Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce welcomes Former East Texas State All-American and Super Bowl champion Alan Veingrad back to campus Thursday to speak during the 2011 Harvey Martin Classic Kickoff Reception.
Veingrad was a two-time first team All-Lone Star Conference offensive lineman for the Lions and played seven years in the NFL, five with the Green Bay Packers and two with the Dallas Cowboys. He graduated from East Texas State University with a degree in accounting in 1986.
Greenville – A Kaufman County woman faces a potential life sentence Friday for multiple counts of sexual assault of a child.
Misty Laverna Dale Mayo is also charged with multiple counts of indecency and injury to a child. She pleaded guilty to each of the five indictments earlier this year. She also admitted to setting fire to two children after pouring alcohol on them.
Charles Dwayne Mayo Jr., of Terrell, has agreed to plead guilty to the same charges and will be sentenced later this month.
Greenville – It will be at least six more weeks before the State Highway 34/Wesley Street overpass in Greenville will be open to traffic.
The bridge deck for the overpass is scheduled to be poured on September 27 and October 3. It will then take another month for the deck to reach its required design strength to accept traffic on all lanes.
"A key federal report blames poor management, key missteps and a faulty cement job by BP and others for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history and the deaths of 11 rig workers," The Associated Press reports.
"The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company's factory, newly obtained e-mails show."
Republicans had reasons to cheer and Democrats to despair Wednesday with the upset special election victory in New York City of a Republican retired businessman who will complete the congressional term of Anthony Weiner, the Democrat who exited the U.S. House because of a sexting scandal.
Bob Turner, a 70-year old former cable television executive, beat David Weprin, a 55-year old, state assemblyman, in a district which had, until Tuesday, been reliably Democratic for nearly 100 years.