A fire Sunday night near downtown Mineola destroyed the Pearce Petroleum Products Company.

Witnesses said they heard several explosions around 8 p.m. Firefighters from numerous departments responded to the blaze and contained it 90 minutes later.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time and no injuries were reported. Pearce Petroleum is on Johnson Street in Mineola.


Longview Resident, Burglar Exchange Gunfire

LONGVIEW -- An exchange of gunfire between a burglary suspect and an alert citizen has left one person hospitalized.

Longview police said officers responded to a call on Delmar Street after a neighbor heard noise coming from a house next door. The neighbor went to investigate and found the door kicked in and two burglars inside the house. One of the suspects had a gun, and he and the neighbor exchanged shots.

One of the suspects was shot in the ankle, he was transported to the hospital with non-life threating injuries, but the other suspect fled the scene.


Tyler Bicyclist Hit by Car Dies

A bicyclist who was struck by a tow truck has died.

Terry Knutson, 70, died Friday night as a result of injuries he sustained March 7.

Tyler police investigators determined Knutson failed to yield the right of when he entered the roadway from a private drive. No charges will be filed in the case.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Troup Highway and Shiloh Road.


Clinics for Women Won't Be Able to Help Patients

FORT WORTH — Many clinics involved in a Texas health care program for low-income women won't be able to serve patients starting this week.

A new state law taking effect Wednesday will cut off clinics with any affiliation to abortion providers. That includes Planned Parenthood clinics treating about 44 percent of the program's patients.

Texas Voter ID Law Receives Criticism

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department’s civil rights division has objected to a new law that required voters in Texas to present a photo ID.

The department says many Hispanic voters lack state issued identification, and the state failed to show that the newly enacted law has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect.

In a letter to Texas officials, the Justice Department says Hispanic voters in Texas are as much as 120 percent more likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver's license or personal state-issued photo ID.