A Willis man — who has maintained his innocence for over 20 years — was put to death by the state of Texas Wednesday at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit. Larry Swearingen, 48, became the fourth inmate to die at the hands of the Lonestar State this year, after taking his last breath at 6:47 p.m.

In 2002, a friend’s eight-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.

A tornado emergency was declared for parts of Pontotoc County Monday night as severe storms were reported near the Hickory and Roff areas.

ASHLAND, Ky. -- Boyd County and its insurance carrier have reached a $1.75 million civil settlement with the estate of an inmate who state prosecutors said died at the county jail of internal bleeding from blunt force trauma caused by corrections officers.

LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Police pulled over a New Hampshire driver with an air conditioner jutting from his car’s rear right window and the generator powering it atop the roof  -- but not for the reason you might think.

ALBANY, N.Y.  – Hailed as a victory for cats, a statewide ban took effect in New York Monday banning veterinarians from declawing pet felines no matter the frustration of owners with scratched and destroyed furniture.

SALEM, Mass. – A Massachusetts teenager convicted of the fatal stabbing and decapitation murder of a high school classmate has been sentenced to life in prison.

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RANDOLPH, N.H. – Grief and a search for answers as to the cause of a rural highway crash involving  a convoy of 10 motorcycles and a pickup truck gripped the scene of the horrific accident in this northern New Hampshire community Saturday.

ALBANY, N.Y.  – Legislation adding New York to the roster of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana won’t be enacted into law this year.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A kindhearted message on the tailgate of his pickup truck has made Cody Barlow, self-described straight county boy from Oklahoma, an unexpected poster boy for LGBTQ advocates.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – It wasn’t quite a classic children’s story, but first responders from the local fire department nonetheless achieved beloved status recently for rescuing a high and dry brood of ducks in this northern New York community.

The Trump administration intends to slap a 5 percent tariff on every medium-sized car, avocado and other Mexican import beginning June 10, affecting nearly $1 billion worth of goods that crosses the border into the U.S. each day on average.

It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I'm the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.

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Editor's note: Several times throughout the year, the Herald-Press' parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., asks local newspapers to interview residents, and ask them their views on national politics. The following is the local article highlighting the “pulse of the voters.”

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Editor's note: Several times throughout the year, the Herald-Press' parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., asks local newspapers to interview residents, and ask them their views on national politics. The following is the national article highlighting the “pulse of the voters.”

DELPHI, Ind.  – A second day of desperate searching for a small boy playing in a park and carried away by a rain-swollen creek in this small northwest Indiana town turned up no sign of the youth, authorities said Friday.

You haven’t showered in a few days, and you haven’t brushed your teeth yet this morning. But, your baby is one month old today!

The checkout line at the supermarket is a surprising mix of dark secrets and brain candy. Every time I need milk and eggs, I feel like Odysseus caught between Scylla and Charybdis: to the right of me, the dreaded chocolate bars, a whirlpool of cocoa and sugar that sucks me down, and to the left of me the six-headed monster of the tabloid newspapers.

When 12 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School 20 years ago, it not only became what at the time was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. It also marked when American society was first handed a script for a new form of violence in schools.

BOSTON – Popular legislation to ban tackle football in Massachusetts for kids through seventh grade has stirred vigorous opposition from youth league players, coaches and parents.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Compelling coverage of a natural gas disaster that affected thousands of people in Massachusetts, the waste of tax dollars by antiquated townships in Indiana, and the dismissal of an admired college coach for misconduct in a small Iowa town highlighted distinguished journalism in the annual Best of CNHI contest for work in 2018.

Many Americans are outraged by the college admissions scandal revealed by the FBI Tuesday. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and cheated to improve their children’s SAT and ACT scores.

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Funeral services for Phebie William Lusk, who died Aug. 18 in Palestine will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at New Sweet Oak Baptist Church in Centerville. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine. Emanuel Funeral H…

Funeral services for Kermith Randal Griffin, who died Aug. 14 in Crockett will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Baptist Church of Crockett. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home of Crockett. Emanuel Funeral Hom…

Funeral services for Johnnie Leon Dean, who died Aug. 17 in Tyler will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at the chapel at Emanuel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Dallas National Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine. Emanuel Funeral Home of Pale…

Funeral services for Sandra Kay Ewell, who died Aug. 24 in Tyler will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Antioch Church in Palestine. Burial will follow in Mason Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine. Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine will h…

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