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  • VPD officer celebrates 40th anniversary with department

    And the longest serving city of Victoria employee just hit a huge milestone. VPD Lieutenant Mike Tatum just celebrated his 40 year anniversary with the department, making him only the third officer to hit this mark.  Tatum worked his way up the ranks from a patrol officer, to now being a detective.  

  • Sen. Cruz praise the nomination of Erin Nealy Cox as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas

    Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Praise the Nomination of Erin Nealy Cox as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Erin Nealy Cox as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas: "Erin Nealy Cox will be a stellar United States Attorney,” Sen. Cruz said.

  • Gov. Abbott Commission To Rebuild Texas Update

    Commission To Rebuild Texas Update: Issue 2 AUSTIN - The true strength of the Lone Star State is found in our people. In the Rockport-Fulton area along the Texas Gulf Coast on the morning after Harvey’s first direct hit as a Category 4 hurricane, still-stunned residents gathered outside one of the local churches. 

  • Texas Extends D-SNAP Hours for Polk County Residents

    AUSTIN –Texas Health and Human Services announced today that it will extend hours at the Polk County site where victims of Hurricane Harvey can apply to receive disaster food relief. In addition to the previously announced hours, residents of Polk County will be able to apply Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at this location: Polk County 707 N. Tyler Ave., Livingston Livingston Municipal Library Sept. 18 to 23, Sept. 25-26 Note: Library clo...
  • More than 1,500 people without power in Victoria

    More than 1,500 AEP customers in Victoria are without this afternoon due to breaker outage on Rio Grande.  AEP says lightening caused the outage at the breaker site around 2:30 p.m.  AEP predicts power will be restored around 6 this evening. 
  • Commissioner Ryan Sitton: Texas is the Key to America's Energy Security

    AUSTIN  - Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today talked with members of the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs - a nonprofit professional development organization for those in the energy industry - about the far-reaching impact of Texas' natural resources. "Texas is the key to America's energy security," Sitton said.

  • Sen. Cruz promotes economic growth and Texas agriculture in West Texas visit

    Tours Lamesa farm and ranch and participates in Southwest Council of Agribusiness Annual Meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Perdue and Chairman Conaway LAMESA, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Mike Conaway in Lamesa, Texas to tour a local farm and ranch. Later, Sen. Cruz, Secretary Perdue and Chairman Conaway met with agriculture industry leaders, local farmers and ra...
  • Gov. Abbott tours housing development damage in Port Arthur

    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today visited three Port Arthur housing developments to survey damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Governor was joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush to tour impacted communities and speak with Texans affected by the storm. During the visit, they discussed continuing efforts to address housing issues in Texas after Harvey and how to bette...
  • Texas DSHS continues mosquito control in Jackson County

    The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey. DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Flight operations treated about 357,000 acres over Galveston, Jackson, Montgomery, Polk and San Jacinto counties last night. Crews are planning to be up ...
  • City of Victoria update on Harvey recovery efforts

    TRASH & RECYCLING Regular trash routes have resumed. Have your gray trash cart at the curb by 7 am with the wheels secure against the curb or along the street. The cart lid must be completely closed and the cart must be 5 feet away from surrounding objects. Beginning next week, residents should not use the recycling cart for additional trash. Yard waste is being collected on the scheduled yard waste day, but pickup is taking longer than expected. If your yard waste is not pick...
  • Houston homeowners face higher property taxes after Harvey

    Many Houston homeowners could be facing a new burden after Harvey. Our Jasmine Haynes explains in today's business report.  As Houston continues to recover from the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, many homeowners could be facing higher property taxes on houses they are struggling to rebuild.   Houston's mayor has proposed a one-time increase in the city's property tax rate to help pay for the mounting hurricane expenses, in particular the cost of clea...
  • Victoria College PTA students to hold workout fundraiser on Sept. 30

    Victoria College Physical Therapist Assistant students will be holding a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Fit Strong United CrossFit, located at 118 N. Star Drive in Victoria. Fit Strong United CrossFit will host a workout for the public for $10 with benefits going toward Victoria College’s PTA Program. Massages will be available for $10. PTA students will also provide tests for flexibility and vital signs at no extra cost. VC’s Physical Therapist ...
  • Pet of the week

    The Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center showed off two pets inside the NewsCenter25 studios. If you are interested in adopting one call 361-575-8573.   

  • Friday's Question of the Day

    Good Friday morning Crossroads! Here's today's Question of the Day: Seventy-five percent of women get suspicious when their man does this? Happy Guessing!

  • Firefighters on the scene of fire at Lower Mission Valley Rd. and River Ranch Rd.

    An early morning blaze is keeping fire fighters busy. The call came in just after 2 a.m. It happened at 833 Lower Mission Valley Rd. near River Ranch Rd. A Newscenter 25 crew arrived to find a structure on fire and said fire fighters had the blaze under control. Watch Sunrise this morning for the latest details.  

  • Two House Agriculture Committee staff members in crash near El Campo

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An Agriculture Department employee and two staff members on the House Agriculture Committee were injured Thursday in a car accident near El Campo, Texas. The staffers were treated at a hospital and then released. The accident took place after an event with farmers who had been affected by hurricane Harvey.  

  • Gov. Greg Abbott names new Insurance Commissioner

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Greg Abbott has named a former state appeals court judge as Texas' new insurance commissioner, a powerful post that will have a higher-than-usual profile following Harvey's destruction. Abbott's office announced Kent Sullivan's appointment Thursday. The position had remained vacant since David Mattax died of cancer in April. Sullivan is a former justice of the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston and an ex-state district judge. He's also a former first assis...

