Good afternoon, East Texas. I'm Belen Casillas, and this is the afternoon news update.
An elderly East Texas woman has died after her unmanned car rolled over her. 87 year old Sumiko Coleman was killed earlier today when her vehicle ran over her in the post office parking lot in Palestine. Palestine Police Lt. Jeff Powell said Mrs. Coleman and her husband arrived at the post office and the husband got out of the vehicle. "With the vehicle still running she then got out of the car." A witness said the vehicle rolled backward, striking the woman and knocking her to the ground before rolling over her body.
The Texas Education Agency releases state ratings for school districts and campuses today. These ratings will be based primarily on standardized test scores and reveal if schools met state standards or require improvement. Education writer Emily Guevara's story will include results from Tyler ISD as well as other Smith County school districts. Read more about it on or in tomorrow's Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Seniors citizens in the United States are jumping on the social media bandwagon. This year, 43% of Americans over 65 use at least one social networking site, compared with 26% in 2010 and 1% in 2008. While seniors have adopted social media at the highest rate over the past two years, the percentage that uses social media still trails behind other age groups.
Eight year old Jack Bolton has spinal muscular atrophy, which confines him to a motorized wheelchair and severely effects his respiratory system. So when the Make-A-Wish Foundation found out that one of Jack's lifelong wishes is to coach the NFL's Carolina Panthers for a day, they helped make it come true. Coach Bolton signed a contract to help headman Ron Rivera lead the Panthers for one day during training camp in exchange for unlimited drinks and hot dogs. He even wrote a charming speech for the occasion, which Rivera delivered to the team with Jack by his side after the young boy got shy. Thanks for watching, and watch for more video news updates as the afternoon progresses!