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  • Vietnam Veteran Finally Receives Air Medal
    Posted in In The News on November 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    It was a moment Tommy Baxter had waited a long time to experience. The ceremony was brief and quiet but at last the Air Medal was pinned over his heart. The day was special for Baxter. A 1964 graduate of Rider High School, he was the first Rider basketball player to get a college scholarship. After two years at Midwestern State University, he joined the Navy in 1967. "It was an unconventional assignment. Everybody thinks it's all ships," said Baxter taking a break from a camping trip. "When I in... Read more

  • Longview veteran, WWII POW finally awarded Purple Heart, other medals
    Posted in In The News on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    Puett Willcox followed procedure after being captured by the Germans during World War II: He gave his name, rank and serial number. When his captors asked whether he had a mother and a father, Willcox paused and wondered how to answer. Then he told them jokingly, "No Mutter, no Vater, no per diem." The "per diem" bit stymied the Germans, Willcox remembers, but his captors then gave him a beer. "I guess they felt sorry for me because I had no mother, no father," he said. Willcox, 92, of Longview ... Read more

  • Gohmert visits TieTek in Woodlawn, talks state of industry
    Posted in In The News on October 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert visited constituents in Harrison County, touring the American TieTek LLC's manufacturing facility on Wednesday. American TieTek produces recycled and recyclable composite products including cross ties, the rectangular support for rails in railroad tracks, and railroad highway crossings. "I'm impressed. I see a lot of potential here," Gohmert said, after touring the facility. "A strong and effective railroad is crucial for getting East Texas goods to market. To see firstha... Read more

  • GOHMERT: We must preserve the Hyde Amendment and its safeguards
    Posted in In The News on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    Last week, the country celebrated 40 years of the Hyde Amendment being in effect. This vital piece of legislation outlaws taxpayer dollars from being used to fund elective abortions through Medicaid. It not only protects the rights of the innocent unborn, but also advances the cause of human freedom, extends the inalienable rights enshrined in our Declaration of Independence to all human beings and preserves religious liberty. It was a great honor for me to have served with Henry Hyde in the las... Read more

  • Comey on Clinton email probe: 'Don't call us weasels'
    Posted in In The News on September 28, 2016 | Preview rr

    FBI Director James Comey is passionately defending the integrity of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email set-up, arguing that critics are unfair to suggest that agents were biased or succumbed to political pressure. "You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels," Comey declared Thursday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. "We are honest people and....whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done." The normally... Read more

  • Federal Lab’s ‘Extremely Troubling’ Data Manipulation Spurs Hill Probe
    Posted in In The News on September 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    A congressional investigative subcommittee requested documents Monday detailing nearly two decades of intentional — and apparently unpunished — energy data manipulation at a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) lab. Analysts at an Energy Resources Program lab in Lakewood, Colo. manipulated raw data during two separate periods, first from 1996 to 2008, then from 2008 to 2014, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. The lab was consequently closed on March 1, 2016, and affected clients were... Read more

  • East Texans honor Alzheimer's patients, walk to help find a cure
    Posted in In The News on September 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    Lekeisha Rockwell's grandfather died from Alzheimer's disease in 2008, and since that time, she's participated in his honor at the East Texas Walk to End Alzheimer's. "We're very hopeful," Rockwell said Saturday at this year's walk. "We just want to do something because it could be hereditary in our family, and we see other people suffering. We just want to be a part of the movement." People diagnosed with the disease, caretakers of those afflicted and supporters raising money and awareness for ... Read more

  • Prayer and politics in Congress
    Posted in In The News on September 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Sen. Christopher Coons doesn’t get much sleep. Unlike most senators, the lawmaker from Delaware commutes to the capital via Amtrak, often returning home late at night to his wife, three kids, and two dogs. On Wednesdays, though, the Democrat gets up extra early, at 5:30 a.m., so he can catch the train from Wilmington to Washington, arriving about 8:20. If he walks straight to the Capitol from the station, he can make the second half of the Senate prayer breakfast, a bipartisan hour of personal r... Read more

  • Veterans remember POW and MIA service members
    Posted in In The News on September 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Sept. 16 always brings special meaning to Marine veteran Michael Bishop. Bishop is a Vietnam War veteran, and many of his friends did not make it home. After the Paris Peace Accords, the U.S. listed 1,350 Americans that were classified as either prisoners of war or missing in Action. Since then, over 500 Texas service members have been reported as MIA in various conflicts. "I moved up here from Houston 30 years ago, and there was no ceremonies to commemorate these people from combat," Bishop sai... Read more

  • Feds skip hearing on Obama's solar 'death ray'
    Posted in In The News on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    The Fish and Wildlife Service refused to attend a hearing Thursday to discuss penalties for a huge federally backed solar power plant that has incinerated dozens of protected birds with the "death rays" it produces. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, chaiman of the House Natural Resources Committee's oversight and investigations panel, criticized the Ivanpah power plant's harm to wildlife while failing to meet power production goals. "The killing of the migratory birds, what are called 'streamers' at ... Read more