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Union calls for teacher certification exam

Posted: 12/04/2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the nation's largest teachers unions is proposing a stringent exam teachers would have to pass before entering the profession, much like the bar exam for lawyers.

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US home prices rise in October by most in 6 years

Posted: 12/04/2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market.

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Computer glitch delays some STAAR retesting

Posted: 12/04/2012 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas education officials say thousands of students retaking a standardized test had to skip the electronic version due to a computer glitch.

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Negotiations resume as port strike enters 6th day

Posted: 12/04/2012 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Contract talks between clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and shippers have resumed as the strike entered a sixth day on Sunday.

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Durant church burglarized

Updated: 12/04/2012 - Durant police recovered more than $20,000 worth of stolen goods from a local church, thanks to a mistake by one of the alleged theives.

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3 arrested in Durant church burglary

Updated: 12/04/2012 - DURANT, OK -- Durant police recovered more than $20,000 worth of stolen goods from a local church thanks to a mistake by one of the alleged thieves.

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'Tis the early season for the flu, CDC said

Updated: 12/03/2012 - DENISON, TX-The flu is making an early comeback this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the number of flu cases have jumped in five southern states--including Texas. Government health officials also said they are expecting a bad season.

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Durant hospital accused of fraud

Updated: 12/04/2012 - DURANT, OKLAHOMA -- The group that manages MCSO and other hospitals across the nation has come under fire for allegedly requiring its doctors to admit more and more patients, regardless of their medical needs, to increase revenues.

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Expert shows school district funding disparities

Posted: 12/03/2012 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An expert says the poorest Texas school districts charge higher local property taxes and yet collect about a fourth less in revenue per student than the state's wealthiest districts.

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Republican puts Rainy Day Fund on the table

Posted: 12/03/2012 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is ready to tap the state's Rainy Day Fund, a surprise suggestion considering most conservatives have fought to preserve it.

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Convicted murderer escapes Atoka Co. prison

Updated: 12/04/2012 - STRINGTOWN, OK -- Atoka County authorities are searching for a convicted murderer who escaped the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown on Monday morning, an Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections spokesman said Tuesday.

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Toys for Tots parade brings in 150 toys

Posted: 12/01/2012 - December is here and Christmas draws nearer. That's why Toys for Tots started out the month with their 35th annual Christmas parade.

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The search for Lucy Sparkles

Updated: 11/30/2012 - SHAWNEE, OK -- The frantic search continues Friday evening for a missing pet kangaroo near Shawnee, Oklahoma. The owners of "Lucy Sparkles" are hoping for her safe return -- and we had the chance to speak with the family.

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Toys for Tots continues in Sherman

Updated: 12/03/2012 - SHERMAN, TX -- As Christmas approaches, people fill area stores, holiday shopping for friends and family.

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Former Sheriff's deputy sentenced to 4 years

Updated: 11/30/2012 - A judge sentenced former Grayson County Sheriff's deputy Errin Luton to four years in state prison. Luton stole more than $20,000 from evidence.

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