Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says if the state legislature mandates raises of around $1,000 per year for teachers, school districts will have difficulty in providing the pay increase because the state will not provide additional funding. He says districts will have to make cuts in other areas, possibly laying off teachers to allow for the raises. The raises are being considered in the current special session of the legislature.
On Monday, Republican senators' plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed. On Tuesday, at the behest of a blindsided President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for repealing the ACA without anything to replace it.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses business developments in the city, including the Tokyo Express restaurant, in the former Lone Star Pizza building, and the new Taco Bell building on Live Oak Street. Paul says it's likely that another franchise restaurant will move into the old Taco Bell location. And he says the new Mugs coffee shop in downtown Commerce will open in August, after a fund raising event for "Li'l Angels."
Taylor and Blake have been making music together since they were kids in church performing with their father. They've now gone "all-in" to music with The Powell Brothers band, and are touring all across the state.
Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced today that former Balch Spring police officer Roy Oliver has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in May.
Collin County has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade and a half. While that's good for developers and business, it's proving to be upsetting for County Sheriff Jim Skinner, who says that the county's rapid population growth makes patrolling with a small department is putting the public and deputies at risk.
Jeff Rice, owner of The Buck and Bass Ranch near Lake Fork, joins Luke this week and discusses the process necessary to successfully film and edit a hunt. Jeff has several excellent hunting videos posted on buckandbassranch.com. Tune in and learn how easy it is to create your own "outdoor shows".
It will be a little longer before Northeast Texans can roll into Royse City for some minor-league baseball and grab a bag of beaver nuggets on the way home. A proposed baseball stadium scheduled to begin operations next summer has pushed that date to 2019. And a planned Buc-ee’s convenience store location has bumped its opening from 2019 to 2020.
Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image. Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).