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Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the sponsor of school-finance reform in the Texas House dropped his bill because it had no support in the Senate, and it is unlikely the issue will be taken up in a special session.  The Texas Supreme Court will hear the suit against the state school-finance system in the fall, and a special session will likely be held next spring or summer, he says.  Cooper says the Commerce ISD and others will likely rec

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The average age of cars on U.S. highways is now 11 years, with 200,000 miles of travel increasingly common, according to Wyman Williams, long time general manager of Williams Motors in Commerce, and now director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business.

Hunt County United Way
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way has received a grant from the U.S. and Texas Departments of Agriculture to provide free lunches to children at five locations in Greenville starting June 8 and continuing through the summer.  More than 5,000 children are eligible for the program in Greenville.

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses a planned new housing development in northwest Hunt County, along with other recently announced development plans for the west side of Greenville and the county.  Caleb also discusses new water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Commerce.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the beginnings of paved highways in Hunt County, and the meeting of the Texas Congress of Mothers in Greenville, 100 years ago.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the impending  retirement of City Manager Bill Shipp, also the former Commerce city manager.  Also, the mayor discusses a $150,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the city of Bonham's Jones Field airport.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the opening of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.  An open house is planned for Sunday afternoon, and the facility on Highway 24 near the southern city limits of Commerce will be open for business on Monday.  Paul also discusses plans for a new amphitheater in downtown Commerce, near the current Farmers Market on Bonham Alley.

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Justonhealth.com

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi says, when seeking online medical information, government, or "dot-gov," sites, tend to have the most up-to-date information.  He cites a recent study on information related to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.  Libraries tend to have access to data bases that are more detailed than what's available on most web sites, Dr. Rick says.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says when the president of the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve, Richard Fisher, retired recently, he defended the Fed against calls for it to be audited, but he criticized the Fed for being dominated by the New York branch and for being too timid in raising interest rates.

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Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth has recently published a book of brief personal essays, "A River of Stories," which opens with a "eulogy" to his father, written many years after his death.

Delta County Sheriff
Delta County Sheriff

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith discusses a new inmate work program that allows non-violent county jail inmates to leave the jail for work on various projects, under the supervision of a certified jailer.  The sheriff says most of the inmates are eager to work, in order to get out of the jail cells.  They may earn "good time" by doing the work, and he says they learn from the experience.  Also, appearing on the program is Cooper Review editor Cindy R

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Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the debate over the L3 lease, while concluded some time ago, remains a major issue in the Greenville mayoral election Saturday between David Dreiling and council member Dan Perkins.  And Caleb says the future of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville and the proposed YMCA project are also major issues.  Voters in Quinlan Saturday will decide whether the off-premise sale of liquor should be allowed there.

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dodlive.mil

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, has a new welding class underway.  Bert says students can join the class until May 11, as long as openings remain.  He says a previously homeless person who received training from an earlier welding class is now earning $350 per hour.  There is a shortage of three million welders in the U.S., Bert says.

Greenville Municipal Auditorium
Greenville Municipal Auditorium

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the benefit concert Saturday night, May 16 featuring country star Collin Raye and alternative rock star Ben Kweller at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the district's enrollment is up by 60 students over this time last year, and 100 students since the beginning of the school year.  Cooper says the CISD is seeing a large number of transfer students from other districts, and he says he's heard from numerous Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty who have told him they plan to move their families to Commerce.  And he says the Commerce ISD will pay for students to take dual-credit college courses in the 2015-16 school year.

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