Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the impending  retirement of City Manager Bill Shipp, also the former Commerce city manager.  Also, the mayor discusses a $150,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the city of Bonham's Jones Field airport.

Luke speaks with the iconic Joaquin Jackson this week, author of "One Ranger- A Memoir" and the modern face of the Texas Rangers.

This week, Luke visits with famous Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson. Tune in and listen to Mr. Jackson tell about what it was like pursuing fugitives into the heart of Mexico back in the good ole days.

Dana Hubbard and guitar

Since he relocated to Amarillo around 2009, singer/songwriter/finger style blues guitarist Dana Hubbard has been pleasantly surprised by the welcome his music has received, and is proud to call Texas his new home.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the opening of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.  An open house is planned for Sunday afternoon, and the facility on Highway 24 near the southern city limits of Commerce will be open for business on Monday.  Paul also discusses plans for a new amphitheater in downtown Commerce, near the current Farmers Market on Bonham Alley.

Instagrammer: @moniqueevanstx

  She's a ballerina, a nomad, an activist, a role model, and a regular listener to public radio. And in July 2014, 23 year old Monique Evans was crowned Miss Texas.

House OKs bill restricting minors seeking abortions

May 14, 2015
Representative Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) authored House Bill 3994, which would apply more restrictions to minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.
Texas House of Representatives

Minors seeking to obtain abortions without parental consent would face more restrictions under a bill that received preliminary approval Wednesday from the Texas House.

Hard to find in parts of Texas: A top-rated nursing home

May 14, 2015
Natalie Anne Sealy, photographed by her daughter Billie Pender.
Courtesy Photo

The call from the nursing home came just before dawn, jolting Martha Sherwood awake.

During the night, fire ants had swarmed over her 85-year-old mother, injecting their stinging venom into Natalie Sealy’s face, arms, hands and chest.

JoAnn Hill's home in far northwestern Smith County lost its roof and two of its walls in a May 10 tornado. Hill and her dog survived without injury.
Mark Haslett

The far northwestern corner of Smith County lies between the Van Zandt County and Wood County lines. There, the unincorporated community of Providence lies a few miles west of Mineola. The same storm that produced a tornado that destroyed much of Van on the night of May 10 also created a smaller tornado that damaged homes in Providence.

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says, when seeking online medical information, government, or "dot-gov," sites, tend to have the most up-to-date information.  He cites a recent study on information related to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.  Libraries tend to have access to data bases that are more detailed than what's available on most web sites, Dr. Rick says.

Plan to reform school finance system on life support

May 13, 2015
A Travis County district judge ruled in the districts' favor in August — saying the way the state distributes money to districts is unconstitutional because of both inadequate and unequal funding. The state appealed the lawsuit to the high court.

A school finance plan that would result in an extra $800 million for public education faces dim prospects in the dwindling weeks of the legislative session, a top House lawmaker said Tuesday. 

In an interview at the Capitol, Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock said he still hoped the House would debate his legislation to reform the state's school finance system. But the Killeen Republican added that it has "become abundantly clear" that Senate leaders did not intend to move House Bill 1759 even if it made it to that chamber.

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says when the president of the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve, Richard Fisher, retired recently, he defended the Fed against calls for it to be audited, but he criticized the Fed for being dominated by the New York branch and for being too timid in raising interest rates.

Trade deal backed by Cornyn, Cruz is blocked in U.S. Senate

May 12, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Despite the support of nearly every Republican in the U.S. Senate, including both from Texas, economic legislation seek as key to President Obama's legacy was blocked on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday.

Senate Democrats united against the proposal authorizing Obama to negotiate with Pacific Rim countries on a massive trade deal that has been years in the making. And the Obama-Republican coalition was unable to pull together enough votes to meet the 60-vote threshold to stop a filibuster.

To some, Miller's school food plan is half-baked

May 12, 2015
Sid Miller's new school food plan is not everyone's idea of healthy eating.

The reintroduction of deep fat fryers and soda machines into public schools may top the agenda of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. But some teachers, nurses and parents don't appear to share his appetite for sugary drinks and french fries.

Lions in the league: Seven Lions earn pro football bids

May 12, 2015
Seven Texas A&M Commerce Lions have made it to the pros.

Seven different former A&M-Commerce football players – Vernon Johnson, Ricky Collins, Charles Tuaau, Seth Smith, Ronald Fields, J

Six LSC Championships is the most championships in the history of the university.
Lion Athletics

The No. 9 ranked A&M-Commerce men's track and field team captured the program's first LSC Outdoor T&F Championship in 48 years Saturday, on the tails of a 196 point performance.

The Lions finished 30 points ahead of second-place West Texas A&M, who scored 166. The Lion women meanwhile took fourth with a score of 99, beating out A&M-Kingsville by ten points. The score is the highest point total an A&M-Commerce women's outdoor T&F team has ever scored at the LSC Championships.