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More Texans seeking treatment for meth abuse

Jul 27, 2015
Over 6,000 Texans sought substance abuse treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine addiction, last year.
NPR

A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine.

Last year 6,219 Texans sought substance abuse treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamine addiction, up 590 from the previous year, according to the Treatment Episode Survey data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Anti-abortion group visited Planned Parenthood in Houston

Jul 27, 2015
Members of an anti-abortion group responsible for two undercover videos recently released featuring Planned Parenthood executives, made an appearance at a Houston Planned Parenthood center this weekend.
NPR

Editor's note: This story has been updated with response from the Texas Attorney General's office.

The anti-abortion group behind two undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing fetal tissue donation visited one of the organization’s clinics in Houston, Planned Parenthood officials said Sunday.

Sandra Bland DA appoints team to review evidence

Jul 27, 2015
Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13th.
WBUR

The prosecutor in the Sandra Bland death investigation said Monday he has appointed an outside group of lawyers to review the evidence in the case to ensure that Waller County remains "an open book."

Mathis also released the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences' toxicology report on Bland without commenting on it. The report showed that Bland had marijuana in her bloodstream at the time of her death.

Cruz and Cornyn clash on Senate floor

Jul 27, 2015
KUT News

When John Cornyn was installed as U.S. Senate majority whip in January, he was optimistic that his party's takeover of the chamber would translate into harmony between the establishment wing of the GOP that he represents and the Tea Party wing that includes his junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

But that has not happened, and on Sunday the two men shared a strikingly tough exchange for two senators not just from the same party, but the same state.

city-data.com
city-data.com

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says in August the city council will consider a revised ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and other public buildings.  A large group of citizens spoke out against the law as written at a recent city council meeting.  Also, a new Holiday Inn Express is opening soon in Bonham.

Lake Cooper guide Tony Parker shows off a nice size hybrid striper from Lake Cooper.
Luke Clayton

This week, veteran guide Tony parker www.tonyparkersguideservice.com joins Luke and discusses the red hot fishing at Lake Cooper for hybrid stripers and white bass.

Courtesy Photo

This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews Trainwreck and Unexpected, and previews Southpaw and Paper Towns.

In emails, Patrick's office did not object to veto memo

Jul 24, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
KERA

In recent days, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has portrayed his office as vociferously against a memo that called into question the validity of some of Gov. Greg Abbott's line-item vetoes to the state budget.

But emails released to The Texas Tribune paint a somewhat different picture, showing that a top Patrick aide signed off Tuesday on the release of the memo without any objections to its findings.

Waller County releases Sandra Bland autopsy report

Jul 24, 2015
Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13th.
WBUR

Waller County officials have released the autopsy report for Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old African-American woman found dead in the county jail on July 13.

Appeals court rejects one count in Perry indictment

Jul 24, 2015
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry must get his poll numbers up if he wants to be a part of the first GOP debate.
KUT

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

A state appeals court on Friday threw out one of two counts in the indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry, handing his lawyers their first major breakthrough in the nearly yearlong case.

The 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin specifically found a problem with a count alleging that Perry coerced a public servant when he threatened to veto state funding for a unit of the Travis County district attorney's office. The court left intact the indictment's other count, which accuses Perry of abusing his power.

Greenville Herald-Banner

The former municipal judge for the City of Lone Oak has been indicted for allegedly stealing money from the city.

The Hunt County grand jury issued a sealed indictment June 26 charging Lisa Marie Brown on one count of abuse of official capacity. Brown, 56, was taken into custody on the indictment Monday and was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond.

The indictment was unsealed following Brown’s arrest. An arraignment hearing on the charge had not been scheduled with the 196th District Court as of Thursday.

panola.edu
panola.edu

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says Lion athletics is observing its 100th anniversary in 2015-16, with a number of special events planned.   The department is inviting alumni and fans to submit photos representing the athletics history of A&M-Commerce and East Texas State.  Also, Ryan discusses the renovation of Whitley Gym, the football program's headquarters, and the search for a new men's and women's track coach.

Adam Carroll (left) and Chris Carroll
Courtesy Of The Artists (chriscarrollsongs.com, adamcarroll.com)

Tyler native Adam Carroll established himself over 8 records as a unique songwriter, garnering the attention of fellow artists such as Slaid Cleaves and Hayes Carll. Adam's wife, Canadian Chris Carroll is still getting used to the hot Texas weather, but she is blazing with her debut album "Trouble and Time."

Sandra Bland autopsy: No signs of violent struggle

Jul 23, 2015
Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.
Department of Public Safety

Initial findings of Sandra Bland's autopsy report did not show signs of a violent struggle, Waller County officials said Thursday.

The autopsy report, which was described by a Waller County prosecutor who has reviewed it, also said Bland had a “substantial” amount of marijuana in her system when she died, according to preliminary toxicology results.

The prosecutor, Warren Diepraam, said he expects the autopsy report will be made public Friday.

A vacant property between Farmersville and Lake Lavon is the site of a proposed Muslim cemtery.
Mark Haslett

A proposed Muslim cemetery between Farmersville and Lake Lavon has resulted in concern among locals. Media organizations from The Huffington Post to England’s Daily Mail have run stories on the issue. Currently, the permitting processed has been paused, while the City of Farmersville waits on a plat map of the project from the Islamic Association of Collin County.

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