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Influential conservative group endorses Ronny Jackson over Josh Winegarner in runoff for U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry’s seat

Former US Rep. Allen West out of hospital after Texas crash

State Agencies To Reduce Budgets By Five Percent

  Angelina County considers impact COVID-19 may have on Nov. election process

Texas doubles early voting period for July primary runoff elections

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State of Texas provides guidance for reopening retail businesses

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

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  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

  Biden wins 9 Super Tuesday states, including Texas; Sanders takes California, 3 others

The race is shaping up as a contest between two starkly different visions for the party’s future and a November rematch with President Donald Trump.

ELECTION UPDATES FOR SUPER TUESDAY

Polls close in Texas at 7 p.m. and the East Texas News staff is ready to bring you the latest.

Report: President Trump donating quarterly salary to help fight coronavirus

His donation was announced on Twitter by White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.

  Nacogdoches County elections official confident in new ballot-counting equipment

Know before you go: Voting begins with finding your ballot box

Senator John Cornyn announces $4.1 million federal grant for Texas North Western Railway Company

Court OKs Texas winner-take-all presidential elector system

  Nacogdoches County ready for Super Tuesday voter turnout: 'We’re prepared for 50 or 5,000 a day’

LIST: All contested races across East Texas

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

President Trump tweets support for Pete Rose into HOF

The President made the case that Rose, who is currently banned, should be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Radio host Limbaugh awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump presented the award during the State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

WEBXTRA: Lufkin teen headed to Washington, D.C. after winning Voice of Democracy essay competition

Jessica Schlaudt, 17 of Lufkin, won first place in the state of Texas in the Veteran of Foreign Wars: Voice of Democracy essay competition.

Law helps protect patients from surprise hospital bills

The new law helps to protect patients from surprise bills coming after receiving health care.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Catholic, draws criticism over new refugee ban from Texas’ Catholic bishops

It’s not the first time Abbott has disagreed with the religious groups over state policy. He was also criticized in 2015 after he made Senate Bill 4, an omnibus, state-based immigration enforcement bill, a legislative priority.

Texas governor to honor man who killed church shooter

Jack Wilson will receive the Governor’s Medal of Courage on Monday.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat

Ronny Jackson, a Levelland-native and the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs, is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon. This from the Texas Tribune

  Preparations underway in Nacogdoches County for 2020 elections

Nacogdoches County election administrator Todd Stallings is busy with contractual agreements with party chairs and assuring every registered voter is mailed a new voter card.

WATCH LIVE: House Intel Committee holds impeachment hearings

Public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump are set to begin in the House of Representatives Wednesday.

Texas’ constitutional amendment election is Tuesday. Here’s what voters will decide.

Texas voters are about to weigh in on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution, which deal with everything from retiring law enforcement animals to the state’s tax code. Voters in three state House districts will also participate in special elections to fill empty seats.

Election Day ballots feature 10 constitutional amendments, three vacant Texas House seats

Here's a look at the biggest races around the state.

  New law requires uniform hours of operation at temporary polling places

A new election law is generating some concern about voter turnout in upcoming elections. The law requires uniform hours of operation at temporary polling places and eliminates mobile or movable polling places.

  WATCH: East Texas lawmakers discuss House turmoil, secret recording

House lawmakers are expected to speak with the East Texas Now news desk on Oct. 16 to discuss controversy in the Texas House of Representatives following the release of a secret recording of a conversation between the House Speaker and a conservative activist.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media access to Empower Texans, suggested it target certain Republicans, recording shows

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media access to Empower Texans, suggested it target certain Republicans, recording shows

Full Court Press: Pompeo backs Trump on Syria, distances from Giuliani

Pompeo said Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, was "not on his payroll" when asked about the former New York mayor.

Do you plan to vote in Texas’ November elections? The time to register is now

Texans hoping to participate in the Nov. 5 election have until Oct. 7 to register to vote.

Texas governor appoints Keven Ellis chair of State Board of Education

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Keven Ellis, D.C. as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) for a term set to expire on September 16, 2021.

  Democratic debate covered expected issues: immigration, guns, health care

The debate covered the expected topics; how do you think they did?

  WEBXTRA: Could Texas be a swing state in 2020?

Could Texas be a swing state in 2020? Tonight’s debate in Houston highlights that thought on a diverse college campus in a diverse city.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 presidential race

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program ends next month. Here’s what that means for you.