  • Houston homeowners face higher property taxes

    HOUSTON (AP) - Many Houston homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey could now be asked to shoulder an added financial burden: higher taxes on the same houses they are struggling to rebuild. 

  • Man with rifle shot by police at Josephine City Hall

    JOSEPHINE, Texas (AP) - Authorities say police officers at a tiny North Texas town's city hall shot a man who refused to put down his rifle. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said Thursday night that officers in the town of Josephine gave "verbal commands" to a person carrying a rifle and opened fire "in reaction to the perceived threat."     

  • Reports of girl trapped in Earthquake rubble not true

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. She reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there others were trapped near her. Rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her. News media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of "Frida Sofia" with a sense of urgency...

  • Wednesday's Question of the Day

    Good Wednesday morning Crossroads! Here's today's Question of the Day: Twenty six percent of people say this has ruined their day? Happy Guessing!

  • Thursday's Question of the Day

    Good Thursday morning Crossroads! Here's today's Question of the Day: The average parent has 15 of these per day? Happy Guessing!

    Answer:

    15 minutes!

  • VC offering Student Success Workshops during fall semester

    Victoria College is offering free Student Success Workshops during the Fall 2017 semester to promote academic success and assist VC students in their career pursuits. “These workshops will help students develop news skills and learn to study more effectively,” said Caroline Marcengo-Stehling, VC’s lead academic advisor. “There are also workshops that will assist students in finding a job after they have completed their education.” The workshops are avai...
  • Sen. Cornyn Visits Aloe to Discuss Harvey's Impact

    On Thursday , Senator John Cornyn received a tour of Aloe Elementary School to see the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.

  • VC Choir to perform with Victoria Civic Chorus, high school choirs at ‘Choral Celebration 2017’

    The Victoria Civic Chorus and Victoria College Choir will perform with choirs from Victoria East and Victoria West high schools in “Choral Celebration 2017” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. “The East and West high school students will perform some of their compositions from their all-state competitions with the Civic Chorus and VC Choir,” said VC Department of Fine Arts Chair Dr. Marylynn Fletcher. The event i...
  • VC offering Microsoft Excel, Word courses

    Victoria College’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department will offer Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word courses this fall at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex. A Microsoft Excel course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 in Room 307. The class will include hands-on instruction and practice. Students will understand the basic concepts of spreadsheet functions and create formulas, charts, graphs and general reports. The...
  • FEMA goes door to door registering residents for disaster aid

    FEMA representatives have been walking door to door in Victoria, looking to register residents who need disaster assistance. The door to door program is part of FEMA's ongoing plan to provide assistance and aid to residents by registering them for disaster aid.

  • Vitality Senior Living hold Alzheimer Health fair

    Vitality Senior Living held its first annual Alzheimer Health Fair to benefit Alzheimer's patients. The health fair featured many vendors who gave donations and provided assistance and care to elders living at the center. 

  • Detar hands check to Heart to Heart in appreciation of Harvey efforts

    Detar Healthcare Systems honored Heart to Heart International today with a $20,000 check in appreciation of their Harvey relief efforts. The check was given to appreciate the work and effort Heart to Heart gave as well as to provide additional funds for future efforts.

  • VC Law Enforcement Academy opened doors for NCIS agent

    Benjamin Giese isn’t allowed to give specifics of the cases he has helped investigate as a special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. “I’ll just say that if it’s been in the news, we’ve probably looked at it,” said Giese, who began his career in law enforcement after graduating from Victoria College’s Law Enforcement Academy in December 1996. Giese, 47, has worked for the NCIS Cyber Department since 2006. He was assigned to ...
  • ?Texas Expands D-SNAP to 12 More Counties

      AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in 12 additional counties: Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Hardin, Lee and Walker, starting Monday, Sept. 25, and San Jacinto starting Wednesday, Sept. 27. Texas has been offering D-SNAP benefits to counties in a phased approach that began Sept. 13. Texas has had active D-SNAP programs in the majorit...
  • Kwame Dawes

    Poet focuses on beauty of language, creation of story

    Every year, the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Reading Series brings in writers who share their unique perspectives of the world, and Kwame Dawes, the 100th writer, is no exception. Dawes, a poet and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, will be the first presenter in the fall 2017 UHV/ABR Reading Series. His reading will be at noon Sept. 28 in the UHV Alcorn Auditorium, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The presentation is free and open to the public. &l...
  • Writers bring life observations, political activism to Victoria

    The University of Houston-Victoria Downtown Arts Series will kick off its fall series with a pair of writers who bring personal observations to life through their stories and poems. Writer and educator Christine Granados and poet, educator and activist Lupe Méndez will read selected stories and poems at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the UHV Center for the Arts, 204 N. Main St. The event is free and open to the public. “Christine and Lupe are amazing, talented writers who have a...
  • UHV to host first Leadercast Women conference

    After hosting Leadercast Victoria for the past six years, the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center will present the inaugural Leadercast Women. A live, worldwide leadership conference, Leadercast Women will be broadcast from Atlanta on Oct. 5 and feature nine speakers who are nationally recognized for being powered by purpose. The Victoria simulcast will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Victoria College Emerging Technology Center, 7403 Lone Tree Road. ...
  • Longtime business faculty member appointed associate provost of UHV Katy

