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Texas Politics
7:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Prosecutor: Perry veto of integrity funds "concerning"

Perry's "integrity" is being questioned when he makes good on a threat to veto funding to the state’s public integrity unit if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign.
NPR

A special prosecutor investigating whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his authority when he eliminated state funding of the Texas public integrity unit — which investigates government corruption and is housed in the Travis County district attorney's office — said what he’s found so far is “concerning.”

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Texas Water
5:00 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Galveston Bay oil spill leaves hundreds of birds oiled

In the wake of the oil spill in Galveston Bay, the Coast Guard has found 329 oiled birds, most of which were dead.
Chase A. Fountain/TPWD

Coast Guard crews and wildlife advocates have recovered or spotted hundreds of shorebirds covered in oil in the aftermath of a collision late last month between two ships in Galveston Bay that resulted in a spill of up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil. Many are dead, those still alive have little hope for survival, and officials say they expect to find more.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Ratcliffe talks term limits, not age, as he faces Hall

John Ratcliffe says Ralph Hall has been in Washington too long and uses term limits as one of his campaign platforms.
The Texas Tribune

John Ratcliffe has a lot to say about U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of Congress and Ratcliffe’s opponent in a May 27 Republican primary runoff. Ratcliffe accuses Hall, R-Rockwall, of having stayed in Washington too long and of having become a “less effective” legislator.

What Ratcliffe is not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.

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Severe Weather
5:49 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Birthright loses three homes, 67 others damaged

Sheila Krecek shows visitors around the wreckage of her family's property.
Mark Haslett

In the unincorporated Hopkins County community of Birthright, three homes were destroyed and 67 others damaged by a likely tornado on the night of April 3. 

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City of Cooper
3:36 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Cooper man is sentanced on illegal drug charges

William Chancellor was tried for manufactoring, delivering and selling methamphetamines.
www.texascourthousetrail.com

  The 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt held trial March 24-25 at the Delta County Courthouse.

According to reports, defendant William Chancellor was tried for a charge of Manufacture/Delivery of a controlled substance from March 27, 2013 and being involved in the selling of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) to a confidential informant.

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Outdoors
11:23 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Big Bass on Lake Fork

Bruce Bartlett landed this lunker 12 lb 2 oz. largemouth last week fishing with Lake Fork guide Larry Large.
Luke Clayton; Larry Large

The largemouth bass spawn is in full swing at Lake Fork. Tune in this week, Luke has guide Larry Large as our guest and Larry divulges some of his fish catching secrets learned over a quarter- century guiding bass trips on Lake Fork. 

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City of Greenville
9:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Longer wait to go splash

Splash Kingdom says Greenville will need a new service road before they can build the waterpark on its Greenville location.
Brad Kellar

Local water park fans will have to wait an extra year before hitting the slides and lazy river.

Officials with Splash Kingdom announced Thursday night that the company’s Greenville water park will not open this summer as planned.

While work has been underway at the site along the Interstate 30 service road for more than a month, although Thursday’s announcement indicated that landscaping is about all which has been completed.

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A&M-Commerce
6:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Burton named women's basketball coach

lionathletics.com

A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey announced on Thursday the hiring of current McKinney Boyd High School boys coach Jason Burton as the eighth women's basketball coach in the history of the program at a press conference on the A&M-Commerce campus.

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Severe weather
6:33 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Tornadoes, hail rake region; four injured

KETR

A severe weather system that struck Northeast Texas on the evening of April 3 resulted in several small tornadoes, along with high winds and large hail. Multiple structures were damaged and several injuries were reported throughout the region.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost electrical service during the storms. Flooding followed the storms.

Northern Hunt County was hit hard, with significant damage between U.S. Highway 69 and State Highway 34 north of Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Unionization of college athletes could affect Division II

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

  

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says unionization of college football and basketball players, as a court has approved for athletes at Northwestern University of the Big Ten, could eventually affect NCAA Division II athletic programs, such as A&M-Commerce.

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