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ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day.

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{span}At least a dozen Longview businesses and other groups are continuing to collect items this week for a citywide food drive organized by a local service club whose annual fundraisers were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.{/span}

As Halloween draws near, humans aren’t the only ones who are celebrating the season. On Saturday, the big cats at Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler got a special treat to celebrate “Prowl-o-ween” — their own pumpkin.

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New confirmed cases of COVID-19 were back in the double digits for Gregg County on Tuesday as public health officials also reported more than 50 recoveries from the virus.

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When an East Texas resident did something about Trump 2020 signs being stolen, President Donald J. Trump tweeted about it.

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The Lakeport Skinner’s Grocery & Market will soon convert to a Spring Market, with Brookshire Grocery Co. announcing the acquisition Monday afternoon.

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ARLINGTON — Since Orel Hershiser struck out Oakland’s Tony Phillips for the final out of the 1988 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers have played 5,014 regular-season games and 113 more in the postseason in pursuit of their next title. They have spent $3.69 billion in player payroll over 3…

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series about how locally-owned, small businesses in the Longview area are faring — and in some cases surviving — in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Marshall ISD is joining numerous other East Texas districts in ending online classes and will require all students to return to classrooms beginning Nov. 9, Superintendent Jerry Gibson said in a statement.

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The Kilgore Economic Development Corp. has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council as the national economic development organization of the year for cities with a population less than 25,000.

The City of Longview is encouraging residents to follow safety guidelines for gatherings and public events as they prepare for Halloween this year. Meanwhile, popular Longview Halloween attractions are taking extra precautions to ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

TYLER — Justin Ewing and Samantha Schalik had their first date on Halloween almost a decade ago. Nine years later, the couple hasn’t lost their Halloween spirit and is sharing their love for the holiday with the community by displaying a skeleton crew in their front yard in Tyler.