    KATY – The University of Houston-Victoria’s newest administrator sees tremendous growth potential for the university’s teaching center in Katy. Ronald Salazar “We are sitting on a gold mine,” said Ronald Salazar, a UHV associate professor of management and associate provost for Katy operations. “The enrollment for community colleges in our area exceeds 200,000. These are students within our grasp. In addition, Katy is the fastest-growing zip cod...
  • Red Cross Assistance Program Resumes for Harvey Victims

    Red Cross Assistance Program Resumes for Harvey Victims Corpus Christi, September 21, 2017 — Today, the American Red Cross is restarting its program to deliver emergency financial assistance to those most affected by Hurricane Harvey. Thanks to our generous donors, the Red Cross will provide $400 to qualified Texas households in 39* counties that were severely impacted by Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs right now. People can apply on their cell phon...
  • Governor Abbott and George Strait visit Rockport

    Governor Abbott, George Strait, others in town Thursday Governor Greg Abbott, Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, and country western star George Strait will stop in at Ace Hardware, as part of the "Rockport is Open for Business" and the state's Commission to Rebuild campaigns on  Thursday, September 21 at 10 am Ace Hardware is located at 2631 TX-35 Business and Traylor.  Abbott is scheduled to meet with local officials to outline plans for recove...
  • Cuero ISD school honored in school architecture competition

    AUSTIN – The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) have announced the school architecture projects earning Stars of Distinction in the 2017-18 Exhibit of School Architecture competition, which annually showcases new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. The projects will be on display in the Exhibit of School Architecture at the TASA/TASB Convention...
  • VISD superintendent named as finalist in 2017 Superintendent of the Year Award

    (Austin)—Five public school administrators from across Texas were selected as state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. The 2017 finalists and their regions are Robert Jaklich, Victoria ISD, Region 3; Thomas Randle, Lamar CISD, Region 4; LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin I...
  • Senator Cornyn to discuss Harvey impact on schools with TEA and local officials

    Cornyn to Join TEA Commissioner Morath, Local Officials at Aloe Elementary School to Discuss Harvey’s Impact on Schools in Victoria Tomorrow   VICTORIA—U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will join Texas Education (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath, Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller, Victoria Mayor Paul Polasek, and Victoria ISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich on a tour of Aloe Elementary School in Victoria tomorrow to survey damage from Hurricane Harvey and discuss the storm&...
  • Business owners allowed to build convenience store near Victoria West

    The Victoria City Council approved an ordinance variance with an amendment yesterday for Brian and Denise Dlugosch to build a convenience store near Victoria West high school. 

  • Gov. Abbott extends disaster declaration for Texas counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey

    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. All Texas counties declared disaster areas will  continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. There are currently 60 counties included in the state disaster declaration.   "As Texans continue to recover from this storm, I want make it absolutely clear that the State of Texas will be there every step of...
  • Bloomington church provides supplies to residents and surrounding cities

    Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Bloomington is providing supplies to Bloomington residents and Victoria county cities in need.  The church has been handing out supplies in Bloomington as well as distributing to cities such as Placedo and Port Lavaca, to provide supplies and assistance to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

  • Vela family continue search for missing family member

    Months after he went missing, the Vela family continues searching for their missing family member, hoping for a miracle and his safe return. Antonio “TJ” Vela, Jr., also known as Speshel Ed, went missing on June 15th , after a night with friends at Sports Bar. 

  • Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

    Hurricane Maria is sweeping over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic Category 5 winds, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and holds the chance of a direct hit on Puerto Rico.
  • FEMA providing assistance to college students effected by Harvey

    FEMA may provide assistance to students who have disaster-caused damages or losses. Students living in housing provided by an educational facility may be eligible for Housing Assistance.

  • City update: Services returning to normal

    The City of Victoria has provided an update on city services, declaring that services will be returning to normal operations in the coming days and weeks. 

  • Massachusetts Attorney General to sue Equifax for breach

    Equifax says it experienced a separate security breach earlier this year in addition to the larger and more serious breach over the summer that exposed the information of 143 million Americans.  The Massachusetts attorney general has now followed through on her threat to sue Equifax for the breach, making it the first state regulator to file a lawsuit against the company.  
  • Walmart relies on more hours for workers instead of holiday hiring

    Walmart is the latest retailer to announce its hiring plans for the holidays. Our Jasmine Haynes explains in today's business report  Walmart announced it won't be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year, but instead will offer extra hours to its current workers.   However, the nation's largest private employer will be taking on more temporary workers at its distribution centers, but has not given a number yet for those planned holiday hires.  a ...
  • Governor Abbott releases statement On earthquake in Mexico

    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit central Mexico. "The thoughts and prayers of Texans are with the people of Mexico following another devastating earthquake. Mexico has been challenged by several natural disasters over the last few weeks, and our hearts are heavy for those lost and impacted by these tragedies. The State of Texas will continue to offer&nbs...
  • Ellis' neighbor takes the stand in murder trial

    Day 2 of Jerome Ellis murder trial: Testimonies continue on Wednesday in the trial of Jerome Ellis who is accused of murdering Roxanne Menefee. First up on the stand today is Ellis' neighbor who says he heard Ellis say 'She shot herself' the night Menefee was found dead. We'll keep you updated with the latest in this murder trial.
  • Man sends police on chase Tuesday night

    A man is in custody this morning after leading Victoria police on a chase last night. It happened around 10 p.m.The chase began when the driver was pulled over for traffic violations. The man drove his car to the chateau apartments where he got out of his car and ran on foot. He was chased down and arrested by officers around 10: 25 p.m. 
  • Senator Lois Kolkhorst Visits Victoria

    Senator Kolkhorst discusses the states budget and Harvey. 

