ROME (AP) — Get back on the boat. That was the order from the Italian coast guard to the captain of a cruise ship that turned on its side after hitting rocks along the Italian coast on Friday. On an audio tape that was made public today, an angry coast guard officer is heard demanding that the captain -- who was on a lifeboat at the time -- return to the ship to oversee the rescue and evacuation. The captain resisted. He's now in custody, facing charges in the wreck that has now claimed at least 11 lives.
Tyler,Tx - Parades, music and other events were held across Texas today to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In Tyler, the 26th annual MLK rally was held at the Downtown Square followed by a march down Broadway and concluded at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church where a service was held. Texas joined the rest of the country in honoring King's memory 44 years after his death.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say low levels of fungicide in orange juice aren't enough to cause safety concerns. The Environmental Protection Agency says it won't order that juice be taken off store shelves. Coca-Cola says it informed the EPA about levels of car-bend-azim in its juice and that of its competitors.
Bullard -- A fire in the Bullard area this morning caused heavy damage to a home on Summerset Court. Smith County authorities say the blaze broke out around 4 a.m. Bullard, Flint, and Noonday firefighters responded to the blaze. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.
TYLER -- The cause of a house fire in Tyler on Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation. Firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze at 606 North Northwest Loop 323. The fire originated in the living room area, near a sofa. The structure suffered heavy fire damage in the room of origin, as well as heavy smoke damage throughout. No injuries were reported.
Tyler,TX - Construction of the first phase of the Smith County jail expansion is now underway. A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday signaled the first leg of the 35 million dollar project approved by voters last year.
The expansion includes re-location of the kitchen and laundry facilities and will include a video visitation station that will improve security and safety at the low risk facility. Construction of the downtown section will start later this year.
(AP) — It's the morning after and the controversy over how to sell emergency contraception still looms.
The order by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to stop the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves has shocked women's health advocates, a key part of President Barack Obama's Democratic base.
Major doctors groups also are stunned by the decision. They have argued that over-the-counter sales could lower the nation's high number of unplanned pregnancies.
Smith County Authorities are warning the public of a possible phone scam. The caller is asking citizens for donations to fund a Blue Santa Program. The caller is soliciting the funds on behalf of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department, Peace officers Association, and the Department of Public Safety. The law enforcement agencies do not solicit donations by phone and residents should always use caution when receiving solicitation calls for donations from any organization over the phone.
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