Quinlan man sentenced to life in prison in child sexual assault case; Over 50 new jobs coming to Greenville; Swine flu/H1N1 still not affecting Hunt County; New apartment complex in Commerce to be up and running in August; Greenville town hall meetings recap available on city's website; Sulphur Springs ISD appoints middle school principal.
Hunt County – Multiple life sentences have been handed down in a Hunt County child sexual assault case.
31-year-old Harold Donnie Halbrook, of Quinlan, was found guilty this week following a one-day trial on eight separate offenses. He was sentenced to life in prison on each his four aggravated sexual assault charges, 20 years in prison on the two indecency by contact charges and 10 years in prison on each of the two indecency by exposure charges.
– Texas Governor Rick Perry last night issued a state of disaster for 167 Texas counties, including all regional counties.
The announcement comes amidst an extreme fire hazard that poses a threat of imminent disaster in several counties. Counties include Hunt, Hopkins, Delta, Fannin, Lamar, Collin, Rains, Rockwall, Kaufman, Van Zandt and Dallas.
– A big boost is coming to an obscure federal program which weatherizes homes to make them more energy-efficient.
It's distributing $4.7 billion in stimulus funds. In Texas, the state's share is increasing nearly 60 times, from $5.6 million to $327 million. $100 million alone have been distributed to larger cities.