  • Billy Bush and wife separate

    NEW YORK (AP) - Former "Access Hollywood" and "Today" show personality Billy Bush has separated from wife Sydney Davis after nearly 20 years of marriage. Jill Fritzo, Bush's publicist, says in a statement that the couple has "separated for the moment to evaluate their life together." She adds, "they love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future." The separation comes nearly a year after a 2005 recording surfaced ...

  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association putting on free legal clinics in Victoria

    The San Antonio Young Lawyers Association have been putting on free legal clinics for people with legal issues arising because of Harvey, with partnerships with the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Community Justice Program, and the Texas Bar Foundation.   On 9/26, they will be hosting one such free clinic at The Community Room at the Victoria Mall from 6-8 pm. Areas of Assistance Include: • FEMA Assistance • Property Damage • Landlo...
  • Willie Nelson headlines "Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas" benefit concert in Austin

    Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place on Friday, September 22 at the Frank Erwin Center from 7pm-11pm, and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube.com/Texas Strong from 9-10 p.m. CT. The largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The...

  • Vitality Senior Living hosts fair to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association

    This Thursday Thursday, September 21st, 1303 N John Stockbauer from 9 am to 2pm Vitality Senior Living will be hosting its first annual “Alz About He...

  • Shelter-in-place lifted after fire at refinery in Southeast Texas

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - A fire at a refinery in the Southeast Texas city of Port Arthur sent black plumes of smoke into the air and caused officials to tell people nearby to shelter in place. Valero Energy Corp. spokeswoman Lillian Riojas told The Associated Press in an email that the fire started at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday in a heavy oil tank. She says Valero emergency crews responded and the Port Arthur Fire Department assisted. The city said that the shelter-in-place was lifted by abo...

  • Republican House Speaker Joe Straus calls for removal of a Confederate marker

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A powerful Texas Republican is calling for the removal of a Confederate marker in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War. Republican House Speaker Joe Straus said Tuesday in a letter to state officials that the plaque is "blatantly inaccurate." Straus becomes the most prominent Texas Republican to call for removing a Confederate marker. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said doing so won't erase the past. 

  • Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence

    Toys R Us, pioneering big box toy retailer, says it has filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Car chase turned foot chase ends near Liberty Academy

    Victoria Police were involved in a chase around 10:10 p.m. The chase began when the driver was pulled over for traffic violations. The man drove his car to the Chateau Apartments, across the street from Faith Academy, where he got out of his car and ran on foot. he was chased down and arrested by officers around 10:25 p.m. We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

  • Three spills reported in Houston toxic waste site

    PASADENA, Texas (AP) - In the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped, three spills were reported at one of Houston's dirtiest toxic waste sites. The spills were reported to a government hotline by the company overseeing the ongoing cleanup at the site, a former petroleum industry waste-processing plant contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. The EPA says it is still assessing the scene. 

  • Undocumented immigrants affected by Harvey turn to churches

    HOUSTON (AP) - Many in the country illegally fear that seeking federal disaster aid after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and private charities. They are ineligible for federal aid but may apply on behalf of children with legal status. Parents are warned their information may be shared with immigration officers.      

  • Mexico Earthquake claims 248 lives

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Rescuers and volunteers are frantically digging through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities jumps to 248. Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the earlier temblor that killed thousands and came just two hours after earthquake drills were held across Mexico to mark th...
  • Valero Refinery Fire

    PORT ARTHUR--A fire inside the Valero refinery in Port Arthur forced nearby residents to shelter-in-place. Witnesses report hearing a loud explosion around 11:30 this morning, just before the fire ignited. Billowing black smoke was seen rising from inside the refinery. A shelter-in-place was ordered for residents on the west side of Port Arthur, including several schools in the area. That order was lifted about 3 hours later. There are no reports of injuries.
  • Trooper Involved in the Sandra Bland Case, Speaks Out

    AUSTIN--Dash cam footage of former Texas Trooper Brain Encinia pulling over Sandra Bland on July 10, 2015 sparked controversy in the days and weeks that followed its release. Encinia has never testified in court about his actions that day. In October of 2015, three months after his dash camera recorded the arrest, Trooper Brian Encinia is recorded during an investigation into how he conducted the traffic stop by the agency's inspector general, and a lawyer with the attorney general ...
  • Jury Trail Begins For Murder Case

    Opening statements and testimonies began on Tuesday for the first day of the Jerome Ellis Jury Trial. Five witnesses took the stand to give their accounts on what happened days leading up to when Roxanne Menafee was found dead.

  • Texas DSHS to continue spraying for mosquitoes in Gulf Coast counties

    Texas DSHS mosquito control update - Sept. 19, 2017 The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey. DSHS is working with counties that have requested assistance with mosquito control to coordinate spraying by two state contractors and federal support through FEMA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Rain reduced the amount of aerial mosquito spraying that could be done Monday night. ...
  • City Council approves new fire truck; ambulance for VFD

    City council approved today an ordinance amendment to allow the city to purchase a new pumper truck and ambulance for the Victoria fire department. The ordinance was approved to provide VFD with the funding needed to purchase the new vehicles and replace old models that were showing their age. 

