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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

United Way hosts 'Power of the Purse' Thursday

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will host the "Power of the Purse" luncheon as a fund raiser Thursday (April 10) at noon at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville.   Mamie McCullough, the "I Can Lady," is the featured speaker.

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2014 Elections
5:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Two aides leave Dewhurst campaign in runoff shake-up

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign hits a bump in the road as two of his political aides leave his campaign.
NPR

Amid internal conflict about the direction of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's re-election bid, two of his top political aides have left his campaign, The Texas Tribune has confirmed.

"Everyone agrees that there is a path to victory, but there is disagreement about what that path to victory is," said Dewhurst communications director Travis Considine.

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Texas Justice
12:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Force against Texas inmates on the rise

Inexperienced prison staff is beieved to be the cause of an increase in the use of "major force" in prisons.
NPR

Correctional officers are using “major” force against inmates more often, and experts point to staff turnover, inexperience and the brutal heat of Texas summers as the most likely factors.

Despite a decrease in the prison population from 2005 to 2013, the number of “major use of force" incidents grew some 17 percent, according to statistics kept by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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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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