Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the existence of poor farms in Hunt County 100 years ago.  People and their families who could not pay their debts or were otherwise indigent were sent to the poor farms.  Carol says they came to an end after World War II.  Here is an article on poor farms in neighboring Kaufman County.

Hidden video shows Houston Planned Parenthood clinic

Aug 4, 2015
Another video of a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the selling of fetal tissue was released Tuesday.

An anti-abortion group released an undercover video Tuesday showing a Planned Parenthood executive at a Houston clinic discussing how the group recoups costs for providing organs from aborted fetuses for medical research.

The video, filmed by a group called the Center for Medical Progress, portrays Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discussing administrative costs of harvesting fetal organs at various stages of gestation.

Bland's mother sues DPS, Waller County

Aug 4, 2015
Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.
Department of Public Safety

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Alleging that Sandra Bland's "rights and privileges as a citizen of the United States" were violated, Bland’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the Texas Department of Public Safety, Waller County and several law enforcement officers.

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  In a press conference on the campus of Austin Peay State University Tuesday, officials named Ryan Ivey the Governors' new Athletic Director.

The following release was issued by the Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Athletics:

A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey has resigned and accepted the Director of Athletics position at Austin Peay as announced by A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan R. Jones Tuesday. 

Top Texas GOP officials offer measured support for Paxton

Aug 4, 2015
Governor Abbott stated "this is the first step in a lengthy process and [I] will respect that process as it moves forward."

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

When Gov. Rick Perry walked out of a Travis County facility a year ago after

being booked on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, he was greeted by a rally of supporters. From around the country, the indictment drew ridicule from Republican officials and even a few Democrats.

Buried treasure: The state budget hides a mystery

Aug 4, 2015
La Salle's Expedition to Louisiana in 1684, painted in 1844 by Jean Antoine Théodore de Gudin. La Belle, left, sank in present-day Matagorda Bay.
Jean Antoine Théodore de Gudin

It is a mere drop in the fiscal ocean, just $200,000 in a state budget totaling more than $200 billion.

But the tiny amount of money lawmakers set aside this past session to fund a maritime museum on the Texas coast has spawned an oversized mystery. It seems to have attached itself like a barnacle to the ship of state with no one's knowledge, discovered only when Gov. Greg Abbott tried to scrape it off.

Hunt Regional Medical Center registered nutitionist Sally Rhodes discusses the "ten biggest nutrition myths," including no. 1, "kale is the healthiest green vegetable" and no. 2 "high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar."

Obama unveils climate rules, with Texas-wide implications

Aug 3, 2015
New rules proposed by the Obama administration seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Calling climate change “one of the key challenges of our lifetimes and future generations,” President Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his state-by-state effort to combat the phenomenon by reshaping the nation’s energy sector — a plan that has roiled Republican leaders in Texas.

“No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations, than a changing climate,” Obama said in a White House address, calling his new rule “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight” against climate change.

Paxton surrenders in securities fraud indictment

Aug 3, 2015
Monday morning Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton surrendered in Collin County, was booked, and promptly released after posting his bail.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s top law enforcement officer, turned himself into jail Monday to be booked on felony securities fraud charges.

DPS trooper warned in 2014 of 'unprofessional conduct'

Aug 3, 2015
Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.
Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged three days later in the Waller County Jail, was warned about his "unprofessional conduct" in 2014 while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file.

Paxton no stranger to controversial business deals

Aug 3, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, seen here at his January swearing-in ceremony, has a long history of controversial business deals.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his allies are claiming he’s the victim of a political witch hunt, but the substance of his reported indictment and a long history of controversial business deals suggest otherwise.

A major fund raising event for the Hunt County United Way, the "Hearts and Hands Gala and Auction," is scheduled for Friday night, August 28 at the Big Sky Event Center (formerly Fish Camp) in Royse City.  United Way executive director Frances Dalbey also discusses the Lakes Regional Community Center, which receives assistance from the United Way, and provides education for developmentally delayed adults.

Cleon Carraway is pictured here is one of his elk bugles fashioned from a cow horn.
Luke Clayton

Veteran call maker Cleon Carraway is Luke's guest this week. Tune and and learn from one of the best call makers and game callers in the state. 

Straus settles into national role for campaign group

Jul 31, 2015
State of Texas

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is settling into a new role as the second in command of a national group devoted to electing more Republicans to state legislatures, a position that promises to boost his political profile outside the state.

On Thursday, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee unveiled its plans for the 2015-2016 election cycle backed by a record $40 million budget. The group is focusing on six states where Democrats and Republicans each control one statehouse chamber: Colorado, Kentucky, Washington, Iowa, Minnesota and New Mexico.

Tom Cruise stars in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.
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This week on Movie Picks with Alice Reese, Alice reviews Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Paper Towns, and A LEGO Brickumentary.