  • Bay City man arrested for threatening officer with a knife

    Officer Daniel Harbaugh, was dispatched to Holy Cross Church in reference to a shirtless man sleeping on a bench in the church entrance on Monday, September 18, 2017, at approximately 1:06 p.m. Church staff had asked the man to leave several times when he became argumentative with them. Upon his arrival, Officer Harbaugh made contact with staff members who pointed to the location of the man who was later identified as Noel Resto III, 23, Bay City. As Officer Harbaugh attempted to m...
  • Cuero church receives donations from Minnesota town

    Donations arrived in Cuero today, at Lifeway Baptist Church, from Worthington, Minnesota, a town that has a 45 year connection to Cuero.  The church has been distributing supplies received from Worthington, to surrounding cities like Wharton and Port Lavaca, to provide hurricane relief. 

  • Emergency Management and FEMA to hold public assistance workshop

    Texas Division of Emergency Management Recovery Division, along with FEMA Public Assistance representatives,  will be conducting a Public Assistance workshop at 2pm on Friday September, 22, 2017 located the University of Houston - Victoria, University North Build (Attached Map - Building #3). The FEMA Public Assistance program is designed to provide assistance to State, Territorial, Indian Tribal, Local Government, and some Private Nonprofit Organizations. Attend to learn m...
  • Mexico earthquake kills dozens

    A powerful earthquake rocked an area south of Mexico city this afternoon and killed 55 people. The United States geological survey reports the quake registered at 7.1 magnitude--centered southeast of Mexico city in the state of Puebla. Some media outlets are reporting that witnesses claim smoke can be seen rising from some buildings. People reportedly fled into the streets from buildings during the quake. The Mexican government tweeted out that their emergency committee has been activ...
  • St. Joseph High School Seniors Recognized in National Merit Competition

    St. Joseph High School Seniors Recognized in National Merit Competition St. Joseph High School announced today that two STJ seniors, Jordan Pyatt and Logan Rivera, have been named National Merit Semifinalists, and senior Kelsey Ellett, has been named Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Rivera was also named a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar. St. Joseph High School recently presented awards to these scholastically talented seniors. About 1.6 million juni...
  • Bealls donating merchandise to local nonprofits for Hurricane relief

    Bealls Donating Merchandise to Local Nonprofits for Hurricane Relief Organizations Invited to Request Donations HOUSTON (September 19, 2017) – Bealls is giving back to Texas communities that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, including the Corpus Christi area, by donating merchandise to nonprofits that serve hurricane victims. Many of Bealls’ customers and employees were deeply impacted by the hurricane’s devastation. To aid in the relief effort, several Be...
  • Red River Street Between Patterson and Ben Jordan Closed on September 20

    (VICTORIA, TEXAS) Beginning on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the City will close Red River Street from Patterson Drive to Ben Jordan Street to through traffic to install utilities.  This closure is expected to take one day; weather permitting. Drivers can expect delays in the work zone and should use alternate routes to get around the work zone if possible. All businesses, residents and parking lots in the construction zone will remain accessible via alt...
  • City of Victoria continues curbside yard waste pickup

    Because of the large amount of yard waste at the curb, Monday’s yard waste pickup routes were not finished. If you put yard waste at the curb any day this week and it does not get picked up on your regular yard waste collection day, leave it at the curb and it should be picked up the next day. -City of Victoria 
  • Get to know your neighbors and first responders at National Night Out

    Getting to know your neighbors and first responders is the first step to a safer community. The first step to getting to know your neighbors…Having a party. Tuesday October 3rd is National Night Out, an annual event geared toward improving communities nationwide. Every year, hundreds of Victoria residents participate in this awesome event. Folks are asked to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors. NOW is the time to begin pla...
  • TWC to Host Careers in Texas Industries Week  Career Exploration Statewide Events

    TWC to Host Careers in Texas Industries Week  Career Exploration Statewide Events Set for Sept. 25-30 The Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with 27 local workforce development boards, also known as Workforce Solutions, industry associations and Texas Tri-A...
  • Toys R Us files for bankruptcy

    At one point many youngsters in the U.S.  wanted to be a Toys 'R' Us kid.  Now sad news for america's largest toy chain. Toys 'R' Us is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy amid increased competition from online retailers such as Amazon. The New Jersey based company looking to restructure its debt as it gears up for the holiday season. Toys 'R' Us has nearly 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees worldwide. 
  • Rolling Stone magazine is up for sale

    Trouble for a popular toy store plus an iconic magazine for sale. Our Jasmine Haynes explains in today's business report.  It's been the voice of music lovers and counterculture for decades.

  • Possible Oil Spill After Harvey

    Pollution control officials reported a spill at a Pasadena Superfund site following Hurricane Harvey A cleanup team led by PRP Group called an emergency federal hotline in late August to report a spill in Texas' Vince Bayou near the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site.

  • Tuesday's Question of the Day

    Good Morning Crossroads! Here's today's Question of the Day: A recent study says the peak time for this on the weekend is between 4-6 p.m. Happy Guessing!

  • SeaWorld Welcomes Baby Beluga

    San Antonio--SeaWorld welcomed a cute new calf to its beluga whale family over the weekend. On Sunday, "Crissy" gave birth to a 125 pound calf. Chris Bellows, SeaWorld San Antonio's Vice President for Zoological Operations says the birth is important in educating the public and conserving the species. In order to allow mother and calf time to bond, Beluga stadium closed on Sunday, but hosted "visiting hours" Sunday afternoon for guests to greet the newest additi...

