KETR Local
9:36 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Charges dropped in sexual assault case


Greenville – Prosecutors have dropped charges against Damon DeShawn Brown, the Commerce man charged with two counts of sexual assault, after the alleged victim refused to cooperate.

Both sides had announced they were ready to proceed to trial and jury selection was set for July 25.

The female victim had claimed Brown broke into her apartment on two separate occasions in January 2010, sexually assaulting her both times and threatening her with a box cutter once.

Brown had pleaded not guilty.

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Asia
8:37 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Farmers Seek Fair Share Amid India's Housing Boom

Workers construct an apartment building in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Aug. 3, 2011. As many as 100,000 new apartment units are scheduled to be built on land that previously belonged to farmers. A court has halted some development on the grounds that the farmers weren't fairly compensated.
Gurinder Osan AP

A land crisis is gripping India. The country's growing prosperity has created a rapidly expanding middle class that is demanding modern housing and has the money to pay for it.

But building millions of new houses and apartments isn't easy, especially in a country where land is hard to come by.

A land battle on the outskirts of New Delhi illustrates the point.

The property, in an area known as Greater Noida, is undergoing the transition from cropland to towering apartment blocks. Right now, though, it's a visual and legal mess.

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KETR Local Interest
7:54 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Wildfire awareness: Suburban areas


Denton, TX – Few Texans realize that homes in suburban areas can be at risk from wildfires. But whether you live in the forested areas or in suburbs on the outskirts of relatively treeless places, houses are at risk every year when wildfires sweep across the land. Sparks from wildfires as far as two miles away can be blown into yards and roofs.

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KETR Local Interest
7:53 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Report confirms Texas suffering from worst-ever drought


Austin, TX – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today issued the following statement in response to the news from State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon that Texas is suffering through the "most severe one-year drought on record" and the hottest July in the history of the Lone Star State.

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Grin-N-Bearit Show
7:00 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

The Grin-N-Bearit Show, Episode 12

"Ace's Game - The Case of the Festival Art Fiasco"

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KETR Local
6:54 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Accident victim dies after more than weeklong fight


Dallas – A second man has died of injuries sustained in a severe wreck last month in Lamar County.

21-year-old Dylan Ballard, of Paris, died Monday of his injuries at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Reports indicate Ballard suffered serious internal and head injuries.

20-year-old Wade Witmer of Clarksville was also killed in the crash that injured three others.

The rollover accident occurred on July 23 along FM 196 south of Blossom.

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KETR Local
4:05 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

University announces hire of newest deans


Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced the appointment of their newest deans following searches on a national scale.

The university elected to stay in house by choosing Dr. Salvatore Attardo as the Dean of College and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts (CHSSA).

Formerly the interim dean, Dr. Attardo has served as the Department Head and Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages since 2007. He was previously an English professor at Youngstown State University.

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KETR Local
1:36 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Heat safety key in community, on campus


Commerce – The relentless heat is prompting university officials at A&M-Commerce to remind faculty and staff of the potential dangers.

According to Safety Manager Derek Preas, heat exhaustion could occur by simply walking across campus. He says it's important to allow yourself to adjust to the environment both physically and mentally.

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KETR Local
10:54 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Still no arrests in murder case spanning one year


Greenville – A new reward is being offered in connection to the murder of a Royse City woman who was found one year ago this week.

The body of Heather LeAnn Pope was found in August 2010, nearly two weeks after her disappearance, along the shores of Lake Tawakoni. Autopsy results indicated Pope had sustained blunt force trauma to the head.

No arrests or suspects have been named in the case.

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KETR Local
10:50 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Schwartz appointed to VP for ETMC EMS


Tyler – East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has named Ron Schwartz as the new vice president/chief operating officer for the system's EMS service.

Schwartz has been with company for over 11 years serving as director of operations and general manager. He replaces Tony Myers, who retired in June after 18 years with the EMS program.

East Texas Medical Center offers services in 18 East Texas counties, including Hopkins, Red River, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

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