils plans for new facility

Rain helps Southeast Texas rice farmers

Beaumont man sentenced to 40 years in prison

Galveston beaches full of seaweed

Bees killing pets, people in Texas

Port Arthur Museum offering "Explore It" in July

Authorities respond to natural gas leak at well site in Orange County

KFDM learns man shot in officer-involved shooting has died; longtime taxidermist Stanley Leger

Supreme Court limits cell phone searches after arrests

Update on officer-involved shooting

BPD: Officer involved shooting at Galveston and E. Lucas

Possible facility in Southeast Texas for undocumented immigrants

BISD hosts job fair, more than 100 teachers present

PAPD: No warnings, just tickets in July

Port Arthur Police save man from jumping

Crime Stoppers: June 24, 2014

Rainy weather a plus for firework fans

Jefferson County grand jury votes to take no action in connection with officer involved West Brook incident

Pinehurst Fire Department extinguishes fire caused by lightning strike

Video shows officer rescuing woman from railroad tracks

Man charged with trying to kill Jennings police officer

PAPD: Zero tolerance for dangerous drivers

Fire damages a house in Beaumont

Students say BISD teacher protests united community

BISD board votes for Reduction in Force, closure of Austin Middle School; Monday vote expected on whether to appeal judge's ruling

Jefferson County Commissioners move hotel and water park project forward

BISD board set to vote on massive job cuts, closure of school

Anonymous person replaces slashed tires

Click here for live stream of BISD meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday

Orangefield Junior High School vandalized

Proposal suggests using closed school to house undocumented immigrant children

Four swim to shore after towboat collision near Bolivar

Southeast Texans enjoy lunch at the Lake

Officers investigating truck fire on I-10

PAFD: Driver freed after trapped in burning car following collision with house

(Update) Baby at center of Amber Alert found crying in tall grass

Tires slashed in senior center parking lot

Tires slashed in senior living center parking lot

First Baptist Church breaks ground

Teacher says she was cut before BISD board votes on RIF

Thousands celebrate Juneteenth

Beaumont's first Pride event draws hundreds

Two overnight fires send two to hospital

Budget still a focus for board president

Sea Rim State Park reopens

A new opportunity for aspiring Southeast Texas teachers

KFDM learns judge has denied Temporary Injunction to BISD

ATPE's Beaumont president issues statement about judge's decision to deny BISD Temporary Injunction

Click here to read the ruling denying a Temporary Injunction to BISD

BISD lead attorney in Injunction case releases statement to KFDM about judge's ruling

Community could learn more about whether water park and hotel could open at Ford Park

People turn out for cops and kids picnic

Restaurant Report Card: June 20, 2014

TEA Commissioner, BISD trustee respond to ruling

DA responds to court ruling denying BISD Temporary Injunction

LIVE: Circus comes to town

Sea Rim State Park officially reopens

Conservator orders BISD to allow public comment before Monday's vote on massive personnel cuts

Pilot makes emergency landing in parking lot

Update: Orange Police release name of woman killed in traffic accident

Canceled meeting doesn't stop protesters

Southeast Texas veterans facing wait times & red tape

Bridal store taking extra precautions

LIVE: Board member discusses canceled meeting

KFDM learns all BISD meetings canceled Thursday

Criminal D.A. says BISD board cannot take action on RIF decisions at Thursday board meeting

Austin judge working on decision regarding possible state takeover of BISD

Runoff election coming up and early voting continues

Pride committee members speak about upcoming event

Justice of the Peace IDs deceased woman found in submerged car

BISD superintendent wants principals/directors in first two rows for tonight's meeting

BISD board scheduled to vote on massive job cuts

Man says apartment complex manager called his flag 'threat to Muslim community'

Teachers rally to save jobs

LSC-PA has new president

Tax abatements could determine if jobs and plant come to Port Arthur

New Black Panther leader says BISD superintendent must go

Kids explore bubbles at Beaumont community center

New Chik-fil-A to open in Beaumont

Spindletop Boomtown Museum holding second annual Great Outdoors Day

LGBTQIA calendar events

Man sentenced to life in prison in connection with pool hall robbery

Inaugural Pride preparations underway

Quanell X speaks in front of BISD admininstration building

Two men charged in Austin with providing support to terrorists

Patent Office cancels Redkins trademark, says name is 'disparaging of Native Americans'

KFDM learns Quanell X to hold news conference in support of fired BISD Purchasing Director Naomi Lawrence-Lee

Preacher arrested for marijuana possession

Attorneys for TEA, BISD argue cases in Austin

Is teaching stranger danger enough?

