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Texas Education
7:48 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Texas to close 14 charter school operators

Texas plans to shut down 14 charter school operators.
Credit NPR

Texas will shut down 14 charter school operators that failed to meet heightened financial and academic performance rules this year, state education officials announced on Dec. 9.  

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Greenville
7:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Phoenix Charter School to appeal revocation

Officials with the Phoenix School in Greenville have scheduled a town hall meeting concerning a decision by the Texas Education Agency to revoke the school’s charter.
Brad Kellar Greenville Herald-Banner

Officials with the Phoenix Charter School in Greenville have announced they intend to appeal a decision by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to revoke the school’s charter.

A statement posted on the school’s web site Wednesday afternoon indicated that a town hall meeting concerning the issue has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Zeta Building on the Phoenix campus.

“School will continue as normal,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing you on Monday. We are here to stay.”

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Commerce demolitions continue; downtown Greenville revival advances

Credit ecodemolition.ca

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the effort to demolish dozens of substandard houses in Commerce, and several developments in the revival of downtown Greenville.

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Delta County
3:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Chamber's Lighted Christmas Parade Highlights

David and Sharon Johnson took Grand Marshal award.
Mary Anderson Anderson Photoz

The Delta County Annual Lighted Christmas Parade took place last Saturday evening traveling from the Cooper City Park to the Square.

Grand Marshal Award went to David and Sharon Johnson with their wagon pulled by horses covered in lights.

Other winners were Three Rusty Nails Church-President's Award, Crimson River Cowboy Church-Best Church, Thomas Ray-Most Decorated Vehicle, Mayor's Award-Lion's Club, Pioneer Women-Best Transportation.

This year's theme was "Old School Christmas."

Texas Health
3:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Bid to consolidate Texas health agencies moves forward

Credit texastribune.org

With the next legislative session a month away, lawmakers are preparing to move forward with a planned consolidation of the state’s five health agencies into a single commission.

Members of the Sunset Advisory Commission, a panel that includes lawmakers and makes periodic reviews of state agencies and programs, unanimously approved on Wednesday a recommendation to combine the massive Health and Human Services Commission and the four smaller agencies it oversees.

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Cooper
2:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Two Local Burglary Suspects Arrested

Bradley Jay Jones
Credit Cooper Review

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and Game Warden executed a search warrant at the Cooper Apartments in Cooper, Texas and two suspects were taken into custody for burglaries. Delta County Criminal Investigator Ryan Brown led the effort and was assisted by Deputy Adam Hall, Deputy Marshall Lynch, Deputy Roque Villarreal, Highway Patrol Dustin Hunter, Highway Patrol Tim Keele and Game Warden Chris Fried.

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Delta County
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Jail passes standards

Delta County Law Enforcement Center passed the Jail Standards.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

During the Monday morning meeting of the Delta County Commissioners, Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire pleasantly announced the Delta County Jail has passed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The letter stated this “acknowledges the excellent work on the jail” and the certificate represents the compliance and “outstanding leadership achieved by the officers… maintaining a safe and secure facility.” The letter also extended appreciation to the Commissioners Court, who are “vital in the support of the Jail.”

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Cooper Lake
2:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Christmas in the Park arrives this weekend

Christmas in the Park at Doctors Creek Unit at Cooper Lake is this weekend.
Credit Cooper Review

The Eighth Annual Christmas in the Park at Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek Unit will be held this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12th-13th from 5 -10 p.m. each evening. The Texas Parks and Wildlife organizers and the Friends of Doctors Creek Park invite the public to drive through and experience the festive decorations at each campsite. On Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Santa will be at the Park and there will be refreshments served.

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Texas Transportation
12:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

As growth moves east, frontage roads will change

Two-way frontage roads are designed for rural, low-volume areas.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the second of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Dr. Rick says get your vaccines before traveling; flu season not severe so far

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says anyone planning to travel by plane, especially out of the country, over the holidays should be sure their vaccines are up to date.  And Dr. Rick says the flu season so far has been light, but he still advises everyone to get a flu shot.

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Notably Texan
5:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

From Nashville to Greenville without losing a step

Tony Ramey performing live on Notably Texan.
Matt Meinke

Tony Ramey put Music City in his rearview mirror several years ago, and found a great new home base in Northeast Texas.

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Cooper
4:40 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Captured: Thieving possum caught taking bathroom break

Delta County Constable Ben Snow nabs the opossum at the Floral Depot & Gift Shoppe in Cooper..
Cindy Roller Cooper Review

It was just an ordinary Tuesday morning at the Floral Depot and Gift Shoppe in Cooper when employee Linda Waller discovered evidence of an unwelcome customer. The Floral Depot and Gift Shoppe had break-in, and the thief was literally playing "possum."

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Texas Transportation
3:13 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Abbott plans to add $4 billion to road funding

Greg Abbott said boosting transportation funding would be a priority for him during his first term as governor.
Credit NPR

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has set himself a tall order for his first legislative session: nearly closing the Texas Department of Transportation’s $5 billion annual budget shortfall.

“I’ve outlined a detailed plan that will ensure that we add $4 billion more per year for building roads in this state without raising taxes, fees or tolls,” Abbott said at a press conference Monday.

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Texas Transportation
2:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

After 'No Toll Road,' what's next for I-30?

The makeover of Interstate 30 from Rockwall to Greenville has likely only begun.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the first of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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The President's Perspective
11:59 am
Tue December 9, 2014

THECB: By 2030, more young people will need degrees

Dr. Dan Jones addressing a crowd at the 2014 Royal Roar in Dallas
Credit TAMUC Marketing Communications

  When it comes to the rate of educational attainment by 25-34 year olds, the State of Texas is on par with the country of Slovenia. Essentially, less than 32% of Texas' young people have obtained a college degree or other post-secondary credential. Right now, the country of South Korea leads the world in this metric, where 64% of the country's young adults are in that number.

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