Texas Racing Commission funded for 90 days

Sep 2, 2015
Lone Star Park will be back in action due to a temporary funding agreement between the Texas Legislature and the Texas Racing Commission.
R. Hensley

Racetracks in Texas are able to resume operations Wednesday after state officials agreed to temporarily fund the commission that regulates the tracks. But whether long-term funding will be approved for the Texas Racing Commission remains in question.

A cross marks the spot of a head-on collision that killed two people on State Highway 19 east of Cooper on Aug. 13.
Mark Haslett

Last month, two people died as a result of a head-on crash a few miles east of Cooper. KETR’s Mark Haslett takes a look at the safety record of a stretch of road familiar to everyone who travels between Cooper and Sulphur Springs.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 58th anniversary of Interstate 30 opening is September 5.  The first part of I-30, the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, opened September 5, 1957.  Construction of I-30 to the east continued into the early 1960s.  Carol says I-30 has vastly changed the lives of people in Hunt County and Northeast Texas.

Civil War era cannon, preserved on Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (

During a recent visit to Mississippi and Georgia, Mary Clark spent time exploring several of the Civil War sites that preserve the history of our nation divided.

No Escape stars Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan.
Courtesy Photo

This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews No Escape, Mistress America, and Digging for Fire.

State asks Supreme Court to drop school finance lawsuit

Sep 1, 2015
Lawyers for the state have requested that the Supreme Court drop the school finance lawsuit.

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

“Money isn’t pixie dust” when it comes to improving public schools, lawyers for the state of Texas told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing an appeal in what has been described as the most far-reaching school finance case in state history. They urged the high court to either dismiss or remand the lawsuit brought by nearly two-thirds of the state's school districts.

Texas Racing Commission closed, tracks suspend races

Sep 1, 2015
Lone Star Park will be back in action due to a temporary funding agreement between the Texas Legislature and the Texas Racing Commission.
R. Hensley

The Texas Racing Commission ceased operations Tuesday and directed racetracks to stop all live and broadcast racing, according to the agency.

The commission, which regulates dog and horse racing in the state, notified tracks Monday night that it had not received the money necessary to remain open. Texas House and Senate members of the Legislative Budget Board failed to reach an agreement Monday to avert a shutdown.

CASA Polk-Harrison Counties
CASA Polk-Harrison Counties

Lori Cope, the former volunteer recruiter, is now the executive director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County, CASA.  The founder and former executive director, Celeste Prather-Young, will become a quality assurance specialist with the state organization of CASA.  The organization, which represents abused and neglected children in court cases involving custody disputes, will hold its annual fund raising event,

Perry trims Iowa staff as super PAC ramps up

Aug 31, 2015
Perry's Iowa staff only features one paid staffer.

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

Rick Perry's presidential campaign has trimmed its Iowa ranks to just one paid staffer, an aide said Monday, as a super PAC backing the former Texas governor officially ramped up its operation in the key early voting state.

Grant program for military bases gets infusion of funds

Aug 31, 2015
Cpl. Danielle Aldrich, a landing support specialist with the 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion, directs a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 5, 2014.
Lance Cpl. Sarah Blendowski

Throughout August, The Texas Tribune will feature 31 ways Texans' lives will change because of new laws that take effect Sept. 1. Check out our story calendar for more.

In Greenville, a woman and a young man are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries suffered in a shooting that happened during the early morning of on Sunday.

Greenville police responded to a call in the 2300 block of Walnut Street at 4:22 a.m. on Aug. 30. Police said that an officer arrived to find a teenaged boy with a wounded foot and a woman with a wounded arm.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, says many people may suffer from a magnesium deficiency.  Velvete, the proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce, says some 300 bodily functions depend on the right amount of magnesium in the body.  Listeners and readers should conduct their own research and consult with their personal physician before taking magnesium supplements.

Tigers begin 2015 with new starters at QB, RB, WR

Aug 28, 2015
Commerce High School football kicks off its 40th season on KETR with a home game against North Lamar on Aug. 28.
Mark Haslett

High school football season begins tonight! The year kicks off at 6 p.m. with The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program on KETR, with Commerce Tigers pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. This evening, Commerce will host North Lamar at Memorial Stadium. Play-by-play action with John Mark Dempsey and Kevin Jefferies begins at 7 p.m.

With a preview of the 2015 Tigers, here’s KETR’s Mark Haslett.

Grammy-winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says his downtown Commerce recording facility is busy seven days a week, with a second studio now under construction.  Brad is working on a new recording for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters and a third of his bluegrass albums has been picked up by Sony Red.

Judge to consider future of UT Confederate statue

Aug 27, 2015
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus

The fight over the future of a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis has boiled on the University of Texas at Austin campus for years. On Thursday, a judge will consider whether to end it.

UT-Austin President Greg Fenves wants to move the statue from the school's south mall to an exhibit in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Acting on advice from an on-campus committee, he made plans to remove it on Aug. 15, but a last-minute lawsuit by the Sons of Confederate Veterans put them on hold.