  • Gov. Abbott Speaks out on DACA

    Gov. Greg Abbott spoke out about President Donald Trump's plan for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and living here illegally.    Abbott was asked today whether he was comfortable with trump's stance on deportation protections for 800,000 young immigrants, or if he was clear about the president's intentions. He answered with one word: "no." Trump said last week he was "fairly close" to an agreement with congressional Democrats that woul...
  • Houston Woman Murders Boyfriend

    HOUSTON--A woman is behind bars after she was accused of killing her boyfriend. 30-year-old Cierra Alexis Sutton stands charged with murder after she was accused of shooting her live-in boyfriend, Steven Coleman in the head, while he was sleeping. Sutton allegedly chopped his body into pieces with a machete and dumped the remains into the dumpsters at her apartment complex. Investigators say on August 16th, Steven Coleman suddenly disappeared. Several days later, neighbors of the ...

  • Riverside Park Still Recovering Weeks after Harvey

    It's been three weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, and the storm left most of Riverside Park with substantial damages. On  Monday morning, we were able to take tour of Riverside park, where trees and debris lined the roadways and golf course.

  • Governor Abbott announces changes to senior staff

    Governor Abbott Announces Changes To Senior Staff AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced changes to his senior staff as the transition to the interim and preparations for the 2019 legislative session begin to take place. 

  • The Children’s Park at Riverside Park re-opens Monday

    YARD WASTE COLLECTION RESUMED TODAY; CHILDREN’S PARK RE-OPENS IN RIVERSIDE PARK AND GOOD PROGRESS BEING MADE ON BRUSH PICK-UP Yard waste collection resumed today. Put your yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. in paper bags, cardboard boxes, or old trash cans on your scheduled yard waste pickup day. No yard waste will be picked up in plastic bags. REPEAT, NO YARD WASTE WILL BE PICKED UP IN PLASTIC BAGS. The Children’s Park at Riverside Park re-opened today! Unfortunately, t...
  • Victoria Municipal Court Jury Trials Cancelled September 20

    (VICTORIA, TEXAS) Jury trials scheduled for 9:30 am on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Victoria Municipal Court are cancelled. Jurors are no longer needed at court. For questions or more information, please call Municipal Court at 485-3050.
  • Red River Street Closed Beginning on September 19

    (VICTORIA, TEXAS) The City will close Red River Street from Patterson Drive to Ben Jordan Street to through traffic to install utilities beginning on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  This closure is expected to take one day; weather permitting. Drivers can expect delays in the work zone and should use alternate routes to get around the work zone if possible. All businesses, residents and parking lots in the construction zone will remain accessible via alternate routes. ...
  • Victoria crime stoppers search for aggravated robbery suspects

    “Victoria Crime Stoppers is looking for information about an aggravated robbery.  On August 8th at about 10 at night, 2602 E Mockignbird Ln was robbed.  Two black males entered the store and demanded money from the clerk.  One subject was armed with a gun.  The subjects shown in the surveillance video were described as 5’10” or 5’11” and had their faces covered.  If you have information about who committed this crime, please ...
  • Inmate arraigned on eight counts of assault after county jail incident

    An inmate was arraigned on new charges stemming from a Victoria county jail incident last Friday involving a male inmate and seven officers. During a cell check, 19 year old Tyler Shelton was found by officers with a noose like object. After officers rushed in to stop the teen's suicide attempt, he allegedly became belligerent, attacking the officers before being restrained. Seven officials were injured, with four being transported to the local hospital. Chief Deputy Ro...
  • Hurricane Maria Heads Toward Puerto Rico As A Major Storm

    MIAMI (AP) - Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina is canceling his speech before the U.N. General Assembly so that he can return home and coordinate preparations for Hurricane Maria. Medina said in a video announcement that he wants to be in the country and make sure all necessary steps are being taken as the storm passes close to the country. 

  • Last week to put excess garbage in green and yellow carts

    Today is last day for loose plastic bags for household garbage / residents can use recycling cart for extra garbage through next week / yard waste pickup resumes Monday, no plastic bags! 

  • Update: Jerome Ellis murder trial begins; jury selection underway

    The Jerome Ellis murder trial begins today.  Jury trial began this morning with District Judge Eli Garza presiding over the case.  The murder trial of Jerome Ellis began in August 2017 but was postponed. 

  • SBA tops $260 Million in disaster assistance loans to businesses and residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Acting Regional Administrator Dorothy Overal of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that SBA has approved $265,581,100 in federal disaster loans for Texas businesses and residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey. According to Overal, SBA has approved 226 loans for $20,323,000 for businesses and 2,919 loans for $245,258,100 for residents to help rebuild and recover from this terrible disaster. “SBA’s disaster assistanc...
  • UHV names interim business school dean

    UHV names interim business school dean A former business school dean and financial bond analyst is the new interim dean of the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration. James Jordan-Wagner started his position at UHV on Monday, replacing former dean Farhang Niroomand, who resigned at the end of August to teach after more than eight years of leading the school. 

  • New York City wants to host Amazon's next headquarters

    Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 % of economic activity, fell in august despite gains in some areas. Our Jasmine Haynes explains in today's business report.  Consumers cut back on spending last month by the largest amount in six months.   A big decline in auto sales offset gains in other areas.  

  • Monday's Question of the Day

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  • The Texas Zoo hopes to reopen mid-October

    VICTORIA- The Texas Zoo plans to reopen by mid-October. The zoo plans a soft open with many of its 250 animals that have returned since being evacuated during Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Zoo lost four animals due to the storm, including two tortoises and two birds. The zoo provided a Facebook Live tour over the weekend showing much of the facility cleaned and clear, including the gift shop.

