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AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Co. staff continued Monday evening to try to find the cause of a massive power failure that affected about 85,000 of its customers Sunday throughout Northeast Texas, spokeswoman Carey Sullivan said.

Wagner Tuning was at a crossroads – with rising costs of production in California, CEO Carsten Wagner and his team had to plan for the future of their high-end auto parts operation. In the end, for the German manufacturer, there was no question. “We had to make a decision,” Wagner said, “and the decision was Kilgore."

Cattle prices collapsed in the past week, falling the exchange-maximum for two days straight, after a major meat processing plant was closed.

The unemployment rate in the three-county Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area increased in July to 4% while it held steady statewide at 3.4%, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Oil prices plunged to a seven-month low in the past week, nearing $50 per barrel.

James Abell, president and CEO of Maverick Well Service LLC in Kilgore, has been appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, which works to manage and conserve the state’s natural resources.