Master electrician gives possible cause for electrical accident

Street drugs in Jefferson County more prolific and powerful

LIVE: Judge weighing evidence in BISD hearing

Crime Stoppers: June 17, 2014

Jefferson County District Attorney's Office: Certain BISD meeting items in violation of Texas Government Code

Click here for live stream of BISD hearing

Judge Adams denies Jessie Haynes request for new trial

Two contractors doing electrical work shocked in Hardin County

BISD Temporary Injunction hearing assigned to Judge Stephen Yelenosky in Travis County

Students rally in support of BISD teachers outside Travis County Courthouse

LIVE: BISD hearing to begin Tuesday morning in Austin

KFDM learns of additional proposed BISD layoffs

Education Commissioner, others react to Record Review decision in BISD case

LIVE: Community reacts to Record Review decision in BISD case

Former Beaumont Mayor Maury Meyers is remembered

One dead following fatal Kountze auto accident

Judge sentences man to life for robbery, sexual assault

Authorities continue to investigate fatal Vidor fire

TEA upholds decision to appoint conservator, lower accreditation for BISD

Remembering Maury Meyers

Bystander shoots suspected robber outside nightclub

Elderly Vidor woman dies in fire

BISD students taking message to Austin

Texas Energy Museum Wind & Art Exhibit for children

Students take budget into their own hands

Nederland Little League says goodbye to baseball field

Driver flees police officer in Orange, dies in rollover

Authorities investigate crashes on Interstate-10

Controlled burn at McFaddin Wildlife Refuge creates smoky skies

Learn more about BISD's temporary injunction

One injured in Lumberton wreck Friday night

Drug operation may have targeted young adults

BISD's temporary injunction hearing moved to Tuesday

Arrests made in Jefferson Co. home invasion case

Man who carried gun through Parkdale Mall attends court hearing

Cantor's defeat and the future of immigration reform

New BPD officers sworn in

Man taken into custody in connection with warrant, evading arrest

Five-year-old honorary BPD officer takes oath

Local priest honored for 70 years of ministry

Hundreds take part in Calder Twilight 5k

Deputies arrest suspects in home invasion with elderly woman victimized

Deputies uncover indoor marijuana operation

Police chase copper theft suspect

BISD says it's trying to bring more financial accountability

BISD student movement growing thanks to Twitter

BISD board trustee's son indicted on two counts of attempted capital murder

3 former candidates for BISD board allowed to intervene in election case

Beaumont man sentenced to life without parole in capital murder case

Local 13-year-old on the road to recovery

Vehicles caught fire in Groves; mechanical issue maybe to blame

Scholarships in honor of fallen BPD officer Bryan Hebert

Summer lunch program in Beaumont for BISD students

Fish fry today will help Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation

PAPD releases name of drowning victim

80-year-old man driving wrong way on Highway 90 killed in collision

5K in Old Town area in Beaumont could affect your driving

Symphony gets new Executive Director

Road Trippin' Business Destinations

KFDM Listens: June 12, 2014, Beaumont first gay pride parade

Dad facing charges after toddler accidentally shoots self in Humble-area home

BISD administration comes under attack for budget woes

BISD student protests gaining traction

KFDM obtains document that sheds new information on planned cutbacks in BISD

I Have a Dream scholarship program

"Operation Storm Ready" draws Southeast Texans

Restaurant Report: June 13, 2014

18-wheeler accidents tie-up traffic for hours

Preparing for hurricane season

Two vehicles involved in fatal accident

Body found in connection with reported drowning

PAPD investigating possible drowning

Beaumont Art League and local Humane Society team up

Wreck slows I-10 East traffic from Winne into Jefferson County

Is BISD appointment of Interim Special Education Director nepotism?