  • Northeast Texas man accused of shooting two deputies

    DE KALB, Texas (AP) - Authorities have captured a Northeast Texas man after investigators say he shot two deputies checking reports of his house on fire. The Bowie County Sheriff's Office says both deputies were treated for minor injuries Sunday. Charges were pending against the homeowner.  Chief Deputy Jeff Neal says two deputies responded to a fire in De Kalb, 140 miles northeast of Dallas. The suspect allegedly didn't want the fire extinguished, pointed a gun at officers, then...

  • Harvey's record damage and huge price tag may not bring needed change

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The man tasked with overseeing Texas' Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as "future-proofing" before the next disaster. 

  • More than 3,000 Texas prison inmates return to Houston-area

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - More than 3,000 Texas prison inmates bused from Houston-area units to escape Hurricane Harvey-related flooding have been returned to their original lockups. 

  • Man accused of shooting two men in Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has set bond for a white man suspected in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge. District Attorney Hillar Moore told the Associated Press on Sunday evening that Kenneth Gleason, whom police named as a suspect in the shootings, was given a $3,500 bond for the drug charges that police were holding him on. Gleason has not been arrested on any charges related to the killings. 
  • D-SNAP expands to Calhoun and Refugio counties

    Texas will offer D-SNAP to residents in Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Nueces, Polk, Refugio and San Patricio counties, starting Sept. 18 or 19. 

  • First Responders Received Free LASIK Eye Surgery

    "Now on the heels of Hurricane Harvey and all of the things they done again to keep us safe and healthy in the aftermath of this disaster it just been amazing and this is a small thank you,"  said Dr. Boozailes. The Victoria Eye Center received countless stories and videos from the Victoria community for why their first responder should be chosen. Officer Ryan Kelly with Victoria Police Department was shocked when he heard he was selected. "I found out i was ...

  • Sen. Kolkhorst tapped to study how to prevent storm surge along the Texas coast

    Senator Kolkhorst represents a district that spans nearly a third of the Texas coastline. Lt. Governor Patrick tapped her to join fellow lawmakers to study the structural options that could be built to prevent storm surges along Texas' coast.

  • CANCELLED: Silver Alert on Barry Copenhaver

    If anyone has seen Barry Copenhaver or knows where he is, contact the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office at 361-275-5734.

  • Port Lavaca post office begins mail delivery on Saturday

    Postal officials announced that repairs have been completed and the Port Lavaca Post Office. Full P.O. box delivery and collection operations will resume Saturday, Sept. 16. 

  • Bloomington Residents Come Together in Time of Need

    The Crossroads has been helped by people from many different states. We've seen groups come from Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, to name a few. we went to Bloomington today where a group from Pennsylvania brought some much needed supplies.

  • Victoria and El Campo teachers receive Texas Teacher of the Year Honors

    AUSTIN – The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named Texas’ top teachers for 2018. Marissa Torres, a third-grade teacher from White Settlement ISD, is the 2018 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Tara Bordeaux, a media arts teacher from Austin ISD, is the 2018 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. 

  • Meis and Nguyen named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program

    Vy Nguyen, senior at Victoria West High School, and Calder Meis, senior at Victoria East High School, earned this distinction by placing in the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students across the nation who took the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT exam. Students who are recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist show exceptional academic promise in the areas of critical reading, mathematics and writing. 

  • Texas economy adds 5,500 jobs in August

    The Texas economy expanded for the 14th consecutive month with the addition of 5,500 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in August. 

  • City of Victoria planning to resume recycle and yard waste pickup

    In anticipation of restarting recycling routes on Monday, October 2, the week of Sept. 18th-22nd is the last week residents can use the green and yellow recycling carts for excess household garbage. 

  • Friday's Question of the Day

    Good Friday morning Crossroads! Here's Today's Question of the Day:  

  • Confederate Statue Removed in Dallas

    Crews have removed the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at a park in Dallas. A heavy-duty crane and bulldozer took down the statue at Lee Park Thursday afternoon. On September 7th, the city council voted to remove the statue one week ago... but a U.S. district judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop the removal of the statue until a hearing could take place. The next day, the city filed a response and a judge agreed the removal was allowed to continue. The S...
  • More School Delays in Bloomington

    Bloomington ISD has announced that they will push back their school start date even further. The new start date is September 19, with staff returning the day before. Previously, the start date was for September 18.
  • DPS Blood Drive Promotes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. On Thursday, Victoria Department of Public Safety held a blood drive where they promoted Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, Chick-fil-A, Kamin Furniture, and DPS partnered together to support one of Victoria's own.

  • Salvation Army provides supplies and care to Victoria

    The Salvation Army continued its disaster relief efforts today, providing supplies and warm meals to Victoria County residents. Since August 30th, the Salvation Army of Victoria has provided over 34,000 meals, 50,000 bottles of fluids and many more supplies to Victorians in need.  

  • O'Connor Elementary to receive help from Dallas-Area School

    Ford Middle School in Allen, Texas has adopted O'Connor Elementary in Victoria. They have collected donations of all kinds and will donate them to help victims of Hurricane Harvey to return to school. "We at VISD are so grateful for their willingness to reach out and offer such tremendous support as we work to get our schools ready for students to return"- Shawna Currie , Director of communications for VISD Ford Middle School chose to adopt O'Connor Elementary because o...
  • Texas Zoo Update

    Parts of the Texas Zoo are still underwater nine days after Harvey struck the Texas coast. Some exhibits are 6 ft underwater and some building were completely destroyed by the storm. But, through it all zoo workers never forgot about their animals. "The last night before teams were able to get in,  the animal curator and some of his keepers actually stayed on the top of the roof of the zoo," Program Director, Nate Jones said. The zoo currently has a GoFundMe page ...

