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A case of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been found on a Texas Whitetail Deer.
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The first case of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) was discovered earlier in the week in a whitetail deer on a deer breeding operation in Texas. Larry Weishuhn (Mr. Whitetail) who is an A & M trained wildlife biologist as well as a hunting celebrity, joins Luke this week to discuss CWD.

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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice previews the movies coming out on this holiday weekend.

Ken Paxton
Texas Public Radio

In the six months before Ken Paxton won election as Texas attorney general last fall, he stayed largely out of sight. Under an ethical cloud amid claims of financial fraud, he avoided public events and rarely spoke to reporters, coasting to victory as part of new Republican leadership including Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. 

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the early history of black churches in Hunt County.  Carol says a former slave, A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Hurdle, was a pastor and one of the original founders of the Clark Street Christian Church in Greenville, which remains very active today.  Hurdle also founded churches in Campbell, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak, and started several schools for black children.

Tamara Cook was arrested for a felony manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She is the 36th suspected drug dealer put behind bars since 2013 for the Delta County Sheriff's office.
DCSO

Following an undercover investigation Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith and Chief Deputy Donnie Willingham arrested Cooper resident Tamara Nicole Cook for felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance early Tuesday morning, June 30.

The Delta Roping Club presents the 67th Cooper Rodeo this weekend with $7,500 added money.
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Cooper

The 67th Annual Cooper Rodeo will be starting the Independence Day weekend with a parade at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 followed by rodeo events both Friday and Saturday nights.

The rodeo will feature a fireworks show near the Rodeo grounds by City Park in Cooper following the events Saturday evening, July 4. The Rodeo will not be having a Queen coronation this year.

Scotty Joe Thompson, 37, of Sulphur Springs was pronounce dead at the scene when the riding lawnmower he was operating overturned trapping him underwater of a nearby pond on the The Savannah Event Center.

KETR's General Manager Jerrod Knight interviews Officer Jim Beach with Cooper Lake State Park on upcoming activities.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Lake State Park is offering three days of free activities on July 7, 8, and 9 , especially for kids age 8 through 13.  This is in keeping with the "Life is better outside" theme promoted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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Velvete Womack, our wellness commentator and proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says mental health sometimes receives less emphasis than physical well-being.  In addition to the recommendations in this article, she says it's important to find meaning in your life, a purpose greater than pleasing yourself.

Two people are reported dead following the crash of a small plane near Quinlan, in southern Hunt County.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Update, 3:24 p.m.: The aircraft in a fatal crash near Quinlan this morning has been identified as a Piper PA-24, which was reported to have taken off from the nearby T14 Rockin M airport.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Greenville, but mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus.
NPR

The City of Greenville began spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday night — and intends to continue this morning, tonight and twice Thursday — after mosquitoes trapped within the city limits tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Information released Tuesday from the City of Greenville:

Municipal Mosquito, the company contracted by the City of Greenville to trap and test mosquitoes throughout Greenville, has informed City officials mosquitoes trapped this week in the Warren Park and Ridgecrest areas tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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Jim Beach of Cooper Lake State Park says Saturdays are full of activities at the park, including instructional programs in campfire building, astronomy, fishing, canoeing and others.  The park is about 15 miles east of Commerce, just off State Highway 19.

George Harris (left) and Jack Evans (right) signed their marriage license June 26 in Dallas. They have been together for more than 50 years.
KERA

In Northeast Texas, county government offices have been reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country in the same way that most of Texas is reacting: Slowly, but in compliance with federal law.

Shortly after the court’s announcement on the morning of June 26, Scott Bell and Valentin Fleitas were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license at the Lamar County courthouse in Paris. Three marriage licenses were issued by Lamar County by the end of the day.

Ali J. Burress remains missing after car crash in remote area of Lamar County.
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Ali J. Burress, 28, remains missing after she crashed her car into a ditch near a Lamar County corn field around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

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Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council is considering a new set of building codes for the construction of homes in Commerce, establishing minimum standards.  The standards require homes to have exteriors made of brick, masonry or stucco, and a minimum size of 1,000 square feet, depending on the zone in which the home is built.

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