Lauren Brooke Bohme, 18, of Royse City was taken into custody in Colorado in mid-January by the United States Marshal’s Service on a warrant on a charge of murder involving the death of Ismael Rincon, 15, of Greenville.

The City of Heath has announced the water will be off temporarily, starting this afternoon, in one local neighborhood:

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With at least two days of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast National Weather Service has posted a Flood Warning for the South Fork of the Sabine River near Quinlan-affecting Rockwall, Hunt and Kaufman and for the Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River at Greenville.

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Robin Mayhew of Cleburne and thousands of other Johnson County residents spent the past five or six days without power wondering if they’d been left behind.

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Texas will get nearly 600,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for next week, allowing the state to distribute the vaccine to the largest number of counties so far. The deliveries will help catch up storm-delayed first and second shots for eligible Texans.

 

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STAR Transit is providing free rides for persons with confirmed appointment to get the COVID 19 vaccine shots.  The curb-to-curb service extends outside of the agency’s service area. Rides are available Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  For this purpose, STAR Transit is temporarily adding Saturday service from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Reservations should be made at least one service day in advance and are based on vehicle availability.  

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On Jan. 31, City Manager Rick Crowley will retire after 42 years in municipal government, 37 of those with the city of Rockwall. A lot has changed here since his arrival, and throughout his tenure, Crowley has made a huge impact on the growth and success of the city of Rockwall.

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A new Rockwall County Commissioner has been named to fill vacancy on the court, which was the result of the sudden passing of a long standing member of the panel.

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A new Rockwall County Commissioner has been named to fill vacancy on the court, which was the result of the sudden passing of a long standing member of the panel.

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12:50 Update: All appointments were filled within 10 minutes of releasing the registration link. Helping Hands is working with their scheduling vendor to correct the waiting list issue now, and they have requested additional vaccine from the State.  Several other partners, including the Rockwall County Health Authority, County Judge David Sweet, and the Office of Emergency Management, have asked for large quantities of the vaccine as well.  The larger issue at hand is in regards to vaccine supply to the State of Texas.  Rockwall County can and will administer large amounts of the vaccine once it is received from the State.

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The Walmart Neighborhood Market location at 850 W Rusk St closed at 2 p.m. Thursday as part of a company-initiated program to allow third party cleaning crews time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building.

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The Walmart Neighborhood Market location at 850 W Rusk St closed at 2 p.m. Thursday as part of a company-initiated program to allow third party cleaning crews time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building.

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The Texas Senate elected state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, to serve as president pro tempore during the 87th Legislature. Birdwell had the unique privilege of being sworn in by his brother, Justice Wade Birdwell of Arlington. 

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The Texas Department of Public Safety will join the country in observing national AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Wednesday, marking 25 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, was abducted.

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About 60 people filled a room at Cross Timbers Church in Valley View on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, to hear from the four Republican candidates on the ballot for the Texas House District 68 special election.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, a high-ranking member of Texas’ congressional delegation who is respected among her peers, said Friday she has “great concerns” about President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to overturn the country’s election results after his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden.

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Throughout most of the pandemic, Texas has ranked at, or near, the bottom among states for coronavirus testing. With 290,000 tests and 29.5 million people, Texas has tested fewer than one in 100 of its residents.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Jeffrey Gerritt, editor of the Palestine, Texas, Herald-Press, has won this year’s National Headliner Award for editorial writing, one of the most prestigious honors in American journalism.

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In planning a trip to West Texas we scheduled a full day for exploring Marfa, a remote community of under 2,000 people located three hours southeast of El Paso.  The area has long fascinated residents and visitors alike with its mysterious “Marfa lights” that appear in the southern night sky. 

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PALESTINE, Tex. -- With more than 100 jail deaths a year, Texas leads the nation, and probably accounts for more than 10 percent of the U.S. total of in-custody

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The relationship between OU President James Gallogly and his predecessor, David Boren, has crumbled amid threats and feuding over the financial status of the university and other issues, according to multiple sources within the university community.

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UVALDE, Tex. – A Sam Houston University student couple died in a helicopter crash in the hill country of south Texas early Sunday within hours of their wedding, authorities reported. The pilot of the craft also died.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Tim Tadlock and Chris Beard, two of Texas Tech’s most popular athletic figures, shared an enlightening moment earlier this month when detailing the stark contrast between the draft process in their respective sports.

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Officials in Quinlan, Texas, said the woman was attending a Sept. 8 football game at Hobart Lytal Memorial stadium when several members of the crowd made school administration aware of her t-shirt. Officials called the t-shirt "offensive, portraying violence, and threatening."

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WASHINGTON — As Senate Republicans make a final stab this year at undoing former President Barack Obama's health care law, health care advocates are urging their legislators to vote against the measure.“We believe in protecting our neighbor,” said Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.Alarmed by an independent estimate the bill would cost the state $1 billion in funding used to help hundreds of thousands afford medical coverage, Bryant urged Sen. Shelley Moore Capito “not to vote as a partisan politician in D.C.”Republican leaders are hoping a different approach and the urgency of following through on campaign promises will this time muster enough votes to get rid of the controversial law.However, they face some of the same obstacles as in July, when their effort fell a vote short.GOP senators from states like West Virginia and Ohio — where Medicaid coverage was expanded to more people — face the prospect of supporting the loss of millions of dollars that help people afford medical coverage. Republican governors from those states, like Massachusetts' Charlie Baker and Ohio's John Kasich, are opposing the bill.Health care advocacy groups representing doctors and hospitals, along with the AARP, say allowing states to undo the law's regulations would again allow insurers to charge older people and those with medical conditions higher premiums.

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AUSTIN — Insurance may have covered only 25 to 45 percent of Houston houses flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, but that’s not because it wasn’t available to homeowners 

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Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have left behind will almost certainly cause an explosion of the mosquito population.

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AUSTIN — Construction crews recently wrapped up work on James Gaines’ new house in College Station, where he’s the chief economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center. 

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AUSTIN — It’s difficult at this point to say exactly how Texas will go about paying to recover from a disaster whose effects are still not fully measured, but there’s now at least a price tag on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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