Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:51:34 GMT
A ban on posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while driving appears likely to hit Louisiana's law books. Both the House and Senate have easily approved the idea. The proposal has oneMore >>
Motorists in Louisiana will have to add tweets and Facebook updates to the list of activity banned while driving, in addition to texting.More >>
Parents kept a wary eye on the skies Tuesday as severe weather approached the ArkLaTex, with some picking their children up early from school to stay ahead of the threat. More >>
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -
More than 600 school districts in Texas were pleased to hear a judge rule in their favor, stating the state's school funding system is unconstitutional.
While school administrators say this is a step in the right direction, many districts realize the road to a new funding system could be a long one.
Distircts in East Texas say they're very pleased, but they're also trying not to jump the gun, because the state will likely appeal this ruling. Therefore, the lawsuit could drag out for quite some time before the legislature would have to make changes.
The main argument many districts are making is that the current formula used to disperse state funds to districts gives some an unfair advantage over others. In return, that impacts resources for students and salaries for employees.
"We want to make sure that we keep and retain the best professionals we have in the business here in Tyler ISD, as well as make sure the class sizes don't get too large and that we can do a better job of one-on-one with the students. The more cuts that you have, and the larger classes you have, that makes a difference on the programs and the product," says Tyler ISD Superintendent Gary Mooring.
"This is the first step of going through the process. But we do not feel like it's the court's decision to fund the schools. That's the legislation's responsibility. We hope the legislature will start working on the funding problem now instead of waiting on appeals or another two years for the next legislative session," says Jody Clements, Assistant Superintendent at Longview ISD.
Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight says the ruling is very exciting for their district which hopes to receive extra funding from the state in the future.
Knight says LISD receives just over $4,500 per student, which is below average. He adds that their district has not received extra funding since 2006.
The judge is expected to release a more detailed opinion on his ruling in the coming weeks.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:04:33 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:28 AM EDT2013-05-21 07:28:53 GMT
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Now, they're bracing for more possible severe weather on Tuesday.More >>
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Some lost their homes, others lost their cars. Now, they are bracing for what future storms may bring.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
If you really want to focus on the weather, our KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android and iPhone has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. More >>
If you really want to focus on the weather, our KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android, iPhone and iPad has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>