Texas http://ketr.org en The House Harkonnen keep the Spice flowing http://ketr.org/post/house-harkonnen-keep-spice-flowing <p>Riding rock n' roll like a "<a href="http://th08.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2010/240/c/0/dune___ride_the_sandworm_by_leywad-d1z1vt4.jpg" target="_blank">Sandworm</a>," Arlington's The House Harkonnen turn the notion of traditional Texas music on its head.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:33:30 +0000 Matt Meinke 55401 at http://ketr.org The House Harkonnen keep the Spice flowing Ratcliffe pledges to focus on spending, health care http://ketr.org/post/ratcliffe-pledges-focus-spending-health-care <p>One can forgive John Ratcliffe and his supporters for looking ahead to the former federal attorney's role in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Not only does the new Republican nominee for the Texas 4th&nbsp;congressional district seat come from a GOP-dominated district, but he also won't even be facing a Democratic opponent in the general election in November. Instead, Ratcliffe will be on the ballot with Libertarian J.P. Raley and independent Kenneth Lee Kammer&nbsp;in a contest that Democrats have decided to sit out.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:35:20 +0000 Mark Haslett 54483 at http://ketr.org Ratcliffe pledges to focus on spending, health care Paris ISD's Jones draws attention with STAAR comments http://ketr.org/post/paris-isds-jones-draws-attention-staar-comments <p>You don't have to look too hard on the Paris Independent School District's <a href="http://www.parisisd.net/">web page</a> to find the open letter to parents and friends about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly known as <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/">the STAAR test</a>.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:51:54 +0000 Mark Haslett 53970 at http://ketr.org Paris ISD's Jones draws attention with STAAR comments Perry: Texas will not comply with prison anti-rape law http://ketr.org/post/perry-texas-will-not-comply-prison-anti-rape-law <p>More than a decade after the Prison Rape Elimination Act unanimously passed Congress, federal standards for implementation of the law have been finalized. Now, Gov. Rick Perry and some prison reform advocates are at odds over what those standards mean for Texas lockups and the taxpayers who pay for them.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:22:16 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen - The Texas Tribune 51570 at http://ketr.org Perry: Texas will not comply with prison anti-rape law Paris bans smoking in restaurants, most businesses http://ketr.org/post/paris-bans-smoking-restaurants-most-businesses <p>Joining the many cities across the nation that have banned smoking in restaurants and other businesses, the Paris city council <a href="http://www.paristexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1120">passed an ordinance</a> on March 24 that prohibited cigarette smoking in most enclosed public places.</p><p>Under the ban: Restaurants, schools, health care facilities, hotels and motels, most indoor businesses that are open to the general public.</p><p>Exempt from the ban: Bars and nightclubs, tobacco shops and sexually oriented businesses.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:22:50 +0000 Mark Haslett 51239 at http://ketr.org Paris bans smoking in restaurants, most businesses Talking single-use plastic bags with Dan Flynn http://ketr.org/post/talking-single-use-plastic-bags-dan-flynn <p>State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Canton) has been <a href="http://ketr.org/post/ags-office-respond-flynns-request-plastic-bags">in the news</a> for his <a href="https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/opinions/50abbott/rq/2014/pdf/RQ1189GA.pdf">letter to the Texas Attorney General's office</a> questioning the legality of municipal bans on plastic bags. KETR spoke with Flynn, who described the motivation behind his letter.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Mark Haslett 50811 at http://ketr.org Talking single-use plastic bags with Dan Flynn Same-sex marriage advocates battle in court http://ketr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-advocates-battle-court <p>A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the legitimacy of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. It is one of several cases pending in courts statewide, a venue in which gay rights activists say their odds of winning legal protections are far better than in the conservative state Legislature.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:58:23 +0000 Edgar Walters - The Texas Tribune 49367 at http://ketr.org Same-sex marriage advocates battle in court UIL 2014-16 alignment and classification announced http://ketr.org/post/uil-2014-16-alignment-and-classification-announced <p>Go west, Commerce Tigers fans.</p><p>The Commerce football and basketball teams, along with their neighbors from Caddo Mills, will be heading west to face new district opponents Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Red Oak Life, Scurry-Rosser and Sunnyvale.</p><p>Greenville, meanwhile, will enjoy a more East Texas theme, with the Lions joining&nbsp;Hallsville, Longview, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur&nbsp;Springs and Texarkana Texas High.</p><p>Here are the districts including schools in the KETR service area. Complete list <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/uil/">here</a>.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:05:54 +0000 Mark Haslett 48953 at http://ketr.org UIL 2014-16 alignment and classification announced Eltife to serve on state water advisory board http://ketr.org/post/eltife-serve-state-water-advisory-board <p>State senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood counties, will serve on an advisory board set up to help the Texas Water Development Board disburse new money for water projects.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:55:07 +0000 Mark Haslett 48635 at http://ketr.org Eltife to serve on state water advisory board Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas http://ketr.org/post/orthodox-christian-texans-prepare-christmas <p>Orthodox Christians in Texas and around the world celebrate the Feast of the Nativity - Christmas Day - on Jan. 7.</p><p>That's because Dec. 25 in the old Julian calendar falls on Jan. 7 using the newer Gregorian calendar - the one that's in common use today.</p><p>Orthodoxy, of course, isn't the most common form of Christianity in Northeast Texas. There is one Orthodox parish in the KETR listening area - <a href="http://www.orthodox.net/">St. Nicholas Orthodox Church</a> in McKinney.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:09:02 +0000 Mark Haslett 47822 at http://ketr.org Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas