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Scott Morgan

Host: All Things Considered

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.

Scott's role is to present up-to-the-minute local news during All Things Considered each afternoon here on 88.9 KETR, and he also contributes as a reporter to other news products from the station.

A new report on the best 250 places to buy a home in the Lone Star State is lukewarm on Northeast Texas. The list by online housing and real estate firm LendEDU based its results on home-to-value ratio and five-year projections for employment and population.

Courtesy Texas Health & Human Services
Courtesy Texas Health & Human Services

The Texas Farm Bureau today reported the first case of human West Nile virus in the state this year. 

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Official photo

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has taken himself out of the running to be the next director of the FBI. 

Photo by George Hale, KETR
Photo by George Hale, KETR

A Fort Worth-based sand mining company that had been  seeking to widen parts of two county roads in northern Fannin County has pulled its petition. Metroplex Sand & Gravelhas formally withdrawn its plans to widen County Roads 1010 and 1020. The company wanted to widen the roads, in part, to create a conduit for its fleet of trucks. 

If you live in Leonard and have not yet received your monthly water bill, you’re far from alone. 

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Official photo

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey has sparked no shortage of backlash. While Democrats have called the firing "downright Nixonian," Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn pounced on what he says is the Democrats’ wanting to have their cake and eat it too.

U.S. and World Population Clock
U.S. Census

Sunday marked a new milestone in U.S. population. The US Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock rolled over to 325 million in the United States on the morning of May 7.

One year earlier, the United States posted a population of 322 million, 776 thousand, 678. According to the Census Bureau, the United States adds one new person every 14 seconds.

Texas is the second-most populous state as of 2016, with just under 28 million people. Dallas County and city ranked ninth on their respective lists.

U.S. life expectancy by county
JAMA

On Monday, NPR looked into the lifespan gap that, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows residents of some US counties live as much as 20 years longer on average than residents of others.

It’s been nearly a decade since the U.S. housing market crash. Home values nationally have been on a steady upward climb for months. But the aftershocks of the housing crisis have a few ripples to work through. 

You may have seen the signs at banks and outside municipal offices in Fannin County that say ‘No Excuse for Child Abuse.’ That message seems to have gone somewhat unheeded. 

The latest seasonal outlook from the Texas Water Development Board shows drought removal likely for Texas by the end of July. 

A typical crawfish chimney in a yard in Northeast Texas.
Scott Morgan

Call them crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, 'tis indeed the season for crawfish ---- and the clay chimneys they leave for a calling card ---- in yards and ditches all over Northeast Texas.

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USDA photo

While recent rainfall has put alkfalfa pastures in good stead, Northeast Texas farmers could be delaying cutting due to soggy ground. 

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Official photo.

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-11th) will take over the federal investigation into whether Russia meddled with the 2016 presidential election, now that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is temporarily stepping aside. 

Conaway is a graduate of East Texas State University, who lettered for Lions football in the late 1960s. He was a member of two Lone Star Conference championship teams before graduating in 1970 with his bachelor’s in accounting.

Photo/Texas AgriLife Extenion
Photo/Texas AgriLife Extenion

Texas continues to be among the few states whose farmers respond to national agriculture surveys. 

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