  • Victoria residents practice patience at the pump

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is reassuring his residents that the state is not running out of gas. Those comments come this weekend, while lines at local gas stations continue to grow. But how long that wait is might all depend on your perspective. At least, that's what HEB Station pump worker Lisa Rubio sees it. "We're all going through it," she said. "Everyone's going through the same situation. We just need to work with each other and help each other out." She's sp...

  • Church Rebuilds Facility and Flock After Harvey

    Sunday marks a National Day of Prayer, declard in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. While thousands head to church on this day, there are some in Texas without a building in which to pray. Lifeway Baptist Church in Cuero, Texas, is one of those congregations. The parish lost its roof in Harvey, and the building sustained serious water damage inside. "It's kind of a double blow to us, because these rooms are used for our preschool," said Pastor Glen Moore while giving Newscente...

  • Neighbors Help Neighbors After Hurricane Harvey

    Non-profits and national organizations are all around Southern Texas, offering aid to people in need. But maybe going unnoticed are the people themselves helping their neighbors. Mary Baker is one of those people. She's back home this weekend after evacuating from Victoria during Hurricane Harvey. While her home went untouched, several trees outside are down in her yard. "It could've been a whole lot worse," she said. "It could've landed on our roof or something."...

  • Volunteers Needed To Bag 40,00 Pounds of Clothes

    Local efforts to help out residents in need after Harvey continue into the holiday weekend - including an initiative to bag 40,000 pounds of clothes in Victoria. RHM Gleaning ReSale Shop is undertaking that task out of its Moody Street store. There are dozens of boxes, bags and truckloads of clothes that need to be unpacked, folded and put together for residents in need. The store itself is in need, too - of volunteers. "I think it's a vital part of our community that we help e...

  • Samaritan's Purse responds to 500 requests in Victoria

    VICTORIA-  Samaritan's Purse had more than 110 volunteers across Victoria helping residents clean up. The international Christian relief organization has taken 500 requests for help. They're tarping roofs, cutting trees, mudding out homes and removing debris. Base operations are at Faith Family Church.  Teams will work Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break. They will work half days on Sundays.  www.samaritanspurse.org

  • Enrollment Information for Victoria I.S.D. Students

    VICTORIA- Although classes will not resume in the Victoria I.S.D. until Monday, Sept. 11th, the V.I.S.D. school offices will be open the week of Sept. 5-8. Parents are encouraged to call during this week if they:      -have a current V.I.S.D. student who has been displaced to another address due to Hurricane Harvey OR      -are new-to-V.I.S.D. and have a school-aged child needing to enroll.  By calling during regular business hours the wee...

  • Harvey Update for Victoria

    VICTORIA- This is the final update from the Office of Emergency Management of Victoria. Several residents report being without power. Traffic has picked up to normal. KAVU will continue monitoring recovery in Victoria and surrounding areas. A number of groups are helping with basic needs.  MOSQUITO SPRAYING BEGINS TONIGHT Spraying for mosquitoes in the City begins this evening around 8 p.m.  Spraying is done in the evening and early morning hours.  If you are outside ...

  • Update on Power in Victoria

    VICTORIA- It may be the weekend but work continues at Victoria Electric CO-op and AEP. As of September 2nd at 6:00 AM VEC has 17,127 meters online. VEC has 329 men working to restore power quickly and safely. VEC AEP estimates 95% of its customers in Victoria County will have electrical service restored by 10 p.m. Saturday night. Isolated cases may remain without power and those situations are handled on a case-by-case basis. VEC estimates 65% of their customers i Customers w...

  • FEMA Opens First Recovery Center in Edna

    EDNA- FEMA has opened its first Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in the area. 

  • The Latest on Harvey and the storm's aftermath

    HOUSTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are meeting with Harvey survivors who are living in a shelter. The Trumps walked through NRG Center in Houston, spending time in an area of the shelter designated for children. They are posing for photographs and shaking hands as they listen to people's stories. Trump at one point leaned down and cupped a little boy's face while they spoke and then gave him a high five. He lifted a girl up and gave her a kiss. Tex...
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  • Calhoun County calls for voluntary evacuation in Indianola Magnolia Beach areas

    Calhoun Emergency Management is calling for an voluntary evacuation for Indianola Magnolia Beach areas. Emergency management said they will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation and will announce on their Facebook page more evacuations if need be. The Calhoun evacuation includes all low lying areas of the county.
  • Local law enforcement seizes synthetic drugs and firearms in raid

    VICTORIA, TX – Law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies conducted three simultaneous search warrants in the city of Victoria on the morning of August 23rd. The search warrants were the result of an extensive undercover operation conducted by the Special Operations Unit of the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. Items of interest seized during the search warrants were: 59.8 grams of synthetic marijuana 5.1 pounds of marijuana Four firearms, one of which was re...
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  • Pay It Forward 9-14-17

    Today marks Pay It Forward day…where our street crew goes out and meets the people of Victoria to see where they can give our weekly grant of 300 dollars to a deserving person or organization in the Crossroads…and today, our recipient was thinking of some feline friends…

  • U.S. Job Growth Slows

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, but even that decreased pace suggests that businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.    

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