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Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania
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Local and National News Headlines 2/2

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Six more weeks of winter. But if it stays as mild as it has been in some parts of the country, the groundhog is off the hook. Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to "see" his shadow this morning, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter. Of course it's all scripted. Phil's prediction is determined ahead of time by the Inner Circle, a group who dons top hats and tuxedos to host the event.

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dart suspects
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Local and National News Headlines 1/31

TYLER -- Three suspects, including a local standout high school football player, have been arrested for shooting several people with blow darts.

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Local and National News Headlines 1/30

TYLER -- Tyler Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman of her purse before knocking her to the ground. Officers responded to the East Texas Medical Center parking lot last night where a 63-year-old woman walking to the entrance of the parking garage was approached by the suspect who had a weapon and demanded the woman’s purse. He then stole the purse and knocked the woman down and fled on foot. Police say the victim suffered a broken arm during the aggravated robbery. The suspect was described as a black male approximately5-9 wearing dark clothing. The suspect was last seen running east bound from ETMC with the victim’s purse. The investigation continues at this time.

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U.S. Currency
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Local and National News Headlines 1/27

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.8 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of last year. The Commerce Department says Americans spent more on cars and trucks, and companies built up stockpiles. Consumer spending was up from October through December of 2011, it grew at a 2 percent annual rate, that’s up modestly from the third quarter. But growth was held back by the biggest annual government spending cuts in four decades. For the full year, the economy grew just 1.7 percent, about half as much as 2010.

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Texas Increases Speed Limit for Interstate Highways

The Texas Department of Transportation announced this morning the Texas Transportation Commission approved raising the speed limit from 70 to 75 mph on more than 1,500 miles of Interstate highways across the state. This will include more than 120 miles of Interstate 20 in East Texas.

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Foreclosure Sign
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Local and National News Headlines 1/26

LOS ANGELES — A private research firm is reporting that foreclosures were a smaller share of all U.S. homes sold in last year's third quarter. RealtyTrac cites delays by banks in putting properties on sale and slower home sales. Even with the decline, foreclosures still made up 20 percent of total homes sold in the July through September period.

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Flooded road off of Route 2
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Water on the Road? Turn Around, Don’t Drown

East Texas is experiencing heavy rainfall today and the Texas Department of Public Safety has asked us to release the following information:

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President Obama During State Of The Union Address
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Local and National News Headlines 1/25

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he wants to close the gap between rich and poor. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama proposed refinancing at lower interest rates on some mortgages, forcing colleges to keep tuition down and higher taxes for the wealthy. In the GOP response, Gov. Mitch Daniels says Obama has resorted to "extremism" to divide Americans. Today the President will set off on a three-day tour of politically crucial states, with his first stop in Iowa, where he will visit a conveyor belt plant.

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Local and National Headlines 1/24

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight includes an appeal for the middle class. President Obama will make an argument for economic fairness for the middle class and say he is the one to deliver it. He is also expected to urge higher taxes on the wealthy, propose ways to make college more affordable and offer new steps to tackle the housing crisis. The address before Congress is 8 p.m. tonight.

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2011 Income Tax Forms
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Local and National News Headlines 1/23

If you have been receiving unemployment benefits, you could be in for a big surprise when you start filing your taxes. Bob Meighan, vice president at Turbo Tax, says unless filers asked that federal taxes be withheld from their jobless benefits, they will owe taxes on the income. On the upside, Meighan reminds the unemployed they might be eligible for tax breaks they didn’t get before, such as the earned income credit.

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Rick Perry Campaigns In Greer, SC
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1/19 Headlines: Rick Perry Drops Out of Presidential Race

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Just two days before the South Carolina primary, Rick Perry is dropping out of the race and endorsing Newt Gingrich. He says Gingrich "is not perfect," but adds, "who among us is?" He says Gingrich is a "conservative visionary" who is best suited to replace Barack Obama. Gingrich has been trying to unite conservatives around his candidacy in advance of Saturday's primary. He's urging Perry's supporters to take a look at his record.

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Local and National News Headlines 1/18

TYLER -- A Flint man suspected of attempting to rob and kidnap a woman from a Tyler grocery store is in jail.

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