Tattoo shop owner fighting fine arts cuts in BISD

Volunteers sworn in to be voice for abused, neglected children

New Groves police and municipal building opens

LIVE: Feature film shot in Southeast Texas about show

Crime Stoppers: June 10, 2014

Lightning sparks fire

Testimony underway in capital murder trial

Coast Guard rescues 12-year-old boy drifting from shore off Bolivar Peninsula

Jefferson County man pleads guilty to federal income tax violations

Gunman tries to rob Walgreens in Port Arthur

Sheriff's Office: Shooting at Oregon high school; suspect confirmed dead

Pictures: Lightning sparks oil storage tank fire

Lightning sparks oil storage tank fire; one firefighter suffers minor burns

BISD board delays vote on job cuts

Bond project starting in Silsbee ISD

Teachers' group issues statement about BISD

Salvation Army offering summer activities

Port Neches changes water park to accomodate visitors

Man run over by tractor in Hardin County

Someone fires shots into PA home; misses occupants

BISD students planning to protest on Monday

Elderly Hardin County couple escapes fire, loses home

Names released in fatal Orange County shooting

BISD worries take back seat for many during graduations

Students, others protest BISD proposed cuts at graduation

Teen crashes into an emergency medical center in Lumberton

TEA deputy commissioner weighed arguments in BISD record review

RAW VIDEO: Excerpt 4 from BISD record review

RAW VIDEO: Excerpt 3 from BISD record review

RAW VIDEO: Excerpt 2 from BISD record review

WWII veteran remembers D-Day

Port Neches drowning victim identified

Local construction safety seminar

BISD superintendent to propose more cost-saving measures

RAW VIDEO: Surveillance footage of Wells Fargo bank robber

Dr. Timothy Chargois says he will not identify special education staff involved in the reduction in force

Transgender teacher out of a job again

Property owners protest new appraised values

FBI: Dogs seized after evidence of dog-fighting found at Beaumont home

Anayat House held ribbon cutting to open new house

Hardin County Rotary Club presents students with books for the summer

Local play about miners trapped in the dark opens Friday, June 5

Beaumont teachers protest job cuts

Human smuggling in SETX

BISD Communications director Jessie Haynes' paid leave amount

BISD's ripple effect on the Beaumont housing market

Ehrhart School breaks ground on new building

Police still searching for Wells Fargo bank robber

100 Years of Broadway

Parents address concerns with special ed program

Justin Hinton reports live on Wells Fargo Bank robbery

Beaumont teachers ask Education Commissioner to block RIF

Reaction to NRA's criticism of TX open carry group

Port Arthur ISD hiring more than 50 teachers

Accused robber of the elderly may face additional charges by week's end

Woman's ex-boyfriend charged with Kountze murder

Nederland restaurant burglary focus of Crime Stoppers report

Beaumont PD releases pictures of bank robber

KFDM obtains copy of letter in which BISD announces June 30 as expected final RIF notification date

Person of interest in custody in connection with fatal shooting

Words of warning after Groves robbery

Crystal Boyett released from jail on bond

Judge sentences man to life for killing aunt

Commissioners get update on airport development

BISD record review scheduled for Friday

KFDM's special investigation into qualifications of BISD teachers

KFDM obtains Dr. Chargois' letter sent Friday to principals, supervisors

Metal thefts rampant in Port Arthur

HFISD elementary grateful for community support

Beaumont-area organ donors remembered

Local teachers union: list already compiled of teachers to be cut even before school board voted

LIVE REPORT: Teachers protest looming cuts

Air quality improving in Port Arthur

$68 million I-10 project could impact businesses

Philpott Motors in Nederland donated thousands of dollars Thursday to Southeast Texas non-profit organizations

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office honored those who help educate about dangers of drinking and driving

PAISD students encouraged by public servants

Layoffs loom for BISD employees, Board votes Thursday

Teen speaks out about writing hit list

Jurors find man guilty of sexually assaulting, kidnapping, and robbing a woman

Pursuit leads to 350 lbs of marijuana

Special Olympics competition in Port Arthur

Jefferson County election results

Orange County election results

Hardin County election results

Tyler County election results

Thief caught on camera stealing donations from Salvation Army

Candidates and voters brave the rain

Fire department working to determine cause of structure fire

Seaweed invades Bolivar Peninsula beaches

BISD outlines reasons for declaring financial exigency; board agenda released for vote Thursday on cutting 300 jobs as part of $25 million reduction

Election on the horizon

Parents keep children home from school on Memorial Day

Southeast Texans celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Game warden critically injured on Lake Sam Rayburn

Names released of man and woman killed in boat collision

BISD teachers fear for their jobs after superintendent announces eliminating 300 positions

Juror in Jessie Haynes' trial says race wasn't a factor in verdict

BISD superintendent wants to eliminate 300 positions to help save $25 million

Babies learning to survive in water

Community reacts to Jessie Haynes guilty verdict

Hurricane season preparations

Local veterans react to VA hospital scandal

6-foot snake rescued from car

Child of man killed with wife outside Tyler County church could go to live w/paternal grandmother

Board votes to not renew Ruby Gunner's contract

What's coming up at 6 p.m.

Pinehurst doctor at center of federal investigation; jailed on assault charge

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