Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
By Michele Reese and Kenneth Dean
TYLER (KYTX) -- As school budgets get slashed across the state, districts are looking for ways to cut costs. While some teaching positions hang in the balance, the budget for the T.I.S.D.'s police department has been growing. Investigators Kenneth Dean and Michele Reese dig deep into the T.I.S.D. Police Department.
"I'm concerned that this large amount of money is being spent in this one area, though we've cut in other areas," Jamie Womack said.
Womack was a T.I.S.D. teacher. Now, she's a field representative for the American Federation of Teachers. When she found out the Tyler I.S.D. spends nearly $1.1 million dollars on it's police department, she was stunned.
"[I was] A little alarmed that amount of money is being spent when I have teachers call me all the time feeling they are not working in a safe environment," Womack said.
She said money is being wasted while cuts are being made to positions and programs.
"The reading recovery program being eliminated that's a vital program for first graders," she said. "The accelerated reader program they are doing away with that. Among other programs a literacy coordinator being combined with an instructional specialist."
Some T.I.S.D.'s parents echo Womack's concerns.
"Whew that's a lot. A lot more can be done than worrying about the police dept," Robert Williams said. Williams is a parent of two John Tyler High School students and a Stewart Middle School student.
"I want my child to be protected while he's at school, but at the same time what's the point in going to school if the programs and the teachers to facilitate his learning aren't there," Moore Middle School parent, Sarah Skinner, said.
Through the Texas Open Records Act, The Investigators were able to obtain financial data from both Tyler ISD Police and the Tyler Police Department. We compared the numbers to 2002 when Tyler police officers were still responsible for patrolling school campuses.
In 2002, Tyler I. S.D. paid just over $73,000 for two Tyler Police officers. Then, in 2003, the district created its own police department. Its budget then was $520,000. Now the budget stands at just under $1.1 million. That's an increase of almost a million dollars since 2002.
"If you look at our total budget it's less than 1 percent of our budget and I would think there are not many people who would think that spending less than 1 percent of your budget was too much on safety and security," TISD Superintendent Randy Reid said.
Dr. Reid defends the department's budget.
"I think having officers on campus obviously provides a measure of security, but it also provides a feeling of safety and security for families as they drop their students off," he said. "I don't think you can measure that."
So the Investigators turned to the numbers. In 2002, two Tyler Police officers reported 258 incidents at Robert E. Lee and 270 incidents at John Tyler.
Last year, the six T.I.S.D. officers who patrol the high schools worked 412 cases at Lee and 400 at John Tyler. But Tyler police said the numbers don't tell the whole story. They say, unlike T.I.S.D. officers, Tyler Police didn't file reports for minor incidents, like use of bad language.
"When you say they worked those cases in 2002-2003 that may have been all that they were doing if they were steadily being pulled from one campus to the other then there is no preventative nature to what they are doing. our officers by patrolling the campuses regularly could be helping us prevent could also be a deterrent from having outsiders come on campus."
But when a major event happens on a T.I.S.D. campus, it is Tyler police who respond. That's because the T.I.S.D. Police Department doesn't have a crime scene unit.
But Dr. Reid said his officers do, what the Tyler police can't.
"Often times when you work with the city sometimes you have the same officer with you everyday," Reid said. "But sometimes it's different officers that are in and out and they don't make that connection and relationship with your students and teachers that I believe help us avoid some situations, but also to help us solve some crime as well."
The Waco ISD is similar in size to Tyler. It has its own police department and spends about $600 thousand dollars more than T.I.S.D.
The difference is, Waco I.S.D. employs 68 officers and guards. Tyler I.S.D. employs about a quarter of that, with 14 police officers, a police chief, a dispatcher and a locksmith.
Reid insists it's cheaper and better than going back to using Tyler police officers.
"If we did not have our own police force we would be spending close to that amount."
But the investigators have learned that other similar size districts, who rely on their city police department, spend far less.
San Angelo, for instance, hires 6 city police officers at a cost of about $350 thousand a year. Amarillo pays 11 officers. Its annual budget is $800 thousand.
But Reid said the $1.1 million his district spends is justified.
"We have them all summer long," he said. "So what they are doing now, they are working security during the day and broaden our night time evening security."
Security Womack said is not worth the price.
"When I have teachers being called in asked to resign because they are probationary teachers I would expect the district would make cuts everywhere," she said.
Dr. Reid said the district is cutting the police chief position, now that Police Chief Rex Brown has resigned. That will save about $60 thousand.
Here is a list of other District in the East Texas area with Police Departments:
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
TYLER (KYTX) - The Smith County Salvation Army was recently forced to cut food services because of funding shortages. While other local non profits haven't cut services yet, they are also dealing withMore >>
The Smith County Salvation Army was recently forced to cut food services because of funding shortages. While other local non profits haven't cut services yet, they are also dealing with funding issues are fighting to keep services steady.More >>