More than 600,000 Texans will immediately be eligible to have their driver's licenses reinstated after the program's Sept. 1 repeal. The system was widely criticized for adding additional annual fees on top of the price of tickets, but all pending surcharges will soon be waived.

Pastor who lost child in Texas church attack runs for office

A Texas pastor whose teenage daughter was among more than two dozen people killed during a mass shooting at his church in 2017 says he's running for the state Legislature

Texas governor meets with tech officials about quelling hate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a new secretary of state after his previous elections chief appointee resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of tens of thousands of voters

Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick receives stent after heart blockage

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has had a stent inserted in his chest after experiencing a heart blockage Thursday evening

Dustin Burrows resigns as Texas House GOP Caucus chairman amid allegations of targeting Republicans

State Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock has resigned as chair of the Texas House GOP Caucus, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Governor forms new anti-terrorism unit after El Paso attack

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is adding manpower to gang investigations surrounding white nationalist groups in the wake of the El Paso shooting that left 22 people dead

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Texas House committee to investigate allegations against Speaker Dennis Bonnen

The House General Investigating Committee, which holds subpoena power, will review allegations that Bonnen offered media credentials to a conservative group if it targeted 10 GOP lawmakers in the upcoming election.

Swalwell ends presidential bid

California Rep. Eric Swalwell ended his presidential bid Monday.

  Angelina County commissioners hold special meeting on public comment

House Bill 2840 will go into law Sept. 1 mandating all governmental bodies allow public comment on agenda items.

  State Rep. Clardy discusses legislative session at chamber event

State Rep. Travis Clardy is set to discuss the 86th Legislative Session with community members Friday during a Nacogdoches County Chamber luncheon.

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Shanahan withdraws as nominee for defense secretary

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn as a nominee for defense secretary.

Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021

Heading off the prospect of everyone in Texas being able to call themselves a plumber, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its licensing law until 2021 Thursday via an executive order.

  Watch: A conversation with political analyst Greta Van Susteren

Gray’s Chief National Political Analyst Greta Van Susteren sat down with East Texas Now to discuss current happenings in Washington, D.C., her career and upcoming show, “Full Court Press.”

Trump administration reviewing foreign money to US colleges

The U.S. Education Department is opening investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as the Trump administration increases its scrutiny of international money flowing to American colleges.

  VIDEO: Sen. Hughes discusses passage of ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill'

This week marked the passage of Senate Bill 1978, known as the ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill.'State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who authored the bill, stopped by the East Texas Now desk Thursday to discuss the law and religious freedom.

Governor Abbott signs Amarillo representative’s bill that aims to provide mental health services to students

Amarillo representative Four Price's House Bill 18 was signed by Governor Abbott and is intended to give additional mental health services to students in Texas public schools.

LIVE ON EAST TEXAS NOW: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert talks recent developments in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-TX, stopped by the KLTV/KTRE newsroom Thursday to visit with the East Texas Now desk.

LIVE: Mueller makes public statement on Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to make a public statement on the Trump-Russia investigation on Wednesday.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

Secretary of State David Whitley submitted his resignation letter Monday. He did so just before the Texas Legislature was set to adjourn without taking the confirmation note Whitley needed to keep his job.

Texas’ election chief resigns after voter citizenship flub

The embattled Texas elections chief who questioned the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters has resigned ahead of being forced out of office.

Bill known as ‘Sam’s Law’ heading to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk

The Texas House and Senate voted unanimous approval today on a bill that mandates seizure response training for all public school employees.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

  Bill to remove limit on Texas school marshals passes senate

New bill will remove limits on how many armed school marshals can serve on campuses.

Lauren’s Law passes final hurdle, headed to Governor Abbott

The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.

Texas’ legislative leaders say they have a deal on school finance and property tax reform

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced they have finalized the details of the three bills that will accomplish their top policy goals.

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

If the House approves changes made by the upper chamber, the bill will head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state.

  Angelina County elections office to test new voting machines ahead of November elections

The public will have the opportunity to test them by early June, well ahead of the Nov. 2019 elections.

Texas House passes bill allowing handgun owners to carry weapons in church

Consideration of the bill comes more than a year after a gunman killed 26 in a Sutherland Springs church.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

LIVE: President Trump to unveil new immigration plan

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his new immigration plan Thursday.