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Texas Government
4:15 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Perry will activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops

Credit wbur.org

Gov. Rick Perry will announce Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed.

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Texas Border and Immigration
3:08 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Local governments pass anti-immigrant resolutions

City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess of League City, Texas.
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City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess of League City swung into action shortly after she saw media reports of Central American children sleeping in cramped detention centers along the Texas-Mexico border. 

Thiess sat down and wrote a city resolution barring any immigrant from being housed on an emergency basis in League City, a city of 91,000 southeast of Houston. It passed this month by a 6-to-2 vote. 

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Commerce
10:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Gas-line strike on Monroe St. causes midday scramble

A gas line was struck on Monroe Street in Commerce during the late morning of July 21. University staff in the immediate area were cleared from nearby buildings until repairs were made.
Credit Mark Haslett

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m. - The line has been capped and people are now allowed back into the previously secured area.

Original article, with edits:

A gas line was struck and ruptured on Monroe St. in Commerce on July 21 at about 10:40 a.m. The incident occurred just across the street from the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, near Hall of Languages and Binnion Hall. Work crews have been engaged on Monroe Street for months.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

State seeking public input on conservation priorities

Credit NPR

Last year, Texas voters approved the allocation of $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to pay for water projects. Proposition 6 won fairly handily, but many from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum had concerns about the new water fund. Transparency and accountability were mentioned. And even supporters of the measure cautioned against over-investing in certain types of projects.

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Greenville
8:25 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New sign proposed for theater project

Public hearings are scheduled this week on a plan to add a new electronic sign at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Texan Theater is wanting its name up in lights ... lots of lights.

The historic theater in downtown Greenville, currently undergoing a major renovation effort, would be home to a big new electronic sign if city leaders vote this week to approve a change in the code or ordinances.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing during Monday’s regular session — starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street — before voting on whether to recommend the change to the Greenville City Council.

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Greenville
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Developer planning townhouses in city

Public hearings and votes are scheduled this week on a proposed zoning change which would allow townhomes to be built on a vacant tract along FM 1570/Jack Finney Boulevard in Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Greenville city officials are expected to decide this week whether to approve a change in zoning to allow townhomes to be built along a stretch of Jack Finney Boulevard/FM 1570.

Larry Jackson is seeking a change in zoning from the current Single Family 2 (SF-2) to Single Family Attached (SF-A) for the tract in the 7500 block of FM 1570.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Upgrade coming for Commerce airport; Dickey's Barbecue opening soon

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses work that will begin soon to make improvements to the runway at Commerce Municipal Airport, north of the city, and the long-range plans for the airport.  The mayor also discusses the opening soon of Dickey's Barbecue, in the old Chicken Express building.

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Greenville
6:43 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Two men reportedly stabbed multiple times

Police respond to a call of a stabbing at the Prime Stop store on Wesley Street.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

According to the Greenville Herald-Banner, emergency personnel responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Stanford street around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. A 44-year-old male was reportedly stabbed multiple times.

Shortly after the first call, police and medical services responded to a second, similar call of a man walking up to the Prime Stop store at the corner of Wesley and Stanford streets with multiple stab wounds, according to the Herald-Banner.

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Texas Government
4:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Lost in a pressing crisis: Perpetual immigration issues

Border Patrol Agent
Credit NPR

After reports in March of three undocumented Honduran migrants being assaulted by a Border Patrol agent, who was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot, immigration activists decided to form a group to determine whether migrants were being routinely abused.

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Movie Picks with Alice Reese
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Family sure to be entertained with 'Planes: Fire and Rescue'

Blade Ranger (voiced by Ed Harris) fights the blaze on 'Piston Peak' in the new movie "Planes: Fire and Rescue".
Credit Disney

Alice Reese joins Daniel Starks this week to discuss the latest movies coming out to theaters.

Planes: Fire and Rescue lives in the same realm as the Cars saga and appeals to all ages, young and old. Starring Dane Cook, Ed Harris and countless others, this movie is sure to entertain you and your family.

Listen as Alice brings her review of Planes: Fire and Rescue, Wish I Was Here, and Boyhood on Movie Picks with Alice Reese.

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