KETR Local
8:41 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Greenville murder suspects formally charged


Greenville – The Hunt County Grand Jury has issued murder indictments against two men in connection to a July shooting in Greenville.

Antonio Derrance Fletcher and Devin Eugene Royal, both of Greenville, are alleged to have killed Javon Newman at an apartment complex. Newman died after being transported to a hospital.

Witnesses to the shooting identified Fletcher and Royal. The pair was arrested two days later in Dallas.

At last report, Royal remained in custody at the Hunt County Jail on $1.5 million bond.

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KETR Local
8:29 am
Mon August 29, 2011

State Department issues final pipeline report


– The $13 billion Keystone XL Pipeline that would run through portions of Northeast Texas cleared a key bureaucratic hurdle on Friday, and dealt a blow to environmental groups.

The U.S. State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement for TransCanada's proposed pipeline, which would bring fossil fuel from the Canadian oil sands to the U.S.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Consumer Spending Rebounds; Obama Chooses New Economic Adviser

Consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in July from June, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported. The increase came as personal income rose 0.3 percent.

Spending had dipped 0.1 percent in June from May. That had raised concerns about whether consumers — who buy about 70 percent of all goods and services — might pull an already weak economy down further.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Mon August 29, 2011

What's Got Folks Talking? Beyonce's Baby Bump

Beyonce during her performace Sunday.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 8:26 am

Our pal Linda Holmes over at Monkey See knows much more about these types of things than we do, but we do want to take a quick break from natural disasters and other heavy news to note that megastar Beyonce Knowles apparently stole the show at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards by cleverly revealing to the world that she and Jay-Z are expecting a child.

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It's All Politics
7:15 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Powell Isn't Sure He'll Support Obama In 2012 Race

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell during his appearance Sunday on CBS News' Face the Nation.
Chris Usher CBS News via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 7:19 am

It was a big story when former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

So it's news that this weekend on CBS-TV's Face the Nation, Powell said he hasn't decided if he will vote for the president in 2012.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Powell: Cheney's Taking 'Cheap Shots'

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell during his appearance Sunday on CBS News' Face the Nation.
Chris Usher CBS News via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 7:55 am

Colin Powell isn't a fan of Dick Cheney's new memoir.

On CBS News' Face the Nation this weekend, former Bush administration secretary of state Powell said that Bush-era vice president Cheney takes some "cheap shots" and "overshot the runway" in the book that goes on sale this week.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Mon August 29, 2011

New Leader Set In Japan; Gadhafi Still On Run

Good morning.

Residents from North Carolina up through New England are beginning the long process of recovering from Hurricane Irene, which we followed through the weekend and earlier today.

We'll keep an eye out for more stories about the storm and its aftermath. Meanwhile, other major news of the day includes:

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Around the Nation
6:26 am
Mon August 29, 2011

School Superintendent Gives Himself A Big Pay Cut

Larry Powell is superintendent of 325 schools in Fresno County, Calif. Powell is giving back $800,000 over the next three years. He wants to preserve education programs from budget cuts. He'll work his final three years before retirement making less than a starting teacher's salary.

Around the Nation
6:20 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Baltimore's Mayor Inadvertently Wakes Up The City

Some Baltimore residents were getting robocalls from the mayor around 4 a.m. Saturday reminding them that Hurricane Irene was on the way. The city's automatic phone calls were supposed to stop by 9 p.m. Friday, but a glitch kept them going through the night.

The Two-Way
6:15 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Irene: Not A Monster, But Lots Of Damage

Flooding Sunday in Waitsfield, Vt.
Sandy Macys AP

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 6:27 am

Hurricane Irene is gone, but she won't be forgotten anytime soon.

As NPR's Larry Abramson said today on Morning Edition, "Irene did not turn out to be the storm of the century" and many beach towns "were stunned by how lucky they were."

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