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Texas A&M Real Estate Center

Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and the interim dean of the College of Business Dr. Dale Funderburk considers a recent survey of CEO Magazine readers that ranks Texas as the no.

Courtesy Texas Health & Human Services
Courtesy Texas Health & Human Services

The Texas Farm Bureau today reported the first case of human West Nile virus in the state this year. 

Thousands of sexual assault evidence kits, commonly called rape kits, remain untested in Texas.
AP

Texas Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) was the only lawmaker in the Senate to vote against a bill that would crowdfund money to deal with the state’s backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. The measure passed by a 29-1 vote in the Senate on Wednesday.

Our wellness commentator Velvete Womack considers the benefits of sleep.  While experts recommend that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per day,  Velvete says those hours do not necessarily need to be in one continuous stretch.  And she offers some surprising sleep aids, including plunging your feet in ice water.

Telemedicine Bill Headed To Gov. Abbott's Desk

May 17, 2017
Thomas Kim, MD, treats patients via telemedicine from his home in Austin.
Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

It looks like the tide is turning when it comes to regulation of telemedicine in Texas. A bill passed by the Senate and the House is one step closer to the Governor’s desk. The legislation would make it easier for physicians to practice their trade remotely using technology.

Patrick Threatens Special Session If 'Bathroom Bill' Doesn't Pass

May 17, 2017
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
KERA

With end-of-session deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday threatened to push for a special session to pass a “bathroom bill” to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and legislation to set new thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for their tax rates.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Rick Miller with the Center for Applied Leadership reflects on an article in the Harvard Business Review, "Why Leadership Development Isn't Developing Leaders."  Rick says leadership development must be experiential, involving students in activities that require them to work together.

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Official photo

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has taken himself out of the running to be the next director of the FBI. 

Texas A&M Foundation

Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks is leading a group of A&M-Commerce students on a retreat to Hacienda Santa Clara Study and Research Center near San Miguel, Mexico, a facility affiliated with Texas A&M.  While there, the students will study the drug laws and drug-abuse treatment policies of Mexico.

Photo by George Hale, KETR
Photo by George Hale, KETR

A Fort Worth-based sand mining company that had been  seeking to widen parts of two county roads in northern Fannin County has pulled its petition. Metroplex Sand & Gravelhas formally withdrawn its plans to widen County Roads 1010 and 1020. The company wanted to widen the roads, in part, to create a conduit for its fleet of trucks. 

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, describes the reaction of Hunt County citizens to the the declaration of war that brought the U.S. into World War I in the spring of 1917.  A crowd of 5,000 gathered to hear Gov. James Ferguson speak at the old Hunt County Courthouse and to show support for the war, as a giant U.S. flag was raised.

Luke has spent a lifetime hunting and fishing and still enjoys being outdoors as much as he did as a youngster. Here Larry Weishuhn (Mr. Whitetail) and Luke are pictured with a wild boar taken near Lake Fork while hunting with their friend Jeff Rice.
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke tells about his early days in the outdoors and how hunting and fishing has changed through the years. 

(Left to right) Paul Nipper, Austin Lowrance and Kristopher Schoen performing live at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Alabama native Paul Nipper's job led him to Austin about 6 years ago. Shortly thereafter, a literal wrong turn led him to a Doug Moreland songwriters circle one night, where his passion for songwriting encouraged him to form his own band.

Calling NE Texas Food Poets: Whataburger Rewards Wordsmiths

May 12, 2017
To celebrate National Burger Month until May 24, aspiring poets can tag Whataburger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with poems up to 70 words for the chance to win free Whataburger for a year and a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.
KERA

When it comes to Whataburger, Texans have been known to make grand, artistic gestures. And often, the San Antonio-based burger chain will reward flattery with free food.

Snatchedmovietickets.com

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says the comedy "Snatched" with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn has its share of big laughs, but is not the equal of Schumer's smash hit "Trainwreck."  It's Goldie Hawn's first movie role in 15 years, playing Schumer's mother as they're kidnapped in South America.

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