Abbott Leading State Trip To Cuba Next Week

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will lead a state delegation to Cuba next week, just less than a year after President Barack Obama resumed relations with the communist country.

During a three-day trip starting Monday, Abbott will meet with officials from Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment, the Port of Mariel as well as Cuba's Chamber of Commerce and two Cuban state companies, Cimex and Alimport.

Pro-Cruz Super PACs Focus on Ground Game, Wait On TV

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The four main super PACs backing the presidential bid of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz were sitting on nearly $38 million at the end of June — second only in the GOP field to the super PAC backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

That money, mostly courtesy of four rich donors, could buy a lot of air time in Iowa, New Hampshire and the other early primary and caucus states.


Hunt County Agrilife Family and Consumer Science agent Sarah Latham says there are ways to keep Thanksgiving from adding unwanted pounds to your frame.  For one thing, she says limit the feasting to one day, not three or four.  Another tip is to wait 20 minutes after eating before going back for seconds, because it takes that long for your body to realize it's full.  Also, she says be careful not to leave leftovers on the table for very long after the

KETR news director and Morning Edition host Mark Haslett urges listeners to participate in the "Great Thanksgiving Listen," in which the stories of older family members are recorded.  Besides the value of having such stories and voices preserved on a personal level, the stories may be shared with Story Corps, an organization that is affiliated with NPR and which shares the stories of individual lives on the air and online.

Commission Will Address Texas 'Justice Gap'

Nov 23, 2015

A large number of Texans — mostly middle class — fall into a "justice gap" where they aren't poor enough to receive free legal aid provided to indigents but can't afford basic legal services on their own, according to Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

But how many remains unknown, making the issue hard to address.

“These are not the very poor, these are people who are more middle income folks — and how many of them are there? It’s very difficult to tell,” Hecht said Monday. “By any estimate, it’s a large number.”

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Removal

Nov 23, 2015

*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Planned Parenthood’s Texas affiliates on Monday filed a federal lawsuit to keep state health officials from booting them from the state’s Medicaid program.

Flurry of 3rd-quarter points buries Lions

Nov 23, 2015
The Lions traveled to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., for the program's first NCAA Playoff appearance in two decades.

Ferris State opened the third quarter with 21 points in a 48-30 win on a snowy Saturday afternoon to end Texas A&M University-Commerce's football season at 8-4 after the Lions made the program's first trip to the NCAA Playoffs in 20 years.

 Turning Point

- Ferris State came out of the locker room with 21 points to start the third quarter highlighted by a Jason Vander Laan rushing touchdown on the first possession of the half and a 51-yard interception return to give the Bulldogs a 34-16 lead.


Mike Licht, Flickr Creative Commons
Mike Licht, Flickr Creative Commons

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, November 28th, and for the Bois D'Arc Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 5th.  Also joining the conversation is Wyman Williams.

Larry Large talks duck hunting with Luke this week
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Tune in this week and listen to Luke and veteran duck guide Larry Large talk what else? DUCK HUNTING

White House Asks Court To Review Immigration Ruling

Nov 20, 2015

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

The Obama administration on Friday asked the United States Supreme Court to review a federal appellate court's ruling that struck down the president's controversial immigration program.

The request comes exactly one year after the program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, was announced by the president. It would have allowed more than 4 million undocumented immigrants nationwide to apply for three-year renewable work permits and reprieves from deportation proceedings.

After Outrcry, Miller Delays Hikes On Agriculture Fees

Nov 20, 2015
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

In response to widespread concerns from state lawmakers and the agriculture community, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller will wait to hike fees on many licenses, registrations and services that his agency provides.

The fee increases will now kick in Jan. 1 rather than Dec. 1, the Republican announced Friday, saying “much of the feedback” his agency received on its proposal called for “a delay in implementing the new rules to give industry stakeholders additional time to plan for changes.”

Lance Evans fights to make the catch over one of the best defenders in the conference.

56. That's how many touchdowns the A&M-Commerce Lions notched in the 2015 regular season. That is...a lot. In fact, enough to earn the Lone Star Conference title for the second year in a row (first time the Lions have accomplished that feat since 1959) and to earn an NCAA Division II Playoff appearance (first time since since 1995.

The No. 20 Lions head to Big Rapids, Michigan to face No. 2 Ferris State Bulldogs at 11am Saturday, Nov. 21st, with pre-game on KETR starting at 10:30am.

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This week on Movie Picks, Alice reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Brooklyn, and Trumbo.

Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth agrees with states that require high-school students to take at least one class in personal finance.  A recent survey reports that U.S. teenagers were in the lower half of the 18 countries in the study on financial knowledge, behind Russia and China.

In Refugee Plan Vote, 5 Texas Democrats Go Against Obama

Nov 19, 2015
U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D - Fort Worth)
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Texas Republicans — and five Texas Democrats — shrugged off a presidential veto threat and overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. until they go through a more intensive screening process.

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, which passed by a 289-137 vote, was approved amid increased anxiety after Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The White House lobbied hard against the bill, arguing that the current screening process was sufficiently secure.