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Commerce
4:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Shooting suspect sought, two charged with tampering

One suspect remains at large following a fatal shooting at an apartment complex on Jan. 13 in Commerce.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Commerce Police continue to search for a suspect following a fatal shooting at a local apartment complex. The identity of the suspect has been “potentially” established, according to a statement by Chief of Police Kerry Crews.

Crews also said that two people have been arrested and remain in custody at the Commerce Police Department on charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with the shooting.

The name of the suspect and the names of the two in custody have not been released by police.

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Texas Government
3:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Straus aims to expand authority for House investigations

Representative Joe Straus was elected Speaker of the House for the fourth time on Tuesday.
Credit State of Texas

Fresh off his re-election to a fourth term as House speaker, Republican Joe Straus plans to beef up the House’s ability to investigate state agencies and employees.

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Greenville
3:04 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Council approves moratorium on impact fees in city

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to suspend the collection of impact fees on new development for the next 12 months.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville will not collect impact fees for the next 12 months.

Mayor Steve Reid had asked for a moratorium on the imposition of the fees for new commercial developments.

“I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind that it is a tax,” he said during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting.

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Hunt County
2:57 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

One in custody following series of violent events

A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being wounded during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A Balch Springs man is in local custody, after being injured during a violent series of events in far south Hunt County Tuesday morning.

Brandon Brewer, 26, allegedly stole a West Tawakoni Police Department vehicle, which resulted in a chase and an officer-involved shooting, culminating in a crash with an 18-wheeler.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said Brewer was not injured by the gunfire.

“He was injured in the accident,” Meeks said. “He wasn’t hit by a shot at all.”

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Commerce
7:19 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Police: Victim identified, still no specifics on suspect

Law enforcement officials arrived at the Lamplight Lodge Apartments in Commerce following a fatal shooting on Jan. 13.
Kevin Jefferies KETR

Commerce Police are searching for a "person of interest" following a fatal shooting at a local apartment complex, officials said.

Corey Dominic Heath, 23, of Commerce, died from gunshot wounds on Jan. 13, police said. Officers responding to a call of a possible shooting found Heath dead on the property of Lamplight Lodge Apartments, 1300 Moore St., at about 1 p.m., police said. The complex is in central Commerce, one block east of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Womack: Workplace wellness programs should emphasize 'total wellness'

Credit McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Velvete Womack of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce says workplace wellness programs could be better by approaching wellness from a "total wellness" perspective, going beyond exercise and physical concerns.

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Hunt County
5:27 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Police: Escape attempt ends in car crash, jail

An attempt to escape arrest in southern Hunt County ended with a suspect injured and in jail, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.
Credit Hunt County Sheriff's Dept.

A dramatic attempt to escape from local police in southern Hunt County ended with a suspect injured and in jail, according to a statement released on Jan. 13 by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.

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Northeast Texas
3:51 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Awards, ceremonies honor MLK legacy

January 19th marks the 24th year of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony presented by the Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference.

Dr. Dan Jones, CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce, presides as the master of ceremonies over the event, which takes place inside the Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Fuller Street in Sulphur Springs at 7:00 p.m., and will honor a number of local residents with awards ranging from, “Spirit of Loyalty,” to, “MLK Man and Woman of the Year.”

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Texas Government
3:39 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Northeast Texas delegation split on Speaker vote

Dan Flynn (R-Van), although strongly allied with the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party of Texas, supported Joe Straus for a fourth term as House Speaker. Flynn has cited what he says are Straus' effectiveness at passing legislation and familiarity with the processes of Texas government.
Credit provided image

San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was re-elected to his fourth term as House Speaker today in the first vote of the 84th Texas Legislature. Straus defeated Frisco Republican Scott Turner 128-19. Turner, who represents Rockwall County and part of Collin County (District 33), was supported in his challenge by Tea Party groups and others who said Straus was insufficiently conservative.

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Texas Government
3:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Gun advocates take up - and make - arms at Texas Capitol

Gun rights advocates used 3-D printing technology to create parts for an AR-15 rifle similar to the one pictured.
Credit NPR

As Texas lawmakers convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session Tuesday, about a dozen activists carrying a variety of firearms gathered in front of the state Capitol to protest gun laws.

Members of Come and Take It Texas — a group that organizes armed rallies to protest gun laws and one of several pushing to scrap the state's handgun licensing requirements this session — also demonstrated how to make a weapon with a machine known as the Ghost Gunner.

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Texas Government
2:43 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Straus re-elected as House Speaker

Joe Straus
Credit NPR

With the backing of 85 percent of the Texas House, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was re-elected to his fourth term Tuesday. 

Straus drew 128 votes for re-election against challenger state Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, who drew 19 votes. Turner had worked for the last year campaigning to unseat Straus with the backing of a coalition of Tea Party and conservative groups, all of whom viewed Straus as insufficiently conservative. 

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Commerce
1:31 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Police: Suspect at large following fatal shooting, robbery

Commerce Police have marked off a possible crime scene on the campus of Lamplight Lodge Apartments in Commerce.
Credit Kevin Jefferies / KETR

Note: This post has been updated throughout.

4:53 p.m. - Police said that one suspect, not two, is being sought in connection with the shooting.

2:33 p.m. - Commerce Independent School District staff said that public school campuses in Commerce are under "modified lockdown," meaning that outside doors are locked and that outdoor classes and activities have been relocated indoors. Otherwise, normal class schedules are continuing. Buses will run on their usual schedule, Commerce ISD staff said.

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Texas Government
10:43 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Turner supporters rally in advance of vote

Scott Turner has waged a spirited campaign to become House Speaker.
Credit NPR

“If God gives me the grace to see tomorrow, I’ll be so happy,” state Rep. Scott Turner told more than 100 people crammed into a La Quinta meeting room in downtown Austin on Monday. 

Many in the crowd nodded. They all knew what was so special about tomorrow. At noon, a new legislative session would commence down the street at the Capitol, and the 150 members of the Texas House would vote for their speaker, choosing between two Republicans: Turner of Frisco, and the incumbent, Joe Straus of San Antonio. 

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A&M-Commerce
10:36 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Johnson, Bergeron to represent Lions at Collegiate Bowl

WR Vernon Johnson and RB Joe Bergeron will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 17 in Carson, Calif.

Texas A&M University-Commerce will be represented in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl by wide receiver Vernon Johnson and running back Joe Bergeron on American team under former NFL head coaching great Mike Holmgren. The game will be played in Sat., Jan. 17, in Carson, Calif.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:39 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NETEX to consider cutting ties with toll road group

A plan to build a toll road using the old NETEX right-of-way from Greenville to Lavon did not make it into the North Central Texas Council of Governments' transportation plan.
Credit KETR

The agency overseeing short line rail operations in Northeast Texas may cut ties this week with the company which wanted to use its right-of-way to build a proposed toll road.

The Northeast Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) Board of Directors is scheduled to consider taking action on releasing its contract with Public Werks concerning the former “Blacklands Corridor” project.

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