Texas Education
4:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Technical college system looks to break mold on workforce development

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With the launch of a new initiative Monday, the Texas State Technical College System could help revolutionize how colleges align their curriculum with workforce demands and help their students match up better with employers’ needs.

The new Center for Employability Outcomes at TSTC, whose website went live this week, will operate in close coordination with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency.

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Texas Sports
11:38 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Rockwall Heath alumnus to pitch for Frisco tonight

Jake Thompson
Heath High School

Jake Thompson, a 2012 graduate of Rockwall ISD's Heath High School, will make his Metroplex professional baseball debut tonight for the Frisco RoughRiders.

Thompson, a right-handed pitcher, was recently acquired by the Texas Rangers organization in a trade that sent former Rangers closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers. Texas received Thompson and another right-handed hurler, Corey Knebel. Frisco is the Texas League (AA) affiliate of the Rangers. 

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11:27 am
Tue July 29, 2014

No more watching for ice on bridge in the middle of summer

TxDOT will be replacing these signs with newer, better, "it's 100 degrees outside, there's no ice!" sensible versions starting August 4th.
Credit Matthew Rutledge (photo cropped); /

  Those old, folding "Watch for Ice on Bridge" signs will be going the way of the Dodo.  While not a bad idea to have a sign that could be active when necessary, Texas drivers know the reality became that these signs, once unfolded, rarely were folded back up.

Which led many of us to be hyper-vigilant for that elusive "ice on bridge" in the middle of the summer and triple-digit temperatures.  Mainly so we could sit on it and cool off a bit.

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8:05 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Elderly resident’s death still under investigation

Few details are being released concerning the death of Robert Younger of Greenville.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said the incident remained classified as an “unattended death” as of Monday.

“There has still been no ruling on manner or cause of death with regard to the death of Mr. Younger,” Barton said. “No individual has been arrested or detained in relation to this matter.”

A statement issued by the police department indicated Younger’s body was found at the Forest Park cemetery on U.S. Business 69 at approximately 9 a.m. July 20.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

'Shop Commerce' campaign, October 5-11

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses a campaign involving the University, the city of Commerce, and the Commerce ISD to encourage University faculty, staff, students and others to shop in Commerce, October 5-11.

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3:39 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Public-private partnership creates mural

The new mural is in downtown Commerce.
Texas A&M University - Commerce

There’s a little more vim, vigor and vitality in downtown Commerce with the addition of the Dr Pepper mural located at 1123 Main Street. Created through a partnership between the City of Commerce, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Texas A&M University-Commerce, the artwork was dedicated in an afternoon ceremony on July 25. The mural is the first of three to be painted in the city’s downtown.


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Texas Politics
3:22 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Campaigns test conventional wisdom with summer ads

Credit NPR

Texans heading to the movies to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be surprised to see Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, pop up on the screen. Seated in his own crowded theater, a smiling Abbott speaks directly to a camera to his left, while those around him stare straight ahead as if watching a film and oblivious to Abbott’s pitch.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:06 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Alternative to Marvin Nichols: Raising Wright Patman Lake

Wright Patman Lake has been identified as part of an equation that could serve the future water needs of the metro Dallas area.
State of Texas

Walt Sears of the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District considers raising water levels at Wright Patman Lake, along with using existing water at Toledo Bend Reservoir, a "viable option" for meeting the Dallas area's future water needs without building the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservior.

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7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

City waiting on new street repair numbers

Bids are due to be opened this week for a program to make repairs on approximately one dozen streets in Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The City of Greenville is hoping for some good news this week, as a second set of bids are opened on the 2014 Street Improvement Program.

Only two bids were received last month, after the first time the current year’s effort was advertised, and both came in above the projected budget for the job.

The bids are due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, after which they will opened and evaluated by the city staff, before they are presented to the Greenville City Council for its consideration.

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Hunt County
7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Grand jury issues intoxication assault indictment

Willie Doss Jr.
Credit Provided Photo

A local man has been indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash which injured three people in Commerce.

Willie Doss Jr., 44, of Greenville, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond on a charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle, with a second count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon regarding the incident in May.

The Hunt County grand jury issued the indictment Friday, as it began its six month term of serving the 354th District Court.

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