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Earlier today the Texas Water Development Board approved half a billion dollars in funding towards the building of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County.  The money goes the North Texas Municipal Water District as part of a $1.1 billion investment in the reservoir project.

Watch: Republicans Estes, Fallon Face Off

Feb 15, 2018
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Texas Tribune Photo

State Sen. Craig Estes and his Republican primary opponent, state Rep. Pat Fallon, sat down in separate interviews with The Texas Tribune about their race for Texas Senate District 30. The pair answered the same batch of questions, discussing what separates their candidacies and what their priority issues are.

Jeep

The author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price, says the Jeep Trackhawk, which he recently drove, is "crazy ... thrilling ... illogical."  It is an off-road SUV with a 707 horsepower engine that goes fom 0-60 mph in 3 1/2 seconds.  On another topic, Derek says he thinks we're farther away from everyday use of self-driving cars than many have predicted.

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Official photo

The Van Alstyne City Council Tuesday accepted Larry Cooper’s resignation as mayor . Cooper stepped down after being accused by the council of an ethics violation in January. 

Texas Ranks 47th In Voter Particpation

Feb 14, 2018
Texas voter turnout rates are among the lowest in the nation.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “Let us not be afraid to help each other – let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.”

Funeral Services Honor Richardson Police Officer

Feb 14, 2018
KERA News
KERA News

Mourners sang and prayed during a service Tuesday to honor a Richardson police officer who was fatally shot while answering a disturbance call.

KETR

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight discusses the station's foray into local podcasting, with a new series, "Convo," produced by KETR's "All Things Considered" news host Scott Morgan.  It features conversations on wide-ranging subjects from Bitcoin to North Korea.  Others are "Buried," the story of a young Hunt County woman who disappeared in 1991, never to be found, produced by George Hale, and "Points of Interest," produced by Texas A&M-Comm

Lion Athletics

This week on Lions Roar, Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletics Director Tim McMurray chats with men's basketball forward Joseph Williams-Powell. McMurray also visits with men's head basketball coach Jaret von Rosenberg about the road trip to San Angelo and Kingsville, as well as head softball coach Richie Bruister, as his team gets ready for the North Texas Softball Bash.

Lions Roar is presented by KETR in partnership with LionAthletics.

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The editor of the Paris News, Austin Lewter, says recently released statistics for 2017 show the crime rate was down 2-3 percent in Paris.  An increase in family violence resulted from a new category, "Impeding Breath," or choking someone, that didn't exist before.  Also, Dr. Jason Adams, the superintendent of the Kerens ISD, has been named as the sole finalist for superintendent of the North Lamar ISD.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Texas is in its worst state of drought in more than three years. 

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, amidst the recent volatility of the stock market, few people have noticed that the Federal Reserve Board is functioning with only three of the usual complement of seven members.  And Dr. Funderburk points out that the chairman of the Fed, Jerome Powell, is brand new, and another member has only been on the board for three months.  This at a time when the Fed will make some crucial decisions concerning interest rates, which are likely to have an effect on the markets.

The Late Bob Hood with a javelina taken on Ranger Creek Ranch (www.rangercreekranch.com) a few years ago.
Luke Clayton

Javelina season in north Texas closed February 25 so there's still time to plan your hunt if you move quickly! Ranger Creek Ranch in Knox County (www.rangercreekranch.com) has a thriving population of Javelina. The ranch is situated a couple hours west of Ft. Worth.

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Photo by Thong Vo on Unsplash

If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of 'You, Here', go back and catch up then listen to this episode.

Part 2 of 'You, Here' focuses solely on guest Scott. He is the first non-student featured in this podcast who has traveled and lived all over before ending here in East Texas. He compares what it was like growing up in New Jersey to settling here now. This episode carries over several themes and topics from the previous part of this series and develops them more.

Texas State Senate Photo
Texas State Senate Photo

The state’s most visible anti-abortion group this week abruptly took down a campaign video featuring the candidate it endorsed for State Senate District 2.

15:17 to Paris movie

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the legendary Clint Eastwood directs “The 15:17 to Paris,” which tells the true story of the three young American young men who stopped a terrorist attack onboard a train in 2015.  Eastwood chose the actual passengers who were involved in the incident to act in the film.  Alice also reviews "Peter Rabbit,” a mix of live action and animation in a modernization of Beatr

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