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Arkansas To Split Its Holidays For Martin Luther King Jr. And Robert E. Lee

Updated at 11:42 a.m. ET With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is expected to separate a holiday that has for decades celebrated both Martin Luther King Jr. and Gen. Robert E. Lee in the state. Under the bill that Hutchinson says he'll sign into law, King will have the third Monday of January entirely to himself, as dictated by federal law; Lee will now be commemorated in a state holiday on the second Saturday of October. If the civil rights icon and Confederate...

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Texas A&M-University-Commerce President Keith McFarland stops by to celebrate KETR's anniversary.

Each month Dr. McFarland joins us on A&M-Commerce Today to fill us in on everything happening at the University.

Mark Chapman traps Bill Ogden in conversation, and Twila Scroggins looks on with sympathy.

With both Mark Chapman and Bill Ogden having been on the KETR airwaves for over 15 years, there's plenty about which to reminisce.

Commerce – A&M-Commerce moved back to the top of the South Central Regional Rankings in the latest national poll after their last regular season win over Angelo State. Whoever holds the top spot in the final poll will be host to the first 3 rounds of the NCAA Division 2 tournament. The Lions won the first game of the Lone Star Conference tournament Tuesday, and are set to face Tarleton State in the semi-finals tomorrow at 8 in the A&M-Commerce fieldhouse.

Live coverage of the game begins at 7:45 on 88.9, KETR.

Commerce – The Commerce City Council passed the second reading on an ordinance that controls the presence of animals at city sanctioned events and in city parks. The Council had concerns on the first reading of the ordinance, as they did not want to limit residents' ability to enjoy city parks with their pets, but wanted a framework allowing the city to deal with animals at large gatherings or in the event of legitimate complaints. The Council passed the ordinance on the second reading after modifications to address those concerns.

Hopkins County – A Hopkins County man held fire officials at bay with a shotgun after setting his house ablaze earlier this week. The man had set his house on fire after an argument with his children, then held firemen off with a 12 gauge shotgun while ammunition in the house began to detonate. The man fled into the woods as patrol cars arrived. The Hopkins County Sheriff's office knows the man, and is seeking a felony warrant for deadly conduct.

Rains County – Rains County leaders, residents, and students were in Austin yesterday to mark Rains County Days at the Capitol. 21 adults and 20 students were scheduled to make the trip to meet state officials and experience Texas government in action. Reverend David Diller of Emory United Methodist Church was scheduled to open the Senate session of the day, and tours of the Texas Association of Counties and Bob Bullock Texas Historical Museum were scheduled.

Commerce – City of Commerce officials broke ground for a new City Hall and Fire and Police complex Friday. State Representative Dan Flynn was on hand as the city makes way for construction to begin, and commended the vision of local leaders. Commerce Mayor Sheryl Zelhart said plans for the facilities are right on schedule to begin on April 28th. Construction is expected to be completed in the first months of 2006.

02-24-2005 – State Senator Bob Deuell and Representative Dan Flynn will be on hand today as the City of Commerce breaks ground for the new City Hall and new Fire and Police complex. The ceremony is set for 1:30 today in downtown Commerce across from the future site of the new City Hall on Alamo Street. The groundbreaking will initiate construction of the new facilities, which is on schedule and set to begin in March.

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