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Expecting a baby or have an infant?  The Delta County Coalition is sponsoring an upcoming event on parenting at the Delta County Civic Center on Saturday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. Plus there will be a drawing for for two car seats.

Bro. Eugene Adams speaks at a previous National Day of Prayer.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County will be celebrating the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7 at noon on the steps of the Delta County Courthouse. Eugene Adams of Pacio Baptist Church will be leading the hour long service along with several other community pastors and leaders. Everyone is welcome to join.

Delta Hope House
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta Hope House has recently become a registered recipient of Kroger's Community Rewards program. A portion of the money spent with Kroger will be donated to the Delta Hope House when designated it as the recipient on a Kroger card.

No injuries occurred in two-vehicle rollover on State Highway 24.
Delta County Constable Ben Snow / Delta County Sheriff's office

A two-vehicle rollover last Friday morning in which no injuries occurred on FM 1528 and State Highway 24 in Delta County between a Dodge truck and Jeep Wrangler was weather-related.

In a brief regular meeting Monday morning the Delta County Commissioners approved the budgeted funds of $1,500 to go to the Delta County Child Welfare Board.

'Coerced abortion' bill sent back for rewrite

Apr 30, 2015
White’s House Bill 1648, which came before the committee, would make it a crime to coerce or force women to have abortions, and create a 72-hour waiting period for women who indicate they are being coerced or forced.
KERA

The craftsmanship of a bill authored by state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, intended to prevent women from being coerced into having abortions was met with skepticism on Wednesday by the chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, who suggested the freshman lawmaker get some "real legal folks" to help draft a better measure. 

Lawmakers, industries look to speed permitting process

Apr 30, 2015
Of 1,960 waste, water and air permit applications filed with TCEQ last year, for instance, the commission granted hearings to just 10, according to an analysis of public records by the advocacy group Public Citizen.
NPR

Never shy in their efforts to reel in out-of-state employers, Texas’ leadership often declares the state “wide open for business” — touting a hands-off regulatory policy that beckons companies to make their homes here. 

But when arguing for a series of bills this session that would change the way Texas gives out environmental permits, Republican lawmakers describe a state bureaucracy far more onerous than that of its neighbors. 

'Tele-medicine' faces legal challenge

Apr 30, 2015
The board's rule, set to start June 3, would prevent doctors from treating people over the phone — making a diagnosis or prescribing medicine — unless another medical professional was physically present to examine the patient.
NPR

In just over a month, a new state rule is set to kick in that could undercut the business model of Dallas-based Teladoc, a rapidly growing telemedicine company that connects patients and doctors over the telephone and internet. 

With the clock ticking, the company is brandishing every weapon in its arsenal, deploying teams of lobbyists and lawyers to fight a Texas Medical Board rule change that it says is more about stifling competition than protecting patient health. 

VanDeaver, House move to end high-stakes writing tests

Apr 30, 2015
Writing is included in English exams given to Texas public school students at the end of fourth and seventh grades.
NPR

The Texas House Wednesday moved a step closer to getting rid of writing exams that are tripping up many high school students. 

Writing is included in English exams given to Texas public school students at the end of fourth and seventh grades. To graduate from high school, they also must pass state exams in English I and II, both including a writing component. Critics say the tests are overly burdensome and prevent too many students from graduating. 

Community Seeds
Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, says the recent Greenville Follies stage show raised $49,500 for his organization.  The money will help Community Seeds complete its planned incubator kitchen, which will help train people in food preparation skills, and help others prepare "homemade" food for sale.

Both the Texas House and Senate are reviewing laws that would affect the operations of payday loan businesses in Texas.
NPR

The idea that payday and auto title lenders in Texas should be more regulated is not a new concept. But while such laws exist at the municipal level in some Texas cities, attempts to pass legislation at the state level have failed. At an April 29 press conference at the state capitol, lawmakers and others presented their support for state laws regulating credit access businesses.

House panel approves A-F grades for schools

Apr 29, 2015
Under the new bill, student performance on state standardized exams would remain the primary measure of school performance. But it would no longer as dominant a factor in determining a school's accountability rating.
KUT

A controversial plan to start assigning public schools A through F grades cleared a Texas House panel Tuesday night — but not without other changes to the state's accountability system that reduced the role student assessments play in measuring public school performance. 

"I’m personally willing to swallow A-F if we get a better accountability system out of it,” said House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen.  

Abortion bills gaining momentum in Texas Legislature

Apr 29, 2015
“We are very pleased with the pro-life bills in the House and the Senate,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of anti-abortion group Texas Alliance for Life. “We are on a path to have a very successful session from our point of view.”
NPR

After months of little movement in the Texas Legislature on proposals to further restrict abortion, the pace is picking up as a flurry of bills moves to the House and Senate floors. 

Both chambers had taken up some abortion-related bills in legislative committees, but it wasn’t until last week that lawmakers began clearing the way in earnest for a variety of measures to restrict the procedure or impose additional requirements on abortion providers. 

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says a celebration of the University's student athletes takes place at 7 p.m.

Ray Wylie Hubbard wearing blue bandanna, purple tinted sunglasses
Todd Wolfson

Fortunately for us, the new album "The Ruffian's Misfortune" shows the Texas troubadour as his best, growling out his signature evocative, gritty, and often poignant lyrics over roots and blues sounds provided in part by his guitarist son Lucas Hubbard. No auto-tune or heavy effects here - just raw, pure, unbridled music captured as it happened in the studio.

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