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3:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Drinking water systems draw federal concerns

Credit StateImpact Texas

More than 310 public drinking water systems in Texas — nearly 4.5 percent of the state's regulated public water systems — have quality issues that haven’t been adequately addressed, federal officials told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. That is the highest percentage in the nation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Greenville
3:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Police continue investigation into elderly resident's death

Robert Younger
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville Police Department is investigating the death of an elderly local resident, whose body was discovered in a cemetery over the weekend.

A memorial service is set Thursday for Robert Younger, 86, of Greenville.

Few details had been released as of Tuesday evening concerning the circumstances of Younger’s death.

City of Greenville Public Relations Liaison Autumn Barton said a cause of death had not been determined, pending the results of an autopsy.

The police department was characterizing it as an “unattended death” as of Tuesday evening.

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Greenville
3:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Council approves new sign for Texan Theater

The historic Texan Theater.
Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville City Council has approved a big new electronic sign for the historic Texan Theater.

The digital sign will be installed on a coffee shop being built next store as part of the entire project to renovate the theater.

“It is going to be something Greenville is going to be proud of,” said Building Official Steve Methven, in recommending the change in the city’s code of ordinances.

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Texas Sports
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Dallas Cowboys star, East Texas native Newhouse dies

Longview native Robert Newhouse played 12 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys during coach Tom Landry's tenure.
provided image / NFL

Robert Newhouse, a standout on the Dallas Cowboys teams of the Tom Landry era, died on July 22 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he had been receiving treatment for heart disease. He was 64. Newhouse suffered a stroke in 2010. Arrangements for a funeral in Dallas are pending.

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Commerce
7:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

'Lions Leading Hope' to help with immigration crisis

Dr. Betty Block, head of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Health and Human Performance Department
Credit TAMUC Marketing Communications

  The Commerce Lions Club and the A&M-Commerce Health and Human Performance department are teamed up to generate support for relief efforts related to the care and housing of the roughly 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children expected to to have detained at the U.S.-Mexico border by this September.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Community Seeds training new welders

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says his faith-based organization is training people to become welders.  Welding is a much-sought-after skill in the economy.

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Delta County
6:41 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Arrests made following rash of auto thefts

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According to statistics, a car can be stolen in less than 60 seconds. Delta County has experienced a rash of auto thefts and car burglaries over the past few weeks and according to the Insurance Information Institute car burglaries peak in July and August.

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News
6:32 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nomination Deadline nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers are reminded Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations. These committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with members serving three-year terms.

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News
6:28 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Delta County sets the curve on wages

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported Delta County as having the lowest national weekly wage average at $378. Statistically, this has created confusion among the population.

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Texas Politics
3:05 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Candidate for railroad commissioner revives overhaul talk

Steve Brown
Credit provided image

The race for Texas railroad commissioner has revived — at least in the short term — debate around a series of thwarted legislative proposals to overhaul the state's curiously named oil and gas agency.

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