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Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, reflects on a story that the sales of personal computers (PCs) and laptops have been falling since 2012 and continued to fall in 2016.  More and more, the smart phone and other devices are taking away from our use of PCs and laptops.  Jeremy is business technical analyst with the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office.

Diane Ravitch at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Feb. 7, 2016.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE

Education historian and former assistant US education secretary Diane Ravitch on Tuesday criticized a State Senate bill filed last week to create Educational Savings Accounts.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the UW will be organizing "Walk Across Texas" teams at the Reecy Davis Center, 4320 Lee St. in Greenville, from 6 to 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays start February 13.  The idea of "Walk Across Texas" is that teams combine walk the distance across Texas, 800 miles.  Also, Frances says the United Way will lead an effort Saturday, March 4 to renovate the youth baseball and softball fields in Wolfe City.

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Sharon Feldt of Sulphur Springs, one of our books commentators, reviews The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott, a dramatic tale of the Titanic, and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

Interstate 30 is scheduled to be closed at Rockwall from 10:30 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 11 to 6 a.m. on Sun., Feb. 12.
City of Rockwall

If you plan taking Interstate 30 through Rockwall later this week, better allow yourself some extra time if your journey could happen late at night or in the early morning.

The Texas Department of Transportation has planned a complete reconstruction of the intersection of FM 3549 and I-30. In Rockwall, FM 3549 is known as Stodghill Road north of I-30 and Corporate Crossing south of I-30. The overhaul will involve destruction of the FM 3549 bridge over I-30 and the eventual construction of an I-30 overpass above FM 3549.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business Dr.

Matt Ashcraft talks about controling wild hog populations by helicopter
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke's guest is Matt Ashcraft, helicopter pilot and owner of Freedom Helicopters. Matt gives a unique "insider's" prospective on controlling wild hog populations from the air. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
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Northeast Texas legislators reacted this week to a bill filed in the State Senate to create a voucher system using public money to fund private education. 

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Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese reviews "The Comedian," starring Robert DeNiro as an angry comic making a comeback, and "The Space Between Us," about the first child born on Mars who returns to Earth to seek romance.

Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News.
Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News.

An armed robbery at a Commerce Dollar store  Wednesday night ended when city police shot the suspect as he was leaving. 

Enloe Volunteer Fire Fighters have been fighting grass fires along with several other volunteer fire departments in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

On Thursday morning, Feb. 2, 2017 Delta County Judge Jason Murray declared an emergency burn ban due to current fire danger conditions. It will take effect at noon today.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack of Lighthouse Education, reflects on a Huffington Post article, predicting the top fitness and wellness trends of 2017.  Among them HIIT, which stands for "high-intensity interval training" and hygge (pronounced HUE-ga), a Danish word which means "taking pleasure in the simple and ordinary."

Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR News
Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR News

Update: Thurs. 02/02/2017, 2 p.m.: TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine said in a phone interview Thursday that the type of oil involved in Monday's spill was light crude. He said that while the oil was contained within a day, it will likely take "several weeks" to clean the site fully. 

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Greenville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Byron Taylor discusses plans to build 100 new homes in Greenville.  Most will be constructed in a subdivision on FM 1570 near L-3, but some will be built in north Greenville as part of "Project Restore."  Bayron also says the chamber is teaming up with Texas A&M-Commerce to offer a "Business Training Series" for small businesses starting Friday, February 24 at Wesley United Methodi

The site of Monday's oil pipeline spill in Collin County.
Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR

A construction accident in northeastern Collin County Monday spewed at least 1,400 barrels of crude oil. Cleanup efforts Tuesday were still underway at the site on State Highway 121, between Trenton and Melissa, just outside the unincorporated town of Desert.

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