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9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Shop in Dallas? That bag will be 5¢

KUT

Amid debate over whether plastic bag bans violate the state's health and safety laws, Dallas on March 26 became the largest city in Texas to pass an ordinance restricting use of the bags.  

The Dallas ordinance, which the City Council approved by a vote of 8-6, doesn't ban plastic bags outright. Rather, it limits their use by imposing a 5-cent-per-bag charge on retailers, which will receive 10 percent of the revenue. The rest will go to the city to spend on educating the public about the environmental hazards of plastic bags. The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. 

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Hunt County
8:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

SPCA gains custody of seized horses

SPCA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas has gained custody of allegedly cruelly treated equines, seized last week from a property near Greenville.

The SPCA of Texas joined with Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones in taking custody of five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule from a property on State Highway 34, about four miles north of Greenville on march 19. One deceased horse was also found on the property.

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Texas Water
8:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Oil spill threatens Galveston Bay's fishing industry

An oil tanker collided with a barge pushed by a tow boat and releasing an estimated 168,000 gallons of oil into the Galveston Bay.
NPR

Oiled birds and stranded boats have been some of the most compelling visual images of the devastation in Galveston Bay in the wake of an oil tanker collision that might have released up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

But marine scientists and fishing industry officials worry that the spill poses longer-term dangers beneath the surface of the bay’s waters, which are among the most productive in the world and a key resource for a multibillion-dollar recreational and commercial fishing industry.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Hendricks: E-cigarettes still dangerous

Scientists continue to study the long-term effects of smoking electronic cigarettes.
NPR

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling and associate editor of the Journal of Counseling and Addiction, says because most e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) contain nicotine, they still pose a major cancer threat to users.

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City of Greenville
4:42 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Council to accept another airport building

Greenville City Council plans to vote to accept a new airport building.
Greenville Chamber of Commerce

L-3 Mission Integration is continuing its expansion at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport.

For the second time this month, the Greenville City Council is scheduled to accept a building being constructed at the airport through an agreement with the Greenville Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). In this case, it is a massive $6.87 million warehouse facility, which will open in about 13 months.

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City of Greenville
3:35 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Custody of seized horses to be determined this week

Greenville Police Department

The custody of several allegedly cruelly treated equines, seized March 19 from a property near Greenville, will be determined this week.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas joined with Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones in taking custody of five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule from a property on State Highway 34, about four miles north of Greenville. One deceased horse was also found on the property.

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City of Greenville
3:33 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Council votes to explore Exchange Building sale

Massoud Ebrahim, Greenville's city manager, advices the city council to sell Paul Mathews Exchange Building.
Texas Greenville / www.ci.greenville.tx.us

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim urged the Greenville City Council Tuesday to consider selling the Paul Mathews Exchange Building, before it becomes a potentially significant financial burden to the city.

“We feel there is a huge risk to the city with this building,” Ebrahim said during Tuesday’s council meeting, as he asked the council to pass an ordinance giving him and Mayor Steve Reid the authority to negotiate the sale of the building at market value.

Ebrahim stressed the final decision will be up to the council.

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City of Greenville
2:38 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Dozens arrested in warrant roundup

Greenville Police Department

Well, they can’t say they weren’t warned.

After issuing repeated notices that a warrant roundup was approaching, and even offering individuals a chance to clear up their fines and court costs at a discount, officers with the Greenville Police Department have made dozens of arrests of suspects wanted on outstanding warrants.

Officers made 47 arrests between Friday morning and Sunday night, with 44 of the arrests involving individuals on outstanding warrants.

The police department also arrested 19 people on outstanding warrants Thursday.

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Lamar County
1:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Paris bans smoking in restaurants, most businesses

NPR

Joining the many cities across the nation that have banned smoking in restaurants and other businesses, the Paris city council passed an ordinance on March 24 that prohibited cigarette smoking in most enclosed public places.

Under the ban: Restaurants, schools, health care facilities, hotels and motels, most indoor businesses that are open to the general public.

Exempt from the ban: Bars and nightclubs, tobacco shops and sexually oriented businesses. 

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City of Greenville
10:56 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Bid to rebuild Sayle Street rejected by city council

Greenville city council rejected the bid to rebuild Sayle Street, which was the the only bid they recieved for street construction.
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It will be a little longer before a project begins to rebuild the south end of Sayle Street.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said the one bid received for the effort has been rejected.

“We moved to reject the bid because it is not competitive and we don’t know if it is a good price or a bad price,” Ebrahim told the Greenville City Council.

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