P.M. UPDATE: Tyler ranks high in employment study; we're still below average on precipitation
Tyler highly ranked in national employment study
The Tyler area has ranked No. 2 in a new national employment study of the top 15 small metro areas with employment bases less than 100,000. Tyler ranked second to Bismarck, North Dakota. And Longview came in at No. 3 in the list --- which also included Midland at No. 5. Make sure to look for Casey Murphy’s story in tomorrow’s Tyler Morning Telegraph to read more about the criteria for these rankings.***
We're still below normal on precipitation
Despite the recent rainfalls, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says Tyler is still just below normal when it comes to precipitation this year. She says the state is coming out of what is considered a 1,000-year drought, so it’s going to take some time to recover. Staff Writer Emily Guevara will have all the details in her story in tomorrow’s newspaper.
State of the Union tonight -- join us for live blogging, conversation
Also in the news today, President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union Address tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. … We’re learning from the Associated Press that among the guests expected are a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the deadly Newtown, Connecticut school shooting … Obama is expected to touch on gun violence as well as a reduction in the number of troops in Afghanistan during his speech. The bulk of his address is expected to be on the economy and job creation.***
And please remember to log on to tylerpaper.com tonight and join Opinion Page Editor Roy Maynard as he live blogs during the State of the Union. You can join the conversation live at 7 p.m.***